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What do we know about Putin’s love life?

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Marriage, mystery and a cold heart

Putin’s private life remains a secret to the world, off limits to Russian media.

The country’s leader is said to hide his money among a network of lovers, children, and other cronies.

For decades in the the public eye, Putin has displayed a strong facade.

He is pictured as a tough man, posing for countless photos, bare-chested while riding horses, swimming and fishing.

The U.S believes many of Putin’s assets are hidden with family members, which could be why women rarely feature in his life and why he remains so tight lipped.

Putin wants to show his country he is dedicated to his job.

Back in 2014, the year Russia took Crimea from Ukraine, his wife of three decades said their marriage is over due to the fact that “we barely see each other,”

The former first lady was a spy for KGB and said “Vladimir is completely submerged in his work. Our children have grown up…I truly don’t like publicity.”

Their daughters Maria and Katerina were both hit with fresh sanctions by the US recently

Since his marriage breakdown, its alleged putin has a third daughter, Elizaveta Rozova, from his secret fling with Russian cleaner-turned-millionaire Svetlana

His hidden love child now lives a life of luxury in her father’s home city of St Petersburg, according to the Russian investigative publication, which was quickly shut down by the government

The Russian President is also reported to be in a long-term relationship with former Olympic gold-medal-winning gymnast Alina Kabaeva.

Past reports in Western media claimed the lovebirds have two young sons, as well as twin girls born in 2015.

There was also rumours a Russian TV personality was Putin’s mistress, In 2018, she became an official ambassador of the FIFA World Cup and a director of the Miss Russia pageant.

While other politicians embrace social media and parade their families on the world stage to win favour with voters, Putin would never blur the line between his private and public lives. 

Kremlin elite are sworn to secrecy and what happens behind closed doors… only Putin will know.

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine

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A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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