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How can Ukraine "win" the war? [closed]

On the occasion of the new US financing of April 2024 there have been declarations (I think by President Zelensky) that this will help Ukraine win the war. My limited understanding of this war is that ...
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Why did the USA provide a $1 billion Patriot battery but not a $34 million F-16 to Ukraine?

Why did the USA quickly provide a $1 billion Patriot battery to Ukraine but not a $34 million F-16? My guess is that, since China most likely possesses “Kinzhal-like” missiles as well, it was ...
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Why has Russia made surprisingly little use of its Air Force in the Russo-Ukrainian war?

Russia has vastly more warplanes than Ukraine does, and its warplanes have suffered only comparatively light casualties in the Russo-Ukrainian war. And, NATO forces have not been willing to put their ...
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As of 2024, how can Russia escalate the war in Ukraine?

According to this answer for the question Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?, Western countries are reluctant also out of fear of conflict escalation: It is not in ...
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Why French Action on Ukraine seems so Disconnected from Macron Speech?

In the last few months, French President Macron has repeatedly said that Europe should avoid that Russia win the war with Ukraine see for instance. Also envisaging the send of NATO troops to Ukraine. ...
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Does Ukraine now have access to the Bosporus?

I see contradictory reports on the Internet. Opinions and news seem to have two focal points: Russia has gotten out of the "grain deal", making it impossible for Ukrainian ships to leave ...
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Is it true that Netanyahu did not make any (negative) statements about the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

Russian FM Lavrov said in an interview that he was shocked that former Israeli PM Lapid criticized Russia about their attempts to demilitarize Ukraine (and subsequent "annexation"), when ...
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U.S. Speaker Johnson says the house will take up Ukrainian aid in next few weeks

The House is out of session, and holding a Republican strategy, team building retreat at the Green Briar Hotel in West Virginia. Yesterday Speaker Johnson announced at the retreat that the house would ...
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Have any Congresspersons from the Democratic Party opposed more aid to Ukraine in itself, and if so what reasons did they give for that?

I'm aware that opposition for more aid to Ukraine mostly comes from the Republican camp these days. Nonetheless, some House Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did oppose some earlier omnibus ...
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Why don't NATO troops and untrained volunteers help Ukraine prepare fortified positions?

Recently, after the fall of Avdiivka, Russia made some relatively quick advances due to the lack of prepared defense lines. At this point, with Ukraine on the backfoot, its important for them to fight ...
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Why is the help provided for Ukraine by the USA government perceived as excessive?

According to a December 2023 study, around half of American Republicans view the assistance provided to Ukraine as excessive. Around 16% of Democrats agree. USA is spending 877 billion dollars on its ...
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Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so? [closed]

Ukraine-Russia - Do relevant world organizations provide an effective negotiation-center for this one, or have a suitable focus on doing so ? Maybe the core features of a negotiation-center, would be -...
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Why Russia is not launching another attack from the north on Ukraine? [closed]

Recently, Russia has made progress in the war in the eastern four provinces of Ukraine. However, what puzzles me is why Russia is not launching further offensives near Belgorod and Kharkiv, leaving ...
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira?

The attention that Navalny got from US and EU governments, politicians and mass media was significantly more pronounced, than when Gonzalo Lira died in captivity, in a Ukrainian jail. Considering that ...
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Seizing Russian assets [closed]

In the liberal media, one now frequently hears a droning argument that the West should seize Russian assets to further fund the Ukraine war or to provide capital for reconstruction. As well as the ...
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Why are pro/anti-gun parties in the US espousing the reverse position when it comes to weapons for Ukraine? [closed]

Per title. It seems that traditionally, Republicans (support gun ownership in the US) for reasons such as "the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", and they in ...
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Did Putin ever talk with Zelensky directly after Zelensky became president?

Putin in his recent interview with Tucker Carlson said that he talked with Zelensky about Zelensky's father, who, according to Putin, fought in WWII (it turned out that the father of Zelensky was ...
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How does the Canadian support for Ukraine financially compare with other foreign involvements (Afghanistan etc.)?

