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Reasons for Ukraine’s counteroffensive setbacks explained by FT

The training of Ukrainian troops by the US and its allies in Europe did not properly prepare Kiev’s forces for what they faced during the summer counteroffensive against Moscow’s troops, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing Western military analysts and Ukrainian soldiers. So far, the Ukrainian military has “not …

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Russia’s gas-for-rubles payment schedule explained

Russia won’t be seeking gas payments from “unfriendly states” in rubles immediately, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, noting that the switch is likely to be a “gradual process.” “Nobody is in a rush,” Peskov told reporters. He explained “This is the move in stages, very cautious, with consideration …

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Historic roots of the Donbass problem explained

Current events have brought a renewed focus on the Donbass, a historical region on the border of Ukraine and Russia. By the standards of history, this area has emerged quite recently, and has always stood a little apart. It’s important to understand its evolution when viewing this crisis, which began …

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Mystery behind XL table at Macron-Putin talks explained

“Two sources” in French President Emmanuel Macron’s “entourage,” cited by Reuters, have claimed that the reason behind the extra-long table that was used during the French leader’s meeting, on Monday, with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin was the former’s refusal to take a Russian Covid-19 test. The sources told the …

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Tanks in European streets explained by Russia

Sweden has moved to ramp up security on the largest Baltic Sea island of Gotland as part of “adapting” its security strategy to the “tense situation” on the Russian-Ukrainian border, located some 1,700 kilometers south-east. Residents of a sleepy town of Visby located on the Swedish island of Gotland awoke …

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Steep rise in US police deaths explained

A recent report has indicated a 55% year-on-year rise in police fatalities across the US in 2021. Infection with Covid-19 in the line of duty – and the health complications that followed – emerged as the biggest culprit. The analysis published by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund on …

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Reddit investors vs. Wall Street: The GameStop saga (so far) explained

Potentially the biggest thing to rock the US financial system since the 2008 meltdown, it all started with GameStop, a bricks-and-mortar video game retailer. Already under pressure from the competing digital-purchase model, the firm found itself really struggling last year, with the lockdowns and subsequent economic slowdown severely affecting its …

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