Russia to annex 4 occupied regions of Ukraine this week after “referendums” staged by Moscow

Kyiv — Russia confirmed on Thursday it will formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on living under Moscow’s rule that the Ukrainian government and the West denounced as illegal and rigged. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony on Friday in the Kremlin when four regions of Ukraine will be … Read more

Kremlin will annex 4 regions of Ukraine on Friday

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia confirmed on Thursday it will formally annex parts of Ukraine where occupied areas held Kremlin-orchestrated “referendums” on living under Moscow’s rule that the Ukrainian government and the West denounced as illegal and rigged. Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a ceremony on Friday in the Kremlin when four regions of Ukraine … Read more

Russia to transfer wounded in school shooting to Moscow

MOSCOW — More than a dozen people wounded in a school shooting in central Russia will be taken to Moscow for further treatment, authorities said Tuesday, a day after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded 24 others. Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said a medical evacuation is planned for 15 of the injured, including 13 … Read more

When will Europe learn to defend itself? – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article PARIS/BERLIN — Thirty years after the horrors of the Balkan wars laid bare Western Europe’s incapacity to deal with conflict on European soil, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is demonstrating how little has changed. As Yugoslavia started to break apart in 1991, it fell to the Luxembourgish Foreign Minister … Read more

Zelenskyy says Moscow targeting Ukrainians in occupied areas in mobilization – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy charged Russia with deliberately targeting Ukrainians in occupied parts of Ukraine in Moscow’s call-up of more soldiers for its invasion of the country. Zelenskyy said that in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014, as well as “other parts of Ukraine, which they so far control,” Russians and separatist loyalists are seeking … Read more

G7 leaders condemn ‘sham’ referendums in occupied Ukraine – POLITICO

Leaders of the G7 condemned the “sham” Russian referendums being carried out in occupied Ukraine as a “phony” pretext to illegally grab territory. In a statement on Friday evening, the group of the wealthiest nations said that the votes organized by Moscow were in breach of the U.N. Charter and international law and had no … Read more

Trump was rooting for Biden to ‘succeed incredibly’

Former President Donald Trump made a rare show of goodwill to longtime rival President Biden — insisting he is rooting for him to “succeed incredibly” for the good of the country. “Forget politics and the Republican and the Democrat stuff, and the radical lefts and everything else — I want somebody that’s a great leader,” … Read more

Putin’s call-up of reservists sparks protests, exodus of Russian men, but he looks set to escalate Ukraine war

Russians try to flee following Putin’s order Russians attempt to leave country following Putin’s partial mobilization order 02:55 Kyiv, Ukraine — Russian reservists are on their way to the front lines in Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of his military reserves. But the move has not gone down well. In the hours … Read more

US to step up its criticism of Russia at UN Security Council

UNITED NATIONS — The United States and its allies plan to ramp up criticism of Russia for its war in Ukraine on Thursday and press other countries to join in their forceful condemnations of the conflict. A day after President Joe Biden assailed Russian leader Vladimir Putin for what he called egregious violations of the … Read more

Russian positions abandoned in Ukraine counteroffensive

Russian positions abandoned in Ukraine counteroffensive – CBS News Watch CBS News In the shadow of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Wednesday speech, a clear sign that the war in Ukraine is not going well for Russia, CBS News’ Debora Patta toured Izyum, where she got inside the first base and trenches that fell as the … Read more