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Ukraine has a mixed human rights record over the past several decades, new data shows. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Ukraine has a mixed record of treating its citizens fairly – that could make it harder for it to maintain peace, once the war ends

New data from 2000 through 2019 shows that Ukraine’s human rights record is better than Russia’s – but worse than that of its Western European neighbors.
Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor, in Pretoria. Russia provided valuable support for the ANC during its struggle against apartheid. EPA-EFE/Kim Ludbrook

Russia rekindles old friendship with South Africa, its ally against apartheid

The relationship between Pretoria and Moscow was forged in the apartheid era with the then Soviet Union giving support to banned ANC fighters.
Recruits attend military training at a firing range in the Krasnodar region in southern Russia in October 2022, eight months into Russia’s war in Ukraine. The mobilization of recruits was a sign of Russian acknowledgement that it was engaged in full-fledged war, not a ‘special military operation.’ (AP Photo)

Why Russia’s war in Ukraine today is so different from a year ago

Russia’s army in Ukraine is fighting a much more artillery-intensive and methodical war than it was almost a year ago.
Residents watch a burning infrastructure project hit during a massive Russian drone night strike in Kyiv, Ukraine, in December 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Russia is using drones to target Ukrainian electricity and erode morale

With electricity in Ukraine constantly disrupted by Russian attacks, the Ukrainian population faces a difficult choice — to remain in the country under such conditions, or flee abroad.
Dilemma: some on the left blame Nato for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Avpics/Alamy Stock Photo

What’s next for the anti-Nato left after Ukraine?

The left was split over whether Nato expansion had prompted the Ukraine invasion or whether it was an act of imperial aggression that must be opposed.
October 16, 2014: Russian President seen through the soldiers during the military parade March of the victorious in Belgrade. Dimitrije Ostojic / Shutterstock

The Kremlin and elites in times of war

Are Russian elites playing a bigger role in the war than we give them credit for?
Vladimir Putin holds a face-to-face meeting with mothers of servicemen serving with the Russian army in Ukraine, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence on November 25 2022. Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin Pool/Alamy Live News

Ukraine war: why Russian soldiers’ mothers aren’t demonstrating the strong opposition they have in previous conflicts

Opposition to the Ukrainian war from Russian soldiers’ mothers has so far been muted.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Anita Anand join U.S. officials in a NORAD briefing at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., in June 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Amid tumultuous times, NORAD needs a consistent Canada-U.S. commitment

NORAD is having a moment in the wake of growing tensions between the United States, China and Russia. Will it last?

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