While Ukraine’s accession into the bloc could take a decade or more, the decision sends a powerful message of solidarity to Kyiv and a rebuke to President Vladimir Putin of Russia.
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Over the past several days, Ukrainian forces have advanced outward from Kharkiv, launching a concerted offensive to the north and east.
Battles over the past seven weeks raged in populated areas near Kyiv, but the war is moving into wide-open flatland, which will drastically change combat strategy.
When Sergiy, 47, got out of bed Sunday morning in this small town in northeastern Ukraine, he discovered a chilling new hazard in a war filled with them: He had woken up in a minefield.
The town of Trostyanets was occupied by Russian forces for a month before the Ukrainian military liberated it. Residents described weeks of hunger and horror.
Five Afghans speak about the sudden end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and the uncertainty that lies ahead.
The holdup reflects the challenges of foreign governments working with the Taliban, which has yet to form a government.
Officials are still piecing together the chain of events in the attack that killed scores of people, including 13 U.S. service members, outside the Kabul airport.
The Taliban’s advance has made clear that U.S. efforts to turn the country's military into a robust fighting force have failed, with its soldiers feeling abandoned by inept leaders.