US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

CNN — The US is imposing what it describes as “swift and severe costs” on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia’s economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as “ sham referendum.” Putin signed documents on Friday … Read more

Pentagon working to form new command to coordinate arming and training Ukraine

Pentagon working to form new command to coordinate arming and training Ukraine

CNN — The Pentagon is working to form a new command to coordinate arming and training Ukraine, according to two US officials, in an effort to streamline what was a largely ad hoc process rapidly created in the wake of Russia’s invasion. The new command, which would be based at Wiesbaden in Germany, would fall … Read more

Oleg Deripaska: Indictment unsealed against Russian oligarch for allegedly violating sanctions

Oleg Deripaska: Indictment unsealed against Russian oligarch for allegedly violating sanctions

New York CNN — Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has been indicted for allegedly violating sanctions, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. The indictment charges Deripaska with conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. CNN has reached out to an attorney for Deripaska for comment. “As today’s charges reveal, while serving the Russian state … Read more

US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia

US Embassy warns Americans to leave Russia

CNN — The US Embassy in Moscow issued an overnight security alert that urged US citizens to leave Russia immediately while there are still options for departing the country. The alert comes in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order for partial mobilization of Russian men to fight in his war in Ukraine. “Russia … Read more

Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh: American released in Russia-Ukraine exchange says it’s ‘surreal’ to be home

Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh: American released in Russia-Ukraine exchange says it’s ‘surreal’ to be home

Washington CNN — An American who returned to US soil last week after being held by Russian-backed forces for more than three months said Monday that it’s “surreal” to be back home. “Honestly, it’s still surreal. It’s going to take time to adjust,” Andy Tai Ngoc Huynh told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” Monday evening. … Read more

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Analysis: The war in Ukraine is at a dangerous tipping point

Kramatorsk, Ukraine CNN — The chaos of the past week might be incorrectly comforting. Despite Russia’s continued disastrous handling of its war of choice in Ukraine, the conflict’s most dangerous moment may be nearing. At some point this week, the Kremlin will likely declare that “sham” referendums in four partially occupied areas of Ukraine have … Read more

Wagner: Putin’s ‘chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin admits creating mercenary outfit in 2014

Wagner: Putin’s ‘chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin admits creating mercenary outfit in 2014

CNN — Yevgeny Prigozhin, one of Russia’s most elusive oligarchs, has admitted to being the founder of the private military company known as Wagner in 2014, reversing years of denials about his connection to the shadowy outfit. Prigozhin is so close to the Kremlin that he is known as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “chef.” On … Read more

‘I don’t want to die for someone else’s ambitions’: Russian men face mobilization

‘I don’t want to die for someone else’s ambitions’: Russian men face mobilization

CNN — Tension was in the air as a long trail of cars lined up near the Petkuhovo checkpoint on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan late Friday night. Andrei Alekseev, a 27-year-old engineer from the city of Yekaterinburg, was among many men in the queue who were fleeing Russia in the wake of President … Read more

Izium mass burial site: Signs of torture, mutilation on bodies

Izium mass burial site: Signs of torture, mutilation on bodies

CNN — Ukrainian officials say they have finished exhuming bodies from a mass burial site in Izium – and that of the 436 bodies found, 30 showed signs of torture. In a gruesome reminder of the human cost of Russia’s invasion, most of the bodies showed signs of a violent death, said Oleh Syniehubov, head … Read more

Russia’s war in Ukraine | CNN

Russia’s war in Ukraine |  CNN

Ukrainian officials from occupied areas of the country are on Friday accusing pro-Russian forces of using coercive tactics in referendums on secession, which Western leaders have described as a “sham.” Petro Andriushchenko, an adviser to Mariupol’s Ukrainian mayor, said on Telegram that “the main means of coercion for voting is door-to-door canvassing.” “The commission consists … Read more