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Ukraine Working to Pull Last Fighters from Mariupol Mill

Ukraine Working to Pull Last Fighters from Mariupol Mill

Hundreds of Ukrainian fighters defending the last holdout in Mariupol were evacuated to areas controlled by Russian-backed separatists and officials worked Tuesday to get the rest out, signaling the beginning of the end of a siege that became a symbol of Ukrainian resistance. Russia called the op

Kremlin Critic Navalny Appeals against Nine-year Jail Sentence

Kremlin Critic Navalny Appeals against Nine-year Jail Sentence

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was due on Tuesday to appeal a nine-year prison sentence he was handed in March on charges that he and his allies say are politically motivated. His hearing comes as Russian authorities seek to silence remaining government critics and Moscow pushes on with its

Russia’s Lavrov Says Finland, Sweden Joining NATO Makes ‘No Big Difference’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Finland and Sweden joining NATO would probably make "not much difference" as the two countries had long participated in the alliance's military drills. "Finland and Sweden, as well as other neutral countries, have been participating in N

Russia Won’t Simply Put Up with NATO’s Nordic Expansion, Ryabkov Says

Russia Won’t Simply Put Up with NATO’s Nordic Expansion, Ryabkov Says

Russia said on Monday that the West should have no illusions that Moscow will simply put up with the Nordic expansion of the US-led NATO military alliance to include Sweden and Finland, casting the move as a mistake that would stoke military tension. Vladimir Putin, Russia's paramount leader sinc

Sweden to Bid for NATO Membership, Seeks to Overcome Turkey’s Objections

Sweden to Bid for NATO Membership, Seeks to Overcome Turkey’s Objections

Sweden's government has formally decided to apply for NATO membership, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, setting it on the road toward ending military non-alignment that lasted throughout the Cold War. Sweden's governing Social Democrats dropped their 73-year opposition to joinin

Russian War Effort Runs into Diplomatic, Military Hurdles

Russian War Effort Runs into Diplomatic, Military Hurdles

Its military bogged down in a grinding conflict in eastern Ukraine, Russia lost diplomatic ground over the weekend as two more European nations moved closer to joining NATO. Finland announced Sunday that it was seeking to join the alliance, saying Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly three months

 Finland, Sweden Inch Closer to Seeking NATO Membership

Finland, Sweden Inch Closer to Seeking NATO Membership

Finland's government declared a "new era" is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership, hours before Sweden's governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia's war in Ukraine. Russia has long bristled about NATO moving closer to its borders, s

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