Russian surviving life in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial

A captured Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was killed by a Ukrainian court Monday to life in prison — the maximum — amid signs the Kremlin may, in turn, put on trial some of the fighters who surrendered at Mariupol’s steelworks. Meanwhile, in a rare public expression of opposition to the … Read more

Russian-speaking technologists rebuild their lives in a San Francisco home

Over the past five years, Andrey Doronichev has shared his four-story town house with nearly 100 entrepreneurs, investors and other aspiring technologists from countries that were once part of the Soviet Union. Because they spoke Russian, they thought they had a private key that could unlock resources most Silicon Valley technologists could not. As investors, … Read more

Modi, Biden will discuss war in Ukraine and food security at Quad meeting

US President Joe Biden will have a “constructive and straightforward” conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the “impact” of Russia’s “brutal invasion of Ukraine”, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Sunday, ahead of their bilateral meeting on the sideslines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo on May 24. ing to questions … Read more

What the two-front war in Ukraine means for the world

Is the war in Ukraine entering a new and, perhaps, even more dangerous phase? The answer to this question depends on seeing Ukraine as a two-front war. There is the battle being fought in Ukraine, where the country has admirably held back Russian power, and cut it to size. But it is still not clear … Read more

Explained: NATO expansion & Russia

After nearly three months of debate within the two countries, Finland and Sweden have formally applied for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the US-led security alliance forged during the Cold War to defend its members from Soviet expansion. Transforming Europe The war in Ukraine has already changed the geopolitics of Europe and … Read more

Could S Jaishankar don the Kissingerian mantle?

aThe Ukrainian crisis has hit an immovable diplomatic roadblock. President Putin has reportedly cloistered himself in a tightly-controlled echo chamber that filters the truth about what is happening on the Ukrainian front. He has signaled that Russia will ease up on the bombardment only if Ukraine accepts an abridgement of its sovereignty. Ukraine, on the … Read more

Ukraine war top developments: Putin claims victory in Mariupol, Biden unveils new $800 million aid package

Nearly two months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin declared the port of Mariupol “liberated”, despite hundreds of defenders still holding out inside a giant steel works. In a televised meeting with his defense minister inside the Kremlin, Putin said there was no need for a final confrontation with the last defenders who … Read more