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European spies piece together the strategy behind Russian abuses

By Alex Wickham, Daryna Krasnolutska, Natalia Drozdiak

09 May 2023 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Russian forces appear to be "engineering cultural and demographic shifts" in occupied Ukraine through murder and deportation in an effort to erase Ukrainian identity. Bloomberg reports.

Behind the front lines of the war, Russian forces are trying to ensure that the territory they have captured can never be integrated into Ukraine again, according to European intelligence officials.

In more than a year since the invasion, Moscow has entrenched its control of large parts of southern and eastern Ukraine by engineering cultural and demographic shifts through violence, economic coercion and the replacement of local populations, the officials said, asking not to be named discussing confidential material.

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