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  • Alexander Novak
    Alexander Novak “We are working on mechanisms to prohibit the use of a price cap instrument, regardless of what level is set, because such interference could further destabilise the market. We will sell oil and petroleum products only to those countries that will work with us under market conditions, even if we have to reduce production a little.” 16 hours ago
  • Scot Marciel
    Scot Marciel “Beyond the re-appointment of Kyaw Moe Tun in the UN, Russia is being difficult to work with [in terms of reaching a consensus in the international community to pressure the regime] and is publicly backing the junta. China seems to be consolidating its support for the regime as well. It's different from 2021. They provide tangible support for the junta, whereas those who support the resistance and the anti-coup movement are more rhetorical in their support.” 16 hours ago
  • Chen Gang
    Chen Gang “By now it should be clear to the Chinese leadership that it is unrealistic to hope to eliminate COVID-19 entirely through lockdowns and repeated testing, given the Omicron variant's high transmissibility and the large number of asymptomatic cases. The recent protests themselves have not dented Xi's political authority, but unless it adapts, the government may encounter a growing political backlash against its COVID-19 policy.” 17 hours ago
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“We are working on mechanisms to prohibit the use of a price cap instrument, regardless of what level is set, because such interference could further destabilise the market. We will sell oil and petroleum products only to those countries that will work with us under market conditions, even if we have to reduce production a little.”

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Russia Deputy Prime Minister
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“Beyond the re-appointment of Kyaw Moe Tun in the UN, Russia is being difficult to work with [in terms of reaching a consensus in the international community to pressure the regime] and is publicly backing the junta. China seems to be consolidating its support for the regime as well. It's different from 2021. They provide tangible support for the junta, whereas those who support the resistance and the anti-coup movement are more rhetorical in their support.”

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Former US ambassador to Myanmar
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“By now it should be clear to the Chinese leadership that it is unrealistic to hope to eliminate COVID-19 entirely through lockdowns and repeated testing, given the Omicron variant's high transmissibility and the large number of asymptomatic cases. The recent protests themselves have not dented Xi's political authority, but unless it adapts, the government may encounter a growing political backlash against its COVID-19 policy.”

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Assistant Director and Senior Research Fellow of the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore.
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“Diplomacy is obviously everyone's objective but you have to have a willing partner. And it's very clear, whether it's the energy attacks, whether it's the rhetoric out of the Kremlin and the general attitude, that Putin is not sincere or ready for that.”

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U.S. Under Secretary of State
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“We're seeing a kind of a reduced tempo already of the conflict … and we expect that's likely to be what we see in the coming months. The Ukrainian and Russian militaries will attempt to refit and resupply to prepare for counteroffensives after the winter. We actually have a fair amount of scepticism as to whether or not the Russians will be in fact prepared to do that. I think more optimistically for the Ukrainians in that timeframe. Putin is beginning to realise the challenges his military is faced with. I do think he is becoming more informed of the challenges that the military faces in Russia. But it's still not clear to us that he has a full picture at this stage of just how challenged they are … we see shortages of ammunition, for morale, supply issues, logistics, a whole series of concerns that they're facing.”

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US Director of National Intelligence
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“Crippling Russia's energy revenues is at the core of stopping Russia's war machine. It is no secret that we wanted the price to be lower. A price between 30-40 dollars is what would substantially hurt Russia. However, this is the best compromise we could get.”

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Estonian Prime Minister
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“Targeting senior officials inside North Korea responsible for WMD and missile activities and working with South Korea and Japan are important, but it is an inadequate and symbolic response to 60+ missile tests, including 8 ICBM tests. The Biden administration should sanction Pyongyang's revenue and force Kim Jong Un to make difficult decisions about his strategic priorities.”

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Senior director of Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Nonproliferation and Biodefense Program and a senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies
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“It would be extremely unwise for North Korea to conduct a seventh nuclear test. We must respond consistently, and in lockstep with each other. China can and must exercise influence to stop North Korea from developing weapons. What is sure is that China has the capability to influence North Korea, and China has the responsibility to engage in the process.”

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President of South Korea
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“President Putin is now trying to use the winter as a weapon of war against Ukraine, and this is horrific and we need to be prepared for more attacks. That's the reason why NATO's allies have stepped up their support to Ukraine.”

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Secretary General of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
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“People have been incredibly patient with lockdown measures but authorities must not abuse emergency policies. These unprecedented protests show that people are at the end of their tolerance for excessive Covid-19 restrictions. The Chinese government must immediately review its Covid-19 policies to ensure that they are proportionate and time-bound. All quarantine measures that pose threats to personal safety and unnecessarily restrict freedom of movement must be suspended.”

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Amnesty International's Deputy Regional Director
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“I must shoulder all the responsibility. Faced with a result like this, there are many areas that we must deeply review. The results failed our expectations. We humbly accept the results and accept the Taiwanese people's decision. It's not like the DPP [Democratic Progressive Party] has never failed before. We don't have time to feel sorry. We fell, but we will stand up again.”

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President of Taiwan
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“Millions are being plunged into extreme hardship and appalling conditions of life by these strikes. Taken as a whole, this raises serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a concrete and direct military advantage for each object attacked.”

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UN high commissioner for human rights
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“The U.S. should be mindful that no matter how desperately it may seek to disarm (North Korea), it can never deprive (North Korea) of its right to self-defense and that the more hell-bent it gets on the anti-(North Korea) acts, it will face a more fatal security crisis.”

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North Korean politician serving as the Deputy Director of the United Front Department of the Workers' Party of Korea
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“We understand and respect Turkey's concerns about ensuring its own security. We believe this is Turkey's legitimate right. At the same time, we call on all parties to refrain from steps that could lead to the destabilisation of the overall situation.”

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Kremlin spokesman
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“The news from our team yesterday and this morning is extremely disturbing. Explosions occurred at the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you're playing with fire!”

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Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency
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“In years to come, we'll tell our grandchildren of your story, how proud and sovereign people stood up in the face of an appalling onslaught, how you fought, how you sacrificed, how you prevailed.”

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UK Prime Minister
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“We naturally lodged a strong protest against North Korea, which has repeated its provocations with unprecedented frequency. We have told (Pyongyang) that we absolutely cannot tolerate such actions.”

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Japanese Prime Minister
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“Everything we discussed has been leaked to the paper; that's not appropriate. If there is sincerity, we can communicate well with mutual respect, otherwise the outcome will not be easy to tell.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“There is preliminary information that contests that. I don't want to say that until we completely investigate it but it is unlikely in the lines of the trajectory that it was fired from Russia but we'll see.”

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President of the United States
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“They (the Russians) will have trenches, but it is wide open terrain (in the south), easy to target Russians there. This Kherson fire support base becomes the anchor to support further manoeuvre by the left flank as it fights its way ... towards Mariupol, Berdyansk, and Melitopol.”

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Retired U.S. General
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“Ukraine has the initiative and momentum and is dictating to the Russians where and when the next fight will be. The winter will slow things but not stop them - the Ukrainians will be well prepared to keep fighting through the winter, the Russians will be less well prepared to survive the winter cold. Whatever (the Ukrainians) do, it will be carefully planned, kept secret and will likely be extremely well executed.”

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Former senior British military intelligence officer
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“I absolutely believe there need not be a new Cold War. I've met many times with Xi Jinping. And we were candid and clear with one another across the board. And I do not think there's any imminent attempt on the part of China to invade Taiwan. And I made it clear that our policy in Taiwan has not changed at all. We're going to compete vigorously, but I'm not looking for conflict. I'm looking to manage this competition responsibly. And I want to make sure that every country abides by the international rules of the road.”

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President of the United States
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“Together we will tackle the biggest issues of our time, from climate, to health security, to defend against the significant threat to the rule-based order. We will build an Indo Pacific that's free and open, stable and prosperous, and resilient and secure.”

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President of the United States
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“I want to tell everyone that the existence of Taiwan and Taiwanese people's insistence on freedom and democracy are not a provocation to anyone. As president, my calling is to make every effort to let Taiwan still be the Taiwan of the Taiwanese people.”

