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Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

Tensions culminated this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin launching a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, a move widely opposed by world leaders that made virtually every front page around the world.

Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

"THIS IS WAR," reads the front page ofGazeta Wyborcza. Alongside the terse, all-caps headline, the Polish daily features a photo of Olena Kurilo, a teacher from Chuguev whose blood-covered face has become one of the striking images of the beginning of the Ukraine invasion.

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A day after simultaneous attacks were launched from the south, east and north of the country, by land and by air, some press outlets chose to feature images of tanks, explosions, death and destruction that hit multiple cities across Ukraine, while others focused on the man behind the so-called "special military operation": Putin.


With the battle now arriving at the gates of the capital Kyiv, in what many say is the most dangerous conflict in Europe since World War II, it may be French daily Libération that sums the situation best: "The Unthinkable."

While many Ukrainian dailies have seen interruptions in their print editions, the leading opposition newspaper in Russia, Novaya Gazeta, in an act of solidarity with its neighbors, published its latest paper in both Russian and Ukrainian. It's the first in our international collection of front pages below:

Kommersant

Kommersant

Izvestia

UNITED STATES - TIME

TIME

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The New York Times

The New York Times

UK - The Sun

The Sun

The Financial Times

The Financial Times

The Economist

The Economist

GERMANY - Frankfurter Allgemeine

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

POLAND - Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza

Fakt

Fakt

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Rzeczpospolita

Rzeczpospolita

SLOVAKIA - Dennik

Dennik

FRANCE - Libération

BELGIUM - Le Soir

Le Soir

ITALY - Internazionale

SPAIN - El Mundo

El Mundo

ARGENTINA - La Nacion

La Nacion

BRAZIL - O Globo

O Globo

JAPAN - The Okinawa Times

The Okinawa Times

CHINA - Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily

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A Russian Winter In Kyiv? Putin’s Bitter History Lessons From Hitler And Napoleon

It's worth remembering that Vladimir Putin was born in Leningrad, just a decade after the brutal Nazi siege. A reflection on the Kremlin's emerging war strategy from Ukrainian writer Anna Akage.

Russian soldiers during a military exercise in the Kostroma region of Russia

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Russians and Ukrainians share an expression for when the weather turns harsh: "On top of all our misfortunes, there are also four seasons."

Winter no doubt is the harshest, and was the season Vladimir Putin chose for last February's invasion — though his plans to conquer Ukraine by springtime have long since come and gone.

This autumn has been marked by the Ukrainian military’s great advances on the battlefield, but also Putin's decision to target civilians in cities around the country, either with direct hits on apartment buildings, or with what may ultimately be more brutal in the long run: the destruction of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure.

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