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  • Faisal bin-Farhan
    Faisal bin-Farhan “It is absolutely necessary that Israel accepts that it cannot exist without the existence of a Palestinian state. That its security is served by building a Palestinian state. So we hope sincerely that the leaders of Israel will realise that it is in their interest to work with the international community, not just to strengthen the Palestinian Authority but to establish a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.” 8 hours ago
  • Joe Biden
    Joe Biden “We are standing strong with Ukraine and we will stand with them. We're standing against a man whom I've known well for many years, a brutal tyrant. We may not, we will not walk away. There are no American soldiers in the war in Ukraine. I'm determined to keep it that way. Putin was certain that NATO would fracture. Today the greatest defence alliance in the history of the world is stronger than ever.” 18 hours ago
  • Eran Etzion
    Eran Etzion “Contrary to many expectations, the task of destroying Hamas does prove to to be more difficult than anticipated. To what extent is Hamas able to smuggle arms, materials, personnel across the border with Egypt? If it is found that there are multiple tunnels as some argue, despite the Egyptian promises to the contrary, and that those tunnels do enable Hamas to continue and replenish its capabilities, then that is a strategic issue that will need to be taken care of in closer cooperation with the Egyptians.” 18 hours ago
  • William Lai
    William Lai “I look forward to enhancing mutual understanding and reconciliation with China via exchanges and cooperation, creating mutual benefit and moving towards a position of peace and common prosperity.” 18 hours ago
  • Michael McCaul
    Michael McCaul “Taiwan is a thriving democracy. The U.S. will continue to stand by our steadfast partner and work to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.” 18 hours ago
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“It is absolutely necessary that Israel accepts that it cannot exist without the existence of a Palestinian state. That its security is served by building a Palestinian state. So we hope sincerely that the leaders of Israel will realise that it is in their interest to work with the international community, not just to strengthen the Palestinian Authority but to establish a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia
26 May 2024 4 2
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“We are standing strong with Ukraine and we will stand with them. We're standing against a man whom I've known well for many years, a brutal tyrant. We may not, we will not walk away. There are no American soldiers in the war in Ukraine. I'm determined to keep it that way. Putin was certain that NATO would fracture. Today the greatest defence alliance in the history of the world is stronger than ever.”

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President of the United States
26 May 2024 8 3
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“Contrary to many expectations, the task of destroying Hamas does prove to to be more difficult than anticipated. To what extent is Hamas able to smuggle arms, materials, personnel across the border with Egypt? If it is found that there are multiple tunnels as some argue, despite the Egyptian promises to the contrary, and that those tunnels do enable Hamas to continue and replenish its capabilities, then that is a strategic issue that will need to be taken care of in closer cooperation with the Egyptians.”

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Former deputy head of Israel’s international security council
26 May 2024 4 1
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“I look forward to enhancing mutual understanding and reconciliation with China via exchanges and cooperation, creating mutual benefit and moving towards a position of peace and common prosperity.”

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President of Taiwan
26 May 2024 5 2
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“Taiwan is a thriving democracy. The U.S. will continue to stand by our steadfast partner and work to maintain the status quo across the Taiwan Strait.”

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Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the US House of Representatives
26 May 2024 3 1
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“Ukraine's partners can do two things to prevent these attacks [Russian strike on the Epicentr home improvement hypermarket in Kharkiv]. First, to give Ukraine more Patriot and other air defence systems. Second, to allow Ukraine to shoot down Russian military aircraft before they drop bombs on Kharkiv and other [Ukrainian] cities and populated areas. Give Ukraine more air defence systems and support Ukrainian strikes on military targets in Russia. Act now.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
25 May 2024 5 3
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“Be sure: Israel will not stop this madness until WE make it stop. Member states must impose sanctions, arms embargo and suspend diplo[matic]/political relations with Israel till it ceases its assault.”

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories
25 May 2024 2 2
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“Our soldiers have now managed to take combat control of the border area where the Russian occupiers entered.”

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President of Ukraine
24 May 2024 3 1
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“When the polls began it felt like a one-horse race, with Modi leading from the front. But now we are seeing some kind of shift. The opposition is doing better than expected and it appears that Modi's party is rattled. That's the reason you see Modi ramping up anti-Muslim rhetoric to polarise voters.”

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Political analyst
25 May 2024 4 2
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“This is a completely new thing - a drone wall stretching from Norway to Poland - and the goal is to use drones and other technologies to protect our borders [...] against provocations from unfriendly countries and to prevent smuggling. We agreed to hold regional drills to ensure the evacuation of the population, to see how our institutions are prepared to work, to interact with each other, what our capacity is to accommodate people, what the capacity of other countries is, whether they are ready to receive a certain number of our people. We still have a lot of questions; we need to look at all those algorithms. Drills would be very valuable as we would look at things, evaluate them and we would strengthen our preparedness.”

