Tag: War and Armed Conflicts

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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Why Control of Kherson Is Important to Russia and Ukraine

When Russia’s defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, on Wednesday ordered the retreat of Moscow’s forces from the key southern city of Kherson, it represented a watershed moment in Ukraine’s campaign to reclaim territory in the south of the country captured by Moscow near the start of its invasion. A vital Black Sea port and gateway […]

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These Men Fled War in Syria to Ukraine. Now They’ve Fled Again.

LONDON — In a small church hall this spring in East London, some two dozen people who had fled the war in Ukraine drank tea and shared lunch as they tried to meet members of their new community. Among them were two young men, Abdul Safwa and Muhsen Hamed, who smiled and chatted away with […]

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Ukrainians Turn to Diaries for Solace, and to Share Life in Wartime

In an entry on her podcast diary dated May 18, Oksana Koshel, 35, talks about going to see a house her family had recently bought in a small town called Hostomel. Russian forces occupied the region through February and March, and it was spring before she was finally able to go see it. All the […]

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Details in Ethiopia’s Peace Deal Reveal Clear Winners and Losers

NAIROBI, Kenya — Ethiopia began taking shaky steps toward peace on Thursday, a day after the government and forces in the northern Tigray region agreed to a permanent cessation of hostilities, a surprising turn of events that could end a two-year civil war — one of the world’s bloodiest contemporary conflicts. The deal appears to […]

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Trauma Is the Best Comedy Material. But April 7 Was Not Funny.

At any other time I would have been live-tweeting or making fun of myself on Instagram Stories, but I kept quiet. I could see the headlines: “Leftist traitor comedian known for her pro-Palestinian opinions dies by a Palestinian shooter.” Surely they would have mocked my naïve attempts to bridge gaps between Jews and Arabs with […]

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As Europe Piles Sanctions on Russia, Some Sacred Cows Are Spared

BRUSSELS — Eight months into the war in Ukraine, and eight rounds of frantic negotiations later, Europe’s sanctions against Russia run hundreds of pages long and have in many places cut to the bone. Since February, the European Union has named 1,236 people and 155 companies for sanctions, freezing their assets and blocking their access […]

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Is This the World’s Most Picturesque High Dive?

Balancing on the slippery, shimmering stones of the breathtaking bridge, with the cold waters of the Neretva River glistening far below, Amir Hanic pokes his nose up and takes his last breath. Without looking up or down, only straight ahead, he leaps from the bridge, his hands and feet stiff like the outstretched wings of […]

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Macron the Disrupter Seeks Direction

PARIS — A man of perpetual motion, President Emmanuel Macron of France finds himself in an uneasy state of drift. Five months into his second and final five-year term, he wants to forge his legacy, but seems unsure which way to move. He promised “a new era” when re-elected in April, but new limits on […]

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Elections Approaching, Erdogan Raises the Heat Again With Greece

ISTANBUL — Last week at a closed dinner in Prague, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece was addressing 44 European leaders when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey interrupted him and started a shouting match. Before stalking from the room, Mr. Erdogan accused Mr. Mitsotakis of insincerity about settling disputes in the eastern Aegean and […]

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New Generation of Combat Vets, Eyeing House, Strike From the Right

In early 2019, as the Defense Department’s bureaucracy seemed to be slow-walking then-President Donald J. Trump’s order to withdraw all U.S. forces from Syria, Joe Kent, a C.I.A. paramilitary officer, called his wife, Shannon, a Navy cryptologic technician who was still in Syria working against the Islamic State. “‘Make sure you’re not the last person […]

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Three Women of Bucha: Their Deaths and Lives

BUCHA, Ukraine — One woman was badly beaten and shot through the eye. Another, held captive by Russian soldiers, was found in a cellar, shot in the head. An 81-year-old grandmother was discovered hanging in her garden, perhaps killed, perhaps driven to suicide. They were three victims among hundreds during the Russian occupation of Bucha […]

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Belarus Wavers as Putin Presses It to Join Ukraine War

WARSAW — When huge street protests swept across Belarus two years ago after a fraud-tainted election, the East European nation’s strongman leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, was propped up by the Kremlin, which sent security officers and money to support him. Today, eight months after Russia invaded Ukraine, Mr. Lukashenko’s Russian-enabled grip on power risks slipping […]

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Biden Authorizes an Additional $725 Million in Ukraine Aid

President Biden responded on Friday to Russia’s latest bombardment of civilian population centers in Ukraine by authorizing another $725 million in weapons and military equipment for Kyiv, bringing the total of U.S. security assistance to the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky to $17.6 billion since the war began. The Pentagon said in a statement that […]

