Battle Lines: Invasion of Rafah, US push for ceasefire, two years of war in Ukraine

People mourn relatives killed in overnight Israeli bombardment, outside the Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 23, 2024, as battles between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas continue
People mourn relatives killed in an overnight Israeli bombardment, outside the Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip - MOHAMMED ABED/AFP

In this episode of Battle Lines, Senior Foreign Correspondent Sophia Yan tells us about Israel’s planned invasion of Rafah, the humanitarian crisis in the north, and where China stands on a ceasefire.

Plus we speak to our Deputy US Editor Rozina Sabur about the US push for a ceasefire, and hear from Ukraine: the latest’s David Knowles as he brings us a dispatch from Kyiv, as the second year anniversary of the Russian invasion is upon us.

Across the world, from Europe to Asia, from the Americas to the Middle East, tensions are rising between nation states as the traditional alliances and alignments evolve in the 21st century.

2024 sees war in Europe and Israel, and elections in major economies, from the US and the UK to Taiwan. Insurgencies flare in Yemen and Burma, tensions escalate in East Africa, and all around the world the international security architecture buckles under increasing pressure.

Battle Lines, a new podcast from The Telegraph, combines on-the-ground reporting with analytical expertise to help the listener to better understand the course of world politics, wars and tensions, as fault lines grind and slip in an increasingly dangerous and confusing multipolar world.

Listen to Battle Lines using the audio player in this article or on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, or your favourite podcast app.