From a remote penal colony, where he has little control over his own fate, Alexei Navalny — the Russian dissident and President Vladimir Putin’s top political nemesis — has tried to steer the fate of Russia.
“We are again being threatened by German Leopard tanks,” Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday on a visit to Volgograd, where he commemorated the 80th anniversary of the Red Army’s World War II victory over Nazi forces in Stalingrad.
White House officials have dismissed Russian allegations, recently leveled again by a top Kremlin general, that the United States developed biological weapons in Ukraine, including the coronavirus.
President Biden’s chief intelligence adviser raised fresh concerns Thursday night that Russian missile attacks are having a “devastating” impact on the Ukrainian economy, noting that the war has already reduced the country's gross domestic product by nearly one-third.
Friday will mark the 78th anniversary of the haunting winter afternoon when Red Army troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than a million people had been murdered. Russian officials will not be attending.
Russia responded with anger and scorn after Germany and the United States revealed that they would be supplying Ukraine with powerful, advanced battle tanks. Moscow invoked history and warned of a broader conflict.
How the U.S. and its allies coaxed, finessed and finally convinced the Germans to release the Leopard battle tanks for Ukraine's defense against Russia.
In the weeks leading up to Friday’s conference of the two dozen nations of the Ukraine Contact Group at the U.S.-run Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany, there has been a steady trickle of information regarding what military hardware allies were planning to send to the war-torn nation to help bolster its defenses and launch counteroffensives to repel Russia’s invasion.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that despite timid hopes from the Geneva summit in 2021, bilateral relations were "at their lowest historical point." He added, "There is no hope for improvement in the foreseeable future."
The Wagner Group, a shadowy paramilitary outfit, is making gains for Russia in eastern Ukraine — apparently exacerbating tensions in Moscow, where military chiefs are hesitant to give credit to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin insider responsible for the effort.
Once again, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has caused widespread outrage by comparing his nation’s international isolation — the result of last year’s unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine — to the murder of European Jews during the Holocaust.
If Ukraine gets tanks from the West, replacing its dwindling stockpile of ex-Soviet vehicles, there are notable advantages. Optics are far superior, allowing the tanks to spot the enemy first. And protection and crew survivability are a priority for Western designs, unlike their Russian counterparts.
The Ukrainian city of Soledar boasts the largest salt mines in Europe, which serve as defensive positions for Ukraine’s military. Should Soledar fall to Russian forces, Russia would be able to increase pressure on the strategic city of Bakhmut.
“We have no doubt that the current masters of Russia will throw everything they have left and everyone they can muster to try to turn the tide of the war and at least postpone their defeat,” Zelensky said Tuesday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed his defense minister to order Russian troops to hold their fire from noon on Friday until midnight on Saturday.
The death of dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of Russian servicemen in a Ukrainian airstrike on a military base in the occupied city of Makiivka has been met with widespread rage, directed at political leadership in the Kremlin and military leaders, as well as Ukrainian forces and their Western allies, who supplied the weaponry used in the devastating attack.
Russia continued airstrikes on Ukraine during the first two days of 2023, as fury grew over Ukrainian forces firing rockets at a Russian military base in the occupied city of Makiivka.
Yahoo News visited impact sites Saturday in Kyiv. One missile scored a near direct hit on the Alfavito Hotel in the central Pecherskiy District; another struck a parking lot in the middle of a civilian housing estate.
Ukraine faced a barrage of missiles on Thursday morning in one of the biggest bombardments the country has faced since Russia invaded earlier this year.
“It’s too much for me,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told members of Congress at the beginning of a powerful, often emotional address Wednesday evening in which he cast his nation’s struggle against Russia as an existential, global battle for freedom.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put an exclamation point on her historic run as the first woman speaker Wednesday, inviting a revered symbol of democracy to address the last joint session of Congress she’ll preside over with a powerful message: The democracies of the globe stand united.
Speaking to Yahoo News, Rep.Jake Auchincloss, D-Mass., promised to fight with fellow Democrats to ensure that the United States does not abandon Ukraine, however long the war in Eastern Europe takes.
Standing side by side with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the White House, President Joe Biden vowed on Wednesday to continue the military and humanitarian support that has kept Russia from overrunning its much smaller neighbor.
“I need ammunition, not a ride.” So Volodymyr Zelensky told the White House in late February, as it offered to evacuate him from a country under siege by Russia. Now Zelensky has been given a ride on an American military plane to Washington, D.C. — to ask for more ammunition.
“In the current housing crisis, families are faced with frequent moves, evictions, and homelessness.”
“Rent control restricts supply and is economic madness.”
“Should we simply allow the cycles of displacement and segregation to occur without any policy intervention?”
“Rent control is a mistake … Even if it provides short-term relief. It eventually hurts the very people it’s trying to help.”
“The law already protects homeowners from unchecked market forces. It’s time for the law to better protect renters too.”