Statue of Lesya Ukrainka outside Murray Library

Keeping up to date with the Ukraine crisis

Compiled by Angie Gerrard, Political Studies Librarian, with assistance from Dr. Martin Gaal (USask). Based on Rosalind Tedford’s blog posting (Wake Forest University).

With the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine constantly unfolding and evolving, you may be looking for some solid credible sources to stay informed and up to date. Identifying verified and trustworthy information sources can help counter mis- and disinformation, including state-sponsored disinformation, which can often easily spread in these hostile, often chaotic, and fast-changing environments.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive; rather it serves a solid starting point. These news sources, and their associated websites, are ideal as most are updated throughout the day as events unfold.  These sources are either freely available or partially free (limited views per month).

  1. The New York Times has some of the best ongoing coverage of the war in Ukraine.
    1. USask community members have unlimited free access once registered (go to  > search University of Saskatchewan > create account: must use a valid email address > verify your account through email message)
  2. Associated Press News has a dedicated hub on the ongoing war and is updated frequently.
  3. Foreign Affairs (leading source on international politics, from an American perspective)
  4. The Economist
  5. Globe and Mail


Do you prefer to listen? Here are some noteworthy podcasts you may want to tune into
  • The Ezra Klein Show (NYT) has several recent podcasts dedicated to the ongoing conflict
  • The Intelligence (from The Economist)
  • Pod Save the World touts itself as “a weekly podcast that breaks down international news and foreign policy developments, but doesn’t feel like homework”, hosted by Tommy Vietor, a former Obama National Security Council member
  • Global Dispatches
  • Deep Dish on Global Affairs (from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs)
  • For a Canadian perspective, Senator Pamela Wallin’s podcast “No Nonsense with Pamela Wallin”, while not specific to foreign affairs, recent episodes have been dedicated to the crisis in Ukraine.

Deeper dive

If you would like to take a deeper dive into the Russia / Ukraine context, review some of these titles:

  • For general background on Ukraine and Russia, consult Britannica country studies for Ukraine and Russia
  • E-International Relations, a leading international relations website containing open access books and articles, has several free books dedicated to the Ukraine-Russia conflict.
  • For historical context of past Russian conflict, consult this 2019 chapter: “Russia’s ‘hybrid’ aggression against Ukraine” (open access) from the Routledge Handbook of Russian Security.


If you have any questions about these sources or have specific research questions related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, please reach out to me at: