Tag: Russian Invasion of Ukraine (2022)

Russia and Ukraine Have Incentives to Negotiate. The U.S. Has Other Plans.

Last spring, Ukraine shocked the Russian navy by using American targeting information to sink the Moskva, a Black Sea missile cruiser. Only months into the war did Russians face up to the fact that officers using their personal cellphones were regularly getting blown up. This past New Year’s Eve, a dormitory full of fresh Russian […]

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How Russia Is Surviving the Tightening Grip on Its Oil Revenue

Using customs data from India, Mr. Vakulenko, the Russian oil expert, showed that local importers of Russian crude paid almost the same price as Brent crude. A New York Times analysis of the same data produced similar results. The explanation, Mr. Vakulenko suggested, is that at least part of the large discount on the quoted […]

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Russian Attacks Intensify in Eastern Ukraine Ahead of Expected Offensive

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian forces attacked dozens of Ukrainian positions across the eastern front, the Ukrainian military said on Monday, as Moscow’s assaults widened and intensified ahead of what Kyiv has warned could be the Kremlin’s largest offensive since the first weeks of the war. The Ukrainian General Staff, which is responsible for military strategy, […]

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Eastern Ukraine Braces for New Russian Offensive

NEVSKE, Ukraine — In a tiny village in eastern Ukraine at the epicenter of the next phase of the war, Lyudmila Degtyaryova measures the Russian advance by listening to the boom of incoming artillery shells. There are more and more of them now. And they are coming more frequently, as Russian troops grind their way […]

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Year Two of the Ukraine War Is Going to Get Scary

But why is backing Ukraine in this war not only in our strategic interest but also in line with our values? “Americans continually struggle to reconcile contradictory interpretations of their interests — one focused on security of the homeland and one focused on defense of the liberal world beyond America’s shores. The first conforms to […]

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Fierce Battle Rages for ‘Every Stairwell’ in Bakhmut, Wagner Leader Says

A fierce fight was raging on Sunday in the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, where a Russian paramilitary leader said Ukrainian forces were defending “every street, every house, every stairwell,” as they waged a desperate effort to deny Moscow its first significant battlefield success in months. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Wagner private military […]

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Finding Relief, if Not an Escape, From War at Ukraine’s Ski Resorts

POLYANYTSYA, Ukraine — Children in puffy snowsuits waited patiently to board the ski lift, clutching their poles. Some families rode to the top just to breathe in the crisp mountain air and walk between the tall pines that framed the valley below. Ski instructors in red onesies guided students down bunny slopes coated with snow […]

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The Costs of a Long War in Ukraine

The next phase of the Ukraine War, a new Russian offensive and a potential Ukrainian counteroffensive, seems all but inevitable for late winter or early spring. The logic of escalation is prevailing, the mutual belief that no peace deal is possible until the other side understands that it can’t win. The Ukrainian hope for how […]

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U.S. Presses Turkey and U.A.E. to Weed Out Illicit Trade With Russia

The United States is stepping up efforts to persuade partner nations that have not joined Western sanctions on Russia to crack down on commercial activities in their countries that could be helping Moscow’s war effort in Ukraine, U.S. officials said. Those efforts include pointing out to foreign governments transactions that the United States suspects are helping […]

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Russia Pushes to Take Ukrainian Town Near a Vital Supply Line

KYIV, Ukraine — Russia is deploying thousands of soldiers to southeastern Ukraine in an effort to secure a key supply line that runs from the eastern Donbas region to Crimea and is threatened by Ukrainian forces positioned in and around the strategically important town of Vuhledar. The town, which sits at the intersection of the […]

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When It Comes to Building Its Own Defense, Europe Has Blinked

Rheinmetall, a German arms manufacturer, makes the Leopard tank and has about 200 in storage, and it says it needs up to a year to refurbish them for Ukraine. But Germany could have easily paid the company to get the tanks ready 12 months ago, even for its own military. “Germany already wasted a year,” […]

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E.U. Vows More Help for Ukraine but Tamps Down Membership Talk

But E.U. membership would require meeting the bloc’s standards for overhauling the economy, reining in corruption and public debt, ensuring competitive and fair elections, and safeguarding the independence of the courts and the media, as well as changing laws and regulations to comply with 80,000 pages of rules on matters ranging from environmental protection to […]

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What Weapons Is Ukraine Getting, and Will They Arrive in Time?

