Ukraine demands emergency UN meeting over Putin nuclear plan

Ukraine’s government on Sunday called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to “counter the Kremlin’s nuclear blackmail” after Russian President Vladimir Putin revealed plans to station tactical atomic weapons in Belarus. One Ukrainian official said Russia “took Belarus as a nuclear hostage.” Further heightening tensions, an explosion deep inside Russia wounded three people Sunday. […]

Putin says Russia will station tactical nukes in Belarus

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans on Saturday to station tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, a warning to the West as it steps up military support for Ukraine. Putin said the move was triggered by Britain’s decision this past week to provide Ukraine with armor-piercing rounds containing depleted uranium. The Russian leader earlier made a false […]

DeSantis walks back ‘territorial dispute’ remark on Ukraine

Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his characterization of Russia’s war in Ukraine as a “territorial dispute,” following criticism from a number of fellow Republicans who expressed concern about the potential 2024 presidential candidate’s dismissive description of the conflict.

CIA director: Putin too confident he can grind down Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine enters its second year, CIA Director William Burns said Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is being “too confident” in his military’s ability to grind Ukraine into submission. Burns, in a television interview, said the head of Russia’s intelligence services had displayed in their November meeting “a sense of cockiness and hubris” that reflected Putin’s own […]

Russians gone from Ukraine village, fear and hardship remain

When night falls in Tatiana Trofimenko’s village in southern Ukraine, she pours sunflower oil that aid groups gave her into a jar and seals it with a wick-fitted lid. A flick of a match, and the make-do candle is lit. “This is our electricity,” Trofimenko, 68, says. It has been over 11 weeks since Ukrainian forces wrested […]

Ukraine war moves ‘Doomsday Clock’ to 90 seconds to midnight

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the specter of nuclear weapon use, Earth crept its closest to Armageddon, a science-oriented advocacy group said, moving its famous “Doomsday Clock” up to just 90 seconds before midnight. “We are really closer to that doomsday,” former Mongolian president Elbegdorj Tsakhia said Tuesday at the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists’ annual announcement, […]

Minister: Germany won’t block Poland giving Ukraine tanks

The speaker of the lower house of Russia’s parliament warned Sunday that countries supplying Ukraine with more powerful weapons risked their own destruction, a message that followed new pledges of armored vehicles, air defense systems, and other equipment but not the battle tanks Kyiv requested. Ukraine’s supporters pledged billions of dollars in military aid to […]

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performing in Fort Myers on Monday

Despite Russia’s attempt to forcefully annex Ukraine, sweet sounds are coming from the war-torn country. Monday night, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will perform at the Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. WINK News spoke with Vladey Slavaluchenko, an orchestra violinist, about what it means to be a part of the […]

Ukraine building suffers deadliest civilian attack in months

The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro rose to 30 Sunday, the national emergencies service reported as rescue workers scrambled to reach survivors in the rubble. Emergency crews worked through the frigid night and all day at the multi-story residential building, where officials […]

Russia claims deadly attack, but Kyiv denies anyone killed

The Russian military claimed Sunday to have carried out deadly missile strikes on barracks used by Ukrainian troops in retaliation for the deaths of dozens of Russian soldiers in a rocket attack a week ago. Ukrainian officials denied there were any casualties. The Russian Defense Ministry said its missiles hit two temporary bases housing 1,300 […]