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  • Nearly 1 in 3 Prisoners Freed by Retreating Russians Recaptured, Ukraine Says

    Nearly 1 in 3 Prisoners Freed by Retreating Russians Recaptured, Ukraine Says

    Ukrainian law enforcement said it has caught and returned to prison 166 of 457 inmates who were freed by Russia’s military and Russian-installed authorities as they retreated in the southern Kherson region last week. Among the inmates freed by Russia’s forces, 15 had been serving life sentences, Ukraine’s National Police Chief Igor Klimenko said on…

  • Turkey Becomes New Route for Russian Oil to EU – Think Tank

    Turkey Becomes New Route for Russian Oil to EU – Think Tank

    Moscow’s revenues from fossil fuel exports fell in October to their lowest levels since the Ukraine invasion, but Turkey has become a new route for Russian oil supplies to the European Union, a think tank said Wednesday.  Russia collected an estimated 21 billion euros ($21.7 billion) in fossil fuel exports last month, a 7% drop…

  • Russia Bans Entry to Irish Leaders

    Russia Bans Entry to Irish Leaders

    Russia said on Wednesday it had banned entry to more than 50 Irish officials including premier Micheal Martin in response to Western sanctions over Ukraine. Among those listed was deputy premier Leo Varadkar, who is set to take back the premiership from Martin next month. It also included Simon Coveney, who is Ireland’s foreign and…

  • Russia Blames Ukrainian Air Defenses for Deadly Poland Blast

    Russia Blames Ukrainian Air Defenses for Deadly Poland Blast

    Russia on Wednesday blamed Ukraine for a blast on Polish territory that killed two people and launched a wave of international concern the previous day. The Defense Ministry in Moscow said that the missile which landed in the village of Przewodow near the Ukrainian border was struck down by Ukraine’s air defenses. “Photographs of the…

  • Georgia Bars Entry to Russian Journalists, Activists

    Georgia Bars Entry to Russian Journalists, Activists

    Border guards in the South Caucasus nation of Georgia have denied entry to at least six independent Russian journalists and activists in the past two weeks, the Agentstvo investigative news website reported Wednesday. Ex-Soviet Georgia, which shares a land border with Russia, became a popular relocation destination for anti-war Russians following the February invasion of Ukraine. But Georgian…

  • Fuel Depot Explodes in Southern Russia Near Ukraine

    Fuel Depot Explodes in Southern Russia Near Ukraine

    A fuel depot exploded on Wednesday in southern Russia near Ukraine following a suspected drone attack, Russian authorities said. There were no casualties reported in the alleged attack which took place some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the Ukrainian border in the province of Oryol. “Today [Wednesday] at 04:00 [01:00 GMT] a suspected drone blew…

  • Russian Soldier Faces 15 Years in Jail After Criticizing ‘Poor’ Training – Reports

    Russian Soldier Faces 15 Years in Jail After Criticizing ‘Poor’ Training – Reports

    A Russian soldier faces up to 15 years in prison after getting into an altercation with his superiors for criticizing poor training conditions and equipment shortages, media reported Tuesday. The soldier identified as Private Alexander Leshkov was filmed shouting profanities and shoving an officer at a parade ground near the Russian military’s mega-church outside Moscow. …

  • Poland Military on Alert After Missile Strike

    Poland Military on Alert After Missile Strike

    Poland’s military was on high alert Wednesday after a deadly missile strike on a village near the border with war-ravaged Ukraine. In Indonesia’s Bali, Western leaders held an “emergency roundtable” on the sidelines of the G20 summit, where they urged against jumping to any conclusions about the origins of the strike. The talks came after…

  • Zelensky Offers Condolences to Poland’s Duda After ‘Russian Missile Terror’

    Zelensky Offers Condolences to Poland’s Duda After ‘Russian Missile Terror’

    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone Tuesday with Polish counterpart Andrzej Duda, offering his condolences following reports that an alleged Russian missile attack had left two dead in Poland. “Expressed condolences over the death of Polish citizens from Russian missile terror. We exchanged available information and are clarifying all the facts. Ukraine, Poland, all…

  • Moscow Calls Reports Russian Missiles Hit Poland ‘Provocation’

    Moscow Calls Reports Russian Missiles Hit Poland ‘Provocation’

