'Strong indication' Putin provided missile that downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine
An investigation team said they had insufficient evidence to launch new prosecutions and suspended their probe into the shooting down of the plane that killed all 298 people aboard in 2014. Russia has denied any involvement in the downing of the flight.
Putin orders cease-fire in Ukraine for Orthodox Christmas; Ukraine won't take part
The Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on Jan. 7.
Russia's defense chief makes unfounded claims of 'dirty bomb' provocation in Ukraine
A "dirty bomb" is a device that uses explosives to scatter nuclear waste.
Putin calls Crimea bridge attack 'a terrorist act' carried out by Ukraine
Russia has suffered a series of setbacks nearly eight months after invading Ukraine in a campaign many thought would be short-lived.
Pope Francis implores Putin to 'stop this spiral of violence and death' in Ukraine
Pope Francis uttered his strongest plea yet about the seven-month-old war in Ukraine, which he denounced as an “error and a horror.”
Americans urged to leave Russia ‘immediately,’ U.S. Embassy warns
The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has issued another security alert for Americans in Russia, warning them to depart “immediately while limited commercial travel options remain.”
Putin sets partial military call-up in Russia, makes veiled threats on nukes
The total number of reservists to be called up in Russia could be as high as 300,000.
Finland wants to join NATO; Russians losing momentum, west says
“The brutal invasion (by) Russia is losing momentum. We know that with the bravery of the Ukrainian people and army, and with our help, Ukraine can win this war.”
Putin's alleged $700M superyacht seized in Italy
Zelenskyy pushes for harsher sanctions as the war in Ukraine persists
Intel: Putin may cite Ukraine war to meddle in US politics
Given Vladimir Putin’s antipathy toward the West and his repeated denunciations of Ukraine, officials believe he may see the U.S. backing of Ukraine’s resistance as a direct affront to him, giving him further incentive to target another U.S. election.