• russia-ukraine q&a October 12, 2022 5:40 pm

    Will Putin Use Nuclear Weapons in Ukraine? Local Experts Explain

    As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to threaten using nuclear weapons in his war on Ukraine, local experts are weighing in on how likely he is to follow through with it. Putin has indirectly threatened to use nuclear weapons over the last several months. In a televised speech in September, he announced a partial military mobilization and said he would “certainly use...

  • russia-ukraine q&a June 7, 2022 7:31 am

    Why Is Gas So Expensive and Is the Russia-Ukraine War to Blame?

    Western allies have targeted Russia’s lucrative energy sector in an attempt to punish Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, but the move is a self-sacrificing one. Energy bills and gasoline prices have been high for months, and governments have been cutting taxes and tapping into reserves in a bid to spare their citizens. Even so, energy consumers are feeling...

  • russia-ukraine q&a May 19, 2022 11:58 am

    Here's Why Turkey Is Against Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

    Finland and Sweden both announced their bids to join the Western military alliance NATO in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but Turkey has threatened to block it. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he’s against the alliance because of their alleged support for Kurdish militants. The opposition raises questions about how quickly the application process could...

  • russia-ukraine q&a May 12, 2022 10:19 am

    When Will the War in Ukraine End? Local Experts Explain

    As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine grinds into its third month with no resolution in sight, NATO leaders are bracing for an interminable war in Europe. The possibility that Ukraine may remain a deadly battlefield is fueling concerns about continued continental and global instability for months, or even years, to come. Harvard scholar Oleh Kotsyuba and Northeastern University professors Mai’a Cross...

  • russia-ukraine q&a May 5, 2022 11:03 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's Cancer Rumors ‘Distract' From War, Experts Say

    Rumors continue to circulate that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to undergo cancer treatment, and experts say regardless of whether that is true, it could distract from the war in Ukraine. The New York Post reported that Putin has cancer, is slated to undergo an operation and plans to put the head federal police’s security council in charge....

  • russia-ukraine q&a April 29, 2022 12:17 pm

    Could Massachusetts Be a Target for a Nuclear Attack? Legislation Aims to Find Out

    Russia has said that the threat of a nuclear war is very real and defense stocks have skyrocketed since the invasion in Ukraine, prompting Cold War-era concerns even in Massachusetts. There is a bill pending in the State House that would create a citizens’ commission to study the potential threat and look into the state’s involvement with nuclear weapon...

  • russia-ukraine q&a April 22, 2022 12:50 pm

    Could Russia Wage Nuclear War in Ukraine? Local Experts Break Down the Threat

    The likelihood of Russian President Vladimir Putin using nuclear weapons in his war on Ukraine is growing, local experts say. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that “all of the countries of the world” should prepare for the possibility of tactical nuclear weapons on CNN earlier this week. Tactical nuclear weapons are typically described as smaller nuclear weapons that can be used in...

  • russia-ukraine q&a April 15, 2022 11:03 am

    ‘A New Iron Curtain': Why Finland, Sweden Joining NATO Matters

    Finland and Sweden are considering whether to apply for NATO membership in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a move that Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened would have nuclear consequences. Both countries are slated to make a decision in a matter of weeks, as leaders say they are dramatically changing their security assessments. Russia has responded by saying...

  • russia-ukraine q&a April 7, 2022 12:17 pm

    Will Russia Be Removed From the UN Security Council?

    Ukraine’s president has accused the U.N.’s most powerful body of not carrying out its mission of peace and security due to Russia’s veto power on the Security Council. But will it lead to any significant change? President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the Security Council Tuesday to remove Russia “so it can not block decisions about its own aggression,” or...

  • russia-ukraine q&a April 1, 2022 11:24 am

    Calling Putin's Bluff: Local Experts Explain Why EU Should Accept Ukraine Candidacy

    In order to “call Putin’s bluff,” local experts say the European Union should fast-track Ukraine’s candidacy as the country’s president offers up neutrality. Diplomats from Ukraine and Russia have recently been holding peace talks in Turkey. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said his country is prepared to discuss adopting a neutral status as part of a peace deal with Russia, but...

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 24, 2022 12:09 pm

    Putin Will ‘Likely' Use Chemical Weapons, Local Experts Say

    President Joe Biden has called the potential for Russian President Vladimir Putin to use chemical weapons in the Ukraine war a “real threat,” and local experts agree. Biden left the White House for a four-day trip to Europe, where he is meeting with key allies to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Harvard scholar Oleh Kotsyuba and Northeastern University professors Mai’a...

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 18, 2022 11:18 am

    Will China Help Russia? Local Experts Weigh in

    China could provide a major buffer for the Russian economy, which has been hit with sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine. But local experts are hopeful that they will remain neutral. Sanctions, asset freezes and withdrawals of international companies are hammering the Russian economy and U.S. officials have warned that China would face similar measures should they step...

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 18, 2022 8:03 am

    Would a No-Fly Zone Trigger World War III? Here's What Local Experts Say

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asked Congress to “close the sky” to prevent the Russian airstrikes that are devastating his country Wednesday, but President Joe Biden has said such a move could trigger World War III. Boston-based experts are split on whether it’s the right move. The Biden administration has stopped short of providing a no-fly zone or the transfer of...

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 15, 2022 12:36 pm

    Harvard Scholar Calls on Mass. Universities to Sever Ties With Russia

    A Harvard scholar is amplifying calls by anti-corruption researchers for Western institutions to stop accepting money with ties to Russia, including some right here in Massachusetts. Harvard University was named in an appeal published by the Anti-Corruption Action Center in Kyiv, urging all Western academic institutions and think tanks to cease any forms of cooperation with Kremlin-connected entities and sponsors….

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 3, 2022 10:34 pm

    Here's Why Local Experts Say the U.S. Should Stop Buying Oil From Russia

    Local experts are calling on the U.S. and other nations to stop buying fuel from Russia, thereby crippling the country’s ability to finance the attack on Ukraine. But doing so would come at a cost. Gas prices are already soaring in Massachusetts as the conflict drives up the price of crude oil on the international market, with the average...

  • russia-ukraine q&a March 15, 2022 4:05 am

    Russia-Ukraine War Q&A: Answering Your Questions

    NBC10 Boston is launching a new weekly series to answer your questions about the Russia-Ukraine War. The series will be live on NBC10 Boston’s Facebook page every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and will be posted at NBC10Boston.com later in the day. Hosted by digital reporter Mary Markos, the discussion will focus on the latest developments around the conflict, featuring...

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