President Vladimir Putin

For the first time in his more than 20-year rule, President Vladimir Putin’s power appeared to hang in the balance this weekend.
Thousands of Russian men are seeking to avoid the call-up by fleeing into neighboring countries by land and air.
Alexei Navalny, who is already serving 2½ years for parole violations, was convicted of fraud and contempt of court.
The U.S. is considering a stronger military presence in Europe in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.
Police and soldiers rushed to evacuate victims – including children and pregnant women – under the hospital's wreckage in the besieged city of Mariupol.
Trump is largely alone in his sustained praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin as “smart,” an assessment he reiterated last week during speeches to donors.
Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested each day by Russian police since the invasion of Ukraine started Thursday.
“We will fight for as long as needed to liberate our country,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised.
Russia has added as many as 7,000 troops near the Ukraine border in recent days, contrary to claims by President Vladimir Putin that troops would be pulled back from the region.
Amid the escalating tensions, Ukrainian officials have sought to calm nerves.