Like their [US] brethren to the south, Canadian conservatives are now increasingly saying Canada is sending too much to Ukraine. The percentage of Canadians who voted for the Conservative Party in ...
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Why does Ukraine deny responsibility for attacks on Russia?

What is the reasoning behind Ukraine denying (or refusing to accept) responsibility for attacks and incidents of sabotage in Russia? From a recent article: There was no immediate comment from ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine run more guerrilla attacks in Russia? [closed]

Ukraine does not appear to be doing much guerrilla warfare in Russia. Although such attacks are likely to darken the image of Ukraine in Russia, it is not particularly good anyway. Additionally, ...
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Was the downing of a Russian IL-76 over Russia by Ukraine a crime, and if so what are the consequences? [closed]

On January 24, Russian military transport aircraft IL-76 was shot down on Russian territory. Russia claims that it had carried out the ukrainians war prisoners for the exchanging on russian ones, and ...
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Are there any major organizations or individuals in China who have expressed pro-Ukranian views in their current conflict?

In the current Russia-Ukraine war, China has professed neutrality but articles like this and this suggest that support for Russia is high amongst its citizens along with soft support from the Chinese ...
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What is the exit strategy of the west (US, EU, Britain, else) who are invested in the current Ukranian conflict for their own politcal interests? [closed]

Ukraine has politically banned any peace negotiations with Putin (see "Zelensky signs law that rules out Ukraine peace talks with Putin as ‘impossible’"). But Musk recently blogged: "...
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What could Russia hope to gain by continuing their war against Ukraine?

I'm struggling to understand what Russia hopes to gain by continuing the war. In my understanding, if Russia somehow "won" (I appreciate there are different ways of thinking about what ...
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What is exactly the issue with Russia using North Korean missiles?

Reading Ukraine is 'test site' for N. Korean missiles -S. Korea The United States and its allies on Wednesday condemned what they described as Russia's firing of North Korean missiles at Ukraine, ...
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Why is the US continuing to send the last military aid to Ukraine when it won't be enough to make a difference? [closed]

According to the Euro News: The United States announced on Wednesday it had released its last tranche of military aid for Ukraine. The White House approved $250 million (€225 million) in support, but ...
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Which Polish political parties are supporting the blockade of their border with Ukraine?

There's been a partial blockade of Ukraine's borders by Polish truckers and farmers since the beginning of November, punctuated by various short breaks. Polish drivers have been blocking several ...
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Has the west debated the pros and cons of funding Ukraine war aid with the Russian funds they have confisticated?

With Ukrainian aid funds blocked in the U.S. Congress / Senate and other western countries struggling to financially pick up the U.S. share of this burden, talks are getting more serious in Europe and ...
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What is the political argument of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy that Ukraine should not join NATO or EU, and remain neutral?

This article in LeMonde - Sarkozy criticized for call to compromise with Russia - states that the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is a strong advocate of Ukraine being neutral: France's ...
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What are Hungary PM Orban's stated reasons why letting in Ukraine would not be in the EU's interest?

The last few weeks have seen articles on the dislike Hungary's Orban has for Ukraine joining the EU. For example, straight from the horse's mouth: Starting accession negotiations with #Ukraine is a ...
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What exact "border security issues" are holding up Ukraine and Israel aid packages in the US Congress?

In the last few weeks, I've seen a number of articles about Ukraine aid being stalled by Congress Republicans. BBC Senate Republicans have blocked a move to pass an aid bill for Ukraine after ...
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Was it legal according to Ukrainian law to kill Illya Kyva?

BBC: Former Ukrainian MP Illya Kyva has been assassinated in Russia by Ukraine's SBU security service, law enforcement sources have told BBC Ukraine. "The criminal was liquidated by using small ...
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Did the deaths of Russian generals previously have any measurable impact on the war in Ukraine?

Ukrainska Pravda recently reported on the death of another Russian major general: Russia has confirmed the death of Major General Vladimir Zavadsky in the war in Ukraine. He was blown up by a mine. ...
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Is the submission of the Ukrainian President needed so that the Verkhovna Rada can dismiss the Minister of Defense?

