Opinion: The most likely nuclear scenario

CNN — With his forces retreating in Ukraine, international allies expressing concern and citizens at home fleeing partial mobilization, Russian President Vladimir Putin has reached for the threat of nuclear weapons – and revived Western fears of atomic apocalypse. “The territorial integrity of our homeland, our independence and freedom will be ensured, I will emphasize … Read more

NYC: Russian Orthodox cathedral splashed with red paint

CNN — A Russian Orthodox cathedral in New York appears to have been defaced with red paint, following a similar incident in which the Russian consulate was vandalized with red spray paint. The two vandalism incidents come after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning stages of annexation of parts of Ukraine. An eyewitness told … Read more

Erin Burnett: ‘Ukraine’s story will define the world we all live in’

Editor’s Note: A version of this story originally appeared in ‘Inside CNN.’ Create a free CNN account to access this newsletter and more. CNN — Oleksandr Urazov and his family escaped war-torn Ukraine, thanks to his childhood friend, Alex Velychko, who now lives in New York. Shortly after arriving, Urazov, his wife and their three … Read more

Lyman: Russian forces retreat from strategic Donetsk city a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Russian forces retreated from Lyman, a strategic city for its operations in the east, the Russian defense ministry said Saturday, just a day after Moscow’s annexation of the region that’s been declared illegal by the West. “In connection with the creation of a threat of encirclement, allied troops were withdrawn from … Read more

Lyman: Ukraine encircles Russian forces near Donetsk, overshadowing Moscow’s annexation of the region

Kyiv, Ukraine CNN — Ukrainian forces are encircling Russian troops in Russian-occupied Lyman, in the Kramatorsk district of Donetsk, despite Moscow’s annexation of the region that’s been declared illegal by the West. Ukrainian forces have entered Stavky, a village neighboring Lyman, according to Serhii Cherevatyi, the military spokesperson for the eastern grouping of Ukrainian forces. … Read more

Government shutdown warned as Biden signs funding bill

CNN — The House of Representatives voted on Friday to approve a stopgap bill to fund the government through December 16, warning a shutdown just hours ahead of a midnight deadline when funding was set to expire. President Joe Biden signed the bill Friday afternoon. The Senate passed the measure on a bipartisan basis on … Read more

US imposing ‘swift and severe costs’ on Russia following Putin’s Ukraine annexation

CNN — The US is imposing what it describes as “swift and severe costs” on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia’s economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as “ sham referendum.” Putin signed documents on Friday … Read more

Putin announces illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions, pledging people there will become Russian citizens ‘forever’

CNN — Russia is to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in blatant violation of international law, turning the millions of people living there into Russian citizens “forever,” President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Once the process is officially complete, Moscow will recognize four Ukrainian regions as Russian territory: Luhansk and Donetsk – home to two … Read more

House expected to vote to approve government funding to warn shutdown

CNN — The House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday to approve a stop-gap bill to fund the government through December 16 and avert a shutdown at the end of the week. Once the House passes the bill, it will go to President Joe Biden for his signature. Government funding is currently set to … Read more

In Sviatogirsk, Russia’s struggle to annex territory it cannot control is ugly bare

Sviatogirsk, Ukraine CNN — It is a road through scorched forest, open roofs and pockmarked asphalt where the devastation appears to seamlessly meld together into an endless line. Ukraine’s push south from Kharkiv to Donetsk has been less advertised and heralded than its rout of Russian troops around the city of Kharkiv. But from a … Read more