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In the news: CNA’s Russia and Eurasia Experts on the Russia-Ukraine War

U.S. Intelligence Helped Ukraine Strike Russian Flagship, Officials Say

The New York Times, May 5, 2022

Russia Studies Program Director Michael Kofman comments on Ukrainian forces’ strike against the Moskva, the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet.


Could Russia’s Victory Day be a milestone for the war in Ukraine?

Yahoo! News, April 29, 2022

Analyst Julian Waller speaks at length with Yahoo! News to explain the symbolic meaning of May 9 to Russia, and how it fits in to the current Russia-Ukraine war context.


Drones Have Come of Age in Russia-Ukraine War

Foreign Policy, April 27, 2022

Analyst Sam Bendett sheds light on the role of drones for both the Russian and Ukrainian militaries.


Russia targeting Western weapons shipments in Ukraine as Donbas assault begins

Politico, April 25, 2022

Senior Russia expert Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg comments on the impact on the war of Western weapons shipments to Ukraine.


Russia and Ukraine battle for Donbas

WHYY/PBS/NPR, April 21, 2022

Senior Russia expert Dr. Dmitry Gorenburg joins WHYY’s Radio Times program to discuss the Russian and Ukrainian military forces and their battle for the Donbas region of Ukraine.


Russia readies for major assault on eastern Ukraine, beginning ‘second chapter’ of war

PBS, April 11, 2022

Michael Kofman joins PBS NewsHour to assess the Russian military’s shift in focus to eastern Ukraine, marking the “second chapter” of the Russia-Ukraine war.  


How the Russian military may change tactics in Ukraine

WBUR, March 31, 2022

Senior analyst Jeffrey Edmonds joins Here & Now host Scott Tong to discuss the military tactics and strategies of both Russia and Ukraine in the first five weeks of the war. 


The Russian Military’s Debacle in Ukraine

The New Yorker, March 11, 2022

In a detailed Q&A with The New Yorker’s Isaac Chotiner, Michael Kofman examines the Russian military’s early strategic errors in the first two weeks of its conflict with Ukraine. 

Russian Military Affairs Contacts

Michael Kofman, Research Program Director
Jeffrey Edmonds, Senior Research Scientist Russia Studies Program
Samuel Bendett, Advisor, Russia Studies Program
Anya Fink, Research Analyst Russia Studies Program