State Dept: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will work more aggressively to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, the State Department said Tuesday. “The US government will continue to undertake efforts to provide … Read more

US officials: Brittney Griner considered wrongfully detained

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Biden administration has determined that WNBA star Brittney Griner is being wrongfully detained in Russia, meaning the United States will work more aggressively to secure her release even as the legal case against her plays out, two US officials said Tuesday. Griner was detained at an airport in February after Russian … Read more

Aid workers prep stretchers, toys for Mariupol evacuees

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – Aid workers prepared hot food, wheelchairs and toys Tuesday for civilians slowly making their way to relative safety from the pulverized remnants of a steel plant in the city of Mariupol, besieged for months by Russian forces. The plant is the last holdout of Ukrainian resistance in a city that is … Read more

UK says a quarter of Russian battalion groups that invaded Ukraine are likely “ineffective”

Smoke rises across the skyline following a shelling in Rubizhne, Ukraine, on April 23. (Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP / Getty Images) Russian forces are putting intense pressure on the front lines in Luhansk, Ukraine’s easternmost region, as part of its renewed offensive. Fighting raged over the weekend in Luhansk, with intense gunfights breaking out street … Read more

Ukrainian drone destroys Russian patrol ships off Snake Island, says defense ministry

Ukrainian Army medical units unload a shell-shocked and concussed soldier at a medical facility in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, on April 29. (Scott Peterson / Getty Images) Russian forces are pressing an offensive in the direction of Sloviansk, an important town in the Donetsk region, according to the Ukrainian military. The offensive involves heavy shelling of Ukrainian … Read more

Shelling resumes at Azovstal steel plant, Ukrainian officer says

Dmytro, 39, sits by the grave of his childhood friend Andrii Parkhomenko, on May 1, in Irpin, Ukraine. (Alexey Furman / Getty Images) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said during an address Sunday that for the first time today, the vital corridor to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol had started working. Zelensky … Read more

Mariupol: Evacuation from besieged steel plant paused unitl Monday

The city council said in a Telegram post that the evacuation would recommence at 8 am local time near a shopping center in Mariupol. The announcement came hours after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that the evacuation of civilians from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol was underway. Zelensky said later Sunday that for the … Read more

Evacuations underway in Mariupol; Pelosi visits Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) – A long-awaited effort to evacuate people from a steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol was underway Sunday, the United Nations said, while US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed she visited Ukraine’s president to show unflinching American support for the country’s defense against Russian aggression. UN humanitarian spokesman Saviano Abreu … Read more

Pelosi leads delegation to Kyiv and Poland; vows US support

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A US congressional delegation led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised the courage of the Ukrainian people in remarks during a visit to Poland on Sunday, a day after a surprise trip to Kyiv to meet with President Volodymr Zelenskyy. The American legislators assessed Ukraine’s needs for the next phase of … Read more

Pelosi makes unannounced trip to meet with Zelensky in Kyiv

CNN – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unannounced trip to the Ukrainian capital on Saturday, becoming the most senior United States official to meet with President Volodymr Zelensky since the war broke out more than two months ago. Pelosi’s office confirmed the trip in a statement on Sunday, saying that the Speaker had led … Read more

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