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Past articles by Mariya:

Will Ukraine be the next Chechnya?

Al Jazeera speaks to Chechen dissident Tumso Abdurakhmanov on the parallels between the Ukraine and Chechnya conflicts. → Read More

What role is Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov playing in Ukraine war?

Chechen forces deployed in Ukraine appear to be more of a ‘PR initiative’ than military utility, analysts say. → Read More

Russia-Ukraine: How will the war end?

What would a de-escalation or an end to the war look like, and what would it mean for the two countries? → Read More

What has Russia gained from five years of fighting in Syria?

Moscow managed to preserve the Syrian regime, but it has failed to achieve all its goals in Syria. → Read More

Bulgaria rocked by protests amid coronavirus fears

Analysts say powerful business interests and 'state capture' have led to the current political crisis. → Read More

Cuba has a history of sending medical teams to nations in crisis

Images of Cuban doctors in virus-hit Italy have drawn attention, highlighting a tradition of medical internationalism. → Read More

Dozens of Bulgarian doctors resign amid COVID-19 crisis

Medical workers cite inadequate protective gear and equipment to treat patients infected with the coronavirus. → Read More

Concern mounts of 'catastrophic' coronavirus outbreak in Syria

Gov't says no cases have been logged but fears grow war-hit country will not be able to cope with a COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

Tensions escalate in Deraa, 'cradle of the Syrian revolution'

As Syrian government battles opposition in the northwest, clashes erupt in a former opposition stronghold to the south. → Read More

Turkish drones – a 'game changer' in Idlib

Ahead of Erdogan-Putin summit, Syrian opposition forces take strategic Idlib positions backed by Turkish drone power. → Read More

Syria opposition commanders warn of Idlib military escalation

Rising tensions in northwest Syria, where government offensive has displaced over 700,000 civilians since December. → Read More

Idlib IDPs: 'The situation is so bad, it is like Judgement Day'

Lack of humanitarian aid and soaring prices of basic goods may lead to famine in northwest Syria, aid workers warn. → Read More

Why are Iraqi Kurds not taking part in protests?

Anti-government demonstrations have gripped much of Iraq, but streets in Kurdish region have been calm. → Read More

What did Russia get from its KRG gamble?

Energy giant Rosneft struck major deals with Iraq's Kurdish region in 2017. Today, it has yet to cash in on them. → Read More

Anger is simmering among Iraq's Kurdish youth

In Iraq's Kurdish region, a new generation is coming of age which has seen only two parties in power - KDP and PUK. → Read More

Why is oil-rich Kirkuk so poor?

While political parties squabble over power and oil in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, local residents suffer. → Read More

After the Sochi agreement, HTS is facing internal divisions

Hay'et Tahrir al-Sham continues to pose a challenge to Turkey, which has to either disband or attack it. → Read More

Turkey faces prospect of Syrian refugee wave amid currency crisis

At Turkey's southern border, locals fear another wave of refugees could damage the struggling local economy even more. → Read More

Thousands rally against looming offensive on northwest Syria

Opposition-controlled Idlib province sees massive protests, as Turkey announces new meeting between Erdogan and Putin. → Read More

Turkey deploys reinforcements to Syrian border

Troops and tanks amassing along the border with Syria in anticipation of a major offensive and ensuing refugee crisis. → Read More