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How the Kremlin weaponized Russian history — and has used it to justify the war in Ukraine

Feb. 21, 2024 00:28 AM EST

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Earlier this month, when Tucker Carlson asked Vladimir Putin about his reasons for invading Ukraine two years ago, Putin gave him a lecture on Russian history. The 71-year-old Russian leader spent more than 20 minutes showering a baffled Carlson with dates and names going...

Donald Trump again compares his criminal indictments to imprisonment and death of Putin's top rival

Feb. 20, 2024 23:04 PM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump doubled down Tuesday on comparing his criminal indictments to the circumstances of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, the top political opponent of Russia’s autocratic leader Vladimir Putin who died in a remote arctic prison after being jailed by the Kremlin...

Putin says Russia has no intention of putting nuclear weapons in space, denying US claims

Feb. 20, 2024 21:50 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Tuesday that Moscow has no intention of deploying nuclear weapons in space, claiming that the country has only developed space capabilities similar to those of the U.S. Putin's statement follows the White House confirmation...

Ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens had Russian intelligence contacts, prosecutors say

Feb. 20, 2024 21:46 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former FBI informant charged with making up a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and a Ukrainian energy company had contacts with Russian intelligence-affiliated officials, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors...

A Russian court extends the pretrial detention for an American reporter accused of spying

Feb. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in the Russian capital ruled Tuesday to keep Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in custody pending his trial on espionage charges that he denies. The Moscow City Court rejected an appeal against Gershkovich's detention filed by his lawyers,...

Ukraine's Zelenskyy says foreign aid delays are making life 'very difficult' on the front line

Feb. 20, 2024 16:10 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Delays in weapons deliveries from Western allies to Ukraine are opening a door for Russian battlefield advances, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says, making the fight “very difficult” along parts of the front line where the Kremlin’s forces captured a strategic...

Navalny's mother appeals to Putin to release her son's body so she can bury him with dignity

Feb. 20, 2024 16:04 PM EST

The mother of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appealed Tuesday to President Vladimir Putin to intervene and turn her son's body over to her so she can bury him with dignity. Lyudmila Navalnaya, who has been trying to get his body since Saturday, appeared in a video outside...

White House promises 'major sanctions' on Russia in response to Alexei Navalny's death

Feb. 20, 2024 15:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said Tuesday it is preparing additional “major sanctions” on Russia in response to opposition leader Alexei Navalny's death last week in an Arctic penal colony. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the sanctions, on the eve of the...

Russia is rebuilding capacity to destabilize European countries, new UK report warns

Feb. 20, 2024 12:36 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Russia is rebuilding its capacity to destabilize European countries and extend its influence in the Middle East and Africa, posing a strategic threat to NATO as its members focus on the war in Ukraine, a U.K.-based think tank said Tuesday. In a sweeping report,...

As the Ukraine war enters a third year, Putin waits for Western support for Kyiv to wither

Feb. 20, 2024 00:08 AM EST

When the invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022, some analysts predicted it might take as few as three days for Russian forces to capture the capital of Kyiv. With the war now entering its third year, Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be trying to turn that initial...