Ukrainian authorities widened an anti-corruption drive Wednesday, raiding and searching multiple locations, including construction companies in Kyiv and the home of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the searches in a nightly address and said the head of Ukraine’s customs service was also dismissed. “We will not allow anyone to weaken our state,” he said. “Change as much as necessary to ensure that people do not abuse power.” The moves come as Ukraine prepares to host a summit with the European Union in Kyiv.
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
The argument for why the West should change course on Ukraine: As Ukrainian demands for weapons could focus on fighter jets, a new report warns that the West’s current stance on Ukraine could put the United States on the path toward open-ended conflict that could escalate even more dangerously.
Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, Kyiv has clamored for more arms. The West, in turn, has agreed to their requests at almost every stage, providing weapons ranging from drones and HIMARS launchers to battle tanks, writes Ishaan Tharoor.
But a recent report by the influential Rand Corp. advises Western powers to push for a diplomatic solution to the conflict rather than continuing to arm Ukraine and allowing the war to continue.
Annabelle Timsit, Alex Horton, David L. Stern and Natalia Abbakumova contributed to this report.