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Ukraine: compromising on the Sweden/Austria model. Has Russia indicated its position on EU membership?

(Note: Austria and Sweden are both in the EU, but neither is in NATO) Today, March 16th, the Russians are talking about a possible compromise (which for now Ukraine is cool on, due to ongoing war *). ...
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Has Russia shown any indication, before the war, that it would court-martial its soldiers if they commit war crimes?

There is a number of reports of claims of Russian soldiers committing war crimes during the prosecution of Russia's 2022 war of aggression on Ukraine. Usually armies prevent their own soldiers from ...
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Why is the president of Ukraine giving up on NATO membership this early in the war?

I'm puzzled by the recent statement of president Zelensky about giving up hopes of being a NATO member. Isn't the case for NATO membership stronger than ever? Why would he give up already? Wouldn't it ...
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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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Did the Minsk Agreements somehow give Russia the right to move troops into Ukraine?

There is a video circulating since (shortly?) before the Russian invasion of Ukraine (it was published at latest on Feb 15, 2022) in which someone (apparently an "Oleg Pakholkov" (Олег ...
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Would a (nuclear) strike that hits an NATO member state embassy/extraterritoriality in Ukraine be considered a (nuclear) strike against NATO?

The NATO website has an article about Collective defence - Article 5 which reads The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an ...
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Why do people believe that if Putin ceases to be Russian president, the Russo-Ukraine war will cease?

It seems like quite a lot of people think that the current war in Ukraine is entirely down to Putin, and if Putin dies / is assassinated / is replaced in a coup etc, then the war will end. Examples: ...
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Can the current European sanctions against Russia have a significant effect?

Many European countries and the EU itself have imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. However, according to this Guardian article citing this study, European nations are ...
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How does UK MP Bob Seely's 2018 paper "Definition of Contemporary Russian Conflict" hold up in 2022 in Ukraine? (Seely's seven elements)

After seeing his discussion in the BBC's 2022-03-11 video Is Russia setting the stage to use chemical weapons in Ukraine? - BBC Newsnight (my transcription with help of closed captions): The trouble ...
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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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What will happen to the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine? [duplicate]

I am wondering what will happen to all the sanctions against Russia if it succeeds in conquering Ukraine. As far as I understand it, the purpose of the sanctions against Russia, at this point in time, ...
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What is the purpose of the siege of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian invaders?

What are the geopolitical, military and humanitarian objectives that will be achieved following a successful siege of the civilian population of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol by the Russian military ...
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Could humanitarian aid be provided in Mariupol through the air?

Judging from the news that I have access to, it appears as if the residents of Mariupol in the southeast of Ukraine - hundreds of thousands of people - were stuck in a city without fresh water, food, ...
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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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Why does Ukraine not simply agree to Russia's demands? [closed]

All Russia seemingly want is for Ukraine to remain neutral and not join NATO or EU. Why does Ukraine not simply agree to these demands? If the only (realistic) options available to Ukraine are: ...
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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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Has Ukraine ever considered being neutral after the collapse of the Soviet Union?

This article that was written a few weeks before Russia invaded Ukraine suggests that Emmanuel Macron did not rule out the idea of Ukraine's neutrality following Finland as a model: During the tense ...
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What is the sentiment inside the United Russia party now? [closed]

The United Russia party controls its country, so I assume that most people affiliated with this party support the Ukraine occupation. Has anyone in this party publicly come out opposing the Ukraine ...
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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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Why would countries attack civilian facilities like hospitals during war?

Very recently, on 8th March 2022, Russia allegedly has bombed a Ukrainian children’s hospital in Mariupol, as reported by among others CNN and BBC. There have been similar incidents in the past: USA ...
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Why would the Russian army shoot fleeing civilians in Ukraine? [closed]

There have been several reports from Ukraine during the recent war, where a "humanitarian corridor" is supposedly set up so that civilians can leave their city under siege, but is not ...
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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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If Russia plans to demilitarize Ukraine, does that mean (e.g.) they plan to take over or dismantle the Kharkiv tank factory (and design bureau)?

Ukraine has inherited (from Soviet times) the Morozov design bureau and the Malyshev (tank) factory, both located in Kharkiv. These have been responsible for a non-trivial amount of armored vehicles, ...
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Why is Poland offering its MIGs to the US instead of waiting for their replacements?

The US offered Poland to replace its MIGs if they are being offered to the Ukraine military. However, Poland now wants to send the MIGs to the US. Is this done so that the US can offer them to Ukraine ...
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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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Why did Russia invade Ukraine now, in 2022? [duplicate]

Are there any indications why Russia decided to threaten and then invade Ukraine at the time it did? In particular: The two countries were already at war with each other since 2014. Have there been ...
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Why are Pakistani and Turkish students pretending to be Indians to flee Ukraine? [closed]

There are reports of Pakistani and Turkish students using the Indian Flag to flee out of the war in Ukraine. Why are they not able to use the flags of their native countries to flee of out of Ukraine?
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Why can't Russia stop Ukraine from joining NATO by signing a treaty with a friendly NATO state?

