Putin declares independence of two Moscow-occupied regions ahead of major annexation speech

VLadimir Putin has recognized the independence of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia and Kherson regions hours before he is expected to hold a major ceremony marking the annexation of four Ukrainian territories. “I order the recognition of state sovereignty and independence” of the Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions, Putin said in decrees issued Thursday evening. It comes after mock … Read more

Germany to borrow $200 billion to cover consumers’ energy bills

London CNN Business — The German government has announced plans to borrow €200 billion ($195 billion) to cut off natural gas prices for households and businesses. That’s a higher price tag than the £150 billion ($165 billion) the UK government is expected to borrow to fund its own price cap. Germany, Europe’s largest economy, is … Read more

Russia opens more border control centers as thousands of military calls flee

Russia is setting up more military service offices near its borders in an apparent effort to intercept men fleeing conscription after Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization. Most important points: Nearly 200,000 people have fled since Russia announced a partial mobilization Moscow to annex 15 percent of Ukraine within days Another leak has been found … Read more

Russia will annex four regions of Ukraine on Friday, Kremlin says

People walk past a billboard that reads ‘Forever with Russia’ in Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, on September 27.The Associated Press Russia planned to annex more of Ukraine on Friday in an escalation of the seven-month war that was sure to further isolate the Kremlin, give it more international punishment and bring additional military, political and economic … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s ‘crazy’ mock referendum in eastern Ukraine and ongoing mobilization show Russian president is ‘panicing’

Ukrainian MP Haylna Yanchenko has said Vladimir Putin’s referenda in eastern Ukraine show he is in a “desperate situation” as the Russian president continues his mobilization. Russia plans to annex four occupied regions after more than 90 percent of voters in each of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia regions supported the annexation in widely discredited … Read more

Russians rush to borders amid draft fears

Dariali, Georgia CNN — With a bag in each hand and another on his back, Denis heads up a hill on foot, having just crossed the border from Russia to Georgia. “I’m just tired. That’s all I feel,” the 27-year-old says as he tries to catch his breath. Denis has just been on the road … Read more

Leaks from the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea cause massive greenhouse gas emissions

The suspected sabotage of the two Nord Stream pipelines is likely to release five times more methane into the atmosphere than the largest greenhouse gas emissions in US history. Most important points: The leaks may have produced the largest burst of powerful methane gas ever A climate scientist says whoever is behind it “should be … Read more

Moscow tries to recruit fleeing Russian men at the border

People walk to the border crossing at Verkhny Lars between Georgia, Soil, and Russia leaving Khmi, North Ossetia-Alania Republic, Russia, on Sept. 28.The Associated Press Long lines of Russians trying to escape the call to fight in Ukraine continued to clog highways out of the country on Wednesday, and Moscow has reportedly set up design … Read more

Jim Chanos Says This Is The Biggest Investment Story No One Is Talking About

Amid all the buzz about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and efforts to curb inflation, investors are largely missing out on a huge story in China, famed short-seller Jim Chanos said on Wednesday. The problems in the Chinese real estate market are a distant third of the war and interest rate hikes designed to contain inflation. … Read more

Chaos on the Russian-Georgian border as thousands flee Vladimir Putin .’s design

CHISINAU, Moldova – Two 24-year-old friends, photographer Mikhail and techie Dmitry, took three days to make the grueling journey across a 16-kilometer traffic jam between Russia and Georgia. The two men, who wanted to be identified only by their first names for fear of retaliation, are among 261,000 who fled the country after Russian President … Read more