Also by Todd Prince
February 17, 2024
Navalny's Death May Not Hasten Approval Of U.S. Aid For Ukraine
Could the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal foe tip the scales in the U.S. Congress, pushing a long-stymied $60 billion weapons and financial-aid package for Ukraine over the line? Not likely, analysts and advocates of aid to Kyiv say.
February 09, 2024
With Ukraine Defense Aid Stalled In U.S. Congress, Fear Of Setbacks Grows
A proposal for $60 billion in military aid for Kyiv has been stymied in the U.S. Congress for months, and its fate remains unclear after the collapse of a deal that would have included U.S. border reform. If the weapons package is not passed, “ultimately it will have a huge impact,” an analyst said.
February 09, 2024
Battlefield Woes Mounting, Ukraine Gets A New Top General. Who Is He?
Ukraine's new top commander is a Soviet-trained artillery officer known for his role in thwarting the Russian thrust to capture Kyiv in 2022. Oleksandr Syrskiy is also known for his command during the disastrous retreat in 2015 in Debaltseve, and what some say was the costly defense of Bakhmut.
January 31, 2024
A Ukrainian Banker's Arrest On Decade-Old Deal Strikes A Nerve In Kyiv's Business Community
Ukrainian investment banker Ihor Mazepa is known for what one competitor called “aggressive” business tactics. But his arrest over a decade-old transaction has unnerved the business community, compounding concerns about corruption within law enforcement.
January 23, 2024
Questions About U.S. Policy On Russian, Israeli Attacks Undermine Western Support For Ukraine
The United States has been quick to call out Russian bombings of civilians in Ukraine but has largely remained quiet as Israel does the same in Gaza. The circumstances differ, but the U.S. approach is viewed by many in the Global South as hypocritical -- and Russia and China are seizing on that.
January 20, 2024
Pressure On Ukrainian Media Threatens Zelenskiy's Messaging To The West
Pressure campaigns against independent, investigative news outlets in Ukraine have raised concerns about media freedoms. The dramatic developments could undermine Kyiv's efforts to convince the West of its commitment to democratic norms and secure sorely needed financial and military support.
December 27, 2023
Russia In Africa: Coups, Anti-Western Messaging Offset Setbacks From Ukraine War, Prigozhin's Demise
The war in Ukraine and the death of Yevgeny Prigozhin have slowed Russia’s push in Africa. But the setback may be temporary. The Kremlin’s anti-Western message has found listeners on the continent, while coups have brought to power anti-democratic leaders who are turning to Moscow for support.
December 05, 2023
Tsikhanouskaya Calls On U.S. To Support Belarusian Opposition
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya has called on U.S. lawmakers to materially support the Belarusian democracy movement abroad, tighten sanctions on authoritarian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka, and approve aid to Ukraine.
November 17, 2023
Ukraine Aid Window 'Closing' As U.S. Congress Drags Feet On New Package
Congress has passed another supplemental spending bill that does not contain support for Ukraine, forcing the Biden administration to continue to curtail the size of the fortnightly aid shipments. As little as $1.1 billion in military aid may be left.
October 20, 2023
Interview: Biden Seeks To 'Depoliticize' Ukraine and Israel Aid, Show Russia That Western Support Will Not Flag
A massive package including aid for Ukraine and Israel would undermine Moscow’s “calculation that the West is about to collapse when it comes to supporting Ukraine,” Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO, tells RFE/RL after an address from U.S. President Joe Biden.
October 19, 2023
Biden Submits Spending Request To Congress, Including $61 Billion For Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden has requested a massive $105 billion security package from Congress that includes $61 billion in military aid for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, the White House said on October 20.
October 18, 2023
Israel-Hamas War Creates Prospects, Problems For Russia As It Invades Ukraine And Seeks Clout In Mideast
The horrific new war in the Middle East may help the Kremlin by drawing attention away from the carnage it's causing in Ukraine, squeezing U.S. military resources, and bolstering Russia's anti-West narratives, but a widening of the Israel-Hamas conflict could jeopardize Moscow's regional interests.
October 11, 2023
Israel Conflict Opens A Possible New Path For U.S. Aid To Ukraine. There Are Pitfalls.
The Hamas attack on Israel is drawing the attention of a crisis-stricken world away from the Russia’s war on Ukraine. At the same time, it could provide a path for the U.S. administration to secure support in Congress for new financial and military aid for Ukraine -- but that’s far from guaranteed.
October 03, 2023
Ukraine Fatigue Growing, But Billions In U.S. Aid Expected To Be Approved By Year's End
The United States is likely to approve new funding for Ukraine before the end of the year, but the last-minute compromise that averted a government shutdown and left out new money for Ukraine is a sign of creeping war fatigue and gives Russian President Vladimir Putin hope he can prevail.
September 21, 2023
Ukraine Is Once Again A Focus Of U.S. Politics. This Time, The Stakes Are Higher.
After a 2020 election in which Kyiv played a role it never wanted, many in Ukraine hoped the country could avoid further entanglement in U.S. politics. But Russia’s war, a new impeachment bid, and other factors have again thrust Ukraine into the U.S. political spotlight ahead of the 2024 vote.
September 08, 2023
Kolomoyskiy Arrest Seen As A 'Key Test' Of Zelenskiy's Anti-Corruption Campaign
The 60-day detention handed to Ukrainian tycoon Ihor Kolomoyskiy is the highest-profile jailing in the current graft crackdown and comes weeks before a crucial U.S. congressional vote on whether to approve another round of massive aid to the embattled country.
August 31, 2023
A Common BRICS Currency To Challenge The U.S. Dollar? 'A Very Far-Fetched Notion,' Expert Says
Russia has talked up the prospect of "de-dollarization," and Brazil floated the idea of a common BRICS currency at a summit of the bloc, which wants to challenge the West and reduce the prominence of the U.S. dollar in trade and finance. Little is likely to come of it, an expert tells RFE/RL.
August 28, 2023
Lower Price Cap On Russian Oil? A Tough Question For U.S., G7
With Russia's ruble struggling as war expenses surge, some experts say the G7 should strike while the iron is hot and lower its price cap on Russian oil. Others say that could defeat the purpose by leading to higher global oil prices, incentivizing sanctions evasion, and fueling inflation.
August 24, 2023
Russian Elite, Nationalists On Notice After Prigozhin's Presumed Death
Whatever the cause of the crash that is believed to have killed Yevgeny Prigozhin – the leader of the June mutiny that posed a major challenge to Putin’s long rule – many in Russia will suspect it was orchestrated by the Kremlin to send a message to potentially rebellious individuals.