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Russia Scrambles for Soldiers Amid Ukraine War Manpower Shortage
"The Russian military is fighting this with a cobbled together force of unit fragments," said one analyst.
Explainer: Is Russia Running Low on Missiles?
Russia has reportedly fired 2,154 missiles at Ukraine since the start of the invasion.
Russia Bogged Down in Ukraine Amid 'Long War' Warnings
Modest gains made by Russian forces have come at the cost of losing control over other areas.
High Death Toll of Russian Generals in Ukraine a Blow to Military Capability
“Every death of a general makes the Russian Armed Forces less effective,” said one military analyst.
Uptick in Combat Missions Signals Changing Role for Russia’s Air Force in Ukraine
Russian air sorties are up over 150% since the military focus shifted to eastern Ukraine, according to an analyst.
‘They’d Probably All Die’: Analysts Doubt Russian Push Toward Separatist Transnistria
For the moment, Russia's forces are concentrated in eastern Ukraine and attempting to seize the Donbas region.
‘Failing Technology Museum’: Uncertainty for Russian Telecoms as Foreign Firms Flee
With foreign firms unable to carry out upgrades, Russia faces the risk of being stuck with outdated equipment.
Fears Of A ‘New Kursk’ As Relatives Seek Missing Moskva Sailors
Relatives of sailors feared to have died on the missile cruiser have been speaking to journalists.
Losses, Morale and Counterattacks Stymie Russia’s Donbas Offensive
Russia appears to be planning to carry out a large pincer movement.
Sunk Missile Cruiser a Symbolic, Strategic Blow to Russia
The sinking could mean reduced options for the Russian military when planning operations in southern Ukraine.
Zhirinovsky’s Presence Missed as LDPR Scrabbles For Successor
“The LDPR is actually in a state of half-life. The most likely successor is failure,” said one political analyst.
Former SWIFT CEO Calls for Tighter Russia Sanctions
In an interview with The Moscow Times, former CEO of SWIFT called for tighter sanctions on Russia amid a worsening situation in Ukraine
Born Under Putin, Dead Under Putin: Russia’s Teenage Soldiers Dying in Ukraine
Young contract soldiers lacking military expertise are being sent to the frontlines.
Russian FM Lavrov Touts ‘Eurasian Partnership’ in India Visit
"We will be ready to supply to India any goods which India wants to buy,” Lavrov told his Indian counterpart.
Russia’s Potential Drawdown from Kyiv Fractures Pro-War Voices at Home
Supporters of the “special military operation” accuse Russian negotiators of being too soft on Ukraine.
Mental Health Crisis Looms in Russia as Sanctions Fuel Drug Shortages, Job Losses
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, more Russians are reporting feelings of anxiety and depression, with sales of antidepressants sky-rocketing.
In Russia’s Pro-Military ‘Z’ Campaign, Children Are Placed Front and Center
Photos of children across the country with the symbol of support for Russia's army have flooded social media amid Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
‘My Father Said I’m a Traitor Who Should Be Shot First’: War in Ukraine Splits Russian Families
The invasion has driven a wedge between friends and family members and exposed stark divides between generations.
Western Companies' Exodus from Russia Leaves Thousands of Russians' Livelihoods on the Line
The business departures are expected to exacerbate what could become the country's worst economic crisis since the end of the Soviet Union.
Russians Abroad: Blamed for a Regime They Sought to Escape
Since Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops over the Ukrainian border last week, Russian and Russian-speaking diasporas living abroad have seen an uptick...
‘We Don’t Need War’: Shock, Anger and Defiance on Moscow’s Streets as Russia Invades Ukraine
Weeks of intense diplomacy and the imposition of Western sanctions failed to avert the offensive.
Valieva Skating Scandal Casts Dark Cloud Over Beijing 2022
The controversy over 15-year-old Kamila Valieva's presence at the Winter Olympics had sharply divided onlookers even before she took to the ice.
‘We Are One People. Why Would We Fight Our Brothers?’ Russians React to Ukraine War Threat
People going about their daily business in the Russian capital told The Moscow Times they don’t believe a conflict is imminent.
‘Hacktivist’ Cyber Disruption Could Spread to Russia, Experts Believe
An attack on the Belarusian railway system shows cyberspace may have become the safest place for activists to reside.
Russian Football Fans Plan Boycott Over Controversial Fan ID System
The backlash has caught authorities off guard and prompted a response from the Kremlin itself.