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After 3 months of war in Ukraine, what’s next? | The Stream

Al Jazeera, 24 May 2022
It has been three months since Russia invaded Ukraine, and things that looked certain back then, don’t now.

Ukraine war - the latest news
Fighting has intensified in the east of the country in Ukraine’s Donbas region, as Moscow’s troops pressed on with their advance on Severodonetsk, where local officials accused Russia of using “scorched-earth” tactics. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy said upto 100 Ukrainian troops could be dying daily. And last week Russia officially captured the port city of Mariupol and more than 1,500 Ukrainian troops from the Azovstal steel plant surrendered. By controlling Mariupol, Russia has solidified its land bridge to Crimea, territory annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, and now controls the entire north shore of the Sea of Azov. Mariupol was a major site for exporting Ukrainian steel and grain.

In this segment we take a look at the latest news from Ukraine and discuss possible outcomes of the war.

Ukraine war - European security
Last week Finland and Sweden formally applied for NATO membership, giving up decades of neutrality. If accepted, Russia will face new, lengthened NATO borders. During a meeting with Finnish and Swedish leaders at the White House on Thursday, President Biden announced his support for their membership and said it would be “the strongest and most powerful defense alliance in the history of the world.”

We’ll look at increasing new NATO membership and what this new shift in European allyship means for the war.

Ukraine war - humanitarian crisis
Finally, as the war grinds on, the humanitarian conditions across Ukraine are continuing to deteriorate, especially in southern and eastern Ukraine, with wide-scale disruptions to electricity, gas and water supplies. The World Health Organization has warned of the potential outbreak of diseases, including cholera. Over 6 million refugees are estimated to have fled to neighbouring countries and more than 7 million are estimated to be internally displaced.

We’ll discuss the humanitarian situation and how children, especially, are being affected.

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