Advanced U.S. Arms Make a Mark in Ukraine War, Officials Say

The powerful and highly mobile weapons systems, which can fire guided rockets with a range of 40 miles, are desperately needed in the battle for eastern Ukraine.

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Biden Vows to Back Ukraine ‘as Long as It Takes’ Despite Economic Toll

NATO leaders concluded a summit with new commitments to a united front against Russian aggression, but they face the challenge of persuading their own people that it’s worth the cost.

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Missing From Biden’s Europe Trip: An Endgame for War and Cheaper Gas

The G7 and NATO meetings this week underscored the pressure on Western leaders caused by soaring energy costs resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Missing From Biden’s Europe Trip: An Endgame for War and Cheaper Gasoline

The G7 and NATO meetings this week underscored the pressure on Western leaders caused by soaring energy costs resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Patient and Confident, Putin Shifts Out of Wartime Crisis Mode

Cloistered and spouting grievances at the start of the war on Ukraine, the Russian leader now appears publicly, projecting the aura of a calm, paternalistic leader shielding his people from the dangers of the world.

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A More Muscular NATO Emerges as West Confronts Russia and China

It is a fundamental shift for a military alliance born in the Cold War and scrambling to respond to a newly reshaped world.

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NATO Expansion, Compliments of Mr. Putin

Make the affirmative case for NATO enlargement.

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In Blow to Putin, Turkey Won’t Bar Sweden and Finland From NATO

The change was a victory for President Biden and a setback to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had justified the Ukraine invasion as a warning against NATO’s expansion.

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NATO Summit Aside, Europe Has an America Problem

Relying on the United States is ultimately a losing proposition.

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U.S. Urges New Tactic to Curb Putin’s War Machine and Lower Fuel Prices

Group of 7 leaders meeting in Germany were receptive to a Biden administration plan to cap the price of Russian oil in world markets, limiting Kremlin revenue.

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A New Task for Biden: Readying Allies for a Long Conflict in Ukraine

In March, talk of victory was in the air. Now, maintaining unity against President Vladimir V. Putin is looking harder, with President Biden heading to Germany and Spain to rally Europe.

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Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say

A secretive operation involving U.S. Special Operations forces hints at the scale of the effort to assist Ukraine’s still outgunned military.

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Amy Gutman’s Father Fled the Nazis. She’s the New U.S. Ambassador to Germany.

For Amy Gutmann, a respected democracy scholar, her role as President Biden’s envoy to Germany is not a job, “it’s a mission,” one both professional and personal.

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Russian Elites Show No Sign of Broad Challenge to Putin

Many business owners and intellectuals fled Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, but others stayed behind, struggling to redefine their lives. Their diverging choices do not add up to a broad challenge to Vladimir Putin’s war.

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Frustrated Finland, Blocked from NATO by Turkey, Practices Patience

Finnish and Swedish hopes of being accepted as applicants by next week’s NATO summit meeting have been dashed by a Turkish government that says it is in no hurry.

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U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

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France and Germany Stand With Ukraine, and Putin Can Wait

Seeking to overcome tensions with Kyiv, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany backed away from Moscow diplomacy, at least for now.

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Europe Offers Ukraine a Hope of Joining the E.U., but Not a Vast Arsenal

In their first wartime visit to Kyiv, the leaders of France and Germany countered doubts about their commitment to Ukraine defeating Russia, but did not promise the weapons Ukrainians have called for.

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U.S. and Allies Pledge Additional Arms for Ukraine, but Kyiv Wants More

Some NATO countries are wary of sending heavy weapons, hoping for a negotiated truce, but the alliance insists publicly that it is committed to helping Ukraine defeat Russia.

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Five Blunt Truths About the War in Ukraine

It’s time for Biden to take greater risks for victory.

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A Link to Besieged Ukrainians Is Cut, as Allies Question Strategy

The last bridge to the city of Sievierodonetsk fell as street battles raged, and some Western officials questioned Ukraine’s ability to keep resisting the Russian onslaught.

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On Russia, Europe Weighs Competing Goals: Peace and Punishment

Arming Ukraine is not turning the tide. Is the answer vastly more weapons, as Ukraine says, or a bitter truce?

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Shortage of Artillery Ammo Saps Ukrainian Frontline Morale

Shells for Soviet-era weapons are running short, and powerful Western weapons are not arriving fast enough to make up the difference, giving Russia a big advantage in artillery.

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The Ukraine War Still Holds Surprises. The Biggest May Be for Putin.

Russia’s president probably feels that he’s calling all the shots. But big wars are strange things that can take totally unpredicted turns.

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A Domestic Political Fight in Sweden Gets Embroiled in Geopolitics

A move by right-wing lawmakers to remove Sweden’s justice minister has been dragged into a battle over the country’s efforts to join NATO.

