Russia withdraws troops from key city as Ukrainian troops move closer – National

After being surrounded by Ukrainian troops, Russia withdrew troops on Saturday from an eastern Ukrainian city it had used as a front line. It was the last victory for the Ukrainian counter-offensive that has humiliated and angered the Kremlin. Russia’s withdrawal from Lyman complicates its internationally vilified statement just a day earlier that it had … 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