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How could the past NATO expansions in Eastern Europe be seen as justification of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022?

Rumors are that in Italy parts of the public opinion are accepting the view that the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 was justified by a previous NATO expansion. What are the (given) arguments (...
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Could NATO accept a new member who is at war?

Could NATO Accept a new member who is at war? There are many reasons why NATO would not want to accept Ukraine as a new member state right now. The most prominent reason being the perception that this ...
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Has Ukraine explained how their proposed resolution to the Russia-Ukraine war would work if their referendum fails? [closed]

Ukraine has indicated that any compromise in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, such as declaring neutrality, must be put to a referendum after Russian troops withdraw. [Ukrainian president] Zelenskyy ...
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Does banning importing oil from Russia damage its economy in the short term?

Tucker in this video said that sanctions against Russia aren't hurting Putin and its side-effects are just hurting US people by raising gas price. Do US sanctions against Russia really not have any ...
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Why were Biden's remarks about Russian economy in his speech in Poland so inaccurate?

In March 26 speech in Warsaw Biden claimed that "it takes about 200 rubles to equal one dollar". In reality, the onshore USD/RUB closed at 96.0, whereas offshore USD/RUB closed at 102.29. ...
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Is there any evidence or report of a genocide in the Donbass region?

In his address before the "special military operation" in Ukraine began, Vladimir Putin stated that In this context, in accordance with Article 51 (Chapter VII) of the UN Charter, with ...
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When was the first time that high-level Russian officials confirmed their troops had advanced to the outskirts of Kyiv?

Nowadays it's made apparent in official press conferences that Russian troops had advanced on Kyiv, e.g. like in this one from the Russian MoD from March 25: Putin also explained in his speech on ...
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Sanctions against Russia and Internet subscriptions [closed]

Sanctions against Russia become heavier by the day, and an answer to that question might not fit the situation in a few weeks. Please consider the situation as of today. Say a website located in the ...
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What exactly are the stated (political AND military) objectives of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Edit:: The answers thus far show the political objectives, which are of course part of what I was asking, but what exactly are the military objectives of the invasion: like bomb certain buildings or ...
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Are there any regions in the Russian Federation with active independence movements?

I'm curious if there are any active separatist movements in the Russian Federation. By "active", I mean politically organized, funded and regionally supported to the extent that they could ...
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Size of Russian forces including the National Guard deployed (and lost) in Ukraine

Journalists and think tanks are tracking the war in Ukraine with varying degrees of expertise. In addition to open-source intelligence (watching the press and social media and trying to validate items)...
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What is the rationale of Russian troops not allowing civilians to evacuate from the encircled cities?

According to Aljazeera, civilians have a hard time evacuating from Mariupol which was surrounded by the Russian troops: Previous attempts to establish evacuation corridors to allow civilians to ...
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What does Putin/Russia gain from only accepting payment for gas in Rubles?

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin announced that "unfriendly" countries would need to pay for Russian gas in Rubles in the near future. The news came with speculation that this is a move to prop up ...
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Is there any proof that Ukraine was planning military deployment into the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass prior to 24 February 2022?

In an interview with CNN's Christine Amanpour (transcript), the Russian president's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has claimed that there have been "strong indications" that Ukraine had been ...
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Is there any proof of foreign interference in Ukraine's 2004 or 2010 presidential elections?

There has been polarization between moving towards Russia or the West in Ukrainian politics. There have also been allegations of election interference from both sides along these lines. During the ...
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Has there been a reaction from the West's Left to Ukraine's suspending of some "socialist" political parties (for alleged ties to Russia)?

A few days ago Ukrainian government suspended 11 political parties with links to Russia(original order here), specifically: Opposition Platform - For Life, Shariy Party, Nashi, Opposition Bloc, Left ...
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What would Ukraine gain by disclosing intelligence information about Putin assassination plans? [closed]

These days, there have been media reports claiming that parts of the Russian elite have plans to assassinate Putin, citing Ukrainian intelligence as sources. However, I am not aware of details on how ...
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Why doesn't the US send airplanes to Ukraine, when the Soviets sent MiGs to North Vietnam?

