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World Front Pages As Ukraine Marks Independence Day & 6 Months Of War

Ukraine is marking a somber independence day that coincides with the six-month milestone of the Russian invasion. Here’s how newspapers around the world are covering the event.

Photo of a woman walking in Kyiv next to a disused Russian tank

Walking in Kyiv next to a disused Russian tank

Every year on August 24, Ukraine celebrates its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union. The anniversary of the peaceful transition is traditionally marked by military parades and other displays of patriotic pride across the country.

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But this year, celebrations will be subdued, as the event coincides with the grim milestone of six months since Russia launched its large-scale invasion of the country.


With the conflict at an impasse and the specter of renewed Russian attacks looming over Ukraine, here's how newspapers across the world are covering the six-month milestone:

POLAND - Gazeta Wyborcza


“A parade of Russian wrecks” — Gazeta Wyborcza

THE NETHERLANDS - De Volkskrant


"Hit hard, grown strong” —De Volkskrant

GREECE - E Kathimerini


"Fights on Independence Day" - E Kathimerini

BELGIUM - Le Soir


"How the Ukraine invasion shook the world” - Le Soir

GERMANY - Rheinische Post


“6 months of war” — Rheinische Post

LUXEMBOURG - Luxemburger Wort


"Death, suffering and destruction” — Luxemburger Wort

SWITZERLAND - Tages-Anzeiger


"6 months of war: Kyiv afraid on its national holiday” — Tages-Anzeiger

AUSTRIA - Kleine Zeitung


"Six months of war: the grueling struggle for freedom” — Kleine Zeitung

FRANCE - Libération


“6 months of conflict in Ukraine: Life in war” — Libération

PORTUGAL - Público


"“The war that was supposed to be quick has now been going on for six months” — Público

U.S. - USA Today


USA TODAY

CANADA - The National Post

The National Post

CANADA - The Toronto Star


The Toronto Star

COLOMBIA - El Espectador


“No wind of peace” — El Espectador

MEXICO -


"Half a year at war” — Diario 24 Horas


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Geopolitics

The Taiwan Paradox: Preparing For War And Ready To Do Business With China

Large segments of Taiwan seem underprepared or indifferent when it comes to the possibility of Chinese invasion. But some are actively preparing, using Ukraine as a role model.

Taiwanese tanks fire cannons during a live-fire drill in Pingtung county, Taiwan, on Sept. 7 2022.

Taiwanese tanks fire cannons during a live-fire drill in Pingtung county, Taiwan.

Daniel Ceng Shou-Yi/ZUMA Press Wire
Lucie Robequain

TAIPEI — Hsu has just completed the required four months of military service in Taichung, central Taiwan. He had spread the training over the course of the past four years, training for one month every year. “Many guys go there during the summer. It’s like a summer camp: we go to a shooting range, we make friends,” he explains.

Yet these words seem somehow strange, incongruous, as his country is threatened by one of the most powerful armies in the world. “There is a kind of collective denial toward the Chinese threat. Many still think that the possibility of an invasion, in the short or medium term, remains very unlikely,” says Raymond Sung, a political expert based in Taipei.

In Taiwanese companies too, people remain overly confident. "What’s the point of worrying? Taiwanese are working on the technologies of the future! Thinking about war would just distract them," argues Miin Chyou Wu, head of Macronix, a company that makes memory cards.

Though relatively rare, some companies are even expanding in China. That’s the case with Delta, a Taiwanese flagship that produces equipment essential to a green energy transition (including charging stations and solar panels). Based in the outskirts of Taipei, not far from the Keelung River, Delta recently bought new land last May in Chongqing, southwest China. Their goal is now to expand their electric generator factories.

“We’re not very worried: we know that we won’t be the ones who will solve the conflict with Beijing," says Alessandro Sossa-Izzi, the head of Delta’s communication team. "But our grandchildren’s grandchildren will."

Of course, the Taiwanese government is more concerned.

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