Monday, September 25

Ukraine invasion, MLB lockout, SAG Awards: Weekend’s biggest news

Putin puts nuclear forces on high alert

As Russia’s assault on Ukraine reached into its second-largest city, and Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was putting nuclear forces on high alert, the EU announced unprecedented new actions against Moscow. Putin’s order to make his nuclear weapons more ready for launch – made Sunday in response to “aggressive statements” by leading NATO powers and economic sanctions by the West – represent an unnecessary and dangerous move, according to the Pentagon. Meanwhile, the European Union plans to close its airspace to Russian airlines, fund a weapons purchase to assist Ukraine and ban some pro-Kremlin media outlets in its latest response to Russia’s invasion, European Commission officials said Sunday. It marks the first time the block would finance military equipment for a country under attack. After Russia unleashed a wave of attacks targeting Ukranian airfields and fuel facilities, Russian troops entered Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city on Sunday, and fighting is underway in the streets, according to the Associated Press. Go here for the latest updates on the invasion.

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