With Russia now concentrating its forces in eastern Ukraine, the war has completely changed character. In the open fields of the Donbas, Putin's army is seeking to leverage its firepower advantage. But the Ukrainians believe they still have a chance – if they get enough support from the West.
The German government is expected to announce on Tuesday that it will deliver "Gepard" tanks to Ukraine, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The move comes amid growing calls in parliament to send heavy weapon systems to Kyiv in response to criticism that Berlin has been too hesitant in helping.
Criticism of Olaf Scholz's handling of the war in Ukraine and his refusal to supply heavy weapons refuses to die down, and he is plummeting in the polls. Is the Social Democrat the right chancellor for times like these?
Internal papers document the influence the Nord Stream 2 pipeline company exerted on the government of the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. They raise a number of questions about state Governor Manuela Schwesig: Was she the willing enforcer of Russian interests?
In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discusses arms deliveries to Ukraine and growing calls for Berlin to supply heavy weapons. He also talks about why he has been hesitant to act in this crisis and addresses critical questions about his party's policies toward Russia in the past.
Right-wing populist candidate Marine Le Pen has a chance of winning the presidential election in France this Sunday. If she prevails over Emmanuel Macron, France would become another country and Europe a different continent.
Germany's chancellor is coming under increasing pressure for his restrained Ukraine policies – in Brussels, but also in Berlin. A revolt has even begun within his own coalition, with calls growing louder for the country to supply Kyiv with heavy weapons.
British historian Antony Beevor sees Russia as a "prisoner of its past." In an interview, the historian discusses why Putin's invasion of Ukraine reminds him of Soviet military attacks from the past - and what mistakes the Russian army has made.
As a 16-year-old, I lived for a year with the Moria family in Israel, sharing a room with my host brother Rotem. He would later be murdered in a terrorist attack in 2004. I recently had a reunion with my family during a week of terror.
Russia's missiles are also destroying the fields where Ukraine produces corn and wheat for the whole world: One-third of the world's grain needs are at risk. What can still be done to stop a hunger disaster of global dimensions?
Following a run for the Chancellery mired with problems, the Green Party's Annalena Baerbock is now in the spotlight as foreign minister. She had hoped to establish a more feminist foreign policy, but is that possible in times of war?
In a DER SPIEGEL interview, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier admits to having misjudged Russian President Vladimir Putin. He discusses his country's sanctions regime and how dramatically the invasion has changed European realities.
Berlin has refused to go along with a gas embargo against Russia and it has been slow with weapons deliveries for Ukraine. The atrocities in Bucha are creating additional pressure for the German government to act.
Wolf Prix is one of the world’s most famous architects, but he is also working on massive projects for the Russian government, including an opera house in Crimea. In an interview, he claims to be no “moralist” and explains why he hasn’t withdrawn from the projects, despite international criticism.
Since the sanctions imposed on Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, links between English football clubs and authoritarian states have been in the spotlight. Internal documents show that Manchester City has received funding from a government agency in Abu Dhabi.
The images of the murdered civilians in Bucha shocked the world. DER SPIEGEL has learned that German intelligence intercepted radio traffic from suspected perpetrators. It appears that such atrocities were part of the strategy of Putin's army.
An American couple signed up for a surrogate child from a Ukrainian agency, but the girl was born with disabilities. The parents rejected her. Now, Bridget is six and a different American family is trying to adopt her. Their efforts have been hampered by the war.
German industry and the government in Berlin are ill-prepared for a possible halt in supplies of natural gas from Russia. A new emergency plan is being developed to prevent an economic meltdown if deliveries cease.
As the Russian army's advance came to a halt north of Kyiv, the occupiers apparently began indiscriminately murdering civilians: people riding their bikes or walking their dogs. Impressions from a city filled with destruction and death.
The horrific crimes committed by Russian soldiers in Vladimir Putin’s war of extermination shows that a return to the old status quo will not be possible with this Russia. Germany should be doing everything in its power to back Ukraine.
The violence in Kharkiv has been brutal and the shelling relentless. Those still in the city are doing their best to keep going, keeping the streets clean and even finding time for some classical music – despite their fury, and mourning.
