Tag: Ukraine

Victory Over Russia Is the Only Way to Rescue the Kidnapped Ukrainians

The scope of this massive forced population transfer is difficult to measure as even the Ukrainian government struggles to identify all those taken in the fog of war. The overall number of Ukrainians taken into Russia ranges from the hundreds of thousands to the millions, including at least 11,000 children whom the Ukrainian government has […]

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Putin vs. the Priest: A Big Story About a Small Sermon

The Opinion video above tells the story of Father Ioann Burdin, a priest with the Russian Orthodox Church who ran afoul of his government soon after Russia invaded Ukraine. His crime? Well, we don’t want to spoil the plot for you. Suffice it to say, Father Ioann’s tale shows the hazards of following your moral […]

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Russian Anti-War Activists Seek Common Goals (When They’re Not Bickering)

BERLIN — Seeking to describe the fractious, stalled nature of the Russian opposition working in exile, Abubakar Yangulbaev, a young Chechen human rights defender, referred to a Russian fable from the early 1800s called “Swan, Pike and Crawfish.” The three incompatible animals, all harnessed to the same cart, pull constantly in different directions, so that […]

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Ukraine Strikes More Boldly, Seeing Little Room for Russia to Escalate

KYIV, Ukraine — Flame and dense smoke billowed over a Russian airfield on Tuesday after what appeared to be a third drone strike in two days by Ukraine at a military base on Russian soil, signaling a bolder phase of Ukrainian attacks enabled by longer-range weapons and unconstrained by fear of reprisal. After nine months […]

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Why the Right Can’t Quit Hunter Biden

The histrionics over election interference also neatly mirror popular concerns about the Trump administration, and should be familiar to anyone who followed the Trump-Russia scandal. Republicans are well nigh convinced, in the same way that Democrats were during the course of several formal investigations into Trump’s dealings, that the Hunter Biden laptop story would really […]

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A Russian Journalist’s Reference to Russian Troops Causes Fury and Soul Searching

The outbreak of the Ukraine war left journalists at Russia’s most prominent independent television channel with a stark choice: risk arrest because of a new government ban on their work, stop reporting or leave the country. And so journalists at the station, TV Rain, joined hundreds of Russian peers in exile. Eventually, they settled in […]

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Ukraine Drones Target Military Bases Deep in Russia, Showing Expanded Reach

The naval harbor of Sevastopol in occupied Crimea, home to Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, was rocked by a series of mysterious explosions on Oct. 29. Footage of sleek, black maritime drones maneuvering around the bay targeting Russian warships soon emerged. Ukraine has still not acknowledged being behind the attack, but President Volodymyr Zelensky, while still […]

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In Liberated Ukrainian City of Kherson, Ecstasy Gives Way to Despair

In a city overflowing with fear, there is one part of town considered more lethal than any other: the river. Each day Russian shells sail across the muddy gray water and blow up somewhere in the maze of apartment blocks and small homes beyond. The Dnipro River, which flows languidly around the city of Kherson, […]

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Despite Sanctions, Russian Cruise Missiles Were Made Recently

Some of the cruise missiles that Russia launched at Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure in late November were manufactured months after the West imposed sanctions intended to deprive Moscow of the components needed to make those munitions, according to a weapons research group. Experts examined remnants of Kh-101 cruise missiles found in Kyiv, the capital, after an […]

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Life in Ukraine as Russia Weaponizes Winter

Marc Santora contributed reporting. Special thanks to David Guttenfelder. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney […]

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Russia’s Economy Is Threatened by War and Sanctions

KALUGA, Russia— Valery Volodin, a welder at a sprawling Volkswagen plant in western Russia, relaxed for most of the summer at his dacha, or weekend house, planting his garden and looking after his children. Mr. Volodin, 41, had little choice: The car factory closed down in March, joining more than 1,000 multinational companies that had […]

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In War, Ukrainians Forage for Mushrooms in Forests With Mines

ZDVYZHIVKA, Ukraine — Deep in a pine forest to the north of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, a beautiful mushroom warmed its brown cap in the gentle autumn sun — it was an all but irresistible scene for Ukrainian mushroom hunters. But all around there was danger. Cut through the mossy forest floor were line after […]

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Zelensky Says Price Cap Set on Russian Oil Is Too High

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine sharply criticized a plan negotiated by the Group of 7 nations to impose a top price of $60 a barrel on Russian crude oil, arguing that the cap was not low enough to significantly curb the Kremlin’s war effort and suggesting that the plan’s architects were “trying to avoid big […]

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Widow Parts With Rare Emerald From 1622 Shipwreck to Help Ukraine

For years, Mitzi Perdue looked down at her hand and saw history. The emerald stone on her ring finger told a story stretching back nearly four centuries, to the sinking of a Spanish galleon near the Florida Keys in 1622 and a decades-long effort of a colorful undersea treasure hunter named Mel Fisher to retrieve […]

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Ukrainian Women Fight for Their Own Liberation

