10 Conflicts to Watch in 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is still reverberating around the world—and setting the stage for more large-scale violence to come.

JANUARY 1, 2023, 7:00 AM Foreign Policy

Ukrainian soldiers fire toward Russian positions in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian soldiers fire toward Russian positions in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

By Comfort Ero, the president and CEO of the International Crisis Group, and Richard Atwood, executive vice president of the International Crisis Group.

Will he, or won’t he? This time last year, that was the question. Russian President Vladimir Putin had massed almost two hundred thousand troops on Ukraine’s borders. U.S. intelligence warned that Russia was preparing for all-out war. All the signs pointed to an assault, bar one: It seemed unthinkable.

True, Russia had attacked Ukraine in 2014, and in the spring of 2021 had staged a dress rehearsal for an invasion, building up forces on the frontier before sending them home. Putin seemed ever angrier at Kyiv’s refusal to bow to his will. He openly derided Ukrainian national identity and sovereignty. Still, it was shocking, when Russian forces did roll in, that a nuclear-armed power in 2022 would seek to conquer a neighbor in an act of unprovoked aggression.

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The Consequences of Divided Government for U.S. Foreign Policy

The Water’s Edge January 4, 2023, Council on Foreign Relations

by James M. Lindsay


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Divided government is back! After two years of Democratic control of the presidency and both houses of Congress—just barely in the case of the Senate—the 118th Congress that opened yesterday puts Republicans in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives. A single party has controlled the White House and Congress only three times in the last three decades.

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Council on Foreign Relations – Daily News Brief Jan. 3, 2023

Top of the Agenda

IMF Director Warns One-Third of World Could Face Recession This Year

For most of the global economy, 2023 will be “tougher than the year we leave behind,” International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a CBS interview. She said the economies of the United States, China, and the European Union (EU) are all slowing down. While Georgieva said the United States “may avoid a recession,” the Wall Street Journal found that more than two-thirds of economists at twenty-three large financial institutions are projecting a U.S. recession this year. Georgieva also said that the war in Ukraine and COVID-19 will continue to strain the economies of the EU and China, respectively. She added that countries should work to secure their supply chains but warned that dividing the global economy into U.S. and Chinese blocs could “chop $1.5 trillion” from global gross domestic product (GDP) each year. 
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China – From the unwinding of zero-Covid to economic recovery: What to watch in 2023 

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Nectar Gan, Jessie Yeung and Laura He ----------

Passengers pull suitcases at a departure lobby in the Beijing international airport on December 27, 2022.

After a tumultuous end to a momentous and challenging year, China heads into 2023 with a great deal of uncertainty – and potentially a glimpse of light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. 

The chaos unleashed by leader Xi Jinping’s abrupt and ill-prepared exit from zero-Covid is spilling over into the new year, as large swathes of the country face an unprecedented Covid wave. 

But the haphazard reopening also offers a glimmer of hope for many: after three years of stifling Covid restrictions and self-imposed global isolation, life in China may finally return to normal as the nation joins the rest of the world in learning to live with the virus. 

“We have now entered a new phase of Covid response where tough challenges remain,” Xi said in a nationally televised New Year’s Eve speech. “Everyone is holding on with great fortitude, and the light of hope is right in front of us. Let’s make an extra effort to pull through, as perseverance and solidarity mean victory.”  Tiếp tục đọc “China – From the unwinding of zero-Covid to economic recovery: What to watch in 2023 “

A/77/494: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human right in Myanmar

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SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN MYANMAR

A former member of the US Congress from Maine, Tom Andrews is a Robina Senior Human Rights Fellow at Yale University Law School, an Associate of Harvard University’s Asia Center and has a Washington DC based consulting practice, Andrews Strategic Services. He has worked with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and parliamentarians, NGOs and political parties in several countries including Cambodia, Indonesia, Algeria, Croatia, Serbia, Ukraine and Yemen.

Andrews served as General Secretary of “The Nobel Peace Laureate Campaign for Aung San Suu Kyi and the People of Burma” in 2001 and was a consultant for the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma and the Euro-Burma Network. He has run advocacy NGOs including Win Without War and United to End Genocide, led an education institute at the University of Maine and served in the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. He lives with his wife and son in Fairfax, Virginia outside of Washington DC.

The mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar was first established in 1992 under the Commission on Human Rights Resolution 58 and extended annually. Human Rights Resolution 25/26 adopted 15 April 2014 broadened the mandate to report on the progress in the electoral process and reform in the run-up to the 2015 election. Human Rights Resolution 31/24 adopted 24 March 2016 broadened the mandate to include identifying benchmarks for progress and priority areas for technical assistance and capacity-building. 

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In July 2022, the military junta of Myanmar executed four political prisoners, including a prominent pro – democracy activist and a former member of parliament.

These unconscionable acts are consistent with the junta’s unflinching embrace of violence against the people of Myanmar. In recent months, military forces have systematically bombed and burned villages and massacred innocent civilians, including 11 children in Sagaing Region who were shot and killed when junta forces attacked their school in September. The forces have killed thousands and displaced nearly 1 million people since the coup. Many of the more than 12,000 political prisoners have been tortured and an unknown number have died in custody.

In the midst of this darkness, however, civil society in Myanmar is a shining light and inspiration. Activists, human rights defenders, aid workers, community leaders, journalists, health – care professionals and educators are among those who are taking great personal risks to document atrocities, deliver humanitarian assistance and respond to the needs of displaced and traumatized communities. Human rights organizations, women’s associations, professional networks, trade unions and labour activists, and grass – roots groups are adopting strategies to remain safe and effective in a deadly environment. In many cases, individuals and organizations are operating with little international support and few opportunities to communicate with the outside world.

In the present report, the Special Rapporteur outlines the human rights and humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar. He also describes the essential and aweinspiring work being done by Myanmar civil society in the most challenging of circumstances. He calls on the international community to view civil society in Myanmar as a vital partner in addressing the crisis in the country, working with grassroots networks to deliver aid and increasing financial and technical support to civil society organizations.

The fate of Myanmar depends on the activists, organizations and networks that have risen to defy military rule, defend human rights and prepare for a free and democratic future. They need and deserve a significant increase in support from the international community.

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Vietnam rings in 2023

By Staff reporters       DEC. 31, 2022

As the clock struck midnight, crowds across the country burst out in cheers, applauses and exchanged hugs as the fireworks exploded to welcome the new year.

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2022 PacNet Commentary Index



