Live Updates | Russia promises to step up missile attacks

MOSCOW – Russia’s defense ministry on Friday promised to increase “the scale of missile attacks” on Kyiv in response to “Ukraine’s diversions into Russian territory.” The statement comes a day after Russian authorities accused Ukrainian forces of carrying out airstrikes on residential buildings in one of the country’s border regions with Ukraine, injuring seven people. … Read more

Philadelphia welcomes Toronto to start playoffs | NBA

Toronto Raptors (48-34, 5th in Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (51-31, 4th in Eastern Conference) Philadelphia; Saturday, 6 p.m. EDT FANDUEL SPORTS BOOK LINE: 76ers -4.5; over/under is 216 FIRST ROUND OF THE EASTERN CONFERENCE: The 76ers host the first series matchup CONCLUSION: The Philadelphia 76ers host the Toronto Raptors in the first game of … Read more

Clippers meet the Pelicans in the play-in game | NBA

New Orleans Pelicans (36-46, ninth in Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (42-40, eighth in Western Conference) Los Angeles; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT PLAY-IN GAME: The Clippers and Pelicans compete to determine eighth place in the Western Conference. SUMMARY: The Los Angeles Clippers host the New Orleans Pelicans for the NBA Playoffs play-in tournament. The … Read more

Live Updates | Russia-Ukraine War | Nation

By The Associated Press PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron spoke out against Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday evening, defending himself over criticism he held multiple talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to no avail. On Monday, Morawiecki ridiculed the French leader’s several hours of phone calls with Putin, saying that they achieved … Read more

Live updates | 27 Russian diplomats expelled from Baltics | Nation

By The Associated Press HELSINKI — Estonia and Latvia will close Russia’s consular missions in two cities each and expel a total of 27 Russian diplomats and employees currently stationed in the Baltic countries. Estonia’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday the country decided to expel the staff of Russia’s consulates in the southern city of Tartu … Read more

Live Updates | Ruble on mend, Russia bank cuts interest rate | Nation

By The Associated Press LONDON — Russia’s central bank says it’s lowering a key interest rate, and said more cuts could be on the way. The decision indicates the bank thinks strict capital controls and other severe measures are stabilizing Russia’s currency and financial system despite intense pressure from Western sanctions over the war in … Read more

Live updates: Zelenskyy: Russian attack is genocide | U.S. Business

By The Associated Press Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, says in a U.S. television interview that Russian attacks in Ukraine amount to genocide. Zelenskyy told CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that there are more than 100 nationalities in Ukraine and “this is about the destruction and extermination of all these nationalities. We are citizens of Ukraine … Read more

Live updates | Ukraine: 410 civilian bodies found near Kyiv | U.S. Business

By The Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s prosecutor-general says the bodies of 410 civilians have been removed from Kyiv-area towns that were recently retaken from Russian troops. Iryna Venediktova says on Facebook that the bodies were recovered Friday, Saturday and Sunday. She says 140 of them have undergone examination by prosecutors and other specialists. … Read more

Live updates | UK PM calls attacks in Ukraine “despicable” | National politics

By The Associated Press LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Russia’s attack on Ukranian civilians in towns on the outskirts of Kyiv “are yet more evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his army are committing war crimes in Ukraine.” Johnson called the attacks in the towns of Irpin and Bucha “despicable” and … Read more