Covering central/eastern Europe for The Guardian. Author of The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you were playing a "classic Putin phrases" drinking game you'd be in intensive care by this point.
“Nobody knows what happens next, it’s clear there is no grand strategy,” said one Moscow source, a well-connected political insider. “If one thing doesn’t work, we will try something else, and nobody knows where it will lead. Decisions are taken in the head of one man.”
My analysis on Putin's angry anti-West speech, and comparison with his speech in the same place eight years ago when he annexed Crimea.
Odessa mayor Gennady Trukhanov, generally known as pro-Russian, has come down firmly on the side of Kyiv in recent days. “I don’t know what kind of bastard you have to be to press the button to drop bombs on Odessa”
In the Ukrainian village of Novyi Bykiv, the Russians set up their base in the local school. The whole place is totally wrecked now, just two years after it was renovated. But the messages they left behind and the way they behaved are quite revealing. Thread: