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After six months of war in Ukraine, what will happen next?

Ukraine’s Independence Day also marks half a year since Russia launched its all-out invasion.

Today (24 August) marks 31 years since Ukraine declared independence from the Soviet Union and six months since Vladimir Putin’s invasion which has killed thousands and shaken the global order. This year, national celebrations are muted as the country braces for possible Russian attacks.

In this special episode of World Review, Emily Tamkin and Katie Stallard in Washington DC, are joined by Jeremy Cliffe in Berlin to discuss his New Statesman cover story on “The war that changed the world”. 

In revisiting the past six months, they praise Ukraine’s resilience and resistance, ask whether support from the West will continue during what is expected to be a difficult winter, and uncover the extent of China’s relations with Russia. They also hear from the Estonian foreign minister Urmas Reinsalu about Russia’s claim that his country was involved in the killing of Darya Dugina, daughter of the prominent Russian ultra-nationalist Alexander Dugin.

Then in You Ask Us a listener asks whether the war will be over by the end of the year.

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Further reading:

Ido Vock reports Estonia dismisses Russia’s claim it was involved in Dugina killing.
Katie Stallard on what the murder of Darya Dugina means for Russia.

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[See also: Ukraine’s offensive has left Putin with few options]

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