JOSHUA TREVIÑO, AUSTIN Putin has declared war on Ukraine. The sun rises upon a new world. The great peace is ended. Now the things our fathers and grandfathers did are the things our children will do.
War In Ukraine
TALLINN According to the Estonian intelligence services, the level of internal repression in Russia is now so high was to warrant direct comparison with the Soviet Union. Repressive measures have spiked in inverse relation to Putin’s popularity. This is no longer the “managed democracy” that characterized Putin’s early years. It is rapidly becoming something much darker.
TALLINN The friendship between China and Russia, say Estonian spies, is nothing more than a masterfully crafted facade. The real situation is distrust and competition. We present an extract from their annual yearbook, published today.
JOSHUA TREVIÑO, AUSTIN Tambov, Petliura, the Chechens, the Forest Brothers, the Polish Home Army, the OUN—and on and on. All crushed. Insurgency is an illusory policy option.
The Cosmopolitan Globalists speak to Vladislav Davidzon and Olga Tokariuk in Kyiv about the mood in Ukraine, how prepared Ukraine is to repel a Russian invasion, what it needs from the West, and what they think might be ahead.
VLADISLAV DAVIDZON, KYIV The Viking who defeated the Odessa mafia and erected a runestone.
DAVID PATRIKARAKOS, LONDON Putin, despite his fastidiously calibrated democratic laminate, is a true totalitarian. He doesn’t just want control of your business or your politics. He comes for your senses: Russian troops aren’t in eastern Ukraine. They never invaded Crimea. What you saw you did not see.
JOSHUA TREVIÑO, AUSTIN A Russian invasion of Ukraine—especially but not only if followed by the promised Western-backed Ukrainian insurgency—is a direct challenge to the American victories in both 1945 and 1989-1991. We owe it to our fathers and grandfathers to safeguard what they won.
VIVEK Y. KELKAR, MUMBAI Russian troops and tanks are unnerving the US and Europe on the borders of Ukraine while China looms over the South China Sea and Pacific. Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping appear to have their interests aligned and their alliance secure. But who really holds the cards in that relationship?
NICOLAS TENZER, PARIS The West has failed to grasp the deeply ideological nature of contemporary Putinism. We must understand its nature, scope, and goals. We cannot confront a threat we don’t understand.