US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

CNN  —  The US is imposing what it describes as “swift and severe costs” on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia’s economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as “sham referenda.” Putin signed documents on Friday to … Read more

Putin announces illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions, pledging people there will become Russian citizens ‘forever’

CNN  —  Russia is to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in blatant violation of international law, turning the millions of people living there into Russian citizens “forever,” President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Once the process is officially complete, Moscow will recognize four Ukrainian regions as Russian territory: Luhansk and Donetsk – home to two … Read more

Pentagon working to form new command to coordinate arming and training Ukraine

CNN  —  The Pentagon is working to form a new command to coordinate arming and training Ukraine, according to two US officials, in an effort to streamline what was a largely ad hoc process rapidly created in the wake of Russia’s invasion. The new command, which would be based at Wiesbaden in Germany, would fall … Read more

Germany will borrow $200 billion to cap consumers’ energy bills

London CNN Business  —  The German government announced plans to borrow €200 billion ($195 billion) to cap natural gas prices for households and businesses. That’s a bigger price tag than the £150 billion ($165 billion) the UK government is expected to borrow to finance its own price cap. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is trying to … Read more

Russia to annex more of Ukraine on Friday at the Kremlin

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that was expected to isolate the Kremlin further, draw it more international punishment and bring Ukraine extra military, political and economic support. The annexation — and planned celebratory concerts and rallies in Moscow and the occupied … Read more

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

Abortion access in Europe isn’t universal. This network helps people receive care in the Netherlands

Editor’s Note: This story is part of As Equals, CNN’s ongoing series on gender inequality. For information about how the series is funded and more, check out our FAQs. Amsterdam, the Netherlands CNN  —  It’s early evening in an affluent neighborhood in the Dutch city of Haarlem and bed and breakfast owners Arnoud and Marika … Read more

Russian forces have staged illegal ‘referendums’ in Ukraine. What comes next?

CNN  —  Pro-Russian authorities have held so-called referendums in four regions of Ukraine over recent days and, while the votes are illegal and have been universally dismissed as “a sham” by Ukraine and Western nations, there are fears that they could create a pretext for a new, dangerous stage in the war. They come with … Read more

The Truss tax plan cushions the wealthy while pushing borrowers toward a financial cliff

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. New York CNN Business  —  After tumbling to a record low against the dollar, the British pound stabilized Tuesday, rising more than 1% to $1.08. But the economic policy that sparked the currency’s historic nosedive … Read more