    Moscow’s defence minister on Tuesday dismissed reports that Russian missiles had landed in Poland, which borders Ukraine, as a “provocation” intended to escalate tensions. “Polish mass media and officials commit deliberate provocation to escalate situation with their statement on alleged impact of ‘Russian’ rockets at Przewodow (near the Ukraine border),” Russia’s defence ministry said in…

  • 7 Million Homes in Dark as Missiles Pound Ukrainian Cities

    7 Million Homes in Dark as Missiles Pound Ukrainian Cities

    Missile strikes hit cities across Ukraine on Tuesday, plunging 7 million homes into darkness just days after a humiliating Russian retreat, prompting a defiant response from President Volodymyr Zelensky.   Seven million homes were without power following the latest attacks, the presidency said, dampening jubilation over the recapture of Kherson city as world leaders gather at…

  • Russian Zookeeper Accused of Stealing Animals From Ukraine’s Kherson Claims Relocation ‘Temporary’

    Russian Zookeeper Accused of Stealing Animals From Ukraine’s Kherson Claims Relocation ‘Temporary’

    A Russian zookeeper accused of stealing animals from a zoo in Ukraine’s Kherson amid Russian forces’ retreat from the city told The Moscow Times on Tuesday that he was “helping out the Kherson animals” by “providing them with accommodation for a while.” Video footage that circulated on social media over the weekend showed zookeeper Oleg…

  • ‘The Military Betrayed Us’: Desperate Relatives of Russian Draftees Seek Answers

    ‘The Military Betrayed Us’: Desperate Relatives of Russian Draftees Seek Answers

    Relatives of Russian draftees on the frontline in Ukraine have been protesting the treatment of their loved ones and accusing local officials of “betrayal” as news of combat conditions and casualty rates trickles back to towns and cities across the country.  While anger appears to be growing, it is for now directed primarily at regional…

  • Russian Proxy Officials Exit Kherson Region’s Nova Kakhovka

    Russian Proxy Officials Exit Kherson Region’s Nova Kakhovka

    Russian proxy officials in the city of Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region said Tuesday that they were relocating deeper into Russian-held territory because they were increasingly under fire from Ukrainian forces. The officials’ exit from Nova Kakhovka, located on the left bank of the Dnipro River, comes days after Russian forces withdrew from…

  • RT Launches Local Website, Broadcasting in Serbia

    RT Launches Local Website, Broadcasting in Serbia

    Russia’s state-funded broadcaster RT said in a statement Tuesday that it was launching a local language version in the Balkans nation of Serbia. The broadcaster, which was suspended in the European Union earlier this year following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, said its new branch will cover “the most pressing regional and world events from an…

  • Russia Rejects Ukraine’s Negotiating Terms

    Russia Rejects Ukraine’s Negotiating Terms

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Ukraine has put forward “unrealistic and inadequate” terms for future peace talks. Lavrov said he spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G20 summit in Bali, where he reiterated accusations that Kyiv “categorically refuses” negotiations with Moscow. “I reminded him that all the problems are on…

  • Russia Jails Ex-Aeroflot Agent 13 Years for Treason

    Russia Jails Ex-Aeroflot Agent 13 Years for Treason

    A Russian court has sentenced a former manager at Russian flagship airline Aeroflot’s British office to 13 years in prison for treason, state media reported Tuesday. Dmitry Fedotkin, an Aeroflot country and station manager in London since 2012, faced a maximum sentence of 20 years when he was arrested in November 2020. He has maintained…

  • Wagner Denies Involvement After Mercenary Killed in Ukraine

    Wagner Denies Involvement After Mercenary Killed in Ukraine

    The head of Russian mercenary outfit Wagner on Tuesday denied the group’s involvement in the execution of one of its fighters in Ukraine, after having said the man deserved a “dog’s death.” Last week, social media accounts linked to Wagner shared footage of the brutal killing of a man who had reportedly surrendered to Ukrainian…

  • Russia Bans ‘Provocative’ Soviet Famine Documentary

    Russia Bans ‘Provocative’ Soviet Famine Documentary

    Russia has banned the screening of a documentary on the Soviet famine that drove civilians into cannibalism and killed an estimated 5 million people, saying the film’s “provocative and shocking” content could cause public outrage.  “Famine” tells the story of the 1921-23 Povolzhye famine in Russia’s Volga-Ural region that sparked an outpouring of international aid,…

