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Biden Sets Terms for Talks With Putin About Ukraine

Macron says he expects another conversation with Russian leader soon

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he's willing to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about stopping the fighting in Ukraine—under certain conditions he said Putin has not yet met. The president made the comments at the White House while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine has...

Putin Meets With Mothers of Soldiers, Blames Media

Other troops' families say the government ignores them

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hit out at what he said were skewed media portrayals of Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine as he met with mothers of Russian soldiers fighting there. "Life is more difficult and diverse that what is shown on TV screens or even on...

'Putin's Chef' Admits to Meddling in US Elections
Putin Pal:
We Interfered
'Surgically' in
US Elections

Putin Pal: We Interfered 'Surgically' in US Elections

Yevgeny Prigozhin boasts about it on social media

(Newser) - Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin said Monday that he had interfered in US elections and would continue to do so—confirming for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years, per the AP . “We have interfered, are interfering, and will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically, and...

Putin to Skip G20 Summit: 'Saves Him the Embarrassment'

Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky to attend events in Bali as virtual guest

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin will be missing from the G20 summit next week amid a series of setbacks for Russia in its war in Ukraine—though he might appear via video. That's according to officials at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia, where leaders of the world's 20 largest economies will...

Putin Says Russia's Enemy Is 'Elites,' Not the West

In the US, 'there’s a very strong part of the public who maintain traditional values, and they're with us'

(Newser) - In a wide-ranging speech Thursday, Vladimir Putin slammed "Western elites" and warned that the world is facing "probably the most dangerous, unpredictable, and at the same time important" decade since the end of World War II. He blamed the West for "igniting" the war in Ukraine and...

Top Russian Celebrity, Long Close to Putin, Flees Country

Ksenia Sobchak goes to Lithuania after her home was raided

(Newser) - Ksenia Sobchak, one of Russia's biggest celebrities and the daughter of a politician who helped launch President Vladimir Putin's career, has left the country. Lithuania security officials said Thursday that the TV anchor arrived using an Israeli passport, NBC News reports. Russian state media said Sobchak, 40, fled...

US: We See No Signs Putin Will Use Dirty Bomb

Defense chief Austin says Pentagon is keeping a close eye on Russia amid heightened rhetoric

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters Thursday that the US has still not seen anything to indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to use a dirty bomb , per the AP . He said there are continued concerns that the conflict could escalate, and he said that’s why it...

Berlusconi's Birthday Gift From Putin Breached Sanctions

20 bottles of vodka sent to ex-Italian PM by Russian president violated measures on Ukraine

(Newser) - What do you get a former Italian prime minister who has everything when his birthday rolls around? In Silvio Berlusconi's case, his old pal Vladimir Putin figured nearly two dozen bottles of hard liquor would do the trick. Unfortunately, the European Commission has determined that thoughtful gift breaches sanctions...

Putin's Latest Move: Declaring Martial Law

In the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow illegally annexed

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law Wednesday in the four regions of Ukraine that Moscow annexed and gave additional emergency powers to the heads of all regions of Russia. Putin didn't immediately spell out the steps that would be taken under martial law, but said his order was...

Fiona Hill: Putin May Be Playing Elon Musk
Fiona Hill:
Putin May Be
Elon Musk

Fiona Hill: Putin May Be Playing Elon Musk

'It’s very clear that Elon Musk is transmitting a message' for the Russian leader

(Newser) - Fiona Hill has advised presidents of both parties and is, as Politico points out, renowned for her knowledge of Russia in general and Vladimir Putin in particular. In a lengthy interview with the outlet, Hill doesn't have much good news to impart about the Ukraine war. "There is...

Ukraine's Children of War Are Being Taken to Russia

Thousands are adopted by families and raised as Russians, officials say

(Newser) - Russia's open effort to adopt Ukrainian children and bring them up as Russian is well underway, in one of the most explosive issues of the war, an AP investigation shows. Thousands of children have been found in the basements of war-torn cities like Mariupol and at orphanages in the...

No Regrets, Putin Says of Invasion
No Regrets,
Putin Says
of Invasion

No Regrets, Putin Says of Invasion

Russian president calls attack on Ukraine 'correct and timely'

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he expects his mobilization of army reservists for combat in Ukraine to be completed in about two weeks, allowing him to end an unpopular and chaotic call-up meant to counter Ukrainian battlefield gains and solidify his illegal annexation of occupied territory. Putin—facing domestic...

Musk Denies Talking to Putin Before Posting Poll

He says he's only spoken to Russian president once, and it was about space

(Newser) - Elon Musk is denying a report that he spoke to Vladimir Putin before he tweeted his "Ukraine-Russia Peace" proposal last week. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group political risk consultancy, said in a note to clients Monday that when he spoke to Musk two weeks ago, the Tesla...

Putin: We Can't 'Leave Such Crimes Unanswered'

Russian leader says new strikes on Kyiv are revenge for bridge attack

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin is definitely not happy about this weekend's explosion on the bridge between Russia and Crimea, which he slammed as an act of Ukrainian terrorism despite no one yet claiming responsibility. Now, after months of relative calm, the heart of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was hit with...

Putin Calls Attack on Bridge an Act of Ukrainian Terrorism

Limited traffic begins moving across Russia-Crimea span

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday accused Ukraine of being behind the explosion that damaged a strategically important bridge connecting Russia and Crimea. He called the attack the day before an act of terrorism, Reuters reports. "This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services,"...

Russia's Struggling Military Turns to General With a Temper

Sergei Surovikin has a reputation, analysts say

(Newser) - With its failures in the Ukraine fight mounting, and public criticism along with them, Russia's military has selected a new commander. Gen. Sergei Surovikin, 55, who's been in charge of the operation in the southern district, will be in charge of all Russian forces in Ukraine, the Defense...

Wife: Griner Is at Her 'Absolute Weakest Moment'

Cherelle Griner hopes Vladimir Putin will have mercy

(Newser) - Brittney Griner is at her "absolute weakest moment in life," according to wife Cherelle Griner, who fears the woman she calls "BG" is losing hope of returning home. "She's very afraid about being left and forgotten in Russia, or just completely used to the point...

Putin Finalizes Annexations, Defying International Law

The West has rejected referendums in Ukrainian regions as a sham

(Newser) - This story has been updated with the latest developments. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed laws absorbing four Ukrainian regions into Russia, a move that finalizes the annexation carried out in defiance of international law , the AP reports. The documents were published on a Russian government website on Wednesday morning....

Pope Calls Out Putin, Demands He End an 'Error and a Horror'

Francis told crowd his subject this week would not be religious

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin for a cease-fire, imploring him to "stop this spiral of violence and death" in Ukraine and denouncing the “absurd” risk of a nuclear attack as tensions sharply escalate over the war. Francis uttered his strongest plea yet about...

After Key Battlefield Loss, a Big Worry Emerges on Putin

Chechen leader urges him to use nuclear weapons, and the West is concerned

(Newser) - Russia suffered another humiliating defeat this weekend when it lost the key city of Lyman —which belongs to a region that Vladimir Putin just claimed to annex . A growing worry in the West is that Putin warned last week that any attack on annexed regions would be considered an...

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