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Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic located in Eastern Europe, bordering Russia.

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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 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 failed, and given the Ukrainian resolve ...
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Is there any value for Russians in completely eliminating the Ukrainian resistance at Azovstal, Mariupol?

In Mariupol, the Russian troops have completely levelled the city and just leave a small pocket of Ukrainian resistance at Azovstal. Since Russians have completely encircled the steel mill and the ...
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Are there critics against supporting Ukraine based on an economical viewpoint?

I understand that there are several reasons politicians consider when they decide about sending military or financial aid to Ukraine. But in the end, these aids are financed by US/UK tax payers. The ...
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What are some non-partisan sources about the relative balance of power in the Russia-Ukraine conflict?

Before the war everyone was saying Russia would just walk right in; now everybody makes a big kerfuffle about every Ukrainian tactical victory. What are good analyses on what the strategic situation ...
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What arguments do Russia-critics offer to support their view that Russia is committing genocide?

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, many critics of Russia have argued that this war is a genocide against the Ukranian people. I don't feel the need to provide any evidence for this, but ...
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Bombing Ukraine president location [duplicate]

I have read multiple news stories that, at the beginning of the war, Russia knew of Volodymyr Zelenskyy's location. They tried to send assassination squads to kill him but failed. A few weeks back ...
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Is Russia notified before prominent visits to Kyiv?

There has been several prominent visits to Kyiv since the war started, including U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, UK prime minister Boris Johnson, and United ...
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Statements on reasons to vote against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs & use the funds to support Ukraine

What are the reasons that 8 US Representatives holding very different political views voted against US H. R. 6930, a bill to confiscate assets from sanctioned Russian oligarchs and use the funds to ...
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Why do many Republicans seem to minimize Russian invasion of Ukraine? [closed]

After Russia invaded Ukraine 2 months ago it has become increasingly clear how horrendous the invasion is, with bombing of civilian targets, executions of civilians (including children), rapes, ...
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American Companies against Russia [closed]

One of the things that happened with the Ukraine-Russia war was the exodus of American companies from Russia. Standard oil of New Jersey kept supplying Hitler oil till the very end during his Russian ...
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Why doesn't Russia assassinate Zelenskyy with a rocket? [closed]

Remember Dzhokhar Dudaev? He led the Chechens during their first uprising against Russia in die 90s and was assassinated by Russia in 1996 who used a rocket to kill him in the streets of Grozny. ...
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Why is Austria's foreign minister explicitly not supporting Ukraine's full membership in the European Union?

According to this source, Austria's foreign minister said that Ukraine shouldn't be given full EU membership: While Schallenberg supports stronger relations between Europe and Ukraine, he doesn't ...
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What possible challenges could the NATO face if Russia achieves its objective in the Ukraine war? [closed]

What possible challenges could NATO face if Russia achieves its objective in the Ukraine war? diplomatic strategic
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Where are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia coming from?

Are the weapons and ammunition used by Russia in the Ukrainian war coming from their preexisting storage? Or, have they increased their production since the start of the war?
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How much the US have spent for Ukraine after Russian invasion (as of the 3rd week of April)?

Based on this article of New York times, US has spent about 13.6 billion dollars since start of the war. But the article was published in 18th of the previous month (march). What is this number at ...
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How is Ukraine getting their gas since the Russian invasion?

How exactly is Ukraine getting their gas since the Russian invasion? I've heard news reports that Ukraine is buying Russian gas from Germany after Germany buys it from Russia and pipes it through ...
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How do political leaders decide what to do next in a crisis? [closed]

At present, politicians both in "the West" and in Russia may well be under the most extreme pressure of their entire careers. How do they all keep cool heads, and reach decisions about what ...
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Do Russian oil investments abroad fall into the scope of the sanctions?

In response to the Ukrainian war Europe, the US and few more countries have set up some sanctions against Russian interests, including Russian oil production. However Russian oil and gas companies ...
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Why do countries say how much in weapons they are giving to Ukraine?

Why do countries tell the public the type of weapons and monetary amounts of weapon they are giving Ukraine. Is this not better kept as classified info? E.G. 800m USD in Javelin missiles.
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Does time work for Russia or Ukraine? [closed]

Which side will benifit if the conflict prolonges? Not in absolute degree (obviously for both sides each day of the war costs a lot), but in comparative, i.e. for which side the expected future peace ...
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Mechanism and legal status of arms transfers to Ukraine

I've read news reports that Russia threatens to attack US or NATO vehicles with armaments on Ukrainian territory. This surprised me on two counts, first that NATO vehicles would be making that part of ...
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What is the reason for blocking Russian duma Youtube channel?

According to BBC News the Russian duma's YouTube channel was blocked. What is the reason for that given that this would potentially mean that YouTube will be banned in Russia and the alternative ...
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Are the EU authorities asking the Ukrainians to sell out the occupied regions?

The EU president has officially started the process to admit Ukraine into the EU. At the same time the NATO membership discussions are going on. Trouble is that to enter such groups Ukraine must solve ...
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Why are Stinger (surface to air missiles) and Javelin (anti-tank missiles) not considered escalatory in war theater of Ukraine? [duplicate]

This is purely about military doctrine. Much effort has been made to avoid using US-made fighter planes in the Ukrainian theater because that would be seen as "escalation" and lead Russia ...
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What did Zelensky mean when he says Ukraine should have security guarantee?

