Grim reality of war strikes stunned Ukrainians

Their worst nightmare began to unfold at dawn on Thursday, after Putin declared the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine. As he spoke, residents of Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa and other parts of the country woke up to the sound of large explosions and air raid sirens. In disbelief, they turned on their televisions … Read more

Russians now see a new side to Putin: dragging them into war

MOSCOW — The Russians thought they knew their president. They were wrong. And Thursday, it seemed too late to do anything about it. For most of his 22-year reign, Vladimir V. Putin exhibited an aura of calm determination at home – an ability to shrewdly manage risk to navigate the world’s greatest country through shoals. … Read more

World leaders react to Ukraine invasion, as new sanctions loom over Russia

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the attack “a reckless act by President Putin” and a “terrible day for Ukraine and a dark day for Europe”. He added that the EU, G7 and NATO would coordinate closely on Thursday. European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called Russia’s actions a ‘barbaric attack’ and said she … Read more

Timeline of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: what we know so far

At dawn, troops and armor entered eastern Ukraine from the Russian border, as well as from Belarus in the north and from Russian- annexed Crimea in the south. Here’s how it went. 3:59 a.m. (8:59 p.m. ET, Wednesday): Live video from a border crossing between Crimea – which was annexed by Russia in 2014 – … Read more

Why Kharkiv, Ukraine’s Second Largest City, Is a Major Russian Target

Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city and a major target of invading Russian forces, has a special place in the Kremlin’s version of history, which describes it as the place that demonstrates Ukraine’s madness. trying to live away from Russia. Russian troops crossed the border just 20 miles from the city early Thursday, with residents reporting loud … Read more

Japan, hesitant to impose sanctions on Russia in 2014, is now embracing them. One reason: China.

TOKYO — Japan’s quick decision to enact sanctions against Russia on Wednesday might have seemed inescapable given its close alliance with the United States. But eight years ago, when Russia annexed Crimea, Japan was reluctant to impose sanctions as it sought to link solidarity with Washington with maintaining a diplomatic overture with Moscow to negotiate … Read more

Putin issues disturbing threat to Ukrainians and other countries

Moscow CNN — Before dawn, just before the explosions began in cities across Ukraine, Russian state television unexpectedly aired a speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two “republics popular” self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk in the Ukrainian separatist region of Donbass, he was officially recognized as independent under two days earlier, had “turned to Russia … Read more