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President of Taiwan
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“Beijing is watching Russia's actions in Ukraine and tries on the consequences that affect Russia, assuming what they could mean to China in case it chooses to invade Taiwan.”

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Analyst for Carnegie Politika, a think-tank formerly based in Moscow
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“Certainly by historic standards, this is really an incredible night for the Democrats. There has not been a majority party in the White House and in the Congress that has done so well in the midterms. Even if the Democrats lose the House, and they appear to be on track to do that, [Republican] Speaker Kevin McCarthy's majority would be very narrow - and that would be a win for the Democrats.”

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Political science professor at George Washington University
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“It [the Supreme Court's ruling in June that ended the constitutional right to abortion] was one of the most important motivating issues to get Democrats out to the polls. I think also the worry from many Americans about the threats to democracy - that issue was not looked at enough by prognosticators.”

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Political science professor at The University of Akron in Ohio
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“The development of the extent and expansion of the scale of war causes concern for all countries. Tehran and Moscow are upgrading relations to a strategic level. This is the most decisive response to the policy of sanctions and destabilisation of the United States and its allies.”

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President of Iran
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“They have not sent out vessels with telemetry capabilities to track missiles coming down into the water. And because we have not seen this re-entry capability, some people say North Korea doesn't know how to do it. But I believe they probably can, that their engineers, their scientists are capable. And they've done so many missile tests that even though they haven't had a reentry test, per se, they probably can do it.”

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Associate fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies
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“The occupiers attacked the area massively with kamikaze drones. Our air defense destroyed five barrage ammunition. They also attacked with drones the city of Dnipro, targeting a logistics enterprise. Four employees were wounded, three of them are in serious condition in hospital.”

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Governor of Ukraine's southeastern Dnipropetrovsk region
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“The activity of the occupiers remains at an extremely high level -- dozens of attacks every day. They are suffering extraordinarily high losses. But the order remains the same -- to advance on the administrative boundary of Donetsk region. We will not yield a single centimeter of our land.”

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President of Ukraine
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“We have interfered, we are interfering and we will continue to interfere - carefully, accurately, surgically and in our own way, as we know how to do. During our pinpoint operations, we will remove both kidneys and the liver at once.”

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Founder of Russia’s Wagner Group, a private mercenary force
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“Ukrainians have been saying that the Russians have mined it [the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam] and intended to blow it, while Russia said that Ukrainian forces were planning to fire a missile at it. But if the dam was to be breached it would be a major catastrophe for both sides, “so there are still a lot of doubts as to whether either one would really want to do it.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Kyiv
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“Their comments on the missiles part are completely wrong, and the drones part is correct. We gave a limited number of drones to Russia months and before the war in Ukraine. We have emphasised to Ukrainian officials that if there is evidence about the use of Iranian drones in the Ukraine war by Russia, they should present it to us.”

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Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran
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“We understand that if Russia continues such attacks, we may lose our entire electricity system. Officials in the capital have been told that they would be likely to have at least 12 hours' notice that the grid was on the verge of failure. If it reaches that point, we will start informing people and requesting them to leave. For now at least, the situation is manageable, and there were no indications that large numbers of civilians were fleeing Kyiv. If there's no power, there will be no water and no sewage. That's why currently the government and city administration are taking all possible measures to protect our power supply system.”

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Director of security for the Kyiv municipal government
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“This [photos circulated on the internet showing the main administrative building in Kherson city with Russia's flag no longer flying atop it] could be a manifestation of a particular provocation, in order to create the impression that the settlements are abandoned, that it is safe to enter them, while they are preparing for street battles. We continue fighting, also in the Kherson direction, despite the fact that the enemy is trying to convince us that they are leaving the settlements and creating the effect of a total evacuation.”

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Spokesperson for Ukraine's southern military command
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“The agreement signed today in South Africa is monumental in moving Ethiopia forward on the path of the reforms we embarked upon four and a half years ago. Our commitment to peace remains steadfast. And our commitment to collaborating for the implementation of the agreement is equally strong.”

