Maria Varenikova
Morgue staff work with members of On The Shield, an organization tasked with collecting bodies of killed soldiers, at a morgue in the Donetsk region, Ukraine, on March 29. Ukraine struggles to name its dead; families of some soldiers say they have spent months trying to get official confirmation of their loved one’s death, adding to their anguish.
May 6, 2024
DNA tests and stranded bodies: Ukraine’s struggle to name its dead
Families of some soldiers say they have spent months trying to get official confirmation of their loved ones’ deaths, adding to their anguish.
Ukrainian guards patrol a stretch of land on the border with Romania. New guidance carries a clear message to Ukrainian men abroad who may be avoiding the draft: You don’t get the benefit of state services if you don’t join the fight.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 27, 2024
Ukraine is denying consular services to men outside the country
The drive to bring fighting-age men back to Ukraine, or keep them from leaving, is part of a broader effort to enlist new soldiers urgently.
Trucks line up in a queue to cross the Polish-Ukrainian border at the Dorohusk-Jagodzin crossing, in Brzezno, Poland, on Dec. 4.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
Front-line troops in Ukraine feel bite of Polish truckers’ protest
A monthslong border blockade by Polish truckers is starting to have an effect on Ukrainian soldiers.
Japan Times
May 30, 2023
Ukraine sees new virtue in wind power: It’s harder to destroy
A single, well-placed missile can damage a power plant severely enough to take it out of action, but doing the same to a set of windmills would require dozens.
Japan Times
Dec 25, 2022
In Ukraine, Christmas lights defy darkness of war, and children ask for peace
It was no accident that the wave of attacks came before the holidays and in the darkest and coldest time of year.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2022
Ukraine calls for investigation into prisoner deaths as outrage grows
The explosion is particularly painful for the government of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy because many of the dead had fought to defend Mariupol.
Japan Times
Apr 9, 2022
‘The city lives’: With Russian forces gone, Kyiv starts to revive
In Kyiv this week, instead of seeking shelter in the subway, people are now riding it as residents return and the city's businesses and schools reopen.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 22, 2022
Putin calls Ukrainian statehood a fiction. History suggests otherwise.
In a speech, President Vladimir Putin bent Ukraine's complex history into his own version that served as a justification for his cleaving off more of its territory.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Feb 1, 2022
Angry U.S.-Russia exchange at U.N. punctuates deepening Ukraine rift
The Americans accused Russia of endangering peace and destabilizing global security, while Kremlin diplomats dismissed what they called baseless and hysterical U.S. fear-mongering.


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