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Australian Open Evicts Pro-Russia Demonstrators

Banned flag, Putin's image and a 'Z' disrupt event

(Newser) - Four people were detained, questioned, and evicted Wednesday after the Australian Open was disrupted by pro-Russia chants and displays. The demonstrators displayed a Russian flag bearing an image of Vladimir Putin, and a spectator took off a shirt during play to reveal a T-shirt underneath bearing a white "Z"...

Russia Changes Commanders in Ukraine

Military leaders have been criticized for handling of invasion

(Newser) - Russia's top military officer was put in charge of troops fighting in Ukraine on Wednesday, a move that appears to reflect the Kremlin's dissatisfaction with the current leadership and flaws in the military's performance. Russia's Defense Ministry said Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff...

Putin's Ceasefire Has Begun. No One Seems to Be Listening

Artillery fire continues, apparently from both sides, after Putin's holiday mandate went into effect Friday

(Newser) - Usually for a truce to work, even a temporary one, both sides have to be in agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin is finding that out as a 36-hour ceasefire in the Ukraine war he called didn't get off to a great start on Friday, right as it began. The...

Putin Orders 36-Hour Ceasefire in Ukraine

His forces will halt fighting to observe Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday ordered Moscow's armed forces to hold a 36-hour ceasefire in Ukraine this weekend for the Russian Orthodox Christmas holiday, the Kremlin said. The order follows a proposal by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, and will start at noon on...

Shelling Intensifies as Putin Gives Angry New Year's Speech

Ukrainians celebrate despite Russian president's most aggressive holiday speech yet

(Newser) - Ukraine endured a new round of shelling Saturday while Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered the longest, most strident New Year's address of his reign. Putin began the nine-minute speech by lauding the Russian army's "strength of spirit and courage," the Washington Post reports. He then blamed...

Putin 'Clearly Doesn't Know What to Do'

Russian leader losing support among his nation's elite, according to 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping had a closely watched video call on Friday, one in which Putin invited the Chinese leader to Moscow in the spring. Xi didn't explicitly accept, reports the Guardian . But he did talk about ramping up "strategic cooperation with Russia," even as he...

Putin: We're Ready for Talks
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Putin: We're Ready for Talks

Attacks on Ukraine continue, though he says Moscow is 'prepared to negotiate'

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin claimed that Russia is ready for talks to end the war in Ukraine even as the country faced more attacks from Moscow—a clear sign that peace wasn't imminent, per the AP . Putin said in a state television interview, excerpts of which were released on Sunday...

Putin Uses Word Anti-War Russians Have Been Jailed For

He calls invasion of Ukraine a 'war' for first time

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has been calling Russia's invasion of Ukraine a "special military operation," but on Thursday, the Russian president referred to it as a war for the first time. "Our goal is not to spin this flywheel of a military conflict, but, on the contrary, to...

Putin to Mother: Be Happy Your Son Died in War, Not From Vodka

'New York Times' has an in-depth look at how Russia's war has gone so wrong

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with a damning, in-depth account of how Vladmir Putin and Russia have botched the Ukraine war. Based on "secret battle plans, intercepts and interviews with Russian soldiers and Kremlin confidants," the account finds that an isolated Putin "spiraled into self-aggrandizement" and...

They Came to Pick Up Their Nobels, Slam Putin's War

Peace prize winners from Ukraine, Belarus, Russia blasted Russian leader's invasion of Ukraine

(Newser) - The winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine shared their visions of a fairer world and denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine during Saturday's award ceremony. Oleksandra Matviichuk of Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties dismissed calls for a political...

Putin Hints at First-Strike Policy, Cites 'US Counterparts'

Russian president doesn't say it, but analysts hear veiled nuclear threat

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Moscow could adopt what he described as a US concept of using preemptive military strikes, noting it has the weapons to do the job, in a blunt statement amid rising Russia-NATO tensions over Ukraine. "We are just thinking about it. They weren'...

Putin Tells Russians War Is Taking Longer Than Expected

But he claims Russia hasn't 'gone mad' on nuclear weapons, wouldn't use them recklessly

(Newser) - The Russian-led war in Ukraine is closing in on 10 months, but Russians shouldn't expect what their president calls the "special military operation" to end anytime soon. "This can be a long process," Vladimir Putin acknowledged Wednesday in a televised meeting with loyalists of the invasion...

Biden Sets Terms for Talks With Putin About Ukraine

Macron says he expects another conversation with Russian leader soon

(Newser) - President Biden said Thursday he's willing to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin about stopping the fighting in Ukraine—under certain conditions he said Putin has not yet met. The president made the comments at the White House while hosting French President Emmanuel Macron. The war in Ukraine has...

Putin Meets With Mothers of Soldiers, Blames Media

Other troops' families say the government ignores them

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hit out at what he said were skewed media portrayals of Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine as he met with mothers of Russian soldiers fighting there. "Life is more difficult and diverse that what is shown on TV screens or even on...

'Putin's Chef' Admits to Meddling in US Elections
Putin Pal:
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'Surgically' in
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Putin Pal: We Interfered 'Surgically' in US Elections

Yevgeny Prigozhin boasts about it on social media

(Newser) - Kremlin-connected entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin said Monday that he had interfered in US elections and would continue to do so—confirming for the first time the accusations that he has rejected for years, per the AP . “We have interfered, are interfering, and will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically, and...

Putin to Skip G20 Summit: 'Saves Him the Embarrassment'

Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky to attend events in Bali as virtual guest

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin will be missing from the G20 summit next week amid a series of setbacks for Russia in its war in Ukraine—though he might appear via video. That's according to officials at the Russian Embassy in Indonesia, where leaders of the world's 20 largest economies will...

Putin Says Russia's Enemy Is 'Elites,' Not the West

In the US, 'there’s a very strong part of the public who maintain traditional values, and they're with us'

(Newser) - In a wide-ranging speech Thursday, Vladimir Putin slammed "Western elites" and warned that the world is facing "probably the most dangerous, unpredictable, and at the same time important" decade since the end of World War II. He blamed the West for "igniting" the war in Ukraine and...

Top Russian Celebrity, Long Close to Putin, Flees Country

Ksenia Sobchak goes to Lithuania after her home was raided

(Newser) - Ksenia Sobchak, one of Russia's biggest celebrities and the daughter of a politician who helped launch President Vladimir Putin's career, has left the country. Lithuania security officials said Thursday that the TV anchor arrived using an Israeli passport, NBC News reports. Russian state media said Sobchak, 40, fled...

US: We See No Signs Putin Will Use Dirty Bomb

Defense chief Austin says Pentagon is keeping a close eye on Russia amid heightened rhetoric

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told reporters Thursday that the US has still not seen anything to indicate that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to use a dirty bomb , per the AP . He said there are continued concerns that the conflict could escalate, and he said that’s why it...

Berlusconi's Birthday Gift From Putin Breached Sanctions

20 bottles of vodka sent to ex-Italian PM by Russian president violated measures on Ukraine

(Newser) - What do you get a former Italian prime minister who has everything when his birthday rolls around? In Silvio Berlusconi's case, his old pal Vladimir Putin figured nearly two dozen bottles of hard liquor would do the trick. Unfortunately, the European Commission has determined that thoughtful gift breaches sanctions...

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