Russian strike hits theater in Mariupol sheltering “hundreds” of residents, Ukraine foreign minister says

Russian forces struck a theater where “hundreds” of civilians were sheltering in the besieged port city of Mariupol on Wednesday, local officials and Ukraine’s minister of foreign affairs said. There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries. “The building is now fully ruined,” tweeted Minister Dmytro Kuleba, along with a purported photograph of the … Read more

British charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe released from Iran, on her way back to U.K.

British-Iranian relations have been fraught in recent years, and there have been several stops and starts in negotiations over the British Iranians’ release. Their release comes after Britain settled a historic $524 million debt with Iran. Story continues below advertisement British Parliament member Tulip Siddiq tweeted a photo of Zaghari-Ratcliffe on an airplane and said … Read more

Biden administration identifies 50 Russian elites as targets for global hunt to seize assets

Treasury publicly released 28 of the 50 names on the list, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian mega-billionaire Alisher Usmanov, among other top government officials. Treasury officials declined to share the other 22 names. One person familiar with the matter, speaking on the condition of anonymity to frankly describe … Read more

Ukraine says Russia strikes Mariupol theatre sheltering residents, Moscow denies attack

A satellite image shows a closer view of Mariupol Drama Theater before bombing, as a word “children” in Russian is written in large white letters on the pavement in front of and behind the building, in Mariupol, Ukraine, March 14, 2022. Picture taken March 14, 2022. Satellite image ?2022 Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS … Read more

Live updates: Russian troops destroy theater in Mariupol

MARIUPOL, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials say Russian forces destroyed a theater in the city of Mariupol where hundreds of people were sheltering. There was no immediate word on deaths or injuries in what the Mariupol city council said was an airstrike on the theater Wednesday. The Maxar satellite imagery firm said images from Monday showed … Read more

Zelensky speech today: Biden calls Putin ‘war criminal’ after Ukraine leader’s stirring address to Congress

Zelensky asks Americans to remember Pearl Harbor and 9/11 Ukrainian President Volomyr Zelensky has addressed the US Congress virtually after being invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He received a standing ovation when he appeared on the screen before lawmakers. his remarks, he called on the US to remember … Read more

Biden on Putin: ‘I think he is a war criminal’

It was the harshest condemnation of Putin’s actions from any US official since the war in Ukraine began three weeks ago. Previously, Biden had stopped short of labeling atrocities being documented on the ground in Ukraine as “war crimes,” citing ongoing international and US investigations. But on Wednesday, speaking with reporters at an unrelated event, … Read more

Russia moves to seize hundreds of jets planes from foreign owners

President Vladimir Putin signed a law Monday as part of the government’s anti-sanction measures that will allow Russian airlines to register planes leased from foreign companies in Russia, where they will be issued local certificates of airworthiness, according to a statement from the Kremlin. The bill will make it possible for Russian airlines to keep … Read more

Mykolaiv’s fate hangs in the balance, as Ukrainian troops dig in to defend the city

The fate of the key port of Mykolaiv will likely be decided along this stretch of concrete in southern Ukraine. Russian forces are moving from the occupied city of Kherson to pound villages along its once peaceful plains and Ukraine claims a counter-attack is pushing them back. One minibus fleeing the village of Luch carries … Read more

Two British-Iranians fly out of Iran, ending prison ordeal

DUBAI, March 16 (Reuters) – British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anoosheh Ashoori flew out of Iran on Wednesday, ending a long ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran’s talks with the West over Tehran’s nuclear program . Omani state television said the pair had arrived in the capital Muscat … Read more