Why am I asking? The minister of defense of Ukraine was dismissed this year. According to Polish and Austrian media which I consume this was the initiative of President Zelenski. However, I had the ...
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Does the PVV want to stop all support for Ukraine?

The Guardian: The European Greens said today that if VVD joins a coalition with Geert Wilders’ far-right PVV, it should be expelled from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). ...
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What was the selection criteria for people Russia judges in the "Azov trial"?

Based on Western media, it seems to me they are judging pretty insignificant cases like cooks (of the battalion) and what not. I do recall that Russia even exchanged some Azov combat personnel ...
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Have any countries besides Germany announced plans to increase military aid to Ukraine? (Nov 2023)

VOA, Nov 14: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz's governing coalition has agreed in principle to double the country's military aid for Ukraine next year to about $8.5 billion, a political source in Berlin ...
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Has support for providing more help to Ukraine (so they might win the war) tanked in Europe too, after the fizzled counter-offensive of this summer?

Time wrote on Nov 1 Public support for aid to Ukraine has been in decline for months in the U.S., and Zelensky’s visit did nothing to revive it. Some 41% of Americans want Congress to provide more ...
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What are the tools the U.S. president can use to circumvent the chambers in granting military aid to Ukraine?

Debate over the funding request is beginning in earnest after a weeks-long delay while House Republicans struggled to name a new speaker, and it is unclear what, if anything, can get through both ...
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Is there a more exact quote/translation of what Orban said recently about aid to Ukraine?

RFERL has it as Speaking in Brussels on the sidelines of the EU summit where discussion was focused on support for Ukraine, Orban said there was a “big battle” over the matter and added that he saw ...
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Despite the high public support to fight Russia, why are some family members of soldiers protesting in Ukraine and making demands? [closed]

As this answer points out, political support to fight the Russians and retrieve occupied territories remains high among the public in Ukraine. So I was surprised when I came across the news that ...
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Why does Ukraine want to postpone ratifying the Rome Statute?

Ukraine has been in international negotiations to become party to the International Criminal Court for decades now. They seem to have been making steady progress, up until the outbreak of the Russian ...
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Are there any post-counteroffensive polls in Ukraine on war fatigue?

I don’t think it’s controversial to say that the Ukrainian counteroffensive has failed this summer, with Russia gaining territory in the eastern part of the frontlines. Have there been any reliable ...
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What does this 2009 Ukraine map actually depict?

Here is the section of the map from this answer, (that appeared in Pravda back in 2009): In this map, the normally expected territory of Ukraine is roughly divided into 2 parts, the right side (with ...
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What is the legal status of the CIA involved in attacks by Ukraine spies on Russian territory? [closed]

According to WP article from 23 oct 2023, CIA was involved in Security Service of Ukraine operations including ones that might not be justified depending on definition of "legal military target&...
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In what context did Larry Summers say sending Russian foreign exchange and/or central bank reserves to Ukraine would 'not be setting a bad precedent'?

After about 23:15 in Scott Galloway's new Conversation with Fareed Zakaria — The Conflict in Israel and the State of Foreign Affairs addresses a possible western solution to "Western fatigue"...
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Is it going to be more difficult for Ukraine to get military aid now that Israel is also requesting aid? [closed]

Number two, Secretary Austin will be discussing Israel's security assistance needs there. And I'd like to provide you an update. The first shipment of our military aid, including munitions, arrived ...
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What action could a Russian citizen take in case of disagreement with authoritarian regime? [closed]

It seems to be a widespread opinion supported by polls that Russian population endorses Putin's regime in general and invasion of Ukraine in particular. Russian citizens are blamed for this in the ...
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What has been the impact on US military manufacturers vis-a-vis the war in Ukraine?

Read with interest the following Ukraine War and US "funding" but the one question that was not addressed was who is manufacturing this military equipment. (Presumably the US Dept of Defense ...
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Is there any accountability for the money the US provides for the war in Ukraine?

While Zelensky is in the US asking for more funds to support the war in Ukraine I read on the media that there was some debate whether it is worth or not to keep funding them. I got the feeling that ...
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