A Russian attack on the city of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine early Friday left two civilians dead, 13 others injured, and damaged dozens of homes, according to Ukrainian officials. Pavlo Kyrylenko, the regional military leader in eastern Donetsk Province, confirmed the attack in social media posts and shared a videoContinue Reading

BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia’s strongman leader, Aleksandar Vucic, is fed up with being reviled as a “little Putin” intent on aggression against his country’s fragile neighbors in the Balkans. For starters, Mr. Vucic noted wryly in an interview in the library of the presidential palace this month, “I am almostContinue Reading

BUCHA, Ukraine — The city of Bucha has begun burying the unidentified victims of the Russian occupation, despite months of research aimed at identifying the dead, reuniting them with family and giving them proper burials. In March, Russian soldiers turned Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, and other nearbyContinue Reading

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia’s war against Ukraine has permeated even the seemingly sedate world of chess, where a Ukrainian grandmaster is bidding to unseat the powerful Russian president of the International Chess Federation. Representatives of 195 member states are scheduled to vote Sunday at a conference in Chennai, India, forContinue Reading

MOSCOW — Two lonely figures kept vigil on a windswept bridge near the Kremlin on a recent day, watching over bouquets of flowers honoring an opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov, as they and their allies have around the clock almost since the day he was slain on the spot onContinue Reading

A Russian court on Thursday sentenced the American basketball star Brittney Griner to nine years in a penal colony after convicting her on a drug charge, a harsh penalty that keeps her fate entwined with the geopolitical showdown over the war in Ukraine and ramps up already intense pressure onContinue Reading

Shortly after his conviction in 2011 on charges including conspiring to kill American citizens, the Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout relayed a defiant message through his lawyer, even though he faced the prospect of decades in prison. Mr. Bout, his lawyer said, “believes this is not the end.” More thanContinue Reading

BERLIN — Germany’s leading conservative politicians will visit one of the country’s last remaining nuclear plants on Thursday as part of a push to urge the government to abandon its planned exit from nuclear power amid growing concerns of a looming energy crisis due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. GermanyContinue Reading

Switzerland on Wednesday banned imports of Russian gold and gold products, on the heels of similar moves by the European Union and the United States. The Federal Council, the Swiss government’s seven-member executive board, said in a statement that the gold ban aligned with the European Union’s latest sanctions onContinue Reading