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Putin pulls out of plan to storm the last Ukraine holdout at Mariupol
Putin pulls out of plan to storm the last Ukraine holdout at Mariupol

Russian President Vladimir Putin directed his forces to not storm the last Ukrainian stronghold in the besieged port of Mariupol. Instead, he ordered his troops to block the Azovstal steel facility.

U.S. man sentenced in China to death for "revenge killing," of a woman who attempted to end their relationship
U.S. man sentenced in China to death for "revenge killing," of a woman who attempted to end their relationship

A Chinese man was sentenced to death for stabbing to death a 21-year old woman trying to end their relationship. Shadeed Abdulmateen was sentenced to death in China on Thursday following a trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Ningbo. This is a city in China's eastern coast province of Zhejiang. The Xinhua News Agency reported.

In the midst of violence and war, a Ukrainian pizza guy delivers "a little bit of happiness"
In the midst of violence and war, a Ukrainian pizza guy delivers "a little bit of happiness"
U.S. announces sponsorship program to help Ukrainian refugees and discourage travel to the U.S.-Mexico border
U.S. announces sponsorship program to help Ukrainian refugees and discourage travel to the U.S.-Mexico border
Love your enemy: Macron's victory in France's election is a key win for critics
Love your enemy: Macron's victory in France's election is a key win for critics
Macron woos leftist voters as French campaign nears end
Macron woos leftist voters as French campaign nears end

French President Emmanuel Macron visited a multicultural and working-class suburb north Paris on Thursday, to win leftist voters before Sunday's presidential election against Marine Le Pen.

Putin claims victory at Mariupol, but won't storm the steel plant
Putin claims victory at Mariupol, but won't storm the steel plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in the Battle for Mariupol, while ordering his troops to not take the risk of storming a giant steel plant, where the last Ukrainian defenders were holed up.

After ballistic missile strikes in Iraq, and the Gulf states, U.S. sanctions Iran
After ballistic missile strikes in Iraq, and the Gulf states, U.S. sanctions Iran
US intelligence determines that Putin was misled by his advisers regarding Ukraine
US intelligence determines that Putin was misled by his advisers regarding Ukraine
Russia shells Ukraine's areas where it has vowed to reduce
Russia shells Ukraine's areas where it has vowed to reduce
Ukraine's other struggle: Growing food for its own consumption and the rest of the world
Ukraine's other struggle: Growing food for its own consumption and the rest of the world

Ukraine is now in the midst of planting season. The frozen earth has thawed the boot marks. 

Kyiv: What's the solution? Russia promises to reduce its presence near the capital
Kyiv: What's the solution? Russia promises to reduce its presence near the capital

Russia said Tuesday that it would significantly reduce military operations in Ukraine's capital and northern cities, as the outline of a possible agreement to end the war became clear at the most recent round of negotiations.

Ukrainian students abroad worry about their relatives and the future
Ukrainian students abroad worry about their relatives and the future
A US-backed group delivers life-saving medication to the Ukrainians during war
A US-backed group delivers life-saving medication to the Ukrainians during war
Back-to-back rocket strikes hit Ukraine's Lviv, Ukraine, close to Poland
Back-to-back rocket strikes hit Ukraine's Lviv, Ukraine, close to Poland
Protesters in Jamaica protest against royals' official visit
Protesters in Jamaica protest against royals' official visit

Protesters in Jamaica raised a fist Tuesday as they donned T shirts with Black wristbands and the words "Seh Yuh sorry!" alongside the phrases "Apologize Now!" and "Sorry!" just hours before Prince William arrived.

The key moments of Russia's one-month-old war against Ukraine
The key moments of Russia's one-month-old war against Ukraine

Russia's war against Ukraine has left thousands dead, severely damaged cities, and forced millions of people to flee their homes. 

NATO extends Stoltenberg term by one year in response to Russia's war
NATO extends Stoltenberg term by one year in response to Russia's war
China searchers find engine and wing parts in plane crashes
China searchers find engine and wing parts in plane crashes
North Korea tests long-range missiles to increase its pressure
North Korea tests long-range missiles to increase its pressure
Ukraine claims Russia is forcing civilians to Russia
Ukraine claims Russia is forcing civilians to Russia

On Thursday, Russia was accused by Ukraine of forcing hundreds of thousands civilians to flee shattered Ukrainian cities.

Iran's weapons are being hawked in Qatar under severe sanctions
Iran's weapons are being hawked in Qatar under severe sanctions

Iran was under severe economic sanctions and was selling weapons at a Qatari defense exhibition on Wednesday.

