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

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 Ukrainian regions part of Russia, defies West

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin signed treaties Friday to annex parts of Ukraine in defiance of international law, saying Moscow would protect the newly incorporated regions by “all available means.” He also urged Ukraine to sit down for peace talks but immediately insisted he won’t discuss handing them back, opening a new … 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

Putin raises stakes with Ukraine annexation plans

Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to move forward on Friday with the annexation of four Ukrainian territories in the latest escalation by the Kremlin of its war in Ukraine, sparking outcry from the U.S. and its partners. Putin will speak at a ceremony in Moscow that comes after a series of referendums in Ukraine … Read more

Putin says “mistakes” must stop as some Russians resist draft

Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged “mistakes” in the mobilization process on Thursday, and said anyone who was called up despite not meeting the draft criteria “must be sent home.” Why it matters: 70% of Russians say they felt fear or alarm as a result of Putin’s partial mobilization, and 66% believe full mobilization is possible, … Read more

Russian nuke attack on Ukraine would be attack on NATO: Graham

If Russia used nuclear weapons to try and salvage its faltering invasion of Ukraine, as recently threatened by warring leader Vladimir Putin, it would amount to “an attack … on NATO itself,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday. The South Carolina Republican told reporters that the US and its Western allies would have to devise an … Read more

Photos show aging Russians forced to fight in Ukraine

The face of Russia’s war in Ukraine has wrinkles. Photos documenting the first week of Russia’s mobilization order calling for 300,000 more soldiers to be drafted show older men being forced into the fight. Images from the rural province of Sverdlovsk reveal a pair of silver-haired soldiers arriving at a training barracks in central Russia. … 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