Russian President Vladimir Putin is about to ship a speech through which he’s anticipated to supply an “extensive report” on world politics, a day after he repeated unfounded claims that Ukraine is making ready to make use of a “dirty bomb” — an explosive containing radioactive materials — by itself soil. Kyiv and Western powers have dismissed the declare and warned that Moscow might use it as a pretext for escalating the struggle.
Russia additionally started its annual nuclear workouts, that are routine however of heightened significance as Russia has repeatedly wielded the specter of nuclear weapons since invading Ukraine. Up to now, related drills have lasted a number of days.
Right here’s the newest on the struggle and its ripple results throughout the globe.
4. From our correspondents
Most penal colonies are jail services the place inmates are required to carry out labor throughout their sentence, and the circumstances are identified to be harsh, with some similarities to Soviet-era gulags. Previous prisoners of penal colonies have reported lengthy days, with 16 to 17 hours of labor, invasive surveillance and denial of medical care, Amy Cheng, Ellen Francis, Robyn Dixon and Adam Taylor write.