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Russia widened its purge of the Defence Ministry

Russian security agents detained Lt. Gen. Yuri Kuznetsov, a senior general, early yesterday on an accusation of “large-scale” bribery, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee, a federal law enforcement agency. His detention came days after Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, unexpectedly replaced his long-serving defense minister, Sergei Shoigu.

Prosecutors said that General Kuznetsov received a bribe from “commercial interests” between 2021 and 2023, when he was working on the protection of state secrets. The prosecutors claimed that security agents discovered cash equivalent to $1 million and luxury items during a search of his home.

Global diplomacy: Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state, made a surprise visit to Kyiv yesterday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin of Russia is expected to go to China later this week to visit Xi Jinping, China’s leader.

Ukraine: Last month, Russian soldiers suddenly showed up in the small town of Ocheretyne. It was clear that something had gone wrong.

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