Murray Brewster

Senior reporter, defence and security

Murray Brewster is senior defence writer for CBC News, based in Ottawa. He has covered the Canadian military and foreign policy from Parliament Hill for over a decade. Among other assignments, he spent a total of 15 months on the ground covering the Afghan war for The Canadian Press. Prior to that, he covered defence issues and politics for CP in Nova Scotia for 11 years and was bureau chief for Standard Broadcast News in Ottawa.

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Natural gas, rare earth minerals: What's at stake for Ukraine in the territory Russia is trying to conquer

Ukraine wanted to make itself energy independent in 2014 — and then Russia invaded Crimea. Ukraine has one of the largest deposits of rare earth minerals in Europe, the kind used in cellphones, TVs and electronics. So while the war is about Russian identity, experts say it is also about resources.

What will it take for Ukraine to win its war with Russia? Western weapons and political will, say experts

The difference between victory and simply not losing the war in Ukraine is something that allies need to focus on, say former top U.S. officials, some of whom are advocating for the creation a special, wholly western-equipped Ukrainian force that would concentrate on defeating the Russians, rather than simply holding them at bay.

In Ukraine's 'Hell's Kitchen,' volunteers show they can take the heat

Not everyone fighting in Ukraine's defence carries a gun. Two volunteers — one Ukrainian, one Canadian — spoke to CBC News about their work with an operation that has been making and delivering hot meals for front-line troops, emergency workers and vulnerable civilians as Russia's invasion grinds on.

Fear and hope: Mariupol's defenders walk into Russian custody and an uncertain future

Most of the remaining Ukrainian defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol walked into Russian custody on Tuesday. Moscow called it a surrender. For Ukrainians, it was something else — a still-living symbol of resistance against impossible odds.

In line to join NATO, Sweden and Finland are facing some 'vulnerable' months

Finland and Sweden have started the process to become full-fledged members of NATO, with all the privileges and responsibilities membership entails. But the next few months will be anxious ones as both countries wait to see how Moscow reacts.

Signs of life and death in a liberated eastern Ukrainian village

As Russian forces retreat from the area around Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city, residents of a small village on the outskirts of the city face the prospect of rebuilding their shattered town.

Residents of Ukrainian city of Kharkiv pause for breath as Russian forces recede

Ukrainian forces have pushed the Russian army back from Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, giving residents a moment to figure out their new normal.

Anger, sadness follow bombing of cultural centre in Ukrainian town of Derhachi

The cultural centre in Derhachi, Ukraine, which had been used since the Russian invasion as a hub for humanitarian aid, was hit twice early Friday, according to local officials. The attacks appear to be the latest example of a campaign of cultural destruction by Russia.

Putin wanted less NATO on his border. Finland and maybe Sweden will give him more

If you talk to anyone in Western diplomatic circles — especially in the security, intelligence, defence sectors — what is about to unfold over the next few weeks in Scandinavia counts among Russia's worst nightmares.

Bringing up the dead: Ukraine searches the battlefields for unidentified remains

Ukrainian authorities say they've sent teams across the country to recover the remains of Russian soldiers killed in battle. Finding them is one problem. Sending them home is another.