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The rationale for Putin’s latest attack on Ukraine

Smoke billows after a Russian missile strike in Kyiv (Credit: Getty images)

It has long been suspected that Russia was going to mount a renewed military offensive in Ukraine as spring approached. This fear was realised overnight. From midnight to 7.a.m., Ukraine suffered one of the worst barrages of Russian bombing this year: some 81 missiles were fired at residential buildings and critical infrastructure from air, land and sea, including several hypersonic Kinzhal missiles.

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