#Ukraine War Politics

Putin Reportedly Took A Big Fall As Speculation Over Worsening Health Grows

The wellbeing of Russian president Vladimir Putin has been the subject of speculation for years after rumors of his poor health emerged. Some of the allegations are serious: it has been said that Putin has cancer, Parkinson's disease, and mental health illnesses such as dementia, per The New York Times, though none of these purported ailments have been confirmed. Some were quick to question Putin's mental health when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, such as the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United Nations, Yuriy Sergeyev. "His position, what he's doing, makes us treat him like he has a serious disease," Sergeyev told WNYC's "The Takeaway."
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Edward Snowden swears allegiance to Russia, receives new passport

Edward Snowden has recieved a Russian passport and taken an oath of allegiance to the country, his lawyer Anatoly Kucherena told Russian state media on Friday. Mr Snowden was initially granted asylum in Russia in 2013 after leaking a trove of classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents, and then was granted permanent resident status in Russia in 2020. That year, he announced his decision to seek duel citizenship, stating in a tweet that “after years of separation from our parents, my wife and I have no desire to be separated from our son.” After years of separation from our...
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Shelling in Ukraine Forces Russian Vet to Flee Virtual Putin Meeting

Sirens blared in the middle of a virtual meeting Russian President Putin held Friday, causing a Russian veteran in Donetsk, Ukraine, who was dialed into the meeting to take cover due to shelling in the region, Rossiya 24 Channel reported, according to the Kremlin RIA Novosti pool. The so-called Joint Center for Control and Coordination of Issues Related to War Crimes of Ukraine (JCCC) said Ukrainian forces fired multiple rockets into the Kyiv and Voroshilov districts of Donetsk while the meeting was ongoing, according to RIA. Ukraine’s armed forces used Grad multiple launch rocket systems to run the attack, the JCCC said, according to TASS. The veteran, Vadim Serik, took his microphone off and used his wheelchair to exit the meeting, footage of the incident shows. The interruption comes amid intense fighting in the east, according to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The head of Donetsk’s Regional Military Administration, Pavlo Kyrylenko, said that Russian forces are failing to advance in the region.Read it at Kremlin RIA Novosti Pool

Will Biden meet with any African leader one-on-one?

With help from Nahal Toosi, Phelim Kine, Connor O’Brien and Daniel Lippman. Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington in two weeks, but as of now it’s not looking like President JOE BIDEN will meet one-on-one with any of them. Two U.S. officials said that the president...

Putin may use Ukraine peace talks to rearm, warns Cleverly

President Vladimir Putin could use any peace talks over Ukraine as an opportunity to rebuild Russia’s battered forces for a fresh onslaught, Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has warned.Mr Cleverly said Western powers needed to be “very, very careful” if the Russian leader sought to initiate negotiations purporting to seek an end to the conflict.In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, he said there was a risk “a ceasefire is actually just used by Putin to train up more troops and to produce more ammunition and to refit his damaged armed forces and to rearm his armed forces”.His warning came after...
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Blinken: Russia’s nuclear threats 'still a fear in an emergency for them'

Russian President Vladimir Putin could use nuclear weapons against Ukraine “in an emergency,” according to a top U.S. official who sees little room for negotiations to ease the anxiety. “There was contact with Russia because there was a fear that they might use a nuclear weapon,” Secretary of...
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Putin soiled himself after falling down stairs, report claims

WASHINGTON (TND) — Russian President Vladimir Putin fell down the stairs and soiled himself at his official residence, a report claims. According to the anti-Kremlin Telegram channel "General SVR," Putin's mishap took place on Wednesday evening. The report sources the claims to informants within Putin's security team. "General SVR"...
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U.S. says it remains ready to meet with Russia over nuclear treaty talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States remains ready to meet Russia for talks over a nuclear treaty despite Moscow having accused Washington of toxic anti-Russian behavior that it cited to pull out of the negotiations earlier this week, the State Department said. Russia withdrew from the New START nuclear...

Vladimir Putin could use peace talks to restock his army, warns James Cleverly

Peace talks with Russian soldiers in Ukraine could just be used by Vladimir Putin to restock his armies before launching another attack, the Foreign Secretary has warned. In an interview with The Telegraph, James Cleverly revealed concerns that the Russian president could pretend to engage in negotiations while actually training more troops and sending more ammunition.