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  • Igor Grosu
    Igor Grosu “The plebiscite is a chance for Moldovans to show loudly and clearly that we are Europeans. ... We are not entering Europe, we are returning to it.” 8 hours ago
  • Maia Sandu
    Maia Sandu “Joining the EU is the best thing we can give this and future generations.” 8 hours ago
  • Igor Dodon
    Igor Dodon “We are categorically opposed to this referendum. We are not saying 'no' to talks with the EU and we are not opposed to the EU. We oppose Sandu using it as an instrument for her own interests and those of her party. We are therefore asking voters during the campaign not to take part in the referendum.” 8 hours ago
  • Ben Hodges
    Ben Hodges “Since the fall of Avdiivka in Ukraine's east on February 17 [2024], its forces have oozed forward, swallowing several villages, as Ukrainian forces have performed tactical retreats. Here we are in April [2024], and [the Russians] are oozing out. Why is that? I think it's because that's the best the Russians can do. They do not have the capability to knock Ukraine out of the war. Russia lacked the ability to equip large armoured formations that could move rapidly, with supporting artillery, engineers and logistics. I don't think it exists. That's why I feel fairly confident that the mission for [Ukrainian] general Oleksandr Syrskyi for the next several months is to stabilise this as much as he can to buy time for Ukraine to grow the size of the army, to rebuild the defence industry of Ukraine, as well as give us time to find more ammunition for them. I think of 2024 as a year of industrial competition. So the army has got to buy time.” 10 hours ago
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“Since the fall of Avdiivka in Ukraine's east on February 17 [2024], its forces have oozed forward, swallowing several villages, as Ukrainian forces have performed tactical retreats. Here we are in April [2024], and [the Russians] are oozing out. Why is that? I think it's because that's the best the Russians can do. They do not have the capability to knock Ukraine out of the war. Russia lacked the ability to equip large armoured formations that could move rapidly, with supporting artillery, engineers and logistics. I don't think it exists. That's why I feel fairly confident that the mission for [Ukrainian] general Oleksandr Syrskyi for the next several months is to stabilise this as much as he can to buy time for Ukraine to grow the size of the army, to rebuild the defence industry of Ukraine, as well as give us time to find more ammunition for them. I think of 2024 as a year of industrial competition. So the army has got to buy time.”

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Retired U.S. General and former Commander of NATO forces in Europe
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“The plebiscite is a chance for Moldovans to show loudly and clearly that we are Europeans. ... We are not entering Europe, we are returning to it.”

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Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
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“We are categorically opposed to this referendum. We are not saying 'no' to talks with the EU and we are not opposed to the EU. We oppose Sandu using it as an instrument for her own interests and those of her party. We are therefore asking voters during the campaign not to take part in the referendum.”

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Socialist Party chief and Moldovan president until his 2020 election loss to Sandu
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“Once again, the US's veto demonstrated a policy of it's my way or the highway. Palestine could only be a country the way the United States sees it, or Israel sees it, only at the time that it's suitable to the United States and within the geopolitics and the global interest of the United States. The US is sacrificing the freedom of Palestinian people for egotistical and narrow interests of the United States and Israel.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
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“War is a physical human endeavour and you have a force that is utterly exhausted, not slightly fatigued. It's a heavily attritional war. It's messy, it's bloody, there is nothing glorious about this. The glide bombs that are currently used are hugely devastating. They're cheap to make. They are pretty damn accurate and they can be adapted really quickly. They are fast and [the Russians] have a lot of them. This is a war of mass cost and pace. That's the operational factor on the ground.”

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Head of military research at the RAND Corporation, a US Air Force think tank
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“We are in a situation where basically everybody can claim victory. Iran can say that it took revenge, Israel can say it defeated the Iranian attack and the United States can say it successfully deterred Iran and defended Israel. If we get into another round of tit for tat, it can easily spiral out of control, not just for Iran and Israel, but for the rest of the region and the entire world.”

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Iran director of the International Crisis Group
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“Whether it's munitions, whether it's vehicles, whether it's platforms, I'll just tell you that Ukraine right now is facing some dire battlefield conditions. We're already seeing things on the battlefield begin to shift a bit in Russia's favour. We are seeing them make incremental gains. We're seeing the Ukrainians be challenged in terms of holding the line.”

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US Secretary of Defense
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“According to international law, we all recognise another country's territorial integrity, sovereignty, and the inviolability of its borders. This is a sound theory of international law. But the Russians will never give up Crimea, Donbas, or Luhansk. There is no military solution and never will be. There will only be 100,000 more dead on one side or the other. The only thing that can help is for NATO to interfere, and this is World War III.”

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Slovak Prime Minister
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“I look forward to engaging with both the Republic of Korea and Japan, but like-minded (countries) as well, on trying to develop options both inside the U.N. as well as outside the U.N. The point here is that we cannot allow the work that the panel of experts were doing to lapse.”

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United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President Joe Biden
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“After the hit on the Iranian consulate, the Iranians could not take it any more. They had to respond by re-establishing their deterrence credibility. Now the Israelis are talking about retaliation. This is not perceived as retaliation in Iran - it is perceived as another attack on Iran.”

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Professor at the University of Tehran
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“First, we should prioritize the upholding of peace and stability and refrain from seeking selfish gains. Second, we should cool down the situation and not add fuel to the fire. Third, we need to create conditions for the restoration of peace and refrain from further exacerbating tensions. Fourth, we should reduce the negative impact on the world economy and refrain from undermining the stability of global industrial and supply chains.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“This is the dominant height in the region, and control over it will allow the Russian invaders, if they achieve it, to significantly simplify the advance in the direction of Kostiantynivka and the direction of Sloviansk and Kramatorsk. These cities are the last stronghold of Donetsk Oblast, which is under the control of Ukraine.”

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Spokesman for the Khortytsia Operational Strategic Group of Forces
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“There were 11 missiles flying. We destroyed the first seven, and [the remaining] four destroyed Trypillia [village in which the Trypilska thermal power plant is situated]. Why? Because there were zero missiles. We ran out of missiles to defend Trypillia.”

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President of Ukraine
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“Netanyahu must have calculated when he hit the Iranian Consulate in Damascus that the Iranians would retaliate, and that this would swing the Americans and their Western allies behind Israel. And that's worked, remarkably well. It's all gain for Netanyahu if he has the wisdom to take the win, or at least to retaliate in a limited way.”

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Former U.K. national security adviser
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“There's been this united public response defending Israel on Iran, with strong private messaging to Israel, 'Don't you dare'. While on Gaza, there's a lot of public hand-wringing but a lack of will to be tough in private. Gaza doesn't directly pull the United States into a war. So, they still believe they can tiptoe through the raindrops.”

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President of the U.S./Middle East Project and former Israeli peace negotiator
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“If every time Israel decides to punish Iran, it creates a massive tumult in Washington and London, these countries are going to pressure Israel. There's going to be a major international effort to build cordons around Israel's behavior toward Iran.”

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Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
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“Iran is playing with the fate of all people in the Middle East and has led an entire region to the brink of the abyss. The aim now is to stop Iran without further escalation. Iran's plan to sow further violence must not work. Israel has our full solidarity and can rely on us. We also do not forget the many dozens of Israeli hostages who are still being held captive in Hamas tunnels. They must finally be released.”

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Foreign Minister of Germany
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“Iran's attack on the country will be met with a response. When we look ahead, we consider our steps. The launch of so many cruise missiles and drones into Israeli territory will be met with a response.”

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Israeli armed forces chief
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“Iran's massive aerial attack on Israel was a spectacular and embarrassing failure. We've seen reporting that the Iranians meant to fail, and this spectacular and embarrassing failure was all by design. All of this is categorically false.”

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White House national security spokesperson
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“War crimes committed by the Israeli occupation on a daily basis in Gaza should not cover up what is happening in the West Bank. The imposition of sanctions by some countries on a number of colonists represents a small, late step that is insufficient to halt such attacks.”

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Spokesperson for the Arab League Council’s Secretary-General
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“Defence Minister Gallant's decision to evacuate and destroy buildings on the Gal Yosef farm, where 14-year old Benjamin Achimeir was murdered, even during the week of shiva [mourning], represents terrible obtuseness, moral confusion, security folly and a violation of the dignity of the dead. Instead of establishing and approving more farms and expanding Jewish settlements, we surrender to the enemy. The time has come for the prime minister to consider replacing Minister Gallant.”

