Ukraine Russia latest news: Putin makes stark admission as Moscow warns of US clash


“We will beat Russia,” says Zelensky

Vladimir Putin has publicly referred to Russia’s 10-month invasion of Ukraine as a “war” for the first time, as one of his ambassadors warned of a “high” risk of a collision with the US, with diplomatic relations in an “. Ice Age”.

Having previously called the invasion nothing more than a “special military operation”, the president said he wants to end the war in Ukraine “as soon as possible” through an inevitable “diplomatic solution”.

“Our goal is not to turn the wheel of the military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war,” Putin said. “We will try to finish it, and the sooner the better, of course.”

Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s U.S. ambassador, said state media reported it was hard to say when talks on the strategic dialogue between Washington and Moscow might resume, given President Joe Biden’s support for Ukraine, including a surprise visit by President Volodymyr. Zelensky to the White House on Wednesday.

The president of Ukraine is now back in Kiev.

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‘High risk of collision’ between Russia and US, ambassador says – diplomatic relations in ‘ice age’

There is a “great” risk of a collision between the US and Russia, said Moscow’s ambassador to Washington, as relations between the two countries are in an “ice age”.

Russian state news agency TASS quoted Anatoly Antonov as saying it was difficult to say when talks on the strategic dialogue between the two sides could resume. It is unclear whether the ambassador meant a military or political clash.

Relations between the US and Russia have sunk to their lowest point in decades, thanks to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has led Western nations to impose sanctions.

Chris Stevenson has more:

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 3:10 p.m

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Russian actress and poet Vera Polozkova has called Putin “the leading maniac of the 21st century”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been called the “chief maniac of the 21st century” by a leading Russian actor as the war against Ukraine enters its tenth month.

Vera Polozkova, 36, expressed her “crazy pain and shame” as a result of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, and called on her citizens to prepare to acknowledge, repent and forgive Moscow’s “crimes”.

Ms Polozkova made her remarks in an interview with popular Russian journalist and YouTuber Yury Dud, known for his interviews about Mr Putin’s brutal attacks on Ukraine.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 2:55 p.m

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Canada condemns North Korean arms sales to Russia’s Wagner Group

Canada on Friday condemned what it said were North Korean arms shipments to Russia, Pyongyang’s transactions with private military company Wagner Group “in clear violation of international law and United Nations Security Council resolutions.”

“We will continue to work with our international partners to address these developments and to respond to further arms deliveries, should they occur,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said in a statement.

North Korea’s foreign ministry, in a statement, denied that it had supplied Russia with ammunition, but did not mention Wagner.

The United States said on Thursday that North Korea had delivered weapons to the Wagner Group to help bolster Russian forces in Ukraine, confirming news first reported by Reuters.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 2:29 p.m

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What is Russia’s ‘Satan II’ hypersonic intercontinental nuclear missile?

In a year-end address to military leaders on Wednesday, Mr Putin hinted at future involvement in the Satan II conflict as he heralded Russian soldiers and defense chiefs as “heroes” and provided more support to the armed forces.

The possibility of an ICBM launch was last raised in June when Mr Putin addressed graduates of the Kremlin’s military academy and said ominously: “We will continue to develop and strengthen our armed forces, taking into account potential military threats and dangers.”

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 2:15 p.m

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North Korea denies media claims it supplied Russia with munitions – Part Two

South Korea’s foreign ministry said Thursday it is monitoring North Korea’s activities amid concerns over possible arms deals with Russia.

In a separate statement, North Korea’s foreign ministry also condemned the United States’ decision to issue a statement to the presidency of the UN Security Council on the latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

“The DPRK has already and clearly warned that this foolish attempt by the US could lead to a very undesirable outcome,” the spokesman said in the statement, adding that the US move was a “very dangerous act” that the North “must counter with actions.” “

North Korea has tested an unprecedented number of missiles this year, including an intercontinental ballistic missile designed to reach the US mainland in defiance of international sanctions.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 2:00 p.m

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North Korea denies media claims it supplied Russia with munitions

North Korea’s foreign ministry denied a media report that it supplied ammunition to Russia as “baseless” and accused the US of supplying Ukraine with lethal weapons, the North’s official KCNA news agency reported on Friday.

