Ukraine’s new military branch: Citizens protecting their neighborhood

Ukraine’s new military branch: Citizens protecting their neighborhood

Press play to listen to this article Serhiy Velichansky has worked with Ukrainian veterans, processing trauma they sustained fighting Russian-backed forces through improv comedy techniques. Now, he plans to pick up a rifle himself and fight alongside them if the Russian forces encircling Ukraine push deeper into the country. “I understood that if, God forbid, … Read more

U.S. warns war could be ‘imminent’ in Ukraine

U.S. warns war could be ‘imminent’ in Ukraine

The United States warned Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be imminent and implored all US citizens to urgently leave the country within 24 to 48 hours. The warning came after Washington briefed allies on a scenario in which Russian forces would pour across the border from Belarus, accompanied by cyberattacks and missile … Read more

Poland braces for ‘up to a million people’ fleeing war in Ukraine

Poland braces for ‘up to a million people’ fleeing war in Ukraine

Press play to listen to this article WARSAW — Poland is preparing for a massive influx of refugees if Russia attacks Ukraine. “We have to be prepared for the worst-case scenario and [we have] been taking steps so as to be prepared for a wave of up to a million people,” Deputy Interior Minister Maciej … Read more

Olaf Scholz’s hard lessons in German leadership

Olaf Scholz’s hard lessons in German leadership

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — Chancellor Olaf Scholz is finding out the hard way that there’s a lot more to leading Germany than being an Angela Merkel tribute act. Scholz meets Joe Biden at the White House on Monday as part of a US trip intended to repair the battering that … Read more

Macron vows ‘de-escalation’ but hints at concessions to Putin

Macron vows ‘de-escalation’ but hints at concessions to Putin

Press play to listen to this article PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is optimistic he can secure a de-escalation over Ukraine when he travels to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, but hinted that Western countries could have to make concessions to the Kremlin. His bullish prognosis of a diplomatic … Read more

Ukraine links arms with Turkey, Poland and UK as NATO membership remains distant

Ukraine links arms with Turkey, Poland and UK as NATO membership remains distant

Press play to listen to this article Bowing to the reality that Ukraine won’t join NATO anytime soon, Kyiv is putting in place a collection of smaller security pacts with regional military powers, including Turkey and Poland, as well as the UK, as it seeks help facing down Russia now and in years ahead. The … Read more

German Chancellor Scholz to meet Putin in Moscow ‘soon’

German Chancellor Scholz to meet Putin in Moscow ‘soon’

BERLIN — German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he will “soon” travel to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin amid what he called a “very serious” situation at the Ukrainian border. “I will now travel to the US, and I will soon be in Moscow to continue speaking about the questions that are necessary,” Scholz … Read more