Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praises Jessica Chastain as she visits war-torn country

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praises Jessica Chastain as she visits war-torn country

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has praised actress Jessica Chastain for helping his country amid the nation’s ongoing conflict with Russia. The politician, 44, and Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak, 50, met with the American screen star, 45, in a closed format in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on Sunday. President Zelenskyy thanked Jessica … Read more

Russia brands Ukrainian steel plant defenders terrorists

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia’s Supreme Court declared Ukraine’s Azov Regiment a terrorist organization Tuesday, a move that could lead to terror charges against some of the captured fighters who made their last stand inside Mariupol’s shattered steel plant. Russia and its separatist allies are holding an estimated 1,000 Azov soldiers prisoner, many of them … Read more

Red Cross requests access to Ukrainian prison after POWS die

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched nighttime attacks on several Ukrainian cities, Ukrainian officials said Saturday as they and Moscow blamed each other for the deaths of dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a separatist-controlled area of ​​the country’s east. The International Red Cross asked to visit the prison to make sure the wounded … Read more

Russia hits Ukraine’s Black Sea port despite grain deal

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles hit Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa just hours after Moscow and Kyiv signed deals to allow grain exports to resume from there. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry denounced Saturday’s airstrikes as a “spit in the face” to Turkey and the United Nations, which brokered the agreements. Two Russian Kalibr cruise … Read more

Bravery of Azovstal defenders recalled at Kyiv funeral

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — When he gave himself up to Russian forces in May at the pulverized Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol, the wounded Ukrainian soldier could not say a proper goodbye to his slain friend, whose body had to be left behind with hundreds of other dead. The former prisoner of war, who goes … Read more

Amid Russia’s shelling, Ukraine aims to strengthen the government

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As Russia kept up its relentless shelling across the country, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expanded the shakeup of his security services on Monday by suspending 28 more officials, a day after he dismissed two senior officials over allegations that their agencies harbored “collaborators and traitors.” In his nightly video address, Zelenskyy … Read more

Russia steps up attacks across Ukraine’s north, east, south

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces fired missiles and shells at cities and towns across Ukraine on Saturday after Russia’s military announced it was stepping up its onslaught against its neighbor. Ukraine reported at least 17 more civilians killed. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu gave “instructions to further intensify the actions of units in all … Read more

Russian missiles kill at least 23 in Ukraine, wound over 100

Vinnytsia, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles struck a city in central Ukraine on Thursday, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 100 others far from the front lines, Ukrainian authorities said. Ukraine’s president accused Russia of deliberately targeting civilians in locations without military value. Officials said Kalibr cruise missiles fired from a Russian … Read more

In Ukraine war, a race to acquire smarter, deadlier drones

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Drone camera footage defines much of the public’s view of the war in Ukraine: grenades quietly dropped on unwitting soldiers, eerie flights over silent, bombed-out cities, armor and outposts exploding in fireballs. Never in the history of warfare have drones been used as intensively as in Ukraine, where they often play … Read more

Famed Ukrainian medic describes ‘hell’ of Russian captivity

By LORI HINNANT and VASILISA STEPANENKO July 11, 2022 GMT https://apnews.com/article/ukraine-medic-yuliia-paievska-describes-captivity-5b6f6e727a0a1a2b90101640055c6b4b KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The captive Ukrainian medic’s glasses had long since been taken away, and the face of the Russian man walking past her was a blur. Yuliia Paievska knew only that her life was being traded for her, and that she was … Read more