Tag: Ukraine

How Far Would Biden Go to Defend Ukraine Against Russia?

Russia has not explicitly threatened to invade Ukraine, but it has complained of alleged provocations from the Ukrainian side of their shared border. Mr. Putin has supported a pro-Russian separatist insurgency in the former Soviet republic’s east since 2014, when a popular revolution ousted Ukraine’s Putin-backed president. Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula soon afterward. In […]

Read More

U.S. Warns Allies of Possible Russian Incursion as Troops Amass Near Ukraine

WASHINGTON — American intelligence officials are warning allies that there is a short window of time to prevent Russia from taking military action in Ukraine, pushing European countries to work with the United States to develop a package of economic and military measures to deter Moscow, according to American and European officials. Russia has not […]

Read More

On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

“I welcome signs of readiness on the other side not just to produce and promote its own points and views,” Mr. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said, “but also to listen to what we are telling them.” Before he sat down with Mr. Putin in Geneva in June, Mr. Biden met with leaders of the […]

Read More

Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Nevertheless, some European leaders considered Austria’s new measure a step too far. Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, which has suffered a rash of new cases in recent weeks, kept his resistance to mask mandates and health passes. “Our friends on the continent have been forced to respond with various degrees of new restrictions, from […]

Read More

How a Dispute Over Groceries Led to Artillery Strikes in Ukraine

HRANITNE, Ukraine — Artillery shells fired by Russian-backed separatists shrieked into this small town deep in the flatlands of eastern Ukraine, shearing branches from trees, scooping out craters, blowing up six houses and killing one Ukrainian soldier. It was an all-too-common response to the smallest of provocations — a dispute over grocery shopping for a […]

Read More

Ukraine Wants to Be the Crypto Capital of the World

What about the corruption that has plagued this country and might daunt would-be émigrés? Future administrations might not allow tech companies to flourish without raids and seizures. Russia threatens from the east. There are also revolutions to worry about. There have been two since 2004. Even without another revolution, Steven Hanke, a professor of applied […]

Read More

Blinken Warns Russia Against Making a ‘Serious Mistake’ in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said on Wednesday that Russia’s intentions behind its latest military buildup along Ukraine’s eastern border were unclear, but that Moscow would be making a “serious mistake” by committing new aggression against its embattled neighbor. “We don’t have clarity into Moscow’s intentions, but we do know its playbook,” […]

Read More

Justice Dept. Brings New Charges in Ransomware Attacks

The Justice Department said on Monday that it had brought charges against a Russian national whom it accused of conducting ransomware attacks against American government entities and businesses, including one that temporarily shut down the meat supply giant JBS. In the Biden administration’s latest crackdown on cybercrime, the Justice Department also announced that it had […]

Read More

Weapons Tracing Study Implicates Russia in Ukraine Conflict

KYIV, Ukraine — A study of weapons and ammunition used in the war in Ukraine shows that Russia has been systematically fanning the conflict with arms shipments, according to a new report funded by the European Union and the German government. The study is hardly the first to reach this conclusion: the United States and […]

Read More

The Stunning Grandeur of Soviet-Era Metros

It was a cold day in December 2014, and I was waiting for the train at Shchukinskaya, a station on the Tagansko-Krasnopresnenskaya Line of the Moscow Metro. Though the subway trains in Moscow are celebrated for their punctuality, this particular train was running late, giving me longer than usual to gaze at the scenery around […]

Read More

The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

With respect to Korea, for example, as Jonathan Mercer, the author of Reputation and International Politics, notes, for all of the Truman administration’s concerns about how U.S. “weakness” in Korea would be perceived by its European allies, the view in Europe was quite different. French leaders, for example, were more concerned “that American resolve would […]

Read More

Putin Suggests Germany Approve Nord Stream 2 to Solve Energy Crisis

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin drew a connection on Wednesday between resolving Europe’s natural gas crisis and gaining regulatory approval for the Russian-backed, politically fraught Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Natural gas prices have soared in recent months, and with them Europeans’ heating and electricity bills. That has only increased Russia’s sway over the continent’s […]

Read More

As Lev Parnas’ Trial Begins, Trump’s Shadow Looms

For Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian American businessman living in Florida, 2018 was a busy year. Sometime around March, he began showing up at Republican fund-raisers. Then, in late April, he dined on cheeseburgers and wedge salads with President Donald J. Trump. By May, a fledgling energy company that Mr. Parnas started with a partner, Igor […]

Read More

Georgia Arrests Former Leader Mikheil Saakashvili

MOSCOW — Mikheil Saakashvili, a former president of Georgia and once a prominent figure in the politics of post-Soviet countries, was arrested on Friday on charges he called politically motivated after returning secretly to Georgia following eight years in exile. Mr. Saakashvili’s return, like much of his tenure in power, had the trappings of high-stakes […]

Read More