The latest American weapons package for Ukraine, unveiled on Friday, includes the longest range weapons yet to push back Russian troops and strike logistical targets well behind enemy lines. But they come with a hitch: They will be deployed on the battlefield too late to be used against a broad assault by Moscow that seemingly […]

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Fears of Russian Nuclear Weapons Use Have Diminished, but Could Re-emerge

Heightened nuclear fears in October came against the backdrop of a successful counteroffensive by the Ukrainian military when it reclaimed a huge swath of territory east of Kharkiv, in the northeast. It then made a drive at Kherson, in the south, forcing the Russian military to eventually retreat from there. With their army in disarray, Mr. Putin […]

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Missing From Czech Spa Town Popular With Russians: Russians

James Bond, poisoned by a villain in the film “Casino Royale,” almost died in the forecourt of the Grandhotel Pupp, a majestic reinvention of what, under Communism, was called the Grand Hotel Moskva, a shabby lodge popular with members of the Czech and Soviet nomenklatura. Rival hotels in the area have complained that widespread hostility […]

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Ukraine Renews Threat to Boycott Olympics if Russians Compete

Ukraine’s sports minister on Friday renewed the country’s threat to boycott next summer’s Paris Olympics if Russian and Belarusian athletes are allowed to compete, and said his country would continue to marshal like-minded allies to add weight to a threat that represents a serious crisis for the Olympic movement. The Ukrainian official, Vadym Guttsait, said […]

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Who Is Olaf Scholz, the Man Leading Germany?

Mr. Scholz’s tendency to wait until the last minute to act — a kind of strategic bystanderism — has been most damaging when it comes to Ukraine. In the months it took him to forge his tank deal, thousands of Ukrainians died from Russian bombs, rockets and artillery. Potentially even more Ukrainians and Russians are […]

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As Russia Strikes Ukrainian Civilians, Putin Tells His People the War Is Just

“This is not a repetition of history; this is the daily reality of our country,” Mr. Zelensky said in a statement after the attack late on Wednesday. Kramatorsk has been the target of frequent rocket attacks by Russian forces since the war began in February, but in recent weeks, the strikes on the city center […]

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Soaring Russian Death Toll in Ukraine Gives Grim Insight Into the War

The Russian military has been following the Wagner playbook and deliberately using the poorly trained troops to draw, and deplete, Ukrainian fire, senior American military and defense officials said. Kusti Salm, Estonia’s deputy defense minister, in a briefing with reporters in Washington last week, said that Russia’s casualties were high in part because of its […]

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High-Profile Raids Showcase Zelensky’s Corruption Crackdown in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — A leaked police video showing bundles of cash found in an official’s sofa. A tax inspector accused of fraud in issuing refunds. The dismissal of the chief of the customs service and his top deputy, as well as senior officials from a consumer protection agency and the forestry agency. And a search […]

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A U.S. Ambassador Finds Himself on Hostile Ground in Hungary

BUDAPEST — David Pressman, a gay human rights lawyer, knew he was in for a rough time even before he arrived in Hungary with his husband and two children to take up a new job in September as the United States’ ambassador to Europe’s self-declared citadel of traditional Christian values and friend of the Kremlin. […]

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Russian Diesel Is Europe’s New Embargo Target

There are signs that this shift is already underway, with countries like France and Germany reducing their purchases of Russian diesel, Mr. Grati said. “Those countries are preparing for the divorce,” he added. This rebalancing, which is only just beginning, will almost certainly cause strains that force prices higher, analysts say. For one thing, longer […]

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