The Daily Populous

Sunday December 25th, 2022 evening edition

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Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted the West for trying to "tear apart" Russia, in extracts from an interview to be aired on national television later Sunday.

"At the core of it all is the policy of our geopolitical opponents aiming to tear apart Russia, historical Russia," Putin said.

"They have always tried to 'divide and conquer'... Our goal is something else -- to unite the Russian people," he said.

Putin has used the concept of "historical Russia" to argue that Ukrainians and Russians are one people -- undermining Kyiv's sovereignty and justifying his 10-month offensive in Ukraine.

"We are acting in the right direction, we are protecting our national interests, the interests of our citizens, of our people," Putin said.

The president repeated claims that Moscow was "ready to negotiate with all participants in this process (to find) an acceptable solution" to the conflict.

Putin said, referring to the Patriot missile battery promised to Zelensky. »

Greg Abbott Slammed as Thousands Lose Power in Texas During Bomb Cyclone

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The storm brought icy temperatures and strong winds to Texas on Friday, straining the state's power grid and leaving more than 77,000 customers without power.

Much of Texas' power grid, managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is independent from that of the rest of the United States.

"Just a reminder that @GregAbbott_TX hasn't done a damn thing all year to strengthen the Texas power grid. »

Prince Andrew banned from Buckingham Palace by King Charles III, per report

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A person close to the royal family, reported that Prince Andrew is no longer welcome at Buckingham Palace, nor can he use offices or staff on the orders of his brother, King Charles III.

The information, released by The Sun newspaper, reverses the decision of Queen Elizabeth II, who allowed Andrew to continue to use the palace and retain a small staff.

Despite the palatial exile, Andrew is expected to spend Christmas dinner with King Charles and the rest of the royal family. »