Small winners bend Ukraine; West says the Russians are losing momentum

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Nearly three months after Russia shocked the world by invading Ukraine, its military faced a deadlocked war, the prospect of a larger NATO and a defending country that was lifted by its victory in a hugely popular pan-European music competition on Sunday. Finland announced that it would apply to join NATO … Read more

Snake Island: The small piece of land that plays a major role in Russia’s war against Ukraine

CNN – It is only 46 hectares of rocks and grass without fresh water (nor any snakes), but Snake Island in the Black Sea has acquired a totemic significance in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. The island – known as Zmiinyi Ostriv in Ukrainian – is located about 30 miles (48 kilometers) off the … Read more

Just 100 miles from Ukraine, NATO special forces carry out training drills on the Black Sea

Black Sea, off the coast of Romania CNN – A US Navy SEAL jumps out of a Romanian helicopter and slides down a rope. He’s one of several American special forces units taking part in a military drill on the Black Sea, just 100 miles from Ukraine, where Russia continues to wage its war. Their … Read more

Push to arm Ukraine putting strain on US weapons stockpile

WASHINGTON (AP) – The planes take off almost daily from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware – hulking C-17s loaded up with Javelins, Stingers, howitzers and other material being hustled to Eastern Europe to resupply Ukraine’s military in its fight against Russia. The game-changing impact of those arms is exactly what President Joe Biden hopes … Read more

Mariupol: Evacuation from besieged steel plant paused unitl Monday

Correction: This story has been updated to correctly reflect when the evacuation of citizens in Mariupol will recommence. CNN – The evacuation of civilians from the besieged southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol has been paused until Monday, the Mariupol City Council announced Sunday, citing “security reasons.” The city council said in a Telegram post that … Read more

5 things to know for April 29: Ukraine, Covid-19, Recession, USPS, Abortion

CNN – In a move to reduce smoking across the US, the FDA has proposed a sweeping ban on menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. Some advocates are calling it a “historic” moment for public health, but tobacco companies may not go down without a fight. Experts are predicting the companies will now try to stop … Read more

US unveils latest sanctions targeting Russia

Drew Angerer / Getty Images North America / Getty Images Washington CNN – The United States on Wednesday unveiled its latest round of sanctions going after Russia over its war on Ukraine, this time targeting a key commercial bank and “a global network of more than 40 individuals and entities led by US-designated Russian oligarch … Read more

How a political shakeup in Yemen risks prolonging its war

Abu Dhabi, UAE CNN – Yemen’s exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi ceded power to a presidential council on Thursday in a shock move supported by Hadi’s main backer Saudi Arabia. Both the president, who had been in power for a decade, and his vice president, who was also removed, were fiercely opposed by the Iran-backed … Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky’s acting career prepared him for the world stage

CNN —   It makes sense that Hollywood has rallied around Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. After all, he’s one of their own. Before he entered politics, Zelensky was a comedian, actor and writer, starring in romantic comedies and as a high school teacher who becomes president in the Ukrainian political satire series, “Servant of the … Read more

Russian protesters struggle to understand Ukraine war: ‘We did not choose this’

Moscow CNN – Nineteen-year-old Tasya stood with her friends on a cold morning in the Russian city of St. Petersburg as they joined protesters’ chants against the Russian invasion of Ukraine: “Nyet Voine!” (“No to War!”). “It’s always safer to stand together with others… to look over your shoulder, in case you need to run,” … Read more