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More than 8,000 killed during 2022 Mariupol siege – Human Rights Watch

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters At least 8,000 people were killed by fighting or war-related causes in Russia’s months-long conquest of Mariupol, one of the biggest battles of the nearly two-year war between Russia and Ukraine, according to Human Rights Watch. Mariupol became a byword for horror during a nearly three-month-long Russian siege for control of the […]

A Ukrainian couple, held as POWs by Russia, are finally reunited

Novovolynsk, Ukraine Reuters When Illia Muzyka, a 29-year-old border guard in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol, was captured soon after Russia’s full-scale invasion, he feared never seeing his fiancee again. Unbeknown to him, Alina Panina was also taken as a prisoner of war a few weeks later in the same city. Now the couple […]

Putin makes surprise trip to Russian-occupied Mariupol in wake of ICC warrant

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Mariupol, Russian-controlled Ukraine, in this still image taken from handout video released on 19th March, 2023.

Reuters A day after being accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol, scene of some of the worst devastation of his year-old invasion. State television showed extended footage of Putin being shown around the city on Saturday night, meeting […]

Life and death in shattered Mariupol – a survivor’s tale of war in Ukraine

Tatiana Bushlanova, 65, stands next to the ruins of her apartment block, demolished due to heavy damage received in the course of Russia-Ukraine conflict in Mariupol, Russian-controlled Ukraine, February 5, 2023. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko

Mariupol, Russian-controlled Ukraine Reuters Shells were exploding nearby but Tatiana Bushlanova didn’t flinch when she spoke to Reuters in front of the shattered remains of her home in Mariupol last May. Fighting in the port city has long since ended but the pensioner is still struggling to take in the enormity of what has happened. […]

Ukraine sells last batch of bracelets made from Azovstal steel

Ukraine Azovstal bracelet

Kyiv, UkraineReuters The last batch of bracelets made from metal produced by the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, a symbol of Ukrainian resistance to Russia’s invasion, have gone on sale across Ukraine. Proceeds from the bracelets, which are on sale for around $US40, will go to an organisation helping finance the procurement and maintenance of […]

Russia, Ukraine announce major surprise prisoner swap

Saudi Arabia Riyadh POWs

Kyiv, Ukraine/Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Reuters Russia and Ukraine carried out an unexpected prisoner swap on Wednesday, the largest since the war began and involving almost 300 people, including 10 foreigners and the commanders who led a prolonged Ukrainian defence of Mariupol earlier this year. The foreigners released included two Britons and a Moroccan who had […]

Ukrainians brave nuclear risk to escape Russian-ruled south

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Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine Reuters Thousands of people fleeing Russia-controlled areas of south Ukraine are arriving in a city near Europe’s largest nuclear plant despite fears of a radiation leak from fighting. For many, the shelling in their hometowns is a more urgent danger. Even in a country still haunted by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, the danger […]

Ukrainian soldiers accuse Russians of abuses in captivity

Ukraine Lviv protest

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters Three Ukrainian soldiers who say they were wounded and taken prisoner by Russia after one of the war’s biggest battles and later released, on Monday accused their captors of torture and psychological pressure. The men, part of a force that spent weeks fighting from a vast steelworks in the southern port of […]