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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 Zaporizhye 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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How do Western countries know that Ukrainians massively support the continuation of resistance?

More than 6 million Ukrainians have fled the country The vast majority of Ukrainian males aged 18 to 60 are literally forced to stay in the war-torn country Social pressure probably prevents them from ...
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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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Have there been any legally held demonstrations against the war (or against the "specially military operation") in Russia?

I'm well aware that Russian authorities have cracked down on spontaneous/illegal anti war demonstrations. Whereas for the pro-military-intervention ones, e.g. using the "Z" sign... Have any ...
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Is there a political faction in Russia publicly advocating for an immediate ceasefire?

Analogous to the corresponding question about Ukraine: All the official news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Russia is determined in continued fighting in Ukraine, saying things like that ...
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How do those who claim it envision that Ukraine would destroy Russia as a country?

I have seen the declarations like "For Russia this conflict is about preservation not only of its elites, but the country itself". It looks that there are people who think that Russia can be ...
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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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Why is Saudi Arabia "sitting on the fence" on Ukraine?

For the first time in twenty-five years, China, India, and Pakistan took a similar position on a global issue, choosing to abstain from voting on Ukraine, like so many others, including Indonesia, ...
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What is the pacifist position on Ukraine?

What/who are the prominent pacifist movements/organizations/thinkers in the 21st 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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Post World War 2, did any country successfully annex territory of another sovereign country by force and retain it?

This article claims: Wartime land grabs tend to end badly for tyrants, historian warns The central thesis is as follows: “If a conquest is recognized internationally, the conqueror has a chance to ...
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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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Turkey getting weapons from Russia [closed]

Why hasn't Turkey been penalized for buying missiles from Russia, despite the fact it is a member of NATO? And is Turkey planning to invade other countries with these weapons?
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Any adverse effects/repercussions due to Ukraine's "serious snub" of German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier lasting longer than a few news cycles?

Wikipedia's Frank-Walter Steinmeier; 2022 Kyiv visit says: In April 2022, Steinmeier abandoned plans to visit Kyiv after admitting he would not be welcome in Ukraine in what was seen as a serious ...
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What does sending weapons mean in terms of money changing hands between countries?

For months I'm hearing from multinational sources of sending weapons to Ukraine. They are all vague or deceptive on what the term "sending" means. Does it mean selling weapons for high ...
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Exit strategies for the Ukraine war

For weeks months more than a year two years now the war has appeared to drag on with protracted fighting and a slow-moving front. Russia's attempt of taking Kyiv and replacing the government has ...
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What are the safeguards, set by the US military, to reduce the risk of committing war crimes?

I am talking here about war crimes committed by individuals or units (i.e., not representing a deliberate government/military policy), such as, e.g., the My Lai Massacre during the Vietnam war. One ...
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