The World Awaits Putin’s Word on Ukraine, but on That, He Is Silent

The Russian president appears on camera almost daily, talking about things like cryptocurrency, green energy and the World’s Fair. But not about Ukraine.

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Germany, Apart

Donald Trump’s shadow hangs over the Ukraine crisis.

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Where Is Germany in the Ukraine Standoff? Its Allies Wonder.

Germany’s allies have begun to question what price Berlin is prepared to pay to deter Russia, and even its reliability as an ally, as it wavers on tough measures.

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Bring Back the Free World

Putin wants to divide and conquer. We shouldn’t let him.

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U.S. to Bolster Europe’s Fuel Supply to Blunt Threat of Russian Cutoff

Many European officials suspect President Vladimir V. Putin instigated the crisis in the winter in part to leverage his threat to turn off Russian fuel sales to Europe.

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Russia Steps Up Propaganda War Amid Ukraine Tensions

The disinformation campaign includes claims that NATO and Ukrainian forces are preparing to attack Russian speakers in Ukraine.

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What Happens if Russia Cuts Off Europe’s Natural Gas?

Europe is a huge customer of Russia’s fossil fuels. Gas from the U.S. and elsewhere is helping offset fears of a midwinter cutoff.

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Russia and Ukraine: How to Avoid a War

Differing views on how the U.S. should respond to the Russian threat of an invasion. Also: Listen to the children; the “business” of the royals.

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As West Mobilizes, Ukraine’s Leaders Play Down Russia Threat

The ‘‘stay calm” posture has left analysts guessing about its leadership’s motivation, but some say that after eight years of war, the country simply calculates the risks differently.

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For Ukrainian Soldiers, a Nervous Guessing Game on the Front

Given Russia’s penchant for misdirection, it’s unclear how a military incursion would start. And that keeps the Ukrainian troops on edge.

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War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine are growing, but diplomatic options remain.

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Pentagon Puts 8,500 Troops on ‘High Alert’ Amid Ukraine Tensions

The move signals a shift for the Biden administration as the United States and NATO allies brace for possible Russian military action.

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What Does Russia Want in Ukraine? The Tensions Explained

The United States, NATO and Russia have been engaged in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II. Here’s a guide to what’s at stake.

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NATO Steps Up Readiness in Eastern Europe

The alliance is sending more jets and ships to the region. The decision comes as Britain joined the U.S. in withdrawing the families of diplomats in Kyiv, moves that the Ukraine government called premature.

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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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U.S. Orders Family Members of Embassy Staff to Leave Ukraine

The State Department warned that the United States would “not be in a position” to evacuate U.S. citizens should Russia invade.

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Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics

The president is also considering deploying warships and aircraft to NATO allies, in what would be a major shift from its restrained stance on Ukraine.

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U.K. Pursues More Muscular Role in Standoff With Russia Over Ukraine

With a late-night announcement about Russian meddling in Ukraine, the U.K. signaled its intention to be a player in Europe’s security crisis — even as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is besieged by political scandals.

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Britain Says Moscow Is Plotting to Install a Pro-Russian Leader in Ukraine

In a highly unusual public statement, backed by U.S. officials, London named the putative head of a potential puppet government but few other details.

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How to Retreat From Ukraine

Searching for a non-disastrous way back from American overreach.

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What a Potential Russian Invasion Means in Chernobyl

Ukraine has initiated a defensive strategy for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of the most radioactive places on Earth, which lies on the shortest path between Russia and Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

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U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

The conciliatory tone and absence of ultimatums suggested that both sides were trying to keep tensions in check and give diplomacy time.

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Igor Fruman, Former Giuliani Associate, Is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Mr. Fruman was at the center of a campaign to damage then-President Donald J. Trump’s rivals, but was brought down by campaign finance charges.

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Voting Rights Bill Dead, Filibuster Alive

The voting rights bill and the filibuster. Also: A Supreme Court ruling; President Biden and Ukraine; Medicare and Covid tests; an American paradox.

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On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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In Press Conference, Biden Defends His First Year in Office

President Biden reserved his most aggressive language for Republicans in Congress, accusing them of conspiring to block everything that his administration has tried to do.

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Biden Predicts Russia Will Invade Ukraine

Mr. Biden’s comments went well beyond the formal intelligence assessments described by White House officials, which conclude that Russia’s president has not yet decided whether to invade.

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Russia and Iran Put on a Show of Unity — Against the U.S.

Vladimir V. Putin met at the Kremlin with Iran’s new leader, Ebrahim Raisi, at a time when both their countries, despite their differences, are at odds with Washington.

