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Ukrainian forces fire howitzers at Russian positions near Makariv.

REUTERS/Maksim Levin

Watching the war in Ukraine

President Vladimir Putin said Sunday that Moscow will halt its military operation only "if Kyiv stops military operations and carries out well-known Russian demands." This is the same leader whose side twice agreed to and then violated a deal to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol. On Monday, Russia said it would offer safe paths out of Kyiv, Mariupol, Kharkiv and Sumy, but some of the routes entail passage to Russia or Belarus, which Ukraine has called "immoral."

Ukraine says more than 11,000 Russian soldiers have been killed since the invasion began, more than 20 times Moscow’s only official death toll released to date. Roughly 1.5 million Ukrainians have already fled to neighboring European countries, raising the stakes for a common EU response to a refugee crisis that will surely worsen.

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Russian invasion of Ukraine begins

A Russian invasion of Ukraine has begun. This is a turning point in the global order. There is no more powerful rogue actor in the world today than Vladimir Putin. I'm saddened by this turn of events, but it will only strengthen the NATO alliance.

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