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Minister of National Security of Israel
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“Our commitment is ironclad to defending Israel and to helping Israel defend itself. As the president has said many times, we don't seek a wider war in the region. We don't seek a war with Iran.”

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White House national security spokesperson
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“Russia surprisingly stands with the rest of the international community in that it does not want an escalation following Iran's attack on Israel. This could impede Russian interests region. It could embroil Iran in a war that would mean that Iran would be hardly capable of sending more weapons to Russia, and of course, it could engulf Russian troops in Syria and Lebanon in a possible escalation of this conflict into a regional one. Among the Russian establishment are pro-Israeli elements who would not want to have a confrontation with Israel. Israel has not joined sanctions [against Russia], it's not dedicated as an enemy country, Israel is not supplying weapons or military technology to Ukraine, so Russia would want to keep this status quo.”

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Russian defence analyst
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“President Biden is rallying the G7 who will issue a condemnatory statement of Iran along these lines. In the Global South the response will be more measured. There will be calls for restraint, de-escalation and diplomacy without directly blaming Iran or Israel. Arab and Muslim public opinion will note how many Arab states deployed military resources to protect Israel while doing the opposite in the context of the mass starvation and genocide in Gaza.”

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Associate professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at Georgetown University
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“Prime Minister Netanyahu is the architect of the relationship with the United States, and he's the architect of his coalition government. He is manipulating both of them. As far as he's concerned, he's looking for his best options. I think he is already discussing and negotiating with President Biden about the price for not responding to Iran that some might expect or his ministers want. Now the price could be a number of things: one, more American support. More unconditionality of American support - definitely clearing criticism of Israel's indiscriminately bombing Gaza and so forth. Netanyahu will probably get more money, he will get more aid, he will get more American support.”

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Senior political analyst at Al Jazeera
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“We already know the war cabinet has not approved a response and the Americans had a big share in it, so it looks as if Israel won't respond for a while and we'll go back to our business in Gaza. Prime Minister Netanyahu still needs to resolve two things in Gaza: the release of captives and the Hamas battalions. I think Netanyahu might use this wave of support for Israel during the Iranian attack to go down to Rafah. But he cannot do it without fully coordinating with the Americans. This is the issue that is really bothering him, because without going back to Rafah he cannot describe the war as a victory.”

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Former director of Israel’s foreign ministry
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“Iran has ignored our call, and those of many others, not to proceed with these reckless attacks. This escalation is a grave threat to the security of Israel and the entire region.”

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Prime Minister of Australia
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“Israel's military intercepted 99 percent of the aerial threats launched at it on Saturday. The Nevatim air force base in the Negev desert in southern Israel suffered only light damage and is functioning. Iran thought it would paralyze the base. It failed.”

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Chief Israeli military spokesperson
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“A number of Iranian missiles fell inside Israeli territory, causing minor damage to a military base with no casualties. Only one little girl has been hurt, and we hope she will be well.”

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Chief Israeli military spokesperson
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“It seems that Iranian leaders are determined to take action, but also seen to take action. What that indicates to me is that there are considerations of pride and prestige that are divorced from strategy and tactical utility that may indicate a more dangerous era than we thought. Iran may not have really counted the possibility its attack on Israel could take the focus off Gaza. The pressure that had been building on Israel to restrain from further actions in Gaza, that may have been lifted as a result of this attack.”

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Associate Professor at the National Defense University in Washington DC
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“I will continue to engage with the White House to insist upon a proper response. The Biden Administration's undermining of Israel and appeasement of Iran have contributed to these terrible developments.”

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US House of Representatives Speaker
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“I've just spoken with Prime Minister Netanyahu to reaffirm America's ironclad commitment to the security of Israel. I told him that Israel demonstrated a remarkable capacity to defend against and defeat even unprecedented attacks - sending a clear message to its foes that they cannot effectively threaten the security of Israel.”

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President of the United States
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“If Iran's objective was to punish and isolate Israel, it appears to have fallen well short of that objective. The U.S. and Israeli militaries were able to defend against a complex attack. Given how significant this attack was, it is difficult to see how Israel cannot respond.”

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Senior Fellow at Washington Institute for Near East Policy - Formerly the Pentagon's top Middle East policy official
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“With this irresponsible and unjustifiable attack, Iran is risking a regional conflagration. In these difficult times, Germany stands closely by Israel. We will now discuss further reactions closely with our G7 partners and allies.”

