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Rhetoric and reality in the fight for Ukraine

A months-long stare-down over Ukraine is escalating — forcing the West and Russia to think about the next move.
Russian soldiers take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia on Dec. 22. (The Associated Press)

Today, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is meeting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov after a week of escalation over the future of Ukraine.

Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly was in Ukraine earlier this week, expressing Canada's support for the country. But Ottawa Citizen defence reporter David Pugliese says Canada's military actions paint a different picture. In fact — Canada's moves on the ground reveal a limit to the government's willingness to help in Ukraine's looming fight.

We're also joined by Eilish Hart, the English-language news editor for the Latvia-based news site Meduza, who explains why that means Ukraine is getting ready to go it alone — and how regular Russians may curtail the Kremlin's actions.

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