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Opinion: Why is Ukraine rejecting the Belarusian opposition?

Opinion: Why is Ukraine rejecting the Belarusian opposition?

by Sławomir Sierakowski

Immediately after World War II, the Paris-exiled Polish intellectual  Jerzy Giedroyc (of Lithuanian origins, born in Minsk) coined a phrase that would come to define Poland’s foreign policy toward its eastern neighbors: “There will be no independent Poland without an independent Belarus, Lithuania, and Ukraine.” Since the fall of

Opinion: Poland's democracy isn't out of the woods

Opinion: Poland's democracy isn't out of the woods

by Sławomir Sierakowski

Although local elections often don’t make international news headlines or involve widely recognizable household names, anyone who cares about the state of liberal democracy would do well to pay attention to them. In Turkey, for example, recent elections not only revealed widespread dissatisfaction with the country’s autocratic president,

Opinion: A look at the drone arsenal Russia uses against Ukraine

Opinion: A look at the drone arsenal Russia uses against Ukraine

by Andrii Kharuk

Drone combat in Russia’s war against Ukraine is changing warfare. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used at an unprecedented scale for which neither the Ukrainian nor the Russian armies were quite prepared. Both militaries have made significant progress with respect to drones, sometimes modernizing them in the midst

Opinion: NATO is not a hegemonic burden

Opinion: NATO is not a hegemonic burden

by Carla Norrlöf

TORONTO – As NATO marks its 75th anniversary, the idea that it is free-riding on the United States remains a live issue. While former U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized America’s transatlantic allies for spending too little on defense, it is worth remembering that presidents going back to

Opinion: What’s left of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet?

Opinion: What’s left of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet?

by Andrii Kharuk

Russia’s war against Ukraine is shattering the conventions of warfare in many ways. One of the most illustrative examples is the systematic destruction of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet (BSF) by Ukraine, a country that has virtually no navy of its own. The Ukrainian military’s use of coastal

Opinion: Ukraine may have no choice but to lower its fighting age

Opinion: Ukraine may have no choice but to lower its fighting age

by Brian Bonner

Editor’s Note: Brian Bonner, the Kyiv Post’s chief editor from 2008-2021, is the host of Hromadske Radio’s podcast “Ukraine Calling.” This weekly English-language program, released on Fridays, can be found on Hromadske’s YouTube channel and website, as well as on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Google Podcasts,

Danylo Mokryk: Say the word ‘genocide’

Danylo Mokryk: Say the word ‘genocide’

by Danylo Mokryk

In the spring of 2022, right after Russia’s atrocities in Bucha were exposed, several Western leaders uttered the term “genocide.” U.S. President Joe Biden, former U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, former Colombian President Ivan Duque, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did so in short succession, albeit

Opinion: Another election at gunpoint in occupied Ukraine

Opinion: Another election at gunpoint in occupied Ukraine

by Anna Mykytenko

The media has been filled with coverage of the Russian presidential election that took place this weekend. Incumbent Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted 87% of the vote – a number that hardly came as a surprise amid widespread criticism that the election was neither free nor fair.   Even before the election

Asami Terajima: A toast to my fallen friends in Donbas

Asami Terajima: A toast to my fallen friends in Donbas

by Asami Terajima

Editor's Note: The Kyiv Independent is not disclosing the full names of soldiers due to security concerns amid the ongoing war in Ukraine. DONETSK OBLAST – Watching my friend Vitalii prepare grilled pork skewers during my latest trip to Donetsk Oblast in February, we were thinking about one thing: the summer

Opinion: How many planes does Russia have?

Opinion: How many planes does Russia have?

by Andrii Kharuk

The Ukrainian military shot down five Russian military aircraft in the span of three days in early March, begging the question: How many planes does Russia have? This is a complex question, but I'll let you in on a little secret: The numbers listed in international indexes are often quite

Opinion: It's time to reform Ukraine's state-owned enterprises

Opinion: It's time to reform Ukraine's state-owned enterprises

by Yulia Svyrydenko

Ukrposhta, Ukraine’s state-owned postal service, was the first to resume operations in the country’s recently liberated cities and villages, delivering packages and much-needed pensions to the most vulnerable. The company is continuing to grow, expand, and digitize its services. Ukraine’s state-owned railway company Ukrzaliznytsia transported 25 million

Opinion: Europe has a Russian fossil fuel addiction

Opinion: Europe has a Russian fossil fuel addiction

by Svitlana Romanko

Over two years into Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and Europe is still addicted to Russian fossil fuels. In spite of 13 sanctions packages against Russia and endless words of solidarity for Ukraine, recent data has revealed that many European Union countries continue to import massive amounts of liquified

Opinion: The threat to American hegemony is real

Opinion: The threat to American hegemony is real

by Michael Ignatieff

Ukraine has about a month before it runs out of artillery shells, and the U.S. Congress cannot agree to ship more. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is dead. The slaughter in Gaza continues with no end in sight. The Yemeni Houthis are attacking ships in the Red Sea. The

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

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Borrell calls on EU states to send anti-missile systems to Ukraine.

"We have Patriots, we have anti-missile systems. We have to take them (out) from our barracks where they are just in case and send them to Ukraine where the war is raging," Josep Borrell told reporters after a Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers meeting on the island of Capri.
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PM Shmyhal meets with US Treasury Secretary Yellen.

Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen held talks on the long-awaited U.S. aid bill for Ukraine, strengthening sanctions against Russia, and the ongoing debate on confiscating frozen Russian assets.
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