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 has never threatened me, Germany’s Scholz says – POLITICO

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said Russian President Vladimir Putin has never threatened him or Germany, following claims by Boris Johnson that Putin threatened the former U.K. prime minister with a missile strike. “Putin didn’t threaten me or Germany” in the phone conversations the chancellor has had with the Russian leader, Scholz told German newspaper Bild … Read more

Luke Skywalker to sell signed Star Wars posters for Ukraine: May the funds be with you! – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Love Star Wars? Hate Vladimir Putin? Then there’s good news as Luke Skywalker is to start selling signed posters to raise cash for maintaining the Ukrainian army’s drone supply. “We decided to sign Star Wars posters, a limited amount,” Mark Hamill, the actor who … 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

Shooting outside Georgia Walmart wounds one: CBS News Flash Dec. 8, 2022

Shooting outside Georgia Walmart wounds one: CBS News Flash Dec. 8, 2022 – CBS News Watch CBS News A shooting outside a Walmart in Marietta, Georgia left one person wounded. Responding officers determined the gunfire was between two separate groups. Several people have been detained for questioning. Children’s painkillers are in high demand but short … Read more

Zelenskyy vows to retake more areas after pushing Russia out of key Donetsk city – POLITICO

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy vowed to recapture more territory in eastern Ukraine after Kyiv’s forces pushed Russia out of the key city of Lyman. “Now a Ukrainian flag is there” in Lyman, Zelenskyy said in his nightly address on Saturday. “During this week, there were more Ukrainian flags in Donbas. It will be even more … 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

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