20 months have passed since the start of the war in Ukraine. During this period, things at the front gradually reached a state of equilibrium. In Donbas, the skirmish line settled in Donetsk Oblast after virtually all of Luhansk Oblast was captured by the Russian army, but a successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kharkiv Oblast has led to Ukrainian pressure in Luhansk Oblast as well, where the Russians have ceded some territory and are desperately defending key points along the important line Svatovo – Kremena. In the Kherson region, the Ukrainians have already liberated the city of Kherson, with Russian forces retreating east of the Dnieper, and now the important question is what will happen with the Ukrainian counter-offensive in Zaporozhye, and will the Ukrainian army reach Crimea, as well as break through Bakhmut to Luhansk area. The issue with the Zaporizhia NPP also remains open.
Foreign policy veteran and longtime Russia scholar Thomas Graham recently published a thoughtful reflection on US-Russia relations, Getting Russia Right (Cambridge, Polity Books). During and shortly after the end of the Cold War, Graham held a number of government positions, including senior director for Russia and Eurasia on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration. His elegant and concise narrative is a complete look at the history of the tortured American-Russian relationship, which began with rosy hopes and great enthusiasm in 1991 and has now reached rock bottom.
Poland supports Finland over its actions on the border with Russia Polish President Andrzej Duda said Warsaw supports Helsinki in its efforts to deal with the influx of migrants on the Finnish-Russian border, AFP reported. Helsinki closed 4 out of a total of 8 border crossings on this border because of the increased number of asylum seekers there. see more
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