Russia has failed in Ukraine’s north, and this does not bode well for the future of Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and other members of the ruling elite.
Capture of the port city will give Russia a land route to connect Crimea with the separatist-held regions of Donbass. It will also boost the morale of Putin’s troops, who are facing unexpected resistance.
From military to geopolitics, Ukraine would deliver NATO significant leverage over Russian influence in Eastern Europe and the Black Sea.
The Democratic-controlled House will examine whether President Trump abused his powers and sought Ukraine's help to smear former vice president Joe Biden, a 2020 Democratic front runner, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine's east.
Ukrainian comedian and presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy is heading to Paris to meet the French president. He is predicted to win the presidential election run-off, despite his only political experience of playing the president in a TV show.
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