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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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What caused the deterioration of relations between Poland and Ukraine?

My source is the BBC World News, but in short Poland had recently stopped supplying Ukraine with weapons/wartime aid. According to the report, there was a disagreement regarding cheap grain prices ...
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Why did Poland and Romania side with Ukraine in February 2022? [closed]

If Poland or Romania had marched into Ukraine from the west, they could have easily annexed lots of fertile land and valuable cities. I cannot imagine their leaders to be too dumb to recognize the ...
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Why do some people support Russia's war in Ukraine?

The Economist Intelligence Unit reported in March that some 33% of the world's population live in countries that support Russia in their war with Ukraine, and another 30% live in countries that are ...
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According to each of Russia and Ukraine, are Russia and Ukraine officially at war with each other?

My understanding is that while both countries are "obviously" at war, neither country has officially declared war on each other. So, according to each of (1) Russia and (2) Ukraine, are they ...
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How popular is Vivek Ramaswamy's idea to compromise with Russia on Ukraine in exchange of Russia's dropping alliance with China?

Vivek Ramaswamy, one of Republican presidential candidates, suggests in his article that China is American main rival and that it is wise to get Russia's neutrality in exchange for compromising on ...
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Any public information confirming arms shipments to Ukrainian ports via grain deal?

In Russian military Tg channels who mocked the "grain deal" from the beginning, there was a recurring theme that Ukraine is exploiting Russian weakness and unpreparedness for confrontation ...
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What are the practical differences between a "special military operation" and a war?

I have read a lot about why Russia wanted to call their invasion a "special military operation" (there were wildly different opinions) and I am now interested in the practical aspects of ...
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Why did Ukraine mobilize a relatively small number of soldiers for the war?

As far as I can tell, Ukraine mobilized less than 500 thousand people for the war effort. But given that the war is an existential crisis for the nation, why didn’t they mobilize a few million men in ...
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What exactly was Russia supposed to get as part of the Black Sea Grain Initiative?

The Black Sea Grain Initiative, was brokered in July of 2022 by Turkey (and the UN?), and involved Russia, Ukraine and other world states. Russia has recently (July 2023) allowed the deal to expire ...
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"Some 40 countries... on the sidelines of the (Russia v. Ukraine) war were invited to talks... in Saudi Arabia" Who was/wasn't invited? Who declined?

The New York Times' August 5, 2023 Ukraine Starts New Diplomatic Push to Weaken Russia begins: Ukraine made a renewed push this weekend at a gathering in Saudi Arabia to win the support of dozens of ...
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What are the similarities/differences between Russia's conscription and their mobilization?

What really differentiates Russia's twice-yearly conscription cycle from the mobilization drive? On one end, conscripts seem to not go to Ukraine much these days, whereas a whole lot of not always ...
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Which countries has the RF designated as maritime warring parties in its war against Ukraine? [closed]

In a verbal exchange conveyed in this tweet (the original is in Russian, but it has English subtitles, which seem accurate), the Russian warship announces to a passing civilian ship the country under ...
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What is this bracelet on Zelenskyy's wrist?

When reading some article recently, I noticed that Zelenskyy is wearing a thin black bracelet around his left wrist: Looking at other pictures of him, past and present, I didn't notice that bracelet, ...
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What happens under NATO Article 5 if a state involved in a war (like Ukraine) joins NATO?

Why would Ukraine joining NATO at the present time not result in an immediate state of war between NATO members and Russia because of Article 5 obligations to defend a member state under attack? I ...
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Why do Poland and Lithuania push for NATO membership for Ukraine instead of sending troops to Ukraine directly?

Lithuanian and Polish presidents visit Kyiv, back Ukraine's path to NATO Lithuania and Poland are in favor of Ukraine joining NATO. Presumably, this is because they view it as NATO's duty to protect ...
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