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Potent Weapons Reach Ukraine Faster Than the Know-How to Use Them

Soldiers desperate for advanced arms to match their Russian enemies have resorted to Google Translate to decipher the instructions for their sophisticated new tools.

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As Battles Rage, Ukraine Rejects Macron Plea Not to ‘Humiliate’ Russia

Amid reports of battlefield gains by Ukraine, an official angrily rejected Mr. Macron’s advice, saying it “can only humiliate France.”

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We Can’t Be Ukraine Hawks Forever

A hawkish policy has worked so far. A hawkish grand strategy is still unrealistic.

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U.S. Warship Arrives in Stockholm for Military Exercises, and as a Warning

For Sweden and Finland, which want to join NATO, the U.S.S. Kearsarge is a promise of the protection that membership in the alliance would bring against President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

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Russia Is Down. But It’s Not Out.

Despite its failures in Ukraine, we shouldn’t write Russia off.

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Ukraine Faces Brutal Fight Against Russia in the East, Losing Men and Ground

The attention on Russia’s battle casualties have obscured the heavy losses of Ukraine’s fighters in Donbas — often ill-trained volunteers — who face severe shelling.

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President Biden: What America Will and Will Not Do in Ukraine

The U.S. will help Ukraine be in the strongest possible position at the negotiating table. We do not want to prolong the war just to inflict pain on Russia.

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Putin’s Ukraine War Woke Up Europe

Europe is more united than ever in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Europe agrees to ban most Russian oil imports.

A draft of the agreement allows pipeline imports, in a nod to Hungary’s complaints, but would be the toughest action yet over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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As Ukraine Fights, Does the E.U. Owe It Membership?

Brussels supports Kyiv’s battle against Russia, but gaining full membership to the bloc could take years. Is there another way to bind Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to Europe?

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For NATO, Turkey Is a Disruptive Ally

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s block on NATO membership for Sweden and Finland is likely to be managed, but Washington and the rest of the alliance are annoyed.

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How Does It End? Fissures Emerge Over What Constitutes Victory in Ukraine

Differing objectives foreshadow a coming debate about what position President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine and his Western allies would take if negotiations to end the conflict finally get going.

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Turkey Shows What NATO Really Is

This should be a moment of clarity.

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Putin Showed His True Hand. The West Kept Shaking It.

It was a naive gamble: if we were nice to Putin, maybe he would be nice to us.

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We Must Prepare for Putin’s Worst Weapons

The West needs to prepare options for how we would respond militarily and economically to a seismic shift in the global geopolitical terrain.

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Russia Hustles to Recruit Soldiers and Halts Gas Supplies to Finland

The war has evolved into something of a stalemate that has seriously depleted Russia’s conventional war capabilities, even as it has made some gains.

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On Ukraine, McConnell Tries to Show the World This Isn’t Trump’s G.O.P.

The top Senate Republican traveled to Europe in a bid to show that isolationism hasn’t taken over his party. He has privately lobbied his colleagues to vote that way, and so far, most are.

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Moscow Moves to Russify Seized Ukraine Land, Signaling Annexation

The territory occupied by Russian forces so far in the three-month-old invasion deserves “a worthy place in our Russian family,” a Kremlin official who toured the region said.

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Biden Seeks Swift Effort to Bring Finland and Sweden Into NATO

Speedy approval seems likely among most members of the alliance in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey’s objections remain a sticking point.

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Russia Uses Surrender in Mariupol to Portray Ukrainians as Terrorists

Many soldiers who surrendered from Mariupol’s Azovstal steel plant belong to the Azov battalion, a group with far-right roots, and the Kremlin may now put them on trial just as Ukraine is prosecuting Russians for war crimes.

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

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Further Russian Retreat Seen in East Ukraine, Another Setback for Putin

Russia appeared to shrink its already narrowed goals to take the Donbas region, as NATO and its two newest applicants, Sweden and Finland, practiced war games near Russia’s border.

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McConnell Takes On Isolationist Wing of G.O.P. in Fight for Ukraine Aid

The top Senate Republican has been working to tamp down on the anti-interventionist strain in his party, his latest proxy battle against President Donald J. Trump’s America First policy.

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Russia Planned Major Military Reforms. Ukraine Shows the Result.

Russia wanted to build a leaner, more flexible fighting force and eliminate waste, bureaucracy and corruption. But entrenched, Soviet-era practices endure.

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Estonia’s Tough Voice on Ukraine Urges No Compromise With Putin

Kaja Kallas, the prime minister, remembers Soviet annexation and repression and sees the same brutality in occupied Ukraine, which she believes is fighting for all of Europe.

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