Ukraine Builds a Case That Killing of P.O.W.s Was a Russian War Crime

At a Russian-held prison, graves were dug days before the explosion that killed at least 50 Ukrainian troops held there, Ukrainian officials said.

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Blinken and Lavrov Discuss Griner in Their First Call of the War

Ukraine said it was ready for Black Sea grain shipments to resume, while the top Russian and American diplomats talked about a prisoner swap involving the basketball star Brittney Griner.

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Explosion Kills Dozens of Ukrainian Captives at Russian-Held Prison

At least 50 captured fighters died in a blast at a prison in eastern Ukraine, with no clarity on exactly what happened and each country blaming the other.

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Why the U.S. Offered to Swap Griner for Bout, a Russian Arms Dealer

The negotiations raise questions about what, if any, standards should apply when the United States agrees to trade prisoners.

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Last Stand at Azovstal: Inside the Siege That Shaped the Ukraine War

For 80 days, at a sprawling steelworks, a relentless Russian assault met unyielding Ukrainian resistance. This is how it was for those who fought, and for those trapped beneath the battlefield.

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A More Muscular NATO Emerges as West Confronts Russia and China

It is a fundamental shift for a military alliance born in the Cold War and scrambling to respond to a newly reshaped world.

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Ukraine Announces Prisoner Exchange, Including Mariupol Fighters

Officials said 144 Ukrainian soldiers, many of them seriously injured, were released in an exchange for the same number of Russian and proxy forces.

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Kremlin Calls Captured Americans ‘Soldiers of Fortune’

Moscow says the Americans who fought for Ukraine are not regular soldiers who would be covered by the Geneva Conventions, calling their conduct criminal.

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Foreign Fighters in Ukraine Face Perils if Captured

Thousands of foreign fighters have gone to fight for Ukraine, but not all join its International Legion. Russia has maintained that some of foreign fighters it has captured are mercenaries.

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Russia Prosecuting 1,100 Captured Ukrainian Soldiers

Announcing the invasion in February, Vladimir Putin said Ukrainians would be prosecuted for “blood crimes.” Moscow is now making good on that vow.

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Russia Uses Surrender in Mariupol to Portray Ukrainians as Terrorists

Many soldiers who surrendered from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right roots, and the Kremlin may now put them on trial just as Ukraine is prosecuting Russians for war crimes.

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Ukrainian Holdouts in Mariupol Surrender to an Uncertain Fate

The government’s order for hundreds of remaining fighters to stand down offers Russia a propaganda victory, but prospects for a prisoner swap seem unclear at best.

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Turkey Offers to Evacuate Mariupol Fighters Despite Disagreements

Turkey has had a ship waiting for weeks in Istanbul to evacuate those remaining in the Azovstal steel plant, but Ukraine and Russia have not agreed to a plan, a Turkish official said.

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Russia Releases Trevor Reed, Former U.S. Marine, in Prisoner Swap

Trevor Reed had been detained since 2019, after he was accused of assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers.

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Russian Prisoners and Ukrainian Soldiers Describe Two Sides of the Conflict

The accounts painted a picture of a conflict consisting largely of ambushes, at least in northern Ukraine where the Russian forces are striving to encircle and capture the capital, Kyiv.

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The Afghan War Ended With Zero M.I.A.s

After two decades of combat, there were no American troops missing in action, reflecting a major shift in military priorities.

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Captured Ethiopian Soldiers Marched Through Tigray to Prison

The scale of the loss suffered by one of Africa’s most powerful armies was on vivid display on Friday as thousands of government troops were paraded through Mekelle, the regional capital of Tigray.

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Breaking Out of Prison With a Ouija Board and Some Clever Tricks

“The Confidence Men,” by Margalit Fox, recounts the elaborate true-life saga of two British officers who escaped from an Ottoman prison camp during World War I by brainwashing and manipulating their captors.

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Trump Angrily Denies Report He Called Fallen Soldiers ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The report, in The Atlantic, could be problematic for the president because he is counting on strong support among the military for his re-election bid.

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For P.O.W., Landmark Verdict Against North Korea Is Long-Overdue Justice

A former South Korean soldier may never see a penny of the $17,600 awarded by a court last month. But the verdict set a precedent for thousands of others seeking to hold the North and Kim Jong-un accountable for human rights violations.

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Afghan Deaths Pile Up in Uncertainty Over U.S. Deal With Taliban

Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled.

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Nazi or Hero? Historian Looks at the Stories a German Consultant Told of His Father

A study finds some truth and some falsehoods in a prominent businessman’s portrayal of his father as a Nazi resister.

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Sam Johnson, Congressman and Former P.O.W., Is Dead at 89

A much-decorated pilot held by the North Vietnamese for years, he would later criticize his fellow Republican Donald Trump for disparaging John McCain.

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A Son’s Long Struggle to Clear His Family’s Name Is Only Half Won

When it left Vietnam in 1973, the South Korean military said none of its soldiers had been taken prisoner. It took Ahn Yong-soo decades to change the narrative.

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Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas Dies at 89

Mr. Johnson was a military pilot who spent years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam before serving more than two decades representing a Dallas-area district in Congress.

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The Commander in Chief’s Following Wanes

Trump started his term with strong support in America’s armed forces. But the respect the president typically gets from the military has cooled.

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How Covid-19 Has Forced Us to Look at the Unthinkable

The coronavirus hasn’t just caused misery in New York City — it has also reminded many of the suffering that was already there.

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