It can be heard that Zelensky demands a security guarantee from a 3rd country (like Germany, Turkey, France, Poland). So what does it mean. Suppose Poland agrees. Then does it mean that the next time ...
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How can the satellite photos of Bucha show dead bodies weeks ago? Wouldn't the bodies decompose? [closed]

(Not sure if this should be on the biology SE; also not sure what to tag this with so feel free to edit) There are several sources claiming that bodies can be seen in Bucha before the Russian retreat, ...
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How does US Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton (ret) get to a "Look, you're attacking NATO... and we're going to consider our options to attack" scenario? [closed]

In CNN's April 5 2022 'The Russians are gone': What this image says about Russia's strategy after about 03;26 US Army Maj. Gen. (ret) Paul Eaton says (my best-effort transcription, there are no closed-...
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What mechanisms are available to "bear witness" in an explicitly non-partisan fashion, on the Bucha massacre?

As we are learning about the massacres in Bucha, it is becoming apparent there are two camps in receiving this news on the world stage: It's real, it happened. This is certainly Ukraine and the West'...
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Are there any strategic reasons that Russian authorities would allow indiscriminate killing of Ukrainian civilians?

First of all, I believe that killing unarmed civilians is evil. But I know that this is not a problem for many leaders, including Putin, so I'm taking morality out of the equation in my question. I ...
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What's lacking about the Kerch Strait land bridge, between Crimea and Russia?

In this video, retired US Army General and former CIA Director David Petraeus tells CNN's Jake Tapper how the Ukrainian people have aided their army in killing multiple Russian generals. CNN has not ...
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How politically aligned with Moscow has the Russian Orthodox Church's position on the Russo-Ukrainian War been since it started in 2014?

The Hill's Pope blasts Russia’s ‘infantile’ war says: Francis has to date avoided referring to Russia or Putin by name. But Saturday’s personalization of the powerful figure responsible marked a new ...
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How did Ukrainian neo-Nazis and Ukrainian Jews coexist without bloody incidents?

Before the invasion, Ukraine had 360-400 thousand Jews living there. And according to Wikipedia, the Jewish population has been increased. On the other hand, Ukraine has a sizable neo-Nazi presence. ...
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Why is Ukraine struggling so much to beat Russia?

According to wikipedia, Russians are fighting in Ukraine with roughly 200.000 soldiers, while Ukraine have 209.000 armed forced + 100.000 paramilitary + 900.000 reserves = 1.200.000 soldiers. On top ...
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Does Putin want to restore the USSR?

Joe Biden's speech in Poland has attracted much attention due to some of his off-cuff remarks (see, e.g., the discussion here). I found another curious passage: A dictator bent on rebuilding an ...
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How are personal sanctions against Russian officials supposed to work?

I understand that most sanctions against Russia are expected to cripple its economy. The war in Ukraine would then become prohibitively expensive, and Russia would have to withdraw. I also see how ...
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What is the general political direction of the Ukranian "Holos" party?

The Ukrainian political party "Holos" is described as a "liberal" in its Wikipedia page. The only political positions I see stated about the party revolve around economic policies. ...
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How can Ukraine's invasion end for the Russian media and how do they justify the possible scenarios? [closed]

After writing my first question I realized that I can ask another question so to have a good summary of the Russian positions in the media on the ways the invasion of Ukraine can end. How does Russian ...
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Where can I find videos of russian tv shows covering the russian invasion of Ukraine?

I was watching a tv show in my country on the matter and they showed some footages of the russian tv shows, if I remember well one of them was called "60 minutes". The focus was on the ...
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Minimizing civilian casualties during the siege of Mariupol?

What are the best practices of minimizing civilian casualties in cities under siege, as applied to the siege of Mariupol? I am looking for best practices from the perspective of world civilians, ...
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Why is the war in Ukraine considered a Russian fiasco?

The narrative in the western world is that the war in Ukraine has been a fiasco for Russia; that they aren't doing as well as they should be, that their weaknesses have been exposed, that their ...
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Why does the West not run air incursions into/around Russian airspace?

It is frequently reported the Russian planes incur upon western airspace, and this presents challenges and demands on western air forces. Yesterday we had a report of Russian bombers “armed with ...
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Is there any truth to Russia's claim at the United Nations that there have been food embargos against the Donbass by Ukraine?

For eight years, the people of the Donbas region have been subject to economic, transport and food embargos, the elderly and children were forced to hide from shelling and tens of thousands of ...
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Is armament considered an aggression in international law? [closed]

I have read many articles claiming the armament of Ukraine or other post-Soviet states to consist an act of aggression vs. Russia. However the UN charta gives the following definition of aggression: &...
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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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Could Putin be tried and/or indicted for war crimes? [closed]

March 24,2022 Foreign Policy As Russian forces escalate their assault on Ukraine,the prospect that their commander in chief, Vladimir Putin will ever stand trial for the crimes he committed may seem ...
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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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Is there a food crisis linked to the Ukrainian war or a massive speculation?

As of now at the end of March 2022, it is quite common to find articles in the media and also some declarations by world leaders talking about a food crisis caused by the Ukrainian war. Here are some ...
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