Belarusians join war seeking to free Ukraine and themselves

WARSAW, Poland — One is a restaurateur who fled Belarus when he learned he was about to be arrested for criticizing President Alexander Lukashenko. Another was given the choice of either denouncing fellow opposition activists or being jailed. And one is certain his brother was killed by the country’s security forces.

Putin Always 'Surrounded By Doctors' As Illness Throws Kremlin Into Chaos: Ex-British Intelligence Official

Russian President Vladimir Putin is surrounded by doctors due to his health conditions, throwing Kremlin into chaos, former British intelligence official Christopher Steele has said in an interview. Steele, who provided the infamous unverified dossier that revealed possible Russian interference in the 2016 election and Donald Trump’s links to Moscow,...

Ukraine news – live: Kyiv says giving up land to Russia would backfire

Ukraine’s lead negotiator has ruled out any ceasefire deal in which Kyiv would cede territory to Russia or allow Russian troops to remain on its land.Such concessions would backfire as Russia would hit back harder after any break in fighting, said Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Volodymyr Zelensky who is leading talks with Moscow.“The war will not stop. It will just be put on pause for some time,” Mr Podolyak said in an interview with Reuters in the presidential office in Kyiv.“They’ll start a new offensive, even more bloody and large-scale.”A Kremlin minister today said that sanctions against Russia...

Analyst: Russian forces are 'bludgeoning their way through' Severodonetsk

The eastern Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk is under near-constant shelling by Russia, as ground forces attempt to take over a key area in the Donbas region. Severodonetsk is in the Luhansk province, and military officials say if Russia can capture the city, they will have control of Luhansk. Matthew Schmidt, associate professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven, told The Washington Post that Russian forces are "bludgeoning their way through" Severodonetsk, and "just pounding Ukrainians with artillery."

Russian soldiers start clearing mines from Ukraine's Azovstal

MARIUPOL, Ukraine, May 23 (Reuters) - Russian soldiers cleared mines and debris on the industrial grounds of the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol on Sunday after hundreds of Ukrainian forces holed up in the vast plant for weeks were ordered to stand down. Soldiers walked through the compound and swung mine...