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Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire

The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.
Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in support of Ukraine in Almaty, Kazakhstan on March 6.

Former Soviet States Are Distancing Themselves From Their Old Imperial Master

The war in Ukraine is prompting countries from Kazakhstan to Moldova to reexamine their colonial past and seek diplomatic allies beyond the Kremlin.

Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine
Russian attack on shoe factory in Ukraine

Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss

The West has a vital interest in keeping the country’s wartime economy running.

Xi and Putin in Moscow
Xi and Putin in Moscow

Why Xi Is Trapped in Ukraine

Now, it is Russia, not China, sitting in the geopolitical driver’s seat.

Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.
Workers attach a banner with a photo of a pregnant woman being carried on a stretcher after the bombing of a maternity ward in Mariupol during Russia's war in Ukraine that is displayed as part of an exhibition at the railway station in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 25, 2022, where transit trains from Moscow to Kaliningrad make a stopover.

Putin Is Targeting Ukrainian Hospitals. That’s a War Crime.

The Kremlin is reviving the brutal methods it used in Syria, and the World Health Organization is refusing to name the crime and its perpetrator.

A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.
A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.

Russia’s Ukraine Propaganda Has Turned Fully Genocidal

Egged on by the language of annihilation and extermination, Russian soldiers have become willing executioners.

Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Russian journalist Oksana Baulina killed in Ukraine
Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.
Gen. Claudio Graziano after a visit to the national gendarmerie Carabinieri headquarters in Rome on Nov. 5, 2018.

Is an EU Army Coming?

Russia’s war in Ukraine is turning the European Union into a serious military player.

Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv
Ukrainian soldiers in Lviv

The Language of Russia’s War on Ukraine

Putin’s weaponization of the Russian language has solidified Ukrainian identity and statehood.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony marking the 1,030th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Prince Vladimir, the leader of Kievan Rus, in Moscow on July 28, 2018.

Putin’s Thousand-Year War

The reasons for his anti-Western enmity stretch back over Russia’s entire history—and they will be with us for a long time.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he speaks.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gestures as he speaks.

Hints of a Ukraine-Russia Deal?

Zelensky appears to float suggestions of a compromise, but U.S. officials fear Putin could double down.

Activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Jan. 29, 2021.
Activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Jan. 29, 2021.

We Need to Talk About Nuclear Weapons Again

Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats plunge the West into a debate it’s not ready for.

Ukrainian and Russian officials meet for talks in Belarus.
Ukrainian and Russian officials meet for talks in Belarus.

Why the World Can’t Ditch Diplomacy in Putin’s War

A former U.S. diplomat who served in Afghanistan on why talks still matter.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 26, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a ceremony at Tsinghua University in Beijing on April 26, 2019.

Putin’s War Is Xi’s Worst Nightmare

Beijing is watching closely. And it doesn’t like what it sees.

A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.
A traffic jam on a boulevard leading out of Kiev is seen as Ukrainians flee the city following the Russian invasion on Feb. 24.

There Could Be 10 Million Ukrainians Fleeing Putin’s Bombs

Europe has opened its borders to the continent’s biggest exodus of refugees since 1945.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting.

What Putin’s Past Says About Ukraine’s Future

A historian speaks on how the Russian president’s history helps explain his current mindset.

Serb residents hold a poster portraiting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a ceremony marking a historic battle  at  Gazimestan, near Pristina on June 28, 2009. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman Empire.
Serb residents hold a poster portraiting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin during a ceremony marking a historic battle at Gazimestan, near Pristina on June 28, 2009. The ceremony marked the anniversary of the 1389 Battle of Kosovo, where the Serbian army was defeated by the Ottoman Empire.

Why Putin Keeps Talking About Kosovo

For the Kremlin, NATO’s 1999 war against Serbia is the West’s original sin—and a humiliating affront that Russia must avenge.

Protesters against the Russian invasion of Ukraine pass the Reichstag building, the seat of the German parliament, in Berlin on Feb. 27.
Protesters against the Russian invasion of Ukraine pass the Reichstag building, the seat of the German parliament, in Berlin on Feb. 27.

Putin Just Pushed the World Into an Even Bigger Energy Crisis

Even without sanctions, Russia’s war will increase the shortage of oil and gas.

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