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Why does the US keep announcing what they think Russia is going to do in Ukraine?

There must be some motive here that I can't understand. For one I can easily think of reasons why the US wouldn't want to make public the things that they know, if not for any other reason than to ...
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What does it mean for Russia to put its nuclear deterrence forces on ‘high alert’?

As can be read in various sources, for example The Guardian, Russia has put its ‘nuclear deterrence forces’ on high alert. What does that even mean? Isn’t the point of Mutually Assured Destruction (...
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What would Ukraine gain by joining the European Union rapidly?

President Zelensky of Ukraine urged the European Union today to grant his country immediate accession to the EU bloc. Would joining the EU bloc rapidly allow the European Union members to help more ...
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Was the change in government in Ukraine legal?

President Putin recently called the change in government in Ukraine an "anti-constitutional coup and a military seizure of power". Obviously, the interim government and their Western allies disagree, ...
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Why do EU sanctions against Russia stop short of a total trade ban?

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine now officially around the corner (or even underway), I am surprised how minimalistic and non-committal the proposed sanctions are. Even the US "mother of all ...
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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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What do independent reputable onlookers think of figures quoted by Ukraine for Russian losses?

Ukraine independent media seems to quote figures from its General Staff, that sound large, and it's hard to get a sense if they are likely to be accurate, or inflated. Are these figures seen as ...
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Is it politically acceptable to incentivize soldiers of another country to desert?

If the USA (or another western country) wants to help Ukraine without sending troops, one thing it can do is to convince Russian soldiers in Ukraine to desert the Russian army, for example, by ...
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Isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation?

As the title asks, isn't sending weapons to Ukraine an escalation in the war? Perhaps, due to this not being a 'declared war' or an 'invasion' (from the Russian pov), so sending weapons to Ukraine isn'...
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What makes the war in Ukraine exceptional?

I would like to state beforehand that the war Ukraine is tragic and I hope the conflict will end soon (preferably resolved via negotiations). However it is hard to ignore that it receives a lot more ...
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What reasoning did Eritrea provide for its vote on the UN resolution against the war in Ukraine?

In the recent UN General Assembly resolution denouncing Russia's actions in Ukraine, only four countries were opposed, besides Russia itself. We have Belarus, a close ally of Russia that is involved ...
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Why does the US treat the problems of Russia and Ukraine as its own?

In this question, I do not raise questions about the conflicts themselves. The question is different - how is the fact that the United States recognizes these problems as its own justified from a ...
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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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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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How would Ukraine joining NATO affect Russian security?

The current Russian troop buildup close to Ukraine and the exercise in Belarus are partially justified by Russian security interests which, in particular, mean that Russia very much opposes NATO ...
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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 is the meaning of the Z and V symbols being sported by the Russians in the current Russo-Ukrainian conflict?

There are these two symbols (Z & V) which are considered as Russian prowar symbols which are appearing on Russian Army vehicles and being worn by Russians supporting the war. There is some ...
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Does the DOJ's declining to investigate the Trump-Zelensky call ruin the basis for impeachment?

Background 2019-07-25US President Donald Trump had a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that is central to the recent Trump–Ukraine controversy. 2019-09-24Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker ...
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Why are Western politicians even bothering to react to Russian claims?

Some examples of claims from Russia which Western politicians recently had to respond to: Ukraine was making nuclear weapons in Chernobyl Ukraine had biolabs working on new biological weapons Ukraine'...
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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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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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Why did Putin call Ukrainian officials “drug addicts”?

Among other things, Putin has called the Ukrainian leadership a “band of drug addicts” (source) shortly before invading Ukraine in 2022. This seems like a strange accusation. He could have simply ...
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What is strategic about Chernobyl?

On the very first day (well, arguably) of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces took control of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and ghost city, as well as Pripyat. I fail to see how is ...
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What is the United States' interest in Ukraine?

I read several articles on why Russia is interested in Ukraine. But not much found on why USA is going after it. Appreciate if someone can explain this to me.
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Why doesn't the US send airplanes to Ukraine, when the Soviets sent MiGs to North Vietnam?

During the Vietnam War, the Soviets sent hundreds of MiGs to North Vietnam. Now, Americans say they cannot send airplanes to Ukraine lest it lead to escalation. Why wasn't the Soviet assistance to ...
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What is the motivation for the expansion of NATO in Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, at the risk of starting a hot war with Russia?

