Tag: Crimea (Ukraine)

Russia’s Wagner Mercenaries Say They’ll Pull Out of Bakhmut

Days after declaring victory in Bakhmut, the Wagner private military company said Thursday that it was turning the Ukrainian city over to the Russian Army, which must now try to hold on to it without the help of the brutal mercenary force on which it has grown dependent. Wagner’s leader, Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, suggested that […]

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Russia Fires Missiles at Kyiv as Crimea Train Derails

Ukraine’s air defenses shot down dozens of Russian missiles in the skies above Kyiv early Thursday, casting flaming debris over the Ukrainian capital on the same day that an explosion derailed a Russian freight train in Crimea, the latest in a series of blasts in Russian-occupied territory. Russia’s railway operator said that “unauthorized persons” were […]

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Wagner’s Prizoghin Disputes Report That He Offered to Betray Russia

The head of the Wagner private military group on Monday rejected a report that he had offered to share with Ukraine the positioning of Russian Army troops around Bakhmut in exchange for a withdrawal of Kyiv’s forces from the area in eastern Ukraine. The Wagner group has been a driving force behind Russia’s monthslong battle […]

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Zelensky, Citing Equipment Gaps, Says It’s Too Soon for Counteroffensive

KYIV, Ukraine — President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that Ukraine needed more time to begin a counteroffensive against Russia because it does not yet have enough military equipment from its Western backers, though Ukrainian officials had repeatedly described the assault as imminent. In terms of personnel and motivation, Ukraine’s forces are ready for the operation, […]

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Ukraine Launches Wave of Drones at Crimea, Russian Official Says

The Kremlin-installed authorities in Crimea said on Sunday that Ukraine had launched a wave of drones on the occupied peninsula overnight, the latest in a string of reported attacks on Russian-held territory ahead of an expected Ukrainian counteroffensive. Mikhail Razvozhaev, the Russian-appointed governor of the port of Sevastapol, the largest city in Crimea, said that […]

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Large Fuel Tank Fire Burns in Crimea After Suspected Drone Attack

A fuel tank in the port city of Sevastopol in Russian-occupied Crimea was engulfed in a massive fire early Saturday, which a local Kremlin-appointed official said was likely caused by a drone strike. The city on the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow illegally annexed in 2014, is home to the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet and […]

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The Group That Searches for Missing Ukrainian Children

WASHINGTON — When the Russian Army took Kherson in southern Ukraine, the occupation authorities offered 16-year-old Anastasia a chance to go to Crimea, a holiday away from war, the officials told her mother. But as days became weeks, Anastasia realized that she had not been given a vacation and that the Russians might not let […]

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The Russians Took Their Children. These Mothers Went and Got Them Back.

For weeks after Russian troops forcibly removed Natalya Zhornyk’s teenage son from his school last fall, she had no idea where he was or what had happened to him. Then came a phone call. “Mom, come and get me,” said her son, Artem, 15. He had remembered his mother’s phone number and borrowed the school […]

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Ukraine Says Russia Is Preparing to Evacuate Civilians From Occupied Areas of South

The Russian occupation authorities are preparing to evacuate civilians from territory that Moscow controls in southern Ukraine before a potential counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces, the Ukrainian military said on Saturday. Ukraine is widely expected to launch a counteroffensive in the coming weeks to recapture territory from Russian forces, aided by an influx of sophisticated weapons […]

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Xi and Macron Call for Ukraine Peace Talks, but the Path Is Murky

President Emmanuel Macron of France and Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, appealed on Thursday for a rapid return to peace talks to end the war in Ukraine, but Mr. Xi did not indicate whether he would use his close relationship with Moscow to push Russia to negotiate. Greeted with great pomp at the flag-bedecked Great […]

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For Ukrainian Convicts, a Strange Odyssey Through Russian Prisons

Oleksandr Fedorenko’s odyssey began with a triumph for his native Ukraine. It was last October, and Ukrainian troops were pressing an offensive that would ultimately liberate the southern city of Kherson. As Russian occupation forces prepared to withdraw, they took with them 2,500 Ukrainian criminals from the city’s jails, including Mr. Fedorenko. What followed over […]

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Zelensky Makes Morale-Boosting Trip to Bakhmut

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, made a rare and defiant trip near the front line on Wednesday, personally thanking soldiers who have been fighting in the devastated eastern city of Bakhmut, which has become a potent symbol of Ukrainian resistance. The trip to the Bakhmut area came on a day when air- and […]

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Its Forces Under Siege, Ukraine Hits Distant, Russian-Held Crimea

KYIV, Ukraine — As swarms of Russian soldiers stormed Ukrainian lines in furious assaults around two cities in the east on Tuesday, Ukraine set the stage for its own advance by making strikes deep behind Russian lines, including what appeared to be a drone attack on a vital logistical hub in the occupied Crimean Peninsula. […]

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Why the Black Sea Is a Flashpoint Between Russia and the West

ISTANBUL — If you had to rank the spots around the globe where the militaries of the United States and Russia could physically run into each other, the Black Sea would probably be near the top of the list. The giant body of water on Europe’s southeastern flank has long been a theater of international […]

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The U.S. Intelligence Playbook to Expose Russia’s Ukraine War Plans

WASHINGTON — A year ago, the United States did something extraordinary — it released previously classified intelligence that exposed Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine. Last week, Antony J. Blinken, the secretary of state, made a similar move when he warned China’s top foreign policy official, Wang Yi, against providing weapons to Russia. In a previous […]

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Russia and Ukraine Have Incentives to Negotiate. The U.S. Has Other Plans.

Last spring, Ukraine shocked the Russian navy by using American targeting information to sink the Moskva, a Black Sea missile cruiser. Only months into the war did Russians face up to the fact that officers using their personal cellphones were regularly getting blown up. This past New Year’s Eve, a dormitory full of fresh Russian […]

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Who Is Olaf Scholz, the Man Leading Germany?

Mr. Scholz’s tendency to wait until the last minute to act — a kind of strategic bystanderism — has been most damaging when it comes to Ukraine. In the months it took him to forge his tank deal, thousands of Ukrainians died from Russian bombs, rockets and artillery. Potentially even more Ukrainians and Russians are […]

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