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Are the UK, Germany and USA not concerned about their (donated) tanks being captured and researched by Russia?

It has been well established that several NATO countries are donating armoured vehicles (and training crews) to Ukraine. Some of the more notable vehicles that are being delivered include the American ...
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Why does Russia reject China's peace proposal?

On 24 February 2023, China issued a twelve-point peace plan outline, calling for a cease fire and peace talks. The same day, Zelenskyy indicated he was willing to consider aspects of the proposal, ...
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What is the rationale of shooting toxic shells in an area that was meant to be liberated?

The UK authorities confirmed that they will provide depleted uranium shells to the Ukraininan forces. As usual to divert the attention from the metal toxicity they pointed out the low radioactivity. ...
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Why is the US under Biden so strongly supporting Ukraine in the war?

Why is the US supporting Ukraine so massively? Hardly a week goes by without some kind of aid package from the US to Ukraine. Clearly, the support is designed to continue the war and the extent of the ...
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What evidence has the ICC relied on in ordering the arrest of the President of Russia?

A few days ago, International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan said: Today, the Pre-Trial Chamber has issued arrest warrants in relation to the following two individuals: Mr Vladimir Putin, ...
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Why is the ICC focusing on the transfer of war orphans to Russia rather than Russia's much more obvious crimes in Ukraine?

As per the official press release by the ICC: Mr Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, born on 7 October 1952, President of the Russian Federation, is allegedly responsible for the war crime of unlawful ...
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Did Russia communicate President Vladimir Putin's planned Mariupol visit to Ukraine for deconfliction purposes?

When US President Biden visited Kiev, it is thought that Russia was made aware of the visit ahead of time for purposes of deconfliction - for example to avoid a Russian attack on Kiev while unaware ...
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Why didn’t the USA government ask USA companies to take action against India’s neutral stance on the Russo-Ukrainian War? [closed]

The Russo-Ukrainian War is an ongoing conflict that began in 2014. India appears to have changed its stance on the war. According to Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar’s statement in the Upper House of ...
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What's the point of issuing an arrest warrant for Putin given that the chances of him getting arrested are effectively zero?

As per recent news: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine, a move dismissed by Moscow as ...
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Does it make sense from a pro-Ukrainian perspective to sabotage Nord Stream?

Some unnamed US intelligence officials cited by the New York Times suggest that a pro-Ukrainian group may be involved in the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines. But at the time of the explosions,...
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What is the motivation for the merceneries to join Prigozhin's Wagner PMC? [closed]

I read that Wagner PMC recruits criminals from Russian prisons to fight in Ukraine. They pay as high as US$ 14000/month. However, they have no or minimal training in combat and are practically being ...
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Why did Ukraine abstain from the UNHRC vote on China?

After reading the answers to this question, I noticed something odd: Ukraine appears to have abstained in the recent vote over China's policy towards the Uyghurs. However, given the context of the ...
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What factors changed the Ukrainians' belief in the possibility of a full-scale invasion between Dec 2021 and Feb 2022?

There are two surveys that struck me recently: December 2021, KIIS, about then-current public opinion: February 2023, Gradus (note, the survey was taken in 2023, but it was talking about the public ...
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Why is Catalonia not a free country? [closed]

It's non-controversial that Russia should not attack Ukraine. Holding it hostage is imperialistic, and clearly illegal, so that even UN admits Russia is criminal now. However, Catalonia also has good ...
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To what extent does China need the SWIFT system?

To what extent does China need the SWIFT system? Some commentators have said that the U.S. might be considering banning China from the SWIFT system were they to support Russia with military aid. My ...
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Has Iran presented any evidence that their drones (used in Ukraine) were sent to Russia before the war?

It seems Iran initially denied they sent drones to Russia, but later Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that they sent some, but before the war. “Some western countries have accused ...
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What are the means the United States can use to force Ukraine to not negotiate peace with Russia?

https://www.businessinsider.com/israel-bennett-walks-back-claim-west-blocked-ukraine-russia-peace-deal-2023-2 A former Israeli prime minister is walking back his suggestion that the United States may ...
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What does Corbyn mean by "can't we go back to when Ukraine was a nuclear-free country!?"?

