Contents tagged with Putin

  • Putin allows 'volunteers from Middle East' to join Russian troops in Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to allow volunteers from the Middle East, primarily from Syria, to join Russian military operation in Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports citing Putin’s speech at a meeting of the Security Council.

    The proposal was initially made during the meeting by Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. According to him, the Russian Defense Ministry receives many applications from people from different countries asking for a permission to participate in the so-called " …

  • Putin’s oligarchs moving their fortunes to United Arab Emirates

    After the beginning of Russia's attack on Ukraine, representatives of the Russian elite have begun to take their fortunes, including valuable paintings, to the United Arab Emirates, reports Ukrayinska Pravda, citing its source in Ukrainian intelligence.

    Since the beginning of Russian invasion of Ukraine, oligarchs from Putin's inner circle have already made multiple flights to Dubai.

    On February 28, a Bombardier Global 5000, reportedly belonging to Rotenberg brothers, flew from Nice to Dubai. …

  • Switzerland slams sanctions on Putin, Mishustin and Lavrov

    Switzerland has imposed financial sanctions on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    "Switzerland is also introducing the sanctions imposed earlier by the EU against Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. They come into force immediately," President Ignazio Cassis quoted the decision of the Swiss Federal Council.

    The Russian …

  • EU slams sanctions on Putin and Lavrov, threatens to disconnect Russia from SWIFT in the coming days

    The European Union imposes sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, said EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell.

    "This is an important step. Let me note that the only world leaders who have fallen under EU sanctions are Assad from Syria, Lukashenko from Belarus and now Putin from Russia," he said.

    "Putin is not the people of Russia," Borrell said, recalling that together with Putin and Lavrov, a …

  • Ukraine rejects Putin's demands, calls up reservists

    The demands of Russian President Vladimir Putin to demilitarize Ukraine, recognize Russian sovereignty over the annexed Crimea and ensure that Ukraine will never be accepted into NATO are unrealistic, said Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

    The list of conditions voiced by Putin on February 22 after he recognized the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, according to the Ukrainian Prime Minister, contradicts the choice of Ukrainian people.

    "For a sovereign …

  • Putin sends Russian troops into Donbas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Russian Defense Ministry to send Russian troops into the territory of the Donetsk and Luhansk People's republics.

    According to the decree signed by Putin, the Ministry of Defense is instructed to "ensure the implementation of peacekeeping functions" in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics with the help of the armed forces of the Russian Federation. According to the decree, the decision was made following the appeals of DPR and LPR leaders, …

  • Russian Security Council asks Putin to give the West ‘one last chance’ before recognizing Donbas republics

    Russian politicians have called on President Vladimir Putin to "give the West one last chance" to force Kyiv to comply with the Minsk agreements.

    Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev urged Putin to tell his American counterpart Joe Biden that if the necessary measures are not taken, the recognition of the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics will follow.

    "We need that you [Putin] tell Biden: "If the massacre does not stop in 2-3 days, then the only solution is the …

  • Putin: Biden promises a moratorium on Ukraine’s accession to NATO

    US President Joe Biden allegedly assured Putin that Ukraine will not be accepted into NATO in the near future, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting of the Russian Security Council.

    "My American colleague [Joe Biden] assured that Ukraine is not going to be accepted tomorrow, moreover, some kind of moratorium is possible, but they believe that Ukraine is not ready today. Therefore, we consider this not a concession, but further implementation of their plans. If, you believe that it …

  • Putin convenes Russian Security Council for an emergency meeting

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold an emergency meeting of the Russia Security Council.  According to Peskov, "this is a big Security Council meeting". "The president himself and other speakers will speak " at the meeting, Peskov said.

    Peskov did not provide the reason for convening the Security Council.

    "Also, the president has several international telephone conversations today," said Peskov.

    "In recent days, the situation in the Donbass has escalated - Kyiv ignores the agreements, …

  • Russia to hold exercises of its nuclear forces

    On February 19, the Russian Armed Forces will conduct exercises of of the "nuclear triad" (strategic aviation, intercontinental ballistic missiles and missile submarines) under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin, reports the Russian news agency TASS.

    "During the exercises, ballistic and cruise missiles will be launched," the Russian Defense Ministry said. The exercises will involve the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, the forces of the Southern Military District, the …