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Minister of the Interior of Lithuania
24 May 2024 3 1
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“We have once again given over to Ukraine a combined IRIS-T SLM and IRIS-T SLS fire system - an ultra-modern and proven medium- and short-range air defence system built directly by the German industry. With the recently delivered Patriot system, we enhance Ukraine's air defence in its struggle against Russia's terrible campaign of aggression, which violates international law.”

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Minister of Defence of Germany
24 May 2024 8 3
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“Israel has not and will not carry out military operations in the Rafah area that create living conditions that could cause the destruction of the Palestinian civilian population, in whole or in part.”

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Israeli National Security Adviser
24 May 2024 3 2
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“Judges of the High Court in The Hague are invited to come to Gaza and convince Hamas to return our abductees home. Until this happens, it is clear that there is no possibility of stopping the fighting in Rafah. The cessation of hostilities will be a spit in the face of the abductees who go through hell and hell every day when the only way to save them is only by putting pressure on Hamas.”

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Minister of Culture and Sport of Israel
24 May 2024 5 2
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“The Russian military is fighting a serious and difficult war with the Ukrainians. If the Russians were strong enough to wrestle down the Ukrainians in one go, they would have done so already. NATO's military capabilities far exceeded those of Ukraine, therefore it is unlikely that Russia or any other country would mount an attack against NATO. I do not consider it logical that Russia, which cannot even defeat Ukraine, would all of a sudden come and swallow the Western world whole. The chances of this are extremely slim.”

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Prime Minister of Hungary
24 May 2024 5 4
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“These are very specific orders; stop the offensive on Rafah, open the border crossing, allow in the fact-finding missions. There's not a lot of wiggle room here. I'm really impressed, first of all by South Africa's tenacity and perseverance and coming back to the court. And the court has responded almost unanimously, including all of the Western judges, who have really been as radical as reality. South Africa has been asking since the start of the war on Gaza for an order for Israel to stop its military offensive, with the court saying it cannot make a move because Hamas and the Palestinian side is not present on the stand. But that's what they have finally chosen to do here and it's a testament to this court and what it does. Together with the decision by the ICC prosecutor [to recommend issuing arrest warrants for top Israeli officials], it is a real one-two legal punch.”

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Human rights lawyer
24 May 2024 7 4
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“Taiwan independence forces will be left with their heads broken and blood flowing after colliding against the great … trend of China achieving complete unification.”

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Spokesperson of China and deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department of China
23 May 2024 2 1
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“There are those who want to send soldiers to Ukraine. Others are already speculating about the use of nuclear weapons. Every day the threat of a world war is getting closer. We see what is happening: European politicians are making statements about the use of nuclear weapons. The Russians are conducting exercises involving tactical nuclear weapons. The time has come to stop this madness. Hungary has long stated that it is impossible to resolve the Ukrainian conflict militarily. That is why Hungary continues to tell its European partners that instead of indulging in crazy statements and fantasies that threaten to escalate [hostilities] they should spend at least half of their energy on achieving peace. Then there may be hope that this war will end at the negotiating table.”

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Hungarian Foreign Minister
23 May 2024 7 3
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“This round of military drills is code-named 'Joint Sword-2024A'. The suffix 'A' suggests there may be future rounds B, and possibly C. Beijing is showing muscle in the immediate wake of [Lai Ching-te] Lai's presidential inauguration to unmistakably signal Beijing's displeasure. But this is the 'signal'. The real 'punishment' is yet to come.”

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Specialist in Taiwan and China and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub
23 May 2024 5 2
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“The PRC [People's Republic of China] evidently decided to wait until he delivered his [Lai Ching-te] inaugural address and then determine their response. It's clear that Beijing strongly objects to what they view as an attempt to develop a comprehensive 'Taiwan independence' narrative with the goal of altering the nature of cross-strait relations. I expect that they will roll out a series of military, political, and economic measures over the coming weeks and months.”

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Managing director of the German Marshall Fund’s Indo-Pacific Program
23 May 2024 5 3
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“This action [ground offensive in Rafah] will go on and on, more forces from the ground, more forces from the air, and we will reach our goals.”

