Living Side by Side, Ukrainian and Russian Sailors Are Tested by War

Sailors are accustomed to not discussing politics at sea, but the war between the two countries has made that more difficult.

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How the Kremlin Is Forcing Ukrainians to Adopt Russian Life

In Russian-occupied regions in Ukraine, local leaders are forcing civilians to accept Russian rule. Next come sham elections that would formalize Vladimir V. Putin’s claim that they are Russian territories.

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Ukraine’s Highly Mobile Tech Work Force Hits the Road

How one Lithuanian company evacuated dozens of employees, three dogs and one guinea pig as Russia invaded.

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Russia and America Are Parting Ways

The post-totalitarian dream of a peaceful, friendly future is over.

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Russia Is Racing to Cement Its Control in Southern Ukraine

The Kremlin says it has rebuilt rail and road links to Crimea, while appointing proxy officials in an effort to create facts on the ground.

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As Russia tries to solidify its ‘land bridge,’ Ukraine attempts to push back in the south.

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U.K. Donor Said to Have Funneled Russian Money to Tories

The cash was part of a fund-raising blitz that helped propel Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party to victory in 2019. Records track $630,225 to a Russian bank account.

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America’s Road to the Ukraine War

For years, the United States sent mixed signals about its interests in the country. Then Vladimir V. Putin made his move.

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How the Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder Became Putin’s Man in Germany

Gerhard Schröder, who is paid almost $1 million a year by Russian-controlled energy companies, has become a pariah. But he is also a symbol of Germany’s Russia policy.

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As Marine Le Pen Moves Closer to French Presidency, Putin Ties Persist

As elections approach Sunday, the far-right candidate is linked to the Russian president by a web of financial ties and a history of support that has hardly dimmed despite the war in Ukraine.

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Shaken at First, Many Russians Now Rally Behind Putin’s Invasion

Polls and interviews show many Russians now accept the Kremlin’s assertion that their country is under siege from the West. Opponents are leaving the country or keeping quiet.

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The Battle for Donbas

Russia appears to be focusing more on eastern Ukraine. That’s both good and bad for Ukraine’s military.

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Peace Talks May Be Little More Than Russian Tactics, Analysts Say

As signs of progress emerged during the peace talks, some saw them as Russia buying time to regroup its military forces before another offensive push in Ukraine.

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Accounts of Russian Rapes Are Growing, Ukraine Officials Say

A Ukrainian woman’s account of being repeatedly raped was published in The Times of London, and a member of Ukraine’s Parliament said there were “many more” such assaults.

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Putin Got Ukraine Completely Wrong

In assuming history favors his invasion, he profoundly miscalculated.

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Oligarchs Got Richer Despite Sanctions. Will This Time Be Different?

For nearly a decade, sanctions have been little more than names on a list for wealthy Russians. Governments are working to give them bite.

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This Is Why Putin Can’t Back Down

The invasion of Ukraine is a rabid form of identity politics.

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Proud Band of Ukrainian Troops Holds Russian Assault at Bay — for Now

“Few expected such strength from our people,” said a Ukrainian colonel whose soldiers have repelled a Russian attack on the port city of Mykolaiv for three days.

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Ex-Fox News Producer Charged for Working With Russian Oligarch

John Hanick was on Konstantin Malofeev’s payroll after Mr. Malofeev’s backing of Crimean separatists led to sanctions, an indictment says.

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Why Ukraine’s Port City of Mariupol Is a Key Russian Target

The port city stands between Russian-backed forces in Ukraine’s east and forces from Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014.

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For Many Russians, a Deep Unease Over Gathering Specter of War

After months of tuning out American warnings that Vladimir Putin was preparing to invade Ukraine, Russians now realize that “this is not a game.”

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The Limits of a Europe Whole and Free

Vladimir Putin sets down a marker in Ukraine. Does the West have the means to stop him?

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Putin’s Baseless Claims of Genocide Hint at More Than War

The invocations serve to justify not just Moscow’s actions in Ukraine, but also its wider quest for a new imperial identity rooted in Russian ethnicity.

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War Between Ukraine and Russia Would Be a Tragedy

Conflict between the two countries would travesty centuries of commingling.

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The West Shouldn’t Underestimate Putin Again

The Biden administration must treat Russia as a rogue state and aggressively isolate Moscow.

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With Buildup on Land and Sea, Russia Closes in on Ukraine

Military drills in Belarus, deployments in western Russia and Crimea, and planned naval exercises in the Black Sea gave an ominous undertone to a continuing diplomatic scramble.

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Russian Troops in Final Stages of Readiness Add to Worries for Ukraine

Though the Kremlin’s intentions are unclear, Ukrainian officials are newly worried about the Crimean Peninsula, where Russia has deployed 10,000 additional troops, they said.

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Fiona Hill: For Russia’s President Putin, It’s Not Just About Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s aim is bigger than closing NATO’s “open door” to Ukraine and taking more territory — he wants to evict the United States from Europe.

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While the U.S. and Russia Talk, Ukraine Has a Gun to the Head

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

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Ukraine Doesn’t Need the West to Defend It. We Need Help Preparing for War.

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

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In the Trenches of Ukraine’s Forever War

Russian belligerence has drawn the world’s attention back to the eight-year-old secessionist rebellion in the Donbas region: a deadlocked, time-warped conflict with no end in sight.

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How the Kremlin Is Militarizing Russian Society

With a “youth army,” a cathedral honoring the military and state media promoting patriotism, the government is preparing Russians for the possibility of a fight.

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Biden’s Stand on Ukraine Is a Wider Test of U.S. Credibility Abroad

President Barack Obama also warned of severe consequences if Russia took action against its neighbor. Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea anyway.

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Putin and Xi Hold Video Summit

President Vladimir V. Putin and President Xi Jinping of China, meeting in a video summit, sought mutual support in their conflicts with the West over Ukraine, Taiwan and other issues.

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

Western intelligence officials are increasingly convinced that the Russian president wants to take control of a larger swath of territory.

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British Warship Deliberately Sailed Close to Crimea, U.K. Officials Say

The action, meant to demonstrate support for Ukraine, incited an international incident after Russia scrambled warplanes and Coast Guard vessels.

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Russia Says It Fired Warning Shots at a U.K. Warship Near Crimea

Moscow said the Royal Navy destroyer was in its territorial waters. Britain said that no shots were aimed at the ship and that Russia had warned it was conducting a gunnery exercise.

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Where Ukrainians Are Preparing for All-Out War With Russia

A dried-up canal running from Ukraine into Russian-occupied Crimea is emerging as one of Europe’s main flash points.

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How the Dead Hand of Imperialism Continues to Influence World Politics

Samir Puri’s “The Shadows of Empire” examines how the legacies of empires remain important in the “first empire-free millennium.”

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In Nagorno-Karabakh Peace Deal, Putin Applied a Deft New Touch

The iron-fisted tactics used against Georgia and Ukraine seem to have fallen out of favor, replaced by a more subtle blend of soft power and an implicit military threat.

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Trump Plans to Withdraw Some U.S. Troops From Germany, a Key NATO Ally

The plan is a further blow to America’s weakening European alliances and likely to be welcomed by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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Putin, Russia’s Man of Action, Lets Others Act Against the Coronavirus

With his plans for a big military parade and a referendum extending his rule derailed by the pandemic, the Russian leader has struggled to find his stride.

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