• A tale of two thugs

    Adam Simpson     |      March 14, 2022

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the military coup in Myanmar 12 months ago appear very different conflicts, but both are calamitous strategic mistakes directed by autocratic leaders who surrounded themselves with yes-men while the world around them changed.

  • Russia in the dock over war crimes

    Monique Cormier     |      March 13, 2022

    Russia has displayed its contempt for international law by its murderous invasion of Ukraine, but international courts are already gearing up to bring Russian war criminals to justice, however symbolic their deliberations may be.

  • A country, not a region – it’s Ukraine not ‘the Ukraine’

    Kathryn Graber     |      March 13, 2022

    Commentators and journalists referring to ‘the Ukraine’ in their coverage of the Russian invasion are falling into the Soviet trap of denying Ukraine the statehood it holds and is fighting against all odds to retain.

  • Everyone can boycott Russia

    Justine Coneybeer     |      March 12, 2022

    Governments, organisations and companies around the world have cut their ties with Putin’s Russia, but ordinary consumers can do their bit by spurning Russian goods and services.

  • Europe at the crossroads – again

    Christopher Michaelsen     |      March 12, 2022

    Putin has united a fractious Europe against him, and every day the brave Ukrainian defenders withstand the Russian onslaught, the pressure for Putin to return to the negotiating table ramps up.

  • Beauty and the beast

    Olenka Pevny     |      March 11, 2022

    Russia cares nothing for international law, the sovereignty of other states, the lives of civilians or the wrath of the rest of the world. It is little surprise therefore that Ukraine’s priceless cultural heritage is becoming yet another victim of its brutal war.

  • Russia’s nuclear bluster

    Brendan Nicholson     |      March 10, 2022

    Vladimir Putin’s threat that NATO intervention to save Ukraine from his clutches would inevitably lead to nuclear war is as hollow as every other statement he makes, but is still proving effective at staying the West’s hand.

  • Russia’s bloodbath in Ukraine

    Amin Saikal     |      March 10, 2022

    Russia is suffering a heavy rate of casualties at the hands of determined Ukranian resistance, provoking memories of the Soviet folly in Afghanistan which provoked similar international outrage over 40 years ago.

  • It’s time for action to save Ukraine

    Bob Ford     |      March 8, 2022

    With the situation in Ukraine reaching a critical point, Western democracies must back their rhetoric with action to force the Russian invaders back behind their borders once again.

  • Nine observations on the war in Ukraine

    Marcus Hellyer     |      March 8, 2022

    A week and a half since Russian forces invaded Ukraine, here are nine observations on developments in the worst war in Europe since 1945 – not least that NATO air power could have turned Russia’s long and lumbering convoys into mincemeat.

  • Putin’s mini-me in Belarus

    Tatsiana Kulakevich     |      March 8, 2022

    Russia has few friends left in the world, but controlled by its own hard-line dictator for 28 years, Belarus is a client state which not only supports the invasion but is actively fighting on Russia’s side.

  • Tech giants put the squeeze on Russia

    Rob Nicholls     |      March 8, 2022

    The high sounding moral principles often espoused by major technology firms seldom reflect their actual activities or intentions, but even the ‘big 5’ are now putting the squeeze on an increasingly isolated Russia.