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Year after Kyiv area massacres, police struggle to find those still missing

Volunteers carty the bodies of people who were buried by a local resident during the Russian occupation of the town of Borodyanka last year, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, after an exhumation at the town's cemetery, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine, March 2, 2023. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Borodianka, Ukraine Reuters In a corner of Borodianka’s town cemetery, the bodies of three men lay buried for a year, to no one’s knowledge in the town 55 kilometres north-west of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. The three men, one of whom police have so far tentatively identified, are the latest confirmed dead civilians from Russian […]

Friends, family mourn Bucha victim who became symbol of Ukraine’s year-long war

Svitlana Safonova, 60, visit the grave of her sister Iryna Filkina, 52, along with Iryna's partner Anatoliy Shchyruk in Bucha, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Bucha, Ukraine/Vilnius, Lithuania Reuters The brightly painted nails were what gave the identity of the body away. Iryna Filkina was 52 when she was killed in the first days of the war in Ukraine. Svitlana Safonova, 60, visit the grave of her sister Iryna Filkina, 52, along with Iryna’s partner Anatoliy Shchyruk in Bucha, outside […]

For Biden and Zelenskiy, US visit highlights trust after friction

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New York, USReuters Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington on Wednesday marks a high point in ties between Ukraine and its most important ally, putting the spotlight on a relationship strengthened by Russia’s invasion, but not without some friction along the way. The visit, which is Zelenskiy’s first trip […]

Outgunned but defiant, Ukrainian twin cities’ defenders ready for Russian attack

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Kramatorsk/Sloviansk, Ukraine Reuters In the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, mechanic-turned-soldier Artchk helps shore up defences against imminent Russian attack while, nearby, farmer Vasyl Avramenko laments the loss of crops supplanted by mines. Shells are raining down steadily on Kramatorsk and its twin, Sloviansk, and they are poised to become the next frontline in Moscow’s […]

Volunteers evacuate the elderly from Ukraine’s Bakhmut, fearing Russian advance

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Bakhmut, UkraineReuters Since Sievierodonetsk fell to Russian troops Ukrainian volunteer Eduard Skoryk has been getting more calls to evacuate frail and elderly people from Bakhmut, 70 kilometres away, who fear their city in eastern Ukraine may be next.  Tamara Kanonchenko, 81, is helped by volunteers from the organisation Vostok SOS during the evacuation of civilians […]

Four months into war, more Ukrainians decide to flee besieged areas

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Pokrovsk, UkraineReuters Four months into the Russian invasion on Ukraine, Lilya, a 22-year-old mother from the eastern city of Bakhmut, decided the time has come to leave the beleaguered region.  “It is very difficult. No electricity, no water, no gas, nothing,” Lilya, who would give only her first name, said, sitting on a train at […]

Britain’s Boris Johnson meets Zelenskiy on surprise Kyiv trip

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Kyiv, UkraineReuters British Prime Minister Boris Johnson offered to launch a military training program for Ukrainian forces on Friday as he met President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since Russia’s invasion. Johnson, who survived a no confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by Zelenskiy as a “great […]

Worried about Russia, Finnish women sign up to learn defence skills

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Hattula, Finland Reuters Just days after Russia attacked Ukraine on 24th February, Finnish entrepreneur Sissi Moberg found herself scouring the internet for courses that could teach her skills to help defend Finland in case of a military attack. “I felt very sad for the Ukrainians. And then I started to worry about Finland and thinking […]