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Despite Its Barrage of Missiles, Russia Still Loses Ground in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine — They exploded with dull thuds on the outskirts of towns and detonated in the center of cities with deafening booms. Strikes in Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, left cars burning and splatters of blood on the sidewalks. Throughout this week, the Russian military fired its most intensive barrage of missiles at Ukraine since the […]

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Elon Musk Foments More Geopolitical Controversy With Ukraine Internet Dispute

Shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Elon Musk gave the Ukrainians a digital lifeline by providing them with the Starlink internet service operated by his rocket company, SpaceX. But those actions landed the world’s richest man in an international controversy on Friday when Mr. Musk said his company could not “indefinitely” fund Ukraine’s use of Starlink, […]

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Death Toll Rises as Russia Bombards Ukraine’s Cities for a Fourth Day

BRUSSELS — Russia hit Ukrainian cities from the air for the fourth day in a row on Thursday, and as new missiles fell and bodies from earlier barrages were pulled from the rubble, the death count rose to more than three dozen, officials said. The new toll emerged as Western allies met to figure out […]

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Saudi Arabia and U.S. Trade Accusations Over Oil Cuts

Saudi Arabia and the United States traded rare public accusations on Thursday over the kingdom’s decision last week along with other oil producers to cut output despite American objections, signaling a new low in a relationship increasingly frayed over how to respond to Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. The Saudi Foreign Ministry answered a […]

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With New Crackdown, Biden Wages Global Campaign on Chinese Technology

WASHINGTON — In conversations with American executives this spring, top officials in the Biden administration revealed an aggressive plan to counter the Chinese military’s rapid technological advances. China was using supercomputing and artificial intelligence to develop stealth and hypersonic weapons systems, and to try to crack the U.S. government’s most encrypted messaging, according to intelligence […]

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Has War Changed, or Only War Photography?

Lynsey Addario began taking war pictures when the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001. Only two-thirds of a century had elapsed since Robert Capa documented the Spanish Civil War. But to go from the exhibition of Capa’s Spain photos at the International Center of Photography to the Addario show at the SVA Chelsea Gallery is […]

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Biden’s National Security Strategy Focuses on China, Russia and Democracy at Home

The past few weeks have shown how difficult some of those will be. Mr. Biden was undercut by Saudi Arabia, which he visited over the summer, when the kingdom led a movement in OPEC last week to cut oil production after telling him it would increase it. The OPEC move contributes to inflation, and it […]

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Brittney Griner Is Struggling in Russian Prison, Her Lawyer Says

MOSCOW — Brittney Griner, the American basketball star facing nine years in prison in Russia, is increasingly anxious about her chances of being freed in a prisoner swap and struggling emotionally, one of her lawyers has said. “She has not been in as good condition as I could sometimes find her in,” the lawyer, Alexandr […]

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A Bridge, a Bomb and Putin’s Revenge

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Is America Headed for Another Civil War?

But before I do, I want to tie it back to something that he said earlier about Trump. Part of the Trump phenomenon, at least through my eyes, has been and continues to be the degree to which your average on-fire Trump supporter — somebody who really defends him, somebody who defends their vote for […]

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Biden: Putin ‘Totally Miscalculated’ on Reaction to Ukraine Invasion

President Biden on Tuesday called President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia a “rational actor” but said he had miscalculated badly about the reaction to his invasion of Ukraine, in an interview that was broadcast on CNN Tuesday night. Mr. Putin “thought he was going to be welcomed with open arms, that this was the home […]

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The Hunt to Arm Ukraine Leads to Difficult Choices for Some Nations

The Russian strikes that hit civilian targets across Ukraine this week immediately brought new pledges by Kyiv’s allies to send in more weapons and ammunition. The United States promised more air defense missile systems, and Germany said it would send similar defenses “in the next few days.” The NATO chief declared that support to Ukraine’s […]

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Bombing Kyiv Into Submission? History Says It Won’t Work.

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in ordering missile strikes on Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, follows a long line of wartime leaders who have sought to cow their adversaries by bombing enemy capitals. Ever since Nazi Germany’s bombardment of London in World War II, enabled by the first long-range missiles and warplanes, nearly every […]

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Russia’s Revenge

When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, many Ukrainians took shelter underground for days and even weeks from constant bombardments and fighting. Yesterday, Russia hit at least 11 Ukrainian cities with missiles in its broadest aerial assault against civilians since the invasion’s early days. But even amid destruction, many people sheltered for only a few hours. […]

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