New satellite images show massive damage at Russian air base in Crimea

New satellite images show massive damage at Russian air base in Crimea

“One way to interpret those craters is precise strikes from a long-range munition,” speculated Elliot Higgins of Bellingcat, which analyzes Russian losses in Ukraine. However, another suggested the ammunition storage buildings may not have been hit in a long-range attack, but it was instead possible they were rigged and detonated remotely by Ukrainian special forces. … Read more

Ukraine’s long-awaited southern counteroffensive begins with a bang in Crimea – POLITICO

Ukraine’s long-awaited southern counteroffensive begins with a bang in Crimea – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article KYIV — Blasts that rocked a Russian military airfield in forcibly annexed Crimea signal the start of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the south and a critical new phase of the war that could shape its ultimate outcome, two Ukrainian officials told POLITICO. The series of explosions Tuesday sent huge … Read more

Zelenskyy says ‘we will return’ to Crimea after blasts rock Russian base – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared Tuesday that the war with Moscow “began with Crimea and must end with Crimea,” after explosions rocked a Russian air base on the peninsula, killing one and injuring others. “Today, there is a lot of attention on the topic of Crimea. And rightly … Read more

Volodymyr Zelenskyy Wants West To Restrict All Russian Travelers

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday pleaded with Western leaders to further isolate the Kremlin by closing their borders to Russian travelers as the war approaches the six-month mark. “The most important sanctions are to close the borders — because the Russians are taking away someone else’s land,” Zelenskyy told The Washington Post. He added … Read more

Zelenskyy begs West for total ban on Russian travelers – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday called for the West to ban all Russian travelers, aiming to push allied leaders into exerting more pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an interview with the Washington Post, Zelenskyy argued that the current sanctions on Russia are “weak” compared to the message that would be sent by … Read more

Zelenskyy calls for sanctions on Russian nuclear industry amid ‘disaster’ warning – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel after an atomic power plant in Ukraine was shelled. “Russian nuclear terror requires a stronger response from the international community, [including] sanctions on the Russian nuclear industry and nuclear fuel,” he said on Twitter after speaking with European Council President … Read more

‘Call a spade a spade’ — Latvia urges terror sponsor label for Russia – POLITICO

The EU should designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs said, after an attack that killed dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war on Friday renewed calls to further isolate Moscow on the international stage. “We see all the brutality of Russian forces, that actually resemble a lot of ISIS, … Read more

Zelenskyy calls POW bombing ‘deliberate Russian war crime’ – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of a “war crime” for bombing a jail containing Ukrainian prisoners of war in the eastern Donetsk region. “It was a deliberate Russian war crime, a deliberate mass murder of Ukrainian prisoners of war,” Zelenskyy said in a video message Friday night. More than 50 Ukrainian prisoners of war … Read more

War is making our love stronger

After spending several months in hiding, Ms Zelenska emerged in early May to take a more active role in the war effort by meeting visiting dignitaries, attending public events and giving interviews to boost morale in the war-torn country. The first lady had just returned from a trip to Washington, DC, to plead for the … Read more

Putin’s propaganda machine hammers the EU while Brussels sleeps – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Just as Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, was about to land in Africa on Sunday, he published an op-ed blaming the West for the looming global food crisis that put millions on the Continent on the brink of starvation. Scores of local media outlets swiftly picked it up. … Read more