The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24th, 2022. Here are the latest updates:
International alarm over the weekend shelling of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear complex grew yesterday, as Kyiv and Moscow traded blame for the attacks while seeking to address fears that their battle for control of the plant might trigger catastrophe.
I WANT to thank Ian O’Doherty for the piece he wrote about Vladimir Putin (‘For once, the UN is right – we’re standing on the edge of a deadly nuclear precipice’, Irish Independent, August 3). Ian is one of my favourite scribes. He tells it like it is, non-PC. I would love to have a pint with him.
Every day is the same in prison, a monotonous routine from the moment we are woken up by the sounds of the Russian national anthem (the Soviet one, brought back by Vladimir Putin early in his rule) until the prison guard switches off our cell lights in the evening.
A central concept in international politics is that of ‘resolve’. It is the theory that if both sides in a conflict are aware of each other’s levels of motivation, then the less resolute side is often likely to back down even when materially more powerful. Napoleon himself suggested it was three times more important than material might.
The economy continues to show remarkable resilience in the face of severe global threats, with the latest figures showing the Exchequer to have generated a surplus of €5bn in the seven months to July. This compares to a deficit of €5.7bn this time last year — or an improvement of €10.7bn since the beginning of the year.
A case could be made that Sally Rooney is the greatest Irish novelist after Joyce and Beckett, and the only writer we have produced who deserves to be called their equal. It could even be argued that the three books she has published to date — a series of intelligent, bland stories about intelligent, bland young people struggling with the concept of love, while complex power dynamics rumble away in the background — represent the logical terminus of the Irish novel as such.
Are we all done, now? Anyone else care to vent about the President’s missus and the invasion of Ukraine? I suspect some of our Ukrainian guests are a little puzzled about what happened last week when Irish politicians got terribly angry about the strategic consequences of a letter written by the President’s wife.
Sir — A week ago, targets for Ireland’s emissions were finally agreed. As farmers we were told to reduce emissions by 25pc. A few days later, we saw the UN genuflecting to a tyrant in the hope that he would allow grain to leave a Ukrainian port to help alleviate a global food crisis. This same tyrant caused the disruption in the first place by invading and causing mayhem in his neighbouring country. It is be yond incredible to think that European energy policy has also gifted him the light switch of Europe.
Labour leader Ivana Bacik has defended Sabina Higgins, stating that she was within her right to express her personal views in a controversial letter calling for ceasefire negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.
The head of Amnesty International's Ukrainian branch is leaving the human rights body after the group accused Ukraine's armed forces of endangering civilians by basing troops in residential areas during the Russian invasion.
Andriy and I have been in Dublin for over five months now. We were originally living with a host family in Templeogue. I have to undergo surgery in September so IPAS [International Protection Accommodation Services] gave us a hotel room in Citywest.
It has been argued that all unnatural control systems have a key element in their composition – the fatality that they will naturally collapse. One would certainly wish such is the case: but sometimes, as in Ukraine, we may not have the luxury of hanging around to find out. The murderous invasion mounted by Moscow was the biggest military operation in Europe since 1939. Vladimir Putin is not coy about his intentions – he means to delve deep into the country and seize what he can.
Michael D Higgins is our most popular political figure by far. So much so that even if he is critical of government policy – as he was recently on the failure of the housing plan – some members of the Cabinet regard him as beyond reproach. He is not of course. Nobody is.
Michael D Higgins is our most popular political figure by far. So much so that even if he is critical of Government policy – as he was recently on the failure of the housing plan – some members of the Cabinet regard him as beyond reproach. (He isn’t of course. Nobody is.)
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