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The Crimea Problem | GZERO Media

The Crimea problem

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here. And a Quick Take to start off your week. Just back from Davos in New York City, rainy and cold, and Russia, Ukraine is once again in the headlines. It is closing in on a year since the invasion started on February 24th, or for those of you really keeping accurate score, closing in on a decade since the Russians illegally annexed Crimea and sent their little green men in Southeast Ukraine. The Russians and Ukrainians certainly feel like they've been fighting for a decade, but the West recognized it much more recently. Since February 24th, and certainly very clear to me over the last week, we have seen almost consistent escalation from all sides involved, from, of course, the Ukrainians in trying to throw everything they can at getting the Russians out of the territory, at the Russians, from bringing more troops into the field and attacking civilians and broadening their efforts to in inflict pain upon the Ukrainians as their land war has met with significant challenge.

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Will Europe Respond to US Protectionism With a "War of Subsidies"? | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

US protectionism could trigger "war of subsidies" with Europe

Carl Bildt reporting from the 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

What's happening in Davos from the European point of view?

I think there are two issues that are discussed quite broadly.

The one is what's going to be the European response, their response, to what's happening in the US with these massive subsidies and slight protectionist tendencies of evolving industrial policy? Is there going to be a European response of the same sort? There's a danger there, in my opinion, of a war of subsidies across the Atlantic that is going to be to the detriment of both the US and the European economies over time. But that's the big issue.

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What To Expect From Zelensky's Visit to Washington | US Politics in :60 | GZERO Media

Zelensky in Washington for arms & aid, not just symbolic support

Jon Lieber, head of Eurasia Group's coverage of political and policy developments in Washington, DC shares his perspective on US politics.

What will the Ukrainian president's visit to Washington this week accomplish?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is meeting with President Biden in Washington this week and addressing a joint session of the US Congress, his first known trip out of the country since the beginning of the Russian invasion last February.

This visit is more than a symbolic one, as bipartisan support for Ukraine has been the key to the more than $60 billion in military and humanitarian assistance the US has provided to Ukraine since the beginning of the war, far more than any other country and a key ingredient in helping the Ukrainians resist the invasion. Zelensky is going to get more commitments from the US this week, including a Patriot missile system to help them shoot down Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure and an additional $45 billion in military and humanitarian aid that is designed to last through at least the end of Q3 next year.

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Laurent Van der Stockt for Le Monde/Getty Images.

Ukrainian counteroffensive leaves Putin with few good options

The Ukrainian armed forces conducted a stunning counteroffensive in northeastern Ukraine last weekend after months of slow but steady gains by the Russians, who just last week held a little more than 20% of Ukrainian territory.

Over 72 hours, Ukraine managed to recapture several thousand square kilometers of land in the Kharkiv region as the Russian defensive lines melted away, in some cases without a fight and leaving behind valuable equipment. This was particularly true in the critical town of Izyum, which served as the headquarters for all Russian military operations in the northern half of the Donbas before the Ukrainians captured it on Sunday.

The frontline in northeast Ukraine has now moved to the Oskil River, with Russia likely unable to re-take the lost territory for at least another 6 months and Ukraine having the momentum and initiative to press its offensive further into Luhansk and even Donetsk. Ukrainian forces are also advancing (albeit much more slowly) in the Kherson region, in Ukraine’s south.

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Tiny Drones in Ukraine Are Destroying Tanks | GZERO World

Tiny drones in Ukraine are destroying tanks

One of the the most important and decisive weapons on the battlefield in the Russia/Ukraine conflict is the drone.

Combat drones have soared over the front lines, but so are commercial drones, the type you can buy at a local electronics shop. Both sides are using them to spot the enemy and destroy targets.

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