The head of the CIA, William Burns, has allegedly offered Vladimir Putin a fifth of Ukrainian territory - roughly equal to the size of Donbass - to end the ongoing war as part of a peace plan drawn up on behalf of President Joe Biden.
Newsweek writes it, quoting the Swiss-German newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Nzz) and reporting the denial of the White House.
National Security Council deputy spokesman Sean Davitt told the weekly the news was "not accurate" and that the CIA would say the same.
German Panzers fighting against Russia, Nazism threatening Moscow "directly" again, this time at the hands of the Ukrainians.
Nightmares of World War II come to life in the former Stalingrad.
They are evoked by Vladimir Putin, who magnifies them with the call to far more powerful weapons that the country has at his disposal today.
The West, thunders the tsar, does not realize that "a modern war with Russia would be something else" compared to 80 years ago and that such a conflict would not end with the use of tanks.
Today, he warns, saying he is convinced of winning, "we have something to answer with".
Inevitably thoughts turn to nuclear war, and some Russian journalists ask the Kremlin spokesman for explanations, who take charge of correcting the shot.
thus remaining absent from the military parade - with the presence of some almost centenary veterans - which took place in the morning.
And above all at the ceremony with which a bust of Stalin was inaugurated yesterday.
But it is clear that, in his vision, history risks tragically repeating itself: "There are attempts to push Europe, including Germany, to war with Russia", he warned on the very day in which the EU leaders arrived at Kiev with new military aid as a gift.
Even Serghei Lavrov has once again presented the conflict in Ukraine as an existential challenge for Moscow, re-proposing the parallel already used with the Holocaust.
The West, the foreign minister said, is aiming for "a final solution to the Russian question".
"All of NATO is fighting against us",
added Lavrov, saying he is sure that Russia will be able to resist and emerge "stronger" from this situation.
In this case there is no hint, not even a veiled one, of a nuclear Apocalypse.
Simply, "the greater the range of arms supplied by the West to Kiev, the more we will have to move them away from our borders", explained the head of Russian diplomacy, referring in particular to the possible arrival of American long-range missiles in Ukraine.
So no backtracking.
Indeed, the conflict seems destined to intensify, while the Ukrainian Defense Minister, Oleksii Reznikov, said he was convinced that Moscow is planning a new major offensive around February 24, the first anniversary of the start of what in Russia is called '
special military operation'.
But the bombings don't stop even now, albeit in the absence of appreciable front shifts.
Ukrainian sources said Russian rockets hit a children's hospital ward, a school and civilian buildings in Kramatorsk in northern Donetsk oblast today, leaving five people injured, after yesterday three people were killed and 21 remained. wounded in a bombing raid on the same city.
The killing of a woman is also reported in Kherson, while for their part the local pro-Russian authorities report the death of a civilian due to a Ukrainian artillery attack on the town of Vladimirovka, still in the Donetsk province.
Meanwhile, eight workers working on the construction of a highway in Crimea, annexed by Russia in 2014,