Ukraine

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Russia Policy Puts Biden Under Pressure Across Europe

Ukraine has the most to gain in Biden’s emerging Russia policy—and the most to lose.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the United Nations.

Biden’s Worried About Ukraine’s China Fling

Beijing is snapping up Ukrainian defense firms. That bodes ill for the would-be NATO member.

Anti-corruption activists in Kyiv.

Ukraine Wants to Be Cryptocurrency Central

Kyiv’s big bet on digital money could backfire and make the country’s corruption problems worse.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a meeting in Kyiv on May 6.

In Kyiv, Blinken Shows a New Face for the U.S.

After Trump, Biden’s top diplomat works to patch up relations with Ukraine—and with beleaguered U.S. diplomats

Russians protest against President Vladimir Putin's government at Pushkin Square in Moscow on Jan. 23.

A New Sanctions Strategy to Contain Putin’s Russia

It’s time for America and Europe to start putting serious economic pressure on Putin’s regime.

Nord Stream 2 road sign in Germany

How to Break the Logjam Over Nord Stream 2

The Russo-German pipeline has zero impact on European security. But Ukraine should be helped.

Blinken meets von der Leyen in Brussels.

Biden Can’t Avoid Getting Tough on Europe Much Longer

The fuzzy goodwill between Washington and Europe has lulled the continent into a false comfort.

A man lights a candle at a monument to Chernobyl victims.

Chernobyl Has Become a Comforting Fable

The disaster isn’t just an easy metaphor for authoritarian failures.

Russian warships and military jets take part in a military exercise.

Russia Further Ramps Up Military Pressure on Ukraine

Moscow could just be strong-arming Kyiv and Washington—or preparing another invasion.

biden afghan withdrawal

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?

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