At a Russian-held prison, graves were dug days before the explosion that killed at least 50 Ukrainian troops held there, Ukrainian officials said.
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.
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.
The negotiations raise questions about what, if any, standards should apply when the United States agrees to trade prisoners.
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.
It is a fundamental shift for a military alliance born in the Cold War and scrambling to respond to a newly reshaped world.
Officials said 144 Ukrainian soldiers, many of them seriously injured, were released in an exchange for the same number of Russian and proxy forces.
Moscow says the Americans who fought for Ukraine are not regular soldiers who would be covered by the Geneva Conventions, calling their conduct criminal.
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.
Announcing the invasion in February, Vladimir Putin said Ukrainians would be prosecuted for “blood crimes.” Moscow is now making good on that vow.
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.
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.
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.
Trevor Reed had been detained since 2019, after he was accused of assaulting and endangering the lives of two police officers.
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.
After two decades of combat, there were no American troops missing in action, reflecting a major shift in military priorities.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Targeted killings and widespread attacks across Afghanistan have sapped brief optimism as peace talks remain stalled.
A study finds some truth and some falsehoods in a prominent businessman’s portrayal of his father as a Nazi resister.
A much-decorated pilot held by the North Vietnamese for years, he would later criticize his fellow Republican Donald Trump for disparaging John McCain.
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.
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.
Trump started his term with strong support in America’s armed forces. But the respect the president typically gets from the military has cooled.
The coronavirus hasn’t just caused misery in New York City — it has also reminded many of the suffering that was already there.