Tag: Russia

Russia Begins Mobilizing Ukrainians to Fight Against Their Own Country

KYIV, Ukraine — In the occupied city of Kherson, some Ukrainian men believe that if they break their own arms, maybe the Russians will not force them into military service. Others are hiding in basements. Some are trying to run even though they are forbidden to leave the city, residents said, and virtually everyone is […]

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Olaf Scholz of Germany Won’t Send Battle Tanks to Ukraine

NEW YORK — Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany gets right to the point when asked why his country will not send battle tanks to Ukraine: It is “a very dangerous war,” he said. Ukraine has made gains recently against Russia, which invaded the country in February, and has been asking the West for reinforcements. But […]

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Ukraine Fights to Reclaim Territory as Russia Holds Annexation Referendums

KYIV, Ukraine — Ukrainian forces defiantly pushed back against threats by Russia to annex territory it controls on Saturday, while Moscow replaced a top general in charge of logistics after a series of snafus that contributed to recent battlefield losses by Russian troops. The fighting raged as Russian proxies in four Ukrainian provinces conducted the […]

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What Putin’s Nuclear Threat Means for Ukraine and the U.S.

At a 1985 banquet marking the 30th anniversary of National Review, with Ronald Reagan in attendance, William F. Buckley Jr. gave a speech celebrating the American nuclear deterrent, and the willingness of the American president to use it. Those weapons and that willingness, Buckley declaimed, had sustained American freedom through the Cold War, so that […]

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The Fight Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Explained

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York this week for the first direct talks since more than 180 people were reported killed last week in fighting between the two countries. The flare-up subsided within days, but the high-level meeting reflects worries that the causes of […]

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Putin and Trump, the Solo Soulless Saboteurs

WASHINGTON — In the internet age, it’s almost impossible to get away with anything. (See: Adam Levine.) And yet, some people still manage to pull off solo flights of destruction worthy of a megalomaniacal supervillain. Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, long entwined, continue on vile parallel paths: They would rather destroy their countries than admit […]

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In Ukraine’s South, Fierce Fighting and Deadly Costs

AT THE KHERSON FRONT, Ukraine — The commander banged on the door furiously. “I need help!” he shouted. When Tetiana Kozyr opened up, the commander rushed in, carrying a young soldier on his shoulders. She said the young man was sunburned, thin and gravely wounded. The Ukrainians were trying to recapture her village, the smallest […]

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Vladimir Putin Gets More Involved in Ukraine War Strategy

The divisions over Kherson are only the latest disagreements between Mr. Putin and his top commanders. Senior Russian officers repeatedly questioned the early plans for the war, American officials said, particularly an initial stage that envisioned a quick strike on Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. The Russian officers believed Mr. Putin was going to war with […]

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Russia Begins Staged Referendums In Occupied Areas of Ukraine

He and other top officials also suggested that Russia could use nuclear weapons in the conflict, particularly after annexation of Ukrainian territory, when it would call any enemy action there an attack on Russian soil. “This is not a bluff,” Mr. Putin said in a speech to the nation on Wednesday. But in an interview […]

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Putin’s Draft Draws Resistance in Russia’s Far-Flung Regions

President Vladimir V. Putin’s surprise draft to reinforce his invasion of Ukraine ran into growing resistance across Russia on Friday as villagers, activists and even some elected officials asked why the conscription drive appeared to be hitting minority groups and rural areas harder than the big cities. Some of the greatest anguish played out hundreds […]

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How Do You Handle a Wounded Putin?

The world shifted this week. Vladimir Putin showed that he knows how deeply wounded he is. He knows that his rule is under existential threat if Russia is completely humiliated in Ukraine. He also showed the world that his strategy in this context is to escalate. He is signaling that his best bet for survival […]

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Oil Prices Tumble to Their Lowest Level Since January

The U.S. benchmark oil price tumbled below $80 a barrel on Friday for the first time since January as traders grew increasingly worried that much of the world was headed into a recession or was already in one. The steady fall in prices from over $120 a barrel a few months ago could easily reverse […]

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On a Corpse’s Wrist, an Emblem of Ukrainian Fortitude

KYIV, Ukraine — The body pulled from a pit in Izyum was in a bad state of decomposition, the skin peeling from the bone and drained of color. But one thing stood out: the blue and yellow bracelet around the dead man’s wrist. The colors of the Ukrainian national flag had barely faded. The corpse, […]

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VW Could Move Production Out Of Germany Due To Natural Gas Shortages

Volkswagen is considering moving car production away from Germany if current problems with natural gas supplies extend into 2023. The drastic plan is one of several being discussed at Wolfsburg and could potentially result in Volkswagen switching production for several model lines from its German and Eastern European plants to other VW Group factories in […]

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Zelensky Asks Businesses to Join a ‘Marshall Plan’ for Ukraine

The cost of rebuilding Ukraine This month, President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine announced that the country had assembled a team of bankers and researchers to solicit investments from private businesses to help pay for Ukraine’s recovery. Zelensky said the team had identified more than $400 billion of potential investment for what is effectively a Marshall […]

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Why Russia Is Losing the War in Ukraine

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, the question most analysts were asking was not whether Russia would win. It was how fast. On almost every quantifiable metric from military strength to economic size, Russia has decisive advantages over Ukraine. A swift Russian victory appeared inevitable. Of course, that swift […]

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Putin Is Not Liberating My Family. He Is Subjugating Them.

