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Past articles by Mark:

U.S. May Massively Ramp Up Training for Ukrainian Troops

A White House proposal would see the instruction of as many as 2,500 Ukrainian soldiers per month at a U.S. base in Germany. → Read More

Energy War: Russia Floats Central Asian ‘Gas Union’

As Russia faces weakened economic ties with the European Union, it is seeking new ways to sell its natural gas. → Read More

Kyiv Says Russian Forces Withdrawing From Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant

Petro Kotin, head of state-owned Ukrainian energy company Energoatom, suggested on Sunday that there are signs Russian forces may be preparing to withdraw from the facility. → Read More

Kazakh President Tokayev Wins Second Term in Snap Election

Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who has charted an independent foreign policy course between Russia, China, and the United States, secured a second term in Sunday’s snap election. → Read More

Ukraine to Investigate Alleged Execution of Russian Prisoners

Ukraine said that it is “absolutely not interested” in executing Russian soldiers and that its forces seek to take as many Russian prisoners of war as possible for use in prisoner swaps. → Read More

Report: Russian Missile Struck Polish Territory, Killing Two Civilians

Reports of the deadly incident close to the Polish-Ukrainian border followed what Ukrainian officials described as the heaviest Russian missile strikes on Ukraine since the war began. → Read More

Russian Banking Tycoon Oleg Tinkov Renounces Citizenship

Tinkov, who founded Tinkoff Bank in 2006, has been a vocal critic of the Russian war effort in Ukraine. → Read More

Report: Biden Fumed at Zelenskyy Over Military Aid Demands

Top Kyiv officials have consistently pressed Western governments and institutions—often in visceral, even combative terms—to step up their support for Ukraine. → Read More

Europe Still Searching for Answers After Nord Stream Attack

There was widespread acknowledgment among European officials that the blasts are likely an act of sabotage. → Read More

Russia Rocks Kyiv With Swarm of Iranian Kamikaze Drones

The barrage of strikes comes not only as retaliation for the Kerch bridge bombing but also to cripple Ukraine as winter approaches. → Read More

Russian Strikes Pummel Infrastructure Across Ukraine

Thursday’s strikes follow several days of sweeping Russian infrastructure attacks, initiated on Monday with a spate of unprecedented missile and drone strikes on dozens of high-value targets. → Read More

Did Zelenskyy Call for International Strikes on Russia?

As the Ukraine conflict hurtles toward catastrophic escalation, the Biden administration faces the mounting challenge of balancing its support for Ukraine with measures to contain the war’s fallout. → Read More

Russia Is Closely Watching Ukraine’s NATO Membership Bid

A top Kremlin official warned that Moscow is keeping a close eye on Ukraine’s renewed NATO bid in the aftermath of Russia’s annexation of the Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia regions. → Read More

White House: Russia Laying Groundwork to Annex More of Ukraine

Russia is forming plans to annex more parts of Ukraine, according to the White House. → Read More

Ukraine Carries Out an Unprecedented Blitz of War Crime Trials

Although Ukrainian officials say the prosecutions of Russian prisoners of war are being held in accordance with international law, they have raised red flags among legal experts. → Read More

United States Pushes Russia Closer to Debt Default

The United States has implemented a new measure aimed at forcing Russia into default. → Read More

‘No Problems’: Putin Plays Down Finland and Sweden’s NATO Bids

Although the Kremlin may not necessarily perceive the Nordic expansion of NATO as a threat, the deployment of NATO military assets on Finnish and Swedish soil could be seen as a red line. → Read More

No Mobilization: Putin’s Victory Day Speech Defies Predictions

Putin’s remarks contained little by way of Russia’s plans for the war in Ukraine. → Read More

The United States Has No Idea Where Its Weapons Wind Up in Ukraine

One of the primary risks is the possibility of U.S. arms ending up in the hands of paramilitary groups that Washington does not wish to arm. → Read More

Zelensky Floats Prisoner Swap for Putin Ally Viktor Medvedchuk

Russia may believe that it cannot exchange Ukrainian prisoners for Medvedchuk without implicitly conceding that he is acting as a Russian asset. → Read More