Ukraine

‘A game of survival’: Ukraine prepare for final World Cup push in Wales

‘A game of survival’: Ukraine prepare for final World Cup push in Wales

Along sections of Ukraine’s frontline, more trivial concerns could take hold for an hour or two. When Taras Stepanenko checked his phone after anchoring the midfield masterfully at Hampden Park, one of the first in more than 100 messages was from a close friend who has been serving in the army since Russia invaded. The soldiers…

Ukraine war: How long can the Western consensus hold?

Ukraine war: How long can the Western consensus hold?

With Russian forces making slow, grinding progress in the eastern Donbas region and military experts speaking of a long war of attrition, have cracks started to appear in the West’s support for Ukraine? As he directs the fighting from the gleaming white halls of the Kremlin, what does Vladimir Putin make of the swirling Western…

Finland expected to announce bid to join Nato

Finland expected to announce bid to join Nato

Finland is expected to announce its intention to join Nato on Thursday with Sweden likely to follow soon after, diplomats and officials have said, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reshapes European security and the Atlantic military alliance. Nato allies expect Finland and Sweden to be granted membership quickly, five diplomats and officials told Reuters, paving the way…

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

Russia-Ukraine crisis a ‘dangerous moment for the world’, warns Truss

The UK foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has warned of a “dangerous moment for the world” as the “highly likely” prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine could embolden other countries such as Iran and China to expand their ambitions. Speaking on Sky News, Truss said “we could be on the brink of a war in Europe,…

‘We’ll fight to the end.’ Ukraine defiant in face of Vladimir Putin’s phoney war

‘We’ll fight to the end.’ Ukraine defiant in face of Vladimir Putin’s phoney war

The mood last week in Ukraine was eerily calm, despite talk of war. The first winter snow blanketed Kyiv. Many were still celebrating Orthodox Christmas – which falls on 7 January – or had left town for the holidays. Bars and restaurants rang out with Dean Martin’s Let It Snow!, while the fir trees in Independence Square…