Video: Ex-mercenary makes explosive claims about Putin’s ‘chef’

Video: Ex-mercenary makes explosive claims about Putin’s ‘chef’

Ex-mercenary makes explosive claims about Putin’s ‘chef’ Former Wagner mercenary Andrei Medvedev fled Russia, escaping to Norway through freezing conditions and dodging gunfire. Now he’s speaking out about Russia’s war in Ukraine. CNN’s Nic Robertson reports.

Brovary, Ukraine: Helicopter crash kills 18, including Ukrainian interior minister

Brovary, Ukraine: Helicopter crash kills 18, including Ukrainian interior minister

CNN  —  A helicopter crash near a kindergarten in the Kyiv region has killed at least 18 people, including Ukraine’s entire interior ministry leadership team, according to officials. At least 29 others were injured in the incident on Wednesday in the city of Brovary, on the outskirts of Ukraine’s capital, according to Oleksiy Kuleba, head … Read more

Video shows Russian cruise missile flying toward Kyiv

Video shows Russian cruise missile flying toward Kyiv

Video shows Russian cruise missile flying toward Kyiv Explosions rattled villages and cities across Ukraine, damaging civilian infrastructure and killing at least three people in what Kyiv has called one of Russia’s biggest missile barrages since the war began. CNN’s Ben Wedeman reports from Kyiv.

Meet the dissident Russians living the ‘nightmare from which it is impossible to wake up’

Meet the dissident Russians living the ‘nightmare from which it is impossible to wake up’

CNN  —  For Andrei Soldatov and his friends, February 24 marked the end of Russia as they knew it. In the early hours of that day, President Vladimir Putin announced that he had ordered Russian troops into Ukraine. “And all of a sudden, everything we still believed in got completely compromised,” Soldatov, a Russian investigative … Read more

Ukraine’s Zelensky seeks Indian Prime Minister Modi’s help with peace plan

Ukraine’s Zelensky seeks Indian Prime Minister Modi’s help with peace plan

CNN  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Monday he was relying on India’s help to implement a “peace formula” during a phone call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The call comes as New Delhi seeks to boost trade ties with Moscow after becoming one of the largest purchasers of Russian oil – defying Western sanctions … Read more

Russia puts foreign investigative journalist on its ‘wanted’ list

Russia puts foreign investigative journalist on its ‘wanted’ list

CNN  —  Russia has put the investigative journalist Christo Grozev on its “wanted” list, according to the Russian Interior Ministry. Grozev, who is Bulgarian, is the lead Russia investigator at the journalism group Bellingcat. Information published on the ministry’s website said he was “wanted under an article of the Criminal Code,” without specifying the exact … Read more

Russia ready to resume gas supply to Europe via Yamal-Europe gas pipeline

Russia ready to resume gas supply to Europe via Yamal-Europe gas pipeline

CNN  —  Russia is prepared to resume gas supplies to Europe via the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline, which was previously stopped for political reasons, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told Russian state news agency TASS on Sunday. “The European market remains relevant, as the gas shortage persists, and we have every opportunity to resume supplies. … Read more

Exclusive: Biden task force investigating how US tech ends up in Iranian attack drones used against Ukraine

Exclusive: Biden task force investigating how US tech ends up in Iranian attack drones used against Ukraine

Washington CNN  —  The Biden administration has launched an expansive task force to investigate how US and western components, including American-made microelectronics, are ending up in Iranian-made drones Russia is launching by the hundreds into Ukraine, multiple officials familiar with the effort tell CNN.  The US has imposed tough export control restrictions and sanctions to prevent Iran … Read more

Zelensky on his way to Washington in US military jet to meet Biden as war with Russia enters new phase

Zelensky on his way to Washington in US military jet to meet Biden as war with Russia enters new phase

CNN  —  Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will pay a dramatic surprise visit to Washington on Wednesday, using his first trip outside his homeland since it was invaded 300 days ago to rally his top international partner behind sustained military and economic assistance. The trip, which US and Ukrainian officials arranged in secret over the past … Read more

5 things to know for December 21: Ukraine, Trump’s taxes, Weather, Title 42, Taliban

5 things to know for December 21: Ukraine, Trump’s taxes, Weather, Title 42, Taliban

CNN  —  Today is the first official day of winter, hence the bitter cold sweeping across most of the US. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year, when the Earth is at its furthest tilt away from the sun. Depending on how close you are to the North … Read more