In a talk show (apparently on BBC One) Corbyn said "Can't we go back to the point when Ukraine was a nuclear-free country?" I'm at a loss as to what he means by that. Is he talking about ...
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Does the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have any means to force Ukraine into negotiating peace with Russia? Does the U.S.?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley urged Ukraine and Russia to find a "political solution", saying that the war in Ukraine is unwinnable by purely military means. Does ...
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What percentage of the population of Ukraine support the war? [duplicate]

Ukrainian men between 18 and 60 cannot leave the country and have to defend themself against Russian aggression. Are there any reliable numbers as to how much of the population actually supports the ...
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What is Russia's stated military strategy in Ukraine as of early 2023?

Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022. After a short initial phase of the invasion, in which Russia's forces advanced quickly but did not take stable control of a lot of area and gradually met stiff ...
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Why has Poland called up the military reserve?

Why has Poland called up the reserve of two hundred thousand when their existing manpower is one hundred and fifty thousand? Polish president Duda has suddenly visited the Ukrainian city of Lviv. Some ...
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What's AfD's vision for the Ukrainian refugees in Germany?

Reportedly While protesting in Leipzig in October against Russia’s war in Ukraine, Anastasia, 21, was confronted by AfD counter-protesters screaming “Nazis out” at her and fellow Ukrainians. The AfD ...
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To what extent is the UK's cost-of-living crisis Russia's fault?

I know that the UK's cost-of-living crisis is partly due to the war in Ukraine. Russia, of course, has sharply limited the amount of energy it exports to Europe; this substantially raises winter ...
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As of January 2023, and short of overt war, what retaliatory steps Russia could take against Ukraine's Western allies?

Ukraine has various Western allies who support the Ukrainian war effort for different reasons. Russia sees this support more and more as direct participation in the war. It appears that if Russia ...
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How long will the war in Ukraine have to last for Ukrainian refugees to become permanent residents?

If the war in Ukraine were to end tomorrow, it is likely that the majority of Ukrainian refugees would have their status revoked and be asked to return home. However, if the war were to last for 20 ...
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How can Estonia give "all" of their 155mm howitzers to Ukraine?

Kaimo Kuusk, the Estonian Ambassador to Ukraine apparently announced that: We are giving all our 155mm howitzers to Ukraine. I can't see how an army would agree to give all their artillery in that ...
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(2014?) Proposal of an alternative referendum form in Crimea and Donbass under the supervision of the UN / OSCE

I'm trying to find out if there were (official) proposals* to hold alternative forms of referendums in the two areas. I know that the UN and OSCE have criticized and not recognized the referenda that ...
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What did Scholz say about Putin's motive?

I remember reading a news article claiming that the chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, said something to this effect: "In my face-to-face meeting with Putin in February 2022, I talked with him ...
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What is responsible for the "missing consensus" on donating non-Bundeswehr Leopard 2s to Ukraine?

From Reuters, about Leopard 2s for Ukraine German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said he could not say when there would be a decision on the tanks but Berlin was prepared to move quickly if there ...
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What is the German government's rationale for not allowing Leopard 2 tanks to be given to Ukraine?

There are many news articles today about how the German government is reluctant to allow Leopard 2 tanks to be given to Ukraine. For example, the BBC reports: Under German law, the government in ...
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(When) did Switzerland tighten its neutrality law provisions regarding armaments and ammo post WW2?

According to RFERL and Swissinfo Ukraine is facing a shortage of 35mm gun ammo for the Gepards donated by Germany because said ammo is apparently manufactured in Switzerland. It looks like the Swiss ...
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Who exactly in the German government said that they won't be sending Leopards to Ukraine unless the US sends Abrams tanks?

I've seen this widely reported, e.g. the BBC says Berlin has reportedly been unwilling to send the vehicles ["much-coveted Leopard tanks"] unless the US commits to providing its own Abrams ...
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Why is sending so few tanks to Ukraine considered significant?

