Ukraine and Poland blamed Russia after blasts were recorded and two gas pipelines were ruptured under the Baltic Sea. The sudden leaks deepened uncertainty about energy security in Europe.
The staged votes earned broad international condemnation, and world leaders vowed not to recognize the announced results.
The Kremlin’s spokesman tried to shift blame for errors in the call-up to regional agencies on Monday, the same day a gunman attacked a draft office in Siberia.
By Valerie Hopkins, Shashank Bengali and
Panic and fear flooded the occupied territories as Russian forces rounded up men to fight and forced residents to vote in a staged referendum on joining Russia, Ukrainian officials and rights groups said.
The comments by the national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, illustrate how quickly the rhetoric has intensified as Russia has faltered on the battlefield in recent months.
By David E. Sanger and
Mr. Snowden, a former intelligence contractor, left the United States after giving hundreds of highly classified N.S.A. documents to The Guardian and The Washington Post in 2013.
An unidentified gunman entered a school in the city of Izhevsk, killing four adults and 11 children, according to federal investigators.
Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, a Russian businessman and close associate of President Vladimir V. Putin, confirmed his role weeks after he was seen in a recruitment video for the private military company.
The Russian president has rejected requests from commanders in the field that they be allowed to retreat from Kherson, a vital city in Ukraine’s south.
By Julian E. Barnes, Helene Cooper, Eric Schmitt and
‘Putin Is a Fool’: Intercepted Calls Reveal Russian Army in Disarray
In phone calls to friends and relatives at home, Russian soldiers gave damning insider accounts of battlefield failures and civilian executions, excoriating their leaders just weeks into the campaign to take Kyiv.
By Yousur Al-Hlou, Masha Froliak, Evan Hill, Rumsey Taylor, Matt Ruby, Aleksandra Koroleva and Ksenia Nesterenko
As Russians Flee, Some Find Draft Notices Waiting at the Border
The Kremlin dispatched federal security forces to frontier border crossings packed with Russian men trying to escape the draft by entering countries like Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.
By Marc Santora, Andrew E. Kramer and Eric Nagourney