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Will Ukraine jeopardize its position as a country waging a war of self-defense if it attacks deep inside Russian territory?

The U.S. and some European countries have not provided Ukraine with long-range weapons capable of striking inside Russian borders. The official reason for the hesitancy is to prevent any further ...
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Are there countries in Europe where there's a 10% (or similar, but low) numeric threshold for minority language rights?

The ill-fated 2012 languages law in Ukraine (proposed by the Party of Regions, but eventually found unconstitutional by Ukraine's supreme court) allowed the use of minority languages in courts, ...
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How well is the military represented in Russia's parliament?

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently declared a "partial mobilisation", hoping to add 300,000 more soldiers to the war in Ukraine. Russia's opposition (such as Nemtsov and Navalny) ...
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How can one distinguish between "Ethnic Russians" and "mostly Russian-speaking Ethnic Ukrainians"?

According to a multi-million-views talk of John Mearsheimer (2015), the "ethno-linguistic map of Ukraine" looked like this. There's no source given in the talk for the map and I've not seen ...
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Have the pro-Russian-separtists in 2021-2022 Ukraine refused to pay to Ukraine taxes and not received political representation in Ukraine government? [closed]

Have the pro-Russian-separatists in Ukraine refused to pay taxes to Ukraine Government and not received political representation in Ukraine government?
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Have anti-Ukraine-war parties in Russia explained what their preferred end state looks like?

There're definitely people in Russia who are against the "special military operation" - c.f. protests after Putin ordered a partial mobilization. Have any of these people explained what ...
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Does President Biden have the authority to supply Ukraine with nuclear weapons?

President Biden announced that he will not send combat troops to fight in Ukraine. That he does not want to have US armed men in the line of fire means that he also would not want to put US civilians ...
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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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Association referenda in Luhansk and Donetsk: What % of the population of the balloted areas are first-language Russian speakers?

Of the population of the areas of Ukraine, now occupied by Russia, where ballots are being conducted, what percentage speak Russian - as opposed to Ukrainian - as their first language?
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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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Has the Russian Federation received any meaningful help from China or North Korea other than political statements against US/NATO/EU?

Ukraine has been receiving at least some help from various countries. I have read about many countries are sending gear and weapons to Ukraine. Almost every country is supporting Ukraine morally. ...
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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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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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Did Kiev refuse to recognise educational documents obtained from Crimean peninsula? And on what grounds?

I was reading this RT opinion piece While opening opportunities for the residents of Crimea and Donbass to study at Ukrainian universities, Kiev refuses to recognize any educational documents ...
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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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What pronouncements, if any, has Zelenskyy made concerning treatment and due process for suspected and actual collaborators?

Ukraine is currently reasserting control over large parts of its territory invaded by Russia since February 2022. It is no secret that some Ukrainians collaborated with the Russians, or at least ...
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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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Why does Poland give away so much monetary aid to Ukraine even though they took a lion's share of the Ukrainian refugees?

Why does Poland give away so much monetary aid to Ukraine even though it took two thirds of the Ukrainian refugees? Do they have a budget surplus? Is the Polish popular opinion pressing the government?...
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Will the IAEA or another third party investigate the attacks on Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant?

There is a lot of talk about Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant and the IAEA now being on scene. With the IAEA there, will they make a determination about who has been attacking the nuclear plant? If ...
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Where are the ships with Ukrainian grain?

Recently, I've read an article on Politico about those ships with grain: "Excluding Turkey as the mediator country, almost all the grain exported from Ukraine is flowing not to the poorest ...
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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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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

China and India are not participating in the sanctions imposed by the Western world on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. This has effectively made the sanctions much less effective, compared to what ...
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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 didn't Russia intervene in the Ukrainian elections?

If we accept Russia's constant meddling in US elections for a fact, and also accept that the efforts were successful, then a question arises as to why Russia couldn't or wouldn't want to prevent ...
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How do Russian war crimes compare against NATO war crimes in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan, or Ukrainian war crimes? [closed]

There has yet to be a war without war crimes. The US held some public trials and tribunals, and many soldiers were dishonorably discharged for misconduct in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were also less ...
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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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How do Ukraine aid levels compare to what was being spent on Afghanistan?

Seems like every other week we hear that Ukraine is getting some military aid. Or civilian aid. The numbers are fairly consequent, often $1+ billion on the US side. Other NATO countries also chip in....
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Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war?

Can Zelenskyy postpone the next Ukrainian election indefinitely due to war? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volodymyr_Zelenskyy Zelenskyy announced his candidacy in the 2019 Ukrainian presidential ...
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Are there any examples of official Nazi glorification in Ukraine?

Recently, the Israeli Foreign Ministery protested against Ukraine's glorification of Nazis. Ukrainian officials responded that this is the inner dealings of Ukraine. An official protest is a rather ...
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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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Who is the guy with dark glasses pointing at the rocket tail end and seemingly doing the explaining while Grossi takes notes? [closed]

Based on photo credits, TASS and various other Russian media have released several photos of IAEA chief Grossi being given an explanation around the tail end of a rocket sticking out the ground. I ...
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What is the public evidence about Russian claims concerning US promising non-expansion of NATO towards it borders?

During the recent 2022 conflict in Ukraine and the diplomatic talks preceding it, the Russian government kept saying that there were promises made by the US and the west that NATO would not expand ...
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What was the extent of Kohl's government opposition to the independence of Ukraine? [migrated]

There's a (paywalled) piece in Der Spiegel summarized as In 1991, the Helmut Kohl government wanted to prevent the eastward expansion of NATO and the independence of Ukraine - this is shown by ...
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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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Could a party other than Ukraine really be shelling the Zhaporizhye 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 have Ukrainians managed to protest in occupied Kherson?

I'm a bit at loss of how this happened: Around 2,000 people came onto the streets to protest this morning. They marched through the city centre, waving flags and singing the Ukrainian national anthem ...
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Exit strategies for the Ukraine war

[Remark three months later, Aug 24, 2022: The question seems as pressing as ever. The conflict has indeed turned into a text book war of attrition, with neither side being able to make a decisive move....
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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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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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Which countries have openly supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

I know a number of (big) countries like China and India are "fence sitting" by neither condemning the attack nor endorsing. But besides Belarus, which I'm pretty sure endorsed with words too ...
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What does Ukraine gain by having Western countries ban all Russian visa?

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said earlier in an interview with the Washington Post that Western countries should ban entry to all Russians. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, in turn, ...
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Is there any agreement between Putin and NATO?

This website has states that: On the 23rd of May, 2007, Putin signed an agreement (no 4100940-4) concerning the future intervention of NATO in Russia, in the event of civil disturbances, and natural ...
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Why is a country like Poland that is vehemently anti-refugee so accommodating to people of Ukraine?

The ruling Polish PiS party's single biggest sensationalized issue seems to be immigration and the anti-immigrant euro-skepticism. But Polish people now are very receptive of Ukrainian people. Is it ...
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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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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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Are there any multi-country EU polls on the Russian-language policies of former Soviet republics that are either full EU members or EU associates?

Are there any multi-country EU polls (like those conducted by Eurostat or Pew, although not necessarily just by those orgs) on the topic of Russian-language policies in former Soviet republics that ...
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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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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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Pacifist position on Ukraine

What/who are the prominent pacifist movements/organizations/thinkers in XXI century and what is their position on the conflict in Ukraine? Much of the public and political discussion about the ...
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What are the main similarities and differences between the present China and the present Ukraine political situations?

The American Congress’ Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has today (2/8/22) landed in Taiwan, against China’s wishes. China is therefore about to start “live fire” military ...

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