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Ukraine’s Fightback, Europe’s Energy Crisis: The Political Week in Photos

President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, that he understands Beijing’s “questions and concerns” about his war in Ukraine, while the Russian leader faces narrowing options as he seeks to turn the tide in his struggling nearly seven-month-old invasion.

The European Union laid out radical plans to deal with energy shortages following Moscow’s decision to cut fuel supplies, with the German regulator warning that there will likely be gas shortages this winter.