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Ukraine: Russia Blows Up Dam in Latest 'War Crime'

Thousands live in flood zone along Dnipro River

(Newser) - Ukraine accuses Russia of blowing up a dam in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, threatening catastrophic flooding. The Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in Nova Kakhovka, one of six dams along the Dnipro River, holds as much water as Utah's Great Salt Lake, per Reuters . Images show most of the 100-foot...

Johns Hopkins Grads Get a Surprise Speaker

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky appears via live video at commencement

(Newser) - Graduates of Johns Hopkins University got a surprise commencement speaker Thursday: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. He spoke via livestream from Ukraine, where he said the war has crimped the futures of countless young Ukrainians, robbing them of opportunities and loved ones, per the AP . Zelensky told Hopkins graduates to keep...

Rarity in Ukraine War: An Attack Inside Russia

Independent militia group appears to be behind the assault

(Newser) - Some of the latest reports about fighting in the Ukraine-Russia war have a rare twist: They're describing an assault inside Russia. It appears that independent militia groups are behind the attacks in the border region of Belgorod. Ukraine insists that its own army is not involved, though a spokesman...

Zelensky Rebuts Russia's Claim About a Key City

At G7, the Ukraine leader says Bakhmut has not fallen

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky huddled with some of his biggest backers as the Group of Seven summit closed in Hiroshima, Japan, on Sunday, building momentum for his country's war effort, per the AP . The Ukraine leader also denied Russian claims that its forces had taken the eastern Ukrainian city...

Zelensky Arrives in Hiroshima for G7 Summit

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived Saturday in Japan for talks with the leaders of the world’s most powerful democracies, a personal appearance meant to galvanize global attention as the nations ratchet up pressure on Moscow for its 15-month invasion of Ukraine. Bolstering international support is a key priority as...

Leaks Show a Surprisingly Aggressive Zelensky

Ukraine leader privately pressing for attacks inside Russia, reports 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky apparently isn't satisfied with merely repelling Russian troops. The Washington Post reports that in private talks with his generals, he has been pushing for aggressive attacks within Russia and even for occupying Russian villages. The story is another based on leaked US intelligence reports that first surfaced...

Zelensky Lobbies Pope, Italy's Leaders
In Rome, Zelensky
Pressures Pope

In Rome, Zelensky Pressures Pope

President asks Francis for a direct condemnation of Russian invasion

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky went to Rome on Saturday to make a direct appeal to the pope to support his government's approach to achieving peace—after finding Francis' proposals unsettling. While there, Zelensky also met with Italy's president and prime minister, who offered enthusiastic backing. "We bet...

Drones Marked 'For the Kremlin' Attack Ukraine

Meanwhile, the ICC raises Ukrainian flag as President Zelensky visits The Hague

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was in the Netherlands on Thursday for a surprise visit to the city that's home to the International Criminal Court, which has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Zelensky's visit to The Hague, which hosts the ICC and the United Nations'...

Zelensky: No, We Did Not Send Drones to Assassinate Putin
Russia: US Ordered
Drone Attack on Putin

Russia: US Ordered Drone Attack on Putin

Washington denies the allegation: 'We had nothing to do with this'

(Newser) - Russia on Thursday claimed the United States orchestrated the alleged drone attack on the Kremlin, which Russian officials paint as a Ukrainian assassination attempt on President Vladimir Putin. "We are well aware that decisions on such a level of terrorist attacks are made not in Kyiv, but in Washington,...

Fed Chief Powell Duped by Russian Pranksters
Fed Chief

Russian Pranksters Trick Fed Chief

But it doesn't appear Jerome Powell said anything unusual to callers posing as Volodymyr Zelensky

(Newser) - The Fed chief's words can move markets, which makes Russian pranksters' latest victim especially notable. A spokeswoman for Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell has confirmed that he was tricked into talking with two Russians who have been fooling world leaders and other big names for years. Powell thought he...

Xi to Zelensky: China Will Not 'Add Fuel to the Flames' in War

In first call between 2 men since Russian invasion, Xi seems to want to stay neutral, help with peace talks

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky hasn't had a phone call with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, but that changed Wednesday with a conversation that Zelensky describes as "long and meaningful." Per the Guardian , aides say the call on the...

70-Year-Old Called Zelensky 'Handsome,' Then the Cops Came

Olga Slegina, 70, convicted of 'discrediting the Russian army'

(Newser) - A 70-year-old Russian woman accused of supporting Ukraine in part because she said its president was "handsome" has been sanctioned by a Moscow court for "discrediting the Russian army." Olga Slegina was fined about $490 for comments made in December, the Daily Beast reports. She was staying...

Zelensky on Gruesome Video: We Will Not Forgive or Forget

It appears to show Russians behead a Ukrainian captive

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky made clear he would neither forgive nor forget the Russian "beasts" who appear to have beheaded captive Ukrainian soldiers in two videos that have surfaced on social media in the last week, reports CNN . "This video, the execution of a Ukrainian captive, the world must see...

With Xi in Russia, Japan PM Makes Surprise Trip to Ukraine

To hold talks with Zelensky, as Chinese leader meets with Putin

(Newser) - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was heading to Kyiv early Tuesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that coincide with Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Russia , the AP reports. Kishida will “show respect to the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who are standing up...

Oscars Say No to Zelensky
Say No
to Zelensky

Oscars Say No to Zelensky

Ukraine president wanted to appear at Academy Awards ceremony

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky has been making appearances at award shows , film festivals, and the like—but the Ukrainian president will not be showing his face at the Oscars. He wanted to make a virtual appearance at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, but sources tell Variety the Academy turned him down....

Desperate for a Win, Russia Fights for a Pile of 'Rubble'
Russia Pushes Toward
a Symbolic Victory

Russia Pushes Toward a Symbolic Victory

But Ukraine refuses to abandon Bakhmut, even amid talk of a favorable counteroffensive

(Newser) - The eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut is bordered on three sides by Russian troops. Still, Ukraine isn't willing to give it up. President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the commander in chief of Ukraine's armed forces "to find the appropriate forces to help the guys in Bakhmut" after...

Zelensky Makes Surprise Move on the Military Front

No reason was given for dismissal of Eduard Moskalyov, head of Joint Forces Operation

(Newser) - For almost the entire duration of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Eduard Moskalyov has stood at the helm of the Ukrainian military's Joint Forces Operation, which is embedded in fighting in the Donbas region. No longer, as per a curt decree Sunday from President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, reports...

Biden Surprise: He Makes Unannounced Trip to Ukraine

President meets with Zelensky, assures him of US support in war with Russia

(Newser) - A big surprise Monday involving President Biden: The US leader made an unannounced visit Monday to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, a gesture of solidarity that comes days before the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country. Biden delivered remarks and met with Zelensky at Mariinsky...

The UK Appears to Soften to Zelensky's Big Ask

The Ukrainian president wants fighter jets

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky's latest surprise visit took him to the UK on Wednesday, where he spoke before Parliament and met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. One of the top headlines emerging: the Ukrainian president's push for fighter jets. BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Beale sees a shift underway. He writes...

Ukraine Deputy Minister Fired for Allegedly Stealing $400K
Ukraine Corruption
Scandal Gets Worse

Ukraine Corruption Scandal Gets Worse

Several regional governors are fired and the deputy defense chief resigns

(Newser) - A corruption scandal in Ukraine is widening. The government of President Volodymyr Zelensky fired several Ukrainian officials on Tuesday, including regional governors, reports the New York Times . No details were given, but the Times notes the firings came after reports emerged that the military was paying inflated prices for food...

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