  • Russia Under Pressure as G20 Voices Unease Over Ukraine War

    Russia Under Pressure as G20 Voices Unease Over Ukraine War

    Russia faced mounting diplomatic pressure Tuesday to end its war in Ukraine, as G20 allies and critics alike rued the painful global impact of nearly nine months of conflict. A draft communique obtained by AFP showed the world’s 20 leading economies coming together to condemn the war’s effects, but still divided on apportioning blame. The summit…

  • Putin Allows Dual Citizens to Be Drafted 

    Putin Allows Dual Citizens to Be Drafted 

    President Vladimir Putin issued a decree Monday allowing Russians who hold another citizenship to be conscripted into the army. The draft is now extended to dual citizens, Russians with permanent residency status abroad and stateless people, according to Putin’s amendments to military service regulations. Dual nationals have been exempt from conscription until now. The changes…

  • Wagner Group Founder Steps Up Feud With St. Petersburg Governor

    Wagner Group Founder Steps Up Feud With St. Petersburg Governor

    Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin-linked businessman and founder of the notorious Wagner Group, a shadowy mercenary organization, has upped the ante in his long-running spat with St. Petersburg Governor Alexander Beglov by requesting the Russian authorities investigate the politician for high treason. The Wagner founder has made formal requests to both the Federal Security Service (FSB)…

  • Can Protest Art Exist in Russia?

    Can Protest Art Exist in Russia?

    Three young women wearing the capes of superheroes, their bodies painted in the colors of the state flags of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, make love on a white canvas that symbolizes the canvas of history. This video performance “NO” and another work were shown in August at the Climate Cultures Festival in Berlin. The performance…

  • ​​U.S. and Russian Spy Chiefs Hold Talks in Ankara

    ​​U.S. and Russian Spy Chiefs Hold Talks in Ankara

    The heads of Russian and U.S. intelligence held an unannounced meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara on Monday, the Russian Kommersant newspaper reported, the first high-level face-to-face talks between the two countries since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.   The head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) Sergei Naryshkin arrived in Ankara…

  • In Photos: Zelensky Surprises Locals With Unannounced Visit to Liberated Kherson

    In Photos: Zelensky Surprises Locals With Unannounced Visit to Liberated Kherson

    President Volodymyr Zelensky on Monday visited the newly liberated city of Kherson in southern Ukraine following the retreat of Russian forces across the Dnipro River on Friday. The Ukrainian president joined a large crowd of soldiers and local residents in singing the national anthem, holding his hand over his chest as the country’s blue and…

  • Putin Submits Bill to Denaturalize Anti-War Russians

    Putin Submits Bill to Denaturalize Anti-War Russians

    President Vladimir Putin has put forward legislation that would allow authorities to revoke the passports of naturalized Russian citizens who oppose the invasion of Ukraine, state media reported Sunday. Putin proposed amendments to Russia’s law on citizenship that would make “discrediting” and spreading “fake news” about the Russian military grounds for denaturalization, according to the RIA…

  • Belarus Under Russian ‘Military Occupation’: Opposition Leader

    Belarus Under Russian ‘Military Occupation’: Opposition Leader

    Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said that her country was under de facto “military occupation” by Russia on Monday as she urged the EU to maintain pressure on the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko. Moscow used ally Belarus as a key launchpad for its invasion of Ukraine and is deploying thousands of troops to its…

  • Russia Denies FM Lavrov Hospitalized in Bali Following Indonesian Claims

    Russia Denies FM Lavrov Hospitalized in Bali Following Indonesian Claims

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is in good health after two health checks at a hospital in Bali, an Indonesian health ministry official said Monday, as Moscow denied the top diplomat had been hospitalized. The Associated Press had reported, citing unnamed Indonesian government and health officials, that Lavrov, 72, had been hospitalized and treated for a…

  • Prigozhin Welcomes Wagner Deserter’s Gruesome Sledgehammer Killing

    Prigozhin Welcomes Wagner Deserter’s Gruesome Sledgehammer Killing

    The Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenary group’s influential leader has voiced approval for the brutal killing of a recruit who deserted in Ukraine. In footage published over the weekend, the man, who identifies himself as Yevgeny Nuzhin, says he surrendered to Ukrainian troops in early September but was kidnapped from the streets of Kyiv on Friday. The…

