Russian President Putin says Ukraine did not make good on preliminary peace deal

Negotiations took place in March, with both sides making proposals but without a breakthrough. At the time, Zelensky said only a concrete result from the talks could be trusted. Putin met Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran on Tuesday, deepening ties between the two countries who are both under Western sanctions. During the … Read more

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Putin’s New Missile Strategy Proves He Is Getting Desperate in Ukraine

VINNYTSIA, Ukraine—Smoke and flames rose from the wreckage of burning buildings as the screams of the wounded and dying filled the air. Here was more evidence of President Vladimir Putin’s growing desperation. Another 24 people—three of them children—paid the ultimate price for the Kremlin’s tragic new strategy. The Russian Army was too weak, ill-disciplined and … Read more

Putin in Tehran for talks with leaders of Iran, Turkey

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived Tuesday in Iran for a visit intended to deepen ties with regional heavyweights as part of Moscow’s challenge to the United States and Europe amid its grinding campaign in Ukraine. In only his second trip abroad since Russian tanks rolled into his neighbor in February, Putin … Read more

Ukraine says children among 21 killed as Russia fires missiles at central city of Vinnytsia in “open act of terrorism”

Kyiv, Ukraine — Russian missiles struck a city in central Ukraine Thursday, killed 21 people and wounded about 90 more, Ukrainian authorities said. The country’s president called the attack “an open act of terrorism” against civilians in locations without any military value. Ukraine’s national police said three missiles hit an office building and damaged nearby … Read more

EXPLAINER: Why Iran cracks down at home, cozies up to Moscow

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Backed into a corner by the West, Iran is ramping up uranium enrichment, clamping down on dissent and deepening ties with Russia in a challenge to the US and Europe. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Tehran next week to meet with Iran’s leader — his second trip abroad … Read more

This Is Vladimir Putin’s Precious ‘Black Sea Key’ to Invading More Countries

While Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to redraw the boundaries of Europe, a pair of lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, are trying to scrap his playbook before he can take it even further. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe and Regional Security Cooperation, and Sen. … Read more

Putin expands fast-track Russian citizenship to all Ukraine

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) – As Russian missiles struck a key Ukrainian city, Russian President Vladimir Putin expanded a fast-track procedure for obtaining Russian citizenship to all Ukrainians on Monday, another effort to strengthen Moscow’s influence over war-torn Ukraine. Until recently, only residents of Ukraine’s separatist eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as well as residents of … Read more

Europe fears extended shutdown as Russia halts gas flows to Germany

The Nord Stream 1 pipeline, through which Russian natural gas has been flowing to Germany since 2011, will be shut down for around 10 days for scheduled maintenance work. Picture Alliance | Picture Alliance | Getty Images Europe is bracing for an extended shutdown of Russian gas supplies as maintenance work begins on the Nord … Read more

Russia threatens broad Ukraine offensive as US presses China over war stance

A local inspects the damage near the rubble of his building after Russian missile hit a residential area in the city center in Kharkiv, Ukraine on July 9, 2022. As a result of the attack, four people were injured. Abdullah Unver | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images Ukrainian defenders battled on Saturday to contain Russian … Read more

Ukrainian official warns of ‘catastrophe’ in captured city

POKROVSK, Ukraine – A Ukrainian regional official warned Friday of deteriorating living conditions in a city captured by Russian forces two weeks ago, saying Sievierodonetsk is without water, power or a working sewage system while the bodies of the dead decompose in hot apartment buildings. Gov. Serhiy Haidai said the Russians were unleashing indiscriminate artillery … Read more