Russians protest in the streets, opposing Putin’s draft

Russians protest in the streets, opposing Putin’s draft

Russian men flocked to border crossings with Finland, Georgia, and other neighboring nations Saturday, waiting in long lines to flee as the Putin regime tried to conscript almost everyone — including the dead. Military officers went door-to-door in Russia’s hinterlands to call up the reluctant troops, even attempting to serve draft papers to a man … Read more

Russian Torture Chambers Exposed in the Ukrainian City of Balaklia

BALAKLIA, Eastern Ukraine—”Our father who art in heaven,” begins the words of the Lord’s Prayer scratched into the side of a wall in a police station turned torture chamber in the recently liberated city of Balaklia. The floors of the cells are still stained with blood, and the stench of human waste and rotting food … Read more

5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

CNN — Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already preparing for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they’re getting an earlier start on the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households nationwide continue to grapple with persistently high inflation that’s forcing them to cut … Read more

Putin’s nuclear threats raise the risk of disaster

Speaking in a rare, televised address on Wednesday, Putin warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” Gavriil Grigorov Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum to the West … Read more

Putin’s escalation gamble

Russian President Vladimir Putin is placing two of his biggest-ever political and strategic bets in a single week. Why it matters: With his troops getting routed in northeastern Ukraine and their footholds slipping elsewhere, Putin eschewed strategic retreat in favor of high-risk escalation. He’s mobilizing an estimated 300,000 citizens and preparing to declare 15% of … Read more

Four occupied Ukraine regions begin voting on joining Russia | Russia-Ukraine war News

Four areas of Russian-occupied Ukraine have started to hold referendums, which have been condemned as illegitimate by Kyiv and are seen as paving the way for Moscow to formally annex some 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Voting in Luhansk and Donetsk, self-proclaimed “independent republics” controlled by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, as well as in southern … Read more

Putin’s bluster is all bluff — he’s losing at home and in Ukraine

Make no mistake: Vladimir Putin is losing the war in Ukraine. The menacing speech, broadcast mysteriously on Wednesday morning instead of the originally scheduled Tuesday night, might be the closest the Russian dictator will ever get to admitting defeat before his hold begins to crumble. The address had several audiences. For one, it aimed to … Read more

Russia’s military is divided as Putin struggles to deal with Ukraine’s counteroffensive, US sources say

Washington CNN — Russia’s military is divided over how best to counter Ukraine’s unexpected battlefield advances this month, according to multiple sources familiar with US intelligence, as Moscow has found itself on the defensive in both the east and the south. Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself giving directions directly to generals in the field, … Read more

Putin orders partial mobilization of Russian reservists and hints using nuclear weapons still possible

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization of reservists in Russia on Wednesday, in a measure that appeared to be an admission that Moscow’s war against Ukraine isn’t going according to plan. The Russian leader, in a televised address to the nation, also made what appeared to be a veiled reference to Russia’s nuclear … Read more

Sarcasm, skepticism in Ukraine over Russia’s partial mobilization Russia-Ukraine war News

Kyiv, Ukraine – Ksenia Borodenko does not care about the fate of a single Russian soldier fighting in Ukraine. “More fertilizer for our soil,” the 33-year-old sales manager told Al Jazeera in central Kyiv, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans to mobilize more troops on Wednesday morning. But the fate of Ukrainian servicemen, … Read more