Yaroslav Trofimov

Yaroslav Trofimov

Chief Foreign-Affairs Correspondent of The Wall Street Journal. Author of Siege of Mecca. Endorsing nothing. Now also on Telegram: https://t.me/yarotrofimov

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Interesting that, despite all its corrupt oligarchs, Ukraine is actually in the same league of wealth diffusion as Germany, France and Sweden. Russia on the other hand…

Polish prime minister tells Canadian TV that Warsaw is sending 60 modernized T-72 upgrades in addition to the 14 Leopards to Ukraine. Half of the upgrades will be Polish-made PT-91 Twardy. 60 PL tanks is an entire extra tank batallion.

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Hungary’s Orban dismisses Ukraine’s statehood: “It’s Afghanistan now. The land of nobody.” Fury in Kyiv.

If it was Israel, as everyone seems to believe, and if Iran’s drone and ballistic missile facilities have been seriously damaged, as appears to be the case, that’s worth a hell of a lot more than 14 tanks.

Who cares. What matters is consequences, not motives.


Trump visits the coronavirus swab production line in Maine, without a mask, and the manufacturer says it will now have to throw away the day’s output.

Liberated Kherson singing Chervona Kalyna, a song that was banned for nine months. No electricity — Russia destroyed the power lines before leaving.

We went to Kharkiv today. It is grim beyond belief. Ukraine’s second largest city is being pulverized by Russian air strikes that have gutted its historical downtown.

I was going to stop posting videos from Kherson but can’t resist with this one. Especially the poster at the end.

Russia launches massive strikes on central Kyiv on a busy Monday morning, for the first time since the war began. Where is the air defense that the US and Germany have been talking about for months, without any sense of real urgency?

Amazing footage of the first Ukrainian troops reaching Kherson’s main square.