THEY CAME as Ukraine celebrated Easter, according to the Orthodox Christian calendar. They certainly did not bring peace. Yet the furtive visit to Kyiv, the capital, by Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin, America’s secretaries of state and defense, brought hope of eventual salvation. “We don’t know how the rest of this war will unfold, but we do know that a sovereign, independent Ukraine will be around for a lot longer than Vladimir Putin is on the scene,” declared Mr. Blinken.
NATO and allies need to send more and much sophisticated Weapons as the war enters the war of attrition phase, each side wants to inflict final decisive blow which can leave deterrence to the hostile belligerent. Russia possesses enormous potential to annihilate Kyiv in a bid to quit from the battle abruptly ; WE did an Analysis of Putin’s war in Europe. Reading time FIVE MINUTES.
When the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies held a virtual meeting on April 11th, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister (no. 1) approvingly quoted President Joe Biden (no. 2) back to himself: “Democracies can deliver,” Mr Modi declared. But when it came to the war in Ukraine, just what it was that democracies should be delivering went unspecified. Both men worried about the plight of Ukrainian civilians. Although Mr Biden left no doubt whom he blamed for their suffering, Mr Modi sounded less certain. Rather than point a finger at Russia, he called for “an independent inquiry” into the horrors reported from the Ukrainian town of Bucha.
Russia has begun withdrawing its soldiers from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant after seizing control of the facility on the opening day of its invasion of Ukraine.
The strength of Ukraine’s resistance and the amount of Western support it receives will determine how Vladimir Putin’s war there ends. Negotiations should be left to Ukraine and Russia, without Western interference.
Nearly four weeks ago, people gathered to drink coffee and smoke shisha in the hipster bars and cafes around a kitsch ice-rink in the centre of Mariupol, a Russian-speaking industrial city in eastern Ukraine.
RUSSIA’S CATHEDRAL of the Armed Forces was consecrated in 2020. It sits in Patriot Park, a military theme park in Kubinka, around 60km to the west of Moscow. The church is khaki green, topped with a gold Orthodox cross.
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Each day brings new horrors to Ukraine, where Russian artillery fire echoes like thunder across cities and towns. The metropolis of Kharkov lies in ruins, victim of two weeks of bombardment. Mariupol, on the coast, has been destroyed.
I have been fighting a personal war with Vladimir Putin for nearly 20 years. It led to my being jailed in Russia for ten years and then expelled, with a warning that life imprisonment awaited me if I ever returned. Do I know the man who did all this to me? I think I do. That is why I look with despair at the defeatist approach of Western leaders, such as Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron and Naftali Bennett.
It is difficult for me to judge how their actions are seen by their electorates. However, I know well how they are perceived by Mr. Putin, sitting at the end of his long table. They fly to Moscow, call him, ask him to stop, but assure him that they will not interfere and do not want him to perceive certain movements as a provocation. The president sees all of this as weakness, and that is extremely dangerous.