Russia claims to have full control over Mariupol as wives share last messages from Ukraine warriors: “Love you. Kiss you. Bye.”

Russia claimed to have conquered Mariupol Friday in what would be its biggest victory to date in its war in Ukraine. The announcement came after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoldering ruin in which over 20,000 civilians feared dead. There was no immediate confirmation from Ukraine. … Read more

Captured Ukrainian medic’s footage depicts war-torn Mariupol

A Ukrainian medic chronicled her life-saving efforts in war-ravaged Mariupol using a tiny data card later smuggled out of the country inside a tampon by daring reporters. Yuliia Paievska, who was ultimately captured by Russian soldiers, was given the body cam originally to film a Netflix documentary on the Invictus Games, an international sporting event … Read more

Ukrainian troops surrendering at Mariupol are registered as prisoners of war

In this photo taken from a video released by the Russian Ministry of Defense press service on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, a Russian soldier haunts a Ukrainian soldier after leaving the besieged Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Russian Ministry of Defense press service via AP) AP KYIV, Ukraine The fate of hundreds of Ukrainian fighters … Read more

When it comes to strengthening the EU’s defense, Brussels’ business – POLITICO

Tap play to listen to this article A new plan to coordinate increased military spending among EU members is not only about strengthening Europe’s defense – it’s also about strengthening its defense industries. As governments across Europe increase defense budgets in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, the race is underway to decide who will … Read more

Brussels sets out a plan to stop dependence on Russian energy – POLITICO

The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled its € 300 billion plan for how the EU can get rid of Russian fossil fuels “well before 2030”. It is a consequence of the Kremlin’s bloody invasion of Ukraine, which highlighted the political and economic risks of relying on Russian oil and gas. The response aims to immediately … Read more

The incredibly shrinking global United Kingdom – POLITICO

LONDON – For nearly 150 years, the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Japan occupied a first-class piece of Tokyo property across the river from the Imperial Palace. The connection dealt with a host of tragedies, including a break in diplomatic relations during World War II – and an earthquake in 1923. What it did … Read more

What does it take to get Hungary to ban Russian oil? – POLITICS

Tap play to listen to this article For two weeks, diplomats and officials in Brussels have struggled without success to reach an agreement between 27 EU countries to stop buying Vladimir Putin’s oil. For two weeks, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stood in the way. And while some diplomats are still hoping for a … Read more

Ukraine hopes to swap steel mill fighters with Russian prisoners of war

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian fighters extracted from the last bastion of resistance in Mariupol were led to a former penal colony in enemy-controlled territory, and a top military official hoped they could be replaced by Russian prisoners of war. But a lawmaker in Moscow said they should be put on “justice”. According to Russian news … Read more

What does it take to get Hungary to ban Russian oil? – POLITICS

Tap play to listen to this article For two weeks, diplomats and officials in Brussels have struggled without success to reach an agreement between 27 EU countries to stop buying Vladimir Putin’s oil. For two weeks, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has stood in the way. And while some diplomats are still hoping for a … Read more

Grimes Auctions Met Gala Accessories for Ukraine Families – NBC Chicago

Couture for a cause. Grimes does her part to support Ukraine’s black, indigenous and colored people by auctioning off some of her most memorable fashion accessories. “I’m auctioning off things from my Met gala look last year to raise money to help get BIPOC families out of Ukraine as they have trouble getting out at … Read more

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