Ukraine army discipline crackdown sparks fear and fury on the front – POLITICO

KYIV — President Volodymyr Zelenskyy refused to veto a new law that strengthens punishment for wayward military personnel on Thursday, rejecting a petition signed by over 25,000 Ukrainians who argue it’s too harsh. “The key to the combat capability of military units and ultimately of Ukraine’s victory, is compliance with military discipline,” Zelenskyy said in … Read more

Heads roll in Ukraine graft purge, but defense chief Reznikov rejects rumors he’s out – POLITICO

KYIV — Heads are rolling in President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s expanding purge against corruption in Ukraine, but Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov is denying rumors that he’s destined for the exit — a move that would be viewed as a considerable setback for Kyiv in the middle of its war with Russia. Two weeks ago, Ukraine was … Read more

Putin cancels year-end address for first time in a decade – POLITICO

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t hold his traditional year-end press conference for the first time in at least a decade as Russian troops continue to lose ground in Ukraine. “As for the annual news conference, yes, there won’t be one before the New Year,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday, adding that the president … Read more

Erdoğan warns Greece that Turkish missiles can reach Athens – POLITICO

ATHENS — Turkey warned Greece that a missile could hit the Greek capital unless “you stay calm,” further escalating its rhetoric against Greece. “Now we have started to make our own missiles,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a speech on Sunday in Samsun, in northern Turkey. “Of course, this production scares the Greeks. … Read more

Zelenskyy predicts ‘peacetime’ next year as Putin warns war will be ‘long process’ – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Wednesday he looked forward to “peacetime” for his country next year, while his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned the war could drag on. “I believe that Ukrainians will be the most influential next year as well, but already in peacetime,” Zelenskyy said, speaking in a pre-recorded video after being named … Read more

How Erdoğan’s confidant helped Iran finance terror – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. On March 22 of 2021, several of the world’s most dangerous men descended on Beirut’s historic seaside Summerland Hotel — not to swim in the Mediterranean or explore the sumptuous resort’s “Le Beach Pop Up,” but to talk Turkey.   The meeting was a secret … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

Nine Central, East Europe NATO countries condemn Russia annexations – POLITICO

The presidents of nine NATO countries in central and eastern Europe declared on Sunday that they would never recognize the annexation by Russia of several Ukrainian regions. Hungary and Bulgaria were conspicuously absent from the signatories. In a joint statement, the leaders also supported a path to NATO membership for Ukraine. The nine leaders demanded … Read more

The city is of strategic importance. – POLITICO

Ukrainian forces are closing in to recapture the city of Lyman in the eastern Donetsk region of the country, the Defense Ministry in Kyiv said on Saturday. “Ukrainian Air Assault Forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region. [The Ukrainian army] has and will always have the decisive vote in today’s and any future ‘referendums’,” the ministry … Read more

Kyiv vows Russian troops will ‘simply be exterminated’ after Putin annexes Ukrainian territory – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article KYIV — Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian regions, announced by President Vladimir Putin on Friday, will not affect Kyiv’s resolve to free them with military force, said an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “For our plans, [Russia’s annexation] doesn’t matter,” Mykhailo Podolyak told POLITICO, speaking before the … Read more