Document Type : Original Article


Department of English Language and Translation, College of Arabic Language and Social Studies, Qassim University, Buraydah, Saudi Arabia


This study provides a critical discourse analysis (CDA) account of two online newspaper articles published on February 24, 2022, by The Moscow Times and The Washington Post. Specifically, attitude analysis was used to compare and contrast the two newspaper articles to highlight that both exploited all elements of the attitude subsystems to influence the opinions and attitudes of their respective readerships, albeit with opposing agendas. The results suggest that both online news articles expressed both positive and negative attitudes to the invasion of Ukraine, albeit in different ways. The Washington Post mainly focused on the negative aspects of the invasion and reported positively on the United States’ response to the Russian assault. In contrast, The Moscow Times reported on positive actions performed by both sides. Lastly, the study found that each online newspaper’s use of language to persuade its readers to accept its narrative of the events in Ukraine is significant in shaping the ideological perspectives of its readership.