What if Vladimir Putin used nuclear weapons in Ukraine? | Explainer News

President Vladimir Putin’s thinly veiled threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine if Russian “territorial integrity” is threatened has sparked deep discussion in the West as to how it would respond. In a televised address on Wednesday, the Russian leader said he was not bluffing about using nuclear weapons if Russian territories were threatened, as … Read more

Moscow unlikely to use nuclear weapons, say ex-Russian generals Russia-Ukraine war News

Russia is unlikely to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine unless NATO puts boots on the ground, two retired Russian generals have told Al Jazeera. “If the collective West attacks Russia with its conventional armed forces, then Russia’s response could very well be nuclear since there is no comparison between the West’s conventional military potential and … Read more

5 things to know for Sept. 23: Hurricane Fiona, Ukraine, Migrants, Covid fraud, Air travel

CNN — Halloween is still more than a month away, but some major retailers are already prepping for Christmas. Walmart and Target have said they’re getting an earlier start on the holiday shopping season this year in stores and online as households nationwide continue to grapple with persistently high inflation that’s forcing them to cut … Read more

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

Putin’s nuclear threats raise the risk of disaster

Speaking in a rare, televised address on Wednesday, Putin warned that if the territorial integrity of Russia is threatened, the Kremlin would “certainly use all the means at our disposal to protect Russia and our people. It is not a bluff.” Gavriil Grigorov Afp | Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ultimatum to the West … Read more

Ukrainian soldier mom Andriana Arekhta opens up about life on the frontlines

She’s a young mom with a master’s degree in public policy but spends her days and nights fighting on the frontlines in Ukraine with “stingers and switchblades.” Andriana Arekhta, 34, was in New York Wednesday and away from the battlefields but still haunted by the visions — and smells — of the carnage in her … Read more

Putin’s escalation gamble

Russian President Vladimir Putin is placing two of his biggest-ever political and strategic bets in a single week. Why it matters: With his troops getting routed in northeastern Ukraine and their footholds elsewhere slipping, Putin eschewed strategic retreat in favor of high-risk escalation. He’s mobilizing an estimated 300,000 citizens and preparing to declare 15% of … Read more

Four occupied Ukraine regions begin voting on joining Russia Russia-Ukraine war News

Four areas of Russian-occupied Ukraine have started to hold referendums, which have been condemned as illegitimate by Kyiv and are seen as paving the way for Moscow to formally annex some 15 percent of Ukrainian territory. Voting in Luhansk and Donetsk, self-proclaimed “independent republics” controlled by Moscow-backed separatists since 2014, as well as in southern … Read more

Putin bluster is all bluff — he’s losing at home and in Ukraine

Make no mistake: Vladimir Putin is losing the war in Ukraine. The menacing speech, broadcast mysteriously on Wednesday morning instead of the originally scheduled Tuesday night, might be the closest the Russian dictator will ever get to admitting defeat before his hold begins to crumble. The address had several audiences. For one, it aimed to … Read more

Russia can call up all the troops it wants, but it cannot train or support them

CNN — Vladimir Putin can call up all the troops he wants, but Russia has no way of getting those new troops the training and weapons they need to fight in Ukraine any time soon. With his invasion of Ukraine faltering badly, the Russian President on Wednesday announced the immediate “partial mobilization” of Russian citizens. … Read more