Vladimir Putin says G7 leaders would look ‘disgusting’ topless

Russia’s Vladimir Putin took a swipe at Western leaders who mocked his bare-chested horse-riding, saying that they would look “disgusting” in the buff. The Kremlin strongman made the snarky comment during a visit to the Russia-friendly Central Asian republic of Turkmenistan Thursday when asked about G7 leaders poking fun at him earlier this week. As … Read more

Russia and China slam NATO after alliance raises alarm

MADRID (AP) — NATO faced rebukes from Moscow and Beijing on Thursday after it declared Russia a “direct threat” and said China posed “serious challenges “to global stability. The Western military alliance was wrapping up a summit in Madrid, where it issued a stark warning that the world has been plunged into a dangerous phase … Read more

Sweden and Finland are on the cusp of joining NATO. Here’s why that matters, and what comes next

CNN — Sweden and Finland are set formally to end decades of neutrality and join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in a historic breakthrough for the alliance that deals a blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The last major hurdle to the two nations’ entry to the bloc was removed when Turkey dropped its … Read more

Turkey lifts its objections to Sweden, Finland joining NATO

MADRID (AP) — Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders’ summit opening in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of the three countries, alliance Secretary General Jens … Read more

Russia Brags About Airstrike That Killed 20 at Ukrainian Shopping Mall

As the death toll in Russia’s airstrike on a Ukrainian shopping center full of civilians climbed to 20 on Tuesday, Russian defense officials took full responsibility for the attack—and then bragged about it as a successful military operation. Igor Konashenkov, a spokesperson for Russia’s defense ministry, described the attack on the central Ukrainian city of … Read more

World Leaders Mock ‘Bare-Chested Horseback Rider’ Putin at G7 Summit

The world may be in shambles, but the leaders of the G7 summit managed to have a laugh—at the expense of Vladimir Putin and a 2009 photo of him riding a horse shirtless in the Siberian mountains. The G7 summit is a gathering of leaders from seven of the wealthiest countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, … Read more

Obese retired Russian general called to fight in Ukraine: report

Vladimir Putin has a new heavy to help lead his troops in eastern Ukraine. The Russian dictator just brought an obese general out of retirement to aid in his country’s battle in the region, after the loss of other senior officers since Russia invaded its neighbor in late February, according to a report. The beefy … Read more

G7 leaders mock Vladimir Putin over shirtless horse-riding pic

G7 Summit leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday over his infamous bare-chested pic atop a horse. “Jackets on – jackets off …” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked other world leaders as he sat down at a roundtable at the summit in Germany, according to video. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied, “Let’s … Read more

Boris Johnson warns Russian victory in Ukraine would be ‘absolutely catastrophic’

Telfs-Buchen, Austria CNN — Allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to succeed in his invasion of Ukraine would have “absolutely catastrophic” consequences for the world, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned in a CNN interview on Sunday. Speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” hours after Russian missiles hit Kyiv, shattering what had … Read more

Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces were seeking to swallow up the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, pressing their momentum after taking full control Saturday of the charred ruins of Sievierodonetsk and the chemical plant where hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians had been held up. Russia also launched dozens of … Read more