Michael Birnbaum

Bureau chiefMoscow


A year ago, this couple never imagined the turmoil that would envelop their nation — and them.

  • Aug 27, 2014

Trucks cross border without Kiev’s permission; NATO also reports Russian artillery firing inside Ukraine.

  • Aug 22, 2014

Aid workers do their best to help fleeing Ukrainians. The refugees just want the fighting to stop.

  • Aug 22, 2014

If confirmed, the engagement would mark a major escalation of hostilities between the two countries.

  • Aug 15, 2014

Ukraine's dilemma: Stop defense cooperation and ax thousands of jobs, or supply a new enemy.

  • Aug 15, 2014

Kiev warns that any attempt by Russia to deliver aid without its consent will be seen as an invasion.

  • Aug 12, 2014

The announcement of the effort came shortly after Kremlin said it was sending an aid convoy of its own.

  • Aug 11, 2014

Announcement comes as rebel leader asks for cease-fire.

  • Aug 9, 2014

The giraffes like to eat newly forbidden fruit. They didn’t intend their preference to be a political statement.

  • Aug 8, 2014

The decision promises to further strain U.S.-Russian relations that have deteriorated to Cold War lows.

  • Aug 7, 2014
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Michael Birnbaum is The Post’s Moscow bureau chief, responsible for the countries that once made up the Soviet Union. He previously served as the Berlin correspondent and as an education reporter in Washington. He has covered the Egyptian Revolution, the fall of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and the Arab Spring elsewhere in the Middle East. He has also worked at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Birnbaum has a degree in German history from Yale University. He grew up in Chicago.
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