West: More sanctions, isolation if Putin carries out threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do American leaders and their allies intend to respond if President Vladimir Putin seeks to escalate his way out of a bad situation on Ukraine’s battlefields, and makes good on renewed threats of annexing territory or even using nuclear weapons? At least to start with, by trying to double down on … Read more

As Ukraine worries UN, some leaders rue what’s pushed aside

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In speech after speech, world leaders dwelled on the topic consuming this year’s UN General Assembly meeting: Russia’s war in Ukraine. A few, like Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, prodded the world not to forget everything else. He, too, was quick to bring up the biggest military confrontation in Europe since World … Read more

Russia shells Ukrainian cities amid Kremlin-staged votes

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces launched new strikes on Ukrainian cities as Kremlin-orchestrated votes took place in occupied regions of Ukraine to create a pretext for their annexation by Moscow. Ukraine’s presidential office said the latest Russian shelling killed at least three people and wounded 19. Oleksandr Starukh, the Ukrainian governor of Zaporizhzhia, one … Read more

‘Fat Leonard’ may be Venezuela’s bargaining chip, experts say

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A fugitive defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” who claims to have incriminating sex photos of US Navy brass could become the latest bargaining chip in Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to win official recognition from the Biden administration, according to experts. . But it’s unclear how hard the US government will … Read more

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

ISTANBUL — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin’s partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, … Read more

US, allies pledge to punish Putin over Ukraine in UN showdown

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other top diplomats allied with Ukraine squared off with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a meeting of the United Nations Security Council Thursday, confronting Russia on alleged war crimes and pledging to prosecute those responsible. The Security Council meeting was taking place on the sidelines of the United … Read more

Moscow unlikely to use nuclear weapons, say ex-Russian generals Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia is unlikely to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine unless NATO puts boots on the ground, two retired Russian generals have told Al Jazeera. “If the collective West attacks Russia with its conventional armed forces, then Russia’s response could very well be nuclear since there is no comparison between the West’s conventional military potential and … Read more

‘Crucial’ vote could move Italy to the right; many might boycott

ROME (AP) — Italians will vote on Sunday in what is being billed as a crucial election as Europe reels from repercussions of Russia’s war in Ukraine.. For the first time in Italy since the end of World War II, the election could propel a far-right leader into the premiership. Soaring energy costs and quickly … Read more

UN rights experts present evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

GENEVA (AP) — A team of experts commissioned by the UN’s top human rights body to look into rights violations in Ukraine said Friday its initial investigation turned up evidence of war crimes in the country following Russia’s invasion. almost seven months ago. The experts from the Commission of Inquiry on Ukraine, mandated by the … Read more

Officials: Navy bribery case fugitive tried to get to Russia

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Since escaping two weeks agoofficials say the fugitive Malaysian defense contractor nicknamed “Fat Leonard” — who orchestrated one of the US Navy’s largest bribery scandals — zipped between countries to find a place where he could become virtually untouchable for American authorities. It almost worked. After cutting off an ankle monitor … Read more