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Starbucks Closing Up Shop Throughout Russia

Chain follows lead of McDonald's to permanently exit

(Newser) - Russians already lost their Big Macs . Now, Starbucks is going, too. The coffee chain said Monday it's following the lead of McDonald's and other Western businesses and will exit Russia after 15 years to protest the invasion of Ukraine, reports NPR . The coffee chain will close its 130...

Russian Diplomat Condemns His Own Country, Quits
Russian Diplomat:
I'm 'So Ashamed'

Russian Diplomat: I'm 'So Ashamed'

Boris Bondarev condemns invasion of Ukraine, then resigns

(Newser) - That a diplomat in Geneva condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine isn't a surprise. That the diplomat is from Russia most certainly is. Boris Bondarev, described by the New York Times as a mid-level diplomat who has worked for Russia's Foreign Ministry for two decades, publicly issued a...

Russian Soldier, 21, Thrown in Prison for Life for War Crime

Vadim Shishimarin says he was following orders to kill 62-year-old Ukrainian, asks widow to forgive him

(Newser) - In a big first in the ongoing war in Ukraine, a Russian soldier has been convicted of a war crime and sentenced to life behind bars. The Washington Post reports that 21-year-old Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin heard his fate Monday for a crime committed on Feb. 28, just days after the...

Finland Won't Pay Gas Company in Rubles. Russia Hits Back

Gazprom has cut off supply of gas to Nordic nation

(Newser) - Things were already tense between Russia and Finland after the latter nation applied for NATO membership this week, and a new move by the former isn't going to alleviate that tension. Due to crippling sanctions against its central bank because of its invasion of Ukraine, Russia has asked customers...

McDonald's: Our Restaurants in Russia 'No Longer Tenable'
McDonald's Finds Buyer
for Russian Restaurants

McDonald's Finds Buyer for Russian Restaurants

One of its licensees will acquire them, keep them open under a different name

(Newser) - Update: McDonald's has a buyer for all its restaurants in Russia. An existing McDonald's licensee, Alexander Govor, who operates 25 restaurants in Siberia, has agreed to buy the chain's 850 Russian restaurants and operate them under a new name, per the AP . McDonald’s did not disclose...

In Battered Mariupol, Surrender at Last

1K holdout fighters have surrendered at steel plant; unclear if more remain inside

(Newser) - The battle that turned Mariupol into a worldwide symbol of defiance and suffering drew toward a close as Russia said Wednesday that nearly 1,000 last-ditch Ukrainian fighters who held out inside a pulverized steel plant had surrendered, the AP reports. The Ukrainian fighters who emerged from the ruined Azovstal...

He Wore a 'Z' After Medaling. Now, a Ban

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak sported letter, symbol of Russian invasion, while next to Ukrainian

(Newser) - The letter "Z," a letter proudly tied by the Russians to their invasion of Ukraine, has been spotted everywhere from military tanks to warmongering politicians. One of the country's gymnasts, however, is now paying the price for defiantly wearing his own version of it after medaling in...

Finland, Sweden Officially Want Their NATO Cards
Finland, Sweden
Apply to Join NATO

Finland, Sweden Apply to Join NATO

Spurred by Russian invasion of Ukraine, countries make big move

(Newser) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday that the military alliance stands ready to seize a historic moment and move quickly on allowing Finland and Sweden to join its ranks, after the two countries submitted their membership requests. The official applications, handed over by Finland's and Sweden's ambassadors...

The Fall of Mariupol Appears to Be at Hand

Ukraine abandons defense of steel plant

(Newser) - Mariupol appeared on the verge of falling to the Russians on Tuesday as Ukraine moved to abandon the steel plant where hundreds of its fighters had held out for months under relentless bombardment in the last bastion of resistance in the devastated city. The capture of Mariupol would make it...

Sweden Ends 200 Years of Neutrality, Knocks on NATO's Door
Sweden: We Want
to Join NATO, Too

Sweden: We Want to Join NATO, Too

Government, like Finland's, will apply for membership

(Newser) - Sweden's prime minister announced Monday that Sweden will join Finland in seeking NATO membership in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a historic shift that comes after more than 200 years of military nonalignment in the Nordic country, per the AP . The move, which is likely to...

