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Russia takes aggressive stance as Ukraine’s counter-offensive fails

Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning on Tuesday, suggesting that Ukraine’s statehood could face an “irreparable blow” if the current war pattern persisted. Putin’s comments followed Switzerland’s agreement to host a global summit at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s request. Dismissing proposed peace formulas, Putin asserted Russia’s determination not to abandon the gains it had Read More…

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Russian militants call on Wagner Group to defect amid revenge claims

A faction of Russian militants who are aligned with the Ukrainian forces has issued an appeal to the Wagner Group of mercenaries, urging them to defect and join their ranks in retaliation for the deaths of Wagner’s founder, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and their commander, Dmitry Utkin. Russian aviation authorities have confirmed that Prigozhin, Utkin, and eight Read More…

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Crash of Prigozhin jet fuels speculation of Putin’s involvement

The wreckage of a jet carrying Russian mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, which crashed with no survivors, has prompted widespread speculation about President Vladimir Putin’s possible involvement, given Prigozhin’s history of challenging the army’s leadership. Two months prior, Prigozhin led a mutiny against the military, positioning himself as a significant threat to Putin’s authority. “Putin’s silence Read More…

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Finland joins NATO on Tuesday

Finland will join NATO on Tuesday, completing the Nordic country’s quick entry into the military alliance following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, authorities said. Finland has a 1,300-kilometer (810-mile) border with Russia, which means NATO’s border with Russia would approximately quadruple in length, prompting Moscow to commit to strengthening its military in border regions. “Tomorrow we Read More…

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Putin cosies up with Xi as ‘dear friends’ meet in the Kremlin

Vladimir Putin had tea with his “dear friend” Xi Jinping in the Kremlin on Monday, demonstrating his rapport with his most powerful ally just days after an international court ordered his arrest for war crimes in Ukraine. US condemned Xi’s visit, claiming that the timing demonstrated that China was helping Moscow with “diplomatic cover” to Read More…

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ICC wants Putin arrested for Ukraine war crimes against children

In a decision that has infuriated the Kremlin, the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of the war crime of the forcible deportation of children from Ukraine. After Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Omar al-Bashir of the Sudan, Putin is the only other sitting Read More…

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Russia’s Medvedev sad for Ukrainian athletes competing in wartime

Daniil Medvedev has expressed sympathy for Ukrainian players competing in tennis tours in the midst of unrest in their country, which Russia invaded last year. Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine withdrew from her match against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka at Indian Wells, citing a panic attack triggered by a conversation with WTA Chief Executive Steve Simon about Read More…

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Ukraine refuses to abandon Bakhmut despite incessant Russian attacks

Ukraine’s top military commanders have vowed to continue defending the besieged city of Bakhmut, where Russia hopes to make its first major wartime gain in more than a year, and to strengthen their defences, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. In the midst of some of the bloodiest fighting of the over-a-year-long invasion, Moscow says capturing Read More…

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Wagner chief: Russian posture at Bakhmut at peril without promised ammo

The leader of Russia’s Wagner mercenary army warned that without ammunition, Russia’s position near the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut was in danger, the most recent indication of a rift between the Kremlin and the leader of the private militia. Meanwhile, according to Ukrainian military authorities and analysts, commanders of the Russian 155th Brigade operating Read More…

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Ukrainians celebrate the New Year as Russian drones are shot down from the sky

Ukrainians rejoiced from their balconies as their air defences shot Russian missiles and drones out of the sky in the early hours of 2023, as Moscow welcomed the new year by striking civilian sites across Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced on Sunday evening that Ukrainian soldiers shot down 45 Iranian-made Sahed drones fired by Russia Read More…