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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his combined call-in-show and annual press conference, on Dec. 14, in Moscow, Russia. Contributor/Getty Images hide caption

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In a 4-hour press conference, a confident Putin vows the Ukraine war will go on

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Harris hold up a Ukrainian flag while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks to Congress on Wednesday evening. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis waves during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on Sunday. He has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, imploring him to "stop this spiral of violence and death" in Ukraine. The pontiff also called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to "be open" to serious peace proposals. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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A mosaic panel depicts the liberation of Kyiv by Russia's Red Army in 1943 at Kievskaya metro station in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Kerry gets interviewed by NPR's Lucian Kim on Wednesday at Spaso House, the official Moscow residence of the U.S. ambassador to Russia. Stefan Mizha/U.S. Embassy Moscow Press Office hide caption

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John Sullivan, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, speaks to the media last year in Moscow. In a statement Tuesday, Sullivan said it was important for him to speak directly to "my new colleagues in the Biden administration" about U.S.-Russia relations. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks Thursday before a concert marking the seventh anniversary of the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The banner behind him reads, "Russia-Crimea-Sevastopol." Vyacheslav Prokofyev/Sputnik via AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, shown here earlier this month, declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in a region of Siberia after more than 20,000 tons of diesel fuel spilled from a power plant storage facility and fouled waterways. Alexei Nikolsky/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a cabinet meeting about the coronavirus via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Putin said more than 20,000 Russians are waiting to come back home amid the pandemic. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo via AP hide caption

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