Briar Stewart

Briar Stewart is the Moscow correspondent for CBC News. She has been covering Canada and beyond for more than 15 years and can be reached at or on Twitter @briarstewart

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In Kherson, tens of thousands have left homes that are now under Russian control

Tens of thousands have made the often dangerous escape from Kherson by car, bike or even boat. And the accounts of those who fled offer insight into what life has been like under Russian occupation in the first city to fall since the invasion of Ukraine.

Among the ruins of Borodyanka, prosecutors are investigating 400 war crime accusations

Across Ukraine, officials say there are more than 10,000 allegations of war crimes that are being investigated by a multinational team, including dozens of representatives from the International Criminal Court. One of those alleged attacks was on Vitaliy Lusyi, a Ukrainian electrical worker.

Ukrainian teen with gunshot wounds drives 4 people to safety during Russian attack

As fighting intensifies in Eastern Ukraine, evacuees share their harrowing tales of escape.

Foreign automakers press pause in Russia amid sanctions and supply shortages

Volkswagen is one of three auto manufacturers in Kaluga, an industrial city 180 kilometres south of Moscow, that halted work due to the fallout of Russia's invasion in Ukraine, and the impact it has had on the global supply chain. 

While Russia claims victory in Mariupol, observers say Putin won't stop there

After weeks of slow progress in capturing Ukrainian territory, Russia is keen to proclaim a military win. Now, with its troops surrounding Mariupol, there is increasing talk about Russia's goal to take the south coast of Ukraine in order to create a land bridge to Crimea.

New laws aim to crush even mild forms of protest in Russia

New laws are trying to silence dissent in Russia, and people are being arrested and detained for mild forms of protest.

As Canada sends more troops to Latvia, some locals fear country may be dragged into larger war

As NATO bolsters defences in eastern Europe, a contingent of Canadian troops in Latvia has grown to 700. But while some residents say the additional soldiers at Camp Adazi gives them a sense of safety, others told CBC News they worry the heightened military presence will draw Russian aggression.

'Fake news' law forced many Russian journalists abroad. Those who remain must weigh truth against safety

More than 150 Russian journalists have left the country since a new "false information" law was passed at the beginning of March. And last week, one of Russia's last-remaining independent news outlets decided to join the other newsrooms who have stopped operating because of the restrictions on what they can publish.

Many Hungarians spoil ballots to invalidate referendum on LGBTQ content in society

The Hungarian government said the referendum was a vote on child protection laws, but critics say the questions amounted to discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and an attempt to whip up fear over what children are taught in school and exposed to in media. 

Hungary PM's relationship with Putin is now at the centre of his country's election campaign

Viktor Orbán, who is hoping to win his fourth consecutive term as prime minister of Hungary in what is expected to be a close election race on Sunday, has fostered close ties with Putin during his last 12 years in power.