During the Vietnam War, the Soviets sent hundreds of MiGs to North Vietnam. Now, Americans say they cannot send airplanes to Ukraine lest it lead to escalation. Why wasn't the Soviet assistance to ...
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Which countries in the world remain neutral in the Ukraine conflict?

Which countries are staying neutral in the war against Ukraine?
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Was Russia correct in claiming that Ukraine's NATO membership was imminent given that Ukraine has disputed borders? [duplicate]

As pointed out in this Washington Post article, before joining NATO all applicant states are required to resolve their territorial conflicts. Given that Ukraine has a disputed territory (Crimea) since ...
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What people in Russia, if any, deliberately pushed Putin into the war with Ukraine?

Putin is considered a strong president. Probably, many Duma members who voted for war-related laws did so because Putin wanted them to. But even strong people may be influenced by others. Are there &...
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How can one efficiently find primary sources of propaganda in order to research it?

Global affairs analyst Susan Glasser encourages studying Putin's ~17 March 2022 speech in its entirety: It's really gone in the other direction. Rather than oligarchs having a say over Vladimir Putin,...
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Does TASS have a disclosed direct line with the Kremlin?

It's been disclosed that RT has a direct line with the Kremlin. When Time magazine's Moscow correspondent Simon Shuster visited RT Editor-in-Chief Margareta Simonyan in her office in 2015, he noticed ...
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Could Putin be impeached?

At least on paper, the Russian Federation is a constitutional democracy with the legal possibility of impeaching the President. There were three attempts to remove Yeltsin from office and Wikipedia ...
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How does China see the Ukrainian crisis?

From Politico's report on the discussion between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping What the US should do is to seriously reflect on its role in the Ukraine crisis and the part it has played, effectively ...
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Is Vladimir Putin surrounded by yes-men?

Context In general, authoritarian leaders who have been in power for a long time are at risk of being misinformed: their advisors may be tempted to hide the bad news by fear of being blamed for them, ...
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Has Russia explained why Ukraine can trust them, given the Budapest memorandum?

It doesn't seem in dispute that Russia has breached the Budapest Memorandum, which among others said that Russia will "Respect Belarusian, Kazakh and Ukrainian independence and sovereignty in the ...
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If Russia is careful not to attack NATO countries, will occupation of west of Ukraine by USA end the war? [closed]

NATO countries are very careful to not attack Russian forces in Ukraine. The main rationale given for this is "Russia has nuclear weapons. Attacking Russian forces might lead to a nuclear war.&...
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Do Western countries want for Russia to default or not on its foreign debt?

According to TASS, Russia should be able to avoid defaulting on its foreign debt because now, as opposed to 1998, it has enough financial reserves. However, the issue is that a big fraction of its ...
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What do independent reputable onlookers think of figures quoted by Ukraine for Russian losses?

Ukraine independent media seems to quote figures from its General Staff, that sound large, and it's hard to get a sense if they are likely to be accurate, or inflated. Are these figures seen as ...
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How much is Russia spending on the war each day? [closed]

A former Russian politician, Illya Ponomarev, stated that the war costs Putin 20 billion dollars a day. This seems to be an exaggeration to me. Of course it is impossible to talk about precise figures,...
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How do international news agencies make their maps of Russia's military progress in Ukraine and where do they get their data?

Over the last few weeks most major international news agencies have used maps to show the progress of the Russian military in Ukraine, showing large regions in red presumably denoting Russian ...
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Ukraine: compromising on the Sweden/Austria model. Has Russia indicated its position on EU membership?

(Note: Austria and Sweden are both in the EU, but neither is in NATO) Today, March 16th, the Russians are talking about a possible compromise (which for now Ukraine is cool on, due to ongoing war *). ...
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Why is India able to continue buying Russian oil despite sanctions like CAATSA?