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German government spokesperson
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“These attacks demonstrate yet again the Iranian regime's disregard for peace and stability in the region. We support Israel's right to defend itself and its people from these attacks.”

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Prime Minister of Canada
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“The situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly in recent days in the face of a heightened Russian offensive. There had been a significant intensification of the enemy's offensive after the presidential elections in Russia.”

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Ukraine’s commander of ground forces
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“Iran may be trying to play on fears that it could obstruct shipping through the strait, a passageway of greater significance to global oil and gas supplies than the Red Sea. If Iran were to limit itself to seizing commercial vessels linked to Israel then it would minimise the risk of an all-out conflict but damage its own credibility.”

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Analyst of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
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“Will it [transitional ruling council] have the capacity to silence the guns of the armed men? How can it be installed safely, and how can it start governing in an environment of widespread insecurity?”

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Professor of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia
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“Biden isn't looking for a Mideast war during an election year. The GOP [Republican Party] are another matter. If, however, Iran were to directly hit targets within Israel or an Israeli embassy somewhere in the world, then Biden would be under huge domestic pressure to respond militarily. If this should happen, we would be on the precipice of a wider regional war, and Netanyahu's plan for instigating this crisis will have come to fruition.”

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Associate professor of Middle East and Islamic politics at Georgetown University
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“Another refugee crisis from Gaza into Egypt, I can assure you, … would make the resolution of the Palestinian refugee question as a consequence of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict impossible.”

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
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“Attacks and hostilities have left Nasser Medical Complex, Al-Amal and Al-Khair hospitals non-functional. These facilities have no oxygen supply, water, electricity or sewage system. The team saw that the Nasser Medical Complex warehouse - which supplies many hospitals in the south - was burning, and severely damaged. It is estimated that fire has destroyed the majority of supplies, including a substantial amount of essential medicines and medical and trauma supplies provided by WHO and partners. The once robust health system in Gaza is broken. WHO and partners stand ready to support reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, but we need a ceasefire. Nothing else can bring a lasting and humane outcome.”

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Director-General of the World Health Organization
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“Given his likely lame duck status, the temptation for Yoon will be to focus on foreign policy where he will still have statutory power.”

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Professor at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul
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“Food has not flowed in sufficient quantities to avoid this imminent famine in the south, and these conditions that are giving rise already to child deaths in the north.”

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Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID)
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“He [Yoon Suk-yeol] is unpopular as a result of the lack of real progress on domestic political and economic issues. Prices and inflation remain high, housing is expensive and political polarisation remains high.”

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Professor of politics and director of Asian Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“The Russians both seemed to draw as much Ukrainian air defence as possible to Kyiv, then spread the rest out around the country with a series of attacks. And then, when they had basically reduced Kharkiv's air defence to as small as possible, they launched a mass attack against Kharkiv's power.”

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Professor of Strategic Studies at St Andrews University
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“I think what he's [Benjamin Netanyahu] doing is a mistake. I don't agree with his approach. So what I'm calling for is the Israelis to just call for a ceasefire, allow for the next six, eight weeks, a total access to all food and medicine going into the country. I've spoken to everyone from the Saudis to the Jordanians to the Egyptians. They're prepared to move this food in. There's no excuse to not provide for the medical and food needs of those people. It should be done now.”

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President of the United States
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“President Putin and I have agreed to continue to maintain close exchanges to ensure the smooth and steady development of China-Russia relations. The two sides should take the opportunity of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and the China-Russia Years of Culture to fully implement the important consensus reached by President Putin and me. China supports the Russian people in following a development path that suits their national conditions, and supports Russia in combating terrorism and maintaining social security and stability. China always attaches great importance to the development of China-Russia relations, and stands ready to strengthen bilateral communication with Russia and enhance multilateral strategic coordination in BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. The two countries will show more responsibility, unite countries in the Global South in the spirit of equality, openness, transparency and inclusiveness, promote the reform of the global governance system, and vigorously lead the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“Some Western countries have always blamed China for its 'pro-Russia' stance, but actually we are just asking for a mechanism that can be accepted by all parties and can treat everyone equally. China's stance is based on the desire to stop the bloodshed, but the US' stance is to use the [Russia-Ukraine] conflict to weaken Russia as much as possible. The development of the crisis to some extent depends on the US presidential election later this year. If Donald Trump is elected, there will be a chance to break the deadlock, but if Joe Biden gets reelected, we might also see some changes, as Washington and its allies might not be able to afford the war anymore.”

