Where’s Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others


              FILE - A portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin lies on the ground near the local prison in Kherson, Ukraine, Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022. The Russian retreat from Kherson marked a triumphant milestone in Ukraine's pushback against Moscow's invasion almost nine months ago. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, meets with the President of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Krasnikov at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 11, 2022. As Russia faces mounting setbacks in Ukraine, Putin appears to have delegated delivering unpopular news to others — a tactic he has already used during the coronavirus pandemic. (Aleksey Babushkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin puts on protective glasses as he visits a military training center of the Western Military District for mobilized reservists in Ryazan Region, Russia, Oct. 20, 2022. Putin, who was once rumored to personally supervise the military campaign in Ukraine and give battlefield orders to generals, appeared this week to be focused on everything but the war. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - From left, Moscow-appointed head of Russian-controlled Kherson Region Vladimir Saldo, Moscow-appointed head of Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia region Yevgeny Balitsky, Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Denis Pushilin, leader of self-proclaimed of the Russian-controlled Donetsk region and Leonid Pasechnik, leader of self-proclaimed Russian-controlled Luhansk region pose for a photo during a ceremony to sign the treaties for four regions of Ukraine to join Russia, at the Kremlin in Moscow, on Sept. 30, 2022. (Grigory Sysoyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, left, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, right, talk during their meeting in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Monday, Oct. 31, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin looks at the Polikarpov I-16 is a Soviet single-engine single-seat fighter aircraft at an open air interactive museum commemorating the 81st anniversary of the World War II-era parade and the Battle for Moscow, at Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 8, 2022. (Sergei Bobylev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office and posted on Facebook, Ukrainian soldiers pose for a photo with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, center top, during his visit to Kherson, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 14, 2022. Ukraine's retaking of Kherson was a significant setback for the Kremlin and it came some six weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed the Kherson region and three other provinces in southern and eastern Ukraine — in breach of international law — and declared them Russian territory. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, the top Russian military commander in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovikin reports to Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their meeting. Russia's military has announced that it is withdrawing from Ukraine's southern city of Kherson and nearby areas. Shoigu agreed with his proposal to retreat and set up defenses on the eastern bank. President Vladimir Putin wasn't present when his top military officials announced on television that Russia was withdrawing from Kherson, a key city in southern Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, speaks to the head of Federal Medical-Biological Agency Veronika Skvortsova visiting Russian Federal Centre for Brain and Neurotechnologies celebrating its 75th anniversary in Moscow, Russia, Nov. 9, 2022. As the Russian defense minister and chief commander in Ukraine discussed the retreat in a stiffly recited meeting on Nov. 9, Putin toured a neurological hospital in Moscow. (Aleksandr Rjumin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - In this handout photo taken from video released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu speaks during his meeting with the top Russian military commander in Ukraine, Gen. Sergei Surovikin. Russia's military has announced that it's withdrawing from Ukraine's southern city of Kherson and nearby areas. Shoigu agreed with his proposal to retreat and set up defenses on the eastern bank. President Vladimir Putin wasn't present when his top military officials announced on television that Russia was withdrawing from Kherson, a key city in southern Ukraine. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin watches a training to test the strategic deterrence forces via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, Oct. 26, 2022. Putin monitored drills of the country's strategic nuclear forces involving multiple practice launches of ballistic and cruise missiles. (Alexei Babushkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech at a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022. As Russia faces mounting setbacks in Ukraine, Putin appears to have delegated delivering unpopular news to others — a tactic he has already used during the coronavirus pandemic. (Sergei Guneyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
Where’s Putin? Leader leaves bad news on Ukraine to others