It is reported that thousands of tanks are currently being used in the Ukraine War. To help Ukraine, Britain is sending 14 Challenger 2 tanks and America is sending a few (50) Bradley infantry ...
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What's the official status of the DPR (and LPR) militias under the laws of the Russian Federation?

Interestingly, TASS still posts news about the feats of the DPR militia, e.g. there's one dated Jan 10, and it seems to be from 2023 (as it references M777 howitzers, which Ukraine didn't have last ...
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Did "Novorossiya" have a de facto control over its declared territory between 2014 and 2015?

Did the self-proclaimed "Novorossiya" have control over the territory it claimed during the time it existed (22 May 2014 to 20 May 2015)?
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How has the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" benefited Ukraine?

The United States of America has enabled President Biden to offer more help to Ukraine against the Russian aggression through the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022": In ...
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What are the political reasons behind the Western media highlighting the HIMARS vehicles over the MLRS vehicles that Ukraine has recently received? [closed]

Ukraine has received 20 HIMARS vehicles and "more than 10" MLRS. A HIMARS has six rounds, which is half of the twelve rounds of an MLRS, but it is on a wheeled chassis instead of a tracked ...
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How much has Russia paid Ukraine for gas transiting through Ukraine to Europe in 2022?

How much has "Russia" paid, in non-Ruble, "Ukraine" for gas transiting through Ukraine to EU in 2022? How were the transfers accomplished? SWIFT? Which entity was debited, and ...
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Which countries are affected by Russia's decree banning oil sales to them?

Vladimir Putin bans Russian oil exports to countries that imposed price cap over Ukraine war President Vladimir Putin has delivered Russia's long-awaited response to a Western price cap, signing off ...
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What are the possible mechanisms of security guarantees for Ukraine?

My question is based on this post by Radio Free Europe. In a nutshell, there was a peace plan suggested that includes security guarantees for Ukraine. What are some reasonable mechanisms for such ...
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How can we estimate the real support of continued resistance among Ukrainian citizens?

Inspired by the question How can we estimate the real support of the war among Russian citizens? and discussion therein. Is there an estimate how many Ukrainians (on Ukrainian-controlled territory, ...
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How can we estimate the real support of the war among Russian citizens?

I've read that up to 70% of Russian citizens support an ongoing invasion to some extent. But these numbers were coming from government-affiliated organizations (VCIOM etc.); I think one can't really ...
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Is Bakhmut an important city in the Ukraine war, and if so, why?

Russia and Ukraine have been fighting over it for over 4 months. Is there a reason why the city seems to be considered important for the war? I heard analysts say that the city only has a symbolic ...
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Why doesn't the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" exclude repayment explicitly?

It is widely stated that "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022" exempts Ukraine from paying back for military aid, e.g. Under the current American law . . . makes the recipient ...
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What is the argument made by Gregor Gysi against the delivery of weapons by Germany to Ukraine?

In a TV debate the prominent left wing politician Gregor Gysi made the following argument. (Translated) Interviewer: You didn't change your opinion on weapons delivery to Ukraine? You are still ...
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What position exactly did Merkel express recently about the Minsk agreements?

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel gave an interview to the Zeit - but the Zeit is paywalled and I don't speak German. In that interview, she supposedly said: I thought that the introduction of ...
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Why Iran does not sell drones to Ukraine instead?

Iran provides Shahed-136 drones to Russia, to launch them into Ukraine. This way, Iran obviously gets into friction with the EU, the US, and other world powers that are standing on Ukraine's side. ...
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Would it be possible for NATO to intercept russian cruise missiles over the Ukraine from NATO airspace, and avoid becoming a party of the war? [closed]

In media reports and discussions, the impossibility of a no-fly zone was discussed since the current (2022) war in Ukraine started. Basically, a no-fly zone would entail NATO jets shooting down ...
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Would a tit-for-tat retaliation against Russian civilian infrastructure be a violation of the Geneva convention?

Ukraine is currently suffering from a series of Russian attacks against civilian infrastructure, which might soon result in the entire country not having access to electricity. Does the Geneva ...
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