Ukraine at war


All of our coverage of the war in one place

Since Vladimir Putin ordered his tanks across the Ukrainian frontier in February, little has gone to plan. Russia’s blitzkrieg failed and the conflict became bogged down in a grinding stalemate. In late August Ukraine began a much-anticipated counter-offensive to retake Kherson, a key city in the country’s south. A rare military breakthrough followed in September when Ukraine launched a second incursion into the Kharkiv region in the north-east. But the outcome of the war remains highly uncertain. Below you will find our most recent coverage, as we examine the conflict’s military aspects, as well as its ramifications for Ukraine, Russia and the wider world.

Latest analysis

Vladimir Putin vows to send more invaders. The West should arm Ukraine faster

It has a window of opportunity to push Russian forces back

Vladimir Putin declares a partial mobilisation

Ukraine’s advances force the Kremlin to take desperate measures



Vladimir Putin’s situation looks ever more desperate

A planned military mobilisation in Russia, and fake referendums in occupied Ukraine, are signs of weakness

Where next for Ukraine’s army?

After a lightning advance, Ukrainian forces must decide whether to dig in or press on

Ukraine is riddled with unexploded bombs

That will pose a threat long after the war ends

Vladimir Putin’s war is failing. The West should help it fail faster



The military campaigns

Is Russia on the run?

Ukraine’s Kharkiv counter-offensive has the Kremlin on the back foot

Ukraine seizes the initiative in the east

A lightning offensive near Kharkiv could mark a turning-point in the war


Ukraine’s army pierces Russian lines near Kharkiv

Meanwhile Vladimir Putin’s prison state grows ever harsher


Ukraine is losing fewer soldiers in its counter-offensive than Russia claims

A visit to the frontline city of Mykolaiv suggests casualties have risen little

Six months of war in Ukraine

The conflict has turned into one of attrition

Armies are re-learning how to fight in cities

Urban combat has a brutal, destructive reputation. It will become more common



Geopolitics

Norway is profiting embarrassingly from war in Europe

It should think of ways to help the EU through the crisis


What would push the West and Russia to nuclear war?

Nobody is sure. That is why Joe Biden is careful in sending more potent weapons to Ukraine


Will the Ukraine war ring the knell for nuclear arms control?

America offers to resume nuclear talks with Russia, and calls for China to join. But the outlook is dark

When and how might the war in Ukraine end?

Western allies are starting to split over the conditions for a peace

Ukraine’s government is willing to make big concessions to end the war

But it doubts that Russia is negotiating in good faith



Domestic Russia

Russian discontent with the war, and Vladimir Putin, is growing

A big reverse in Ukraine makes him look incompetent

1843 magazine | The Russian elite doesn’t seem to care about the invasion of Ukraine

As a live-in tutor, I’ve watched rich families adapt to Vladimir Putin’s war


Putin is failing in Ukraine but succeeding at oppressing Russia

The war is bringing habits from Stalin’s day back to Moscow


Ukraine spoils Vladimir Putin’s May 9th parade

Russia’s army is struggling and Volodymyr Zelensky is the better showman



Global economic fallout

By how much will the war in Ukraine reduce global growth?

Economists have slashed this year’s forecasts