In Syria, Russian airstrikes are bolstering President Assad's forces and have allowed them to make significant gains against moderate opposition groups. What does the Kremlin do to win over Russian public opinion for its military campaign?
The UN's top mediator has urged the Russian president to push Damascus to accept new elections. Staffan de Mistura warned that time is ticking and failure to move forward on peace talks risks the country's future.
Vladimir Putin is running for a fourth term as Russian president. His policy platform is still unknown. But he is seemingly and subtly preparing his country for war. Is this a campaign ploy, or genuine cause for concern?
More than two years after joining the conflict, the Russian president has announced Moscow's partial departure. But he warned that "if terrorists again raise their head," Russia will deliver strikes "they haven't seen."
The jihadist group had suffered heavy losses in recent months and lost much of its territory in Syria. The Russian military said "not a single village" remains in IS control.
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