Oxfam says that global action is needed to address East Africa's hunger crisis.
Oxfam says that global action is needed to address East Africa's hunger crisis.
Putin foe Navalny is given 9 years more in Russian prison
Putin foe Navalny is given 9 years more in Russian prison
Court stops construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters.
Court stops construction of Amazon's new Africa headquarters.
"No mercy": Mariupol bombing is compared to Nazi war crimes
"No mercy": Mariupol bombing is compared to Nazi war crimes

According to the president of Poland, Russia's attack on Ukraine was compared to Nazi forces in World War II.

Russian advances are thwarted in Ukraine; the fight for Mariupol continues
Russian advances are thwarted in Ukraine; the fight for Mariupol continues

Ukrainian forces held off Russian attempts to occupy Mariupol. They claimed to have retaken Kyiv's strategic suburb on Tuesday.

Why Russia's war on Ukraine with tanks has stalled
Why Russia's war on Ukraine with tanks has stalled
After facing resistance, Russia withdraws from the U.N. vote for Ukraine resolution. China opposed global sanctions
After facing resistance, Russia withdraws from the U.N. vote for Ukraine resolution. China opposed global sanctions
Taliban arrests journalists for reporting on TV show censorship
Taliban arrests journalists for reporting on TV show censorship
Russians move deeper into Mariupol port city as locals appeal for help: "Children and elderly people are dying"
Russians move deeper into Mariupol port city as locals appeal for help: "Children and elderly people are dying"

On Saturday, Russian forces advanced into Ukraine's battered and besieged port city of Mariupol.

4 Marines die in NATO drill in Norway
4 Marines die in NATO drill in Norway

Authorities said that four U.S. Marines died when their Osprey plane crashed into a Norwegian town in Arctic Circle, during a NATO exercise not related to the Ukraine war.

Russia insists on reducing the goals in Ukraine, despite being denied an easy win
Russia insists on reducing the goals in Ukraine, despite being denied an easy win
Minister: It will take many years to clear Ukraine's live ordnance.
Minister: It will take many years to clear Ukraine's live ordnance.
Ukraine's leader warns Russia that war could cost Russia generations
Ukraine's leader warns Russia that war could cost Russia generations
The U.S. is a little closer to Ukraine -- at least for now
The U.S. is a little closer to Ukraine -- at least for now

First Read is a briefing from "Meet the Press", and the NBC Political Unit about the most important political stories of the day and why they are important.

Full speech by Zelenskyy: President of Ukraine implores Congress to help, and asks Biden to 'be the leader for peace'
Full speech by Zelenskyy: President of Ukraine implores Congress to help, and asks Biden to 'be the leader for peace'

His remarks, which were reminiscent of key moments in U.S. History, called for additional assistance, the establishment of a no fly zone and a new security alliance.

Zelenskyy invokes history and creates his own
Zelenskyy invokes history and creates his own
Are Russia's sanctions enough to end Putin's war?
Are Russia's sanctions enough to end Putin's war?
Officials from the United States say Russia has asked China for military assistance in its war against Ukraine
Officials from the United States say Russia has asked China for military assistance in its war against Ukraine
Trump tries to solve his Putin problem
Trump tries to solve his Putin problem

First Read is a briefing from "Meet the Press", and the NBC Political Unit about the most important political stories of the day and why they are important.

The President of Ukraine, Zelenskyy, will address Congress virtually
The President of Ukraine, Zelenskyy, will address Congress virtually

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer both announced Monday that Volodymyr Zilenskyy would address Congress on Wednesday.

Ukrainian foreign minister calls on the West to send more fighter planes to defend against Russia
Ukrainian foreign minister calls on the West to send more fighter planes to defend against Russia
Russia warns the U.S. about military shipments to Ukraine
Russia warns the U.S. about military shipments to Ukraine
Officials say Russia's demands could torpedo Iran's nuclear deal revival
Officials say Russia's demands could torpedo Iran's nuclear deal revival
"Absolutely crucial": Ukraine's wartime supply chains are vital to its defense
"Absolutely crucial": Ukraine's wartime supply chains are vital to its defense

Roads and bridges have been damaged and some routes are unsafe. There are also Russian bombings and troop movements that make it impossible to guarantee a corridor.

North Korea testing new intercontinental missile system, U.S. intel agencies believe
North Korea testing new intercontinental missile system, U.S. intel agencies believe

Senior administration officials called the recent North Korean tests "a serious escalation."

