Putin’s rambling Ukraine speech leaves western diplomats scrambling

Vladimir Putin’s angry and rambling hour-long potted history of Ukraine’s failings on Monday night, culminating in a commitment to recognise the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk, left western diplomats scratching their heads and wondering whether they had been made redundant. The Russian president not only said he...
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Champions League final could be moved from Russia amid Ukraine tension - sources

UEFA are exploring contingency plans to move this season's Champions League final from Saint Petersburg amid concerns over the possibility of military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, sources have told ESPN. The Krestovsky Stadium, which was built as a centrepiece of Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup, is due...

The Latest: EU ministers to decide on Russian sanctions

BRUSSELS — European Union foreign ministers will meet Tuesday to decide what sanctions to impose over Russia’s decision to recognize two separatist regions in southeast Ukraine, the EU’s top diplomat said. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the meeting in Paris “will take the political decisions...

Biden, Putin signal bigger confrontation ahead over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — The East-West faceoff over Ukraine escalated dramatically Tuesday, with Russian lawmakers authorizing President Vladimir Putin to use military force outside his country and U.S. President Joe Biden and European leaders responding by slapping sanctions on Russian oligarchs and banks. Both leaders signaled that an even bigger...

Putin invading Ukraine would cost Russia billions. Here's a breakdown of the costs

A Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine would cost billions. Russia's weak economy would face tough sanctions. And there are the political costs of alienating Europe and revitalizing NATO. AILSA CHANG, HOST:. Today, a defiant Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of two pro-Russian territories in eastern Ukraine. And...