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Marc Champion
Japan Times
WORLD
Nov 2, 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine moves toward ‘war of drones’ as winter looms
The war's different theaters — front line, long range and economic — are tightly interwoven. Taken together, they suggest Putin still has an ambitious strategy to control Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 27, 2022
One missile shook Ukraine’s grain trade. Another might kill it.
If Russia doesn't renew a grain deal that allowed Ukraine back into global markets, it could send prices soaring again and savage Ukrainian farms.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 24, 2022
COP27 climate summit is heading for a geopolitical hurricane
As Egypt prepares to stage the climate summit early next month, the geopolitical context that shapes all international diplomacy has gone from tense to precarious.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Oct 9, 2022
Eight years of combat hardened Ukraine’s army into a fighting force
One key factor behind Kyiv's battlefield successes stands out: The very different ways in which two armies both with Soviet roots have learned to fight.
Japan Times
WORLD
Oct 3, 2022
Iranian drones, cheap and plentiful, help Russia terrorize Ukraine's port of Odesa
The bombardment is leading some Ukrainians to flee the city again for the first time since before the summer.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 30, 2022
Ukraine advance near key Donbas town tests Putin’s land grab
Ukrainian, Western and Russian military analysts say Russian units are at risk of being enveloped in the Donetsk town of Lyman.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 27, 2022
Ukraine is on the offensive but struggling to get more powerful weapons
Ukraine's backers have shied away from sending the longest-range missile systems, combat aircraft and NATO standard tanks.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 23, 2022
Putin’s conscripts won’t win his war but may drag it out
Moves could buy him time to execute a wider strategy aimed at undermining foreign military and financial support for Kyiv's war effort.
Japan Times
WORLD
Sep 12, 2022
Russian defenses crumble as Ukraine retakes key territory
Ukraine's top military commander said the country's forces had returned 3,000 square kilometers of lost territory to Ukrainian control since the beginning of September.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 31, 2022
Ukraine launches counterattack on Russia in south
In a video address, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy recommitted to driving Russian forces from all Ukrainian territory, but avoided commenting on the details of the operations.
Japan Times
WORLD
Aug 24, 2022
Six months of Putin’s war unravels Moscow’s superpower image
When the invasion of Ukraine began, many thought Kyiv would fall quickly and Russia's economy would crumble. Both assumptions were wrong.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jul 6, 2022
Russia’s brain drain is officially under way
Georgia estimates about 30,000 Russian citizens have arrived there since the war in Ukraine began. Many arrived recently from Belarus and Ukraine, too.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Jun 11, 2022
Iran has lessons on grim survival for Russia under sanctions
The founder of one of the first Iranian ad agencies to focus on social media has some advice for Russian businesses: You'll adapt and survive, but it'll be brutal.
Japan Times
WORLD
Jun 2, 2022
Putin thinks his biggest ally in Ukraine is time
For Ukraine, still outgunned and economically devastated, a key risk lies in the durability of the lifeline of fiscal and military support from abroad.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 11, 2022
Russia trains missiles on Ukraine’s quiet zone to target trade
As the invasion settles into a war of attrition, with logistics playing a decisive role, the traditionally pro-Russian region known as Bessarabia is growing in strategic importance.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
May 1, 2022
Putin’s war brings risks to Moldova and its pro-Moscow enclave
Tensions are rising in the territory of Transnistria, with ominous comments from Moscow raising fears that the conflict in Ukraine may extend to its neighbor.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 29, 2022
Ukraine’s forces get boost from arsenal of old-fashioned artillery
Artillery's less articulated but central function explains why the U.S. and other nations are now putting so much emphasis on providing traditional firepower to Ukraine.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 20, 2022
Ukrainian troops risk being encircled in new Russian offensive
Russia has launched what its top envoy hailed as a second phase of the war in Ukraine, and early indications are it could go better for Moscow than the first.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 15, 2022
Russia’s sunken warship dents both its pride and capabilities
A western official described the Ukrainian claim of a missile strike on the Moskva as credible, and its loss as a significant blow.
Japan Times
WORLD
Apr 14, 2022
Russian troops risk repeating blunders if they try for May 9 win
Ukraine's allies see a two-week window before Russia unleashes an offensive designed to declare some sort of victory by the May 9 anniversary of Nazi Germany's defeat in World War II.

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