Ukraine

Does Putin have blood cancer?

14 May 2022 7:32 pm

Suddenly, we are all diagnosticians. Clips of a puffy Putin slurring his words, his hands twitching or clutching a table…

Portrait of the week: The Queen’s Speech, Sinn Fein surge and an £184m lottery win

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Home The Prince of Wales delivered the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament sitting on a throne next…

Putin’s emperor complex

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Did Vladimir Putin ever use his infamous ‘historical’ account of Russia-Ukraine relations to consider how Ukrainians might react to his…

Merkel is turning into Blair

11 May 2022 9:30 pm

Angela Merkel left the German chancellery at the end of last year with a bunch of flowers, a standing ovation…

Germany’s wilful ignorance is hurting Ukraine

11 May 2022 1:00 am

Berlin, Germany Germans have a complex relationship with their Erinnerungskultur, or ‘culture of memory’. Whenever the word appears, it almost invariably…

Putin’s cult of war

9 May 2022 11:00 pm

This idolisation of the Soviet military is Russia’s modern tragedy. Not least because it is crucial to Putin’s way of…

Read: Vladimir Putin's victory day speech in full

9 May 2022 10:38 pm

The following is The Spectator’s translation of Putin’s speech for victory day 2022. Most respected citizens of Russia, dear veterans,…

Is Putin preparing for total war on 9 May?

7 May 2022 6:30 pm

Ahead of Russia’s annual Victory Day celebration on 9 May – which marks the date the Soviet Union defeated Nazi…

The sin of neutrality

7 May 2022 9:00 am

Yet again, millions of civilians across the Horn of Africa are starving. The world blames the crisis on drought and…

British volunteers shouldn't be fighting in Ukraine

4 May 2022 12:50 am

What’s going to happen to British volunteers captured while fighting Russian forces? According to Ukrainian analysts, there is intelligence to suggest that Russia…

Refugee status: the social cachet of taking in Ukrainians

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The social cachet of taking in Ukrainians

What makes a ‘just’ war?

30 April 2022 9:00 am

What is a just war? Those who, from St Augustine onwards, have debated the question usually begin with Cicero, the…

Letters: Workshy Whitehall has its benefits

30 April 2022 9:00 am

In check Sir: Jade McGlynn (‘Conflict of opinion’, 23 April) has a point that there are many reasons for popular…

Portrait of the week: Twitter takeover, late nights for pubs and a row over leg-crossing

30 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, said Britain assessed that 15,000 Russians had been killed in the war against Ukraine…

Germany’s military muddle over Ukraine

24 April 2022 7:00 pm

The reluctance of chancellor Olaf Scholz to provide heavy weapons to Ukraine is now coming under increasing fire from abroad…

Could Russia lose the war in Donbas?

23 April 2022 5:30 pm

We face a serious dilemma as the Battle of the Donbas begins. The idea that the Russian army remains a…

Why more and more Russians are backing the war

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Why Russian support for the war will keep growing

Why Putin’s ‘Satanic’ missile launch matters

23 April 2022 12:48 am

In some ways, it’s a headline-writer’s dream: Putin puts his faith in Satan. In reality, it’s actually Putin’s new RS-28…

Is Putin in pain?

22 April 2022 6:41 pm

Is Vladimir Putin in pain? Until now, there has been plenty of chatter about the wellbeing of his minister of…

Why does India get a free pass for supporting Russia?

22 April 2022 5:47 pm

When Russia invaded Ukraine the Indian government rapidly launched ‘Operation Ganga’. This was not a military operation, nor did it…

Why the sinking of the Moskva matters

16 April 2022 7:00 pm

The sinking of the Russian guided missile cruiser Moskva is both a reminder of the past and a marker for the…

Why Russians celebrate monsters

16 April 2022 5:00 pm

Nobody knows how long people live in Dzerzhinsk – life expectancy statistics for the Russian city, 250 miles east of…

Portrait of the week: Boris in Kyiv, Rishi in hot water and crystal meth in a cereal packet

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Home Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, travelled to Kyiv in secret and joined President Volodymyr Zelensky for the cameras in…

Bitter harvest – how Ukraine’s wheat has always been coveted

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Publishers love books with ambitious subtitles such as ‘How Bubblegum Made the Modern World’, and this one’s, about American wheat…

I can feel my heart hardening as the war goes on

16 April 2022 9:00 am

Palm Sunday in Perugia. Umbrians were scuttling around with twigs and leaves, but I was in town to celebrate another…