Ukrainian troops have claimed Russia used chemical weapons in the southern port city of Mariupol
Mark Brzezinski, the U.S. ambassador to Poland, joins Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast to discuss the possible diplomatic “off-ramps” to the war in Ukraine. Brzezinski says, “What may result in that off-ramp is the pressure put on Putin by those close to [him] by devastating sanctions — from diplomatic isolation and other measures that are painful for those that can get to him and say, ‘Would you stop this?’”
On Friday, President Biden announced new trade sanctions against Russia, as Ukraine remained under siege. Biden announced the U.S. will revoke Russia’s “most favored nation” trade status and ban imports of Russian alcohol, seafood and diamonds.
As war rages across Ukraine, people living in the port city of Mariupol are facing a humanitarian disaster. Attempts to evacuate civilians have so far failed, and with no running water or electricity and dwindling food supplies, residents appear trapped in the besieged city and forced to fend for themselves.
On the streets of Ukraine, civilians are caught in the crossfire, and credible reports that Russian forces have intentionally targeted populated areas continue to mount. As the army of Russian President Vladimir Putin wages battle across the country, it’s worth remembering that in war not everything is fair. Yahoo News explains the rules of war — and why following them is vital to achieving peace.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testified Tuesday during a House Intelligence Committee hearing and said that what Russian President Vladimir Putin might "accept as a victory may change over time given the significant costs he is incurring."
Far from being irrational, the Russian president has instead been fed mistruths and lies from his own propaganda machine.
Latest developments come as Moscow warns that any world war sparked by the current crisis 'will become nuclear'.
During President Biden’s State of the Union address, he gave tough talk on Russian President Vladimir Putin saying, “He thought the West and NATO wouldn’t respond. And he thought he could divide us at home. Putin was wrong. We were ready.”
On the sixth day of attacks on Ukraine, the country’s two largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv, suffered some of the most devastating strikes so far by the Russian military. Video from the two cities, comparable in size to Chicago and Philadelphia, shows devastating air raids reportedly hitting targets in residential areas and continued ground warfare as more Russian forces approach.
During an address by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to the United Nations Human Rights Council, diplomats in attendance staged a walkout in protest of Russian attacks on Ukraine. Yevheniia Filipenko, Ukraine's ambassador to the U.N., commented, "What Russia did to Ukraine is an attack on the U.N., the U.N. foundations, on the foundations of our corporation."
In the days since Russia's invasion of Ukraine early last Thursday morning, protests have erupted around the world against Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to launch a deadly war. As video of the demonstrations spreads across social media, Yahoo News has compiled a selection of the most striking footage from all corners of the globe — including antiwar activism from within Russia itself.
On Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a document requesting to join the European Union immediately. In a video message, he said: "We are grateful to our partners for being with us, but our goal is to be with all the Europeans and, most importantly, to be equal. I am confident we deserve it, and I am confident that all this is possible."
On the third day of the Russian attacks on Ukraine, on-the-ground footage shows daily life turned upside down by violence. As the Ukrainian military and volunteers fight to slow Russian forces, civilians scramble for shelter, finding less and less safe ground as the conflict continues.
In a video posted on social media early Saturday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky refutes claims that he has evacuated the Ukrainian capital and ordered the military to stand down. "There has been a lot of fake information online," Zelensky says. "Listen, I am here. We will not lay down our weapons. We will defend our state."
White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Friday that President Biden will sanction Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Voldomyr Zelensky appeared in a Facebook post in a video purportedly self-recorded on the streets of Kyiv to offer words of reassurance to the embattled populace. Standing alongside several senior members of the government, Zelensky says, “We are all here. Our military are here. Citizens and society are here.”
As Ukraine endures the second day of attacks from Russian forces, on-the-ground footage reveals a population in shock, forced to decide to stay and fight or leave their homes for safety. Videos independently verified by Yahoo News show long lines at military recruitment centers and weapons being distributed to civilians, as well as continued destruction throughout the country.
In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, many in Russia have joined protests against their government's actions. The demonstrations took place across Russia, centering in Moscow and St. Petersburg, where law enforcement has been seen attempting to violently break up the protests.
Russia has launched an attack on Ukraine and as the Ukrainian people brace, the world stands at the doorstep of what could be the most significant conflict in Europe since World War II. Yahoo News explains who is involved, both directly and indirectly, and what you need to know as the fighting begins.
On Tuesday, President Biden announced that the United States will impose new sanctions against Moscow after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into two Ukrainian territories. Biden added that “there is no justification” for Russia’s aggression in the region.
In a wide-ranging interview for Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast, former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Alexander Vindman voices concern that the Biden administration’s efforts to de-escalate tensions between Russia and Ukraine are “too little and too late.” According to Vindman, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, the president has removed a potentially useful deterrent against Russian aggression by explicitly taking U.S. military involvement off the table.