One of the core demands that Russia is making on Ukraine is that Ukraine enshrine neutrality, thereby permanently refraining from joining NATO. In other words, one of the reasons Russia went to war is ...
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Who decided that Ukraine can't at the same time be in the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement and in the Eurasian Customs Union?

When trying to research the start of the Maidan Revolution, I see different claims. Supposedly, the EU declared that Ukraine can't join the European Union–Ukraine Association Agreement if it joins the ...
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Are there any clues as to how China's leadership thinks about Russia's invasion of Ukraine as it relates to Taiwan?

I'm curious if there are any clues about how China's leadership is thinking about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, particularly it's occupation of the Russian-speaking west, as it relates to Taiwan. ...
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How can Putin save face?

Former MI6 Chief, Sir Robert John Sawers, says we need to be a little bit careful about how we do that, we must leave Putin a way out And Yuval Noah Harari says: Nobody could say for sure how the ...
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Why does Russia consider the Ukrainian elections as "invalid/stolen"?

A recent question says (among other things): In Ukraine, one claim used by Russia to justify its invasion is that the current regime is a "puppet regime", that is, the elections by which it ...
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What does the written and unwritten international law say about an eventual shutdown of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant?

Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. After the Russian forces occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant there have been a lot of discussions about the risk of radiation leak, but not about the main ...
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Who are the alleged Nazis in the Ukraine government?

One of Putin's claims is that the Ukraine govermnent is made up of Nazis and these need to be removed. We could just write this off as propaganda, but even propaganda is often twisting of or being ...
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What would be the consequences of a drastic reduction of Ukrainian and Russian exports? [closed]

In Spain, supermarkets have started limiting purchase of sunflower oil beyond 5 liters per person. It looks like there are supplying problems, since both Russia and Ukraine are the main exporters of ...
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What if any role did the series "Servant of Nation" play in getting Volodymyr Zelenskyy elected as President?

It is well known that Volodymyr Zelenskyy was a television personality before he became President of Ukraine. He played the lead character in the Ukrainian television series Servant of the Nation It ...
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What would it take to require Russia to pay war reparations to Ukraine?

According to this about $1 trillion dollars of Russian assets have been frozen by the international community This money is currently 'frozen', not 'taken' i.e. there's an expectation that it will at ...
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Can the US send in troops to Ukraine by removing all markings [closed]

It seems like Russia sent troops to fight in Crimea without any markings. Why cannot the US send in a small force (for example just to take down Russian aircraft) without any markings? Also taking ...
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Who is the Russian military commander in charge of the war on Ukraine?

It seems like we are only hearing from Putin about the military operations. When we hear about Russian generals it's about them getting killed, like Sukhovetsky, deputy commander of 41st Army. Which ...
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Apart from Serbia, have there been pro-Russia/pro-Putin demonstrations in other countries, since the war started?

https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-60630351 Up to 4,000 people have taken part in a pro-Russia demonstration in the Serbian capital. Friday's march was a show of support for Moscow after its ...
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Why did Russia inform the IAEA about taking control of the territory around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear station two days before attacking it?

On March 2: Russia has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that its military forces have taken control of the territory around Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), ...
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To what extent were civilians targeted in the conflict/war in Donbass in 2014-2022?

The conflict/war in the Donbass (the parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine in which pro-Russian separatists have declared independence) has cost several thousands of civilian lives from ...
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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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What would setting up a no-fly zone by NATO over Ukraine actually mean?

Zelensky has recently requested NATO to set up a no-fly zone over Ukraine hoping to reduce the bombing and NATO rejected this request. The main reason provided for this was not dragging the alliance ...
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Historical examples of sanctioning Oligarchs

Are there any modern historical examples that demonstrated the efficacy of sanctions (economic pressure) to halt a superior invading nation state?
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Can Ukraine cede territory to a NATO country for a limited duration, by presidential decree? [duplicate]

A suggestion was posted to Reddit that Ukraine could cede all of its lands except for one city to a NATO country for 20 years, effective from the time of signature, which would render 98% of the ...
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If Russia wins what will happen to the sanctions long term? [duplicate]

Suppose Putin "wins" by killing Zelenskyj staging a "democratic" election instating a new Russian friendly government withdrawing all Russian troops What will happen to the ...
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Why doesn't any nuclear power country which is supporting Ukraine hand them a Nuclear Bomb?

Some 25 nations were on the call and all said they would continue to contribute aid, some saying for the first time their support will include lethal assistance. NATO was also represented. In addition,...
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Have any high-level EU politicians said what the response would be if Russia damages an Ukrainian nuclear reactor, releasing a massive radiation wave?

The questions seem less than theoretical, with news reports of a fire at Ukrainian nuclear reactor (at Zaporizhzhia), which can't be extinguished due to fighting. (N.B. insofar the fire is localized ...
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Did anybody expect Russie to invade? [closed]

Russia have always stated that Ukraine into NATO was a "red line" issue. It doesn't seem like that statement was respected, and now here we are, with Russia invading Ukraine. My question is, ...
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