Ukraine War Apparently Not Going Russia's Way
Ukraine War
Apparently Not
Going Russia's Way

Ukraine War Apparently Not Going Russia's Way

Numerous reports indicate its operation in Ukraine has stalled

(Newser) - The tide may be turning in the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and not in the direction Russia wants it to be. A number of recent reports indicate things don't seem to be going so well for Russia:
  • NATO's take: "Russia's war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow

G7 Sends Blunt Message to China About Aiding Russia

Foreign ministers warn that urgent action is needed to avoid food, energy shortage

(Newser) - China's refusal to join the call for a ceasefire in Ukraine brought the Communist country an unusually stern rebuke Saturday from the G7 nations, including a warning not to do anything to assist Russia with its invasion. "We call on China not to assist Russia in its war...

'Wrongfully Detained' Griner Appears in Russian Court

WNBA star's pre-trial detention has been extended by a month

(Newser) - The lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner said Friday her pre-trial detention in Russia has been extended by one month. Alexander Boykov tells the AP he believes the relatively short extension of the detention indicates the case would come to trial soon. She has been in detention for nearly three...

Pussy Riot Member Fled Moscow in Delivery Outfit

'I could no longer stay in Russia,' Lucy Shtein says

(Newser) - Lucy Shtein has experience in hiding her identity in Moscow. "I have worn different disguises before to dodge the police," the Pussy Riot activist said, per the Guardian . "Sometimes I would wear long coats, I even dressed as a construction worker once." When President Vladimir Putin...

We Will Join Russia, Says Pro-Moscow Official in Kherson

Request to include southern Ukrainian region in Russian Federation to be made by year's end

(Newser) - A Pro-Russia administration official in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson in southern Ukraine says the region will request annexation by Russia by the year's end. "The city of Kherson is Russia," Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of Kherson's Russia-installed administration, told reporters on Wednesday, per the...

Top US Intelligence Official: Putin Ready to Outlast Us All

Avril Haines sees him as 'preparing for a prolonged conflict'

(Newser) - The country's top intelligence official spoke at a Senate hearing Tuesday, and the updates she provided on the Ukraine invasion weren't encouraging. US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines painted Vladimir Putin as digging in his heels and "preparing for a prolonged conflict," suspecting he'll...

Protesters Greet Russian Ambassador With Lots of Paint

Sergey Andreev was trying to pay respects to Red Army soldiers at Warsaw cemetery

(Newser) - Russia's ambassador to Poland was splattered with red paint thrown at him by protesters opposed to the war in Ukraine, preventing him from paying respects on Monday at a Warsaw cemetery to Red Army soldiers who died during World War II. Ambassador Sergey Andreev arrived at the Soviet soldiers'...

Putin's Big Speech Notable for What He Didn't Say
Putin's Big Speech Notable
for What He Didn't Say

Putin's Big Speech Notable for What He Didn't Say

In 'Victory Day' address, Russian leader doesn't declare victory or escalate war plans

(Newser) - Monday is the annual Victory Day in Russia, and the world paid close attention to Vladimir Putin's address to his nation. But coverage is emphasizing what the Russian leader didn't say in regard to his invasion of Ukraine, rather than what he did:
  • Putin did not "announce

G7 Nations Agree on More Steps Against Russia

Statement scolds Putin ahead of WWII victory celebration

(Newser) - Leaders of the Group of 7 nations agreed Sunday to another round of punishments for Moscow over the invasion of Ukraine: a ban on Russian oil imports and more sanctions. The decisions were announced after a virtual meeting that included Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, as well as President Biden, USA ...

Civilians Are Out of Mariupol Plant
Civilians Are Out
of Mariupol Plant

the rundown

Civilians Are Out of Mariupol Plant

Ukrainian forces push back Russians from Kharkiv

(Newser) - "All women, children and elderly people" have been evacuated from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk announced Saturday, CNN reports. "This part of the Mariupol humanitarian operation has been completed," she said. Russia made the same announcement, per the BBC , but...

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