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How does the Ukrainian public perceive the EU accession process (especially the timelines, as of June 2022)?

As no native speakers appear to have stepped up... there is a poll here with at least a summary in English (poll conducted June 18-19 this year by the "Rating" group.) According to that : • ...
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Why not have a partial no-fly zone for Ukraine?

A partial no-fly zone: solves very few actual problems risks nuclear confrontation is only marginally less escalatory than a full no-fly zone reinforces Putin's narrative that it's the West-vs-...
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Why not have a partial no-fly zone for Ukraine?

Because the American government does not wish to impose a no-fly zone of any sort at the present time, and NATO members that might wish to establish an NFZ do not believe they have the capability to ...
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Why not have a partial no-fly zone for Ukraine?

The problem with the no-fly zone is not just that it might require strikes on Russian soil. Just as importantly, it would require strikes by the enforcing powers against the Russian armed forces. That ...
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Why not have a partial no-fly zone for Ukraine?

Any no-fly zone over Ukraine, even a partial one, is unlikely, because it will result in direct confrontation of NATO and Russia. Since both parties have nuclear weapons, this raises the risk of a ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

While I disagree with the conclusion, of the quote posted, many players in "the West" have publicly stated that their interest is in weakening Russia. Such statements have come from US and ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

What is Possible? The conspiracy theory presupposes that the West could be giving much more effective weapons, but isn't. So what could they give? Kandi doesn't give us an answer, which is quite ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

I read the idea behind kandi's quote as: If the West wanted Ukraine to win, they would provide very powerful weapons such that Ukraine kicks Russia's butt pronto. Since they didn't, then presumably ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

Additionally to the answer by o.m. one should add that sending military equipment isn't very helpful alone and there is training and maintenance on this equipment needed. The training for artillery ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

This question supposes that "the West" could send considerably more military aid if they wanted to. While "the West" does have more weapons to send, they say most of those are ...
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Was there more tension during the cold war or now?

This question isn't really answerable because 'tension' is not well-defined and depends on personal interpretation anyway. Still, we can say that the cold war went through periods of détente and ...
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How strong is public opinion that the West is too soft on Putin?

Germany, a poll by the broadcaster ARD. Among other things: 29% believe that German arms deliveries are insufficient, 42% believe they are appropriate, 23% think they go too far. 41% believe that ...
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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?

Arbitration can be suitable if the question is exactly which mountain ridgeline or which arm of a river delta to use. Generally small areas with low population, even if they can have huge implications ...
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Is it possible for Ukraine to hold the parliamentary election in 2023 while in a state of war?

Under current law 225 members of the Verkhovna Rada are elected by nationwide closed party-list proportional representation with 5% electoral election threshold and the other 225 seats elected in ...
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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?

If Ukraine joins NATO, the nuclear deterrent becomes the mechanism that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia. Russia will not attack a NATO member. Russia only ...
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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?

Countries can agree to arbitration. As you mentioned Ukraine, they did agree something like with Romania... over Snake Island and the surrounding EEZ. I can't think of any examples where countries ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

Israel is one of the few western countries without visa restrictions against Russia, making it popular for russian tourists. After all that cororona stuf Israel needs tourists, so why loosing the ...
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Why does Ukraine desire EU membership?

This answer sets out to identify the factors behind Ukraine’s desire for full membership in the EU. The long-term cause behind desired full EU membership would be their sense of identity with Europe, ...
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Did the OSCE logs show that Ukraine was amassing troops near the Donbass region prior to Russia moving in?

First it looks like a dupe of Is there any proof that Ukraine was planning military deployment into the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass prior to 24 February 2022? It might be worthwhile to point ...
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Is it in the European Union's interest to allow Ukraine to join?

By joining the EU Ukraines conflict with Russia will become a direct conflict between Russia and EU. So it´s questionable if it´s in EU interest to get involved in a coflict which can lead to World ...
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Why does Ukraine desire EU membership?

The short-terms one(s) are a bit obvious as (according to polls) the desire of the surveyed Ukrainians to join the EU jumped up dramatically since broad-front invasion by the Russian army has started ...
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Is it in the European Union's interest to allow Ukraine to join?

Things that the answer by o.m. is missing is a reference to the actual political situation and a reference to common values of the EU and Ukraine. There is a war between Ukraine and Russian and ...
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Is it in the European Union's interest to allow Ukraine to join?

