National Newswatch

Russians control 80% of contested city in eastern Ukraine

Jun 14 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Sievierodonetsk, the main focus of the fighting in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks, isn’t yet blocked off by Russian troops even though they control about 80% of the city and have destroyed all three bridges leading out of it, an official said Tuesday. “There is still an opportunity for the evacuation […]

Belarus expands death penalty law, ups threat to opposition

May 18 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Wednesday expanded the death penalty law to include “attempted terrorism,” in a move that could radically ramp up the government's pressure on the country's beleaguered opposition. Authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko signed a law allowing the death penalty for an attempt to commit a terrorist attack. Previously, it could not […]

Stanislav Shushkevich, post-Soviet leader of Belarus, dies

May 4 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Stanislav Shushkevich, who steered Belarus to independence, served as its first leader and is reported to have taught Russian to John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald in the 1960s, has died. He was 87. Shushkevich died early Wednesday, according to his wife, Irina, after hospitalization last month for COVID-19. Shushkevich […]

Belarus journalist group wins UNESCO’s press freedom award

Apr 27 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus' top independent journalists' organization has been awarded a UNESCO press freedom award. The Belarusian Association of Journalists has been named as the laureate of the 2022 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize — a $25,000 award for “outstanding contributions to the defense or promotion of press freedom especially in the […]

Zelenskyy: Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine has begun

Apr 18 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched its long-feared, full-scale offensive to take control of Ukraine's east on Monday, attacking along a broad front over 300 miles (480 kilometers) long, Ukrainian officials said in what marked the opening of a new and potentially climactic phase of the war. “The Russian troops have begun the battle for […]

Ukraine pleads for help, says Russia wants to split nation

Mar 27 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of cowardice Sunday while another top official said Russia was trying to split the nation in two, like North and South Korea. Zelenskyy made an exasperated plea for fighter jets and tanks to sustain a defense as his country continues battling Russia’s invading troops. […]

Russian airstrike escalates offensive in western Ukraine

Mar 13 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian missiles pounded a military base in western Ukraine on Sunday, killing 35 people in an attack on a facility that served as a crucial hub for cooperation between Ukraine and the NATO countries supporting its defense. The barrage marked an escalation of Moscow’s offensive and moved the fighting perilously close […]

Ukraine says Russia steps up shelling of residential areas

Mar 6 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces intensified shelling of cities in Ukraine's center, north and south, a Ukrainian official said, as a second attempt to evacuate besieged civilians collapsed. With the Ukrainian leader urging his people to take to the streets to fight, Russian President Vladimir Putin shifted blame for the invasion, saying Moscow's attacks […]

Putin says Ukraine’s future in doubt as cease-fires collapse

Mar 5 2022 — Yuras Karmanau — LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday that Ukrainian statehood is in jeopardy and likened the West's sanctions on Russia to “declaring war,” while a promised cease-fire in the besieged port city of Mariupol collapsed amid scenes of terror. With the Kremlin’s rhetoric growing fiercer and a reprieve from fighting dissolving, Russian […]