  • Russian Atrocities in Kherson Region Same as Other Regions – Zelensky

    Russian Atrocities in Kherson Region Same as Other Regions – Zelensky

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday that Ukrainian forces that retook the city of Kherson found evidence of new war crimes by Russian occupiers. “The Russian army left behind the same atrocities as in other regions of our country,” he said in a nightly address. “Investigators have already documented more than 400 war crimes,” the Ukrainian…

  • Russia to Publicize ‘Foreign Agents’ Personal Data

    Russia to Publicize ‘Foreign Agents’ Personal Data

    Russian authorities will start publicizing the personal data of people and groups they have labeled “foreign agents” from next month, according to a government decree published Friday. Russia’s Justice Ministry maintains a registry of nearly 200 “foreign agent” individuals and organizations that authorities say have received foreign funding and engaged in political activities.  Starting Dec.…

  • Kyrgyzstan Sees Struggles, Opportunity in Russian Emigration Wave

    Kyrgyzstan Sees Struggles, Opportunity in Russian Emigration Wave

    BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Russian entrepreneurs Yulia and Ilya Kuleshov worked hard to transform the large house they rented in the Kyrgyz capital into a center for creative volunteer projects after they relocated from St. Petersburg in the early days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But, when President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial” mobilization in late…

  • Russia Says U.S. Driving Southeast Asian Militarisation

    Russia Says U.S. Driving Southeast Asian Militarisation

    Russia’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the United States of driving increased militarisation in Southeast Asia, saying that Washington was trying to contain Beijing and Moscow’s influence in the region. Sergei Lavrov was speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh’s airport after attending the East Asia Summit in Cambodia – and before flying to Bali for…

  • UN, Russia grain, fertilizer exports talks end without breakthrough

    UN, Russia grain, fertilizer exports talks end without breakthrough

    United Nations chiefs held talks with Russian officials Friday on the Black Sea agreements on exporting grain and fertilisers, eight days before one of the deals is set to expire. The discussions took place behind closed doors at the UN Palais des Nations headquarters in Geneva and wrapped up mid-afternoon.  “The discussions updated on progress…

  • Russian Ushnoye: Soup or Stew?

    Russian Ushnoye: Soup or Stew?

    Ushnoye is yet another mysterious Russian dish that culinary experts are still arguing about. We decided to be detectives and investigate it through the centuries of Russian cookery. The famous Russian lexicographer Vladimir Dahl defined it this way: “Ushnoye is a meat or actually any kind of broth, stew, or a hot dish made of…

  • ‘The Happiest Day’: Joy in Kherson as Ukrainian Troops Re-Enter City

    ‘The Happiest Day’: Joy in Kherson as Ukrainian Troops Re-Enter City

    Russian troops withdrew from the right bank of the Dnipro River on Friday in a major military defeat for the Kremlin that led to scenes of jubilation in the port city of Kherson, the only Ukrainian regional capital Russia succeeded in occupying in almost nine months of bitter fighting.   Unlike recent Russian retreats in eastern…

  • Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Announces Border Militia Plan

    Russia’s Wagner Mercenary Group Announces Border Militia Plan

    The head of Russia’s Wagner mercenary group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, said on Friday that his organization had started training civilians in Russian regions bordering Ukraine to form a militia and build fortifications. “Wagner is helping and will keep helping the population in border areas to learn how to build engineering structures, to train and to organize…

  • The New Russian Revolutionary Language

    The New Russian Revolutionary Language

                                                                         This text includes extremely crude language. Прилипалы: hangers-on This year, 2022, must be the most bizarre year in the Russian language…

  • Funeral of Senior Russian-Installed Kherson Official Held in Crimea

    Funeral of Senior Russian-Installed Kherson Official Held in Crimea

    Kirill Stremousov, the deputy head of the Moscow-installed administration in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine, was buried in the Crimean city of Sevastopol on Friday, state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Stremousov, 45, died in an apparent car accident near the town of Henichesk on Wednesday, according to local officials.   The funeral ceremony was…

  • In Photos: Life in Kyiv Goes on in Darkness Amid Sweeping Blackouts

    In Photos: Life in Kyiv Goes on in Darkness Amid Sweeping Blackouts

    The Ukrainian capital Kyiv and its outskirts are facing sweeping heating and electricity cuts after weeks of Russian drone and missile strikes that targeted the city’s critical infrastructure. With the city cut off from electricity for 12 hours a day, the once-bustling neighborhoods of the city center fades into darkness once the sun goes down.…