Ukraine evacuates civilians in besieged cities as 2 Million flee Russian attack
Ukraine evacuates civilians in besieged cities as 2 Million flee Russian attack
"I was in it to the memes": How Subtle Asian Dating led to unexpected and lasting relationships
"I was in it to the memes": How Subtle Asian Dating led to unexpected and lasting relationships
John Dickerson discusses Zelensky's leadership and how to make courage contagious
John Dickerson discusses Zelensky's leadership and how to make courage contagious
Russian forces block the evacuation of civilians in Ukraine for the second time
Russian forces block the evacuation of civilians in Ukraine for the second time

Lviv (Ukraine) -- Sunday's second attempt to evacuate civilians trapped in a southern Ukrainian city collapsed due to Russian attacks.

What will Putin do? And what will America do to stop him?
What will Putin do? And what will America do to stop him?

Sometimes it is helpful to look back at what they said just a few days before you weigh what Russian officials say now or next week.

According to U.N. refugee commission, 1.5 million Ukrainians fled Russian invasion.
According to U.N. refugee commission, 1.5 million Ukrainians fled Russian invasion.
The United States and Poland are in negotiations to send fighter jets into Ukraine
The United States and Poland are in negotiations to send fighter jets into Ukraine
Mariupol Diary - Scenes of despair, resolution in Ukraine city
Mariupol Diary - Scenes of despair, resolution in Ukraine city
Ukrainians in the USA consider taking advantage new status
Ukrainians in the USA consider taking advantage new status

Iryna Volvach, a friend who traveled from Ukraine to California as part of a tour package, decided to stay for a few more months. 

Putin warns against a no-fly zone in Ukraine
Putin warns against a no-fly zone in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Saturday of his country's willingness to consider any third-party declaration establishing a no fly zone over Ukraine participation in war there.

Zoom call with Congress: Zelensky asks for fighter planes
Zoom call with Congress: Zelensky asks for fighter planes
North Korea launches a ballistic missile as its ninth weapon launch of this year
North Korea launches a ballistic missile as its ninth weapon launch of this year
Surprise! A Canadian fugitive and gang leader is arrested in Puerto Rico.
Surprise! A Canadian fugitive and gang leader is arrested in Puerto Rico.
Russia launches attacks on key Ukrainian cities. Biden warns Putin that he will be punished.
Russia launches attacks on key Ukrainian cities. Biden warns Putin that he will be punished.

There was much fighting over Kherson and disagreements about who was in charge. Kharkiv was attacked by paratroopers and faced new shelling to the north.

How Putin was hurt by Russia's war against Ukraine
How Putin was hurt by Russia's war against Ukraine

"Everyone is afraid. One Moscow resident stated that they don't know what will happen.

U.S. officials are concerned that Putin's government might arrest Americans in Russia
U.S. officials are concerned that Putin's government might arrest Americans in Russia
As a Russian convoy approaches Kyiv, intense shelling is wreaked havoc on cities in Ukraine
As a Russian convoy approaches Kyiv, intense shelling is wreaked havoc on cities in Ukraine
U.S. exiles 12 Russian diplomats from United Nations because of "espionage activities".
U.S. exiles 12 Russian diplomats from United Nations because of "espionage activities".
As sanctions force people into panic, the Russian economy spirals into a deeper crisis.
As sanctions force people into panic, the Russian economy spirals into a deeper crisis.

After the ruble fell to its lowest point against the dollar in the history of the world, the West has intensified fears of an economic recession by imposing new sanctions on Russia.

Russia claims that both sides heard each other during peace talks, as violence rages in Ukraine
Russia claims that both sides heard each other during peace talks, as violence rages in Ukraine

Russian forces heavy shelled Kharkiv on Monday, making it the second-largest Ukrainian city.

U.N. warns that urgent action is needed on climate change to'secure a living future.
U.N. warns that urgent action is needed on climate change to'secure a living future.
As Russia intensifies its assault, heavy shelling strikes civilian areas of Ukraine's second largest city.
As Russia intensifies its assault, heavy shelling strikes civilian areas of Ukraine's second largest city.
Russian advances slow in Ukraine as thousands flee Ukraine
Russian advances slow in Ukraine as thousands flee Ukraine
As fighting in Ukraine goes on, Putin has put Russia's nuclear forces into alert
As fighting in Ukraine goes on, Putin has put Russia's nuclear forces into alert

Kyiv - In an explosive escalation in East-West tensions following Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Sunday,

The long history Russia's attempts to subjugate Ukraine
The long history Russia's attempts to subjugate Ukraine

Ukraine gained many hard-earned advantages since its independence in 1991. However, it has also tried to lose a little bit.

