The Russian president on Friday slammed the West for a history of abuse against the rest of the world as he announced that four Ukrainian oblasts had joined the Russian Federation.
How the War Changed Overnight
By declaring referenda in four Ukrainian regions and vowing to defend new Russian territory with all means necessary, Vladimir Putin has created a whole new war.
Text of Putin’s Speech on Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a major address on the war in Ukraine, which changes its nature dramatically. As a service, CN provides here the English text of the speech.
Ukraine Shrinks Again
Tony Kevin says Putin was desperate for something other than this lose-lose outcome for both East and West.
Putin Recognizes Donbass Independence as Violence Soars
Putin’s decision effectively ends Minsk process. Meanwhile, violence escalates in Donbass as Kiev offensive may have begun, reports Joe Lauria.