The festive season in Kyiv.
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Some of the key articles from our coverage of the war in Ukraine over the past week.
Nuanced relationship: Kazakhstan president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, November 2022.
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The war in Ukraine is threatening Russia’s relationship with its neighbour Kazakhstan.
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Beijing remains a friend of Moscow, but the relationship is becoming increasingly unequal as Russia is weakened by war.
A group of Russians smile at the border crossing Verkhny Lars between Georgia and Russia on Sept. 23, 2022. Long lines of vehicles have formed at border crossings into Georgia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial mobilization to bolster his troops in Ukraine.
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Russians crossing land borders into Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Georgia to avoid being drafted into the Ukraine war are experiencing very different receptions.
Pope Francis on his three-day trip to Kazakhstan in September 2022.
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Christianity is the second-largest religion in Kazakhstan, with 26% of the population practicing the faith. But many Christians, especially in the smaller denominations, have experienced persecution.
Ukrainian soldiers are counterattacking in the east of the country.
Vladmir Putin has a new problem. His invasion of Ukraine is not just bogged down. It’s going backwards.
A pro-EU protest in Tbilisi, Georgia, in June 2022.
Russia’s neighbours are increasingly worried about the threat of invasion.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, left, with Vladimir Putin, accused the West of supporting Nazi ideas in May 2022.
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What do Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Moldova and Kazakhstan have in common with Ukraine? Russian allegations that they are all overrun by Nazis.
Wild apples contain genetic diversity that can be reintroduced into domesticated varieties.
Studying how contemporary apples have changed drastically from their origins and preserving wild varieties can help maintain their diversity.
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Pressure is mounting on Kazakhstan’s president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, to distance the country from Putin’s Russia.
Crimean Tatars gathered for a rally commemorating the 70th anniversary of Stalin’s mass deportation, in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 18, 2014.
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A scholar who spent many years living with the Crimean Tatars explains their long history of persecution.
Wheat accounts for about 20% of human calorie consumption, and Russia and Ukraine are both major exporters. The war could hit household food supplies in countries as far apart as Egypt and Indonesia.
Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.
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As war begins between Ukraine and Russia, a range of stories provides context to help readers understand the conflict.
A live broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking is shown on Dec. 23, 2021, from a media control room in Russia.
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America is being ‘hysterical’ about Russian troop buildups near the Ukrainian border. That’s the official news in Russia, where citizens are getting government’s preferred view of the Ukraine crisis.
While security forces in Kazakhstan cracked down on street protests, the country’s internet service went dark.
AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov
By shutting off internet access completely, the government of Kazakhstan was able to silence dissent, hinder protesters’ coordination and keep the populace in the dark.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stands alone.
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The Russian government, under President Vladimir Putin, has stepped up repression at home and aggression abroad in an effort to consolidate power within the country and on the world stage.
A military patrol detains a protester in Kazakhstan.
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A former US ambassador to Kazakhstan explains the strategic and economic importance of Kazakhstan to the US.
A Russian military photo shows Russian soldiers arriving in Kazakhstan on Jan. 7, 2022.
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Negotiations between Western democracies and Russia over the fate of Ukraine took place against a backdrop of Russia troops entering Kazakhstan. It’s a reminder that Russia is willing to play tough.
Industrial premises being disinfected in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan city.
How Kazakhstan failed to deal with COVID-19 and became the first country to enter a second national lockdown.
Business as usual for the Tajik president, Emamoli Rakhmon, at the new year ‘Nowruz’ celebration in March.
Press service of the president of Tajikistan.
Censorship, repression and disinformation have characterised Central Asian responses to COVID-19.