• Vladimir Putin was sworn in for a fifth term as President of Russia on May 7, 2024, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine and widespread boycotts from Western nations. (Associated Press, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera Balkans, Yahoo News, Süddeutsche Zeitung)

  • The United States, most European Union nations, and several other Western countries boycotted the inauguration ceremony in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. (Associated Press, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera Balkans, RBC News, Republic World)

  • France, however, decided to send a diplomatic representative to the inauguration, drawing criticism from some allies. (Fox News, Asharq Al-Awsat)

  • The inauguration marked the start of Putin’s fifth term as president, extending his rule until 2030, despite widespread condemnation from the West over the Ukraine war. (Associated Press, The Washington Post, Yahoo News)

  • Some publications highlighted the challenges Putin faces in his new term, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, economic sanctions, and international isolation. (Süddeutsche Zeitung, France 24)

  • Reactions from Ukraine and its allies were largely critical, with many accusing Putin of illegitimately clinging to power and vowing to continue supporting Ukraine’s resistance. (BBC Ukrainian, Sky News)