Kamala Harris visits DMZ amid tension over North Korean missile launch

CNN — US Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Demilitarized Zone that divides North and South Korea on Thursday, the last stop on her four-day trip to Asia. Harris condemned North Korea’s Kim Jong Un while standing on the heavily reinforced region, one day after Pyongyang fired two ballistic missiles into the waters off its … Read more

Putin to host ceremony annexing occupied Ukrainian territories on Friday, Kremlin says

results of a referendum on the joining of the DPR to Russia, in Donetsk, Ukraine, on September 27.” class=”gallery-image__dam-img” height=”1250″/> Photos: Russia invades Ukraine Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters Head of the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Denis Pushilin, left, and Secretary of the United Russia Party’s General Council Andrey Turchak attend a news conference on preliminary … Read more

The Russians rushing to the borders amid draft fears

Dariali, Georgia CNN — With one bag in each hand and another on his back, Denis makes his way up a hill on foot, having just crossed the border from Russia into Georgia. “I’m just tired. That’s the only thing I feel,” the 27-year-old says as he tries to catch his breath. Denis has just … Read more

Macron, Scholz plan Berlin dinner to talk energy crisis, Russia tensions – POLITICO

BERLIN/PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is planning to travel to Berlin on Monday to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz for a working dinner, three officials familiar with preparations for the trip told POLITICO. The sit-down, contingent on Scholz having recovered from COVID, would fall on a historical date — October 3, the day of … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — The chaos of the past week might be incorrectly comforting. Despite Russia’s continued disastrous handling of its war of choice in Ukraine, the conflict’s most dangerous moment may be nearing. At some point this week, the Kremlin will likely declare that “sham” referendums in four partially occupied areas of Ukraine have … Read more

Wagner: Putin’s ‘chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin admits creating mercenary outfit in 2014

CNN — Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of Russia’s most elusive oligarchs, now admits to founding the private military company known as Wagner in 2014, reversing years of denials about his connection to the shadowy outfit. Prigozhin is so close to the Kremlin that he is known as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “chef.” On social media on … Read more

Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons could pack the same punch as atomic bombs dropped on Japan

CNN — With his forces retreating in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has once again threatened to turn to nuclear weapons, most likely what are often called tactical nuclear weapons. In a speech last week, he warned that, “In the event of a threat to the territorial integrity of our country and to defend Russia … Read more

Putin is mobilizing. Germany and France are unlikely to step up. – POLITICO

John R. Deni is a research professor at the US Army War College‘s Strategic Studies Institute and a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Hey‘s the author of “Coalition of the unWilling and unAble.” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent decision to partially mobilize Russian reservists represents a significant escalation in his war against Ukraine. … Read more

Protests, drafting mistakes and an exodus: Putin’s mobilization off to chaotic start

CNN — Russia’s “partial mobilization” for its war in Ukraine is off to a chaotic start amid protests, drafting mistakes and an exodus of citizens fleeing Russia, as the Kremlin tightens rules around evading military orders. Some residents in Russia’s Far East Sakha Republic were conscripted “by mistake” despite not being eligible for mobilization, such … Read more

Russian military escalation and ‘bogus threats’ show Putin has been ‘outsmarted’ by the Ukrainians, says UK PM

CNN — Vladimir Putin’s announcement of increased military conscription to bolster Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine shows that the Russian President “has been outsmarted” by Kyiv, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss told CNN in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview. The new British leader, who takes power at a time of historic upheaval, told CNN’s Jake Tapper … Read more