West: More sanctions, isolation if Putin carries out threats

WASHINGTON (AP) — How do American leaders and their allies intend to respond if President Vladimir Putin seeks to escalate his way out of a bad situation on Ukraine’s battlefields, and makes good on renewed threats of annexing territory or even using nuclear weapons? At least to start with, by trying to double down on … Read more

Putin’s crony threatens to send protesters’ relatives to war

A loyal ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to send the relatives of anti-war protesters to the front lines in Ukraine — amid reports that college students were being pulled from classrooms to serve and older reservists with severe disabilities were being called up. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov warned that there could be consequences … Read more

US urges world to tell Russia to stop its nuclear threats

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States urged other nations to tell Russia to stop making nuclear threats and end “the horror” of its war in Ukraine as all three countries’ top diplomats spoke — but didn’t quite meet — at a high -profile UN Security Council meeting Thursday. Held alongside the annual UN General … Read more

As Bad as the World Looks Right Now, It’s Actually Worse

The annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York is generally reviled by New Yorkers for the traffic jams it causes, but otherwise ignored by the public at large. One by one, heads of state typically give speeches that cause their staffs great anxiety but, for the most part—laden as they … Read more

Traffic jams and desperation at the border as Russians flee Putin’s ‘partial mobilization’

CNN — Vladimir Putin’s “partial mobilization” of citizens for his war in Ukraine has already set in motion sweeping changes for many Russians, as drafted men bid their families emotional goodbyes, while others attempt to flee, scrambling to make it across land border crossings or buy air tickets out. For many of those leaving, the … 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 … 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 elsewhere slipping, 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

Kremlin Media Wants Rich Russians to Help Save Vladimir Putin’s Failing War in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech announcing partial mobilization has prompted heated reactions across Russia. Prominent lawmakers and pundits expressed their enthusiastic support on state television, but tangible concerns have been brewing behind the bluster. Even the most dedicated pro-Kremlin propagandists haven’t been able to hide their apprehension about the obvious shortcomings of the Russian economy … Read more

Tears and hugs for Russians called up to fight in Ukraine

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine (AP) — Russia escalated its military and political campaign Thursday to capture Ukrainian territory, rounding up Russian army reservists to fight, preparing votes on annexing occupied areas and launching new deadly attacks. A day after President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to bolster his troops in Ukraine, dramatic scenes of tearful families … Read more

Putin 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