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Escalation in Russia

Ukraine has been targeting Russian airfields, the most recent in the city of Kursk. The attacks were detected and shot down by air defenses but still caused damage, including killing three Russian airmen.

Still, bringing the battle inside Russia’s borders is an escalation that even the U.S. does not want. The Pentagon is reportedly modifying advanced rocket systems that it sends to Ukraine to make sure that they cannot fire long ranges. Like child locks for missiles.

At a Wall Street Journal conference on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blnkien warned that Russia may be “trying to find an off-ramp.” Like peace talks? Yes, they’ve said that many times. What will it take to get there?

“Fundamentally, Ukrainians are making the decisions about what they want,” he said.

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