CEPA LIVE: Russia Invades Ukraine

Photo: At least one civilian killed, 12 others wounded by Russia, Ukraine says. Credit: Anadolu Agency via Reuters
Photo: At least one civilian killed, 12 others wounded by Russia, Ukraine says. Credit: Anadolu Agency via Reuters

Confronting the Russian Menace

The Center for European Analysis (CEPA) has been committed to ensuring a strong and enduring transatlantic alliance rooted in democratic values and principles. In that spirit, we have worked to advance greater awareness of the continuing threat posed by Russia to Europe and the United States. Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine has exposed the true nature of the Putin regime as it aims to conquer and subjugate a peaceful neighbor and violently revise the international order. The world we lived in a week ago no longer exists.

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Five Ways to Make Russia’s Occupation Unpleasant

The West has multiple ways to help Ukraine and to make the task much harder for the Russian military.

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Putin Erraticus

Vladimir Putin is making decisions based on his emotions and in a vacuum. This will make it very difficult to deter him.

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Georgia: Balanced on a Knife-Edge

Georgia fears Russian military power but needs to side with the West against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Resist and Die, Russia Tells Ukrainians

The second week of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine has begun; combat aircraft are more widely used against civilians; repression is on the rise in Russia.

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The Censor’s Curtain Falls on Russia

After a long and difficult year for the last vestiges of a free media in Russia, the Kremlin has taken a leap towards an authoritarian blackout.

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Six Ways to Help Ukraine Survive Right Now

Ukraine has shown remarkable resolve, resilience, and military capacity as it defends itself against Russia’s unprovoked and massive attacks.

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The West Can Do More to Help Ukraine

We are now almost a week into Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Some important facts and lessons have become apparent.

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Oligarchs Swept Into a Storm of Sanctions

While Russia’s army inflicts a terrible toll on Ukraine, the West has imposed ever-more serious sanctions on Putin’s financial backers.

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Kyiv: Air Raids, Curfews, and Debit Cards

Citizens of Kyiv are learning a new way of life as Russia blasts their city and their homes.

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Italy Must Raise Defense Spending to Historic Levels, Draghi Says

Following Germany’s historic decision to increase military spending, the Italian Prime Minister follows suit.

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NATO Needs Troops — Let’s Form an Afghan Legion

We need additional military personnel, and fast. There is a solution right before our eyes.

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Invasion Day 5: Ukraine Holds the Line, But…

On the fifth day of Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine, international support for the victim has intensified far beyond what most expected, and Ukrainians have successfully continued to hold the line.

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Russia’s War – the Lessons

Vladimir Putin’s reckless and brutal assault on Ukraine has underlined key issues for the future.

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A Special Tribunal for Ukraine

There is no time to lose in collecting and cataloging war crimes evidence in Ukraine.

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Belarus to Follow Putin’s Fateful Road

A widely derided referendum has now shackled Aliaksandr Lukashenka to his master’s fate.

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Putin and His Cronies Must Face a Nuremberg Judgment

A new tribunal should be created to deal with the guilty men in the Kremlin.

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Fight or Flight

We have to confront Russia — let’s do it now and save Ukraine.

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Energy Traders: Do the Decent Thing and Support Ukraine

Right now, the Russian Urals oil benchmark price is cratered. An urgent appeal to oil traders: avoid discounted Urals imports and pressure the Putin regime.

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Invasion Day 4: Russia Is Running Into Trouble

The war has not gone as planned and there are growing signs that Russia’s strategy is fraying under the pressure of events.

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Switch to Mute on Kremlin Blackmail

The Kremlin has once again demonstrated that blackmail is its weapon of choice in dealings with the West.

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Imperial Revivalism Is Older Than Putin

The Kremlin’s determination to occupy Ukraine pre-dates its current occupant.

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A Short, Victorious War (or So He Hopes)

Putin’s newest and largest invasion of Ukraine is the beginning of a new era for the post-Cold War world, and brings bad news for everyone.

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Ukraine’s Three Humanitarian Crises

Three distinct and escalating humanitarian crises are occurring as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Putin’s Dangerous Big Idea

For Vladimir Putin, the invasion of Ukraine is the culmination of a two-decade-long search for meaning for the Russian people.

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Europe: A Time for Choices

Nothing would signal European solidarity more clearly than to see neutral nations apply for NATO membership.

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Sanctions and Solidarity — the Left Must Stand With Ukraine

Russia’s war on Ukraine is likely to be a long-lasting conflict. The Western left should drop narratives that risk fragmenting Western resolve.

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Ukraine Fights for Us All

Surrounded it may be, but Ukraine will fight for its freedom. We have a duty to support that struggle.

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Putin’s Invasion Playbook All Too Familiar to Georgia

The Russian president’s recognition of breakaway regions as sovereign states followed by an all-out attack is straight out of its Georgia Playbook.

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Cant Can’t Help Ukraine

The sanctions are coming, oh yes, they are. And along with them, a torrent of verbal abuse.

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Putin Declares War

And the explosions followed. Ukraine is now fighting a multi-axis war against an invading army estimated at around 200,000 personnel.

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The invasion was announced by a wave of cruise and ballistic missile strikes, with targets hit in Kyiv, and cities across the country. Military and communications installations were a major target, as were airfields like Hostomel air base, 10 miles northwest of Kyiv, where Russian helicopters were seen leading an airborne assault. Russian armor and troops were reported to be following in behind from the north, south, and east, with Ukrainian forces providing fierce resistance. Unverified social media footage showed burning Russian armored vehicles, corpses and prisoners.

Citing “multiple bloody crimes against civilians” committed by a “junta,” President Vladimir Putin said he had authorized a “special military operation” to “demilitarize and de-nazify Ukraine,” while President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released messages calling on, “everyone who has combat experience and can join the defense of Ukraine. President Biden said: “Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way.”

March 4, 2022