Author: RFE/RL

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia must not be permitted to win in the war it launched against Ukraine, which has given rise to the most dangerous moment for Europe since World War II. Speaking in Norway on August 4, Mr. Stoltenberg said the alliance and its member countries may...

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The first lady of Ukraine requested more defensive weapons from the United States that can be used to prevent Russian air strikes that “kill children in their strollers” and that can protect Ukrainians from Russian “terrorist attacks.” Olena Zelenska, who was on a visit to Washington, spoke to members of Congress on July 20 at...

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The United States will send four more high-mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) to Ukraine, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said, after Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow’s military “tasks” in Ukraine now go beyond the eastern Donbas region. Mr. Austin told journalists at the Pentagon that Ukraine had made excellent use of the...

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Four mathematicians have been awarded prestigious Fields medals, including Ukrainian Maryna Viazovska, the International Mathematical Union jury said on July 5. Ms. Viazovska is only the second woman to win the prize, considered the equivalent of a Nobel Prize for mathematics. She accepted the award at a ceremony in Helsinki as war raged in her...

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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat” to its members’ peace and security amid Moscow’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Western military alliance made the declaration in a statement as its leaders met in Madrid on June 29 to confront what NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg called the...

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Russian forces have taken control of most of the key Donbas city of Severodo­netsk amid fierce house-to-house fighting as Kyiv awaits delivery of crucial advanced U.S. and German weaponry that Moscow warned would “pour gas on the fire” in the war in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian forces are holding just 20 percent of Severodonetsk, with the Russians controlling more than 60 percent, while the rest has become “no-man’s land,” Oleksandr Stryuk, the Ukrainian head of the city administration, said on June 1. Mr. Stryuk, who declined to give his location, said the Ukrainians fighting pitched battles in the city still hope…

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Street fighting was under way on June 2 in Severodonetsk where Ukrainian forces continued to put up stiff resistance despite Russian forces controlling most of the key Donbas city with the aid of massive and indiscriminate artillery bombardments. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again urged the West to speed up weapons deliveries for his outnumbered and...

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The United States has issued new sanctions targeting yachts linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a yacht brokerage and several government officials in another move intended to punish Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. The sanctions take further action “to degrade the key networks used by Russia’s elites, including President Vladimir Putin, to attempt to...

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