The Invasion of Ukraine – one year on | In Focus podcast

Kanwal Sibal speaks to us about the status of Russia’s geopolitical relations vis-a-vis the West, Europe, China and India, almost a year into the Ukraine conflict.

February 15, 2023 05:15 pm | Updated 08:03 pm IST

It will soon be a year since Russia invaded Ukraine, or to use Moscow’s terminology, began a “special military operation” in Ukraine. A thick fog hangs over the progress of the war – information trickling in about the war continues to be unreliable.

Some larger truths, however, are obvious. There are, so far, no victors in this war that has been joined in a proxy manner by NATO and the United States on behalf of Ukraine. Both Russian and Ukrainian soldiers continue to slug it out as hi-tech weapons play a role in the war.

If the European goal behind oil sanctions and price controls was to grind the Russian economy to a halt, then that hasn’t happened. China and India continue to be major consumers of Russian energy as the world awaits a resolution of the war in Ukraine. One year on, what happens to Ukraine and Russia? Can peace breakout between the two countries?

Guest: Kanwal Sibal, former Indian Foreign Secretary and ambassador to Russia.

Host: Amit Baruah, Senior Associate Editor, The Hindu.

Edited by Jude Francis Weston

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