Russia uses advanced hypersonic missiles in Ukraine for the first time

Agence France Presse 03/19/2022

MOSCOW, Russia — Russia used its newest Kinzhal hypersonic missiles for the first time in Ukraine on Friday to destroy a weapons storage site in the country’s west, the defense ministry said. Russia has never before admitted using the…

More Ukraine-Russia talks scheduled as attack on base kills dozens

03/14/2022

LVIV, Ukraine — Diplomatic efforts to end the war in Ukraine were gearing up on Monday, with Ukrainian and Russian negotiators set to talk again after both sides cited progress, even though Russia attacked a base near…

On Kyiv’s eastern front, Ukrainians hold off Russian tanks

Agence France Presse 03/13/2022

SKYBYN,  Ukraine – Firing a constant barrage of artillery at the Russians, a troop of Ukrainian soldiers are keeping up morale: their shelling has so far stopped Moscow’s tanks entering Kyiv from the east.  And they hope that…

“My hope carried me,” 11-year-old Ukrainian boy who fled alone to Slovakia says

Reuters 03/12/2022

BRATISLAVA  – Hassan Al-Khalaf, 11, clung to hope when he trekked across Ukraine by himself, safely reaching Slovakia after joining the masses of refugees escaping Russia’s invasion of their country. Hassan arrived in Slovakia in early March, drawing…

Ukraine: What is Putin’s endgame?

Hermenegildo C. Cruz - @inquirerdotnet 03/12/2022

  Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine raises questions on his real goal: Does he intend to occupy Ukraine? Or is this just an incursion like China did in Vietnam in 1979 “to teach the Vietnamese…

PH ready to open facilities to US if Russia-Ukraine conflict ‘spills over’ to Asia – envoy

Christia Marie Ramos 03/10/2022

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has assured that the Philippines is ready to offer the country’s facilities for use by the United States should the crisis between Russia and Ukraine “spill over” to Asia, Manila’s top…

In nod to Russia, Ukraine says no longer insisting on NATO membership

Agence France Presse 03/09/2022

WASHINGTON — President Volodymyr Zelensky said he is no longer pressing for NATO membership for Ukraine, a delicate issue that was one of Russia’s stated reasons for invading its pro-Western neighbor. In another apparent nod aimed at placating…

Latvian woman drives into Ukraine to rescue pets

Reuters 03/08/2022

LVIV, Ukraine, — At an animal shelter in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, Natalia Horobets bid an emotional farewell to her beloved pet cat Charly on Monday. Horobets and her husband had fled their home in…

Russians brace for sanctions as their favorite shops close

Agence France Presse 03/08/2022

MOSCOW — Yulia Shimelevich hurries to stock up on imported food for her cat and dog as it may soon disappear from Moscow shelves with the onslaught of sanctions from Western capitals on Russia over Ukraine. “My…

Shifting jobs, Ukrainian men take crash course in fighting

Reuters 03/07/2022

LVIV, Ukraine — Before Russia launched its assault on Ukraine, Andriy Senkiv was a pacifist who blogged about sport and had never held a gun in his life. Eleven days later, the 27-year-old Ukrainian was learning how…

Ukraine war tests China’s ‘no-limits’ bond with Russia

Agence France Presse 03/06/2022

BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin toasted a friendship with “no limits” at a warm meeting in February, but just one month later that bond is being tested by the war in Ukraine. With international…

Russia-Ukraine conflict escalation would cause ‘devastating’ economic damage: IMF

Agence France Presse 03/06/2022

WASHINGTON  – The IMF warned on Saturday that the already “serious” global economic impacts of the war in Ukraine would be “all the more devastating” should the conflict escalate. Even as forecasts remain subject to “extraordinary uncertainty,…

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