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Prime Minister of Ethiopia
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“Given that South Korea and the United States are conducting a combined air exercise, regarded as the strongest deterrence against the North Korean threats, the missile launch during the ongoing drills indicates the North has strong confidence in its nuclear capability. Since Sept. 25, North Korea has kept firing missiles ― even during China's important party congress. In addition, the North had staged military provocations in consideration of South Korea's domestic situation to some extent, but the missile launch during the South's mourning period of the Itaewon crowd crush, means that it will only focus on gaining recognition as a nuclear weapons state without taking anything into consideration before holding negotiations with the U.S. on the nuclear issue. To this end, North Korea is widely expected to ratchet up tensions further on the peninsula.”

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Professor of North Korean studies at Ewha Womans University
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“As a first step, we'd really like to have a conversation with them about each other's doctrines, about crisis communication, crisis management. We're not in that space with Beijing yet. So, there's work to be done to begin the conversation, we think bilaterally. We're now at the 60th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. We don't need to repeat that to know that we need to be at the table having conversations with each other.”

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Deputy assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance
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“At some point it will become appropriate to slow the pace of increases. So that time is coming, and it may come as soon as the next meeting or the one after that. No decision has been made.”

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Federal Reserve Chair
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“Due to the possibility of the use of prohibited methods of war by the Ukrainian regime, as well as information that Kyiv is preparing a massive missile strike on the Kakhovka hydroelectric station, there is an immediate danger of the Kherson region being flooded. The decision (to expand the evacuation zone) will make it possible to create a layered defence in order to repel Ukrainian attacks and protect civilians.”

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Russian-installed governor of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region
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“The outcome of this election will be a government that will continue conducting crimes against our people while blocking the horizon for a political solution.”

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Senior official of the Palestine Liberation Organization
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“Cutting electricity supplies may have some impact on Ukraine's military, which has a battlefield momentum that the Kremlin is desperate to halt, but it is obvious that the most serious consequences will be faced by civilians at risk of being without electricity and other utilities in a country where winter temperatures can plunge to -20C.”

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The Guardian's Defence and security editor
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“The movement of ships along the security corridor is unacceptable, since the Ukrainian leadership and the command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine use it to conduct military operations against the Russian Federation. Under the current conditions, there can be no question of guaranteeing the security of any object in the indicated direction until the Ukrainian side accepts additional obligations not to use this route for military purposes.”

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Russian defence ministry's statement
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“I hope that in today's situation, President Joe Biden will have more opportunities to understand who gives orders and how. This situation is very disturbing. The difference is that in the distant 1962, Khrushchev and Kennedy found the strength to show responsibility and wisdom, and now we do not see such readiness on the part of Washington and its satellites. The readiness of Russia, including its president, to negotiate [on Ukraine], it remains unchanged. We will always be ready to listen to what proposals our Western partners have to de-escalate tensions.”

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Russian Foreign Minister
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“If they would have a conversation with us ... arms control can always be an option if you have two willing countries willing to sit down at the table and talk. And not just arms control, but risk reduction - everything that leads up to a traditional arms-control treaty and all the different aspects of arms control that we can have with them. We've made it very clear to the DPRK ... that we're ready to talk to them - we have no pre-conditions.”

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United States Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
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“Everybody is holding its breath about this, because another nuclear test would be yet another confirmation of a program which is moving full steam ahead, in a way that is incredibly, incredibly concerning. Further tests, of course, means that they are refining the preparations and the construction of their arsenal. So we are following this very, very closely. We hope it doesn't happen, but indications unfortunately go in another direction.”

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Chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency
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“The situation on the front line hasn't changed significantly. The fiercest battles are in the Donetsk region, towards Bakhmut and Avdiivka. This is where the craziness of the Russian command is most evident. Day after day, for months, they are driving people to their deaths there, concentrating the highest level of artillery strikes.”