Official from the U.S. defense says that Russian advances were slowed down by Ukrainian resistance and logistical setbacks
Official from the U.S. defense says that Russian advances were slowed down by Ukrainian resistance and logistical setbacks
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a test for America, says John Dickerson
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is a test for America, says John Dickerson
Premise, a California-based app, is accused of aiding the Russian military
Premise, a California-based app, is accused of aiding the Russian military
Putin, where will you stop? While Ukraine continues to hold on, Eastern Europe is still holding its breath.
Putin, where will you stop? While Ukraine continues to hold on, Eastern Europe is still holding its breath.

One expert stated that several NATO members near Ukraine will be "extremely stressed out" by Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Overnight Russian attacks on Ukraine's capital
Overnight Russian attacks on Ukraine's capital

Volodymyr Zelenskyy the Ukrainian President, stated that he would remain in Kyiv and warned of a "full-scale storm" by Russian troops.

U.S. weighs in hotline with Russian military to avoid an accidental clash near Ukraine
U.S. weighs in hotline with Russian military to avoid an accidental clash near Ukraine
Ukraine's leader is determined as Kyiv resists Russian attacks
Ukraine's leader is determined as Kyiv resists Russian attacks
Biden admin is carefully reviewing legal issues surrounding arms supply to Ukraine
Biden admin is carefully reviewing legal issues surrounding arms supply to Ukraine
As Russian advances on Ukraine's capital, Kyiv prepares to fight
As Russian advances on Ukraine's capital, Kyiv prepares to fight

"The city is now in a defensive phase. Some neighborhoods are hearing shots and explosions. "Saboteurs have already entered Kyiv," said Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

According to Pentagon, Russian troops are within 20 miles of the capital of Ukraine.
According to Pentagon, Russian troops are within 20 miles of the capital of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President, warned Kyiv residents against "sabotage" groups that he claimed were already in the capital.

"Truly terrifying": Ukrainian expats in America feel fear, anger, and guilt
"Truly terrifying": Ukrainian expats in America feel fear, anger, and guilt
After Russia invades Ukraine, protestors demonstrate outside the Russian Embassy in Washington
After Russia invades Ukraine, protestors demonstrate outside the Russian Embassy in Washington
According to U.S. officials, the Russian attack on Ukraine involved 100 missiles and 75 bombers.
According to U.S. officials, the Russian attack on Ukraine involved 100 missiles and 75 bombers.
Rep. Michael McCaul: The threat of Russia's invasion of Ukraine: "I just hope that this isn't the beginning of World War III."
Rep. Michael McCaul: The threat of Russia's invasion of Ukraine: "I just hope that this isn't the beginning of World War III."

Representative Michael McCaul is the Republican leader on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Reacting to Russia's attack on Ukraine, former presidents of the United States responded
Reacting to Russia's attack on Ukraine, former presidents of the United States responded

With the exception of Trump, all of the former presidents of the United States have made formal statements condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion Ukraine.

Russia invades Ukraine from multiple fronts; the U.S. and its allies respond with sanctions
Russia invades Ukraine from multiple fronts; the U.S. and its allies respond with sanctions
Russia crisis reveals deep division Trump has created in GOP's foreign policy
Russia crisis reveals deep division Trump has created in GOP's foreign policy
Why didn't the U.S. provide a better system of air defense for Ukraine?
Why didn't the U.S. provide a better system of air defense for Ukraine?
Kremlin claims leaders of breakaway Ukraine regions are asking for military assistance as a pretext to further invading.
Kremlin claims leaders of breakaway Ukraine regions are asking for military assistance as a pretext to further invading.

This move came as the U.S. warned Russia that it is in "an advanced stage of readiness to take action" against its neighbor.

U.S. officials met with Ukrainian officials to discuss their plans for a president who will leave the capital in case of an attack by Russia
U.S. officials met with Ukrainian officials to discuss their plans for a president who will leave the capital in case of an attack by Russia

President Volodymyr Zeleskyy would move to Lviv, western Ukraine, approximately 50 miles from the Polish border.