KHARKIV, Ukraine — Ukraine is a traditional and sexist society caught in a grueling artillery war with Russia, so the last person you’d expect to see in an army uniform is a grandma. But Mariia Stalinska, 41, a bookkeeper whose first grandchild was born a year ago, enlisted in the army after Russia invaded her […]

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U.S. Sees Little Prospect for Ukraine Talks With Putin After Biden Offer

WASHINGTON — A day after President Biden said he would be willing to talk with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia about a possible peace agreement in Ukraine, the Kremlin offered a frosty response, and prospects for settling the brutal conflict remained as distant as ever. Mr. Biden said on Thursday that he would hold […]

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Zelensky Proposes Banning Ukrainian Orthodox Church Led by Putin Ally

KYIV, Ukraine — President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine called for lawmakers to prevent the branch of Orthodox Christianity that answers to Moscow from operating in Ukraine, taking aim at a powerful cultural force that Ukrainian officials accuse of abetting the Russian invasion. His administration will draft a law “making it impossible for religious organizations affiliated […]

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Biden Says He Is Willing to Talk to Putin About Ukraine, With Conditions

WASHINGTON — Standing beside the French leader who has championed the need for dialogue with Moscow, President Biden said he would talk to President Vladimir V. Putin, but only in consultation with NATO allies and only if the Russian leader indicated he was “looking for a way to end the war.” Mr. Biden’s public expression […]

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‘Constant’ Russian Airstrikes Stifle Ukraine’s Efforts to Restore Power 

KYIV, Ukraine — Russian shellfire crashed into the power grid of the newly liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson, officials said Thursday, cutting electricity to desperate residents and illustrating the challenge confronting the entire country: Even as crews race to restore basic utilities, new attacks threaten to undo their work. “The Ukrainian energy system is under […]

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Scarred by War, a Ukrainian Children’s Choir Finds Hope in Music

When air-raid sirens sounded in Kyiv recently, the Shchedryk Children’s Choir, which was deep in rehearsal for a Christmas program, went into action. More than two dozen young singers, carrying sheet music and backpacks, rushed from the Palace of Children and Youth, their longtime practice space, to a nearby bomb shelter. There, using cellphones as […]

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US Eyes $156 Million Yacht in Dubai Linked to a Russian Oligarch

At the Mina Rashid Marina, soon after Aggreko was contacted by The Times, workers removed the generator. “Having identified that the generator was being used to power a vessel that is allegedly connected to a sanctioned person, we immediately terminated this rental and have since recovered the generator,” the company said in a statement. Mr. […]

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Lavrov Defends Strikes Against Ukraine’s Energy System

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, on Thursday defended Moscow’s mass missile and drone strikes against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, calling it a legitimate military target, despite warnings by the United Nations that the strikes could amount to war crimes. Speaking at a news conference in Moscow, Mr. Lavrov said that the repeated strikes against Ukraine’s […]

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Biden’s Meeting With Macron Comes Amid Rising Trans-Atlantic Tensions

WASHINGTON — At a meeting with Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen in Bali, Indonesia, last month, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire raised objections about the Biden administration’s plan to bolster America’s clean energy industry through subsidies and other preferential treatment for U.S. automakers that make electric vehicles. Mr. Le Maire made clear that France, […]

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Biden’s diplomatic nominee to Moscow calls on lawmakers to maintain pressure on Russia

President Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Russia told senators on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is cracking under pressure from the U.S. and its allies, urging lawmakers to stay the course on supporting Ukraine. “My impression of President Putin and his mindset is he thinks that he is more patient than we are,” Lynne […]

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Zelensky Rebukes Elon Musk’s Peace Proposal in DealBook Summit Talk

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Wednesday invited Elon Musk to visit Ukraine to see the damage done to the country by Russian forces, saying that such a visit could help the billionaire understand the situation before making pronouncements about it. He also said he didn’t think there was any immediate threat that Vladimir Putin, […]

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Life Without Power in Kyiv, Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — Elevators across Ukraine’s capital are stocked with emergency supplies in case the power fails. Banks have sent messages to customers to assure them their money is safe in the event of prolonged blackouts. The National Philharmonic played on Tuesday night on a stage lit by battery-powered lanterns, and doctors last week performed […]

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U.S. Pledges $53 Million to Help Fix Ukraine’s Electrical Grid

BUCHAREST, Romania — Officials of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Tuesday stressed their commitment to eventually allowing Ukraine to become a member of the military alliance. But they spent the first day of a two-day summit focused on a more immediate concern: helping the nation rebuild an electrical grid crippled by relentless Russian airstrikes. […]

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US mulls sending Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine

The U.S. government is mulling sending the Patriot missile defense system to Ukraine to help bolster its air defenses against an ongoing barrage of Russian strikes, a senior U.S. defense official told reporters.  “All capabilities are on the table,” the official said when asked if the Biden administration was considering sending Patriot batteries to Ukraine. […]

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