Vladimir Putin’s ‘Russian Davos’ Economic Forum in St. Petersburg Is Already a Big, Sad Mess

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual economic forum started Wednesday with a significantly reduced guest list, as Russia grapples with sanctions for launching the war in Ukraine and numerous apologies from Putin’s advisers about why the forum has been so subpar this year. While in previous years, leaders from around the world from both the public … Read more

Vladimir Putin rival Mikhail Kasyanov warns of sinister twist in Russia’s war master plan

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been waging a devastating war in Ukraine for more than three months. But if Ukraine falls, it won’t stop there, Mikhail Kasyanov, who was Putin’s first prime minister, said in an explosive new interview on Monday. “The Baltic states will be next,” Kasyanov, who is now the leader of the … Read more

Moscow-backed officials seek to cement rule in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Kremlin-installed officials in occupied southern Ukraine celebrated Russia Day on Sunday and began issuing Russian passports to residents of a city who requested them, as Moscow reclaims its rule over conquered parts of the city. tried to fortify the country. In one of the central squares in the city of Kherson, … Read more

Doomsday is coming for Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainian advisers have argued in recent days that they do not want to cede territory to Russia in the ongoing war in Ukraine. And while that view is widespread in Ukraine, they could be digging themselves in political quicksand. Zelensky’s position, which he and his advisers have reiterated countless times, … Read more

3 sentenced to death for fighting on Ukraine’s side

BAKHMUT, Ukraine (AP) — Two British citizens and a Moroccan were sentenced to death on Thursday for fighting on the side of Ukraine, in a sentence handed down by the country’s pro-Moscow rebels. A court in the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic has found the three men guilty of attempting a violent overthrow of power, a … Read more

Russia claims advances in Ukraine amid barrage and troop boost

Kiev, Ukraine (AP) — Russia claimed on Tuesday it has occupied large parts of eastern Ukraine after a brutal, weeks-long barrage and the recent deployment of more troops. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow’s forces control 97% of the Luhansk region. Russia has declared it to be the main target of its neighboring country’s … Read more

NATO countries block Russian envoy’s plane for visit to Serbia

Belgrade, Serbia — Serbia and Russia confirmed on Monday that a planned visit by the Russian foreign minister to the Balkan country will not take place, with Moscow accusing the West of hindering the trip by blocking the envoy’s flight. The announcement followed reports that Serbia’s neighbors – Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Montenegro – had … Read more