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Scholar from the Shanghai-based China National Institute for SCO International Exchange and Judicial Cooperation
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“China and Russia will not target any third party, but if hegemonic forces threaten China and Russia, or threaten world peace, China and Russia will stand together and fight to protect their own interests and safeguard world peace together.”

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Professor at the China Foreign Affairs University
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“China and Russia should always stay on the right course on major matters of principle. As permanent members of the UN Security Council and major emerging countries, China and Russia actively respond to the common aspirations and legitimate concerns of the people of all countries, advocate a new path of state-to-state relations featuring dialogue and partnership rather than confrontation and alliance, and actively promote the building of a community with a shared future for humanity.”

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State Councillor and China's foreign minister
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“Reckless drone attack against Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant increases risk of dangerous nuclear accident. Such attacks must stop. Full support for Director General Rapahel M Grossi and IAEA. Russia should withdraw from Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.”

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
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“I visited four hospitals in the last five days, and I can tell you that every medical director has told me about the impact of the lack of resources and the lack of staff. They're running at four times capacity. Children are dying due to infections. Children are dying from malnutrition. There's just not enough staff and resources to go around. … That's why we have to rush this aid in, and that's why we need a ceasefire.”

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UNICEF spokesperson
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“We are coordinating the next steps regarding the search and delivery of additional air-defense systems to Ukraine, primarily Patriot systems. I appreciate David's [David Cameron] active, results-oriented attitude.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
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“Ukraine clearly lacks sufficient air-defense systems and this is evident to all of our partners. There are air-defense systems around the world that can help. Only political will is required to transfer them to Ukraine. Patriots' must now be in Ukraine, so there will be no need to use them on NATO's entire eastern flank in the future.”

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President of Ukraine
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“Highly motivated technology teams are relentlessly working to improve their products, which are already being used by our forces, and developing their start-ups based on the goal we set for them in order to enable us to achieve our tactical and strategic objectives. We're not just talking about surface- and air-based drones, but also robotised systems that can undertake tasks such as mine clearance, remotely controlled weapon stations, and other technologies that we will soon see being deployed. Our enemies are going to feel the impact. We should pay particular attention to remotely controlled weapon systems, which will soon be used in battle.”

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Ukraine’s commander of ground forces
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“U.S. should refrain from turning economic and trade issues into political or security issues and view the issue of production capacity from a market-oriented and global perspective. The development of China's clean energy sector, where overcapacity concerns are felt most acutely, will support the global energy transition.”

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Chinese Premier
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“While we have more to do, I believe that, over the past year, we have put our bilateral relationship on more stable footing. This has not meant ignoring our differences or avoiding tough conversations. It has meant understanding that we can only make progress if we directly and openly communicate with one another.”

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United States Secretary of the Treasury
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“Ukraine can't exploit the high levels of attrition that Russian units suffer. Russian forces lost at least three mechanized divisions of manpower and equipment in the campaign for Avdiivka, and Ukraine was unable to counterattack around Avdiivka and exploit the conditions of Russian exhaustion. Ukraine has no choice but to dig in and try to anticipate to the best of its ability where, when, and at what intensity Russian forces will attack next.”

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Russia Deputy Team Lead and Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington
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“Russia is pushing ill-manned, ill-equipped local offensives anywhere it can. But ill-manned with enough bodies might be good enough.”

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Associate professor and national security expert at the University of New Haven in Connecticut
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“They [Russian troops] are ready to pay bribes, which is happening on a massive scale, injure themselves or simply run away to avoid the frontline, as the chances of survival there and the number of losses…remain sky-high for Russians.”

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Ukrainian Defense Intelligence representative
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“China is too large to export its way to rapid growth and would benefit by reducing excess industrial capacity which is pressuring other economies. Overcapacity isn't a new problem, but it has intensified, and we're seeing emerging risks in new sectors.”

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United States Secretary of the Treasury
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“Without a ceasefire, it will not be possible for aid groups to put together the kind of anti-famine operation that Gaza now requires. You can't do that solely off the backs of trucks. You need the space to operate safely, to run malnutrition treatment centres, to restore the health system, to rebuild water systems and to distribute food at large scale.”

