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Biden & Putin’s Nuclear Blurred Lines

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
August 15, 2023

Ukraine’s quest to bring the war back to Russia has been going well, perhaps even a little too well. In the last few weeks, drones have hit targets across Russia, including its capital. Mysterious explosions keep rocking Russian cities, including a deadly one at a military optics plant just outside Moscow. The border regions are under constant bombardment, and Kyiv keeps attacking the various bridges connecting the Russian mainland to illegally occupied Crimea. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky boasted on Sunday that the latest such attack—“an eloquent smoke” on the Crimean bridge—was Ukraine’s riposte to “Russia’s crimes,” none of which, he said, would be left without a forceful response.