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Large Russian Force Faces ‘Encirclement’ in Eastern Ukraine
Russian forces were on the verge of a major military defeat Friday as Kyiv’s Armed Forces closed in on the occupied Ukrainian city of Lyman and appeared...
Russia to Send Conscripts to Ukraine With Little Training, Old Equipment
“We were officially told there would be no training before we are sent to the war zone,” a newly mobilized Russian soldier says in a short...
‘Ust-Ilimsk’s Che Guevara’: Violence Flares Across Russia Amid Mobilization
A shooting at an enlistment office in Siberia on Monday was the most violent episode of a spate of arson attacks and protests that have flared across Russia...
Explainer: What Does Russia’s ‘Partial Mobilization’ Mean?
Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a “partial mobilization” early Wednesday after seven months of warfare in Ukraine that have taken...
Explainer: Who Are Russia’s Pro-War Bloggers And Why Are They Important?
These hawkish, patriotic commentators are outspoken supporters of Russia’s invasion.
on the back foot
Losses Around Kharkiv Stymie Russia’s Offensive Capabilities, Analysts Say
“Ukraine is becoming increasingly capable of repelling Russian forces back to February’s borders,” said one expert.
all at sea
‘Coast Defense Flotilla’: Russia’s Black Sea Fleet Mauled in 200 Days of Ukraine War
In addition to at least 10 naval vessels, the Black Sea Fleet has also suffered manpower losses and seen a large part of its air wing destroyed.
Ukraine Retakes Ground Near Kharkiv as Russia’s Defense Wobbles
Ukrainian Brigadier General Oleksiy Gromov said Kyiv's forces had advanced 50 kilometers behind Russian lines.
Russian Tank Losses in Ukraine Hit 1,000 – Open Source Analysis
Just under a third of Russian tanks destroyed, captured or abandoned in Ukraine were Soviet-built.
Russian Schoolchildren Return to Classrooms Changed by War
Every Russian school student will now have to attend a new, weekly lesson called “important conversations.”
‘We Forced Them Well Back’: Fighting Intensifies in Ukraine’s South
"If they want to survive, it's time for the Russian military to run away. Go home," Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky said.
focus on kherson
Ukrainian Southern Counteroffensive ‘Unlikely’ as Russia Bolsters Forces
Russia has transferred thousands of soldiers from eastern to southern Ukraine in recent weeks.
‘We Need to Get Out of Here’: Fear Grips Annexed Crimea After Airbase Attack
"Many vacationers were trying to find shelter — some people were hiding behind the trees, children were crying," said one eyewitness.
Russia Braces as Kherson Bridge Strikes Hint at Imminent Ukrainian Offensive
All three major bridges near Kherson have been damaged by Ukrainian strikes in the past two weeks.
deflect and deny
As Civilian Deaths Mount in Ukraine, Russia Deploys Familiar Excuses
Whether by pinning the blame on Ukraine or attempting to paint civilian areas as military targets, Russia’s alibis have followed a pattern.
Tank Losses in Ukraine Raise Strategic Questions for Russia
Russian military doctrine has traditionally been to build and maintain large numbers of tanks for offensive operations.
rain of missiles
Russia Steps Up Missile Attacks Amid ‘Operational Pause’ in Eastern Ukraine
“If Russia is going to seek a halt, it's likely they’re going to suddenly increase the level and scale of violence,” said one analyst.
Explainer: What is White Phosphorus and Is Russia Using it in Ukraine?
A pungent, wax-like substance, white phosphorus burns to the bone if it comes into contact with human skin.
Withdrawal from Snake Island Symbolic ‘Defeat’ for Russia in Ukraine
Just 48 kilometers from the shore, Snake Island was a key battleground between Ukrainian and Russian forces.
Russia's Military 'Reshuffle' Hints at Frustration With Slow Ukraine Advance
Some analysts believe Gennady Zhidko is the new commander of Russian forces in Ukraine.
Russia Eyes Full Donbas Control as Sievierodonetsk Set to Fall
Ukrainian pullback from the destroyed city brings Russia a step closer to capturing all of the Luhansk region.
Westerners Face Lengthy Interrogations at Russian Border Amid Ukraine War
"There were lots of... FSB, and different people coming in over the course of the five hours,” said a U.K. national.
Attack on Russian Gas Platform Exposes Moscow’s Black Sea Vulnerabilities
“So long as part of the [Black Sea] coast remains in Ukrainian hands, the sea remains a contested space," said one expert.
Panic Buying in Kaliningrad as Lithuania Bans Rail Cargo From Russia
A rail blockade imposed by neighboring Lithuania threatened to isolate Russia’s strategic Baltic exclave.
loss of leadership
Who Was Russian General Roman Kutuzov?
Kutuzov was reportedly killed on the frontlines of eastern Ukraine.
‘Are There Even Any Left?’ 100 Days of War in Ukraine For an Elite Russian Unit
“Russia’s elite forces were absolutely annihilated,” said an analyst of March battles near Kyiv involving the 31st Guards Air Assault Brigade.
‘The Russian Army Won’t Stop at Donbas’: Pro-Kremlin Groups Hail Advances in Ukraine
Russian troops are reported to be attempting an encirclement of Ukrainian forces in the city of Severodonetsk.
not enough men
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.