Senate ships $ 40B Ukraine aid bill to Biden for signature

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate whisked a $ 40 billion package of military, economic and food aid for Ukraine and US allies to final congressional approval Thursday, putting a bipartisan stamp on America’s biggest commitment yet to turning Russia’s invasion into a painful quagmire for Moscow. The legislation, approved 86-11, was backed by every voting … Read more

On the front lines in Donbas: One Ukrainian soldier’s story

Ukrainian Cpl. Andrii Shadrin’s unit sets off daily from its makeshift base to points along the front lines in Luhansk Oblast in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, where the war with Russia rages on. “Some of the regions we have to reach, the only road available is under absolute fire control of the enemy,” … Read more

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Reaction to NATO Expansion Sweden Finland Is One Big Farce

As Finland and Sweden’s political leadership posture to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) —Russian President Vladimir Putin’s worst nightmare — Putin is suddenly projecting calm, stating just this week that he has “no problems” with Finland and Sweden joining the collective defense organization. “As for the expansion, including the accession of two prospective … Read more

Greek leader tells Congress democracy is tested by Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis told the US Congress on Tuesday their shared belief in “freedom over tyranny, in democracy over authoritarianism” is being tested as he focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Mitsotakis used his address to a joint meeting of Congress to call out the “heroism of … Read more

Will Turkey block NATO membership for Sweden and Finland?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks ahead of peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine at Dolmabahce Presidential Office in Istanbul, Turkey on March 29, 2022. Arda Kucukkaya | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has doubled down on his opposition to Sweden and Finland joining the NATO alliance, a … Read more

Ukraine: More than 260 evacuated fighters from Mariupol mill

KYIV, Ukraine – More than 260 Ukrainian fighters, including some who are badly wounded, were evacuated Monday from a steel plant in the ruined city of Mariupol and taken to areas under Russia’s control, the Ukrainian military said. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said 53 seriously wounded fighters were taken to a hospital in Novoazovsk, … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, May 16

Here are the most important news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Dow set to open slightly lower after 7 straight weeks of selling Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, May 13, 2022. Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters US … Read more

Biden must decide what ‘victory’ in Ukraine means

President Joe Biden’s Responses to Russia’s attack on Ukraine comprise a series of failures. First, he failed to deter the invasion itself, the devastating consequences of which are unfolding daily. Second, US intelligence grossly overestimated Russia’s military competence, briefing Congress that Kyiv would fall in days and the whole country in weeks. Third, US and … Read more

Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin Scolded Over Ukraine at CSTO Summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted a meeting of the Russian-led military alliance, the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), on Monday the 30th anniversary of its founding — but the meeting was anything but celebratory. Instead, the heads of state from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, which make up the collective defense organization, akin to … Read more

This is what the ‘Russification’ of Ukraine’s education system looks like in occupied areas

Lviv, Ukraine CNN – When masked Russian soldiers ransacked Nina’s home in northeastern Ukraine at 6 am one day in late April, they were not searching for weapons. Instead, they were looking for her Ukrainian textbooks. The troops held her husband and daughter at gunpoint, but the 48-year-old told CNN she knew it was her … Read more