Putin said Russia would also be seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties.
"There was nothing spontaneous. Everything was organized and each fiddler played his role." Military sources reveal how defections helped Russia take Crimea.
The Kremlin spends about 10 percent of what the United States spends on defense—yet it is framed as America's equivalent. It's time to re-consider the Russian relationship free from Putin-induced panic.
State-controlled media claims the system can travel up to 4,6000 mph.
"Only God knows our destiny—yours and mine," Putin said.
Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Qatar are to present a united front against Assad.
"Humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction, generally self imposed to some extent."
Corruption, a glaring issue the Putin regime has failed to resolve over the past 16 years, is capable of galvanizing opposition groups and the wider public.
Many in Russia are used to seeing elites like Putin park their spoils abroad. It’s perceived as an act of prudence, not a crime.
Only a secure Ukraine will put its name to grand bargains crafted by Russia and the West.
There is hardly any country history has been as utterly rewritten as Russia's, from the tsars to communism.
A released Ukrainian POW tells of the beatings and electrocutions that make up daily life.
Russia is signing ceasefires with some groups of fighters and assassinating the leaders of others.