2022 PacNet Commentary Index

The comprehensive 2022 index includes each PacNet commentary below.  Pacific Forum will continue to publish timely insight and analysis in 2023.
1. The limits of a securitized Japanese FOIP Vision by Stephen Nagy
2. Balancing accessibility and quality in Blue Dot Network infrastructure finance by John Taishu Pitt
3. Abe was key to the Indo-Pacific’s evolution by Brad Glosserman
4. Comparative Connections Summary: January 2022
5. AUKUS’ opportunities and risks for India by Manpreet Sethi
6. What happens in Ukraine will not stay in Ukraine by Sergiy Korsunsky
7. China’s growing confidence in drone warfare by Loro Horta
8. Back to the past: The significance of Russia and China’s joint statement by Yu Bin
9. Biden struggles as China advances in Southeast Asia by Robert Sutter
10. Is the US capable of shaping a rules-based international order?’ by Robert A. Manning
11. Nuclear submarines for our Pacific allies: When to say yes by Henry Sokolski
12. Ukraine: China’s latest strategic blunder by Ralph A. Cossa
13.What the Indo-Pacific sees in Ukraine by Stephen Nagy
134. What the war in Ukraine means for Taiwan by Denny Roy
15.Ukraine: A turning point in Japanese foreign policy? by Kristi Govella
16. South Korea’s presidential election aftermath: Ukraine as test for a “global pivotal state” by Mason Richey
17. Ukraine: After invasion, what? by David Santoro
18. Ukraine and the decoupling of space cooperation with Russia by Philip Citowicki
19. Myanmar: Words like “genocide” have consequences by David I. Steinberg
20. After Ukraine – Enacting a realistic Japanese diplomatic security policy by Hideshi Futori
21. India’s strategic autonomy: A lesson for Japan by Tomoko Kiyota
22. Feminist foreign policy and Ukraine: For now, Japan leads the way by Hannah Cole, Maryruth Belsey-Priebe and Tevvi Bullock
23. May is a major opportunity for US relations with Asia—especially economically by James A. Kelly
24. Why it’s so hard to quit Chinese steel by Akash Sahu
25. A Black Sea humanitarian food corridor to Odessa by Charles E. Morrison
26. Why South Koreans see little difference in Biden’s North Korea policy by Timothy S. Rich, Ian Milden and Mallory Hardesty
27. What Yoon Suk Yeol’s election means for minority rights in South Korea by Eun A Jo
28. Comparative Connections Summary: May 2022
29. Hints of a new North Korea nuclear strategy by Brad Glosserman
30. Australia’s election: Quad continuity and climate alignment, with nuclear disagreements by Graeme Dobell
31. Should the United States acknowledge mutual vulnerability with China? by David Santoro
32. Scholarships in the Pacific Islands are an urgent US national security issue by Kimery Lynch
33. China cannot hinder international navigation through Taiwan Strait by Tran Đinh Hoanh
34. Why ASEAN should heed the distant tolling of bells by Patrick O’Connor
35. Abe Shinzo and the Japan-South Korea relationship: Near- and long-term legacies by Jada Fraser
36. Post-Abe Indo-Pacific regional dynamics: A legacy beyond the man by Stephen Nagy
37. Abe’s death creates a void in Japan by Brad Glosserman
38. China’s “containment” policy against America by Denny Roy
39. Abe Shinzo’s legacy in Southeast Asia by Kei Koga
40. Abe Shinzo: How to handle an unpredictable America by Rob York
41. Another “hotline” with China isn’t the answer by Lyle J. Morris and Colonel Kyle Macrum
42. Their money our way: Influencing highly capable allies and partners by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Kim
43. Post-Abe India-Japan ties: Does Kishida have what it takes? by Jagannath Panda
44. “Hybrid multilateralism” and the Yoon pursuit of middle power strategy by Shin-wha Lee
45. The prescience of Abe’s vision for Taiwan by Shihoko Goto
46. Correcting the Narrative on China’s “New Era-gance”: Taipei, Washington, and many are angry at Beijing’s bullying by Shirley Kan
47. Time for difficult choices on Myanmar by Gregory B. Poling
48. Are small modular reactors the solution to growing energy and climate problems? by David Santoro
49. Continued evolutions in the regional architecture of the Indo-Pacific by Thomas Wilkins
50. China’s new (old) Taiwan white paper: What’s the point? by Jake Steiner
51. Five years after the Rohingya exodus, no significant development by Mufassir Rashid
52.The first year of Japan’s Digital Agency: In pursuit of coherence and identity by Raymond Yamamoto
53. How the United States can build a chip alliance in Northeast Asia without decoupling by Major Jessica Taylor and Jonathan Corrado
54. Comparative Connections Summary: September 2022
55. Understanding Japan’s defense debate by Brad Glosserman
56. Employing “smart power” to counter PRC efforts in Oceania by Peter C. Oleson
57. What Indo-Pacific countries should do about Taiwan by Huynh Tam Sang
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59. How the new National Security Strategy transforms US China policy by Brad Glosserman
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61.The new National Security Strategy in the context of an unstated “cold war” by John Hemmings
62. Myanmar’s emerging national identity could change everything by Wayland Blue
63. AUKUS: Stepping boldly into space by Philip Citowicki
64. The Biden-Xi summit: Not revolutionary, but still necessary by Daniel R. DePetris
65. To change Taiwan’s conscription system, change the culture by Claire Tiunn (Chang)
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Hmong-American Sheng Thao, mayor-elect of Oakland, California

Oakland’s Next Mayor Highlights Political Rise of Hmong Americans

new york timesSheng Thao, the daughter of refugees, will become the most prominent Hmong American politician when she leads the California city of 440,000 residents.

Sheng Thao at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland last month. Carolyn Fong for The New York Times

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By Amy Qin – Dec. 28, 2022

Over platters of fried rice, egg rolls and crab rangoon, Sheng Thao took the microphone and asked for support in June from several dozen people gathered at a Hmong restaurant in Wisconsin.

Ms. Thao, 37, was running to become the mayor of Oakland, Calif., but she took a detour to the Upper Midwest because it has some of the nation’s largest communities of Hmong Americans.

When Ms. Thao spoke, Zongcheng Moua, 60, found himself nodding along, never mind that he lived 2,000 miles away from California. Like Ms. Thao’s parents, Mr. Moua landed in a refugee camp in Thailand after fleeing the war in Laos nearly 50 years ago. His siblings, like Ms. Thao’s parents, struggled to adapt to life in the United States after arriving with no money, formal education or language skills.

