The Atlantic Daily: The Evidence That Ukraine Is Winning

Nearly a month into Russia’s war on Ukraine, the city of Mariupol is holding strong against demands for its surrender. But the war’s costs are only mounting.

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“The evidence that Ukraine is winning this war is abundant, if one only looks closely at the available data,” our writer Eliot A. Cohen argues, citing Russian casualties and tactical blunders, and Ukraine’s unyielding resistance to the invasion. “The Ukrainians are doing their part. Now is the time to arm them on the scale and with the urgency needed.”

Meanwhile, as the conflict grinds on, our writers are documenting what it means for culture, history, and everyday life in Ukraine.

Further reading: A “supply shock” precipitated by the crisis has led some in the United States to start hoarding nickels, Saahil Desai reports.

The news in three sentences:

(1) The Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testified before the Senate on the first day of a four-day confirmation process.

(2) Hong Kong announced that it would lift its ban on flights from nine countries on April 1, just one of the pandemic restrictions it intends to relax.

(3) A Chinese jetliner carrying 132 people crashed in the mountains in China’s Guangxi region.

Today’s dispatches:

In Unsettled Territory, Imani Perry describes the routine indignities of doing business as a Black woman. Our crossword editor, Caleb Madison, devotes this week’s The Good Word to the origins of the most dismissive phrase on the internet. And in Up for Debate, readers tell Conor Friedersdorf what they’ve learned from their political adversaries.

Tonight’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Read a poem. Stephen Sandy’s “The Change” captures that moment in March when winter opens up into spring.

A break from the news:

Our writer Olga Khazan has been skiing since childhood. Why is she worse at it now?


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