Russia’s Putin announces annexation of 4 Ukraine regions, despite global outcry

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex occupied Ukrainian territory, a move the West has blasted as an illegal land-grab. Ukraine’s president countered with a surprise application to join the NATO military alliance. Putin’s move and President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s signing of what he said is an “accelerated” NATO membership application sent the two … Read more

Biden warns Putin US will defend ‘every inch’ of NATO land

President Biden on Friday warned Vladimir Putin that America and its allies are “fully prepared” to “defend every single inch of NATO territory” after the Russian tyrant claimed to annex four Ukrainian regions. “Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying,” Biden said at the conclusion of remarks focused on Hurricane Ian. “Every inch.” Biden also … Read more

House passes funding measure to avoid government shutdown

House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) delivers part of the impeachment managers’ opening argument in the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, on charges of inciting the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, on the floor of the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. U.S. Senate TV via … Read more

Putin Suffers Most Humiliating Ukraine Defeat Yet Around Key City of Lyman in Donetsk

Moscow celebrated the annexation of huge swathes of Eastern Ukraine Friday but President Vladimir Putin’s party was wrecked by a lightning counter-attack that may have trapped thousands of his men in a key city supposedly now part of Russia. “This is the will of millions of people,” Putin said at a glitzy ceremony in front … Read more

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

Putin declares ‘four new regions of Russia’ as Moscow annexes parts of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting on the military-industrial complex at the Kremlin, September 20, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. Contributor | Getty Images News | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday declared four new regions of the country, shortly after signing a decree formally annexing parts of occupied Ukraine. “There are … 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