Russia's war in Ukraine

Free resources, commentary, and analysis

View of Kyiv including Ukrainian flag and Motherland statue

Like most people around the world, we are shocked and saddened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

These pages bring together journal articles, book chapters, and expert analysis from Taylor & Francis and Routledge authors and editors that can help us make sense of the situation. 

They look at the background to the crisis and the role of media and disinformation in the conflict. They examine what research could tell us about what might happen next – during the conflict and beyond.

We're also offering free access to selected Handbook of Refugee Health chapters and highlighting how institutions in Ukraine can get free access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content.

Related: Our statement on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

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Recent insights

Background and geopolitics

Media and disinformation


Making Sense of the News in an Authoritarian Regime: Russian Television Viewers’ Reception of the Russia–Ukraine Conflict

by Maxim Alyukov in Europe-Asia Studies

Do citizens in autocracies trust state media? This study uses Russian television viewers’ reception of the Russia–Ukraine conflict to investigate media perception in an autocracy. It argues that citizens in non-democracies lack the opportunities, motivation, and tools to substantively process news.

Russia Today building in Moscow on a sunny day


Presidential Elections 2018: The Struggle of Putin and Navalny for a Media Agenda

by Anastasia Kazun and Kseniia Semykina in Problems of Post-Communism

In Russia, the mainstream media is largely influenced by the authorities, while the Internet has more freedom.

This study compared the issue agendas of Vladimir Putin and opposition leader Alexey Navalny across traditional and digital media in the run-up to the 2018 presidential election.

TV camera in TV studio with colours of Russian flag on walls in background

Book chapter

Russia's hybrid aggression against Ukraine

by Yury E. Fedorov in Routledge Handbook of Russian Security

Disinformation and propaganda campaigns are a common method in 'hybrid warfare' – a term that describes a mix of conventional military operations with non-military methods. This chapter exposes the Russian concept of hybrid warfare. It highlights its strategic goals toward Ukraine and outlines the evolution of its war plans from ‘traditional’ to hybrid operations.

Routledge Handbook of Russian Security cover


Russia Today and Conspiracy Theories: People, Power, and Politics on RT

by Ilya Yablokov and Precious N Chatterje-Doody

The Russian international media outlet Russia Today (RT) has been widely accused in the Western world of producing government propaganda and conspiracy theories. This book explores for the first time the role that conspiracy theories actually play in the network’s broadcasts.

RT and Conspiracy Theories book cover

Free access to Handbook of Refugee Health chapters

The UN reports that almost 8 million people – including many children – have left Ukraine seeking safety, protection, and assistance since the invasion. The war has forced many more to move inside the country.

Worldwide, there are at least 89 million people who have been forced to flee their homes.

The conditions refugees experience during their journeys and how they're received at their destinations will determine their health outcomes as well as the health of those living in host communities.

To support health professionals and humanitarians, we're offering free online access to selected Handbook of Refugee Health chapters:

This book provides a framework to identify and approach health needs, from basic elements like service mapping and initial interventions to more complex elements of ongoing healthcare. It also discusses associated areas, including human rights and law, public health, medical anthropology, and cultural awareness.

Find out more about the book on the Routledge website.

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How to support Ukrainian research

Free access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content to institutions in Ukraine

Taylor & Francis is one of almost 200 publishers providing free access to academic and professional peer-reviewed content to institutions in Ukraine (and many other countries) through the Research4Life program.


This community group highlights support opportunities for graduate students and researchers directly affiliated with an academic institution in Ukraine. You can support by offering help such as temporary accommodation, access to facilities, scholarships and stipends, employment opportunities, and research visits.

Donating laptops to Ukrainian children

Many children fleeing the war in Ukraine didn't have a chance to gather their possessions, including the devices they use for school work and keeping in touch with friends and family.

We've been giving old laptops a new lease of life and donating them to Ukrainian children who are in the U.K.

So far this year we've donated 100+ laptops. And there are plans to donate more – in the U.K. and in the U.S. and India.

Thank you very much for the laptop that you donated to me! I can now do online classes with my school back in Ukraine and stay in touch with my friends.
Danya, student at Reading Ukrainian School

Alexandra Sevko, Headteacher at Reading Ukrainian School

Alexandra Sevko, Headteacher at Reading Ukrainian School

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