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Moldova’s struggle with ‘frozen conflict’ and Russian uncertainty

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is visiting Moldova, the country that has taken in the most Ukrainian refugees relative to its own size. The small nation is one of Europe's poorest and faces many challenges.

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