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Why did (most of) the European NATO members support Ukraine's aspirations to joining NATO?

This article argues an alternative (maybe even complementary) view regarding the cause of the Russian invasion of Ukraine: (..) Russia’s security concerns are in fact genuine, and NATO expansion ...
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Why not have a partial no-fly zone for Ukraine? [duplicate]

From what I understand, the major argument against establishing a no-fly zone is that it requires attacks beyond Ukraine's borders. The first step in establishing a no-fly zone is to knock out AA ...
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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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Was there more tension during the cold war or now? [closed]

I was born shortly after the so called cold war ended. Now we are again with the two giants (Russia and USA) barking at each other. Is it now worse than then?
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How strong is public opinion that the West is too soft on Putin?

What are the poll results regarding how many people think that the international community and the West are too soft on Putin by more or less allowing Russia to destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians?
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease? I heard that most disputes are settled through bilateral ...
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Did the OSCE logs show that Ukraine was amassing troops near the Donbass region prior to Russia moving in? [duplicate]

In a podcast with Lex Friedman, Oliver Stone mentions (at around 57:20 here) that the OSCE logged a buildup of 110,000 Ukranian troops on the border with Donbass prior to Russia sending it's troops to ...
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Why does Ukraine desire EU membership?

On the 28 February 2022, four days after the Russian invasion had started, Ukraine applied for membership in EU. What were the long and short term causes behind, and the trigger of, Ukraine's resolve ...
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Is it in the European Union's interest to allow Ukraine to join?

What would be the pros and cons from the EU's perspective?
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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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How does the Ukrainian public perceive the EU accession process (especially the timelines, as of June 2022)?

On June 16th, the leaders of France, Germany and Italy gave some support to the Ukrainian request for EU Candidate status. While Candidate status may lead to membership, to me it looks like a promise ...
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How is a "mercenary soldier" defined in international law?

Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister has claimed that the two British men, currently under sentence of death, were "mercenaries" attached to the Ukrainian army, and hence not subject ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

The Ukrainian military is basically starving for more advanced equipments. From what is public information, it is clear that the West hasn't been supplying to the levels that would satisfy the ...
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Has Macron explained which outcomes/situations he thinks (or perhaps was even let on by Putin) would be "humiliating" for Russia?

A fair bit of commentary has been written about Macron saying that Russia must not be "humiliated" in this war. Zelensky, for instance, said he doesn't understand what Macron is talking ...
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What organization or country would be able to pull off a successful peace negotiation between Ukraine and Russia? [closed]

Since the Minsk II Accord was declared a failure in early 2022 there have been several failed peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia. Here. The three most common problems of failed negotiations ...
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Is it possible for Ukraine to hold the parliamentary election in 2023 while in a state of war?

The Ukranian parliament - Verkhovna Rada - is set to be reelected in October 2023. Assuming that the Russian invasion persists to that time, what would be the appropriate course of action? Do they ...
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Why is working from home/green commute not seriously considered by Western governments to tackle climate change and to reduce Russian oil use?

In the time of the pandemic, working from home was widespread in most European countries including the UK, which led to a drop in fuel prices. However, during the war in Ukraine, working from home was ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

Two UK citizens received the death sentence by the Donetsk People's Republic. As far as I understand, the UK does not recognize DPR. I would guess that they can't protest to something that to them ...
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What were the causes behind, and trigger of, the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24/2/22?

What is an unbiased view of the causes and trigger of the armed conflict in Ukraine, that started on the 24th of February 2022? With “trigger” is meant the most recent cause. The one that was like “...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Russia keeps repeating that they do not want to hinder the grain shipping in any way and that the port in Mariupol is safe to use. Why not to say, then, let's ship from Mariupol if that port is safe? ...
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Is there a formal notion of a declaration of war in the Ukrainian constitution?

In Feb 2022, president Zelensky declared martial law and general mobilization. Is there a more formal declaration of [state of] war he (or the Rada) could have issued, according to the Ukrainian ...
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When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and why?

When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and what was its causes and triggers? I have heard different dates. Some claim that it started on the 24 of February this year, while some claim that ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

You can find claims all over the media that Ukraine cannot export their grain (I assume it was last year's production since it is too early for the new harvest) because the Russian navy has blockaded ...
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Why do Western countries not send more powerful weapons to Ukraine?

One of the most important reasons for Ukrainians being able to defend themselves against the Russian military is the weapons sent by various NATO / EU countries. However, it seems that there is quite ...
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What are the similarities and differences between the Cuba crises and today’s situation in Ukraine? [closed]

Today's situation in Ukraine reminds somewhat of the so called Cuba Crises of 1962. What are the similarities, if any, and differences between the two? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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Was it clear in advance that the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky would try to make the Jewish Rosh Hashanah a public holiday in Ukraine? [closed]

In 2020, Volodymyr Zelensky who became Ukrainian president in May 2019 made the Jewish Rosh Hashanah a Ukrainian public holiday (wrong, see the Update at the bottom!) - at least when believing the ...
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Are Ukrainian civilians forced to fight against their will?

Multiple European newspapers stated that the Ukrainian government was doing everything in its power to allow the Ukrainian civilians to flee the country safely. I was under the impression that ...
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What is the ethnic composition of Russian military forces?

The Russian war in Ukraine has at various points been framed in Russia and in Western media outlets in ethnic terms. Given that Russia is itself a multi-ethnic state, this led me to wonder what ...
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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

[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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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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