Retreating Russians leave their comrades’ bodies behind

LYMAN, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops abandoned a key Ukrainian city so rapidly that they left the bodies of their comrades in the streets, offering more evidence Tuesday of Moscow’s latest military defeat as it struggles to hang on to four regions of Ukraine that it illegally annexed last week. Meanwhile, Russia’s upper house of … Read more

Putin’s nuclear threats raise the risk of disaster

Speaking in a rare, televised address on Wednesday, Putin warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” Gavriil Grigorov | Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum to the … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelenskyy lays out his case against Russia to UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Ukraine’s president laid out a detailed case against Russia’s invasion at the United Nations and demanded punishment from world leaders in a speech delivered just hours after Moscow made an extraordinary announcement that it would mobilize some reservists for the war effort. Buoyed by a counteroffensive that has retaken swaths of … Read more

Zelenskyy: Russia frees 215 Ukrainians, others in exchange

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said early Thursday that 215 Ukrainian and foreign citizens have been released by Russia in a prisoner exchange. In his nightly address, Zelenskyy said 200 of the prisoners were returned in exchange for Viktor Medvedchuk, the former leader of a Ukrainian pro-Russian opposition party and a close … Read more

Prepare for Russia itself to disintegrate

It is becoming increasingly clear that Ukraine is going to win this war and that the Kremlin faces a historic crisis of confidence. Indeed, I now believe it is a genuine possibility that Vladimir Putin’s exposed weaknesses are so severe that we might be witnessing the beginning of the end – not only of his … Read more

Ukrainian forces reach Russian border as offensive sweeps through Kharkiv

In a direct message to Putin, he said the Russian leader had failed to understand who he was fighting and would not be deterred by such attacks. “Read my lips: Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you? Without you. Without food or without … Read more

Winter gas standoff will be most ‘crucial’ period in EU history – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said enduring 90 days of an energy standoff with Russia over this winter would prove more “crucial” than anything the European Union has faced in its entire history. Still, he predicted the West would prevail and called upon the EU to begin its membership talks with Kyiv in the spring. “There … Read more

Putin is finished. The Ukrainians have him on the ropes with a stunning victory in their sights

So what does this mean? For the war, it means that we are seeing the disintegration of Russian forces in Ukraine. They may be able to stabilise their lines temporarily, but we have crossed a point of no return. Russia’s forces were previously poorly equipped, supplied and of low morale. To that list you can … Read more

Ukrainians smash 50km past Russian frontlines, general says – POLITICO

Ukrainian troops have advanced up to 50 kilometers into Russian-occupied territory in the northeastern Kharkiv region and recaptured more than 20 villages, Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov said on Thursday. Gromov’s statement is the first precise information provided by the Ukrainian authorities on a shock counteroffensive in the northeast that appears to have wrong-footed Russian troops, … Read more

Germany has ‘hit the limit’ for weapons supply to Ukraine

Germany will continue to support Ukraine, Olaf Scholz told Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday even as the Chancellor’s defence minister warned Berlin had “hit the limit” in weapons it could send to Kyiv from army reserves.  Mr Scholz spoke to the Ukrainian president a day after reports he had rejected a request for state-of-the-art Leopard 2 … Read more