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With Xi in Russia, Japan PM Makes Surprise Trip to Ukraine

To hold talks with Zelensky, as Chinese leader meets with Putin

(Newser) - Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida was heading to Kyiv early Tuesday for talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that coincide with Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to Russia , the AP reports. Kishida will “show respect to the courage and patience of the Ukrainian people who are standing up...

Oscars Say No to Zelensky
Say No
to Zelensky

Oscars Say No to Zelensky

Ukraine president wanted to appear at Academy Awards ceremony

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky has been making appearances at award shows , film festivals, and the like—but the Ukrainian president will not be showing his face at the Oscars. He wanted to make a virtual appearance at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony, but sources tell Variety the Academy turned him down....

Desperate for a Win, Russia Fights for a Pile of 'Rubble'
Russia Pushes Toward
a Symbolic Victory

Russia Pushes Toward a Symbolic Victory

But Ukraine refuses to abandon Bakhmut, even amid talk of a favorable counteroffensive

(Newser) - The eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut is bordered on three sides by Russian troops. Still, Ukraine isn't willing to give it up. President Volodymyr Zelensky has ordered the commander in chief of Ukraine's armed forces "to find the appropriate forces to help the guys in Bakhmut" after...

Zelensky Makes Surprise Move on the Military Front

No reason was given for dismissal of Eduard Moskalyov, head of Joint Forces Operation

(Newser) - For almost the entire duration of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, Eduard Moskalyov has stood at the helm of the Ukrainian military's Joint Forces Operation, which is embedded in fighting in the Donbas region. No longer, as per a curt decree Sunday from President Volodymyr Zelensky's office, reports...

Biden Surprise: He Makes Unannounced Trip to Ukraine

President meets with Zelensky, assures him of US support in war with Russia

(Newser) - A big surprise Monday involving President Biden: The US leader made an unannounced visit Monday to Ukraine to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky, a gesture of solidarity that comes days before the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of the country. Biden delivered remarks and met with Zelensky at Mariinsky...

The UK Appears to Soften to Zelensky's Big Ask

The Ukrainian president wants fighter jets

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky's latest surprise visit took him to the UK on Wednesday, where he spoke before Parliament and met with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. One of the top headlines emerging: the Ukrainian president's push for fighter jets. BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Beale sees a shift underway. He writes...

Ukraine Deputy Minister Fired for Allegedly Stealing $400K
Ukraine Corruption
Scandal Gets Worse

Ukraine Corruption Scandal Gets Worse

Several regional governors are fired and the deputy defense chief resigns

(Newser) - A corruption scandal in Ukraine is widening. The government of President Volodymyr Zelensky fired several Ukrainian officials on Tuesday, including regional governors, reports the New York Times . No details were given, but the Times notes the firings came after reports emerged that the military was paying inflated prices for food...

Top Ukrainian Officials Killed in Kyiv Helicopter Crash

Six government officials, including the minister for internal affairs, died alongside children

(Newser) - A helicopter crashed Wednesday near a kindergarten outside Ukraine's capital, killing at least 16 people, including Ukraine's minister for internal affairs and three children, outlets report. The minister, Denys Monastyrsky, is the highest-ranking government official to die since the war with Russia began, according to the New York ...

Ukrainian Troops Are Coming to Oklahoma

US is bringing them here to train with the Patriot missile system

(Newser) - Last month, the US said it was sending its vaunted Patriot missile system to Ukraine. This month, a related move: The Pentagon is bringing Ukrainian soldiers to the US to train on the system, reports the Washington Post . The training will take place at Fort Sill in Oklahoma and will...

US, Other Allies Sending Combat Vehicles to Ukraine

New American aid package is nearly $3B

(Newser) - As the Russian-spurred war in Ukraine enters a new calendar year, Ukraine continues to push back hard, and its president is reupping an ask of Western allies. In a Wednesday night video address, Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded specifically for tanks and heavy weaponry, as officials in the country's east say...

Russian Shelling Kills 10 After Zelensky Warns Nation

Shoppers were about in Kherson's city center when attack began

(Newser) - Shortly after President Volodymyr Zelensky warned the Ukrainian people that the holiday season could prompt Russia to launch more attacks, shells struck Kherson's city center busy with shoppers on Saturday morning, killing at least 10 people. Ukrainian military officials had said Friday that Russian ships with cruise missiles had...

Zelensky Puts Ukraine's Fight in Historically American Terms

Address to joint session to Congress sets the stakes and expresses gratitude

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, thanking "every American" for supporting the fight against Russia's invasion while likening his nation's struggle to past US battles to ensure independence. Despite being under attack for 10 months, Zelensky said in a speech...

Zelensky Thanks 'Ordinary Americans' for Support

Biden holds joint press conference with Ukrainian leader

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a defiant wartime visit to Washington on Wednesday to thank US leaders and "ordinary Americans" for their support in fighting off Russia’s invasion and pledged there would be "no compromises" in trying to bring an end to the war. President Joe Biden...

Zelensky Gets Red-Carpet Welcome at White House

Ukrainian leader expected to address Congress later Wednesday

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in Washington on Wednesday for a summit with President Biden and an address to Congress in a bid to shore up support for his country and send a defiant message to its Russian invaders. A US official confirmed that a US Air Force jet carrying...

In US, Zelensky May Find His Request Is Once Again Denied

Politico's sources say he'll likely again ask for longer-range weapon

(Newser) - The specifics of Volodymyr Zelensky's travel to Washington, DC, on Wednesday are being kept under wraps, but the Ukrainian president is expected to land at 2pm ET and spend the afternoon and evening in the capital, during which he will meet with President Biden and hold a White House...

Report: Zelensky to Address Congress in Person Wednesday

If visit goes ahead, it will be his first trip outside Ukraine since invasion

(Newser) - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is planning to visit Washington, DC on Wednesday on his first trip outside Ukraine since the Russian invasion, sources tell outlets including the AP and CNN . The sources say that while there's a strong chance the trip could be called off at the last minute...

Zelensky 'Proud' After Foiled Russian Attack on Kyiv

Air defense systems reportedly shot down all 13 drones

(Newser) - For the first time in weeks, Russia launched a major drone attack on Ukraine's capital of Kyiv on Wednesday. Ukrainian officials said all 13 drones launched at the city in a pre-dawn attack were shot down and no one appeared to be injured. "All 13 were shot down...

Letterman's Next Guest Definitely Needs No Introduction

Netflix talk show host talks with Ukrainian president Zelensky deep underground in Kyiv's metro

(Newser) - Volodymyr Zelensky doesn't have much time on his hands these days as he continues to lead Ukraine through its fight against Russian forces. But he made time to sit down with David Letterman in late October, "300 feet underground on an active subway platform in Kyiv," for...

Volodymyr Zelensky Named Time's Person of the Year

The magazine also gives a nod to 'the spirit of Ukraine'

(Newser) - Elon Musk did not repeat as Time's Person of the Year . The 2022 honor went to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, though he shares top billing with "the spirit of Ukraine." The decision was announced Wednesday on the Today Show , with Time Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal saying the 44-year-old...

The Short List Is Out for Person of the Year

'Time' will reveal winner Wednesday on 'Today' show

(Newser) - Wednesday is the big day for Time. It's when the magazine will announce its annual Person of the Year, and there are a bunch of headline-makers who've made the short list, per the Hill . Here are this year's contenders for the title, which will be announced on...

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