Starting this weekend, people in four occupied regions of Ukraine will “vote” on whether to join Russia. For many people, including my aunt and uncle, in Donetsk, what that really means is they will be forcibly absorbed into a country they do not want to be a part of. Donetsk and Luhansk, collectively known as […]

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Ukraine War Comes to Russia as Putin Imposes Draft

After Mr. Putin’s speech Wednesday, a backlash did indeed burst into the open, though there was no immediate sign of a nationwide anti-draft movement emerging. In the city of Baksan in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, more than a hundred people gathered near the city administration to protest the conscription of their loved ones, […]

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War, Inflation and Squandered Credibility

Putin obviously doesn’t have similar concerns. His Wednesday speech was full of apocalyptic rhetoric, portraying Russia as a nation under attack by the whole West. But he didn’t announce the kind of full-scale mobilization that rhetoric would seem to imply. Instead, he announced a series of half-measures that defense experts doubt will do much to […]

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Russian Men, Fearing Ukraine Draft, Seek Refuge Abroad

A little more than 12 hours after he heard that Russian civilians could be pressed into military service in the Ukraine war, the tour guide said he bought a plane ticket and a laptop, changed money, wrapped up his business, kissed his crying mother goodbye and boarded a plane out of his country, with no […]

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An Old Clip Of Anthony Bourdain Being Asked For His Opinion Of Putin Has Resurfaced, And Of Course It’s Devastatingly Spot-On

The late Anthony Bourdain recently made headlines for his resurfaced view on the British monarchy, and he also nailed it (in a resurfaced clip) after he was asked for his perception of what’s going on with Vladimir Putin. That clip’s making the rounds in light of Putin’s latest chaotic move, which is to send 300,000 […]

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Putin’s Escalation of the War in Ukraine

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As Russia Retreats, a Question Lingers: Who Counts as a Collaborator?

IZIUM, Ukraine — Russian officials came to Ina Mandryka with a simple proposition: If she agreed to open her school in a town in occupied territory, and teach in Russian, she would be promoted from deputy principal to principal. For Ms. Mandryka, it was an easy choice. “I refused,” she said. “To teach the Russian […]

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Russia’s Putin Is in Trouble

The party of war has been very vocal since April, when it became clear that the Russian Army was unable to conquer Kyiv and overthrow the Zelensky government. Moscow’s more modest goal — conquering the Donbas and securing a land bridge to annexed Crimea — appeared to be an intolerable retrenchment. Throughout, Russia’s hawks have […]

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‘How To Break An Arm At Home’ Became A Major Google Search In Russia After Putin Announced He Was Calling In Reservists

On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin was so desperate to save his disastrous war with Ukraine that he took it to a new, more terrifying level: He threatened to use nukes. But he also had another desperate plan up his sleeve: He announced he was calling in hundreds of thousands of reservists to go up against Ukraine’s […]

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Putin Raises Stakes in the War, With Direct Challenge to the West

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia accelerated his war effort in Ukraine on Wednesday, announcing a call-up of roughly 300,000 reservists to the military, while also directly challenging the West over its support for Ukraine with a veiled threat of using nuclear weapons. In a rare address to the nation, Mr. Putin said he was […]

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U.S. and Allies Condemn Putin’s Troop Mobilization and Nuclear Threats

Michael Kofman, director of Russia studies at CNA, a defense research institute in Arlington, Va., said the Kremlin’s first step would likely be to call up reserve officers and others with more recent military experience to replenish badly depleted units in the field, perhaps in the next month or so. The Russian military has been […]

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Analysis: A Cornered Putin Is More Dangerous Than Ever

PARIS — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in a speech on Wednesday that was a reminder of how easily the war in Ukraine could spread, doubled down on his nuclear threat, accused the West of seeking to “destroy” his country, and suggested that Ukrainians are mere pawns of the “military machine of the collective […]

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How a Looming Oil Ban Could Devastate a Small Italian City

Like thousands of Sicilians who live near Priolo Gargallo, part of an industrial petrochemical hub on this island’s southeastern coast, Davide Mauro has tied his livelihood to the giant Russian-owned Lukoil refinery — a landscape of towering chimney stacks, steel cranes and flat-topped gas tanks that rise above the Ionian Sea’s brilliant turquoise waters. Ever […]

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Russia’s Invasion Shadows U.N. Assembly Amid ‘Colossal Global Dysfunction’

Divided by war, strained by shortages and faced with the cataclysm of global warming, dozens of world leaders convened at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday for the first full, in-person General Assembly since the pandemic began. Among all the global crises, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated the day, with heads of state […]

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