Putin's announcement comes after a meeting of the presidential Security Council and paves the way for Russia to openly send troops and weapons to the long-running conflict pitting Ukrainian forces against Moscow-backed rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he will decide later whether to recognize the independence of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine.
Fears of a new war in Europe have resurged as U.S. President Joe Biden warned that Russia could invade Ukraine within days, and violence spiked in a long-running standoff in eastern Ukraine that some fear could be the spark for…
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday Russia's troop build up near the Ukrainian border as part of its strategy to pressure NATO into refusing potential admission of Ukraine into the alliance represents "a new normal".
Ukrainians defied pressure from Moscow with a national show of flag-waving unity, while the West said it saw no sign of a promised pullback of Russian troops from Ukraine’s borders despite Kremlin declarations of a withdrawal.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is concerned about Russia's continued military buildup around Ukraine.
The Pentagon says President Joe Biden is sending about 2,000 troops from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to Poland and Germany this week, and sending part of an infantry Stryker squadron of roughly 1,000 troops based in Germany to Romania.
The Pentagon says that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has put about 8,500 troops on heightened alert, so they will be prepared to deploy if needed to reassure NATO allies in the face of ongoing Russian aggression on the border of…
NATO outlined a series of potential troop and ship deployments, Britain said it would withdraw some diplomats from Kyiv, and Ireland warned that upcoming Russian war games off its coast would be unwelcome.
The United States and NATO are roundly rejecting Russian demands that the alliance not admit new members amid growing concerns that Russia may invade Ukraine, which aspires to join the alliance.
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