Putin’s TV appearances staged with pre-taped footage: insider

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s televised meetings with officials last week were staged with pre-taped footage and “deepfakes” to cover up his week-long absence after surgery, an anti-Kremlin Telegram account claimed Monday. The 69-year-old strongman was recovering in almost complete isolation from his inner circle despite being seen on Russian state TV taking meetings, Telegram channel … Read more

Russian soldier Vadim Shishimarin sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial since invasion

Almost three months after Russia launched its invasion, Ukraine saw its first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier end Monday with a life sentence. A court in Kyiv handed a Russian soldier the sentence for the shooting of an unarmed civilian in the early days of the war. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was convicted Monday … Read more

Starbucks will exit Russia after 15 years, closing 130 licensed cafes

A woman drinks coffee in a Starbucks in a mall in Khimki outside Moscow. Alexander Natruskin | Russia After 15 years operating in Russia, Starbucks will exit the market, joining companies like McDonald’s, Exxon Mobil and British American Tobacco in withdrawing from the country completely. The coffee giant announced Monday that it will no longer … Read more

Russia using ‘scorched earth’ tactics in Donbas, Ukraine says | Russia-Ukraine war News

Luhansk governor accuses Russia of indiscriminately shelling Severodonetsk, which has only one working hospital left with three doctors. Heavy fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces has continued in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, as Moscow’s troops pressed on with their advance on Severodonetsk, where local officials accused Russia of using “scorched-earth” tactics. Severodonetsk and its twin … Read more

Russia-Ukraine live news: Kyiv rules out concession to Moscow | Russia-Ukraine war News

blinking-dotlive updateslive updates, Kyiv rules out ceasefire or territorial concessions as Moscow hits military targets in Ukraine’s east and south. Ukraine rules out a ceasefire or any territorial concessions to Moscow as Russia stepped up its attack in the country’s east and south. Kyiv extends the period of martial law and general mobilization in the … Read more

Davos is back and the world has changed. Have the global elite noticed?

Davos, Switzerland CNN Business — The last time top politicians, CEOs and billionaires gathered in a Swiss mountain village to discuss society’s biggest problems and pitch their solutions, the coronavirus outbreak in China was little more than a remote threat. The economy was humming, and a major armed conflict in Europe was on nobody’s list … Read more

Biden signs $40B Ukraine aid as country rules out ceding territory

President Biden on Saturday signed the bill granting $40 billion in aid to Ukraine, as the beleaguered nation ruled out a ceasefire and ceding territory to Russia. The legislation, which passed the Senate Thursday 86 to 11, includes $20 billion in military assistance and intelligence support, $8 billion in general economic support, $5 billion to … Read more

Exclusive: Russian officer reveals why he risked it all to quit Putin’s war in Ukraine

CNN — It took a few weeks of sleeping on crates of grenades for a bed and hiding his face from Ukrainians amid a growing sense of guilt, for the Russian junior officer to come to his conclusion: This wasn’t his battle to fight. “We were dirty and tired. People around us were dying. I … Read more

Mitt Romney calls on NATO to prepare for Russian nukes

The US and its NATO allies should prepare a “devastating” response to potential Russian nuclear action, Sen. Mitt Romney said on Saturday. The call to action comes on the heels of threats from the Kremlin and warnings from Russian diplomats that the country’s Ukraine invasion could lead to a nuclear strike, the Utah Republican wrote … Read more

Vladimir Putin Could Actually Win the Battle for Luhansk in Ukraine

LYSYCHANSK, Ukraine​—The last road into the Ukrainian city of Luhansk was in flames. A huge bonfire raged on a parking space where a group of civilian and military vehicles had parked just minutes before. Anton, our military driver, pushed the accelerator to the floor as we drove past at around 140 kilometers an hour. As … Read more