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Questions about a conflict or conflicts either inside a country (commonly known as civil war) or between 2 or more countries (more commonly known as war)

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Why does the "Tanks for Ukraine" discussion focus on the Leopard 2?

It may simply be my media bubble but it seems that the discussion on providing main battle tanks to the Ukraine focuses strongly, almost entirely, on the German Leopard 2. Why is that? Now I ...
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What is behind Ukraine's unwavering stance regarding the outcome of the war [closed]

With the exception of March when Ukraine wasn't so sure it could fend off what seemed like a relentless Russian advance and was thus willing to make quite a few concessions, its position regarding the ...
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What does the West gain by not letting Russia swallow Ukraine? [closed]

I sort of get the official reasons why the West did not just let Russia to just swallow Ukraine: Invading other countries and taking what's not yours is bad (even if some of it used to be yours in ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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In case of a nuclear war between Russia and the US, is it likely that other countries would be hit with strategic nukes? [closed]

For example Bulgaria, where I live, or Romania, or the Netherlands e.g. - is it likely or very unlikely that those or other NATO countries see large cities hit by high-yield strategic devices (...
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What is the status of Ukrainian PoWs who took part in the referendum in context of ukrainian threats?

As reported in some Russian sources, like this one some Ukrainian PoWs took part in the referendum. Since Ukrainian government called the referendum illegal and a crime, do the PoWs who took part in ...
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What is "proportionate response" in international relations?

I have seen in quite a few answers here, and in general on the internet about the theory of "proportionate response" - in context of activities that nations do against other nations. I'd ...
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Will Ukraine jeopardize its position as a country waging a war of self-defense if it attacks deep inside Russian territory? [closed]

The U.S. and some European countries have not provided Ukraine with long-range weapons capable of striking inside Russian borders. The official reason for the hesitancy is to prevent any further ...
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If one country doesn't recognize another's existence, does the UN charter prohibit anything short of crimes against humanity in their "relations"?

Israel and some Muslim countries (e.g. Syria) have been engaged in a "forever war". Quoting from Wikipedia: [T]he State of Israel and the Syrian Arab Republic [...] have been locked in a ...
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How many Russian politicians send their own children to the war in Ukraine?

Today Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a "partial mobilisation", hoping to add 300,000 more soldiers to the war in Ukraine. This follows the success of Ukraine's counter-offensive, ...
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Why is sending troops different from sending military equipment?

In the current war with Ukraine it seems like the West can send any forms of weapons (short of nuclear warheads) to Ukraine without causing the conflict to escalate beyond Ukraine’s borders. This ...
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What's the balance of (pro-)Russian forces in Ukraine between regular Russian units and Wagner, LPR+DPR armies etc.?

Are there some official Russian figures and/or Western estimates on what in the balance of (pro-)Russian forces engaged in Ukraine? Basically, how many are regular Russian forces vs various other ...
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Why does Putin refer to the Ukraine invasion as a 'Special Operation'? [duplicate]

Putin has several times referred to Russia's occupation of Ukraine as a 'Special Operation' rather than a full fledged war, although it looks to be very much like the latter. But why does he refer to ...
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What is "crypto-mobilization"?

For the past few days, the Institute for the Study of War has been mentioning "crypto-mobilization" in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For example: Russian officials ...
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Why does Apple not ship the new iPhones with software that would block use in Russia? [closed]

Russia is reported by Hungarian media to be arranging for black import of the new iPhones on a governmental scale. Why does Apple not set the new OS up so that it would brick on its own if someone is ...
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Why is freezing conflicts considered a good thing?

Suppose there is an armed conflict in an active phase somewhere. Let's consider it from a position of a third party which doesn't sympathize with either side of the conflict and wants to minimize ...
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Who is providing the most unbiased news about the war in Ukraine and how can we confirm it? [duplicate]

I have been following some news websites, Wikipedia and Telegram to know updates about the war in Ukraine. In Wikipedia, I saw this piece of text, which I am sending a cropped screenshot. While the ...
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Which damage specifically at Zaporizhzhia NPP is of contested origin?

As I understand it, both Russia and Ukraine have admitted carrying out some limited shooting in the vicinity of the reactors. Russia admitted shooting on some nearby "training buildings" in ...
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Could a party other than Ukraine really be shelling the Zhaporizhye NPP? [closed]

ITV says (yesterday) that Russia and Ukraine trade blame over shelling near Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant Call me a Russian stooge if you will, but - Russia holds the plant, the surrounding grounds ...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

Is there increase in discrimination or intolerance towards ethnic Russians since the beginning of the military conflict in Ukraine? I am particularly interested in the data on Eastern Europe (former ...
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What are the current numbers of Russian refugees and asylum seekers?

Wikipedia says: Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, more than 300,000 Russian citizens and residents are estimated to have left Russia by mid-March 2022 as political refugees and economic ...
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How are Russian elite military forces performing in Ukraine? [closed]

From mainstream media and social networks, we hear about a lot of failures by the Russian military in Ukraine. We also hear that their artillery bombing is overwhelming the Ukrainians because of its ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

Reading the Western press, the People's Republic of China (from hereon China) regularly threatens military brimstone and hellfire if the Republic of China (Taiwan) dares to declare independence. ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War? [closed]

Wars have occurred between different countries and alliances since Adam and Eve’s expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Surely there must be something we can learn by comparing different conflicts? ...
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What are the chances of Georgia and Chechnya rebelling while Russia is occupied in Ukraine? [closed]

If Georgia and Chechnya want to reclaim any of the territory they recently lost to Russian aggression, now seems like the best chance they will get in a while now that Russia is occupied in Ukraine. ...
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Is there a faction in the Ukrainian parliament favoring an immediate ceasefire?

