Ukraine

The West needs to spread doubt and fear

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Zakhar Prilepin is a well-known novelist in Russia and an ultra-nationalist warrior in Donbas. Once a member of the National…

Portrait of the week: Spring statement, weapons for Ukraine and no more free-range eggs

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Home Britain had provided Ukraine with more than 4,000 Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons, the Ministry of Defence said. Shell…

Why I’ve stayed in Kyiv

26 March 2022 9:00 am

I write this from my Kyiv air raid shelter. It has become my second home, an improvised bedroom, study and…

Inside Putin’s mind: the lessons of Chechnya

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The lessons of Chechnya

Kirill, the Patriarch in league with Putin

26 March 2022 9:00 am

The Patriarch in league with Putin

What TV is telling Russians – and why they believe it

26 March 2022 9:00 am

What Russians watch — and believe

The call of a blackbird’s full-throated song

26 March 2022 9:00 am

Speaking pretty good English, Dr Tayeb came straight to the point. Was I eligible for the ground breaking new cancer…

Why I drove a lorry to Poland

26 March 2022 9:00 am

‘Why the hell did you hire a lorry without a spare tyre?’ asked Rizvana. Fair question. Luckily we had just…

Is Putin's war spreading?

26 March 2022 12:20 am

Yerevan, Armenia ‘This is our land,’ Anna says, looking out over her roadside flower shop. ‘Lenin promised it to us.’…

Was Biden's chemical weapons threat a gaffe?

25 March 2022 11:56 pm

Did Joe Biden mean to threaten Russia with a chemical weapons attack? That seemed to be what he implied at…

The drone era has arrived

23 March 2022 7:05 pm

The Ukrainian airforce has so far held out in the battle for the skies. Russia continues to rely on missiles…

Is Germany already backsliding on Russia?

22 March 2022 10:40 pm

Just three weeks after Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would directly arm Ukraine, Europe’s economic powerhouse is running out…

Boris’s Brexit-Ukraine comparison was a mistake

22 March 2022 4:00 am

After years of post-Brexit rancour,the last few weeks have been a striking display of European (not just EU) unity. Britain…

Francis Fukuyama on Ukraine, liberalism and identity politics

22 March 2022 3:00 am

This week, Sam Leith spoke to Francis Fukuyama – the author of ‘The End of History and the Last Man’ and…

Bono's 'poem' was an insult to the craft of verse

21 March 2022 6:00 pm

‘Poet’, said Robert Frost, ‘is a praise-word’. So it is. That explains in part the unabashed delight with which Colm…

Putin and the Muslim world

21 March 2022 1:02 am

Several thousand Muslim Chechen fighters are reportedly massing on the edge of Kiev. Syrian volunteers, filmed this week holding assault…

It doesn’t matter if Putin is mad

20 March 2022 8:00 pm

Mike Tyson put it simply: ‘Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth’. And Vladimir Putin has…

How to fix Britain’s broken asylum system

20 March 2022 7:00 pm

Asylum is often seen as a simple morality tale—the generous spirited are in favour of it, the hard-hearted against. And…

Why is Putin firing a hypersonic missile in Ukraine?

20 March 2022 5:00 pm

Putin, like many other belligerent autocrats, does like his Wunderwaffen, or ‘wonder weapons.’ Now it appears he’s even used one…

The Russian army is running out of momentum

19 March 2022 8:29 pm

As the Russian invasion enters its fourth week it is clear that its forces are running out of momentum, although…

Is Putin really losing?

19 March 2022 9:00 am

I remember my father telling me about Imre Nagy’s final broadcast before the Hungarian leader was taken by the Russians…

I stink at virtue signalling

19 March 2022 9:00 am

The lodger looked at me blankly and pronounced wearily, as though intoning something he was tired of parroting, that I…

Why was the Hunter Biden laptop story covered up?

18 March 2022 7:17 pm

It’s now a familiar pattern – a sensational news story is dismissed by serious journalists as bogus right-wing agitprop. You’d…

Russia had nothing to do with Brexit

17 March 2022 2:20 am

In light of Russia’s abhorrent invasion of Ukraine, certain corners of the internet have become obsessed – yet again – with Russia’s supposed…

The West has to bite its lip for Saudi oil

16 March 2022 10:11 pm

It would be ridiculous to claim that Boris Johnson’s visit to Saudi Arabia is not morally problematic. He is going…