The United States and European allies remain steadfast in their support for Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty.

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Biden: U.S. welcomes Finland, Sweden’s bids to join NATO [May 24, 2022]

President Biden is hailing the applications of both Finland and Sweden to join NATO, saying the countries would strengthen the alliance.

Sauli Niinistö, Joe Biden and Magdalena Andersson walking outside White House (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)
Finnish President Sauli Niinistö, President Biden and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson prepare to speak in favor of Finland and Sweden’s applications to join NATO May 19 at the White House in Washington. (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Russian-speaking communities in New York rally for Ukraine [May 23, 2022]

Meet New York City residents whose families came from Russia and other parts of the former Soviet Union who support Ukraine.

Woman speaking into microphone while holding sign (© John Lamparski/Getty Images)
A speaker carries a sign during a demonstration in the Brighton Beach neighborhood of New York City in March. (© John Lamparski/Getty Images)

U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine [May 19, 2022]

The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine and partnering to deliver support.

Photo of elderly woman, text listing amount and types of U.S. humanitarian aid to Ukraine (Photo: © Alexei Alexandrov/AP Images)
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Food insecurity made worse by Putin’s war, not sanctions [May 17, 2022]

Russian military forces have bombed fields and destroyed transport systems that allow Ukraine to export its agricultural goods worldwide.

Men repairing damaged farm building (© Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)
Workers repair a farm building April 9 that was damaged by a Russian mortar in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine. (© Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters)

War in Ukraine damages major cultural sites [May 17, 2022]

Russia’s bombs are hitting civilians and sites important to Ukraine’s history and cultural identity. Find out which sites are damaged.

Charred remains of staircase in theater that was bombed (© Alexei Alexandrov/AP Images)
A view inside the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theatre on April 4. It was bombed by Russian forces, killing close to 600 people. (© Alexei Alexandrov/AP Images)

U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis [May 16, 2022]

The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars to help people in Africa facing food shortages worsened by Putin’s war against Ukraine.

Man standing in parched land near carcasses of goats (© Brian Inganga/AP Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine is worsening food crises in countries including Kenya, where a herder walks among the carcasses of goats dead of starvation in 2021. (© Brian Inganga/AP Images)

Pacific countries stand with Ukraine [May 11, 2022]

Numerous Pacific nations are sending humanitarian or military aid to Ukraine in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

People sorting boxes on pallets (© Serhii Hudak/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)
Volunteers sort humanitarian aid from countries including South Korea March 24 in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. (© Serhii Hudak/Ukrinform/Future Publishing/Getty Images)

Ukraine’s neighbors show support for refugees [photo gallery] [May 10, 2022]

Millions forced from their homes because of Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine are finding hope and help from nearby countries.

Child with arms outstretched holding blanket and running into arms of man at train station (© Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A refugee child fleeing Ukraine is greeted by a relative waiting for her at the train station March 17 in Záhony, Hungary. (© Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Dimitri Peskov [May 9, 2022]

This installment in a series looks at Dimitri Peskov, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, who lives in luxury as he spreads disinformation.

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Commemorating 1945 Victory in Europe Day during 2022 wartime [May 5, 2022]

In World War II, ethnic Ukrainian soldiers fought in the Red Army alongside Russian soldiers. See how Vladimir Putin distorts history.

Jubilant crowd waving U.S. and British flags in street (© AP Images)
People gather in London May 7, 1945, to hear the announcement of Germany’s total surrender. (© AP Images)

Faces of Kremlin propaganda: Vladimir Solovyov [May 3, 2022]

This installment in a series on major players in Russia’s disinformation campaigns looks at Vladimir Solovyov, a Russian broadcaster.

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Countries expel Russian diplomats in protest over Ukraine [May 2, 2022]

Nations are expelling Russian diplomats to protest the invasion of Ukraine. Find out which countries are taking that approach.

Illustration of men in suits carrying briefcases with Russian flag design (State Dept./D. Thompson)
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Russia uses conscript soldiers for war in Ukraine [April 27, 2022]

Russia relies on conscript soldiers, many from outside Russia, to fight against Ukraine. Many soldiers are unprepared for combat.

Young men in military uniform (© Musa Sadulayev/AP Images)
In this 2014 photo, conscripts stand at a military conscription office in Grozny, Chechnya’s provincial capital, Russia. The Kremlin relies on conscripts in Ukraine. (© Musa Sadulayev/AP Images)

Decades after Chornobyl disaster, Ukrainians defend nuclear sites [April 25, 2022]

Brave Ukrainians prevented a potentially far greater disaster at Chornobyl in 1986. Ukrainians are again rushing to protect nuclear sites.