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Court in Ukraine Declines Request to Arrest Former President

A feud between President Volodymyr Zelensky and his predecessor, Petro O. Poroshenko, has carried on despite the risk the country is facing from Russia.

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Blinken Visits Ukraine, Warning of ‘Short Notice’ Russian Attack

The U.S. secretary of state met with Ukraine’s president before a meeting Friday with Russia’s foreign minister, with Russian forces massed along the Ukrainian border.

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Putin to Ukraine: ‘Marry Me or I’ll Kill You’

He’s not particularly concerned, though, with what’s in Ukraine.

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Blinken Will Meet With Russia as U.S. Pushes for More Diplomacy

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will meet with Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia in Geneva on Friday as the United States warns that Russia could soon attack Ukraine.

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Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

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Poroshenko, ex-President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

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Microsoft warns of destructive disk wiper targeting Ukraine

Microsoft warns of destructive disk wiper targeting Ukraine

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Over the past few months, geopolitical tensions have escalated as Russia amassed tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine’s border and made subtle but far-reaching threats if Ukraine and NATO don’t agree to Kremlin demands.

Now, a similar dispute is playing out in cyber arenas, as unknown hackers late last week defaced scores of Ukrainian government websites and left a cryptic warning to Ukrainian citizens who attempted to receive services.

Be afraid and expect the worst

“All data on the computer is being destroyed, it is impossible to recover it,” said a message, written in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish, that appeared late last week on at least some of the infected systems. “All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst.”

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Poroshenko, Former President, Returns to Ukraine, Roiling Politics

Petro O. Poroshenko, a former president, returned to Kyiv on Monday facing possible arrest, adding internal political turmoil to a threat of Russian invasion.

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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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Russia Issues Subtle Threats More Far-Reaching Than a Ukraine Invasion

If the West fails to meet its security demands, Moscow could take measures like placing nuclear missiles close to the U.S. coastline, Russian officials have hinted.

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Microsoft Warns of Cyber Attack on Ukrainian Computer Networks

The malware was revealed as Russian troops remain massed at the Ukrainian border, and after Ukrainian government agencies had their websites defaced.

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Ransomware Group REvil Dismantled in Raids, Russia Says

Moscow said the ransomware group REvil “ceased to exist” after raids and arrests. It is not clear if the operation will ease tensions with Washington.

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U.S. Charges Russia Sent Saboteurs Into Ukraine to Create Pretext for Invasion

The intelligence said the operatives were “trained in urban warfare and in using explosives,” and could try to stage an incident.

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Ukraine says government websites hit by “massive cyber attack”

A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman watches through a spyglass in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Avdiivka, southeastern Ukraine, on January 9, 2022.

Enlarge / A Ukrainian Military Forces serviceman watches through a spyglass in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near Avdiivka, southeastern Ukraine, on January 9, 2022. (credit: Anatolii Stepanov | Getty Images)

Ukraine said it was the target of a “massive cyber attack” after about 70 government websites ceased functioning.

On Friday morning targets included websites of the ministerial cabinet, the foreign, education, agriculture, emergency, energy, veterans affairs, and environment ministries. Also out of service were the websites of the state treasury and the Diia electronic public services platform, where vaccination certificates and electronic passports are stored.

“Ukrainians! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network,” read a message temporarily posted on the foreign ministry’s website. “All data on your computer is being erased and won’t be recoverable. All information about you has become public, fear and expect the worst.”

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U.S. Considers Backing an Insurgency in Ukraine

Conversations about supporting Ukrainian insurgents in the event of a Russian invasion has revived the specter of a new Cold War.

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Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

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Hackers Bring Down Government Sites in Ukraine

A cyberattack defaced the Foreign Ministry website with a message saying “Be afraid,” a day after the latest round of high-stakes talks intended to forestall a Russian invasion.

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New Sanctions for Russian Gas Pipeline Fall Short in Senate

The measure pitted Ukraine’s president, who was pushing for the penalties, against the Biden administration, which successfully lobbied Democrats to oppose them.

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On Russia, NATO and Ukraine, the U.S. Must Stop Lying to Itself

Like it or not, “spheres of influence” are a fact. Washington knows this.

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Why NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Anytime Soon

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

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NATO Won’t Let Ukraine Join Soon. Here’s Why.

Ukraine, with Russian troops on its borders, is pressing for membership. But President Biden and European leaders are not ready for that step.

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Russia and West at Impasse as Ukraine Urges Reversal of Troop Buildup

In a third round of diplomacy on Eastern European security this week, Kremlin officials sounded an increasingly pessimistic note, though they did not close the door on future talks.

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