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Why is a country like Poland that is vehemently anti-refugee so accommodating to people of Ukraine?

Novaya Gazeta Europe has the good explanation: because Europe does not accept this war and is ready to stand against. Europeans think that invading another sovereign, more or less normal (no mass ...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

Yes, basically. To exemplify with Poland, as reported in April: Over fifty cases of discrimination were reported to the Center for Monitoring Racist and Xenophobic Behavior in Warsaw, its head Konrad ...
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Has the conflict in Ukraine provoked an increase in discrimination against ethnic Russians?

The answer is 'yes'. Search terms are 'russophobia' and the country you are interested in. Example result. A growing anti-Russian sentiment has been reported in several European countries since the ...
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How are Russian elite military forces performing in Ukraine?

Russia made large assumptions about their ability to reach Kyiv in 48 hours (another reference). This is so different from that happened later that it really cannot be said they performed anywhere ...
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To what extent can the Russian war in Ukraine be seen as an attempt to resolve a food crisis?

National illegal food grabbing in times of major starvation is history in the making. Thus, in food crises, that cannot successfully be dealt with through state diplomacy, attacks on prosperous ...
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To what extent can the Russian war in Ukraine be seen as an attempt to resolve a food crisis?

I think a more general question would be, whether there are structural reasons for this conflict. There's a lot more in play than arable lands: preferential access to the mineral-rich Donbass region ...
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To what extent can the Russian war in Ukraine be seen as an attempt to resolve a food crisis?

Are there ways in which the current policies can be seen as a continuation of Russia's inherent problem, as a largely landlocked country This is a resounding No. Russia is not a land-locked country ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

China has published a White Paper on the situation with Taiwan, here is the translation: The spokesperson of the Taiwan Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China was authorized ...
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Has China ever clearly stated that it would invade Taiwan if it declares independence?

And inevitably, immediately after posting my question, I stumbled onto the full English text of China's Anti-Secession Law of 2015 (反分裂国家法). Article 8 reads: In the event that the "Taiwan ...
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What arguments do Russia-critics offer to support their view that Russia is committing genocide?

Whether war crimes have been committed or not is a matter of collecting evidence and presenting it in a court - it is more about the criminal investigation than arguing. What requires arguing here is ...
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What arguments do Russia-critics offer to support their view that Russia is committing genocide?

They also cite Russian state media (РИА Новости) postings like this (source, The Guardian): Ukrainianism is an artificial anti-Russian construct that has no civilisational substance of its own, a ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War?

This is kind-of open ended or opinionated question, especially in terms of what one might consider the important issues of comparison. The main difference, IMHO: no superpower claimed parts of Vietnam ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War?

The only similarity is that both conflicts can be seen as proxy wars between USA and Russia (USSR). In Vietnam USSR was supplying Vietnam with weapons and other military aid to fight USA, now USA is ...
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How does the Russian invasion of Ukraine compare with the Vietnam War?

Uh, next to zero? Vietnam was a counterinsurgency war, guerrillas vs conventional army. Those wars tend to be lost by outsiders (Malaysia being one of the few counterexamples and it's not that ...
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What are the chances of Georgia and Chechnya rebelling while Russia is occupied in Ukraine?

It does not seem likely. Putin's failure in the blitzkrieg attempt in Ukraine has to do with Russia's weak expeditionary force. The Soviet army was built primarily for defense. It relied and relies ...
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Pacifist position on Ukraine

I think these quotes from a Belgian and German NGOs kinda summarize the situation of peace activists in these circumstances: “We had maybe three, 4,000 people, which is not many,” Ludo De Brabander, ...
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Is there a faction in the Ukrainian parliament favoring an immediate ceasefire?

The two most significant political Parties advocating for peace with Russia are Opposition Platform — For Life (43/450 seats in Rada) and Opposition Bloc (6/450). Both are currently banned. REFERENCES:...
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Is there a faction in the Ukrainian parliament favoring an immediate ceasefire?

The "peace faction" covers most of the Ukrainian government starting from Zelensky himself. All they want is to restore the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and then OK to ...
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