10 people uncovered by the FBI as Russian spies plead guilty in court to conspiracy to act as foreign agents.
Sources: BBC News
Sources: BBC News
Hamas releases four Thai migrant workers and 12 Israeli hostages while Israel releases 30 Palestinian prisoners. In a separate gesture to Russian President Vladimir Putin, two dual citizens of Israel and Russia are also freed by Hamas.
The Cuban foreign ministry says criminal proceedings have been initiated against a recruiting group primarily seeking to enlist Cuban citizens residing in Russia to fight for the country in Ukraine as mercenary activities are prohibited in Cuba, and reiterated that it was not part of the war.
The United States imposes retaliatory measures against Russia in response to the 2020 United States federal government data breach, its interference in the 2020 United States elections, and the occupation of and human rights abuses in Crimea. The U.S. bans trade in bonds newly issued by Russia's Central Bank, National Wealth Fund, and Ministry of Finance, formally names the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service as responsible for the data breach, blacklists 32 Russian entities and individuals, and expels ten Russian diplomats. Russia denies these allegations. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons the U.S. ambassador to inform him that "a series of retaliatory measures will follow soon". A spokesperson for the ministry also says that a potential summit between both countries' leaders may not take place.
Following meetings with French President François Hollande at the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is ready to coordinate strikes against the Islamic State with the United States and its allies, but warns acts like the Turkish downing of a Russian jet could destroy any chance of collaboration.
Russia says that the 10 armed Russian paratroopers captured during the night in the village of Dzerkalne, Donetsk Oblast, roughly 20 kilometers from the Russian border, only entered Ukraine by "mistake".
Russia's leading opposition activists Boris Nemtsov, Alexei Navalny, Ilya Yashin are jailed for 7-10 days for disobeying a police officer while protesting against the Bolotnaya square case. The previous day, in Moscow police detained over 400 people, including Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.