All the news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Ukraine are united in fighting Russia, saying things like "we will win eventually". Still, recently in the news was Ukrainian president ...
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Why does Russia not declare war on Ukraine in order to incorporate their conscripts into the war?

Russia has been saying that there is no war in Ukraine, just a "Special military operation". Their laws prohibit them from sending conscripts to military operations outside Russia. The war ...
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Pacifist position on Ukraine

What/who are the prominent pacifist movements/organizations/thinkers in XXI century and what is their position on the conflict in Ukraine? Much of the public and political discussion about the ...
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Examples when a country engaged in military operation in another one passed a law essentially inviting the citizens of the latter to become its own?

According to al-Jazeera, today Putin signed a decree that: “all citizens of Ukraine” be given “the right to apply for admission to the citizenship of the Russian Federation in a simplified manner”. ...
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Year-by-year breakdown of deaths in the Donbas attributed to military operations, 2014-2021?

I can easily find the total casualties for 2014-2021 (which vary by source), but not a year-by-year breakdown, to gauge the pace of the conflict (before 2022) from that perspective. According to a UN (...
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What does 'Donbass, whom the Ukrainian army has been bombing for the last 8 years' refer to?

Russian chess supergrandmaster Sergey Karjakin (Pro-Putin, but Ukrainian-born) says in tweets here and here to international master Kostya Kavutskiy: Have you also collected money for the residents ...
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To what extent can the Russian war in Ukraine be seen as an attempt to resolve a food crisis? [closed]

The history of Stalin's rule is notorious for the oppression of large sections of the Soviet peasantry, who were executed in their hundreds of thousands, as the expropriation of grain supplies to the ...
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Is it ever legal for an army to target civilians?

I'm just the average Joe here with no knowledge of wars or politics, so please bear with my simple question. I've been watching the news in Ukraine and there's something I cannot understand. I see day-...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

In a recent answer, user kandi made this statement: the war probably could have been ended by now if the West wasn't passionatly supporting the bloodshed by provided just as much arms as to keep ...
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How strong is public opinion that the West is too soft on Putin?

What are the poll results regarding how many people think that the international community and the West are too soft on Putin by more or less allowing Russia to destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians?
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

As stated by Jake Sullivan, a main goal of the US in the current Ukraine war is to "weaken and isolate Russia". Considering that the US has been a major and frequently sole ally of Israel on ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

The Ukrainian military is basically starving for more advanced equipments. From what is public information, it is clear that the West hasn't been supplying to the levels that would satisfy the ...
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What examples from history are there of a dictator successfully annexing countries by force over the long term? [closed]

This question is indirectly about the Russian invasion of Ukraine and attempting to predict the future by studying the past. This article claims: Wartime land grabs tend to end badly for tyrants, ...
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Is it possible for Ukraine to hold the parliamentary election in 2023 while in a state of war?

The Ukranian parliament - Verkhovna Rada - is set to be reelected in October 2023. Assuming that the Russian invasion persists to that time, what would be the appropriate course of action? Do they ...
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What were the causes behind, and trigger of, the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24/2/22?

What is an unbiased view of the causes and trigger of the armed conflict in Ukraine, that started on the 24th of February 2022? With “trigger” is meant the most recent cause. The one that was like “...
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Is there a formal notion of a declaration of war in the Ukrainian constitution?

In Feb 2022, president Zelensky declared martial law and general mobilization. Is there a more formal declaration of [state of] war he (or the Rada) could have issued, according to the Ukrainian ...
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When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and why?

When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and what was its causes and triggers? I have heard different dates. Some claim that it started on the 24 of February this year, while some claim that ...
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What's the reasoning behind "rogue states" not responding to sanctions with military action? [closed]

Background: I know how insane this would be if it actually happened, but it just dawned on me that countries with far smaller economies than those who impose sanctions on them (as we see in the real ...
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Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?

One of the most important reasons for Ukrainians being able to defend themselves against the Russian military is the weapons sent by various NATO / EU countries. However, it seems that there is quite ...
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Who is benefiting from the Ukrainians and the Russians killing each other?

I read this internet article recently, which argued that weapon manufacturers are benefiting from war between Russia and Ukraine. Did this article get it right? Do weapon manufacturers benefit from ...
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Why don't attackers in war target government buildings as much as they could?

Russia did not flatten all of the central Kiev ministries, presidential, and parliament buildings with artillery. Yet it seems their artillery range was enough to allow that. And it is not just ...
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Why do western countries condemn Russia and not Israel? [closed]

I'm not really into politics or history, so my question might be obvious. I just wonder why Western countries condemn Russia so much for the Ukraine invasion, and why they didn't condemn Israel (from ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Multiple European newspapers stated that the Ukrainian government was doing everything in its power to allow the Ukrainian civilians to flee the country safely. I was under the impression that ...
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What is the ethnic composition of Russian military forces?

The Russian war in Ukraine has at various points been framed in Russia and in Western media outlets in ethnic terms. Given that Russia is itself a multi-ethnic state, this led me to wonder what ...
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Does the Geneva Convention with respect to prisoners of war apply to mercenaries?

There are people of different nationalities fighting as part of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the current ongoing conflict. If they are captured, would the Geneva Convention's principles on giving ...

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