White House refers to Russian troop movements in Ukraine as an "invasion", triggering new sanctions
White House refers to Russian troop movements in Ukraine as an "invasion", triggering new sanctions
Biden is facing bipartisan calls to increase Russian sanctions against Russia
Biden is facing bipartisan calls to increase Russian sanctions against Russia
Experts are alarmed by Putin's "surreal" version of Ukrainian history
Experts are alarmed by Putin's "surreal" version of Ukrainian history
China sanctions Raytheon and Lockheed for their stance on the Taiwan deal
China sanctions Raytheon and Lockheed for their stance on the Taiwan deal

China announced Monday that it would impose new sanctions against U.S. defense contractors Raytheon Technologies & Lockheed Martin because of their arms sales to Taiwan.

Israel successfully tests its naval air defense system
Israel successfully tests its naval air defense system
Putin will send his envoy from Ukraine to the Balkans, as all eyes are on Ukraine
Putin will send his envoy from Ukraine to the Balkans, as all eyes are on Ukraine
German officials condemn climate protests on roads and port
German officials condemn climate protests on roads and port
50 years after Nixon's visit, US-China relations remain as fraught today as ever
50 years after Nixon's visit, US-China relations remain as fraught today as ever

The height of the Cold War, U.S. President Richard Nixon flew to communist China's central of power in a visit that would change U.S.-China relations over time and China’s position in the global.

Northern Europe is battered by a third major storm; 14 people are killed
Northern Europe is battered by a third major storm; 14 people are killed

Northern Europe was hit by its third major storm in five day, with heavy rains, high winds, and at least two deaths.

Ukraine-Russia crisis: What you need to know about this escalating crisis
Ukraine-Russia crisis: What you need to know about this escalating crisis
President of Ukraine: "We don't fear anyone"
President of Ukraine: "We don't fear anyone"
Zelenskyy of Ukraine calls upon Putin to meet with him as tensions soar
Zelenskyy of Ukraine calls upon Putin to meet with him as tensions soar
Burkina Faso Award-winner promises to continue defending rights
Burkina Faso Award-winner promises to continue defending rights

Daouda Diallo is constantly threatened by death in conflict-ridden Burkina Faso.

Modi's 'grain bowl votes' will be tested by farmer anger
Modi's 'grain bowl votes' will be tested by farmer anger

Amandeep Kaur Daholewal arose from an Indian cot and began to speak to a small group of people who were sitting cross-legged in front of a white-domed Gurdwara, a place for worshipping Sikhs.

Despite growing fears, calm prevails at the border between Ukraine and Poland
Despite growing fears, calm prevails at the border between Ukraine and Poland
The US claims that Russia has made final preparations to invade the United States
The US claims that Russia has made final preparations to invade the United States
President of Ukraine urges sanctions on Russia to stop a possible invasion and not after.
President of Ukraine urges sanctions on Russia to stop a possible invasion and not after.
All Afghan evacuees are moved by the United States to military sites. This completes the first phase of resettlement.
All Afghan evacuees are moved by the United States to military sites. This completes the first phase of resettlement.

Saturday's relocation of the last group of Afghan refugees by the Biden administration was completed at a New Jersey military base

Afghanistan hovers above Biden's strategy for Ukraine
Afghanistan hovers above Biden's strategy for Ukraine

Analyse: Experts say there are indications that the White House is learning from both Afghanistan and 2014's annexe of Crimea.

Russian-backed separatists call for civilian evacuation from the eastern Ukraine, as an escalation fuels invasion fears
Russian-backed separatists call for civilian evacuation from the eastern Ukraine, as an escalation fuels invasion fears
Russia sends 7,000 troops to Ukraine's border despite its claims that it would withdraw some of its forces, the U.S. states
Russia sends 7,000 troops to Ukraine's border despite its claims that it would withdraw some of its forces, the U.S. states
Auto industry suffers $300M losses due to 'Freedom convoy’ disruptions
Auto industry suffers $300M losses due to 'Freedom convoy’ disruptions
Putin declares Russia is withdrawing some troops; Biden warns of an invasion by Ukraine
Putin declares Russia is withdrawing some troops; Biden warns of an invasion by Ukraine

The West claimed that it was too soon to determine if Putin's announcement signals any de-escalation of a crisis it warned could see Moscow invade its neighbor anytime.

As Russia's crisis brews, Ukraine president's ratings plummet
As Russia's crisis brews, Ukraine president's ratings plummet

Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a political novice running for Ukraine's presidency, vowed that he would reach out to Russia-backed rebels from the east fighting Ukrainian forces in order to resolve the conflict.

Tripwire: Are you ready for war? Cyber's fuzzy rules for engagement
Tripwire: Are you ready for war? Cyber's fuzzy rules for engagement