Out of Office: Putin declares Mariupol victory; energy costs drive eurozone inflation spike

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Vladimir Putin claimed victory in the biggest battle of the Ukraine war, declaring the port of Mariupol “liberated” after nearly two months of siege and calling off a planned storm of the city even as hundreds of defenders remained holed up inside a giant steel works. Ukraine said Putin’s attempt to avoid a final clash with its forces in the city was an acknowledgement that he lacked the forces to defeat them. “You successfully completed ...