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

EXPLAINER: How real are Putin’s nuclear threats in Ukraine?

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns that he won’t hesitate to use nuclear weapons to ward off Ukraine’s attempt to reclaim control of Moscow-occupied areas that the Kremlin is about to annex. While the West dismisses that as a scare tactic, a top Putin lieutenant upped the ante by boldly saying the US and its NATO … Read more

CIA director: Manpower just one of Putin military’s problems

CIA Director William Burns told CBS News on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to call up 300,000 reservists will not solve all of his problems in Ukraine, pointing to issues with training and logistic support. “His military has a lot of other problems, manpower is only one of them,” Burns told CBS’s Norah … Read more

Russian activist beaten, raped by police for reciting anti-war poem: report

A Russian anti-war activist was beaten and raped with a dumbbell by police in Moscow after reciting poetry decrying President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, his lawyer said. Artyom Kamardin, 31, was arrested Monday along with his girlfriend, Alexandra Popova, during a raid on their apartment, independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta Europe reported. Speaking to … Read more

Mayhem at Russian-Georgian Border as Thousands Flee Vladimir Putin’s Draft

CHISINAU, Moldova—It took three days for two 24-year-old friends, photographer Mikhail and tech worker Dmitry, to make the grueling journey across a 16-kilometer-long traffic lineup between Russia and Georgia. The two men, who only wanted to be identified by their first names for fear of retribution, are among the 261,000 who fled the country after … Read more

Ukraine rules out peace talks with Putin if annexation goes ahead – The Irish Times

Kyiv has said peace talks with Russian president Vladimir Putin will be impossible if he annexes more occupied parts of Ukraine, and urged the West to ramp up weapons supplies to the Ukrainian military and economic sanctions on Moscow. Ukraine said reservists called up by the Kremlin last week were already arriving on the front … Read more

Putin’s grip on power ‘may be weakened by colossal error in Ukraine’ as estimated 250,000 flee to avoid draft

R ussian President Vladimir Putin is beginning to understand the “colossal mistake” he has made in invading Ukraine, western officials believe, amid signs his grip on power may have been weakened. The Kremlin is expected to move swiftly to annex four territories occupied by his forces in the east of the country after conducting a … Read more

Latest news on Russia and the war in Ukraine

Satellite imagery spots Nord Stream pipeline leak in the Baltic Sea Satellite imagery from U.S. company Planet captured the disturbed surface of the Baltic Sea following Tuesday’s leak in the Nord Stream gas pipeline. A satellite image of the Nord Stream leak in the Baltic Sea, captured on Sept. 26, 2022. Planet The pipeline rupture … Read more

Economy flights from Moscow to Dubai hitting $5,000 as Russians flee

The airline industry has been hamstrung by a perfect storm of challenges over recent weeks, from labor shortages and supply disruptions to rising fuel prices. Sopa Images | light rocket | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One-way economy flights from Moscow to Dubai are going for as much as $5,000 and many have … Read more