Putin orders Russia's nuclear weapons put on high alert. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a dramatic escalation of the crisis with Ukraine, ordered nuclear deterrent forces put on an increased readiness to launch. He said the action is in response to "Aggressive statements" from NATO members and crippling financial sanctions. Source 2e.
Julie Bishop reveals secret Putin bombshell. Australia’s former foreign minister Julie Bishop has recalled the confronting conversation she had with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Source 9z.
This is not the time to brand Vladimir Putin an 'evil madman'. Simplifying the war in Ukraine into a binary of 'good' versus 'evil' will not save us from another world war. Source 3x.
Putin's Victory Day speech far from triumphant: Analysts. Russian president did not mention 'Ukraine' once during Victory Day celebrations in Moscow. Source 2d.