• British aid worker dies in captivity of Russia-backed separatists in Ukraine

    A British aid worker who had been detained by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine has died in their custody.

    Paul Urey, 45, was charged with “mercenary activities” by rebels in the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic.

    Presidium Network, a British nonprofit, said in April that Urey and another volunteer were providing humanitarian assistance when they were detained at a checkpoint in southern Ukraine while trying a help a family escape.

    Urey had reportedly spent several years as a …

  • Death toll from Russia’s missile attack on apartment buildings in Chasiv Yar rises to 46

    The death toll from Russia’s missile strike on residential buildings in Chasiv Yar has risen to 46, according to Ukraine’s State Emergency Service. Rescue teams are still searching the rubble for victims.

    Chasiv Yar, a small town in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, was hit by multiple missiles on Saturday. The strike marks the largest loss of life in Ukrainian-controlled Donbas since 52 people were killed in a Russian strike on a train station in Kramatorsk in April.

    Rescuers had managed to pull …

  • Putin: Russia ‘hasn’t started anything serious yet’ in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Duma deputies on Thursday that Russia “by and large hasn’t started anything seriously yet” in Ukraine.

    Putin also challenged Western countries supporting Ukraine to try to defeat Russia on the battlefield.

    "Today we hear that they want to defeat us on the battlefield. Well, what can you say here? Let them try," Putin said.

    He also accused the West of wanting “to fight us until the last Ukrainian.”

    Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhaylo Podolyak Tweeted …

  • At G20, US Secretary of State calls Russia out for blocking Ukrainian grain exports

    At a closed-door session at a meeting Friday at the G20 summit in Bali, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Russia for blocking Ukrainian grain exports amid rising global food prices.

    The G20 meeting is the first time top US and Russian diplomats have been in the same room since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

    “To our Russian colleagues: Ukraine is not your country. Its grain is not your grain. Why are you blocking the ports? You should let the grain out,” Blinken said. …

  • In resignation speech, Boris Johnson says UK support for Ukraine will continue

    While announcing his resignation amid a wave of scandals, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain’s support for Ukraine was one of his proudest achievements while in office.

    “I’m immensely proud of the achievements of this government, from getting Brexit done to settling our relations with the continent for over half a century … and, in the last few months, leading the West in standing up to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s aggression in Ukraine,” he said.

    Speaking directly “to …