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Israeli Defence Minister
23 May 2024 1 2
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“This horrific attack [on Kharkiv and Lyubotyn] should remind everyone around the world that Ukraine still urgently needs seven Patriot systems. We are very grateful to Germany for announcing another system. But getting six more as soon as possible remains critical not only for Ukraine's survival, but also for peace in Europe. Everyone should be clearly aware of what is being said. Every day of delay and debate not only costs lives, but also brings the possibility of a larger war in Europe closer.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
23 May 2024 6 3
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“An independent state of Palestine remains a fixed goal of German foreign policy. It's about a political process with the aim of a two-state solution which the federal government considers urgent.”

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Spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry
22 May 2024 3 2
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“Most of the [new energy] supply chain is in China. What we want China to do … is to look at Africa as a way of diversifying the supply chain because Africa has minerals and metals to support this. Africa also has renewable energy sources, so the processing of these materials should have been in Africa. We're seeing the African market exists not just for Africa, but for the rest of the world. Because if you process in Africa, you can use [Africa's] renewable energy to process, and you will have a lower carbon footprint. You can also export from Africa to Europe.”

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Chief executive of the Africa Finance Corporation
22 May 2024 8 1
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“What we have seen so far in terms of Israel's military operations in that area [Rafah] has been more targeted and limited and has not involved major military operations in the heart of denser areas. We now have to see what unfolds from here. There is no mathematical formula to determine if Israel's actions are acceptable. What we're going to be looking at is whether there is a lot of death and destruction from this operation, or if it is more precise and proportional.”

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US National Security Adviser
22 May 2024 2 2
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“This is a watershed event in the history of international justice. The ICC has never, in over 21 years of existence, indicted a Western official. Indeed, no international tribunal since Nuremberg has done so.”

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Human rights lawyer
22 May 2024 1 1
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“The tactics of the Russians have changed radically compared to 2022. At that time they came in columns, marching to Kharkiv, because they thought they would be welcomed. This month, they fire artillery at long distances, destroy everything, then small groups assault, but in large numbers, from different directions.”

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Chief of staff of the operational battalion of Ukraine's 13th Brigade
22 May 2024 (approx) 4 1
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“Today I can reveal that we have evidence that Russia and China are collaborating on combat equipment for use in Ukraine. We should be concerned about that because in the earlier days of this war, China would like to present itself as a moderating influence on Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trade data since the Kremlin's February 2022 full-scale invasion of invasion shows that Beijing and Moscow are covering each other's backs.”

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Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom
22 May 2024 4 4
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“We will support the efforts of the High Representative of the European Union and other countries that believe that some long-term, stable solution is needed. And we believe that such a stable, long-term solution would be the existence of two states.”

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Polish Foreign Minister
22 May 2024 4 1
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“There's actually no action that on its own will solve the crisis of the Middle East. It's a puzzle with many pieces. One piece is to establish a Palestinian state, another one is normalisation with the Arab states. A third one is peace guarantees for Israel, demobilisation of the Hamas, strengthening the Palestine Authority. But this is one piece of the puzzle and it's one piece that we hold and we are ready to play that card or lay that piece now as a contribution to a role to settlement.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway
22 May 2024 7 1
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“I have no doubt that Netanyahu will bring me in [the war cabinet]. I think Netanyahu understands very well what I want from him. We have private conversations and in private conversations I allow myself to tell him many things.”

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Minister of National Security of Israel
21 May 2024 2 2
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“I hope that China will face the reality of the Republic of China's existence and in good faith ... engage in cooperation with the legal government chosen by Taiwan's people.”

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President of Taiwan
20 May 2024 2 1
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“When it comes to Iranian policy, it is Khamenei who calls the shots, not the president. So we don't anticipate any change in Iranian behavior. And therefore the Iranians should not expect any change in American behavior when it comes to holding them accountable.”

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White House national security spokesperson
20 May 2024 3 3
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“The upcoming election offers an opportunity for the clerical establishment to pursue a different course by allowing a relatively competitive vote. But I suspect that the regime is dedicating all its efforts to preparing for a succession after Khamenei, striving to create homogeneous conditions at the top of the power pyramid, and not allowing any rivals into this circle.”

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Iran director of the International Crisis Group
20 May 2024 2 2
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“[Raisi] was a loyal functionary willing to do the bidding of the supreme leader through multiple institutions. There are no obvious candidates that can tick a lot of boxes.”

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Director of the Middle East and North Africa program at the London-based Chatham House
20 May 2024 3 1
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“The death of Raisi, in itself, will not cause a significant shift in Iran's policies. After all, the president is the second in command in the power hierarchy of the Islamic republic, and strategic directions are set by the supreme leader. The next president could have significant influence over the overall trajectory of Khamenei's succession. As a result, this is going to lead to heightened intra-conservative competition to [become president].”

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Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs
20 May 2024 4 2
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“The Associated Press decries in the strongest terms the actions of the Israeli government to shut down our longstanding live feed showing a view into Gaza and seize AP equipment. The shutdown was not based on the content of the feed but rather an abusive use by the Israeli government of the country's new foreign broadcaster law. We urge the Israeli authorities to return our equipment and enable us to reinstate our live feed immediately so we can continue to provide this important visual journalism to thousands of media outlets around the world.”

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Vice president of corporate communications at Associated Press
21 May 2024 6 1
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“Israel should be the one that controls the Gaza Strip, unequivocally, and no one else. Most important is encouraging voluntary emigration of Palestinians from the enclave. Israel could then facilitate the return of settlements. I would love to live in Gaza if possible.”

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Minister of National Security of Israel
21 May 2024 3 1
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“An attempt to show that the prime minister of Israel and the leaders of terrorist organisations are the same, and the involvement of international institutions in this, is unacceptable.”

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Polish Prime Minister
21 May 2024 3 1
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“They [the Russian side] are always blocking everything, they will undermine the process, and they won't rest until they present us with their own plan for ending the war, which will inevitably be an ultimatum, as we have seen on many previous occasions. We can't hand the initiative over to them [...] Our agenda can't be dictated by Russia. This is a war against us, so there is justice in this. The goal of the summit is to come up, between Ukraine and its allies, with a joint stance on three key questions - and then to inform Russia of their position. If all countries support these three points, as I said, then a detailed step-by-step plan will be developed and presented to Russian representatives across different platforms that different countries have [...] Then Russia will have to contend with most of the world.”

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President of Ukraine
21 May 2024 2 1
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“Few question his ongoing legitimacy and he [Zelenskyy] remains popular. Although lower than before, his approval rating's still above 60 percent. Many Ukrainians also feel an election would be unrealistic and disrupt the war effort. In a poll this March [2024], 78 percent of those asked said they were against elections before the end of the war. But in addition to that there's also the practical difficulties. Some Ukrainian towns are in ruins. Many power plants have been hit so there's rolling blackouts. And perhaps most importantly, there's 8 million people displaced, 5 million outside the country.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Kyiv
21 May 2024 2 2
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“U.S. and European support for Ukraine has been essential for Ukraine's resistance to Russia's invasion. And let me be clear: It is also critical for the security of the American and European people. If we stand by as dictators violate territorial integrity and flout the international rules-based order, they have no reason to stop at their initial targets. They will keep going. The U.S. and Europe must show that Russia cannot outlast their resolve to defend a rules-based order that took them decades to shape. This includes the need to crack down on Russian sanctions evasion and provide Ukraine the funding to equip its military, fund critical government services and ultimately rebuild once the conflict ends. That's why I believe it's vital and urgent that we collectively find a way forward to unlock the value of Russian sovereign assets immobilized in our jurisdictions for the benefit of Ukraine. This will be a key topic of conversation during G7 meetings this week.”

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United States Secretary of the Treasury
20 May 2024 8 2
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“We reject the prosecutor's equivalence of Israel with Hamas. It is shameful.”

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U.S. Secretary of State
20 May 2024 2 1
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“The ICC prosecutor's application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders is outrageous. And let me be clear: Whatever this prosecutor might imply, there is no equivalence - none - between Israel and Hamas. We will always stand with Israel against threats to its security.”

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President of the United States
20 May 2024 3 1
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“Western allies are taking too long to make key decisions , opens new tabon military support for Ukraine. Every decision to which we, then later everyone together, comes to is late by around one year. Russians are using 300 planes on the territory of Ukraine. We need at least 120, 130 planes to resist in the sky. You can't provide that right now? OK ... returning to the planes that you have on the territory of neighbouring NATO countries: raise them up ... shoot down targets, protect civilians. Can they do this? I'm sure that yes. Is this an attack by NATO countries, involvement? No.”

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President of Ukraine
20 May 2024 4 3
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“On the request by the ICC Prosecutor for warrants: against Hamas, the charges of hostage taking and killing likely to stand but not others. Against Israeli leaders, all charges likely to stick. And missing charges include attacks against various civilian objects including homes!”

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UN special rapporteur on the right to housing
20 May 2024 5 0
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“The request submitted by the Court's prosecutor, Karim Khan, for arrest warrants against both Hamas and Israeli officials is an important step in the investigation of the situation in Palestine. Belgium will continue to support the essential work of international justice to ensure that those responsible for all crimes are held accountable.”

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium
20 May 2024 5 1
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“We haven't seen such a show of hypocrisy and hatred of Jews like that of the Hague Tribunal since Nazi propaganda.”

