The Kremlin dismisses a Chechen ally's call to use low-yield nuclear weapons and a Russia-backed official says Ukraine has made gains in the southern Kherson region, as the conflict enters Day 222.
Polls ahead of the general election have shown a weakening of populist, conservative and the social-democratic parties.
President Putin announces annexation of Ukrainian regions under the control of Russia's forces and a strike kills at least 30 people in Zaporizhzhia — one of the four occupied regions — as the conflict enters its 219th day.
Russia expressed concern over the "unprecedented" damage to three offshore lines of the Nord Stream gas pipeline system, saying that a prompt investigation is required.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says that Snowden has received Russian citizenship as a result of his own request.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov acknowledges that some call-ups had been issued in error, saying mistakes are being corrected by regional governors and the ministry of defence.
Critics have accused authorities of focusing mobilisation efforts in remote parts of Russia — like Siberia and the North Caucasus — to avoid sparking opposition in major urban centres and especially Moscow.
A star-studded line-up has donated personal items to help raise money in support the World Health Organization's work in Ukraine.
"We have never exported weapons or ammunition to Russia before and we will not plan to export them," Pyongyang says, warning the US against spreading "rumour of arms dealings."
President Putin orders a partial mobilisation of reservists in Russia and the Ukrainian nuclear operator accuses Russia of again striking the Zaporizhzhia atomic plant in southern Ukraine on the 210th day of the conflict.
Once traditional allies of the US in the Middle East are now turning their backs on Washington and cozying up to Moscow and Beijing in a significant shift of loyalties.
Moscow denies accusations of extrajudicial killings in the Ukrainian city of Izyum, while Kiev says a Russian missile has fallen near a nuclear power plant in the southern region of Mykolaiv.
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