Russia veto UN resolution on annexing Ukraine, China abstains | War news between Russia and Ukraine

Russia has used its veto in the United Nations Security Council to scuttle a draft resolution condemning the annexation of Ukrainian territory. But even Moscow’s close friends, China and India, chose to abstain rather than vote against the resolution condemning the Kremlin’s latest actions in Ukraine. United States Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield on … Read more

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

Russians blocked from fleeing country by border guards

At least 5,000 cars lined up in Upper Lars in the Caucasus on Monday to cross from Russia to Georgia, which Russian officials say has become one of the most popular escape routes. Authorities on the Georgian side of the border said about 115,000 people and 37,000 cars crossed from Russia last week. According to … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s triumphant week regains the West’s embrace

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Arabia appears to be leaving a torrent of negative coverage about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi elicited since 2018. The kingdom is once again enthusiastically welcomed in a polite and powerful society, and it is no longer so frowned upon to seek Saudi investment or accept their favor. Saudi Arabia’s … Read more

Amid Putin’s roaring threats, the West has genuine cause for hope

I touch wood as I write, but can you think of anything that would go well for Vladimir Putin? Under his command, the Russian army has just lost not only a conquered territory the size of Wales, but also its aura of invincibility. If it suffers a similar defeat in the south, the end is … Read more

Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine in ‘mock’ vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Voting began Friday in the Moscow-occupied regions of Ukraine on referendums to join Russia, Russia-backed officials there said. Referendums orchestrated by the Kremlinwidely condemned by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, are seen as a step towards Russia’s annexation of the territories. The votes will be held … Read more

In Moscow, Putin’s ‘invisible war’ is now impossible to hide

Russian social media soon coined the term “mogilizatsita” for Putin’s appeal, a mash-up of the Russian word mogila, or grave, and mobilization. Unusually long lines to leave the country were reported Wednesday and Thursday mornings at once-sleepy border crossings, including those with Mongolia and Kazakhstan to the east and Georgia to the south, where hundreds … Read more

Four Occupied Ukrainian Regions Begin Voting to Join Russia | War news between Russia and Ukraine

Four areas of Russian-occupied Ukraine have begun holding referendums, which Kiev has condemned as illegal and believed to pave the way for Moscow to formally annex about 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Votes in Luhansk and Donetsk, the self-proclaimed “independent republics” controlled by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, as well as in the southern provinces of … Read more

Roman Abramovich ‘played a key role’ in the release of Aiden Aslin and prisoners of war in Russia

Roman Abramovich, the former owner of Chelsea Football Club, “played a key role” in securing the release of five British POWs in Ukraine. The Russian, 55, welcomed John Harding, Shaun Pinner, Aiden Aslin, Dylan Healy and Andrew Hill on a jet that flew them from Russia to Saudi Arabia. He gave each of the men … Read more

‘Desperate’ Vladimir Putin will be defeated in Ukraine, swears Liz Truss

Other Western leaders gathered in New York promised not to recognize the mock referendum and called Putin’s escalation a sign of weakness. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in response to Putin’s threats: “The answer is not to step down and stop supporting Ukraine. In any case, the answer is to act and Ukraine to … Read more