Ukraine

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Is Leaving Afghanistan Misguided or Overdue?

Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.

Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Donetsk.

Ukraine Needs a Clear Path to NATO Membership

Russia’s recent aggression along its border shows why Kyiv needs decisive action from the alliance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects military exercises.

Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?

Troop buildup near Ukraine’s border is the largest since 2014.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a rally marking the seventh anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on March 18.

Russians Aren’t Buying Putin’s PR Stunts Anymore

To save its approval ratings, the Kremlin might be better focusing its energy elsewhere.

Viktor Medvedchuk gives a speech in Ukraine.

Ukraine Cracks Down on Its Own Pro-Russian QAnon

With media bans and treason charges, well-financed conspiracy peddlers are being shut down.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s Debt Problem Spells Trouble

If the government continues to pile up debt without necessary reforms, it will set its economy on the road to ruin.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.

Law enforcement officers patrol outside of the NASH TV channel headquarters during a demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 6. Protesters accused NASH TV of being pro-Kremlin and demanded it be taken off the air.

Ukraine’s President Finally Flexes His Muscles

Volodymyr Zelensky is taking on his country’s pro-Russian media machine. But can he emerge victorious?

An elderly woman waves to a volunteer during Christian Orthodox Easter celebration in Bucharest, Romania, on April 18.

Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants

Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.

A USAID mural, to commemorate the building of supportive walls and road shoulders, is pictured in the village of al-Badhan, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 25, 2018.

Controversial Trump USAID Appointee Returns from Absence

While seasoned federal officials are being fired, Trump’s loyalists are coming back, threatening fresh tensions between the outgoing administration and Congress.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wears a protective face mask during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sept. 24.

Zelensky’s Midterm Report Card

Expectations aside, local elections were about more than the president—and Russia.

Maria Kolesnikova sits with former Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko (left) and Coordinating Council member Maksim Znak (right) on their way to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 23.

Yet Another Opposition Leader Targeted in Belarus

Maria Kolesnikova is a former musician who rose to prominence in recent protests.

A woman holds a forbidden Belarusian flag during a protest rally in Minsk on Aug. 14.

The Trump Administration Has Gone AWOL on Belarus

The Belarusian people may yet achieve the end of the Lukashenko era, but it will be in spite of the United States’ silence.

A protest in Belarus

Time Is Running Out in Belarus

Putin is signaling he wants a clear resolution—but he may not mind which side wins.

Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Mistakes Protesters’ Principles for Weakness

A surreal helicopter flight highlights the besieged Belarusian president’s belief in force.

People holding placards with images of Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko

Lukashenko Doesn’t Want to Be Putin’s Deputy Tsar

Russia will do just enough to prop up Belarus’s tottering regime.

Women protest in Belarus

Why Belarus Is Not Ukraine

Yes, there are surprisingly big protests—like those that rocked Kyiv six years ago—being met with brutal crackdowns. But Belarus is a whole different story.

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