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Opinion: Green recovery in Ukraine is a strategic imperative for the EU

Opinion: Green recovery in Ukraine is a strategic imperative for the EU

Two years of brutal, full-scale invasion by Russia has inflicted severe environmental damage on Ukraine, impacting the country's rich biodiversity, contaminating land and water resources, and posing a direct threat to public health and safety. Addressing these challenges is crucial for the environment, but also for the long-term peace, stability,

The Counteroffensive: Russia's failure to take Kyiv was luck and timing

The Counteroffensive: Russia's failure to take Kyiv was luck and timing

by Tim Mak

Editor’s Note: This article was published by the blog “The Counteroffensive with Tim Mak” on Feb. 22, 2024, and has been re-published by the Kyiv Independent with permission. To subscribe to "The Counteroffensive," click here. In the first hours of his full-scale invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his

Opinion: Sexual violence is not a hidden war crime in Ukraine

Opinion: Sexual violence is not a hidden war crime in Ukraine

by Anna Mykytenko

Working alongside investigators and prosecutors on sexual and gender-based crimes is a horrific experience. It involves listening to, reading, and hearing accounts of unimaginable suffering in sickening detail. To support the work of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office, Mobile Justice Teams (MJTs) comprised of Ukrainian and international experts were

Opinion: Will Europe ever get serious about defense?

Opinion: Will Europe ever get serious about defense?

by Daniela Schwarzer

MUNICH – “Words, words, just words,” sighed one VIP attendee at the Munich Security Conference as representatives of three European Union member states discussed security cooperation. “China will get the message: ‘No need to worry about us here,’” said another about the signals being sent from Bavaria. A lugubrious mood hung

Opinion: Europe must rearm now

Opinion: Europe must rearm now

by Philippe Legrain

LONDON – Donald Trump’s potential return to the White House in 2025 poses a grave threat to Europe’s security. With war in Ukraine still raging, European countries must shore up their defenses against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s revanchist aggressions before it is too late. The prospect of an

Opinion: Will Putin unite Europe?

Opinion: Will Putin unite Europe?

by Andreas Umland

Russia’s war against Ukraine and the political turmoil that has since enveloped Europe indicate a need for more than a cosmetic change to improving the European Union’s relations with its non-EU neighbors. Brussels’ earlier approaches have proven insufficient to lessen the tensions in Eastern Europe that led to

Opinion: The global consequences of Russia's war in Ukraine

Opinion: The global consequences of Russia's war in Ukraine

by Joschka Fischer

BERLIN – Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, changed everything for Ukraine, for Europe, and for global politics. The world entered a new era of great-power rivalry in which war could no longer be excluded. Apart from the immediate victims, Russia’s aggression most concerned Europe. A

Former Sen. Cory Gardner: Russia is a terrorist state

Former Sen. Cory Gardner: Russia is a terrorist state

by Cory Gardner

As the U.S. Congress continues negotiations on approving the stalled border security deal and military aid package for key allies, U.S. President Joe Biden can act today – with or without Congress – to make Russia pay in some measure for its heinous crimes against Ukraine. The U.S. State

Opinion: How many tanks does Russia have left?

Opinion: How many tanks does Russia have left?

by Andrii Kharuk

How many tanks does Russia really have left? This question has come up quite frequently in discussions, and it’s simply impossible to find a precise answer – Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov probably don’t even know. But this doesn’t deter us

Opinion: Why supporting Ukraine enhances US national security

Opinion: Why supporting Ukraine enhances US national security

by Jeffrey Frankel

CAMBRIDGE – Observing Republican members of Congress oppose the extension of U.S. support to Ukraine, one cannot help but wonder what happened to one of the United States’ two major political parties. This includes those GOP politicians who, while ostensibly supportive of Ukraine, allow their colleagues to hold it hostage

Opinion: Why the Russia sanctions are failing

Opinion: Why the Russia sanctions are failing

by Anne O. Krueger

When bilateral talks fail to resolve disputes between sovereign countries, aggrieved parties may turn to an international judicial body, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Alternatively, treaties or agreements often incorporate provisions for arbitration or mediation of disputes by a pre-designated entity. Similarly, the World

Opinion: Poland's reckoning with populist misrule

Opinion: Poland's reckoning with populist misrule

by Sławomir Sierakowski

It has been a month since Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk’s government took office, and the task now is to rebuild Polish democracy after eight years of corrupt misrule under Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s Law and Justice (PiS) party. No country in Europe has ever faced a political transition quite

Opinion: The secret scars of Ukraine's mental health crisis

Opinion: The secret scars of Ukraine's mental health crisis

by David Kirichenko

As Ukraine endures the ravages of Russia's full-scale invasion, the impact extends far beyond the physical destruction of its cities and the displacement of its people. A silent but equally devastating crisis is unfolding: the severe deterioration of the mental health of the Ukrainian population in wartime. A recent survey

Opinion: Orban is plain wrong on Ukraine

Opinion: Orban is plain wrong on Ukraine

by Timothy Ash

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban sought to blackball Ukraine’s bid to formally start EU accession talks last month, arguing that Ukraine was simply not ready. Ultimately, the other 26 EU member states decided to ignore Orban’s protestations and formally agreed to the start of accession talks with Ukraine.

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