I hope that no one dares to cross the red line in respect to Russia, and we will determine where it is in each specific case. Those who organize any provocations threatening our core security interests will regret their deeds more than they regretted anything for a long time… We really don’t want to burn the bridges. But if some mistake our good intentions for indifference or weakness and intend to burn or even blow up those bridges themselves, Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, quick and tough.
That was the strong warning to Western countries issued by Russian president Vladimir Putin during his annual state-of-the-nation address. It came in the midst of a massive troop buildup on the Ukraine border—where Russians had amassed more than 60 ships, more than 10,000 troops, roughly 200 aircraft and 1,200 military vehicles. And both the UK and the US had promised to send assistance in support of Ukraine. Yet, soon after the speech, Russia abruptly announced it will be ending its military “drills” on the border. That said, tens of thousands of troops remain within striking distance of Ukraine, with tensions unlikely to subside.
Editor’s note: Unfortunately, the tsunami sweeping through India is the only story that matters right now. But to safeguard your mental health and ours, we have done our best to Covid-proof the rest of today’s edition—which includes an excellent meditation tool as part of Sanity Break #1. Stay safe, stay sane everyone!
Another day in the second wave
The TLDR: As the oxygen crisis continued, the High Courts took aim at the government—prompting the Supreme Court to wade in. Meanwhile, the government took urgent steps, while trying to duck the blame.
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