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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 Ukraine, in non-Ruble currency, for the gas transiting through Ukraine to EU in 2022? How were the transfers accomplished? SWIFT? Which entity was debited, and which entity ...
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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 about the Minsk agreements in this December 2022 interview?

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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What effects can the nuclear attack on a non-nuclear country have on the deterrence and nonproliferation?

The media occasionally mentions the possibility of the Russian Federation using a tactical nuclear bomb in Ukraine. The last and only case like that was back in August 1945, and after the Soviet Union ...
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What is the Austrian/Swiss rationale for maintaining weapons supply neutrality amidst Russian invasion?

Austria and Switzerland are neutral which mean (as far as I understand) that they don't supply any military or double-target anything to the fighting countries, don't treat the wounded soldiers, etc. ...
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Why didn't the US and allies supply Ukraine with air defense systems before the October strikes?

As was well covered in the media, the Russian war of aggression came into a new phase in October with strikes on the civilian energy infrastructure in Ukraine. I can understand why they're doing this ...
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Why does Ukraine hurry to reject the possibility of the rocket missile that hit Poland being part of its air defense missile strikes?

A missile hit eastern Poland during Russia's mass strike. As this seems to be the first time when a missile hits NATO territory, this created a lot of reactions ranging from more cerebral to ...
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Why do many officials in Russia and Ukraine often prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia"?

I've noticed that many officials in both Russia and Ukraine prefer to speak of "the Russian Federation" rather than more simply "Russia". (I believe most outside the former USSR ...
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Does the US government consider a prolonged war in Ukraine as a geopolitical advantage for the US against Russia?

According to Washington Post, the US government is asking Ukraine to be more open to negotiations with the current Russian regime: The Biden administration is privately encouraging Ukraine’s leaders ...
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What can the Indian government do to help Indian students in Ukraine amid the war situation? [closed]

Indian students in Ukraine (mostly studying medicine) have been recently advised to return to India shortly after many of them went back to their Ukrainian universities. Many students had been ...
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Why is Russia still allowed to be in United Nations? [closed]

I've seen UN Sustainable Development Goals. They are all worthy of doing and lofty. Countries often impose those goals on the population by introducing regulation. Meanwhile Russia seems to be against ...
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Who is the target audience of Russia's October 2022 claims about dirty bombs?

In recent days (October 2022), Russia has intensified claims that Ukraine is working on 'dirty' radioactive weapons, i.e. radioactive isotopes dispersed by conventional explosives. Who is the primary (...
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Are power plants legitimate military targets under international law?

I've seen clips and articles stating that recent Russian attacks on Ukrainian power plants amount to "War Crimes". This seems right to me but I couldn't find any resource explicitly ...
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What is the logic behind Putin's nuclear mobilization? [closed]

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-nuclear-weapons-train-video/ https://nypost.com/2022/10/03/putin-deploys-worlds-largest-submarine-nuclear-convoy/ Putin is mobilizing his strategic nuclear weapons ...
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Why does the "Tanks for Ukraine" discussion focus on the Leopard 2?

It may simply be my media bubble but it seems that the discussion on providing main battle tanks to the Ukraine focuses strongly, almost entirely, on the German Leopard 2. Why is that? Now I ...
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What is behind Ukraine's unwavering stance regarding the outcome of the war [closed]

With the exception of March when Ukraine wasn't so sure it could fend off what seemed like a relentless Russian advance and was thus willing to make quite a few concessions, its position regarding the ...
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What does the West gain by not letting Russia swallow Ukraine? [closed]

I sort of get the official reasons why the West did not just let Russia to just swallow Ukraine: Invading other countries and taking what's not yours is bad (even if some of it used to be yours in ...
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Would it be possible for Russia to "unannex" parts of Ukraine?

How easy is it now for Russia to undo their annexation of the parts of Ukraine that they recently took or at least laid claim to? e.g. if there was a change of leadership to someone not in favour of ...
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How is the Chinese officialdom, press, or intelligentsia discussing Russia's possible use of nuclear weapons in the Ukraine war?

It's certainly known that the Chinese press and officials have openly blamed NATO and the USA more specifically for the war in Ukraine. On the other hand, China officially has a "no first use&...
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Has NATO recently threatened to nuke Russia?

In his 2022-09-21 speech (archived copy with https here), Putin referred to statements made by some high-ranking representatives of the leading NATO countries on the possibility and admissibility of ...
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Will Ukrainian PoWs who took part in the referendum be punished in context of ukrainian threats?

As reported in some Russian sources, like this one some Ukrainian PoWs took part in the referendum. Since Ukrainian government called the referendum illegal and a crime, do the PoWs who took part in ...
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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? [closed]

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 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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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 is the limit of the weapons that President Biden can authorize sending to Ukraine?

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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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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How many Russian politicians send their own children to the war in Ukraine? [closed]

Today Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a "partial mobilisation", hoping to add 300,000 more soldiers to the war in Ukraine. This follows the success of Ukraine's counter-offensive, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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