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President of Ukraine
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“The world today is neither peaceful nor tranquil. As major powers, strengthening communication and cooperation between China and the US will help to increase global stability and certainty, and promote world peace and development. China is willing to work with the US to give mutual respect, coexist peacefully… (and) find ways to get along in the new era. Doing so will not only be good for both countries, but also benefit the world.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“The Biden administration's position that Ukraine alone decides whether to negotiate with Russia is absurd. The moment the US began providing weapons and support in a hot war is the moment the president owed a duty to the American people to engage directly to facilitate peace.”

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US lawyer who formerly served as the representative for Michigan’s 3rd congressional district
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“We're quite satisfied because we raised the awareness. I don't mind people saying that Russia is crying wolf if this doesn't happen because this is a terrible, terrible disaster that threatens potentially the whole of the Earth.”

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Russia's deputy ambassador to the UN
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“Pyongyang's politics of blaming external threats and projecting confidence in military capabilities can motivate greater risk taking. North Korean probing of South Korean perimeter defenses could lead to a serious exchange of fire and unintended escalation.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“We have seen that negotiations and peace agreements with Russia simply do not work. Russia has no need for them. If Russia feels it is losing Ukraine and that the regime of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is losing the confidence of global public opinion and of Russian public opinion, then I think they will sit down at the negotiating table. But at the same time, if an agreement is signed that is a half measure and does not include some sort of strict control over its implementation, then I no longer have any illusions the Russian Federation would abide by it.”

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Latvian foreign minister
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“An abnormally lopsided victory for one faction, which is rare in the tradition of the Communist Party, in the past there would be a rough balance of power. It means there won't be any checks and balances. Xi Jinping also has total control over the larger Politburo and Central Committee.”

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Senior Fellow at US think-tank the Jamestown Foundation
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“If you remember, President Putin tried to initiate talks with both NATO and the United States even before the special military operation. Putin was open to negotiations when a document was almost agreed on between Russian and Ukrainian [negotiators]. So in that respect, nothing has changed. The position of the Ukrainian side has changed… Ukrainian law now prohibits any negotiations.”

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“There's been a lot of debates between experts about whether drones will be used in more advanced fights, like a potential US-China conflict. These examples [in Ukraine] are evidence that drones will be used extensively even by more advanced military powers. We're seeing the military value in using large amounts of mass drones, so a logical response would be 'Well, how do we make this more effective? How can we integrate this with other communications, make it more dynamic, make it more precise?' The technology is certainly going in a direction where these are the future of war.”

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Policy fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government who researches unconventional weapons and technology
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“These drones allow Russia to target Ukrainians far away from the front line, away from the primary battle space. But it's not just a tactic to target civilian populations and infrastructure. It's also about depleting Ukrainian air defences. Every drone shot down is another shot from Ukrainian defence systems - whether people or weapons - that can't be used against something else.”

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Senior policy fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations who leads its Technology and European Power Initiative
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“The new measures [martial law in annexed areas] will mean more restrictions on the movement of people. It will mean the military and local administrations will have the right to do what they want in terms of how people move around or restrict them from gathering.”

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Al Jazeera’s journalist reporting from Moscow
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“In the last week alone, the Russian Federation has struck through more than a hundred Iranian kamikaze drones against residential buildings, power stations, sewage treatment plants, bridges and playgrounds in a number of Ukrainian cities. Dozens of people, including children, were killed and injured. We call on Tehran to immediately stop supplying Russia with any weapons.”

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Foreign Minister of Ukraine
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“These drones were bought off the shelf from Iran, moved to the war zone and being used, I think, very much as a weapon that will continue to confuse Ukrainian air defences by adding something else in the mix.”

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Analyst at King’s College London
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“Ploughing on with zero-Covid could indicate an information deficit. Where nobody really dares to tell Xi Jinping things because he's so powerful.”

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Senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
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“Everybody is silent. There is almost no opposition - checks and balances - in the party leadership anymore. The entire atmosphere in China now is anybody talks about or discusses about the negatives of Xi Jinping would have … trouble today. You see, that's the problem.”

