The end of Finlandization

A large and strong neighbor has the right to limit the sovereignty of a smaller one,…

Paralysis in Moscow

Why Putin persists with his established strategy, accepting a test of endurance.

Hybrid war from Lenin to Putin

Putin’s speech announcing the start of hostilities, shortly after the bombing of Ukrainian cities including the…

A catastrophe for Putin

Last week was exceptionally successful for Ukraine. I consider dates 15, 16, 17 to be turning…

Putin: The mask is off. Europe is next

When Putin started the war, he tried to shift the blame to NATO, calling it the…

Russia’s neighbors are worried

For obvious reasons all the focus has been on Ukraine but risks seem to be building…

Croatia’s remarkable national journey is a source of hope for Ukraine

I recently had a fascinating chat with my colleague, Darjan Milutinovic. We discussed a country fighting…

EU candidate status for Ukraine is the ideal response to Russian aggression

European Union leaders must decide this week whether to grant Ukraine official EU candidate nation status.

Why is Ukrainian nationalism needed for Ukraine and the World?

The current war with Russia is not only for territory as much as for an idea,…

What do the regime of Putin, the Berlin Wall and dictator Milosevic have in common?

Recently four European leaders are shocked by what they have seen in Irpin, a town in…

How did Ukrainians win in 1991?

The 20th century is full of our mistakes, which resulted in the suffering and death of…

What can spirits of the past teach us about the current Russian invasion of Ukraine?

‘Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do…

Real change needed. Postwar Ukraine and its economy

Rebuilding the country and its economy is more than making a list of construction sites, but…

Vladimir Putin’s dark journey from economic reformer to war criminal

Vladimir Putin’s 22-year reign has been marked by a steady decline in the goals he has…

The future of global security will be decided in Ukraine

NATO leaders will gather in the Spanish capital at the end of June for a potentially…

Not enough weapons. What is happening in the hottest spots on the front

After three months of the war, the shortage of artillery ammunition and artillery caliber 122mm is…

Why Ukraine lost a hundred years ago and why It can and should win today

I always add to the well-known saying: “History is the teacher of life”:  a strict teacher…

Ukraine should not have to pay for this war

Ukrainians are defying overwhelming odds and standing up to Russian aggression.

Putin admits Ukraine invasion is an imperial war to ‘return’ Russian land

Throughout the past few months, Vladimir Putin has offered up all manner of outlandish excuses for…

War exposes people to things that will never go away

Trostyanets, Sumy Oblast – Viewing daily existence through the eyes of the person next to you,…

No country for Russian business

Years of occupation of Ukraine by Russia, whatever form it happened in, made Ukraine look close…

Russia has not abandoned its goal of crushing Ukrainian statehood

Just over 100 days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin bet the house on war in Ukraine.…

More than three-quarters of Russians still support Putin’s Ukraine War

The latest polling data from Russia indicates that public support for the invasion of Ukraine remains strong despite…

Moscow is playing PR game over grain exports

It’s painful watching the Turks trying to negotiate with Russia to create some kind of grain…

“Zuzana” from Zuzana. Howitzers and other cooperation from Slovakia today and in the past

Since the large-scale Russian invasion, more and more democratic leaders have been visiting Ukraine to show…

Renaissance or feudalism: what to hope for Ukraine?

Will the revival of Ukraine after the brutal war with Russia be what the Renaissance was…

Ukraine is the reason why Russia allows Turkey to dominate in northern Syria

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the Ukrainian resilience in the face of the aggressor have…

Ukraine needs external financial assistance now

Meeting the financial needs of Ukraine requires urgent action by the IMF and the international financial…

Russia’s war on global food security

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine is also a war on global food security. In…

Ukraine’s counter-offensive in Kherson Oblast. What will Russia do?

For the past few weeks, Ukraine has suffered a really harsh situation on the battlefields, which…

Memo to Henry Kissinger: Appeasing Putin means enabling genocide

As the Russo-Ukrainian War enters its fourth month, calls are mounting for Ukraine to trade land…

The folly of “off-ramps”. When Ukraine wins the war, Putin will build his own

Some observers of the Russo-Ukrainian war seem to think that its greatest danger is that Ukraine…

Why Europe has to reassess the role of Nord Stream 1, and how this should be done

In the few years prior to the full-scale war in Ukraine, European countries took many thoughtless…

Western weapon already helps Ukrainian troops, but there’s never enough during war

The amount of feedback in the public space from our soldiers who have gained experience in…

Japan, Germany re-arm. What will it change?

Japan and Germany were not defeated in the Second World War. They were demolished.

Putin’s Russia might repeat the fate of the USSR

The war of aggression, which was supposed to be a piece of cake, turned into a…

Feeding the crocodile: If we allow Russia any more territorial wins, it will soon go for more

You might easily be considered an elitist if you read the Financial Times on a daily…

The growing circle of Putin’s friends in the West

A time of trial is upon the world, and every country will have to make a…

Possible consequences of the defeat of Putin

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin is about to face a resounding defeat in Ukraine.

Environmental, Social and Governance & the War in Ukraine

I have been asked numerous times how far increased focus on Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG) considerations…

Putin’s Mariupol Massacre is one of the 21st century’s worst war crimes

The Battle of Mariupol is over and Russia is busy proclaiming the liberation of the city.…

Why is the Russian dictator so obsessed with Ukraine?

Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine? In the three months since the invasion began, the Russian…

What is Rashism and how it is aimed to remake Ukraine according to the Kremlin’s ideas? – opinion

The worst wars in the history of mankind are those that are fought not for territory…

What will Ukraine take from the lend-lease?

US President Biden signing the lend-lease act for Ukraine draws historical parallels. 

Will Putin use chemical weapons in Ukraine?

With Russia’s war in Ukraine foundering, there are increasing fears that Vladimir Putin might unleash chemical…

Putin’s Black Sea blockade leaves millions facing global famine

During the first three months of the Russo-Ukrainian War, Ukraine’s ability to defeat Russia on the…

The end of Russia. Notes from the east of Ukraine

Russia, which is attacking Ukraine, is like a road roller that stinks of black smoke and…

Ukraine and different perspectives on burden-sharing

I have been on a few panels and investor sessions in recent weeks on the economic…

Disarming Russia’s energy weapon: Ukraine begins electricity exports to Moldova

Less than two months after synchronizing with the European electricity grid, Ukraine has begun landmark commercial…

We will not allow Russia to place their crimes upon us

The Russians are always trying to shift their crimes onto others.

Russia unveils plans to annex southern Ukraine

Kremlin-appointed officials in Russian-occupied southern Ukraine have confirmed plans to annex the region and incorporate it…

Seven popular myths about Russia’s aggression against Ukraine

Russian myths have been produced not only by the Putin regime; they are not the creation…

The Belarusian dictator’s dilemma

With Alyaksandr Lukashenka, it is often difficult to separate the signal from the noise.

Putin is losing, let him lose

I guess we are all now just realizing what an epic defeat Putin’s war in Ukraine…

National Bank of Ukraine buying war bonds to finance the budget. Is this the right tactic?

How budget financing affects prices and the economy.

Western advocates of appeasement need a crash course in Putinology

The war in Ukraine has exposed the fundamental failure of Western audiences to appreciate the true…

Now that Russia’s May 9th is behind us, what could happen next?

Many of our fellow citizens, consciously or subconsciously, perceived the 9th of May as a certain…

This is not just a war — this is a genocide

What Russia is doing today is not just a war of aggression. This is the genocide…

What the Kremlin will do next?

Among the Kremlin’s many regrets about the conduct of this war one might be that expectations…