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Independent vote monitor says Russian elections are “most secret” ever

London, UK Reuters The head of an independent vote-monitoring group that Russia has labelled a “foreign agent” says the presidential election that began on Friday and is widely expected to re-elect Vladimir Putin is the least transparent the country has seen. Stanislav Andreichuk, co-chairman of Golos (Voice), said the use of electronic voting for the […]

Russia presses on with drive on Ukrainian town of Avdiivka

Local residents carry an OSB panel next to a crater from a Russian missile strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kherson, Ukraine on 5th December, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russian forces pressed on with a long-running drive to capture the eastern Ukrainian town of Avdiivka on Tuesday and both sides said they had made gains. Russian attacks killed four people in eastern and southern regions, including strikes on an aid centre and a medical building in the southern city of Kherson, the […]

Ukraine decries civilian deaths, injuries in new Russian shelling

Debris is scattered along a street after shelling in a residential block in Kherson, Ukraine, in this screengrab taken from a video released on 3rd December, 2023

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Fresh Russian shelling killed at least three people including an elderly man in a village garage and a woman beside a city bus stop, Ukrainian officials said, as President Volodymr Zelenskiy reported “intense battles” at dozens of frontline locations. “Russian occupiers once again shelled Kherson,” Zelenskiy said, referring to the southern, port city […]

Thousands of Ukrainian children taken to Belarus – Yale research

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko attends the Commonwealth of Independent States leaders' summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on 13th October, 2023.

Amsterdam, The NetherlandsReuters More than 2,400 children from Ukraine aged between six and 17 years old have been taken to 13 facilities across Belarus since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in early 2022, research published by Yale University said on Thursday. Ukraine’s prosecutor general said in May that he was investigating the alleged role of […]

Ukrainian troops have secured foothold in the south, senior official says

A view shows the dried-up Dnipro river bank after water level sharply dropped following Kakhovka dam destruction, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in the village of Prymorske, Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, on 5th July, 2023.

Reuters Ukrainian forces have secured a foothold on the east bank of the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s chief of staff said on Tuesday. Andriy Yermak’s remarks were the first official acknowledgement that Ukrainian troops were established on the Dnipro’s east bank in Kherson region. A view shows the dried-up Dnipro River […]

Russia’s biggest drone strike in weeks hits Ukrainian infrastructure

Emergency personnel work at a site of a Russian drone strike, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on 3rd November, 2023.

Kyiv, UkraineReuters Russia launched a massive drone attack early on Friday, hitting critical infrastructure in the west and south of Ukraine and destroying private houses and commercial buildings in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, officials said. The air force said it shot down 24 “Shahed” drones out of 40 launched by Russia, the biggest drone […]

Russian air strikes on Ukraine kill four, damage grain and port facilities

A firefighter works at a site of a hotel damaged by a Russian military attack, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine, on 25th September 2023

Reuters Russian air strikes and shelling killed six people in Ukraine and caused “significant damage” to infrastructure at the Black Sea port of Odesa and to grain storage facilities, Ukrainian officials said on Monday. The air attacks were part of a campaign that has made it harder for major grain producer Ukraine to export its […]