This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 KREMENCHUK, Ukraine (AP) — How do you grieve when there is no body to be found? How do you move forward when the person you loved vanished into the dust in a matter of seconds? These are some of the unthinkable questions many in Kremenchuk are now grappling with after a Russian airstrike obliterated a busy shopping mall. Many hoped the war would not reach as far as their city. Since the invasion, checkpoints had been erected at the entrance to the town. Air raid sirens wailed occasionally. There had been two strikes, without casualties, on a oil refinery on the outskirts of town. But for the citizens of Kremenchuk, a breezy city on the banks of the Dnipro river in central Ukraine, hundreds of kilometers from the front lines, the town offered them a sense of relative safety. Then a Russian cruise missile crashed through the Amstor shopping mall, igniting a fierce … [Read more...] about Despair and denial amid search for Ukrainian mall victims
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 15 KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The European Union's decision to make Ukraine a candidate for EU membership offered war-weary Ukrainians a morale boost and hope of a more secure future Friday as the country's military ordered its fighters to retreat from a key city in the eastern Donbas region. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the decision of EU leaders as vindication of his nation's four-month fight against Russia's aggression and said he was determined to ensure Ukraine retained the ability to decide if it belonged in Europe or under Moscow's influence. “This war began just when Ukraine declared its right to freedom. To its choice of its future. We saw it in the European Union," Zelenskyy told the nation in a televised address late Thursday. “That is why this decision of the EU is so important, motivates us … [Read more...] about Ukrainians cheer nation’s EU candidacy amid wartime woes
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 6 They packed into trains bound for Poland. Drove through the night to Romania. Pushed strollers to the safety of Slovakia. Russia's full-scale invasion sent millions of Ukrainians fleeing to countries in the European Union. Despite the large numbers, the continent responded with a speed - and generosity - that was a sharp contrast with other recent influxes. In the first week of war, roughly a million people, mostly women and children, escaped to the E.U., according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Most went to neighboring countries. In Poland, 547,000 Ukrainians arrived in just one week; volunteers rushed to the border to offer them food, shelter and support. Hungary, which built razor-wire fences during the last migration crisis, welcomed 133,000 Ukrainians in the same period. On March 3, the E.U. enacted the Temporary Protection Directive, … [Read more...] about Where have Ukrainian refugees gone?
Russia fired nearly 50 missiles at areas in western and northern Ukraine early Saturday and launched airstrikes from Belarus for the first time, Ukrainian officials said, as Moscow's war entered a fifth month and President Biden headed to Germany for a summit with Group of Seven leaders. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko held their own meeting on Saturday at Putin's summer residence near St. Petersburg, where they discussed increasing weapons shipments to Belarus, including nuclear weapons. The barrage of missiles struck a wide swath of territory as Ukrainian forces struggled to hold on to the eastern city of Lysychansk, Kyiv's last foothold against a Russian onslaught in the Luhansk region. A military base near the western Ukrainian town of Yavoriv was hit by four Russian missiles fired from the Black Sea, regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said. He said two other missiles were intercepted. Details of casualties were not … [Read more...] about Ukraine accuses Russia of launching missiles from Belarusian airspace
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 9 MADRID (AP) — U.S. first lady Jill Biden has some company on a trip to Spain: two of her granddaughters. Biden opened the visit to Madrid on Monday by meeting with Queen Letizia at the Palacio de la Zarzuela. They later toured the headquarters of the Spanish Association Against Cancer. The first lady is an advocate for research into a cancer cure. She lost her adult son, Beau, to brain cancer in 2015. Several of her girlfriends also succumbed to breast cancer. She arrived in Madrid on Sunday, before President Joe Biden, who is set to arrive Tuesday to attend the annual NATO summit. “I brought my two granddaughters,” the first lady told Letizia as they chatted at the palace. “We stayed up and, you know, had a glass of wine.” Her adult granddaughters Maisy and Finnegan — Finnegan was already in Spain when the first lady arrived — did not join … [Read more...] about Jill Biden has company on trip to Spain: 2 granddaughters
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 5 With numerous municipalities and states considering or enacting strict limits on residential grass, you may have considered ditching your home's turf. Xeriscaping - or designing a landscape that needs little irrigation to survive - is no longer a radical idea, even if you don't live in an area where lawns are being restricted. Traditional lawn grasses are thirsty. Because of shallow roots, they need anywhere from 20 to 60 percent more water than other plants in your yard to appear green and lush, says Haven Kiers, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the University of California at Davis. The shallower the roots, the faster the grass dries out and the more water it needs, which is not ideal when parts of the country are coping with unprecedented drought. At least 50% of the water in the Western United States is used for landscape irrigation, says Lindsay Rogers, … [Read more...] about Grass is a water hog – here’s how to create a drought-tolerant yard
"Post Reports" is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you've come to expect from the newsroom of The Post - for your ears. - - - In this episode: One day before Congress sent a landmark piece of gun legislation to President Joe Biden's desk, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on New York's concealed-carry licenses that could weaken the law. Then, the morning of the bill's passage, the Supreme Court announced another landmark decision, overturning of Roe v. Wade. Leigh Ann Caldwell, anchor for Washington Post Live and the co-author of the Early 202 politics newsletter, joins us to talk about how those two rulings affected Congress. And she explains what's in the new gun control bill that was signed by Biden last week, and how Republicans in the Senate came on board for a genuinely bipartisan effort. Read More Kelsie Whitmore is the first woman to play in the Atlantic League, and she knows what … [Read more...] about ‘Post Reports’ podcast: Congress passed gun control. Will it last?
NEW YORK (AP) — An associate of Rudy Giuliani who was convicted of campaign finance crimes at trial and later pleaded guilty to a separate fraud charge is asking that he be spared from prison at his sentencing next week. Lawyers for Lev Parnas made the request to a Manhattan federal judge in papers that were filed publicly Wednesday. The papers were dated June 15 but were kept sealed for a week while redactions were agreed to. Parnas, 50, faces sentencing June 29 after he was convicted in October at a Manhattan trial of six charges alleging he made illegal donations in 2018 to jump-start a new energy company and used the wealth of a Russian financier to donate to politicians who might aid the launch of a legal recreational-marijuana business. In March, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud, saying that between 2012 and 2019 he conspired with another person to give investors false information about a Florida-based business, Fraud Guarantee. Fraud Guarantee was … [Read more...] about Giuliani associate seeks to avoid prison at June sentencing
Ukraine says their troops will 'hold on as long as necessary' KYIV (UKRAINE) - EU leaders will gather in Brussels Thursday to discuss calls to formally grant war-torn Ukraine "candidate status" to join the bloc, as Russian forces slowly advance in the eastern Donbas region despite fierce resistance from Kyiv's military. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he had been conducting a "telephone marathon" on his country's behalf in the run-up to the meeting, making his country's case to 11 European leaders on Wednesday alone. "We are preparing for the historic decision of the European Council. There are only a few hours remaining before it," he said in his daily address. But while the European Commission-backed candidacyis widely expected to be approved, some members have been lukewarm about Ukraine's status, and any accession process is likely to take years if not decades. On the ground in eastern Ukraine's battleground Donbas, massive Russian bombardments are making … [Read more...] about EU debates Ukraine candidacy as Russia makes life ‘hell’ in east