Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia

KYIV/NOVOAZOVSK, Ukraine – Ukraine’s military said on Tuesday it was working to evacuate all remaining troops from their last stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol, ceding control of the city to Russia after months of bombardment. The evacuation likely marked the end of the longest and bloodiest battle of the Ukraine war and a significant defeat for Ukraine. Mariupol is now in ruins after a Russian siege that Ukraine says killed tens of thousands…

"Ukrainian troops evacuate from Mariupol, ceding control to Russia"

EU, U.S. raise cooperation to counter Ukraine war disruption

PARIS – The European Union and the United States agreed on Monday to cooperate more closely to counter disrupted supply of industrial commodities and food caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to combat disinformation from Moscow. Senior EU and U.S. officials convened in Paris for the second Trade and Technology Council, a forum initially seen as a transatlantic counterweight to China, but now with a clear focus also on Russia. In a joint statement,…

"EU, U.S. raise cooperation to counter Ukraine war disruption"

EU says no final decision taken on ending Valneva COVID vaccine contract

BRUSSELS – The European Commission said on Monday that no final decision had been made about the possible termination of a contract with Valneva to supply its COVID-19 vaccine to the European Union. Valneva said earlier on Monday it had received a notice of intent from the Commission to terminate the contract. The statement triggered a sell-off of the company’s shares, which lost one-fifth of their value in few hours. EU Commission spokesman Stefan de…

"EU says no final decision taken on ending Valneva COVID vaccine contract"

EU ministers urge Hungary to sign up to planned Russian oil embargo

BRUSSELS -EU foreign ministers sought to publicly pressure Hungary on Monday to lift its veto on a proposed oil embargo on Russia, with Lithuania saying the bloc was being “held hostage by one member state”. The embargo proposed by the European Commission in early May would be the harshest sanction yet after Moscow’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine and includes carve-outs for EU states most dependent on Russian oil. But Hungary, Moscow’s closest ally in…

"EU ministers urge Hungary to sign up to planned Russian oil embargo"

Valneva informed by EU it plans to drop COVID vaccine deal

-Valneva on Monday warned it may have to reassess its financial guidance after the European Commission informed the company of its intent to terminate an advance purchase agreement (“APA”) for its VLA2001 COVID-19 candidate vaccine. “The EC decision is regrettable especially as we continue to receive messages from Europeans who are looking for a more traditional vaccine solution,” CEO Thomas Lingelbach said in a statement. “Based on the outcome of the discussions with the European…

"Valneva informed by EU it plans to drop COVID vaccine deal"

Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east

RUSKA LOZOVA, Ukraine – Russia attacked positions in eastern Ukraine as it tries to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Donbas and fend off a counteroffensive around the city of Izium. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Russia’s offensive in Donbas had stalled and Ukraine could win the war, an outcome few military analysts predicted at the outset of the conflict. “Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned,” Stoltenberg told reporters on Sunday.…

"Ukraine counter-attacks Russian forces in the east"

McConnell sees Wednesday U.S. Senate vote on $40 billion Ukraine aid bill

– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday he expected the Senate to vote on $40 billion in proposed aid to Ukraine on Wednesday after holding a related procedural vote on Monday. “We expect to invoke cloture – hopefully by a significant margin – on the motion to proceed on Monday, which would set us up to approve the supplemental on Wednesday,” McConnell told reporters on a conference call from Stockholm after visiting…

"McConnell sees Wednesday U.S. Senate vote on $40 billion Ukraine aid bill"

Frontlines moving in “Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive

KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian counteroffensive was underway near the Russian-held town of Izium, but its military reported on Sunday that Russian forces were advancing elsewhere in the Donbas region, which has become the main theatre of war over the past month. Having resisted fiercely since Russia launched its invasion on Feb. 24, Ukraine’s military has notched a string of successes, first forcing Russia’s commanders to abandon an advance on the capital Kyiv, and then…

"Frontlines moving in “Battle of the Donbas’, Ukraine mounts counter-offensive"

Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts

KYIV – The bodies of Russian soldiers killed in Ukraine were brought to a rail yard outside Kyiv and stacked with hundreds of others in a refrigerated train, waiting for the time when they can sent back to their families. “Most of them were brought from the Kyiv region, there are some from Chernihiv region and from some other regions too,” Volodymyr Lyamzin, the chief civil-military liaison officer, told on Friday as stretcher-bearers in white,…

"Ukraine collects Russian dead as war rages on multiple fronts"