Tag: Russia's war

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With mined beaches, extended curfew, Ukraine’s main tourist hub Odesa is ready to fight

ODESA – Anti-tank hedgehogs, military patrols and an extended curfew aren’t what one expects to see in Ukraine’s main sea resort. In May, Odesa, a Ukrainian port city on the Black Sea, usually rolls into the tourist season, which generates a substantial part of the city’s earnings.  Now the beaches ...
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Transnistria becomes potential hotspot in Russia’s war

Moldova’s Russian-occupied Transnistria region is becoming a new focal point in Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.  Tensions have been rising over the fate of the breakaway republic after several explosions have been reported in Transnistria, which local Russian-led authorities claimed were attacks by Ukraine. One theory is that Russia may ...
Culture

‘Navalny’ movie review: Documentary depicts a hero, but who is Navalny to Ukraine?

The 2022 documentary “Navalny” opens with filmmaker Daniel Roher posing a question to Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition figure whose notoriety is just shy of that of a folk hero and construed by many as the metaphorical “anti-Putin”, the possible vehicle of Russia’s redemption: What message would Navalny leave behind ...
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Families mourn fallen defenders of Ukraine

Early in the morning on March 9, Rostyslav Kotenko dialed the number of his father, Ukraine’s Armed Forces Colonel Serhii Kotenko.  The two hadn’t spoken since Kotenko’s father left to fight Russian forces in the war’s hot spots, near Kherson and Zaporizhzhia.  The long-awaited but brief conversation ended with Kotenko ...
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Russian troops leave shattered lives in Makariv

MAKARIV, Kyiv Oblast – Life is timidly reappearing in the half-destroyed town of Makariv.  A dozen women in headscarves and rolled-up sleeves clean up the street, armed with brooms, against the apocalyptic backdrop. Not far, one of them is crying on her husband’s shoulder.  Ripped-open buildings and craters are everywhere, ...