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Rifts in Russian military command seen amid Ukraine fighting

The Associated Press As Russian troops wage a ferocious fight for control of strongholds in eastern Ukraine, a parallel battle is unfolding in the top echelons of military power in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin has reshuffled his generals while rival…

In Ukraine, power plant workers fight to save their 'child'

The Associated Press A POWER PLANT, Ukraine (AP) - When Ukraine was at peace, its energy workers were largely unheralded. War made them heroes. They're proving to be Ukraine's line of defense against repeated Russian missile and drone strikes targeting…

Ukraine school rejects Russian claim of troops killed there

The Associated Press KRAMATORSK, Ukraine (AP) - Officials at a vocational school in an eastern Ukraine city are dismissing claims by Russia that hundreds of Ukrainian troops were killed in a missile strike there. Officials said Monday that a rocket…

Could Ukraine and Russia be close to a cease-fire?

AP - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Moscow's armed forces to hold a 36-hour cease-fire in Ukraine this weekend for the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, the Kremlin said. The order follows a proposal by the head of the Russian…

House passes $1.7 trillion spending bill with Ukraine aid

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-led House has passed a $1.7 trillion government spending bill. The bill will finance federal agencies through September and provide more aid to a devastated Ukraine. It passed by a vote of 225-201.…

Russia launches another major missile attack on Ukraine

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Officials say Ukraine's capital came under one of the biggest attacks of the war as Russia’s invading forces fired dozens of missiles across the country. Strikes were reported in at least four cities…

Ukraine: Russian strikes thwarted, wreckage hits buildings

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian authorities say they thwarted a Russian attack on Kyiv and the surrounding region as their air defense system destroyed 13 explosive-laden drones. An official said drone wreckage damaged five buildings. No casualties…

Cornered in Ukraine, Putin ditches annual news conference

The Associated Press The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin has ditched his annual marathon news conference following a series of battlefield setbacks in Ukraine. That is a tacit acknowledgment that the Russian leader’s war has gone badly wrong. Putin…

Putin says Ukraine fight is taking longer than expected

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledges that what he calls his “special military operation” in Ukraine is taking longer than expected. When asked Wednesday about how long the war is taking, he responded: “Of…

Donors race to get generators, other aid to hard-hit Ukraine

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - When Russian forces launched a military campaign against infrastructure in Ukraine, they opened a front that carried the war along power lines and water mains to homes, schools, hospitals and Ukrainian livelihoods. The…

Surgeons work by flashlight as Ukraine power grid battered

The Associated Press KHERSON, Ukraine (AP) - Devastating Russian strikes in Ukraine have cut off power to many hospitals. Power outages have strained and disrupted the country’s health care system, already battered by years of corruption, mismanagement, the COVID-19 pandemic…

Most Ukrainians left without power after new Russian strikes

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - A punishing new barrage of Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure has caused power outages across large parts of the country as well as neighboring Moldova, piling more damage onto Ukraine’s already battered power…

Cold and dark: Kyiv readies for 'worst winter of our lives'

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - The lack of electricity turned Anastasia Pyrozhenko’s apartment into a deathtrap. Without electricity, there’s no water and no way to cook food, and the woman and her husband won’t even have time to…

Russia launches missile barrage on Ukraine as 1st snow falls

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian airstrikes have targeted Ukraine’s energy facilities as the first snow of the season fell in Kyiv. The freezing weather on Thursday is a harbinger of the hardship to come if Moscow’s missiles…

Russians withdrawing from key position in southern Ukraine

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - The Russian military has announced it's withdrawing from the western bank of the Dnieper river in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region, annexed by Moscow in September. Russia’s top military commander in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei…

Zelenskyy: Talks with Russia possible on Ukraine's terms

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine’s president has hinted at the possibility of peace talks with Russia. That's a shift from his earlier refusal to negotiate with President Vladimir Putin that came on the eve of crucial elections…

Russia rejoins wartime deal on Ukrainian grain exports

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Diplomatic efforts have salvaged a wartime agreement that allowed Ukrainian grain and other commodities to reach world markets. Russia said Wednesday it would stick to the deal after Ukraine pledged not to use…

Russian strikes hit Ukraine, most of Kyiv without water

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - A massive barrage of Russian strikes has hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv, Kharkiv and other cities in Ukraine. The attacks on Monday morning knocked out water and power supplies in apparent retaliation for…

Russia's hope for Ukraine win revealed in battle for Bakhmut

The Associated Press BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) - Russian soldiers are slowly edging closer to a city in eastern Ukraine they have tried to seize for months. Bakhmut has remained in Ukrainian hands during the war despite Moscow’s goal of capturing…

Ukraine attacks Russia's hold on southern city of Kherson

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukrainian forces are attacking Russia’s hold on the southern city of Kherson while fighting intensifies in the country’s east. The battles came amid reports that Moscow-appointed authorities in Kherson have abandoned the city,…

Russia's chaotic draft leaves some out in cold, without gear

The Associated Press Since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial troop mobilization for the war in Ukraine, independent media outlets, human rights activists and draftees themselves have painted a bleak picture. They describe a haphazard, chaotic and ethnically biased…

Brutal Russian general led troops that killed civilians

The Associated Press ZDVYZHIVKA, Ukraine (AP) - When Russian troops crossed from Belarus into Ukraine in late February, pressing toward Kyiv, they were ordered to block and destroy “nationalist resistance." That's according to the Royal United Services Institute, a London…

Ukraine alleges Russian dirty bomb deception at nuke plant

The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine’s nuclear energy operator says Russian forces have performed secret work at Europe's largest nuclear power plant. The activity could shed light on Russia’s unsubstantiated claims that Kyiv’s forces are preparing a “provocation”…