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Vivian Salama

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Past articles by Vivian:

Ukraine’s Defense Minister Says It Has ‘Passed Test’ on New U.S. Guided Rockets, Needs More

Oleksii Reznikov stressed that the high attrition rate along Ukraine’s extensive front line has made the demand for additional supplies more urgent. → Read More

Russia Says It Is Open to Talks With Ukraine, Turkey on Grain Exports

Comments from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov came as his Ukrainian counterpart said a Russian naval blockade on Ukraine has “shredded global chains of food supply.” → Read More

Ukraine Disappointed in Exit of Boris Johnson, a Staunch Ally

Mr. Johnson had won wide admiration in Ukraine for his deep support of the country’s fight against Russia. → Read More

Outgunned Ukrainian Forces Work to Avoid Becoming Surrounded in Donbas

Ukrainian troops have sought to occupy higher ground in the town of Lysychansk after losing nearby Severodonetsk as Russia targeted military facilities across western and northern Ukraine. → Read More

World Leaders Seek Solutions to Food Shortages Caused by Ukraine War

Officials from the world’s most advanced economies gathered in Berlin to find solutions to shortages that have been exacerbated by the economic war under way between Russia and the West. → Read More

Biden to Meet With Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince in July

The president aims to reinvigorate relations with key Middle Eastern partners during a visit to the region next month that includes a stop in Saudi Arabia, administration officials said. → Read More

White House Set to Announce Biden Trip to Saudi Arabia Soon

The White House plans to announce as early as Monday a trip by President Biden to Saudi Arabia, a prospect that has prompted pushback from members of Congress critical of the kingdom and its leader. → Read More

Looming Global Food Crisis Related to Ukraine War Divides Biden Administration

At issue is a plan calling for Belarus to help move grain to market, with a six-month waiver of sanctions on its potash fertilizer industry offered as an incentive. → Read More

Ukraine’s Azov Battalion Looks to Regroup and Clean Up Image

Hundreds of its fighters are prisoners of war after a brutal battle with Russia for Mariupol, but the regiment is training new members and hoping to benefit from Western aid. → Read More

Gun Reform Legislation Makes Progress in Senate

Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy says red-flag laws and background checks are part of the package under discussion. → Read More

U.S. to Send Advanced Rocket Systems to Kyiv, Officials Say

The Biden administration is expected to announce as early as next week it will send to Ukraine long-range rocket systems Kyiv says are necessary to fight off the Russian onslaught in the Donbas region. → Read More

Russia Gains Ground in Bid to Encircle Troops Defending Ukraine’s East

Fierce fighting raged in the Donbas region, with Russian forces engaging in street battles in the city of Severodonetsk as Moscow brought to bear its advantage in firepower on outgunned Ukrainian defenders. → Read More

Russia Says It Has Taken Complete Control of Mariupol After Surrender of Last Defenders

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described the soldiers and marines who had defended the southeastern port city through a monthslong siege as national heroes. → Read More

Ukrainian Families Risk Their Lives to Escape Russian Occupation

Russian forces moved into the small town of Orikhiv, about 100 miles from Mariupol, soon after Moscow first ordered its invasion of Ukraine. The town’s residents faced explosions and shootings on a daily basis, forcing them to take the decision to leave. → Read More

Russia Rejects Pleas to Permit Grain Shipments From Ukraine

U.S., U.N. aim to transport grain through Belarus to help world markets facing food shortages. → Read More

Ukraine Says Long Combat Mission in Mariupol Has Ended

Ukraine’s government said its combat mission in Mariupol was over and evacuations of its soldiers had begun, concluding months of bloody battling against Russian forces that ended with a dramatic siege at an abandoned steel plant where fighters and civilians took refuge. → Read More

Ukraine’s Military Regains Ground in Northeast, Targets Another Russian River Crossing

Kharkiv’s regional governor said that even as Ukraine wins back territory seized by Russia in recent months, the situation across the region remains extremely volatile. → Read More

With Russian Forces at the Door, Zaporizhzhia Shelters Evacuees From Ukraine’s East

The eastern Ukrainian city is absorbing the shock of nearly three months of war in the country’s southeast. Evacuees, injured civilians and wounded soldiers are all piling into the city in search of safety and treatment. → Read More

U.S. Withholds Sanctions on a Very Close Putin Associate: His Alleged Girlfriend

Officials have a sanctions package ready, but they continue to weigh the potential backlash for blacklisting the 39-year-old former Olympic gymnast. The U.S. government says she is the mother of at least three of President Vladimir Putin’s children. → Read More

For Civilians Trapped in Mariupol, Fleeing Can Be as Risky as Staying

Treacherous escapes from the besieged coastal city help to explain why so many civilians remained for so long: Staying could mean getting killed, but leaving also comes with high risks. → Read More