Japan’s Tokyo Shimbun earlier reported that North Korea had sent munitions, including artillery shells, to Russia by train over their border last month and that additional shipments were expected in the coming weeks.

“The false report by the Japanese media that the DPRK offered ammunition to Russia is the reddest nonsense, which does not deserve any comment or interpretation,” a ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by KCNA.

The White House said Thursday that the North has delivered weapons to a private Russian military company, the Wagner Group, to help bolster Russian forces in Ukraine.

The North Korean Foreign Ministry statement made no mention of Wagner.

According to the White House, Wagner delivered infantry rockets and missiles from North Korea, although Wagner owner Yevgeny Prigozhin denied the claim as “rumors and speculation.”

“The issue of the ‘arms transaction’ between the DPRK and Russia remains unchanged, which never happened,” the North Korean spokesman said, adding that it was the United States “that is bringing bloodshed and destruction to Ukraine.” with various deadly weapons.’

DPRK are the initials of the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 1:45 p.m

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Zelensky thanks Biden and the “ordinary people” of America for their support at the White House meeting

Mr. Zelensky, dressed in cargo pants and his signature military-style jacket, was greeted by President and First Lady Jill Biden and quickly escorted through the diplomatic entrance of the executive palace.

Andrew Feinberg and John Bowden report:

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 1:30 p.m

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The former Russian Prime Minister has been injured in the bombing of a hotel in Ukraine

Dmitri Rogozin, who is providing military advice to the two occupied regions of Ukraine that Russia has claimed as its territory, was injured but his life was not in danger, the owner of the state. Tass the agency reported, citing an aide to Vladimir Putin’s former second-in-command.

Vitaly Khotsenko, head of the government of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, was also wounded, his press secretary said.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 1:15 p.m

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Putin publicly refers to Ukraine invasion as ‘war’ for first time and calls for ‘diplomatic solution’

Vladimir Putin, in rare statements, said that Russia wants an end to the war in Ukraine “the sooner the better” through a necessary “diplomatic solution”.

It was the first time since Russia’s 10-month-long invasion of Ukraine that the president publicly used the term “war” to describe what he called a “special military operation.”

His remarks on Thursday came a day after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky joined his American counterpart Joe Biden in Washington, where he pledged continued and unwavering support.

“Our goal is not to turn the wheel of the military conflict, but, on the contrary, to end this war,” Putin said. “We will try to finish it, and the sooner the better, of course.”

Alisha Rahaman Sarkar reports:

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 1:00 p.m

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The US House will vote on a $1.66 trillion funding bill as the shutdown deadline approaches

On Friday, the US House of Representatives is expected to vote on a $1.66 trillion bill that provides robust funding for the US military, sends emergency aid to Ukraine and keeps all federal agencies operating until September 30, 2023.

Passage of the Senate-passed measure in the Democratic-controlled House would send President Joe Biden into law before a midnight Friday (0500 GMT Saturday) deadline for the temporary funds to expire.

After weeks of negotiations and threats to shut down the government, Congress is trying to fulfill one of its most basic tasks: channeling money to keep the bureaucracy afloat, three months after a new session begins on Oct. 1.

Failure to pass a funding bill on time, which is becoming the norm, forced the government to operate on temporary extensions of last year’s funding levels, which Democrats and Republicans say pose threats to national security.

National security concerns prompted lawmakers to include a provision banning the use of the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok on federal government devices.

House Republicans oppose the bill, arguing it is bloated and crafted in secret among top congressional leaders. The 4,155-page bill passed the Senate on Thursday on a bipartisan vote of 68-29.

While many House Republicans said they would prefer to pass another temporary funding bill to extend it early next year, the massive year-long measure takes a big burden off Republican leaders who will take control of the chamber on Jan. 3, Nov. 3. midterm elections

That will allow House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to avoid a tough fight early in the new year and focus on the race for the powerful House speaker post.

Despite the support of a majority of his caucus, a vocal minority of conservative Republicans has opposed his nomination, a concern that he needs a majority in the 435-member House to support him.

The Democrats’ newly elected leader, Representative Hakeem Jeffries, is likely to be the speaker in a mostly symbolic effort.

Maryam Zakir-HussainDecember 23, 2022 12:46 p.m

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