UkraineAlertSep 12, 2023
Russia seeks to legitimize occupation of Ukraine with sham elections
By Mercedes Sapuppo, Olivia Yanchik
In early September, Russia staged sham parliamentary elections in occupied regions of southern and eastern Ukraine as Moscow attempted to legitimize its earlier illegal annexation of five Ukrainian provinces.
UkraineAlertAug 23, 2023
Putin’s Russia is trapped in genocidal denial over Ukrainian independence
By Mercedes Sapuppo
Russia’s longstanding denial of Ukrainian national identity and refusal to accept the reality of Ukrainian independence are now fueling an invasion that many view as genocidal in nature, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.
UkraineAlertAug 10, 2023
Russia accused of deliberately targeting journalists in Ukraine
By Mercedes Sapuppo
A series of Russian airstrikes on civilian targets known to be popular among international correspondents covering the invasion of Ukraine has sparked accusations that the Kremlin is deliberately targeting journalists, writes Mercedes Sapuppo.
Mercedes Sapuppo is a program assistant with the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. She was previously a research assistant with the Negotiation Task Force at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. She also worked as a research assistant with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University focusing on power dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean. She has held internships with the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Europe, Energy, the Environment, and Cyber, the Atlantic Council, the Democracy and Culture Foundation, Human Rights Watch, and the Office of US Senator Elizabeth Warren. Sapuppo graduated from Harvard University with honors and holds a BA in social studies with a focus on democracy, human rights, and security in Central and Eastern Europe, for which she wrote her thesis about the assault on the free press and independent journalist resistance in Russia and Belarus.