The Kremlin is flat-out denying reports that Russian troops are preparing to abandon one of the most prized footholds of Putin’s invasion.
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The trip coincides with a decision from the European Parliament to recognize Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism,” which already has sent Moscow into a rage.
The Kremlin is seething after Polish officials “disinvited” Russia’s foreign minister from a meeting of top diplomats in Poland.
Panicking over a nightmare scenario in Crimea, Putin’s officials are allegedly mobilizing troops in secret—all while claiming Russia’s hold on the peninsula is “unshakable.”
Moscow is desperately trying to signal that Crimea will remain under Russian control after a slew of recent retreats in Ukraine. But some aren’t buying it.
The fatal strike in Poland has threatened to form the most escalatory turning point yet in the war.
Officials from Ukraine and Latvia have blamed the incident—which killed two in Poland—on Russia, though the Kremlin has denied involvement.
The attack comes just hours after Russia received a tongue-lashing at the G20 summit.
The Russian president appears to be grasping at straws in light of Russia’s astonishing withdrawal from Kherson.
Western officials are cautioning against taking Vladimir Putin’s retreat from Kherson at face value just yet, fearing an ambush may be in the works.