Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — The chaos of the past week may have been unduly reassuring. Despite Russia’s continued disastrous approach to its war of choice in Ukraine, the conflict’s most dangerous moment may be approaching. At some point this week, the Kremlin will likely declare that “sham” referendums in four partially occupied areas of Ukraine … Read more

Ukraine says two more cemeteries have been found in liberated Izium, drone choke in Odessa sparks massive fire

Ukraine has discovered two more mass graves containing the bodies of hundreds of people in the northeastern city of Izium, recently recaptured from Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. Most important points: A drone strike has a huge fire in Odessa. lit US national security adviser says Russia will face “catastrophic consequences” if it uses … Read more

In Russia, Vladimir Putin has broken promises and caused chaos he may not be able to comprehend

Lev Kudryakov sits on a bus in the Russia-Estonia border region, sending lightning-fast updates about what he’s just been through. To leave Russia, he was asked a series of questions by border guards: “Have you heard about mobilization?” “Do you know that if you evade mobilization, you can be held criminally liable for evasion? “Did … 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

Wagner group: Russian mercenaries bomb Bakhmut as Moscow seeks victory

Bakhmut, Ukraine CNN — In the ruins of a soot-tarred apartment building and clouded in dust amid constant shelling, a small group of Ukrainian soldiers face a new type of Russian enemy: mercenaries, some of whom may be convicts sent to the front lines. . The battle is as heated as it is crucial around … Read more

Russian troops strengthen defenses after chaotic retreat in Ukraine

Ukrainian officials say Russian forces are strengthening the defenses and that it will be difficult for Kiev’s forces to maintain the pace of their advance. Most important points: The governor of Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk expects an uphill battle to regain control of Russian forces Russian forces have attacked several settlements on Kharkiv .’s … Read more

Xi and Putin meet in Uzbekistan as war dominates in Ukraine

SAMARKAND, Uzbekistan (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin met on Thursday to discuss strengthening ties between their countries, a meeting following a major setback for Moscow on the battlefield in Ukraine. The two leaders met in Uzbekistan on the sidelines of the eight-country Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), a security alliance created … Read more

Ukrainian troops keep pressure on fleeing Russian troops

KHARKIV, Ukraine (AP) – Ukrainian troops put pressure on retreating Russian troops On Tuesday, pressing deeper into occupied territory and sending more Kremlin troops fleeing the counter-offensive that dealt a stunning blow to Moscow’s military prestige. As the advance continued, Ukrainian border guards said the military had taken control of Vovchansk — a city just … Read more

Ukraine’s battlefield delights the West, but could make war more dangerous

Editor’s Note: This story is adapted from the September 13th issue of CNN’s Meanwhile in America, the e-mail about American politics for worldwide readers. Click here to read and subscribe to previous issues. CNN — Ukraine’s stunning recapture of vast swathes of Russian-occupied territory renews focus on the most chilling unknown of a war already … Read more