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More than 5.5mn Ukrainian refugees have fled to Russia from Ukraine and Donbas since February 2022, and half of all Ukrainians now living abroad have no intention of returning home.
Chinese President Xi Jinping took his leave of Russian President Vladimir Putin from a two-day visit to Moscow with a smile on his face. But despite the important show of solidarity, Putin got little in concrete terms from the Chinese leader.
Putin’s trip was designed to play to his domestic audience and reinforce the Kremlin’s message that the captured territories are Russian land.
The West has been increasingly supplying Ukraine with more and more powerful weapons, but always in insufficient amounts and always with a delay that does not change the tide of the conflict to Kyiv’s advantage.
With Ukraine firing more than 5,000 artillery rounds each day by some estimates, ammunition for the country's artillery systems is running low, despite the country inheriting massive stocks of 155mm shells following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
French President Emmanuel Macron is in Africa. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has just been to Central Asia before visiting India, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has just completed a tour of Africa, India and the Caucasus.
In 1986, I wrote a thesis on Soviet decision-making behind military interventions in Eastern Europe as well as American responses to them. Tragically, this topic is still relevant today.
European countries are struggling to fulfil their promises to send hundreds of tanks to Ukraine quickly. So far only two have arrived and the total number pledged is shrinking slowly.
Within the ranks of the foreign fighters participating on Ukraine’s side, other movements are being born that may challenge the power of Russia’s allies in their own realms soon.
One year on from Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, and it’s pretty clear that Russia has already lost so much on so many fronts because of Putin’s idiotic choices.
Beijing’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, has arrived in Moscow and is due to have a closed-door meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on February 22, where he will try to broker a peace deal to end the Russo-Ukraine war.
US president says West will seek justice for the war crimes and crimes against humanity continuing to be committed by Russia.
President Vladimir Putin put the blame for the war in Ukraine squarely on the West and warned his citizens to prepare for a long war in his first State of the Nation speech for two years.
This could be the first warning to the Austrian bank to speed up its pullout from Russia, where it is the 10th largest bank by assets.
US President Joe Biden landed in Kyiv on a surprise visit on the morning of February 20 in a show of support for Ukraine.
Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took the radical step of calling on members to sign off on weapons procurement contracts that could commit them to billions of dollars of spending for years to come.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy travelled to London, France and Brussels in recent days to plead with the west to give him more weapons. He didn't get them. Without them there is a danger Ukraine's army will be overwhelmed this summer.
Ukraine’s economy has been devastated by the war with Russia and at the start of 2023 the situation has only been getting worse.
Since Berlin announced it would send tanks to Ukraine this week, pledges from a dozen countries have come pouring in to send tanks from their own arsenals. Altogether the Western allies have promised to send at least 156 game-changing tanks.