Month: February 2022

The Battle for Kyiv

This episode contains strong language. Over the weekend, the battle for Ukraine arrived at the capital, Kyiv, as Russian forces attempted to advance. Would the Russian military quickly overrun the city? Or would Ukrainians, despite being outgunned, somehow find a way to defend their capital? Guest: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The New York…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon’

Ronen Bergman and Mark Mazzetti investigate Pegasus, an Israeli spying tool that was acquired for use by the F.B.I., and which the United States government is now trying to ban. Pegasus is used globally. For nearly a decade, NSO, an Israeli firm, had been selling this surveillance software on a subscription basis to law-enforcement and…

Ukrainians’ Choice: Fight or Flee?

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the biggest in Europe since World War II. With the full-scale assault entering its second day on Friday, Ukrainians are coming to terms with the reality that the unthinkable has actually happened. We explore the significance of this moment and speak to Ukrainians on the ground.  Guest: Anton Troianovski, the…

The Russian Invasion Begins

After months of escalating tensions, President Vladimir V. Putin took to state television on Thursday to declare the start of a “special military operation” in Ukraine. In the prelude to the invasion and as Russian troops launched their attacks, we spoke to our colleagues on the ground as they hunkered down to cover the fighting….

‘A Knife to the Throat’: Putin’s Logic for Invading Ukraine

At 10 p.m. in Moscow on Monday night, Russian state television interrupted its regular programming to air an address from President Vladimir V. Putin about the Ukraine crisis. We look back on what Mr. Putin’s hourlong speech — remarkable for his overt display of emotion and grievance — revealed about his rationale for invading. Guest:…

Russian Troops Advance

This episode contains strong language. On Monday night, as tensions deepened between Russia and Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin sent troops into two regions in eastern Ukraine where separatist forces are friendly to Moscow. With dispatches from our reporters on the ground, we analyze why the crisis has deteriorated in the past few days and…

‘Somebody’s Got to Save Us, While We’re Saving Everybody Else’

As hospitals in the United States battled another coronavirus wave in the past few months, another crisis was steadily growing more acute: a shortage of nurses. We speak to some of the “forgotten warriors” of the nursing profession, at Pascagoula Hospital in Mississippi, to find out what life is like on the front line of…

Why U.S. Soldiers Won’t Come to Ukraine’s Rescue

Since the beginning of the standoff with Moscow over Ukraine, President Biden has been clear that he will not allow American troops to come into direct combat with Russians. Why has the U.S., a country that has intervened all over the world in various contexts, taken that powerful option off the table? Guest: David E….

An American-Style Protest in Canada

Canada has employed strict restrictions in its efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic. But unlike in the United States, such measures have received very little pushback or politicization — until recently. Truckers protesting a vaccine mandate have occupied the nation’s capital, Ottawa, for three weeks, leading Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to declare a state of…

How Ukrainians View This Perilous Moment

Officials in the United States say that Russia could invade Ukraine as early as this week, which raises the question: Should an attack come, how will the Ukrainian people respond?  The answer may be complicated. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, there has been a real push and pull between Russia and…