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President of Refugees International
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“Their apologies for the outrageous killing of our colleagues represent cold comfort. It's cold comfort for the victims' families and WCK's global family. Israel needs to take concrete steps to assure the safety of humanitarian aid workers. Our operations remain suspended.”

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World Central Kitchen’s chief executive
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“Six months on, we are at the brink: of mass starvation; of regional conflagration; of a total loss of faith in global standards and norms. It's time to step back from that brink - to silence the guns - to ease the horrible suffering - and to stop a potential famine before it is too late.”

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Secretary-general of the United Nations
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“There is a serious risk of genocide, as the International Court of Justice has found. If the UK, with that knowledge in mind, carries on exporting arms to Israel, there is a risk that those arms will be used in the conduct of aggressive activities and in the conduct of genocide. It's the risk that is important and the risk must be taken into account now.”

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Emeritus professor for international refugee law at the University of Oxford
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“Germany, as the leader of the air defence coalition operating within the Ramstein-format group, will immediately initiate an analysis of all available Patriot systems and batteries and other air defence systems, not only among allies, but also in the world. And what can be done, what combinations can be employed to ensure that these batteries are delivered to Ukraine.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
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“I think Iran does not want a big Israel-Hezbollah war right now, so any response will not come in the form of a big Hezbollah action. They have many other ways to respond ... for example by trying to blow up an Israeli embassy.”

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Middle East expert at the Council on Foreign Relations U.S. think tank
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“We must ensure reliable and predictable security assistance to Ukraine for the long haul so that we rely less on the voluntary contributions and more on NATO commitments, less on short-term offers and more on multiyear pledges. The reason why we do this is the situation on the battlefield in Ukraine. It is serious. We see how Russia is pushing, and we see how they try to win this war by just waiting us out.”

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Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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“Before Monday there were rules of engagement, but now it's an all-out war between Israel and the resistance axis. It is now clear that the trend is towards escalation. We could start to see increased attacks against US bases in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere.”

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Director of the Damascus Centre for Strategic Research
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“By targeting an Iranian diplomatic facility, Israel has crossed a line. Iran's dilemma is that failure to respond could signal weakness to Israel, but retaliation risks a harsher US or Israeli action.”

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International Crisis Group’s Iran Project Director and Senior Adviser to the President
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“If Iran doesn't respond strongly enough, many here believe it will be seen as a sign of weakness, not only to Israel and the United States, but also to a number of its proxies in the region. If Iran does react strongly, it could risk a full-out confrontation with the US. It's really a tricky moment. The rhetoric coming from Iranian officials, as well as the supreme leader, indicates there will be a strong response.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Tehran
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“It is absolutely essential to get Ukrainians what they continue to need to defend themselves, particularly when it comes to munitions and air defences. It's another reason why the supplementary budget request that President [Joe] Biden has made to [the US] Congress must be fulfilled as quickly as possible.”

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U.S. Secretary of State
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“Since the start of the year, 403 square kilometres [156 square miles] … have come under our control. Russian armed forces continue to push Ukrainian units westwards. Russian forces had captured five settlements, four in Donetsk and one in Zaporizhia, over the last month.”

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Russian Defence Minister
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“The Kim regime prioritizes advancing its military capabilities and doesn't care to stay quiet during the South Korean legislative election campaign. But firing an intermediate-range missile lacks the shock value of a full-range ICBM [intercontinental ballistic missile] launch or a nuclear test, so it's unlikely to swing any National Assembly seats. Although Pyongyang's weapons development remains a major concern, Seoul is currently focused on health care reform, economic policies, and domestic political scandals.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“Calls for elections now during the war, a moment before victory, will paralyze Israel for at least six months; in my estimate, for eight months. They will paralyze the negotiations for the release of our hostages and in the end will lead to ending the war before achieving its goals, and the first to commend this will be Hamas, and that says it all.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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“Lack of food today, tomorrow, is not a big problem. It's the cumulative impact that is a big problem, because that's where destitution starts to settle in. The bigger concern is that the international community had not yet responded to 2024 food aid needs. And every day that they delay, every day it will get worse.”

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UNICEF representative to Yemen
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“Trump, when he has an idea, comes back to it again and again, then gets distracted, forgets, but eventually comes back to it and acts on it. That's why leaving Nato is a real possibility. A lot of people think it's just a negotiating tool, but I don't think so.”

