Cornered in Ukraine, Putin ditches annual news conference


              Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he takes part in a ceremony to launch new and renovated transport infrastructure via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            
              Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a ceremony to launch new and renovated transport infrastructure via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
            Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Constitutional Court Chairman Valery Zorkin during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Dec. 12, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Cornered in Ukraine, Putin ditches annual news conference