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Finance Minister of Israel
20 May 2024 3 1
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“Drawing parallels between the leaders of a democratic country determined to defend itself from despicable terror to leaders of a blood-thirsty terror organisation [Hamas] is a deep distortion of justice and blatant moral bankruptcy.”

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Israeli war cabinet minister
20 May 2024 3 1
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“I'm pleased to see that the law is now occupying the place it should. Until now, politics has been suspected of holding back the application of the law and in a way that's been very unsatisfactory - now the law is saying it's going to play its part, so that's a good thing. Don't prejudge the issue, it's an application for arrest warrants by Mr Khan in respect to people on both sides and we wait for the judges decision whether to confirm or not.”

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Human rights lawyer
20 May 2024 3 1
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“The decision by the ICC prosecutor to seek arrest warrants for three Hamas leaders equates the victim with the executioner. the ICC decision gives encouragement to Israel to continue its war of extermination in Gaza.”

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Hamas official
20 May 2024 5 1
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“The ICC deals with only serious crimes but when you hear what is detailed on both sides, it really is sobering. On the Israeli side, he is naming the prime minister and the defence minister but says this was a state policy, this was official government policy to use starvation as a method of war. I think it is interesting that he's decided to make this public at this stage because the other important decision by Khan [Karim Khan] in the last couple of years is when he brought an arrest warrant against Vladimir Putin and his children's commissioner, Maria Lvova-Belova, in March 2023. At that stage, there were arrest warrants. We're not at this stage; he's gone public saying there should be arrest warrants and he needs to go to the judges. Last time, he had already gone to the judges and it was made public that the judges had approved the recommendation. I can't tell you the reason why, but perhaps he's trying to force an end to the violence by speaking out as early as possible and trying to force efforts for a ceasefire. That seems to be a possibility - why he's decided to act this way.”

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Al Jazeera’s diplomatic editor
20 May 2024 10 1
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“It's a humanitarian crisis in Gaza. I am working on a deal to end the fighting and build a lasting and durable peace. Leadership is about fighting through the most intractable problem. It's about channeling anger, frustration and heartbreak to find a solution. It's about doing what you believe is right, even when it's hard and lonely.”

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President of the United States
19 May 2024 3 3
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“An attempted coup d'etat has been put down by the defence and security forces. The attempt involved foreigners and Congolese. These foreigners and Congolese have been put out of action, including their leader.”

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DRC army spokesman
19 May 2024 2 1
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“When very, very experienced humanitarian aid workers, who have been in all kinds of places around the world for decades, when they go to Gaza - to help, to serve, to work - it is traumatising for them. So, God help what it must be for the people of Gaza. It is really difficult and it's getting worse daily. We meet with Israelis daily through COGAT, the committee set up for this purpose. We have many detailed discussions with them about security, about the movement of our trucks and convoys, about the priorities for fuel, but the fact of the matter is, we are not in a position to provide proper aid to the people of Gaza. Right now, it's not ever been quite as difficult as it is today. Much more can be done and ideally, obviously and hopefully this [Israeli military] operation needs to stop.”

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UN humanitarian affairs coordinator
19 May 2024 4 1
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“There are prospects [for a new Ukrainian counteroffensive]. First and foremost we need to stabilise the situation at the line of contact. As you can see, it is not stable. I would say this: it's their turn now. They need to be stopped, and we will stop them. Then we need the appropriate staffing for the brigades so that they can take the next counteroffensive step.”

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President of Ukraine
18 May 2024 2 3
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“Despite the Georgian Dream having the majority to override the veto, it was important for the president to make the move. The president rightfully said how it [foreign agent's law] is a Russia law and contradicts all of European standards. There is also a fundamental shift in the political landscape with the younger generation becoming increasingly involved in politics. The youth is the driving force behind these protests.”

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Political Analyst
18 May 2024 5 3
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“What we're seeing more and more of in the past few days is that there is a huge amount of disagreement amongst war cabinet members about the plan going forward for Gaza. And this echoes also the concerns by US government that has said repeatedly that Netanyahu needs to try to figure out a plan for a post-war Gaza scenario.”

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Al Jazeera correspondent
18 May 2024 5 4
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“If you choose to lead the nation to the abyss, we will withdraw from the government [by June 8], turn to the people, and form a government that can bring about a real victory. We did not claim dominance. We did not demand jobs. All we wanted was to serve our country and our people. For many months, the unity was indeed real and meaningful. It prevented serious mistakes, led to great achievements, and returned home over a hundred hostages. Together, we faced the hardships of the campaign, protected the nation with a good and strong spirit - and gave the fighters on the front a feeling of being backed by a shared destiny. But lately, something has gone wrong. Essential decisions were not made. A small minority has taken over the command bridge of the Israeli ship of state and is steering her toward the rocks. I came here today to tell the truth. And the truth is hard: while Israeli soldiers show supreme bravery on the front, some of the people who sent them into battle behave with cowardice and irresponsibility.”

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Israeli war cabinet minister
18 May 2024 2 4
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“Let's not forget about other fronts beyond the Kharkiv front: the Kramatorsk, Pokrovsk, and Kurakhove fronts, and the southern fronts; it's tough on all of those fronts, and our forces are fighting back with dignity. I am especially grateful to the soldiers who repelled the Russian assault on Chasiv Yar. Our forces destroyed more than 20 pieces of the occupiers' equipment. Good job!”

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President of Ukraine
18 May 2024 5 3
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“The only permanent way to end the cycle of violence and instability is through a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine living side-by-side in peace and security, with Jerusalem as capital of both states.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
18 May 2024 5 1
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“Civilians are dying there [on border regions such as Belgorod]. It's obvious. They are shooting directly at the city center, at residential areas. And I said publicly that if this continues, we will be forced to create a security zone, a buffer zone. That is what we are doing.”

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President of Russia
17 May 2024 5 4
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“At present Ukraine is outmanned in terms of soldiers in parts of the front line even before the latest Russian attacks. Ukraine said that there were seven Russian soldiers to one Ukrainian soldier, so that's going to put fresh pressure on them.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Kharkiv
17 May 2024 (approx) 5 1
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“China is not the creator of or a party to the Ukraine Crisis. We have been on the side of peace and dialogue and committed to promoting peace talks. We actively support putting in place a balanced, effective and sustainable European security architecture. Our fair and objective position and constructive role have been widely recognized. 'Let the person who tied the bell on the tiger untie it,' to quote a Chinese saying. Our message to the US: stop shifting the blame on China; do not try to drive a wedge between China and Europe; and it is time to stop fueling the flame and start making real contribution to finding a political solution to the Ukraine crisis.”

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Spokesperson of China and deputy director of the Foreign Ministry Information Department of China
17 May 2024 5 5
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“On May 17, the North Korean Missile General Bureau conducted a test launch of a tactical ballistic missile equipped with a new navigation system of autonomous guidance. The test launch confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the system. The launch was carried out as part of the regular activities of the North Korean Missile General Bureau and subordinate defense research institutes for the active development of weapons technology.”

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Report by North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
17 May 2024 4 4
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“It is part of North Korea's propaganda approach to develop a voice in global affairs. Kim's statement comes amid Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping holding talks in Beijing, the West pressuring North Korea and Russia with sanctions and South Korea planning to stage Ulchi Freedom Shiled, a joint annual military drill with the U.S. in August. It may be true that North Korea is honing existing weapons to attack Seoul, but we cannot rule out the possibility of the country pulling weapons from its stocks and shipping them to Russia after further testing and deploying.”

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President of the University of North Korean Studies
17 May 2024 8 3
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“Kim's [Kim Yo-jong syster of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] statement suggests that North Korea is concerned about international sanctions. I believe sanctions are still an effective tool. North Korea fears that if it admits its arms dealings with Russia, it may turn its European allies into enemies.”

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Professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University
17 May 2024 4 3
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“We have no intention to export our military technical capabilities to any country or open them to the public. Our tactical weapons, including multiple rocket launchers and missiles, will be used to prevent Seoul from inventing any idle thinking.”

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North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
17 May 2024 5 4
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“China has fielded a number of space capabilities designed to target our forces. And we're not going to be able operate in the Western Pacific successfully unless we can defeat those. China had tripled its network of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance satellites since 2018.”

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United States Secretary of the Air Force
17 May 2024 (approx) 6 3
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“The Russian Armed Forces are advancing on the recently opened Kharkiv front, but their pace is slowing down. This and the nature of their behaviour rather indicate a desire to create a buffer zone. Russian troops have attacked and destroyed important bridges in the area of Vovchansk, which creates a natural barrier between Ukrainian and Russian forces. This is more an indication of the intention of Russian forces to build a defensive line than to create a bridgehead for an advance on Kharkiv.”

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Commander of the Estonian Defence Forces Intelligence Centre
17 May 2024 7 2
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“Russia is ready and able to continuously power the Chinese economy, businesses, cities and towns with affordable and environmentally clean energy.”

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President of Russia
17 May 2024 3 3
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“There are limits to the two nations' ties, despite their insistence that it is limitless. The limits are that the two countries don't have a formal alliance agreement. To me, that's very clearly a sign that there are limitations to what seems to be a limitless relationship. Neither side is prepared to unconditionally commit to support each other on issues like Ukraine.”