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Professor of political science at Guilford College in the United States and author of The Politics of the Core Leader in China
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“Safeguarding the Republic of China, protecting democracy and freedom, and maintaining cross-strait and regional peace are the three most important missions of the KMT.”

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Taiwanese politician - Chairman of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)
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“China had always respected, cared for and benefited Taiwanese, and was committed to promoting economic and cultural exchanges across the Taiwan Strait. We insist on striving for the prospect of peaceful reunification with the greatest sincerity and best efforts, but we will never promise to give up the use of force and reserve the option to take all necessary measures. The historical wheels of national reunification and national rejuvenation are rolling forward, and the complete reunification of the motherland must be achieved.”

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President of the People's Republic of China
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“It was unusual that the North announced that it was reacting to a 10-hour long artillery drill. It seems like the shelling was aimed at testing whether Seoul really thinks about breaking the military agreement. If the North dared to ignore the agreement, it can simply arm its soldiers in the Demilitarized Zone. Many South Korean politicians assume that the North is staging the military actions with some great purpose in mind, but there are fair chances that Pyongyang is just responding to Seoul's stance of enhancing extended deterrence with the U.S. If we look into the situation from North Korea's shoes, South Korea's new Yoon government abruptly started to mention extended deterrence. Then, it brought a U.S. aircraft carrier for naval drills, so the North also started to react. And now, South Korea is talking about deploying U.S. nuclear weapons or developing its own warheads. I'm not trying to justify the North's military actions, but it is questionable whether the current spiral of provocation-punishment is helpful in controlling the situation of the Korean Peninsula. The North has become confident about its weapon system. Unlike in the past, there will not be a breather if the two sides keep raising tensions.”

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Senior researcher at the state-run Korea Institute for National Unification
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“There seems to be no clear purpose for the recent actions. In the past, we used to say there is an equation that the North's provocations are aimed at greater leverage in talks. However, the recent moves are not the case. In the past, the North's strategy and goal was gaining U.S. recognition as a nuclear state and lifting the sanctions that are hampering its trade. However, North Korea is now assumed to have produced many nuclear weapons and there is less attractiveness in gaining such recognition. Rather, the recent moves are assumed to be aimed at gaining international attention for its seventh nuclear test with missile launches and other provocations, and showing its force to the world. Bragging about its nuclear forces seems to be the ultimate purpose of the recent moves.”

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Research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies
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“This type of material provocation by the North is always followed by a political offensive and socio-psychological offensive aimed at reunifying the Korean Peninsula under communism. The top priority is having a firm awareness of the enemy and a strong commitment to defending the Constitution by upholding our liberal democracy.”

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President of South Korea
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“The introduction of troops into a direct confrontation with the Russian army is a very dangerous step that could lead to a global catastrophe. I hope that those who speak of this have enough sense not to take such steps.”

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President of Russia
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“Whatever the intentions are, North Korea's repeated ballistic missile launches are absolutely impermissible and we cannot overlook its substantial advancement of missile technology. North Korea's series of actions pose threats to Japan, as well as the region and the international community, and are absolutely intolerable.”

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Japan's Defense Minister
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“Putin is saying he is not bluffing. Well, he cannot afford bluffing, and it has to be clear that the people supporting Ukraine and the European Union and the Member States, and the United States and NATO are not bluffing either. Any nuclear attack against Ukraine will create an answer, not a nuclear answer but such a powerful answer from the military side that the Russian Army will be annihilated.”

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EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
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“Every day, the cities of Kherson region are subjected to missile attacks. As such, the leadership of the Kherson administration has decided to provide Kherson families with the option to travel to other regions of the Russian Federation to rest and study. We suggested that all residents of the Kherson region, if they wish, to protect themselves from the consequences of missile strikes … go to other regions.”

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Russian-installed governor of Ukraine’s southern Kherson region
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“North Korea's cruise missiles, air force, and tactical nuclear devices are probably much less capable than propaganda suggests. But it would be a mistake to dismiss North Korea's recent weapons testing spree as bluster or sabre-rattling. Pyongyang's military threats are a chronic and worsening problem for peace and stability in Asia that must not be ignored. Policymakers in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington should not allow domestic politics and other challenges such as Russia's war in Ukraine to prevent them from increasing international coordination on military deterrence and economic sanctions.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“The country should continue to expand the operational sphere of the nuclear strategic armed forces to resolutely deter any crucial military crisis and war crisis at any time and completely take the initiative in it.”

