We are entering a terrifying new phase of the Russo-Ukraine war

President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukrainian territory on Friday, celebrated in the splendour of the Kremlin, is evidence not of offensive success, but of defensive fear. It is a world away from his triumphal 2014 seizure of the Crimean Peninsula. Putin’s aim now is to hold on to seized Ukrainian territory. His actions are the … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more

The Russian military might yet finish Putin off

Putin’s latest nuclear threats signify above all that he is in grave danger at home. It was intended not just to cow the West but also to show strength to his henchmen who think he’s not been tough enough in Ukraine and to warn the plotters in Moscow that he will stop at nothing to … Read more

1,400 arrested across Russia for protesting against Putin’s mobilisation

Western experts have predicted that Vladimir Putin’s new troop mobilisation will prolong the war but not change the balance on the ground. They have warned against downplaying the Russian president’s renewed nuclear threat. Putin announced the call-up of 300,000 reservists – more than the nearly 200,000 mustered to invade Ukraine in February – after his troops … Read more

Putin to address nation as he prepares to annex more of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin will only give up his “imperial ambitions” that risk destroying Ukraine and Russia if he recognises he cannot win the war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday. Mr Scholz, speaking in his first address United Nations General Assembly, said: “This is why we will not accept any peace dictated by Russia and this is why Ukraine must be … Read more

Russians ‘in a panic’, says Zelensky as counter-offensive advances

Taiwan is “proud” of its efforts to help Ukraine in the country’s struggle to defend itself, President Tsai Ing-wen told a conference in New York. Ukraine’s plight has won broad sympathy in Taiwan, where many see parallels between Ukraine’s situation and the threat Taipei’s government says it faces from China, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan … Read more