Russia ready to annex occupied Ukraine after mock vote

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia stood ready to formally annex parts of Ukraine on Wednesday where occupied territories held a Kremlin-orchestrated “referendum” – denounced by Kiev and the West as illegal and manipulated – on life under Moscow’s rule. Armed troops had gone door-to-door with election officials gathering votes within five days. The results have … Read more

Russia prepares to annex occupied Ukraine despite protests

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) – Russia stood ready to formally annex parts of Ukraine on Wednesday after he claimed voters in areas where it has military control had overwhelmingly agreed to life under Moscow’s rule. Armed forces went door-to-door collecting ballots during five days of voting in Kremlin-organized referendums asking whether the occupied territories should become … Read more

Russia’s Lavrov promises ‘complete protection’ for every annexed territory | War news between Russia and Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says regions of Ukraine hosting widely criticized referendums will be under Moscow’s “full protection” if annexed, raising prospects of nuclear weapons use like Kiev trying to recapture those areas. Lavrov’s comments at a press conference in New York City on Saturday came as residents of four Russian-occupied regions in eastern … 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

Gunmen go door to door, forcing Ukrainians to vote in ‘fake’ referendums

Propaganda leaflets were distributed to locals in Severodonetsk, saying that “Russia is the future” for Ukraine. “The collapse of the once-unified state became the greatest geopolitical catastrophe: in the blink of an eye, millions of indigenous people found themselves on either side of artificial borders,” it said. “Now is the time to restore historic justice.” … 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

‘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