Chornobyl memorial (State Dept./M. Gregory. Photo: © SSvyat/
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Putin’s war sends global food prices skyrocketing [April 25, 2022]

The Kremlin’s war against Ukraine, a major producer of wheat and vegetable oil, is disrupting trade and increasing global food prices.

Woman looking at dead farm animals (© Celestino Arce/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
A farmer in Kharkiv, Ukraine, surveys dead livestock after Russian military shelling. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war is destroying farms in Ukraine, sending shock waves across global food markets. (© Celestino Arce/NurPhoto/Getty Images)

Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine reminiscent of Nazi Germany during WWII  [April 19, 2022]

Learn how Russia’s bombing of Ukrainian cities is eerily similar to Nazi Germany’s invasion of Leningrad during World War II.

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(State Dept./M. Gregory. Photos: © Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images and © Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

Putin’s poisons: 2020 attack on Aleksey Navalny [April 18, 2022]

This installment in a series on the Kremlin’s role in chemical attacks on civilians looks at the poisoning of activist Aleksey Navalny.

Outline of Russian government's attempts to deny responsibility for Aleksey Navalny poisoning, map of Russia (Images: © Arafat Uddin/; © bioraven/
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U.S. spotlights human rights abuses worldwide  [April 15, 2022]

The State Department issued its 2021 human rights report, which informs efforts to prevent violations around the world.

Rescue workers carrying pregnant women on stretcher in front of damaged building (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)
Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital damaged by shelling March 9 in Mariupol, Ukraine. (© Evgeniy Maloletka/AP Images)

Analyzing a fake Kremlin video used to justify war with Ukraine [April 13, 2022]

Evidence suggests Russia used a gruesome staged incident to justify its full-scale further invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

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Athletes show their support for Ukraine (photo gallery) [April 12, 2022]

From wearing Ukraine’s colors of blue and yellow to moments of silence, see the various ways athletes are standing with Ukraine.

Soccer players lining up under sign reading 'football stands together' (© Rebecca Naden/Action Images/Reuters)
Professional soccer players from the British Aston Villa team and Southampton pause in support of Ukraine before the Premier League match March 5 in Birmingham, England. (© Rebecca Naden/Action Images/Reuters)

Putin’s poisons: 2018 attack on Sergei Skripal [April 11, 2022]

This installment in a series looks at the Russian government’s disinformation regarding its attempt to kill a former intelligence officer.

Graphic outlining Russian government's disinformation efforts on Skripal poisonings, map locating poisonings in U.K. (Image: © Arafat Uddin/
(State Dept./M. Gregory)

U.S. and Ukrainian performers support Ukraine at Grammy Awards [April 7, 2022]

On April 3 during the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony, U.S. singer John Legend performed with three Ukrainian artists to support their country.

Mika Newton, John Legend and Siuzanna Iglidan, dressed in blue and yellow, performing onstage (© Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Ukrainian American musician Siuzanna Iglidan (right) and singer Mika Newton (left) join U.S. artist John Legend during the 64th Grammy’s Awards in Las Vegas April 3. (© Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

RT and Sputnik: 5 facts to know [April 6, 2022]

RT and Sputnik have been in the news lately. Learn more about these two Russian outlets that call themselves journalism.

Graphic of red vintage TV with Kremlin towers in place of antenna, with list of five facts (State Dept./M. Gregory. Photo: © James Steidl/
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U.S. communities rally around Ukrainian exchange students [April 5, 2022]

Four Ukrainian students are spending the academic year in the U.S. Find out how they are adapting as their homeland is at war.

Two girls standing next to table with sunflowers (© Connie Leinbach/Ocracoke Observer)
Sonya Voitenko, right, a Ukrainian exchange student in North Carolina, at a March fundraiser for her family back in Ukraine (© Connie Leinbach/Ocracoke Observer)

Putin’s poisons: 2017 attack in Syria [April 4, 2022]

This installment in a series on Russia’s role in chemical attacks on civilians worldwide takes a look at the 2017 sarin attack in Syria.

Graphic outlining Putin's efforts to deny Khan Shaykhun sarin attack, map of Syria and image of gas mask (State Dept./M. Gregory Image: © Rashad Ashur/
(State Dept./M. Gregory)

This article is being updated periodically during each month and published in segments. See updates for February and March 2022.