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‘Did the West misjudge Russia?’ Your questions about the war in Ukraine, answered.

Volunteers working to protect monuments with sandbags to prevent them from being damaged by Russian shelling, in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on March 28. (Heidi Levine for The Washington Post)

As the war stretches into its second month, Ukrainian and Russian delegations are in Istanbul this week for another round of in-person talks. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky recently signaled that he is open to a compromise in which Ukraine would remain neutral and not seek NATO membership.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have retaken the northeastern town of Trostianets, a senior U.S. defense official confirmed, in the latest sign that Ukraine is not only stalling Russian forces but going on the offensive. Since the Russian invasion began last month, some 3.8 million Ukrainians, about half of them children, have left for the European Union, E.U. officials said.

Our reporters in Washington, in countries that neighbor Ukraine and on the ground in the face of the Russian advance have been covering the story since Day One. We have asked some of them to respond to your questions.

The Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Shane Harris and Whitney Leaming are answering your questions now. Isabelle is based in Ukraine, Whitney just returned from a month reporting in the country, and Shane reports on national security from Washington. Here are some of the questions they’ve answered:

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Teddy Amenabar, an editor on the audience team, and Sammy Westfall, an assistant editor on the Foreign Desk, produced this Q&A.