Author: Reid Standish/RFE/RL

Kyiv’s long-discussed counteroffensive in southern Ukraine is under way and already making limited gains, but Mick Ryan, a retired Australian Army major general, says to expect the Ukrainian push to move slowly and come in stages. Ukraine’s military has so far been tight-lipped about the operation it has launched to reclaim Russia-occupied territory in the...

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A series of recent attacks on Russian forces in southern Ukraine and its forcibly-annexed Crimean Peninsula reveal what Ukrainian officials say is a new strategy designed to take out supply lines in its occupied territories. Mykhaylo Podolyak, a key adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, recently described it as designed to create “chaos within Russian...

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It was supposed to be a lightning strike that could see Russian forces in Kyiv after three days of fighting, but six months after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin instead finds itself locked in a grinding war that has left its military and intelligence services humiliated. While the scale of Russia’s battlefield setbacks have...

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens-kyy has been unable to secure a direct line with China’s Xi Jinping since Russia invaded his country in February. But that has not stopped Mr. Zelenskyy from calling on the Chinese president to use Beijing’s political and economic influence over Moscow to help end the six-month war in Ukraine. “I would...

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has disrupted global food chains and is contributing to a crisis exacerbated by already-rising food prices and deepening poverty across much of the Middle East and parts of Africa. Both Kyiv and Moscow are leading exporters of agricultural products to those regions, and the deepening ripple effects from the war are...

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Ukrainian forces continue to use U.S.-supplied precision rocket systems to target Russian supply lines in occupied parts of southern Ukraine as Kyiv signals the possible launching of a major counteroffensive in the region. The high-mobility artillery rocket systems (HIMARS) provided by the United States to Ukraine have a longer range, superior precision and a faster...

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As North American Treaty Organization (NATO) leaders gathered in Madrid for a key summit that focused on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian forces are continuing to make incremental gains in the war. Government troops are still defending Lysychansk, the last city held by Kyiv in the eastern Luhansk Oblast. But with no end in sight...

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Russian forces are edging closer to seizing the last pocket of resistance in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region, with battles raging in Severodonetsk and near its sister city, Lysychansk. The Russian gains have been costly, analysts say, with high casualties and equipment losses, leading British defense intelligence to predict that Moscow’s momentum will slow over the...

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Russian troops are in the midst of an attack on two cities straddling a river in eastern Ukraine that is designed to encircle Ukrainian forces in what could be a decisive battle for Moscow’s military campaign in the country. The city of Severodonetsk – which sits on the easternmost part of Ukrainian-held territory in the...

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Since the first shots were fired in the early hours of February 24, China has walked an awkward line of supporting Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine while attempting to distance itself from the destruction Russia’s military has inflicted. On February 4, Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Beijing on the sidelines...

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Russia’s military intervention in Kazakh­stan to support the country’s embattled regime was an effort by Moscow to help head off a popular revolt attempting to unseat a friendly autocrat in a neighboring country. And a week after mass protests and subsequent riots first swept Kazakhstan, the Kremlin’s gamble appears to be working. Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart...

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