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NATO estimates 7,000-15,000 Russian soldiers have died

The Ukraine invasion has killed thousands of Russian soldiers.

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks past a mural of NATO's country
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Vladimir Putin got backing from China to attend the G20 summit. The Russian president plans to attend the forum in Indonesia this year, amid a war he initiated that has cost the lives of thousands of his soldiers, NATO estimates.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Japan to keep up sanctions against Russia. The Ukrainian leader praised Japan for being the first Asian country to sanction Russia, which comes after Russia withdrew from peace treaty talks with Japan.

Russia wants “unfriendly” countries to pay for gas in rubles. European countries depend on Russian gas and some have slashed fuel taxes to curb energy prices.

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What to watch for

US president Joe Biden is traveling to Brussels to attend a NATO Heads of State and Government meeting, the first since Russia invaded Ukraine. Zelenskyy will address the summit, likely reiterating his call for a no-fly zone over his country, which NATO has so far declined to enforce.

During the summit, NATO is expected to:

💰Announce new sanctions against Russia

💡Work on measures to reduce the world’s reliance on Russian energy supplies

➡️ Confirm the deployment of four new battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia

🎖Provide increased support to Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina against possible Russian pressure

😰Discuss long-term strategies in case of nuclear attacks

Who wore it better?

Vladimir Putin speaking into a microphone, wearing a turtleneck and a black puffer coat, standing in front of a Russian flag.
Image copyright: Reuters

Against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war, Putin was spotted in a Loro Piana coat (worth $14,000) at a political rally last week, while Zelenskyy has been stepping out in solid army green-colored tees. His official annual salary is listed at $115,000, but Putin can be found decked out in Italian luxury fashion and Swiss watches like Patek Philippe.

While everyday Russians have seen their wealth plummet as the ruble collapses, Putin has had no qualms showing off his lavish and luxurious wardrobe.

Since the war broke out, Zelenskyy has worn humble attire while addressing Ukrainians from Kyiv on the frontlines to boost morale—but has also caught flack on social media for his appearance while addressing US Congress.

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