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Fighting escalates in the Donbas. One military intelligence officer is killed by a car bomb in Kyiv. And another is killed in eastern Ukraine.

For some time, the three-year-old war between Russia and Ukraine appeared to be settling into a frozen conflict.

But suddenly, things seem to be heating up.

On the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss how the war is changing and what this means.

Joining me is co-host Mark Galeotti, a senior research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and author of the blog In Moscow's Shadows; and RFE/RL's Ukraine correspondent Christopher Miller, who is fresh from a tour of the front lines in the Donbas.


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The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of RFE/RL.

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday. Viewers can suggest topics via Twitter @PowerVertical or on the Power Vertical Facebook page.

A transcript of today's Daily Vertical can be found here.

NOTE TO VIEWERS: The Daily Vertical will not appear from June 30-July 7 as I will be traveling to Riga for a series of speaking engagements.

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The Power Vertical is a blog written especially for Russia wonks and obsessive Kremlin watchers by Brian Whitmore. It offers Brian's personal take on emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Check out The Power Vertical Facebook page or


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