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Council on Foreign Relations – Daily news brief Dec. 29, 2022

Editor’s note: There will be no Daily Brief until Tuesday, January 3, in observance of New Year’s Day.
Top of the Agenda

Russia Rejects Ukraine’s Peace Conditions, Bombards Its Power Grid

Russia fired nearly seventy missiles (WaPo) at Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities today in what appeared to be one of its biggest strikes on Ukraine’s energy grid. Ukraine’s military said it shot down fifty-four of the missiles. The attack came hours after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s rejection (Al Jazeera) of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s conditions for peace. 
In recent weeks, Zelenskyy has promoted a peace plan in which Russia would face a war crimes tribunal and give up occupied territories in eastern Ukraine. A Kremlin spokesperson yesterday rejected the possibility (NYT) of ceding the territories, while Lavrov said today that Kyiv’s plans to drive Russia out of eastern Ukraine were an “illusion.” 
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Pictures of the Year

December 29, 2022
By the staff of The Morning
Good morning. Today we look at some of the most memorable photos published in The Times this year.
Photographers for The New York Times trod around the globe in 2022 to document news, history and everyday life, whether embedded alongside troops on the front lines in Ukraine, chronicling lawmakers in the halls of Congress or reporting from floods and wildfires on several continents.
Near the end of the year, The Times publishes its annual Year in Pictures feature. This edition of The Morning is a tribute to the work of The Times’s photographers.
The photos
Millions of people fled Ukraine in the early weeks of Russia’s invasion, seeking refuge in other countries. Desperate families shoved their way onto a train leaving the capital, Kyiv, in early March:

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Council on Foreign Relations – Daily News Brief Dec. 27, 2022

Top of the Agenda

China Makes Sweeping Changes to COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

From January 8, China will no longer require (Nikkei) passengers to undergo mandatory testing and quarantines upon arrival and will relax limits on the number of flights entering the country, authorities announced yesterday. The policy shift follows the easing (NYT) of domestic pandemic restrictions in the wake of mass protests over the country’s harsh zero-COVID strategy.
Beijing also said that citizens will regain permission to go abroad “in an orderly manner” after almost three years of what was effectively a ban on nonessential travel. Amid the reopening, COVID-19 has strained health-care facilities across the country and Beijing has limited official reporting on the number of cases and deaths. In response, Japan announced that it will require negative tests upon arrival (SCMP) from travelers from mainland China.
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Đã có Nghị định 104/2022/NĐ-CP về bỏ sổ hộ khẩu giấy, KT3

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Ngày 21/12/2022, Chính phủ ban hành Nghị định 104/2022/NĐ-CP sửa đổi các nghị định liên quan đến việc nộp, xuất trình sổ hộ khẩu, sổ tạm trú giấy khi thực hiện thủ tục hành chính, cung cấp dịch vụ công.

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Toàn văn điểm mới Nghị định 104/2022/NĐ-CP về bỏ sổ hộ khẩu giấy từ 2023

Đã có Nghị định về bỏ sổ hộ khẩu giấy, KT3

Đã có Nghị định bỏ sổ hộ khẩu giấy, KT3

Nghị định 104/2022/NĐ-CP

1. 04 cách thức tra cứu thông tin công dân khi bỏ sổ hộ khẩu giấy, KT3

Việc khai thác, sử dụng thông tin về cư trú của công dân trong Cơ sở dữ liệu quốc gia về dân cư được thực hiện bằng một trong các phương thức sau:

– Tra cứu, khai thác thông tin cá nhân qua chức năng của Hệ thống thông tin giải quyết thủ tục hành chính cấp bộ, cấp tỉnh đã được kết nối với Cơ sở dữ liệu quốc gia về dân cư hoặc qua cống dịch vụ công quốc gia;

– Tra cứu thông tin cá nhân thông qua tài khoản định danh điện tử của công dân được hiển thị trong ứng dụng VNelD;

– Sử dụng thiết bị đầu đọc đã được kết nối trực tuyến với Cơ sở dữ liệu quốc gia về dân cư, bao gồm thiết bị đọc mã QRCode hoặc thiết bị đọc chip trên thẻ Căn cước công dân gắn chip;

– Các phương thức khai thác khác theo quy định của pháp luật chuyên ngành.

Trường hợp không thể khai thác được thông tin cư trú của công dân theo các phương thức trên, cơ quan có thẩm quyền, cán bộ, công chức, viên chức, cá nhân được giao trách nhiệm tiếp nhận, giải quyết thủ tục hành chính, cung cấp dịch vụ công có thể yêu cầu công dân nộp bản sao hoặc xuất trình một trong các giấy tờ có giá trị chứng minh thông tin về cư trú, bao gồm:

– Thẻ Căn cước công dân, Chứng minh nhân dân;

– Giấy xác nhận thông tin về cư trú;

– Giấy thông báo số định danh cá nhân và thông tin công dân trong Cơ sở dữ liệu quốc gia về dân cư.

