This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to introduce sources to help researchers and students deepen their understanding of events unfolding in Ukraine. It includes selected links to news sources, to books in held in Stanford's Library, to helpful overviews outlining historical and political factors leading to this moment, and to articles and reports by experts in the field.
The news landscape, especially in Ukraine and Russia, is particularly volatile since the beginning of the latest invasion. These sources are maintaining stability and providing accurate information in and on the region, despite immense challenges. In addition, NPR's On the Media has put together a Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Ukraine Edition with guidelines for determining credible sources from disinformation.
Ukrains'ka Pravda (Ukrainian Truth) is an independent online publication (with a YouTube site that has over 300,000 subscribers) that covers socio-political and economic events in Ukraine. Regular authors include political scientists, economists, writers, cultural figures, well-known journalists. Its stance is pro-Ukrainian, and it has been covering all aspects of the war in detail.
Context in 4 Podcasts:
Today, Explained co-host Noel King spoke with Yale Historian Timothy Snyder to understand the background that led up to this point in history. (Today Explained)
Harvard historian, Serhii Plokhii talks with NPR's Throughline about the origins and development of Ukrainian identity: how it formed, its relationship to Russia, and how it helps us understand what's happening now. (Throughline)
Ryan Grim talks with Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko about his country’s history, from the Dark Ages up the current war. (Deconstructed)
Journalist Anne Applebaum has been covering the war in Ukraine for The Atlantic. She talks with Terry Gross about why Putin takes Ukrainian democracy as a personal and political threat — and how Stalin created a famine to destroy the Ukrainian national movement in the 1930s. (Fresh Air)