Russia dangles freedom to prisoners if they fight in Ukraine. Many are taking the deadly gamble

CNN — Promises of freedom and riches are made to convicts in cramped jail cells. Frantic phone calls ensue between relatives and inmates weighing the offer. Then prisoners vanish, leaving their loved ones to sift through reports of the wounded arriving in hospitals. This scene is playing out in the convict communities across Russia. With … Read more

Andrei Skoch: Judge authorizes warrant for US to seize Russian oligarch’s $90 million plane

CNN — US authorities have obtained a warrant to sixteen a Russian oligarch’s private plane, valued at over $90 million, for violating US sanctions for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Airbus A319-100 aircraft, authorities say, is owned by Andrei Skoch, a member of Russia’s State Duma and a billionaire who made his fortune through a … Read more

Zaporizhzhia: Fears for nuclear safety after shelling at Ukrainian power plant

CNN — Ukrainian officials and international experts have been warning for months of the risk that fighting poses to a sprawling nuclear power plant on the banks of Dnipro River in southern Ukraine. Earlier this week, the global nuclear watchdog said the situation was becoming increasingly perilous. Then, on Friday, explosions rank out at Zaporizhzhia … Read more

Brittney Griner is facing a 9-year sentence in a Russian jail following conviction. Here’s what could come next for the WNBA star

CNN  —  After a Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday to nine years in prison for a drug smuggling conviction, the player’s supporters, teammates and numerous US officials swiftly condemned the decision, many concerned her detention is being used to advance Russia’s agenda in the Ukraine war. Now, Griner has returned to … Read more

US carries out two successful hypersonic missile tests

CNN — The Pentagon carried out successful tests of two different hypersonic missiles systems recently, the US Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced Wednesday. The AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW) had its second consecutive successful test on Tuesday after a series of testing failures earlier in the program. An Air … Read more

West pushes Russia into its first foreign debt default since 1918

New York/London CNN Business — Russia has defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution more than a century ago. Following reports that Moscow had failed to pay about $100 million in interest on two bonds during a 30-day grace period that expired Sunday, the White House said the default … Read more

Biden administration announces $450 million in additional military assistance for Ukraine

CNN — The Biden administration on Thursday announced an additional $450 million in military aid for Ukraine, with the US giving the war-stricken country four more multiple launch rocket systems and artillery ammunition for other systems. The package, which will be drawn from existing Defense Department stocks, also includes 18 patrol boats for monitoring coasts … Read more

Two American fighters Drueke and Huynh are missing in Ukraine and feared captured

CNN — Two Americans fighting alongside Ukrainian forces north of Kharkiv have been missing for nearly a week and there are fears that they may have been captured by Russian forces, according to their families and a fellow fighter. The men are Alexander John-Robert Drueke, 39, from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh, 27, … Read more

Russian ships carrying stolen Ukrainian grain turned away from Mediterranean ports — but not all of them

CNN — A Russian merchant ship loaded with grain stolen in Ukraine has been turned away from at least one Mediterranean port and is now in the Syrian port of Latakia, according to shipping sources and Ukrainian officials. CNN has identified the vessel as the bulk carrier Matros Pozynich. On April 27, the ship weighed … Read more

White House walks a fine line with intelligence sharing in Ukraine

Washington CNN — Two months into Russia’s war in Ukraine, the Biden administration has increased the amount of intelligence it shares with Kyiv, contributing to successful strikes against senior Russian leaders and the Russian Navy’s flagship, the Moskva, sources familiar with the intelligence sharing tell CNN. But the effort raises questions about how far the … Read more