  • Russia Says Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Kherson Completed

    Russia Says Withdrawal From Ukraine’s Kherson Completed

    Russia said Friday it had completed its withdrawal of forces from the southern city of Kherson, two days after Moscow said it had made the “difficult decision” to pull back amid Ukrainian advances. “Today at 5 o’clock in the morning Moscow time, the transfer of Russian troops to the left bank of the Dnipro River was…

  • Team Navalny, Investigative Media Launch App to Dodge Russian Ban

    Team Navalny, Investigative Media Launch App to Dodge Russian Ban

    Jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s team has joined four Russian and foreign investigative outlets in launching a smartphone app aimed at bypassing unprecedented restrictions on Russians’ access to independent media. Dubbed “Samizdat” in a nod to the bootleg handwritten publications that were circulated to circumvent Soviet censorship, the app features investigative reports from Team Navalny,…

  • Russia Quietly Inspecting Soviet-Era Bomb Shelters Nationwide – Bloomberg

    Russia Quietly Inspecting Soviet-Era Bomb Shelters Nationwide – Bloomberg

    Russian authorities have quietly launched inspections, repairs and cleanups of bomb shelters nationwide that have laid dormant since the end of the Cold War, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources familiar with the efforts. The unannounced campaign for state workers to check Soviet-era basement shelters in apartment buildings, schools and government offices alongside other protected…

  • Australia Blames Russian Hackers for Medical Data Theft

    Australia Blames Russian Hackers for Medical Data Theft

    Russian hackers carried out a cyberattack on a major Australian healthcare company that breached the data of 9.7 million people, including the country’s prime minister, police said Friday. The hackers started leaking the data this week after Medibank, the country’s largest health insurer, refused to pay a $9.7 million (Aus$15 million) ransom. Australian Federal Police…

  • Scorched Earth: Ukraine War Takes Heavy Toll on Climate Too

    Scorched Earth: Ukraine War Takes Heavy Toll on Climate Too

    The Ukraine war has shown the heavy toll military conflict takes not just on people but also on the planet, say experts at the UN climate summit in Egypt. From the emissions caused by diesel-powered tanks, fighter jets and missile blasts to urban and forest fires and massive waves of refugees, the conflict has also…

  • U.S. Downgrades Russia from ‘Market Economy’ Status

    U.S. Downgrades Russia from ‘Market Economy’ Status

    The United States has stripped Russia of its classification as a “market economy” and downgraded it to a non-market country, the Commerce Department was quoted as saying Thursday. The move, based on findings of “extensive” government involvement in the Russian economy, could raise tariffs for Russian imports, which are already limited by sanctions and trade…

  • EU Won’t Recognize Russian Passports from Occupied Ukraine

    EU Won’t Recognize Russian Passports from Occupied Ukraine

    The European Union said Thursday it will not recognize Russian passports issued in regions of Ukraine annexed by Moscow. The move — which also covers two Kremlin-controlled areas of Georgia — means Russian travel documents given to residents of those regions cannot be used to get visas or to enter the Schengen zone. “This decision…

  • Ukraine Says Dozens of Villages Recaptured Amid Russian Retreat

    Ukraine Says Dozens of Villages Recaptured Amid Russian Retreat

    Kyiv forces have recaptured over 40 towns and villages in southern Ukraine, President Zelensky said Thursday, as Moscow signaled its army had begun retreating from the strategic city of Kherson. The United States meanwhile announced a new $400 million security assistance package for Kyiv, which will include defense systems and surface-to-air missiles as Ukraine is…

  • Kherson Museum Art Collection Looted Ahead of Russian Retreat

    Kherson Museum Art Collection Looted Ahead of Russian Retreat

    A collection of paintings from the Oleksii Shovkunenko Art Museum in the capital of the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson have been removed and transferred to a museum in Russian-annexed Crimea, according to the museum authorities. The paintings, by renowned artists including Ivan Pokhitonov, Pyotr Sokolov, Leonid Chichkan and Mykhailo Andriienko-Nechytailo, were transported from Kherson…

  • Explainer: Could Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam Be Destroyed in Russia’s Kherson Retreat?

    Explainer: Could Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam Be Destroyed in Russia’s Kherson Retreat?

