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Lara Williams

The Cost of Putin's Ukraine Escalation Is Already Clear

It turns out that Russians care about securing a better life for themselves, not a war being fought for a dictator’s abstract goals.

Russian protesters have a question: Who is this war good for?

Russian protesters have a question: Who is this war good for?

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A country with one of the world’s largest populations and the biggest stockpile of nuclear weapons is mired in a hopeless war. What happens next?

We found out the answer to that question last week, when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a call-up of reservists. Airfares for those trying to flee spiked massively: