Russian invasion enters third week: can Ukraine hold out?
10 March 2022 | 5:00 pm
A fortnight in, there's no turning back for Vladimir Putin. His ground forces have progressed in stops and starts, while shelling Ukrainian cities and the civilians trapped inside. So is it really going to plan for the Kremlin? For Ukrainians, it's a blunt choice of fight or flight. In this debate we get the latest both from inside the country and among NATO allies who have made it clear they're not putting boots on the ground, but are continuing to step up support. Is it enough for Ukraine to hold out?
Is Ukraine using paid actors for propaganda
Some posts on social media claim that Ukraine is using ‘crisis actors’ to stage online footage of the conflict. This term is often used in conspiracy theories, when actors pretend to be victims in breaking news events. In most cases, the origin of these videos is completely unrelated to the current crisis in Ukraine.
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