Author: Colin Meyn

What we know about the missile that hit Poland

When news broke on Tuesday that a missile had crossed into Poland and killed two people, fingers quickly pointed to Russia. However, initial assessments from Poland and NATO suggest that it was actually a Ukrainian air defense missile that struck four miles from the border in the Polish village of Przewodów. Following a meeting of…

Biden presses Cambodia’s Hun Sen on jailed activists, political freedom

President Biden pushed for the release of an “unjustly” jailed Cambodian-American human rights lawyer and the opening of “political space” in Cambodia during a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh over the weekend. Biden also reiterated his concerns about China’s involvement in construction of a naval base on Cambodia’s southern coast, which…

Russia announces retreat from Kherson as Ukraine alleges sabotage

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced on Wednesday that Russian troops would retreat from the strategic city of Kherson in Ukraine’s south, signaling another embarrassing blow for the Kremlin’s war effort.  In a televised address, Gen. Sergei Surovikin, the commander of Russian troops in Ukraine, said Moscow was unable to supply the tens of thousands…

Maine governor beats back challenge from her GOP predecessor

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) was projected to have fended off a comeback bid from her predecessor, former Gov. Paul LePage (R), to win a second term in Tuesday’s election. CBS and NBC News called the race for Mills. LePage, a conservative firebrand, moved to Florida after serving two terms from 2011 to 2019, but…

Why Biden is sending US weapons experts into Ukraine

The Pentagon announced this week it is sending weapons experts into Ukraine to inspect American-supplied arms being used against Russia. The group is among the first U.S. military members in the country, apart from those providing security at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv. President Biden has pledged that U.S. troops will not be sent into…

US and Russia trade barbs over halted Ukraine grain deal

The United States and Russia traded accusations over the weekend after Moscow announced it was suspending a deal to allow safe passage for grain leaving Ukraine’s ports.  U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres canceled a trip on Sunday to engage in intense negotiations in an attempt to revive the deal, the collapse of which could fuel global…

Biden congratulates Lula on victory over Trump-backed Bolsonaro in Brazil

President Biden on Sunday congratulated Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for his victory in Brazil’s presidential election, beating incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, who was backed by former President Donald Trump. Bolsonaro, like Trump, has sowed doubt about the integrity of his country’s election system. Biden called Brazil’s election “free, fair, and credible” in his statement Sunday. …

Cracks in US support for Ukraine risk helping Putin

Cracks are forming in what has largely been a united U.S. response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, with calls rising from the right and left for President Biden to push harder for peace talks. The push from figures ranging from former President Trump on the right to progressive leader Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on the…

Ukraine poised for crucial blow to Putin in battle for Kherson

Ukraine appears poised to deliver another crucial blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war effort with a counteroffensive to take back Kherson, which was the first major Ukrainian city seized by Russia after its invasion in February. Ukraine has blacked out all media on its operations around the southern city this week, as it did…

What Putin’s martial law order means for the Russia-Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the latest escalation of his war in Ukraine on Wednesday, declaring martial law in occupied areas of Ukraine and wartime measures throughout much of Russia. Ukrainian officials said the order would not deter their efforts to retake occupied territory, but warned it could mean mass deportations of Ukrainians out of…