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Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko watches training launches of ballistic missiles as part of the Grom-2022 Strategic Deterrence Force exercise at the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow on Feb. 19, 2022.
Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko watches training launches of ballistic missiles as part of the Grom-2022 Strategic Deterrence Force exercise at the Russian Defense Ministry in Moscow on Feb. 19, 2022.

Ukraine and Belarus Are Fighting the Same War

A Russian defeat in Ukraine could send Belarus’s dictator packing.

The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Austria’s About to Give Russia a Soapbox at the OSCE

Vienna will allow sanctioned Russian parliamentarians to attend the next big security meeting on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A close-up photo of Netanyahu and Putin standing face to face and smiling at each other.
A close-up photo of Netanyahu and Putin standing face to face and smiling at each other.

The Deeper Reason Netanyahu Won’t Arm Ukraine Against Russia

Jerusalem’s ties to Moscow are partly about security. They’re also about illiberalism.

Polish soldiers hold a NATO flag during a family photo after a training demonstration with the NATO multinational battle group eFP at the Orzysz training ground in Orzysz, Poland.
Polish soldiers hold a NATO flag during a family photo after a training demonstration with the NATO multinational battle group eFP at the Orzysz training ground in Orzysz, Poland.

Eastern Europe Wants NATO to Beef Up Defense Spending

Poland and Estonia are planning to push the alliance to raise its defense spending benchmark this year to at least 2.5 percent of GDP.

A view of the Kerch Bridge, which links Crimea to Russia, taken near the city of Kerch on Oct. 12, 2022.
A view of the Kerch Bridge, which links Crimea to Russia, taken near the city of Kerch on Oct. 12, 2022.

Why Crimea Is Not a Bridge Too Far

Withholding support for Ukraine in reclaiming the territory risks undermining gains made thus far.

An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.
Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.

The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia

With alternative sources in place, Putin’s attempt at blackmailing Europe on energy has failed.

Two Leopard 2 main battle tanks participate in NATO military exercises.
Two Leopard 2 main battle tanks participate in NATO military exercises.

Tanks, but No Tanks

The United Kingdom and Eastern Europe are pushing for the United States and Germany to seriously arm Ukraine—and quickly.

A sign at the entrance to Kherson, Ukraine, reads: "Do you know about a collaborator or traitor? Inform us."
A sign at the entrance to Kherson, Ukraine, reads: "Do you know about a collaborator or traitor? Inform us."

Russia’s Fifth Column in Ukraine Is Alive and Well

A year after the invasion, Ukraine is riddled with Russian collaborators and sympathizers.

A view of the super-yacht 'Phi' which remains impounded by the U.K.'s National Crime Agency because of sanctions against Putin associates on March 30, 2022, in London, England.
A view of the super-yacht 'Phi' which remains impounded by the U.K.'s National Crime Agency because of sanctions against Putin associates on March 30, 2022, in London, England.

Freeze—Don’t Seize—Russian Assets

Permanently confiscating Russian assets is tempting—but expropriating them without evidence of a crime would endanger Western companies.

Two GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs sit in the munitions storage area at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Nov. 27, 2020.
Two GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs sit in the munitions storage area at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Nov. 27, 2020.

Pentagon Balks at Sending Ukraine Long-Range Bombs

It’s not fear of escalation. It’s fear of being too late.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan leaves after a closed hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan leaves after a closed hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Moscow on the Moment He Realized Russia Would Launch a Full-Scale Invasion

John Sullivan on the road to war, diplomatic tensions with Moscow, and volunteering to scrub the embassy toilets.

An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.
An unexploded tail section of a cluster bomb is seen in Ukraine.

Turkey Is Sending Cold War-Era Cluster Bombs to Ukraine

The artillery-fired cluster munitions could be lethal to Russian troops—and Ukrainian civilians.

An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
An illustration showing a torn Russian flag and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It’s High Time to Prepare for Russia’s Collapse

Not planning for the possibility of disintegration betrays a dangerous lack of imagination.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting.

Iran and Russia Are Closer Than Ever Before

They’ve found common ground on the battlefield in Ukraine, but not everyone in Tehran is happy about it.

A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region.
Ukrainian service members fire on Russian positions.
Ukrainian service members fire on Russian positions.

Ukraine Needs Long-Range Firepower for Victory

Kyiv’s allies should give it the ability to shift strategic gears.

Pedestrians stand next to a New Year's decoration stylized as the "Kremlin Star," bearing a letter "Z," a tactical insignia of Russian troops in Ukraine, in Moscow.
Pedestrians stand next to a New Year's decoration stylized as the "Kremlin Star," bearing a letter "Z," a tactical insignia of Russian troops in Ukraine, in Moscow.

Russia Is Afraid of Western Psychic Attacks

Pseudoscience and mysticism are common among the Moscow elite.

Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank in an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers ride a tank in an undisclosed location in eastern Ukraine.

Peace May Be a Long Way Off in Ukraine in 2023

Both sides believe they can win on the battlefield.

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