U.S. says not seeking regime change after Biden denounces Putin

Russians wishing to travel to Finland can do so through crossing points on the 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) land border with Russia that remain open for private cars. Bus services to Finland continue to operate both from St. Petersburg and Moscow.

LVIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has signed a law restricting the reporting on troop and military equipment movement unless such information has been announced or approved by the military general staff.

The state news agency Ukrinform reported Sunday that the law calls for potential prison terms of three to eight years for violations.

The law bans “unauthorized dissemination of information about the direction, movement of international military assistance to Ukraine, the movement, movement or deployment of the Armed Forces of Ukraine or other military formations of Ukraine, committed in a state of martial law or a state of emergency,” Ukrinform said.


The day after President Joe Biden’s fiery remarks, which some said were tantamount to calling for regime change in Russia, several U.S. officials took to the Sunday morning news shows to walk back those controversial remarks. Biden had said Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power.” during a fiery speech from Poland. But Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Sunday that the U.S. was not pursuing “a strategy of regime change” in Moscow.

The fallout from the comments, which prompted a swift response from the Kremlin, overshadowed Biden’s efforts to frame Russia’s war in Ukraine as the battle of a generation and to rally the world’s support behind the embattled democracy.

While NATO countries have backed Kyiv and sought to punish Moscow with sanctions, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy again urged NATO to send more planes, tanks and weapons to support his country’s dogged resistance.

Having struggled to make progress in the first month of the war, Moscow’s forces appeared to be focusing on an effort to secure control of eastern Ukraine while battling Ukrainian counterattacks.

Russia’s armed aggression remains unsuccessful because it has failed to destabilize Ukraine’s leadership, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday.

The Ukrainian president’s comments were posted to his official government website, and appeared to be translated from Zelenskyy’s interviews for Russian media. Zelenskyy alleged that Russia had made attempts to initiate early elections in areas where Russia had influence in order to “provoke political chaos in Ukraine.”

“This destabilization was necessary in order to split the majority with strong regional governance,” Zelenskyy said. “Chaos in the economy and instability of the political spirit in Ukraine would lead to escalation on the part of the Russian Federation.”

Russian forces were not welcomed as its leaders had predicted, Zelenskyy said, and the “parallel solution” became an attempt to “neutralize” leadership. But Zelenskyy insisted that Russia had falsely predicted his government had no support within society.

LVIV, Ukraine — A member of the Ukrainian delegation in talks with Russia on ending the month-long war says the two sides have decided to meet in person in Turkey beginning on Monday.

Davyd Arakhamia, the leader in parliament of the faction of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Servant of the People party, said on Facebook that the in-person talks were agreed upon in a video consultation. He did not give further details.

However, Russia’s chief negotiator said the in-person talks would begin on Tuesday, rather than Monday.

The two sides have met previously with no deal reached.

HELSINKI — One of the last remaining passenger train links from Russia into the European Union has been suspended following the departure of the last two Allegro high-speed trains from St. Petersburg to Helsinki.

Finland’s state-owned railway company VR said Friday it would suspend services between the Finnish capital and Russia’s second-largest city on Sunday, closing one of the last public transport routes for Russians who want to reach the EU.

Citing the sanctions imposed on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, the Finnish railway company said it was no longer appropriate to operate the route. It added that Finnish citizens and “people who wanted to depart from Russia have had adequate time to leave.”

Only a morning departure from Helsinki to St. Petersburg ran on Sunday, while the afternoon train was cancelled. Two departures from St. Petersburg left as scheduled.

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