Russian military escalation and ‘bogus threats’ show Putin has been ‘outsmarted’ by the Ukrainians, says UK PM

Russian military escalation and ‘bogus threats’ show Putin has been ‘outsmarted’ by the Ukrainians, says UK PM

CNN – Vladimir Putin’s announcement of increased military conscription to bolster Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine shows that the Russian President “has been outsmarted” by Kyiv, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss told CNN in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview. The new British leader, who takes power at a time of historic upheaval, told CNN’s Jake Tapper … 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

5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

CNN – Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already preparing for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they’re getting an earlier start on the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households nationwide continue to grapple with persistently high inflation that’s forcing them to cut … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

CNN – Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to … Read more

Lavrov walks out of UN meeting as allies slam Russia over Ukraine war

New York CNN – Russia’s foreign minister was absent from the chamber as his country faced wide rebuke from the United States and others for its war in Ukraine at a UN Security Council meeting, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warning fellow diplomats “the very international order we’ve gathered here to uphold is … Read more

Hong Kong police arrested a man who played harmonica at the Queen’s vigil on suspicion of sedition

Editor’s Note: A version of this story appeared in CNN’s Meanwhile in China newsletter, a three-times-a-week update exploring what you need to know about the country’s rise and how it impacts the world. Sign up here Hong Kong CNN – A man was arrested in Hong Kong on suspicion of sedition after playing the harmonica … Read more

Putin speech: Russia announces immediate ‘partial mobilization’ of citizens for its offensive in Ukraine

CNN – Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens in an escalation of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine and pledged to use “all means” to defend the country and its people. “Our country also has various means of destruction and in some components more modern than those of the NATO … Read more

Biden arrives at the UN ‘with the wind at his back,’ but worries remain as Russia’s war in Ukraine drags on

New York City CNN – President Joe Biden returns to the green-marbled United Nations stage Wednesday prepared to show renewed American leadership on Ukraine and the environment, even as the combined effects of a prolonged conflict and economic uncertainty create a dark mood among world leaders. Biden’s second speech to the United Nations General Assembly … Read more