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

Cuba without electricity after hurricane hammers electricity grid

HAVANA (AP) – Hurricane Ian cut power across Cuba and destroyed some of the country’s major tobacco plantations when it hit the island’s western tip as a major hurricane on Tuesday. Cuba’s Electric Union said in a statement that work is underway to gradually restore services to the country’s 11 million residents overnight. Initially, power … Read more

Iran recruits extremist foreign militias to help ‘wipe out rioters’ from Tehran

Iran has recruited extremist foreign militias to help “wipe rioters from the streets of Tehran”. Protesters continued to take to the streets in Iran on Sunday to protest the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for incorrectly wearing a hijab. Militias from Syria, Lebanon and Iraq calling themselves “the … 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

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

‘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

Fiona wipes Turks and Caicos Islands, Puerto Rico faces major cleanup

CAYEY, Puerto Rico (AP) – Hurricane Fiona bombed the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday as a Category 3 storm after devastating Puerto Rico, where most people were left without electricity or running water and rescuers used heavy equipment to help survivors to safety. to bring. The eye of the storm passed close to Grand … Read more

Vladimir Putin to declare occupied Ukraine part of Russia

Kremlin figures indicated that the expected annexations would raise the prospect of NATO becoming involved in the conflict if it did not accept Russian territorial gains. Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said: “Entering Russian territory is a crime that allows you to use all the forces of self-defense. “This is … Read more