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Historical Perspectives on Russia’s War Crimes in Ukraine

The Right to Remember the Dead

Across liberated areas of Ukraine, relatives are unable to achieve the closure of a respectful burial. As with the Katyn massacres during WWII, the Kremlin is deploying a combination of terror, brutality and psychological violence against the population it hopes to subjugate.

What Ukraine Means for Lithuanians Haunted by Soviet Past

Eastern Europeans United by Will to Survive

There have been global calls – from the leaders of France and Germany, and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger – to appease Vladimir Putin. There have been delays in the West in its support of Ukraine. For many in this part of the world, this has led to disbelief, frustration and anger.

Love Is All You Need: Ukrainian Woman Recalls Keeping Culture Alive Under Siege

Love Is All You Need: Ukrainian Woman Recalls Keeping Culture Alive Under Siege

Generation after generation, everything that could have made Ukrainians proud — productive farms, the famed Kozak military of peasant-warriors, aspiring artists — was expropriated, exiled or killed. After 300 years of deliberate cultural genocide by the Russians, little of the Ukrainian culture remained. Still, it couldn’t be completely eradicated. Tiny seeds slipped through the cracks of the Russian repression machine and hid deep in the crevices of everyday life, just out of reach for government officials.

Ukraine’s Identity Has Been Decided by Putin’s Invasion

Ukraine’s Identity Has Been Decided by Putin’s Invasion

How did Ukraine go from electing a Russophile president to a Central European state in the span of a decade? The answer can be found in the very idea of a “Central European” identity.

In Kharkiv, Ukraine Reveals a Network of Russian Torture Chambers

In Kharkiv, Ukraine Reveals a Network of Russian Torture Chambers

Proof of the horrors local residents were subjected to during more than six months of occupation was revealed on Sept. 19 in a dark and dust-filled basement under the police station in Izium, a strategic city in Ukraine’s northeastern Kharkiv region that was liberated in its latest offensive. Among the instruments used to terrorize people were Soviet-era gas masks that had been modified to prevent the victim from being able to breathe once it was placed on the face.

Europe Looks for Its Soul in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

Europe Looks for Its Soul in the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

For the likes of Habermas, a successful Ukraine still holds out hope for a post-heroic Europe with just enough military capacity to fend off wicked external actors like Putin (or Trump) while avoiding the dread nationalism of the 19th- and 20th-century nation in arms. In contrast, for American foreign policy elites in both parties, the war in Ukraine is not so much an opportunity for European utopianism but a post-Kabul vindication of American power where at little cost to itself, the United States can savagely bleed the military power of a traditional rival, warn Beijing of the potential costs of an incursion against Taiwan, and support a telegenic and social media savvy statesman all at the same time.

Fear Surrounds Ukraine’s Threatened Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Fear Surrounds Ukraine’s Threatened Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant

Being close to the facility had always been scary, but with Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia Power Plant, the situation was unpredictable.