India buying Russian oil is not sanctioned. Why is CAATSA or other violations not applicable here? At a time like this, this seems odd. Even during peace buying S400 was much discussed as to sanction ...
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Has Russia shown any indication, before the war, that it would court-martial its soldiers if they commit war crimes?

There is a number of reports of claims of Russian soldiers committing war crimes during the prosecution of Russia's 2022 war of aggression on Ukraine. Usually armies prevent their own soldiers from ...
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Why did Russia not lose its "most favored nation" status after the annexation of Crimea?

According to CNN, Russia's status as a "most favored nation" is being under scrutiny: As a member of the World Trade Organization, Russia is treated as a most favored nation, which gives it ...
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What is known about NATO's plan for the safety of Poland?

NATO is supplying weapons to Ukraine via the Polish border. This increases the possibility of the Russian attack on Poland. Coz, this supply of arms is delaying Ukraine's surrender. A day ago Russia ...
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Do heavy human losses put pressure on an autocratic leader like Putin?

In democratic countries, there tends to be great aversion to loss of life from military operations, and there are checks and balances that ensure a displeased populace has some capacity to vote in ...
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Did the Minsk Agreements somehow give Russia the right to move troops into Ukraine?

There is a video circulating since (shortly?) before the Russian invasion of Ukraine (it was published at latest on Feb 15, 2022) in which someone (apparently an "Oleg Pakholkov" (Олег ...
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Why do people believe that if Putin ceases to be Russian president, the Russo-Ukraine war will cease?

It seems like quite a lot of people think that the current war in Ukraine is entirely down to Putin, and if Putin dies / is assassinated / is replaced in a coup etc, then the war will end. Examples: ...
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Can the current European sanctions against Russia have a significant effect?

Many European countries and the EU itself have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. However, according to this Guardian article citing this study, European nations are ...
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How does UK MP Bob Seely's 2018 paper "Definition of Contemporary Russian Conflict" hold up in 2022 in Ukraine? (Seely's seven elements)

After seeing his discussion in the BBC's 2022-03-11 video Is Russia setting the stage to use chemical weapons in Ukraine? - BBC Newsnight (my transcription with help of closed captions): The trouble ...
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Why are Western politicians even bothering to react to Russian claims?

Some examples of claims from Russia which Western politicians recently had to respond to: Ukraine was making nuclear weapons in Chernobyl Ukraine had biolabs working on new biological weapons Ukraine'...
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What, if any, groups of pro-Russian separatists are in East-European countries?

Russian separatists in Ukraine have had an important role in "inviting" Russia to invade Ukraine. In order to predict future steps that may be taken by Russia, it may be useful to know: are ...
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Provided that Russia has sufficiently deterrent nuclear weapons, why does Russian still fear being invaded? [duplicate]

Assumptions Russia's nuclear weapons sufficiently deter its opponents. Russia suffers from a persecution complex. Evidence for Russia's fear Russia itself has hankered after buffer zones and ...
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What will happen to the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine? [duplicate]

I am wondering what will happen to all the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine. As far as I understand it, the purpose of the sanctions against Russia, at this point in time, ...
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Why did Russia allow the baltic countries to become part of NATO? [duplicate]

The reason for Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine is supposedly their attempt to prevent Ukraine joining NATO. At least, this was what Putin was asking for assurances about in the weeks/months leading ...
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What is the Russian code of procedure if a NATO missile strikes Russia by an accident? [closed]

India fires missile into Pakistan after ‘technical malfunction’ The above news says that India accidentally fired a supersonic missile into Pakistan. The most probable reason would be a technical ...
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Which countries have blocked access to rt.com?

We know that the EU countries have blocked access to rt.com, and some people in India have also reported that they can no longer get to it. But not all western countries have blocked it. Does anyone ...
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What is the purpose of the siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian invaders?

What are the geopolitical, military and humanitarian objectives that will be achieved following a successful siege of the civilian population of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian military ...
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