My understanding is that due to its overall economic conditions today, Russia, a country much weaker than Soviet Union, does not have enough military power to defeat NATO in a hot war without invoking ...
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What exactly does Putin mean by 'genocide' in Ukraine?

Today, Russia's president Vladimir Putin was talking with Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Putin referred to the situation in Ukraine's breakaway regions as a 'genocide'. What exactly is he ...
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How are the Polish, Czech and Slovenian PMs going to travel to Kyiv without getting harmed?

Czech, Polish, Slovenian PMs visiting Kyiv to meet Zelenskiy How do the Czech/Polish/Slovenian PMs know their transport isn't going to be attacked? They are after all going through a war zone. Only ...
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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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Serbia will not impose sanctions against Russia, why?

In Europe, there are not many countries that have not sanctioned Russia for attacking Ukraine. Serbia is one of the few that has not so far done so. What reasons have the country's leadership given ...
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Why is the population of post-Soviet states declining?

After the fall of the Soviet Union, many modern European states gain independence: the Baltic republics, Ukraine, Belarus. But there is something common among nearly all of them: their populations ...
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Why is the fact that Ukraine President Zelenskyy publicly stated that Trump didn't pressure him whatsoever being ignored?

People are up in arms about allegations that President Trump's pressured Ukraine to reopening an investigation into Joe Biden. My question is, why are the mainstream media and the people leading the ...
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Why does Russia try to prevent Ukraine from getting closer to the EU?

Which disadvantages does Russia fear?
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Why has no one requested the tape of the Trump/Ukraine call?

Given that the transcript released is not word for word and that it contains a disclaimer explaining it's not a 'verbatim transcript', why has no one, whether Democrats seeking to impeach, or ...
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Was it advantageous for Russia to invade while holding the presidency of UN Security Council?

The Russian Federation is the current president of the UN Security Council. During the emergency UN security meeting, Ukraine asked that Russia give up their title in light of the recent attack. Did ...
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Why don't signatories of Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances (except Russia) protect Ukraine with force?

The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of ...
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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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Why is it not an invasion if Russia sends troops into Ukraine?

A quote from a Reuters article on Feb 21, 2022: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the deployment of troops to two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine after recognizing them as independent on ...
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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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What would Ukraine gain by disclosing intelligence information about Putin assassination plans? [closed]

These days, there have been media reports claiming that parts of the Russian elite have plans to assassinate Putin, citing Ukrainian intelligence as sources. However, I am not aware of details on how ...
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Has Russia recognized land currently held by Ukraine as sovereign territory of the LPR/DPR?

In the context of the recognition of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic by Russia, I cannot seem to find whether the territories of said republics correspond only to what ...
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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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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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Has the Orange Revolution improved the fairness of Ukrainian elections according to independent observers?

In late 2004, the Orange Revolution took place in Ukraine after elections that were accompanied by widescale corruption and fraud. Initially, Yanukovych was declared the winner. The protests resulted ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

In a recent answer, user kandi made this statement: the war probably could have been ended by now if the West wasn't passionatly supporting the bloodshed by provided just as much arms as to keep ...
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On what grounds did Vladimir Putin invoke Article 51 of the UN Charter for self defence while going into Ukraine?

In his announcement (at 20:02) of the special military operations, Vladimir Putin invoked article 51 of the UN charter, justifying these operations as self-defence. However, since Russia was never ...
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Why has India abstained on the UNSC resolution on Russia in Ukraine?

Why has India abstained on the UN Security Council resolution condemning the Russian invasion of Ukraine? EDIT: The Finantial Times published India sticks with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s invasion ...
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Soldiers abroad without identifying marks - Crimea situation

There's one issue that I haven't seen discussed about the current Crimea situation that feels strange - what are the international law consequences of having your soldiers abroad without identifying ...
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Did Ukraine lose half its GDP because of sanctions against Russia after its 2014 invasion of Crimea?

Note: This was originally posted in 2018, before the 2022 war. According to a Russian News Agency Ukrainian politician Evgeny Murayev said that Anti-Russian sanctions of the EU and the United States ...
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Why would Russian troops in Ukraine fly the flag of the USSR? And why would the Russian MoD advertise this?

From this video which appears genuine: I'm miffed at why the Russian soldiers are flying the flag of the USSR. And why would the Russian Ministry of Defense advertise this? A little more search ...
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