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Associate professor of national security and strategic studies at Curtin University
17 May 2024 3 3
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“Now is not the time to lift sanctions, either. Now, in fact, is the time to double down. If Biden wants to prevent North Korea from acting out, he needs to first provide the government with new incentives to talk-and that means new restrictions Washington can use as carrots. Biden, in other words, needs to take North Korean policy off autopilot and launch a proactive effort to deter Pyongyang. Otherwise, he risks encouraging an already emboldened Kim to stage a major provocation.”

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Senior Fellow for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
16 May 2024 5 3
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“Russians don't have the numbers necessary to do a strategic breakthrough. More to the point, they don't have the skill and capability to do it, to operate at the scale necessary to exploit any breakthrough to strategic advantage. They do have the ability to make local advances and they have done some of that.”

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16 May 2024 2 1
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“The situation in the Kharkiv sector remains complicated but is evolving in a dynamic manner. Our defence forces have partially stabilised the situation. The advance of the enemy in certain zones and localities has been halted.”

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Ukrainian army spokesman
16 May 2024 1 1
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“The situation in the Kharkiv region is generally under control, and our soldiers are inflicting significant losses on the occupier. However, the area remains extremely difficult.”

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President of Ukraine
16 May 2024 2 1
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“Defense Minister Gallant announced today his support for the establishment of a Palestinian terrorist state as a reward for terrorism and Hamas for the most terrible massacre of the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

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Finance Minister of Israel
15 May 2024 6 2
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“I must reiterate … I will not agree to the establishment of Israeli military rule in Gaza. Israel must not establish civilian rule in Gaza.”

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Israeli Defence Minister
15 May 2024 4 4
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“In a broader sense, we are working to contribute to the development and prosperity of Russia and China by enhancing equal, mutually beneficial economic and humanitarian cooperation, and strengthen foreign policy coordination in the interests of building a just multipolar world order. All this is the key to a future success of our comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for the new era. The partnership between Russia and China is always based on equality and mutual trust, mutual respect for sovereignty, and consideration of each other's interests. President Xi Jinping, a wise and visionary leader, plays a special and prominent role in the development of bilateral relations. We first met back in March 2010, and we have been seeing and calling each other regularly ever since. President Xi maintains a respectful, friendly, open and at the same time business-like style of communication.”

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President of Russia
15 May 2024 6 3
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“The government has lost control. Soldiers are being killed every day in Gaza and they fight among themselves on television. The cabinet is disassembled and non-functional. Ministers protest in front of cabinet meetings. One cabinet sends humanitarian aid convoys and the other burns them. Relations with the US are collapsing, the middle class is collapsing, they have lost the north. We can't go on like this. We will not win with this government.”

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Israeli opposition leader
15 May 2024 3 3
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“We have said many times that whoever is quicker to master the newest means of armed combat wins. We have to be one step ahead. We have everything we need for this, and much has been done, but we need to double and triple our efforts in this area.”

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President of Russia
15 May 2024 1 2
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“That is definitely not something that anybody in Slovakia expected. The country has been polarised over the past year amid heightened political tension, especially in the run-up to the elections. But nobody … called for violence in the country. Quite the opposite, everybody right now is trying to unite and send a coherent message, that political violence is not something that we support.”

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Vice president of Globsec, a security policy think tank
15 May 2024 3 2
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“We value the stability of Russia-China relations. The one word I can use to describe our relationship is 'trust.' That's very important because if you look at the cooperation with the Western countries, we don't have, and we have never had, mutual trust. But with China, we have a mutual trust. Our cooperation during the last two years developed very fast. The two countries could deepen cooperation in finance and banking, as well as in sci-tech and investment.”

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Director of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of Moscow State University
14 May 2024 5 2
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“The world will pay attention to the meeting between the top leaders of the two countries to see how China-Russia relations can be promoted to a new height, as strategic ties between the two major powers will greatly affect the international arena.”

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Scholar from the Shanghai-based China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation
14 May 2024 5 2
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“We see an unveiled intervention in the internal affairs of Georgia from the outside. This is an internal matter of Georgia. We do not want to interfere there in any way.”

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Kremlin spokesman
14 May 2024 3 2
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“If they want to join the EU, they have to respect the fundamental principles of the rule of law and the democratic principles.”

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President of the European Council
14 May 2024 4 3
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“Under our own ten-year agreement, the United States will support the defence and security across a range of essential capabilities - from its air force to its air defence, from drones to demining. If Russia or anyone else were to attack Ukraine, we will work with Ukraine immediately at the highest levels to coordinate how to help you beat back the threat.”

