West: More sanctions, isolation if Putin carries out threats

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

Russian men join exodus, fearing call-up to fight in Ukraine

ISTANBUL — Military-aged men fled Russia in droves Friday, filling planes and causing traffic jams at border crossings to avoid being rounded up to fight in Ukraine following the Kremlin’s partial military mobilization. Queues stretching for 10 kilometers (6 miles) formed on a road leading to the southern border with Georgia, according to Yandex Maps, … 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 staff 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

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

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 West … 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 slipping elsewhere, 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

US urges the 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 did not quite meet – at a high -profile UN Security Council meeting Thursday. Held alongside the annual UN … 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