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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.
Russia moved significant numbers of troops and equipment south to met the Ukraine offensive in the Kherson region. EPA-EFE/Russian Defence Ministry handout

Kharkiv offensive has shown the west that Ukraine can win

The success of Ukraine’s recent offensives have shown Ukraine can defeat Russia militarily, as long as it has sufficient support form the west.
A Ukrainian soldier inspects a residential building after it was damaged following a Russian shelling attack In Kyiv. Mykhaylo Palinchak/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Unexpected Ukrainian resistance continues to thwart Russia’s initial plans for quick, decisive victories

Despite having superior military forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin has found Ukrainian resistance much tougher than expected. A West Point military expert looks at the future of the war.
Military personnel walk on the tarmac at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

How would Canada approach the prospect of war?

In a world where co-operation has given way to competition and conflict, how will Canada approach the prospect of war?
South Korea’s subtly calibrated risk aversion in the face of outrageous North Korean aggression has kept the two countries from war. EPA/KCNA

Is the world really sleepwalking to war? Systems thinking can provide an answer

An aggressive posture is one thing – but doing something about it is another, as countries factor in the costs and risks of aggression.

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