Russia claims Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk after one of the war’s bloodiest fights – National

Russian forces seized full management of the jap Ukrainian metropolis of Sievierodonetsk on Saturday, each side stated, confirming Kyiv’s largest battlefield setback for greater than a month following weeks of a few of the struggle’s bloodiest combating. Ukraine referred to as its retreat from town a “tactical withdrawal” to struggle from larger floor in Lysychansk on the alternative financial institution of the Siverskyi Donets river. Professional-Russian separatists stated Moscow’s forces had been now attacking Lysychansk. The autumn of Sievierodonetsk – as soon as house to greater than 100,000 individuals however now a wasteland – was Russia’s largest victory since capturing the port of Mariupol final month. It transforms the battlefield within the east after weeks by which Moscow’s large benefit … Read more

How the war on Ukraine is changing Moscow in subtle ways

What’s it like in Moscow? Over 4 years residing within the Russian capital, I fielded the query numerous occasions. My pat reply went one thing like this: It’s an enchanting place with historical past and drama on each road nook. Clear and shiny and protected on the floor, however with darkish and menacing forces that emerged on the slightest trace of a problem to President Vladimir Putin’s energy. Past the lights and glamour of the Bolshoi Theatre, human rights abuses. Barefaced repression at Pushkin Sq. demonstrations. The contrasts of a metropolis the place Detsky Mir (a well-liked kids’s shopping center) is separated from the Lubyanka (the headquarters of the FSB and the KGB earlier than it) by simply 4 lanes … Read more