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Leader of North Korea
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“I expect that Ukraine will continue to do everything it can throughout the winter, to regain its territory and to be effective on the battlefield. And we're going to do everything we can to make sure that they have what's required to be effective.”

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US Secretary of Defense
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“It seems to me that the Americans have been participating de facto in this war for a long time. This war is being controlled by the Anglo-Saxons. Officials including White House national security spokesman John Kirby had said the United States was open to talks but that Russia had refused. This is a lie. We have not received any serious offers to make contact.”

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Russian Foreign Minister
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“Pyongyang has been concerned about military exercises by the U.S., South Korea and Japan, so to strengthen its self-proclaimed deterrent, it is making explicit the nuclear threat behind its recent missile launches. The KCNA report may also be harbinger of a forthcoming nuclear test for the kind of tactical warhead that would arm the units Kim visited in the field.”

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Professor at Ewha University in Seoul
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“Even the concessions that North Korea would want, I think, are very much unclear at the moment. It's quite possible that the North Koreans are simply… they see the current moment as a great moment of geopolitical realignment in the world with Russia's war against Ukraine, and systemic rivalry between the US and China. And they might have calculated that instead of pursuing negotiations with the United States and trying to revisit that relationship, which they've been trying to revisit for now, really 30 years, their cause is better served by simply doubling down on their relationships with Russia and China.”

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Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
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“There is no doubt. This is an act of terrorism aimed at destroying critically important civilian infrastructure. This was devised, carried out and ordered by the Ukrainian special services.”

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President of Russia
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“The beginning of the Russian invasion did not take place under a unified command, as there were five different army groups each leading autonomous operations. That will change under Surovikin's [Sergey Surovikin] leadership of the war. The reason it was not possible to have a unified command of all the Russian forces was the distance and lack of information technology to put together all of the command and control facilities and capabilities. What we are seeing now is one person and one headquarters is going to plan out and direct the operation. But it is also a signal that from now on the operation will concentrate on one specific area. It may be Luhansk, it may be Donetsk, it may be in the south. What we are seeing is a shrinking of the operation of Russia.”

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Editor-in-chief at the Swiss Military Review
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“This will set the Chinese back years. China isn't going to give up on chipmaking … but this will really slow them [down].”

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Technology and cybersecurity expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
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“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis. For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we have a direct threat to the use of nuclear weapons, if in fact things continue down the path they'd been going. Putin is not joking when he talks about potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, is significantly underperforming.”

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President of the United States
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“The war in Ukraine means that North Korea will be able to test all sorts of weapons ― hypersonic missiles, submarine-launched systems, nuclear weapons and of course ICBMs ― and pay no penalty as Washington is distracted while Russia and China are unwilling to help. The Kim Jong-un regime will certainly test as much as they can during this unique time period, driving Washington and its allies to increase their own military capabilities. That means not only are we in for an arms race in Northeast Asia, but the stage is set for Japan and South Korea to actively consider developing and deploying their own nuclear weapons. We are far beyond a simple arms race at this point.”

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Senior director of Korean Studies at the Center for the National Interest
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“I know the people must be worried, but our government will thoroughly take care of the people's lives and safety through a strong South Korea-U.S. alliance and security cooperation between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan.”

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President of South Korea
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“If Kim Jong Un were to carry out this test during the Communist Party Congress, it would be considered a real slap against China. To the extent that they do it, it would be more around the US elections because, North Korea is more concerned about a US response at this moment.”

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Beijing-based political analyst
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“I consider myself completely innocent, and since our state refuses to comply with its own laws, I refuse to comply with the measure of restraint imposed on me as of 30 September 2022 and release myself from it.”

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Former state TV editor who interrupted a news broadcast to protest against the Ukraine war
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