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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko talk during their meeting in Minsk, Belarus, Monday, Dec. 19, 2022.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, the Belarusian capital. The meeting raises new questions about the role Belarus may play in Russia's war against Ukraine.

Putin reinforces military, security bonds with Belarus at Minsk meeting
A voter moves to cast their vote after filling out their ballot at a polling site inside The Shed arts center, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

Russia is placing 'a major bet' on US midterm election outcomes, journalist says

Russia is placing 'a major bet' on US midterm election outcomes, journalist says
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Russian dissident remains in prison on trumped-up charges

Russian dissident remains in prison on trumped-up charges
Funeral workers burry a coffin with an unidentified civilian body, who died in Bucha during the Russian occupation period in February-March 2022, during a funeral in Bucha, Ukraine

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell

Digital clues and the stories Ukraine’s mass graves tell
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The controversial Chechen leader who supports Putin in Ukraine

The controversial Chechen leader who supports Putin in Ukraine
A view of the Big Kremlin Palace and Churches with the Moskva River in Moscow, Russia

Russian propaganda tries to convince youth that Russia is "always a victim of the West,” great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev says

Russian schools are revamping their curriculum and encouraging students to join a new patriotic youth movement in an attempt to steer them away from Western influence. To discuss how propaganda works, The World’s host Marco Werman speaks with Nina Khrushcheva, professor of international affairs at The New School in New York and great-granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Russian propaganda tries to convince youth that Russia is "always a victim of the West,” great-granddaughter of Nikita Khrushchev says
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, as French President Emmanuel Macron, looks on before a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine

Many Germans fear 'active participation in war' as country increases military aid to Ukraine

The German public has been reluctant to become involved in Ukraine's war. But the government in Berlin plans to deliver on a promise that Chancellor Olaf Scholz made in February to supply military assistance, citing a “turning point” for Europe.

Many Germans fear 'active participation in war' as country increases military aid to Ukraine
Yörük Işık, an independent Istanbul-based geopolitical analyst, is among a small group of ship watchers —  some hobbyists, some professionals — who observe ship traffic in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait. 

At the mouth of the Black Sea, a ship spotter watches for clues amid Ukraine war

Turkey’s ship watchers observe traffic in Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait to understand geopolitics — including the comings and goings of Russian ships amid war in Ukraine.

At the mouth of the Black Sea, a ship spotter watches for clues amid Ukraine war
Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza lays flowers near the place where Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down, in Moscow, Russia

'I know that he will not stop fighting,' wife of Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza says

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara Murza was arrested earlier this week in Moscow. He was sentenced to 15 days in jail in Moscow Tuesday for "disobeying a police order." Kara-Murza is a Kremlin critic and has publicly spoken out against Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Host Marco Werman with Vladimir Kara-Murza's wife, Evgenia Kara-Murza.

'I know that he will not stop fighting,' wife of Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza says
A natural gas power plant of RWE AG in Lingen, Germany

Can heat pumps help bring peace to Ukraine?

The horrors of Russia’s war in Ukraine are funded in large part by the fossil fuels it sells to the world. Climate activist and writer Bill McKibben says the US should rapidly manufacture electric heat pumps and send them to European homes as a way to permanently weaken Vladimir Putin’s oil-and gas-fueled war machine — and fight climate change, too.

Can heat pumps help bring peace to Ukraine?
Posters of French President Emmanuel Macron and centrist candidate for reelection in Saint Pee sur Nivelle, southwestern France

Ukraine and COVID give Macron a boost in the polls ahead of French elections

As French presidential elections approach, many voters are backing incumbent Emmanuel Macron for his handling of the war in Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ukraine and COVID give Macron a boost in the polls ahead of French elections
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In southern Romania, villagers are uneasy about a NATO missile defense system in its backyard

In efforts to justify his war in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin will often raise the specter of NATO missile defense systems in eastern Europe. The Pentagon claims that the facilities can only fire missile interceptors. Landing at the center of this debate is the Romanian town of Deveselu, home to one of just two missile defense systems in Europe.

In southern Romania, villagers are uneasy about a NATO missile defense system in its backyard
Popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron played to a packed club in Istanbul to raise funds for Ukrainians and their fight against Russia.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 

More than 3 million people have fled Ukraine in the violence of the past three weeks. At the same time, a smaller, more privileged migration route is emerging in eastern cities like Istanbul.

The new Russian diaspora finds a home in Istanbul 
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba attend their news conference in Kyiv, Ukraine

‘We have the means to support them’: Canada prepares to welcome thousands of Ukrainian refugees

At a rally in Toronto to protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many Ukrainian Canadians said they are keeping close track of their relatives back home.

‘We have the means to support them’: Canada prepares to welcome thousands of Ukrainian refugees
Firefighters hose down a burning building after bombing in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 3, 2022. Russian forces have seized a strategic Ukrainian seaport and besieged another. Those moves are part of efforts to cut the country off from its coastline even as Mosco

For many Syrians, Russia's invasion of Ukraine feels painfully familiar

Russia has carried out airstrikes in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad since 2015. Some Syrians say the world turned a blind eye to Russia’s actions in Syria and that it emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin.

For many Syrians, Russia's invasion of Ukraine feels painfully familiar