Depends on the internal state of Ukraine and the EU, if and when it joins. I would say that it is not in the interest of the EU to let anyone join until the internal decisionmaking processes are ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

Israel has not imposed sanctions on Russia primarily because of the role Russia has been playing in Syria. Russia does not use its military presence in Syria to oppose Israeli strikes in Syria against ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

There are a number of ways to look at it. First of all, many countries have not imposed sanctions on Russia, Israel is by no means unusual. The West can't, nor should, coerce willy-nilly on those ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

Israel has thousands of Jewish immigrants who came from USSR and Russia. These immigrants have their connections in Russia.
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How is a "mercenary soldier" defined in international law?

Article 47 of the Geneva conventions: "A mercenary is any person who: Is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict; Does, in fact, take a direct part in ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

First, they are buying gear. The Turkish drones for example were straight out purchases. Now that the war has started, some countries may either have laws against supplying belligerents. Or they ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

Buying arms isn't like buying a TV set, or even buying a car. Normally, it takes several years from order to delivery. In the normal case, arms are manufactured for the specific export customer, with ...
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Why doesn't Ukraine just buy the heavy/advanced weaponry that it needs

There's two moving parts here Ukraine's GDP wasn't large before and has dropped considerably Ukraine had an estimated $155B GDP (USD) in 2020 (for comparison, US GDP for 2020 was around $21,000B). ...
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To what extent were civilians targeted in the conflict/war in Donbass in 2014-2022?

You can use this long post about the state of monitoring since 2014 (press translate) Highlights include: The 2016 report states that from 1 January to 31 December, the SMM documented 442 civilian ...
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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?

No, he has not. The proof is by argumentum ex silencio - if he did say something it would've been reported, but it hasn't been. What did Macron actually say? ... "The situation is worrying, it's ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Unfortunately, things are much more complicated. First, you should memorize, sea port is much more cargo capable than any sort of land transport. To be exact, few Ukrainian sea ports, made more than ...
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What organization or country would be able to pull off a successful peace negotiation between Ukraine and Russia?

Your net search has missed a key consideration. For successful peace talks, either one side has clearly won, and the terms of the defeat imposed on the other side are formalized, or both sides are ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Russia is lying Russia destroyed Mariupol Mariupol is not used for grain export; the main grain export city in Ukraine is Mykolaiv Russia destroyed a huge grain export facility in Mykolaiv a week ago ...
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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?

While I do think that remote work is a good thing in general, there are several important differences between the two situations you mention. Even if all businesses were to fully embrace remote work ...
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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?

A slightly different take: Traditionally, working from home was seen by employers as a bad move, purely because the employers didn't trust their employees to actually work. The pandemic has pretty ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

I would guess that they can't protest to something that to them does not exist? Not recognizing a de facto government as a sovereign state is not the same as not recognizing that it exists. The very ...
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'Can' the UK 'protest' about the death sentences to the two UK citizens?

Of course the U.K. can protest. The DPR exists "de facto". It doesn't need to exist "de jure" to be negotiated with. The vast majority of all countries have "de facto" ...
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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?

You mix different goals like fighting inflation, global warming and the Russian invasion and occupation of Ukraine. People might only share some of these goals and solutions would probably depend on ...
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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?

I looked through a ton of sources but all of them seem to come to the same conclusion that in Europe, gasoline (called petrol for the non-Americans) is not used in significant amounts. As WFH seems to ...
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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?

I would say because of the number of jobs that would be able to have remote work and the costs involved in setting up remote work. What many don't realize is that there is a decent amount of work and ...
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What were the causes behind, and trigger of, the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the 24/2/22?

Knowing the true answer requires speculation about the internal motivations of President Putin. Such a thing is out of scope on this Board. One might talk about the published reasoning of various ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Well, you have the answer in the story I've linked in your question: Russia blames the situation on what it says are Ukrainian mines So basically Ukraine shipping via Mariupol would be a tacit ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

Bevause the Russians could theoretically sink the civilian vessels. Simply put, exporting Ukrainian grain by sea will require the Russians to give it their approval because Ukraine and Russia are at ...
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Why can't Ukraine ship grain from Mariupol?

Ukraine and Russia are at war. When you are at war you try not to treat with the other party, especially with things like grain, since the other party can seize the grain for their own use. It would ...
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Why must export of Ukrainian grain go through Russian diplomatic and military approval?

I am wondering, why should the world listen to the demands of an aggressor nation? [...] Couldn't they just bypass the blockade? [...] Why is everyone turning a blind eye to such a simple solution? ...
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When did the war between Russia and Ukraine start, and why?

Start of the war: The war between Russia and Ukraine started on February 27, 2014, when the Russian forces invaded Ukraine in Crimea. Causes: The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin ...
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Is there a formal notion of a declaration of war in the Ukrainian constitution?

Under the current Constitution of Ukraine (Official translation to English is here) the power to make a formal declaration of war is specifically enumerated in Article 85 and given to the Verkhovna ...
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