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Following a series of phony so-called elections, Russia claims it has annexed four Ukrainian provinces, despite international condemnation. Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What happens if Putin decides to cut his losses in Ukraine?

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A man walks past OPEC headquarters in Vienna on Tuesday on the eve of the 45th meeting of the Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee and the 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting. The in-person meeting of OPEC members led by Saudi Arabia and allied members headed by Russia will be the first in the Austrian capital since the spring of 2020. Joe Klamar/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia and Saudi Arabia agree to massive cuts to oil output. Here's why it matters

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has proposed a peace plan for Ukraine that would involve holding repeat votes under the U.N. auspices in Russia-occupied regions. Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP, File hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin joins hands with the Russian-appointed leaders of four Ukrainian regions that Moscow annexed on Sept. 30, despite strong international opposition to the move. On the same day, Putin also raised the possibility of using a nuclear weapon in Ukraine. Grigory Sysoyev/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP hide caption

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How likely is a Russian nuclear strike in Ukraine?

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Soldiers prepare to fire BM-21 Grad rocket launcher toward Russian positions in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region on Monday. Russia intends to annex Donetsk but Ukrainian forces retook Lyman, a strategic city in the region, on Saturday. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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British Prime Minister Liz Truss at the Conservative Party annual conference in Birmingham, England on Sunday. Truss and her Treasury chief have spent the last 10 days defending the cut in the face of market mayhem. Stefan Rousseau/AP hide caption

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The Karsto gas processing plant in the municipality of Tysvær, Norway — which said it will increase security around its oil installations after the Nord Stream pipeline leaks. Cornelius Poppe/NTB/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Nord Stream leaks are a wake-up call for countries with vulnerable pipelines

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Pope Francis waves during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on Sunday. He has appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, imploring him to "stop this spiral of violence and death" in Ukraine. The pontiff also called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to "be open" to serious peace proposals. Alessandra Tarantino/AP hide caption

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Asher and David Cherkaskyi, Ukrainian Orthodox Jews who are father and son and have both been on the front lines in Ukraine's fight against Russian occupation, in Dnipro in July. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Jewish Ukrainian father and son soldiers mark holy days under cloud of Russia's war

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Yurii Skubin, 65, shows pieces of spent ammunition collected in a vacant lot in Tavriiske, a village just a few miles from Russian-occupied areas in Zaporizhzhia. The annexation, largely dismissed by the international community as a sham, will likely have real implications for Ukrainians on the front lines who are staring down Russian forces. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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On the edge of Russia's illegal annexation, Ukrainians grapple with uncertainty

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Tourists by the boulevard at a Black Sea resort in Odesa, Ukraine, on Sept. 3. Tourists are not allowed to enter the public beach due to the presence of land mines and other explosives. Dominika Zarzycka/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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With Ukraine at war, officials hope to bring tourism back to areas away from fighting

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In Moscow on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia's Illegal Annexation Ushers In A Dangerous New Phase Of The War

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a ceremony formally annexing four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy, at the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday. Gavriil Grigorov/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A soldier who was formerly an IT entrepreneur and asked to be identified only by his call sign "Arun" manning a checkpoint in Borshchova, in northeastern Ukraine, on Friday. Ukrainian troops took back the area from Russian forces earlier this month. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Ukraine's offensive in Kharkiv was hard and bitter, say soldiers who did the fighting

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Jewish pilgrims gather at a lake to perform Tashlikh, an atonement ritual that involves symbolically casting one's sins into a body of water, during the Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage to Rabbi Nachman's tomb in Uman, Ukraine on Monday. Despite Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a reported 23,000 adherents made the trip, which was complicated by the grounding of civilian aviation throughout Ukraine. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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War didn't stop Hasidic pilgrims from gathering in Ukraine for the Jewish new year

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A man glues a referendum poster reading "Yes" in Berdyansk, Ukraine, on Monday. Stringer/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A large disturbance in the sea can be observed Tuesday off the coast of the Danish island of Bornholm following unusual leaks in two natural gas pipelines running from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany. Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says she "cannot rule out" sabotage on Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2. Danish Defence Command via AP hide caption

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