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On 24 February, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, introduced a “particular navy operation” aimed on the “demilitarisation and denazification” of Ukraine. It was the the tip of three a long time of peace between Europe’s main powers. Over the previous 100 days hundreds of Ukrainians have misplaced their lives and thousands and thousands have fled their nation within the fastest-growing refugee disaster in Europe for the reason that second world struggle. At present in Focus host Michael Safi talks to Vlodomor Ksienich and Kyrylo Demchenko, who in a single day turned two of the hundreds of younger Ukrainians who answered a name to guard their nation. Michael additionally talks to Guardian overseas correspondent Emma Graham-Harrison, who has been reporting on the bottom all through the struggle. She tells him concerning the Chekhanovski household, who spent weeks trapped in Mariupol’s Azovstal metal plant and the way they ultimately managed to get out. Hours after Ukraine’s navy command introduced it was not defending the plant, and the remaining fighters had been bussed in the direction of an unsure future in Russia, the prime ministers of Sweden and Finland confirmed they had been collectively submitting functions to develop into members of Nato. In the event that they succeed, the size of Nato’s border with Russia will double in a single day. Guardian correspondent Shaun Walker, who has additionally been on the bottom all through the battle, tells Michael concerning the territory that Russia has seized and the place it plans to take subsequent. Putin’s military has misplaced some battles and gained others, however the Russian president’s rash invasion has develop into a strategic disaster. Ukraine is embattled however united. It has develop into the very “anti-Russia” the struggle was purported to extinguish.

{Photograph}: Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

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