Estonia convicts a university professor from Russia of spying for Moscow

A university professor was jailed Tuesday in Estonia after being found guilty of spying for Russian military intelligence, part of a campaign of sabotage, electronic warfare and information gathering that Estonian officials blame on Moscow.

Asbestos discovery postpones $4.9 million Aviano Air Base project

A $4.9 million project to demolish two buildings and clear the way for a new gate at Aviano Air Base has been put on hold indefinitely due to the presence of asbestos, service officials said.

Russia President Vladimir Putin makes a rare visit to North Korea, an old ally

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in North Korea early on Wednesday, after saying the two countries want to cooperate closely to overcome U.S.-led sanctions in the face of intensifying confrontations with Washington.

US, Cyprus embark on strategic dialogue that officials say demonstrates closest-ever ties

Cyprus-U.S. relations have reached their highest level yet after the two countries embarked on a strategic dialogue on key issues including defense, security, energy, crisis management and the fight against terrorism, officials say.

Record number of NATO allies hitting defense spending target during war in Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says a record 23 of NATO’s 32 member nations are hitting the Western military alliance’s defense spending target this year as Russia’s war in Ukraine has raised the threat of expanding conflict in Europe.

How an amputee soccer team is helping Ukrainian soldiers overcome the trauma of war

FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine’s most successful soccer team, in February became the first professional club in the soccer-mad country to sponsor an amputee team. The team’s 15 players call themselves Shakhtar Stalevi, which roughly translates as “Made of Steel.”

Russia set to begin trial of WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich on June 26

Russia set June 26 for the opening of an espionage trial against imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, a step that may hasten negotiations for a possible swap deal.

War between Russia and Ukraine set to grind on as diplomatic conference packs little punch

Russia and Ukraine are set to remain locked in battle for the foreseeable future after an international gathering billed as a first step toward peace delivered no eye-catching diplomatic breakthrough that might suggest a coming end to Europe’s biggest conflict since World War II.

Russia’s Putin to visit North Korea amid growing military cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit North Korea for talks with leader Kim Jong Un, furthering concerns about the growing military cooperation between the two states at a time when Moscow is hungry for munitions to use in its war against Ukraine.

US Patriot missiles fend off attacks during NATO drill in Romania

The U.S. Patriot system was put to the test in a recent Black Sea live-fire exercise.

Short on troops, Ukraine is freeing criminals to fight

To fill a critical shortage of infantry on the front line, Ukraine has embraced one of Russia’s most cynical tactics: releasing convicted — even violent — felons who agree to fight in high-risk assault brigades.

Russian forces storm a detention facility to rescue staff taken hostage, killing hostage takers

Security forces stormed a detention center in southern Russia on Sunday, killing inmates accused of links to Islamist terror cells who had taken two staff members hostage.

Wiesbaden celebrates 75th anniversary of Berlin Airlift

Thousands of Americans and Germans gathered at Clay Kaserne over the weekend to commemorate one of the largest and most significant humanitarian missions in history. 

78 countries at Swiss conference agree Ukraine’s territorial integrity must be basis of any peace

Nearly 80 countries called Sunday for the “territorial integrity” of Ukraine to be the basis for any peace agreement to end Russia’s two-year war, though some key developing nations at a Swiss conference did not join in. The way forward for diplomacy remains unclear.

Divers find remains of Finnish WWII plane that was shot down by Moscow with a US diplomat aboard

The World War II mystery of what happened to a Finnish passenger plane after it was shot down over the Baltic Sea by Soviet bombers appears to finally be solved more than eight decades later.

Italian Premier Meloni describes Putin’s cease-fire offer for Ukraine as ‘propaganda’

Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni on Saturday dismissed a cease-fire offer for Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin as “propaganda,” as she wrapped up a Group of Seven summit that saw a deal reached for a $50 billion loan to Ukraine.

World leaders meet in Switzerland to discuss a Ukraine peace roadmap. Russia is notably absent

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Saturday predicted “history being made” at the Swiss-hosted conference that aims to plot the first steps toward peace in Ukraine even though experts and critics don’t expect any major breakthroughs because Russia isn’t attending.

The US supports ‘a just and lasting peace’ for Ukraine, Harris tells Zelenskyy at Swiss summit

Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday pledged America’s full support in backing Ukraine and global efforts to achieve “a just and lasting peace” in the face of Russia’s invasion, representing the United States at an international gathering on the war and meeting with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelenskyy to discuss his country’s vision for ending it.

Ukraine employs a flexible defense while waiting for new Western ammo to get to the front

Ukrainian firepower has been improving since U.S. lawmakers approved a much-needed military aid package this spring, though not quickly enough to halt the Russian offensive in eastern Ukraine.