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Pro-Russian militants driven out of one Eastern Ukrainian city have bombed three bridges leading into another, where they plan a counter-offensive. They’re demanding help against the Ukrainian Army from Russia’s President Putin. The world is asking, why hasn’t he answered? Whatever he does, a city of one million people may be in for protracted urban warfare. We’ll hear what’s at stake for Putin, Ukraine’s new president and assorted interests on both sides. Can the West help avert a humanitarian crisis?

Also, Israel launches a major offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and why does the US import its own fish?

Banner Image: A man walks past a destroyed railroad bridge which fell over a main road leading to the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, near the village of Novobakhmutivka, north of Donetsk July 7, 2014. Ukraine's richest man pleaded with the government on Monday not to bomb Donetsk, a city of a million people where hundreds of heavily armed pro-Russian rebels have vowed to make a stand after losing control of their bastion in the town of Slaviansk. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Israelis Launch Major Offensive Against Hamas 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has ordered his forces to “take their gloves off” as he launches a major offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. There have been air strikes against 150 targets, and infantry troops have been mobilized for a possible ground incursion. William Booth is Jerusalem Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

William Booth, Washington Post (@BoothWilliam)

The Last Stand for Pro-Russian Forces in Eastern Ukraine? 35 MIN, 50 SEC

A re-vitalized Ukrainian Army is on the march against pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukrainian cities. Russian President Putin has not responded to calls for help from rebels he was encouraging just a few weeks ago. Why not? Is protracted urban warfare inevitable? Is there any prospect for peace?

After re-taking Sloviansk in the eastern part of his country this weekend, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said pro-Russian rebels were making their “last stand.” But the rebels show no signs of making it easy: they’re concentrating their forces in Donetsk, and they’ve blown up three bridges leading into that city of one million people.

Noah Sneider, freelance writer and journalist (@NoahSneider)
Mark Galeotti, New York University (@MarkGaleotti)
Steven Pifer, Brookings Institution (@steven_pifer)
Dmitri Trenin, Carnegie Moscow Center (@DmitriTrenin)

The Great American Fish Swap 7 MIN, 30 SEC

91% percent of the seafood Americans consume is imported, while a third of what’s caught in American waters is shipped to other countries. Somehow, that doesn’t seem to make sense. What does the great American fish swap mean for health and wellbeing? Paul Greenberg's latest book is American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood.

Paul Greenberg, author, 'American Catch' (@4fishgreenberg)

American Catch

Paul Greenberg


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