Putin's comments come as Russian troops have reportedly abandoned checkpoints in the occupied Kherson region in Ukraine in recent days.
Ukrainian MPs have said Kyiv is confident that the United States will maintain military support no matter what happens in the midterms next week.
Security measures have been ramped up nationwide amid a surge in attacks on military registration and enlistment offices.
Former Russian lawmakers are to meet in Poland this week as various anti-Kremlin movements jockey for influence over a possible post-Putin Russia.
The Georgia representative said Democrats cared more about Ukraine than the U.S.'s southern border.
Colonel General Alexander Lapin reportedly threatened to shoot the commander of a mobilized unit which retreated from the front lines.
Russian soldiers called up to fight in Ukraine have been complaining about not receiving promised payments, with some even going on strike.
The IAEA's said inspections did not turn up "any indications of undeclared nuclear activities and materials" at several locations in Ukraine.
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"This was not an easy decision but an extremely necessary one," said Magomedsalam Magomedov, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration.
"Belarusian soldiers are not motivated to fight against Ukrainians," said Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, an exiled Belarusian opposition leader.
Tehran has already supplied drones to Russia and the supplying of ballistic missiles would increase Iran's support for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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Russian war correspondent Alexander Kots posted a video confirming that a Russian flag has been removed from Kherson's city council building.
The withdrawal of Russian forces, Ukrainian neutrality, an end to economic sanctions and most importantly a cease fire and legitimate U.N.-monitored plebiscite are all negotiable, though you would hardly know it from the rhetoric of Russia or the West.
During World War II, "saboteurs" were shot, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.
Russian forces have had to resort to Belarusian tanks to make up for equipment losses, Britain's Ministry of Defense has said.
Survivors of Russia's siege of Mariupol told Newsweek how they were forcibly relocated to Russia, and how some eventually escaped westwards.
"Putin's game is really to intimidate us into stopping our support for Ukraine," a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine told Newsweek.
Russia's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday called on other nuclear powers to "abandon dangerous attempts to infringe on each other's vital interests."
There is "no question" that North Korea is siding with Russia, said David Welch, a professor and university research chair at the University of Waterloo.
"It's a test—they want to see how close the West would be to actually engaging with them," Northwestern's William Reno told Newsweek.
Ukraine has so far received €41.3 billion ($40.77) in military assistance for its resistance against the Russian invasion.
"Putin has committed a number of absolutely illogical, senseless bloody acts toward Ukraine already," Ukrainian MP Halyna Yanchenko told Newsweek.
The unknown structure is being built at one of the seven nuclear installations at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, Ukrainian officials said.
"Not everything is going smoothly," said Russian TV host and ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Vladimir Solovyov.