Kiev: the Ukrainian capital hit by “cruise or ballistic missiles”, according to an official

“Strikes on Kiev with cruise or ballistic missiles have continued,” Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the head of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, told reporters via text message on Friday, as the city’s population braced for more attacks. Russian military action. A CNN crew on the ground reported hearing two large explosions in central Kiev and … Read more

See photos taken on the ground in Ukraine

For weeks, a Russian invasion had been expected by some Ukrainians and simply sequestered in the recesses of the mind by others. But once the sweeping attacks began on Thursday, seemingly hitting every corner of the country, war became inevitably tangible for Ukrainians — a hovering cloud of darkness that once seemed unimaginable in the … Read more

The UN Security Council will pass a resolution condemning Russia, according to a US official.

The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on Friday on a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and calling for an immediate and unconditional troop withdrawal, according to a senior US administration official. The resolution, drafted and led by the United States, condemns in the “strongest terms” the Russian attack, considering it a … Read more

Trump praises Putin, putting GOP leaders in a bind

As Russia prepared to strike Ukraine and the United States rushed to defend its neighboring allies in Europe, former President Donald J. Trump had nothing but admiration for Russian President Vladimir V. Putin. He’s “pretty smart,” Trump said Wednesday at a fundraiser in Florida, pricing the impending invasion as a real estate deal. “He took … Read more

Why didn’t the US cut Russia off from Swift? It is complicated.

President Biden said Thursday that the United States and Europe are united in their efforts to confront Russian aggression against Ukraine with aggressive sanctions. However, there was one area where he suggested disagreement: Swift. The Belgian messaging service, formerly known as the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, connects more than 11,000 financial institutions around … Read more

Putin’s Case for War, Annotated

And Mr. Putin’s use of “denazification,” in the context of his false claim that Ukraine’s democratic government is a neo-Nazi dictatorship, is seen as a threat to overthrow that government altogether. Western intelligence agencies have warned for weeks that Moscow may plot to install a docile dictatorship in Kiev. Yet it is possible that these … Read more

The Chernobyl power plant was allegedly captured by Russia. What is it ?

Russian troops pushing through the exclusion zone around the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant north of Kiev have captured the plant itself, according to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s office. The power station, scene of the worst nuclear accident in history, could hardly be considered a valuable asset. In the years following … Read more

Visual explainer of the Ukrainian conflict with maps

But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was also precipitated by years of rising tensions. Below are six maps that help illustrate the events leading up to this moment. Since the end of the Cold War, more countries have joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, pushing the bloc east. This map shows NATO’s eastward expansion … Read more

Beyond Ukraine, Putin eyes what he calls America’s ’empire of lies’

PARIS — President Vladimir V. Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine, but made clear his real target went beyond his neighbor to the American “empire of lies” and he threatened “consequences.” that you’ve never faced in your history” for “anyone who tries to interfere with us. In another rambling speech full of historical grievances and … Read more