Shaun Walker

Shaun Walker


Covering central/eastern Europe for The Guardian. Author of The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past. shaun.walker@theguardian.com

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.”

It's hardly surprising Ukraine doesn't believe Russia would keep to any deal.

Putin, who is literally announcing a land-grab, has complained about his "neocolonial" foes about ten times so far.

Putin's finished speaking and we still don't know how much territory he's actually claiming to be annexing...

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.

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Poster at Kyiv main railway station…

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Written down like this Zelenskiy’s address tonight reads like a powerful poem.

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Two presidents meet with their respective defence ministers.

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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”

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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:

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Left behind by a fleeing Russian convoy in a Ukrainian village: 50 Syrian Pounds

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