Russian Torture Chambers Exposed in Ukrainian City of Balakliya

Russian Torture Chambers Exposed in Ukrainian City of Balakliya

BALAKLIYA, Eastern Ukraine—“Our father who art in heaven,” begins the words of the Lord’s Prayer scratched into the side of a wall in a police station turned torture chamber in the recently liberated city of Balakliya. The floors of the cells are still stained with blood, and the stench of human waste and rotting food … Read more

GLIMPSES: Lavrov’s quick entrance and exit at United Nations

GLIMPSES: Lavrov’s quick entrance and exit at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As if there wasn’t enough tension. After days of speeches by world leaders taking subtle and not-so-subtle shots at Russia for its invasion of Ukraine during the annual U.N. General Assembly, in walked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to address the Security Council on Thursday. He arrived just minutes before he … Read more

Anatoly Gerashchenko: Russian aviation expert is latest official to die in mysterious circumstances

Anatoly Gerashchenko: Russian aviation expert is latest official to die in mysterious circumstances

CNN  —  The former rector to the Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI) has died, according to a statement from the organization, amid a recent string of mysterious deaths among top Russian officials and executives. Anatoly Gerashchenko “died in an accident” on September 21 and had served as the institute’s rector from 2007 to 2015, according to … Read more

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

Occupied parts of Ukraine vote on joining Russia in ‘sham’ referendums

CNN  —  Four Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine are expected on Friday to begin voting in referendums on joining Russia, in a move that raises the stakes of Moscow’s invasion seven months after fighting began. The referendums, which are illegal under international law, could pave the way for Russian annexation of the areas, allowing Moscow to … Read more

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in ‘sham’ vote to join Russia

Moscow-held regions of Ukraine in ‘sham’ vote to join Russia

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Voting began Friday in Moscow-held regions of Ukraine on referendums to become part of Russia, Russian-backed officials there said. The Kremlin-orchestrated referendums, which have been widely denounced by Ukraine and the West as shams without any legal force, are seen as a step toward annexing the territories by Russia. The votes … Read more

US in talks with India about rethinking reliance on Russian arms and energy

US in talks with India about rethinking reliance on Russian arms and energy

CNN  —  The United States is in “deep” talks with India over its reliance on Russian arms and energy, a US State Department official said Tuesday, in a development that could further isolate Moscow on the international stage. Russia “is no longer a reliable weapons supplier” and Indian representatives are “coming to understand that there … Read more

Putin speech: Russia announces immediate ‘partial mobilization’ of citizens for its offensive in Ukraine

Putin speech: Russia announces immediate ‘partial mobilization’ of citizens for its offensive in Ukraine

CNN  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens in an escalation of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine and pledged to use “all means” to defend the country and its people. “Our country also has various means of destruction and in some components more modern than those of the NATO … Read more

Kremlin’s New Hail Mary Shows Vladimir Putin Is More Panicked Than Ever About the War in Ukraine

Kremlin’s New Hail Mary Shows Vladimir Putin Is More Panicked Than Ever About the War in Ukraine

After weeks of battlefield setbacks in Ukraine, Moscow appears to have buckled under pressure and plowed ahead with a new phase in the war: urgent “referendums” to annex stolen Ukrainian land and harsh prison terms for defiant troops. The double whammy began with the announcement early Tuesday that Russia’s State Duma passed legislation introducing stricter … Read more

India’s Modi tells Russia’s Putin: Now is not the time for war

India’s Modi tells Russia’s Putin: Now is not the time for war

CNN  —  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appears to have directly rebuffed Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, telling Russian President Vladimir Putin that now is not the time for war. In what was the latest in a series of setbacks for the Russian leader, Modi told him of the need to “move onto a path of … Read more