Việc yêu cầu công dân nộp bản sao hoặc xuất trình giấy tờ có giá trị chứng minh thông tin về cư trú được nêu cụ thể trong quyết định công bố thủ tục hành chính của bộ, cơ quan, địa phương hoặc các văn bản thông báo dịch vụ của cơ quan, tổ chức cung cấp dịch vụ.

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Council on Foreign relations – Daily News Brief Dec. 21 2022

Top of the Agenda

Zelenskyy Visits Washington in First Foreign Trip Since Russia’s Invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden (WaPo) and address Congress today in his first trip outside of Ukraine since Russia invaded in February. During the meeting, Biden is expected to announce a $2 billion military aid package for Ukraine that will reportedly include the Patriot missile system, the most advanced air defense system in the U.S. arsenal.
Zelenskyy’s visit comes as U.S. lawmakers consider a spending package (NYT) that includes $45 billion in emergency and economic aid to Ukraine. If approved, it would bring the total U.S. aid to Ukraine to more than $100 billion. Some lawmakers from the Republican Party, which will soon take control of the House of Representatives, have objected to the new funding. 
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5 takeaways from Volodymyr Zelensky’s historic visit to Washington

Kevin Liptak

By Kevin Liptak, CNN

Updated 9:01 PM

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Watch Zelensky unveil flag during historic speech to Congress

CNN —  Three-hundred days after his country was invaded by Russia, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky jetted to Washington, DC, for talks on what the next 300 days might bring.

Shrouded in secrecy until the last minute, the historic visit was heavy with symbolism, from Zelensky’s drab green sweatshirt to President Joe Biden’s blue-and-yellow striped tie to the Ukrainian battle flag unfurled on the House floor.

But the trip was about far more than symbols. Biden wouldn’t invite Zelensky to Washington – and endure a risky trip outside Ukraine for the first time since the war began – if he did not believe something real could be accomplished meeting face-to-face instead of over the phone.

Emerging from their talks, both men made clear they see the war entering a new phase. As Russia sends more troops to the frontlines and wages a brutal air campaign against civilian targets, fears of a stalemate are growing.

Yet as Zelensky departed Washington for a lengthy and similarly risky return trip to Ukraine, it wasn’t clear that a pathway to ending the conflict was any clearer.

Biden shakes hands with Zelensky as he arrives at the White House.
Zelensky, left, is greeted by Rufus Gifford, chief of protocol for the state department, after landing in the United States on Wednesday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses Congress as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris hold up a Ukrainian national flag signed by Ukrainian soldiers at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, December 21.

President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses Congress as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris hold up a Ukrainian national flag signed by Ukrainian soldiers at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, December 21.Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Zelensky addresses the joint meeting of Congress.
Zelensky holds an American flag that was gifted to him by Pelosi. The flag was flown over the Capitol earlier in the day.
Zelensky addresses Congress.
Zelensky addresses the joint meeting.
Guests of the the Ukrainian delegation wave as Zelensky acknowledges them during his address.
Zelensky is greeted as he arrives to address Congress.
Zelensky speaks during a news conference with Biden in the East Room of the White House.
Biden speaks during the news conference.
Members of the media listen during the news conference in the East Room of the White House.
Biden speaks during the news conference.
Zelensky meets with Biden in the Oval Office of the White House.
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Biden holds the Cross of Combat Merit. "He's very brave," Zelensky said of the soldier. "And he said give it to very brave President, and I want to give you, that is a cross for military merit."
Zelensky sits with Biden and first lady Jill Biden inside the White House.
Biden and Zelensky walk down the Colonnade of the White House as they make their way to the Oval Office.
Biden and Zelensky walk into the White House after Zelensky's arrival.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcome Zelensky at the White House on Wednesday.
Biden shakes hands with Zelensky as he arrives at the White House.
Zelensky, left, is greeted by Rufus Gifford, chief of protocol for the state department, after landing in the United States on Wednesday.
President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses Congress as Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Kamala Harris hold up a Ukrainian national flag signed by Ukrainian soldiers at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, December 21.
Zelensky addresses the joint meeting of Congress.
In pictures: Zelensky’s wartime visit to US
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