    The Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine has become the focus of intense speculation as Kyiv’s forces have pushed forward with a counteroffensive in the Kherson region in recent weeks.  And this speculation has only intensified since Russia announced Wednesday that it would withdraw its forces from the right bank of the Dnipro River, abandoning the…

  • Russian Defense Ministry Says Retreat From Kherson Has Begun

    Russian Defense Ministry Says Retreat From Kherson Has Begun

    The Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday that it had begun to pull its troops back across the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, a day after it announced its troops would withdraw under increasing Ukrainian pressure. “Units of the Russian grouping of troops are maneuvering to readied positions on the left bank of the…

  • Mazda Pulls Out of Russia Joint Venture Over Ukraine War

    Mazda Pulls Out of Russia Joint Venture Over Ukraine War

    Japanese carmaker Mazda said Thursday it is pulling out of its joint venture in Russia because of the war in Ukraine, having ceased operations in the country earlier this year. Mazda stopped shipping parts to Russia in March and ended operations the following month “due to the situation in Ukraine that arose in February 2022,”…

  • Russian Ex-Teacher Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    Russian Ex-Teacher Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    An earlier version of this story said Farber is the first Russian to be jailed for attacking a military enlistment office. This has been corrected. A Russian court has handed down one of the country’s first jail sentences for arson of a military enlistment office amid a string of attacks nationwide sparked by the invasion…

  • First Russian Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    First Russian Jailed for Military Enlistment Arson Attacks

    A Russian court has handed down the country’s first jail sentence for arson of a military enlistment office amid a string of attacks nationwide sparked by the invasion of Ukraine. Around 70 military recruitment centers and government buildings have been attacked across Russia since the country launched its invasion on Feb. 24 and ordered a…

  • Kremlin Loyalists Rally Behind Military as Kherson Withdrawal Set to Begin

    Kremlin Loyalists Rally Behind Military as Kherson Withdrawal Set to Begin

    High-profile Kremlin loyalists voiced support for the military’s decision to withdraw from the strategic southern Ukrainian city of Kherson on Wednesday, the latest major reversal for Russia’s embattled offensive in Ukraine. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered to pull troops out of Kherson and set up defenses on the left bank of the Dnipro River after…

  • Isolated Putin Will Not Go to G20 Summit

    Isolated Putin Will Not Go to G20 Summit

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has been shunned by the West over his offensive in Ukraine, will not travel to Indonesia for the G20 leaders’ summit next week, officials said Thursday. The Kremlin, which has been mired in a protracted conflict in Ukraine and threatened the West with nuclear weapons, will instead send Foreign Minister…

  • Russia Vows to Defend ‘Traditional Values’ Against ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Russia Vows to Defend ‘Traditional Values’ Against ‘Gay Propaganda’

    Russia on Wednesday vowed to defend its “traditional” values against threats from the United States and so-called “gay propaganda” in a document signed by President Vladimir Putin. The presidential decree, setting out official policy and entering force immediately, stresses the importance of “traditional values as the basis of Russian society.” It warns that Moscow must…

  • Russia Orders Retreat from Occupied City of Kherson

    Russia Orders Retreat from Occupied City of Kherson

    Updates with reaction and details.  The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it was withdrawing its forces over the Dnipro River in southern Ukraine’s Kherson region, abandoning the only Ukrainian regional capital to have been captured since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.  The withdrawal announcement was made by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu…

  • Deputy Head of Russian-Occupied Kherson Region Dies in Car Crash

    Deputy Head of Russian-Occupied Kherson Region Dies in Car Crash

    Updates with reaction and details.  Kirill Stremousov, the vocal deputy head of the Moscow-installed administration in the occupied Kherson region of Ukraine was killed Wednesday in an apparent car accident, according to local officials.   Stremousov, known for his strongly anti-Ukrainian rhetoric, died near the town of Henichesk, Russian pro-war blogger Semyon Pegov wrote on Telegram.…

  • Sidelined Putin Associate Viktor Cherkesov Dies at 72

    Sidelined Putin Associate Viktor Cherkesov Dies at 72

    Viktor Cherkesov, a longtime associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin who fell foul of the Kremlin for publicly discussing a rift within Russia’s security elites, has died in St. Petersburg at age 72. Cherkesov’s death, which followed “a severe illness,” was announced late Tuesday by the Rosbalt news website. He is survived by his wife,…

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