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Ukrainian Push Slowed by Rain, River and Russian Holdouts

Ukrainian Push Slowed by Rain, River and Russian Holdouts

What had been a lightning push by Ukraine to drive Moscow’s forces from the eastern Kharkiv region slowed to a...

After Partial Russian Retreat, Chilling Signs of Horrors Against Ukrainians Revealed

After Partial Russian Retreat, Chilling Signs of Horrors Against Ukrainians Revealed

Almost 2,000 innocent people have been killed by Russian forces in Bucha, Irpin, Mariupol, Ukraine – some just for speaking...

UN: Climate of Repression in Belarus Stifles Civil, Political Rights

UN: Climate of Repression in Belarus Stifles Civil, Political Rights

The United Nations reports the human rights situation in Belarus has seriously deteriorated as the government seeks to maintain control...

VOA Visits Mass Burial Site in Izium, Ukraine

VOA Visits Mass Burial Site in Izium, Ukraine

Ukrainian officials announced on Friday that they had exhumed more than 400 bodies at a mass burial site near Izium,...

Church of England Prohibits Tutu’s Daughter from Officiating Funeral

Church of England Prohibits Tutu’s Daughter from Officiating Funeral

The Church of England said the daughter of the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu could not be an officiant at her...

Ukraine Says Residents Coerced Into Russian Annexation Vote

Ukraine Says Residents Coerced Into Russian Annexation Vote

Western nations and Ukraine say voting is a sham that began Friday on Russian referendums aimed at annexing four occupied...

Thousands of Russians Flee Mobilization as Anti-War Protests Erupt

Thousands of Russians Flee Mobilization as Anti-War Protests Erupt

Thousands of Russians are trying to flee the country to escape conscription into the military. President Vladimir Putin announced the...

Thousands of Russians Flee Military Mobilization as Anti-War Protests Erupt

Thousands of Russians Flee Military Mobilization as Anti-War Protests Erupt

Thousands of Russians are trying to flee the country to escape the partial mobilization of civilians into the military. The...

Russian Troops Have Committed War Crimes in Ukraine, UN Investigators Say

Russian Troops Have Committed War Crimes in Ukraine, UN Investigators Say

U.N. investigators say there is evidence that Russian forces who invaded Ukraine in February 2022 committed war crimes. The Independent...

Ukrainian Boys Wounded in Russian Missile Strike Struggle to Recover

Ukrainian Boys Wounded in Russian Missile Strike Struggle to Recover

Russia’s war on Ukraine is taking a brutal toll on its people. VOA recently met two young brothers, ages 8...

Turkey’s Anti-LGBTQ Display Reflects Nation’s Political Shift

Turkey’s Anti-LGBTQ Display Reflects Nation’s Political Shift

The 25-year-old translator by day and trans drag performer by night felt overwhelming panic and anxiety when several thousand demonstrators...

Australia Calls on China to Help End War in Ukraine

Australia Calls on China to Help End War in Ukraine

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong called on China to use its influence to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Wong spoke...