Russia defends transfers for humanitarian reasons and Moscow has said that deportations would continue. Putin’s trip to Crimea featured in particular a visit to a children’s center.
Beijing is Moscow’s most important ally and has been a crucial economic partner during the war. Today’s meeting will give Putin a chance to argue that international support for Ukraine is limited to the West, a familiar refrain.
China frames Xi’s three-day visit as an opportunity to push Putin into peace talks, hinting that a call with Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, might follow. But neither Ukraine nor Russia seems willing to negotiateand the visit is widely seen as the most obvious sign so far Xi’s support for Putin.
Western officials have warned that China is considering whether to provide arms to Russia, which Beijing denies. And Xi is increasingly determined to challenge the idea of a US-led global order bringing other countries into a closer orbit to China.
The importance of Mariupol
For Ukraine, it is a symbol of the country’s agony and resistance. The city was razed to the ground by Russian forces. The UN said that at least 1,300 died in the battle there, but that the royal toll there were probably thousands more. The last defenders of Ukraine endured an 80-day siege on a steel plant.
For Russia, Mariupol is at the center of the Kremlin’s turn. It’s in the Donbas region, and Putin used the false argument that Ukraine was carrying out “genocide” there to help justify the invasion. The visit was the closest Putin has come to the front lines since the invasion.
Trump says his arrest is imminent
Former President Donald Trump stated that he would be arrested morning and urged his supporters to join his side. But while the Manhattan district attorney has pointed out that he is preparing to seek felony charges and a grand jury is expects to accuse Donald Trump, the timing is unclear.
Trump would be the first former president to be indicted on a criminal charge. On Saturday morning, Trump on his social media site, Truth Social, called on people to “PROTEST, TAKE BACK OUR NATION!”
A Trump spokesman quickly covered up, saying the former president had no direct knowledge of the moment. My colleagues report that prosecutors have not told Trump’s lawyers when the charges would be filed.
The charges would likely come from a secret payment of $130,000 to Stormy Danielsa porn star, on the eve of the 2016 election. It would not be an easy case: Prosecutors are expected to use a legal theory that has not been tested in New York courts.
race 2024: Trump leads his Republican opponents in most polls.
UBS buys Credit Suisse
In a hastily arranged deal aimed at shoring up the global banking sector, UBS agreed to buy Credit Suisse. Switzerland arranged the deal, which is the most important consequence so far of the recent financial turmoil.
UBSis had hoped to buy its embattled rival for a fraction of the $9.5 billion it was valued at on Friday. To help support UBS, the Swiss National Bank has agreed to lend up to $108.8 billion.
Swiss government leaders and regulators said the deal was the most effective way to reassure investors after Credit Suisse shares plunged following the implosion of Silicon Valley Bank earlier this month.
Context: Credit Suisse was hit with a panic, but its problems are largely of its own making. Recent scandals and financial missteps have cost him billions of dollars and damaged his reputation.
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The invasion of Iraq, 20 years later
On March 20, 2003, the US invaded Iraq as part of its “war on terror” after the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11, 2001. It began with an air assault to topple Saddam Hussein and became in an occupation, then in a war against an insurgency and then a sectarian civil war.
Iraq is now freer, but not more hopeful. The sectarian struggle continues. The oil-rich nation is hampered by corruption. There are few jobs in the private sector, and many government jobs require bribes to obtain. Almost everyone lost someone during the war.
Iran, your old enemy, benefited. He has built loyal militias inside Iraq, won profound political influence and reaped economic benefits. Iran’s rise exposed the unintended consequences of US strategy, analysts and former officials say.
Justification: historians and officials they are still debating the reason behind the US invasion.
For more: See war photos.