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During the Russian occupation of Luhansk Oblast, 15 kids were allegedly taken from this rehabilitation center and moved to Russia. Wojciech Grzedzinski/The Washington Post via Getty Images

4 plays that dramatize the kidnapping of children during wars

These wartime abductions aren’t specific to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Throughout history, they’ve inflicted trauma on society’s most vulnerable – making them a rich subject matter for the stage.
Police officers gather at the site where offcials say a Russian-made missile fell. AP Photo

Could Poland demand NATO act in event of Russian attack? An expert explains Article 4 and 5 commitments following missile blast

Polish authorities are investigating what they initially believed to be a Russian-made missile blast close to the border with Ukraine. Later, the country’s president said it was likely to have been an accident.
Two protestors, one wrapped in the Belarusian opposition flag and the other in the Ukrainian, walk side by side in Berlin calling for peace in Ukraine on February 27, 2022. Odd Anderson/AFP

Belarusians during the war on Ukraine: caught between a rock and a hard place

While Belarus is rightly seen as a co-aggressor in Russia’s war on Ukraine, its future involvement in the conflict is open to speculation. One thing is certain: a majority of Belarusians oppose it.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, stands near a damaged residential building in Irpin, Ukraine, on Sept. 8, 2022. Genya Savilov/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The US isn’t at war with Russia, technically – but its support for Ukraine offers a classic case of a proxy war

Giving Ukraine large amounts of money while not actually declaring war on Russia has various benefits for the US and other countries. Chiefly, it could protect US soldiers and civilians.
Ukrainian firefighters battling flames at a power station hit by Russian missiles. Serhii Mykhalchuk/Global Images Ukraine via Getty Images

Crippling civilian infrastructure has long been part of Russian generals’ playbook – Putin is merely expanding that approach

In the face of Russian military setbacks at the hands of a dogged opposition army, Russian President Vladimir Putin is focusing on targets that will put psychological pressure on the Ukrainian nation.
This Russian short-range cruise missile, the Iskander-K, can carry nuclear warheads for several hundred miles. Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP

What are tactical nuclear weapons? An international security expert explains and assesses what they mean for the war in Ukraine

Tactical nuclear weapons were designed to be used on the battlefield rather than for strategic defense, but that doesn’t mean there’s a plausible case for using them.
The last operating reactor at the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, reactor No. 6, has been safely shut down. Xinhua News Agency via Getty Images

Cold shutdown reduces risk of disaster at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant – but combat around spent fuel still poses a threat

The power plant’s sixth reactor has been shut down, all but eliminating the risk of a nuclear meltdown. But fighting at the site could still release radioactive material.

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