The first of the soldiers killed in fighting in Ukraine are now being brought back to their homes in Russia. Families are waiting for the remains of the fallen, young men like 23-year-old Yury Dushkin, who has been buried in his hometown of Inza.
Ukraine isn't the only place where children are dying because of the Russian invasion. With all attention on the war there, aid money is drying up in other regions – including in Somalia, which is experiencing a devastating drought.
In Hungary, all opposition parties have united behind a single candidate. But does small-town mayor Péter Márki-Zay stand a chance against the illiberal system of Viktor Orbán in elections on Sunday? The surprising answer is: Maybe.
Jim O'Neill once coined the term BRIC to refer to the rapidly growing economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. In an interview, he discusses why the Russia of Vladimir Putin has failed to live up to expectations.
The Ukrainians have liberated the town of Trostyanets following a month of Russian occupation. The occupiers left behind destruction, dead civilians and a shaken populace – who say the Russian soldiers didn't even know why they were there in the first place.
Vladimir Putin frequently uses sports stars to promote his propaganda. But Russian chess grandmaster Daniil Dubov is standing up to the Russian leader and the war in Ukraine. In an interview, the 25-year-old explains why he is willing to take that risk.
Kremlin experts Nina Khrushcheva, Sabine Fischer and Masha Gessen are concerned about what Vladimir Putin might do next. They are concerned that the war in Ukraine may get even more brutal – and that Russia will be isolated for the foreseeable future.
The Russian army appears to be bombing monuments and cultural sites in Ukraine. In an interview, Polish Culture Minister Piotr Gliński warns that Moscow is trying to destroy the country's national heritage.
The horrors of Russia's war in Ukraine are on full display in the children's hospital of Zaporizhzhia. Doctors there spend their days removing shrapnel from the bodies of young war victims as they prepare for a future that could be even bloodier.
No other country has taken in as many refugees from Ukraine as Poland. Volunteers and a large Ukrainian immigrant community have stepped up to fill in the gaps left by the government in Warsaw. But how much longer can they manage?
In the immediate aftermath of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz discarded decades of German foreign policy tradition and upended his own party's approach to Russia. Since then? Crickets.
Before the war, Ukraine was the global leader in surrogacy. Now, one of the country's largest clinics is desperately trying to protect its babies from the violence until their parents can come and pick them up.
Angela Merkel knew how brutal Vladimir Putin could be. But under her leadership, Germany became increasingly dependent on Russian natural gas. Her energy policy errors are now weighing heavily on the country.
Europe is currently experiencing the largest movement of refugees since World War II. The willingness to help is vast and armies of volunteers are helping out as governments begin mobilizing resources. But will it be enough?
An investigation by the EU's anti-corruption agency has put Frontex chief Fabrice Leggeri in a tough spot. Evidence suggests that he attempted to cover up illegal activities by Greek border officials – against the will of his own staff.
In an interview, former U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster calls on the West to dramatically increase weapons deliveries to Ukraine. He also lays out four aims for dealing with the "revisionist dictatorships" in Moscow and Beijing.
Vladmir Putin thought he would roll into Kyiv almost unchallenged. But the Ukrainians refuse to give it – led by a man who seems perfectly adapted to the role history has asked him to fill: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
They used to be teachers or employees for logistics companies. Now they’re the core of the resistance. Tens of thousands of volunteers have developed a line of defense that has proved hard for the Russians to break. They have transformed the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv into a fortress.
Political scientist Ivan Krastev is an astute observer of Vladimir Putin. In an interview, he speaks of the Russian president's isolation, his understanding of Russian history and how he has become a prisoner of his own rhetoric.
Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova protested Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine live on the primetime news of state broacaster Channel One. In an interview, she explains how that moment changed her life and her fears of what might come next.
A young Russian woman in Siberia is protesting Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Her fiancé, meanwhile, has been called up to fight against their neighboring country. DER SPIEGEL accompanied them and is sharing their chats since the start of the war – messages that show their anger and desperation.
Russia is currently experiencing the most invisible exodus in history – the mass flight of journalists, artists and programmers. They are part of a long tradition of intellectuals who have been forced to flee from Moscow's heavy hand.
Russian troops have been slowly advancing on Kyiv for the past several days. But the city remains defiant and determined to fight back. Some in the city even believe they will be able to hold off the Russians.