Putin puts US officials on edge with nuclear saber rattling

Putin puts US officials on edge with nuclear saber rattling

US officials are on edge over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent threat to use nuclear weapons, ahead of his illegal and contested move to claim huge swathes of Ukrainian territory. Current and former US officials on Sunday said that although there is nobody in Russia who could stop Putin from deploying nuclear weapons, such a … Read more

Putin has his back to the wall with the clock ticking ever louder

CNN — Time is running out for Russian President Vladmir Putin, and he knows it. Meanwhile his bombast continues: announcing the annexation of Ukrainian territories on Friday, Putin declared Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson will become part of Russia “forever.” He is rushing to claim a victory and cement slender gains and sue for peace, … Read more

Putin Has Left the World No Other Option But Regime Change

Vladimir Putin must go. His demented Kremlin speech Friday, during a ceremony in which he feebly asserted Russia was annexing portions of Ukraine, made the strongest case for the necessity of regime change in Moscow that any world leader has yet to make. But it has been clear the Russian dictator must be removed from … Read more

Lyman: Russian forces retreat from strategic Donetsk city a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Russian forces retreated from Lyman, a strategic city for its operations in the east, the Russian defense ministry said Saturday, just a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region that’s been declared illegal by the West. “In connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement, allied troops were withdrawn from … Read more

Vladimir Putin Just Seized One-Fifth of Ukraine But Biden’s Still Betting Sanctions Can Stop Him

Faced with mounting economic costs from sanctions on the Russian government and increasingly explicit nuclear threats from the Kremlin, the Biden administration still believes that a war of attrition is the only way to beat Vladimir Putin. The newest tranche of sanctions punishing Russia for its illegal annexation of four Ukrainian provinces won’t turn the … Read more

Russia’s Putin announces annexation of 4 Ukraine regions, despite global outcry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex occupied Ukrainian territory, a move the West has blasted as an illegal land-grab. Ukraine’s president countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance. Putin’s move and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s signing of what he said is an “accelerated” NATO membership application sent the two … Read more

Biden calls Nord Stream pipeline leaks a ‘deliberate act of sabotage’

CNN — President Joe Biden on Friday called the leaks in the Nord Stream pipelines a “deliberate act of sabotage” and accused Russia and President Vladimir Putin of “pumping out disinformation and lies,” although he did not directly accuse Moscow for the leaks. Biden’s strong words mark the first time he’s directly asserted that the … Read more

Ukraine Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya Warns Russian Deserters Are Kremlin’s ‘Trojan Horsemen’

Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations warned Thursday he is concerned that some men fleeing Russia to ostensibly avoid conscription might actually be Kremlin “Trojan horses” meant to wreak havoc later. “While genuine members of opposition should be considered for temporary protection in Europe and elsewhere, the army of Trojan horsemen of would-be Russian … Read more

Russia to annex more of Ukraine on Friday at the Kremlin

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that was expected to isolate the Kremlin further, draw it more international punishment and bring Ukraine extra military, political and economic support. The annexation — and planned celebratory concerts and rallies in Moscow and the occupied … Read more

Putin’s Central Asian allies embrace Russians fleeing draft | Russia-Ukraine war News

Kyiv, Ukraine – The Kazakh president began his speech with a proverb. “Good ties with neighbors guarantee safety,” Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, a former foreign minister known for his negotiating skills, said on Tuesday. But what he went on to say may seriously strain Kazakhstan’s ties with its giant northern neighbor and former imperial master. Tokayev instructed … Read more