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U.S. Secretary of State
14 May 2024 7 2
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“This is an unexpected, but, unfortunately for Ukraine, a very effective move. Unlike many top Russian officials, Belousov has not been involved in corruption scandals and has a reputation as a workaholic technocrat and a devout Orthodox Christian. Putin wants him to clean the Augean stables of the defence ministry so that military spending spearheads the resurgence of Russia's economy. The effectiveness of Russia's military-industrial complex will be boosted, and instead of being a 'black hole' of budget spendings, the defence ministry may become a driver of economic growth, when war spendings stimulate the growth of Russia's GDP.”

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Kyiv-based analyst
14 May 2024 10 2
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“Shoigu's replacement with a (relatively experienced and apparently competent) economist [Andrei Belousov] pretty clearly signals Putin believes victory in Ukraine will come via outproducing (and outlasting) Ukraine and her Western allies. He's preparing for many more years of war.”

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Kyiv-based foreign policy analyst
13 May 2024 7 2
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“Things are not going according to Putin's plan, but he will endlessly rotate the same small group of loyalists. Putin has always feared to bring new people to the positions of authority - even in the best of times, they must have been nobodies with no own perspectives. Toward the end of his rule, even more so.”

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Russia analyst and economics professor at the University of Chicago
13 May 2024 5 1
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“With an economist taking over the Defence Ministry, and the old minister taking up a policy and advisory role, the technocrats are in the ascendant. The goal though is not peace, but a more efficient war. As Putin digs in for the long term, with the 'special military operation' now being the central organising principle of his regime, he knows he needs technocrats to keep his war machine going.”

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Senior associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
13 May 2024 4 2
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“This indicates that the Kremlin is not seeking an exit from Ukraine, but once to extend their ability to endure the conflict as long as possible. Russia is very limited [on] how much they can increase scale, due to economic deficiencies. However, they can maintain a certain level of attritional warfare. And are likely hoping to do that longer than Ukraine can.”

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Doctoral candidate and guest teacher at the London School of Economics's international history department
13 May 2024 3 4
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“Today, the winner on the battlefield is the one who is more open to innovation, more open to implementation as quickly as possible. It is natural that at the current stage the president [Vladimir Putin] decided that the Ministry of Defence should be headed by a civilian [Andrei Belousov].”

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Kremlin spokesman
12 May 2024 (approx) 3 2
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“The move [Egypt joining South Africa's ICJ genocide case against Israel] is an unbelievable diplomatic blow to Israel. Egypt is the cornerstone of our standing in the Middle East. The connections that Israel has in the Middle East and North Africa today, including with Jordan, the UAE and Morocco, is all a result of what Egypt did 40 years ago. With Egypt joining South Africa now in The Hague, it's a real diplomatic punch. Israel would have to take it very seriously. This is what I have been warning about. It's coming from several directions. Israel has to … listen to the world - not only to the Israeli public opinion asking now for revenge. We have to look overall in the wider picture, in the long-term security of Israel, not only in the next few weeks in Gaza.”

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Former director of Israel’s foreign ministry
12 May 2024 10 3
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“The Russians have understood, just as a lot of analysts have, that the major disadvantage that Ukraine is currently suffering from is manpower. By thinning out the frontline, you are increasing the odds of a breakthrough.”

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Vienna-based military analyst
12 May 2024 4 4
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“This week, the situation in Kharkiv Oblast deteriorated substantially. Currently, there are continuing battles along the state's border with Russia. The situation is challenging, but the Defence Forces are doing everything possible to maintain defensive lines and positions, resulting in defeat for the adversary.”

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Ukraine’s commander of ground forces
12 May 2024 4 2
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“It is possible that Russia will make further advances in the coming weeks, but we do not anticipate any major breakthroughs, and over time, the influx of U.S. assistance will enable Ukraine to withstand these attacks over the course of 2024.”

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National Security Council spokesman
10 May 2024 1 1
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“I can see no way that the latest evacuation orders, much less a full assault, in an area with an extremely dense presence of civilians, can be reconciled with the binding requirements of international humanitarian law and with the two sets of binding provisional measures ordered by the International Court of Justice.”

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UN high commissioner for human rights
12 May 2024 (approx) 4 2
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“It is important that partners support our soldiers and Ukrainian stability with timely supplies. Really timely. The package that really helps is the weapons brought to Ukraine, not just the ones announced.”

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President of Ukraine
11 May 2024 2 2
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“We clearly understand what forces the enemy is using in the north of our territory. Certainly, the escalation can grow, the pressure can increase, it can strengthen its military units, its military presence. As of now the enemy keeps pressing in the north of our region. Our forces have repelled nine attacks.”

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Kharkiv's governor
11 May 2024 2 2
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