Politics & Society

Ukraine: Russian attitudes to Ukrainians can help to explain the atrocities

EPA-EFE/Anatoly Maltsev Kseniya Oksamytna, City, University of London Speaking to journalist Sophie Raworth on the BBC’s Sunday Morning show recently, former war crimes prosecutor Sir Howard Morrison, now an advisor to the Ukraine government, highlighted the dangers posed by the negative – often insulting and dehumanising – statements made by some Russian politicians and media personalities about Ukraine and its …

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Ukraine: international pressure needs to be on Moscow, not Kyiv

Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham and Tatyana Malyarenko, National University Odesa Law Academy Having crossed the 100-day mark, the war in Ukraine is having an ever more obvious, and negative, impact on a wide range of issues. From a global food crisis that could last for years to serious problems with the cost of living and the prospect of a …

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Ukraine recap: why Turkey wants to block Sweden and Finland joining Nato

Rachael Jolley, The Conversation Over the last week, further details emerged of Finland and Sweden’s intention to join Nato, until on Tuesday the nations formally submitted the paperwork. Nato’s secretary general Jens Stoltenberg called it “a historic moment” and it certainly marks a momentous shift away from neutrality for those two countries. One implication of the Ukraine war is that …

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Islamic State: death of leader is big step towards becoming a different kind of terrorist organisation

Dream of a caliphate as an Islamist homeland is receding. Mohammad Bash via Shutterstock Elisa Orofino, Anglia Ruskin University A “proto-state”, a “socio-political movement, the ”beast“ – all names given to a single group that, at its height, seemed to embody the west’s worst nightmare. You can listen to more articles from The Conversation, narrated by Noa, here. Islamic State …

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Ukraine: British POWs sentenced to death after ‘show trial’ which appears to violate Geneva Conventions

Britons Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner with Moroccan Brahim Saadoun, who were captured after the siege of the the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol. Image taken from footage of the Supreme Court of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, University of Bristol Two Britons captured while fighting in Ukraine’s armed forces have been sentenced to death after what has …

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Ukraine’s women fighters reflect a cultural tradition of feminist independence

A Ukrainian soldier on March 9, 2022, waits for a train in Lviv that will take her to the front line. Vincenzo Circosta/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Mia Bloom, Georgia State University and Sophia Moskalenko, Georgia State University Tens of thousands of Ukrainian women have taken up arms during the war sparked by Russia’s invasion. According to media reports, women …

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Ukraine war: the US and UK missile systems which will challenge Russia’s artillery dominance

Frank Ledwidge, University of Portsmouth The US and UK have agreed to send Ukraine several medium-range missile systems, despite continuing threats and warnings from Russia about the consequences of continued western support in general, and supply of these weapons in particular. Russia possesses similar weapons in abundance – and has used them extensively. So why are they so concerned about …

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