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Former US National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019
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“It is honestly outrageous to see a country and a city under total and absolute lockdown at war for a month, and there is absolutely no sign of shortage of weapons or ammunition. The weapons keep coming in, it's a never-ending story. We have to take care of the arms trafficking in Haiti, it's extremely urgent.”

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Senior expert at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
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“The US cannot beg Netanyahu to stop bombing civilians one day and the next send him thousands more 2,000-pound bombs that can level entire city blocks. We must end our complicity: No more bombs to Israel.”

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Vermont Senator
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“I don't see this [granting the mandate to combat M23 rebels to a force comprising southern African nations, SADECO] as a stabilising intervention, at most, it will postpone the issue because there is no one military solution. Structural weaknesses in governance, lack of state presence in remote regions and interethnic rivalries, are among causes that the state is failing to address. In the last 30 years, different interventions have been addressing partial symptoms of the problem rather than looking at the full picture - till that is not done, you can only postpone, but not resolve, the issue.”

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Researcher on conflict in the Great Lakes Region
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“He [Putin] makes it more than clear that he is beyond the reach of rational arguments and the values ​​of humanity. And he definitely doesn't want to negotiate. If Putin wins in Ukraine, our security and international order will be at risk. Ukraine's support is our own guarantee of security.”

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Foreign Minister of Germany
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“The problem is to actually be able to prevent terrorist attacks, you need to have a really good and efficient system of intelligence sharing and intelligence gathering. Trust is needed inside the home agency and with agencies of other countries, as is good coordination. That's where you have problems.”

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Expert on Russian intelligence
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“All war crimes [committed] by the Kyiv regime are thoroughly documented. We were well aware of these crimes. And, of course, we will make sure that those behind these crimes are duly punished.”

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Kremlin spokesman
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“The terrorists' car was stopped near Bryansk, which is in western Russia, and so vaguely near Ukraine, which means that the four Tajiks in a Renault were intending to cross the Ukrainian border, which means that they had Ukrainian backers, which means that it was a Ukrainian operation, which means that the Americans were behind it. The reasoning here leaves something to be desired. And the series of associations rests on no factual basis.”

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Levin Professor of History at Yale
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“One Congolese person out of four faces hunger and malnutrition. More than 7.1 million people have been displaced in the country. That is 800,000 people more since my last briefing three months ago. The armed group [M23] is making significant advances and expanding its territory to unprecedented levels.”

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Head of the UN’s DRC peacekeeping mission MONUSCO
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“We have no aggressive intentions towards these states. The idea that we will attack some other country - Poland, the Baltic States, and the Czechs are also being scared - is complete nonsense. It's just drivel. If they supply F-16s, and they are talking about this and are apparently training pilots, this will not change the situation on the battlefield. And we will destroy the aircraft just as we destroy today tanks, armoured vehicles and other equipment, including multiple rocket launchers. Of course, if they will be used from airfields in third countries, they become for us legitimate targets, wherever they might be located.”

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President of Russia
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“Bolstering Ukraine's air defence and expediting the delivery of F-16s to Ukraine are vital tasks. There are no rational explanations for why Patriots, which are plentiful around the world, are still not covering the skies of Kharkiv and other cities.”

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President of Ukraine
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“Reducing gang violence by replacing it with state violence cannot be a success. The Salvadoran government had adopted disproportionate measures, denying, minimising and concealing human rights violations. Bukele had created a false illusion that he had found the magic formula to solve the very complex problems of violence and criminality in a seemingly simple way. The international community must respond in a robust, articulate and forceful manner, condemning any model of public security that is based on human rights violations.”

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Amnesty’s Americas director
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“China is building a first-class business environment that is market oriented. In traditional areas like trade and new ones such as climate change and artificial intelligence, China and the United States should become boosters for each other's development, not obstructions on each other.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“I thought the US decision in the Security Council was a very, very bad move. The worst part about it was that it encouraged Hamas to take a hard line and to believe that international pressure will prevent Israel from freeing the hostages and destroying Hamas. It [the cancellation of a planned visit to Washington by Israeli top aides] was a message first and foremost to Hamas: 'Don't bet on this pressure, it's not going to work'. I hope they got the message.”

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Prime Minister of Israel
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