Our weekly digest of articles about emerging Europe published elsewhere over the past few days, all of which caught our eye and all of which are well worth your time.
This week, we have again selected some of the best writing about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, particularly how it impacts the rest of the region. As always, inclusion of an article here does not mean that agree with each and every word, nor that it reflects our editorial stance.
Why Russia needs to be humiliated in Ukraine
Ukraine has punctured a big, gaping hole in the narrative of Russia’s ‘greatness’. Russia is poor, corrupt and authoritarian, and now we also know that it is weak and pathetic.
The biggest threat to Putin’s control of Crimea
Crimean Tatars have long helped shape Ukraine’s sense of self as a vibrant multiethnic, multiconfessional, multilingual place.
The defenders of Mariupol
Branding the Azov Battalion as ‘neo-Nazi’ long after it shed its far-right origins is part of a deafening corruption of public discourse.
What we must do to help Ukraine win
Many outsiders have been calling on Georgia to take advantage of Russian weakness to reclaim its lost territories. But Georgians themselves aren’t having it.
In Ukraine, gruesome injuries and not enough doctors to treat them
Operating with skeleton crews, doctors and nurses race to save limbs, and lives. It’s a grim routine for medical personnel often working around the clock. And not all limbs can be saved.
Georgia faces dwindling wheat stocks as world shortage looms
The country depends heavily on Russia for its wheat. Now, with the war in Ukraine disrupting global supplies, concerns are rising that Georgia could be left vulnerable.
Ukraine’s women at war
Ukraine’s defence against Russia has relied heavily on the contribution of women, from the frontline to the bomb shelter.
Claiming de-Nazification, reviving antisemitism
Having recast Russia’s assault on Ukraine as a defensive operation against Nazis, the Kremlin has engaged in full-scale revisionism and has opened a back door to classic Soviet antisemitism.
Invasion of Ukraine forces a reckoning for the Orthodox world
Putin’s mobilisation of Orthodoxy has only undermined Russia’s authority in the faith it claims to be defending.
Inside Putin’s propaganda machine
Current and former employees describe Russian state television as an army, one with a few generals and many foot soldiers who never question their orders.
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