• Ukrainian firefighter battling fires in Chernihiv amid Russian bombings

    Andriy Evmenenko is a fire brigade commander in Chernihiv. As a child, Andriy would look at colorful photos of red fire engines in the family album. They were his father’s pictures from when he had served in the fire department in Moscow. Who would have thought that many years later, Andriy would be putting out fires, in his native Chernihiv. Fires started by Russian bombs and shells.

    This is a story about a fireman, who has fought fires in the besieged city even after the water supply was …

  • Russian Defense Minister visits troops in Ukraine

    The Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, inspected the Russian troops involved in the war in Ukraine.

    The Russian military commanders reported to Shoygu on the current situation and the actions of the Russian Armed Forces in the main operational areas.

    Shoygu also distributed awards – gold star medals and orders of courage to Russian servicemen who "showed heroism and dedication in carrying out combat missions" on the Ukrainian front. During the award ceremony, Shoygu said that the …

  • Russian troops attacking Lysychansk

    The Russian Army is focused on capturing Lysychansk, which remains the last unoccupied city in the Luhansk region, said the head of the Luhansk regional administration Serhiy Haidai.

    "After capturing Severodonetsk, the enemy concentrated all its forces on capturing the last fortress of the Luhansk region - Lysychansk," said Haidai.

    According to Haidai, the enemy carries out airstrikes on the city, and is also shelling the town of Bila Hora.

    "There is a lot of destruction. Lysychansk is …

  • Ukrainian troops withdrawing from Severodonetsk

    The head of the military regional administration of the Luhansk region, Serhiy Haidai, said that Ukrainian troops would have to leave Severodonetsk.

    "Unfortunately, we will have to withdraw our military from Severodonetsk, because it makes no sense to stay at the broken positions. The death toll is growing," Haidai wrote.

    According to him, the Russians have been bombing the city daily for four months. 90% of the buildings have been destroyed or damaged. The Ukrainian military was given "the …

  • British MoD: Russia’s use of retired pilots in Ukraine shows lack of well-trained service members

    According to a British Defense Ministry intelligence update, Russia’s use of retired military personnel who are now private contractors suggests Russia does not have enough trained service members, especially pilots, to continue its war in Ukraine.

    On June 17th, Ukrainian forces reportedly shot down a Russian Su-25 Frogfoot ground attack aircraft and captured the pilot, Major Andrei Fedorchukov. The pilot confessed to being a former Russian air force major who is employed by Wagner, a private …

  • Ambassador: Ukraine wants to buy 100 additional Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers from Germany

    The German government may approve a contract for the supply of 100 self-propelled howitzers Panzerhaubitze 2000 to Ukraine, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk in an interview with Ukrinform.

    "I expect a "green light" from Berlin for the purchase of 100 new Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled howitzers. We have already received the corresponding proposal from the German industry," Melnyk said.

    According to him, in the short term, Germany could supply Ukraine with older models of …

  • Lavrov: Russia is ready to guarantee safety of Ukrainian grain exports

    Russia is ready to provide security guarantees for ships that are blocked in Ukrainian ports. 

    "The main thing is that this should be ensured either by demining or by the organization of free passages. As for international waters, Russia guarantees the safety of these vessels up to the Bosphorus Strait, and we have an understanding with Turkey on this subject," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

    Earlier, Turkey explained that the consent of the Ukrainian and Russian sides is needed …

  • Captured British nationals fighting in the Ukrainian military against Russia will appeal death sentences

    British citizens Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner, both of whom were captured by pro-Russian separatists last month in Mariupol, Ukraine, will appeal their death sentences, according to Russia state-owned TASS news agency.

    On June 9th, Aslin, Pinner, and a Moroccan national, Saadun Brahim, were handed death sentences by a tribunal in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, which now controls the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol. The three were captured while defending the city.

    The three …

  • Turkey holds talks with Russia on unblocking Ukrainian seaports for grain exports

    Turkish and Russian representatives held talks in Ankara to discuss unblocking Ukrainian ports to allow grain export, reported the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    According to Anadolu, the meetings of military delegations led by Turkish and Russian generals, appointed as part of Moscow’s "red line diplomacy", "were held in a constructive and very positive atmosphere."

    After the talks, the first foreign vessel, the Turkish ship Azov Concord sailing under Maltese flag, left Mariupol through the so- …

  • Airbus pushes against potential sanctions on Russian titanium

    Airbus, the world’s largest commercial aircraft manufacturer, is calling on the West to avoid placing sanctions on Russian titanium, the Wall Street Journal reported. An estimated 65% of Airbus’ titanium comes from Russia.

    Speaking at an aviation gathering in Doha, Qatar over the weekend, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury told reporters “We think sanctioning titanium from Russia would be sanctioning ourselves… one of the few areas of business where it is in the interest of no party to disrupt the …