Dispatch: How Ukraine’s warmer weather could now give Russia an advantage

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When Vladimir Putin launched his invasion of Ukraine, it was winter.

Now, it is a different story.

In the fields of Donbas the earth is being dried by a friendly late spring sun, and the fresh green shoots of young crops are appearing even where rocket strikes have black marks on the steppe.

Roland Oliphant explores how changing weather will impact the war in Ukraine.

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