but which borders?;’ History professor (and President) Putin delivers fiery speech; Lavrov re-writes the rules of international sovereignty; UK and EU roll out initial sanctions, and Washington plans big moves; Nord Stream 2 finally meets its end after a slow, painful death; Zelensky’s speech; White House: On second thought, that’s an invasion; How will China respond?; Russia to evacuate all diplomatic staff from Ukraine
Today in Russia/CIS: Russia to recognize Donetsk and Lugansk?; A scary Security Council meeting; Markets don’t like recognition ‘Nightmare’ conditions for Russian troops at the border; New cryptocurrency rules proposed by finance ministry
Today in Russia/CIS: Number two US diplomat in Moscow expelled; Russian response to US security proposal; Support in Ukraine for NATO membership at record high; Ukraine on the agenda at UN; Sberbank raises deposit and mortgage rates for second time in a month amid central bank rate rises; Enough with the Georgia-Ukraine comparisons; Turkmenistan’s President might be passing the reigns to his son next month, who is he and why now?
Today in Russia/CIS: Donetsk and Lugansk unrecognized territories accuse Kyiv of shelling and return fire; What are the chances Russia will actually recognize Donetsk and Lugansk? Thousands more to the border!; Russian Embassy in DC: You Americans are engaging in self-hypnosis!; Exercises (and the “mythical” troops) are gone, calm down!; Rogozin to EU: Come with us into the world of space; The road to London(grad) can no longer be purchased
Today in Russia/CIS: Russia says it is pulling back some troops after military drills end; EU not happy with Duma plan to recognize separatist Ukraine regions; Ukraine cyber-attack; Navalny faces even more years in jail with latest trial; Scholtz latest visitor to the Kremlin; Russia’s unprecedented level of freedom on the global stage; Japan urges West not to back down re Ukraine as signal to China
Today in Russia/CIS: Ukraine crisis leads to financial chaos; Ukraine seeks urgent OSCE meeting; Ukraine says its ultimate goal to join NATO enshrined in its constitution; Putin’s isolated worldview; US playing information warfare a la Putin?; Duma to hold vote on recognition of Donetsk and Lugansk; Ukraine vows to keep airspace open despite threats and insurance concerns;