North of Kyiv, the Russians Retreated. But the War Never Left.

In the Ukrainian villages near the Russian border, shells still explode and checkpoints and trenches dot the landscape. And wary civilians live in fear the enemy will return.

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Russian-Speakers in Tech Rebuild Their Lives in San Francisco

They moved from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries for jobs in the technology industry. Now they are joined by friends fleeing war and repression.

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Men’s Tennis Tour Penalizes Wimbledon Over Ban on Russian Players

In an unprecedented move, the ATP will strip the Grand Slam tournament of ranking points, effectively making it an exhibition event. Most top players are still expected to participate.

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Further Russian Retreat Seen in East Ukraine, Another Setback for Putin

Russia appeared to shrink its already narrowed goals to take the Donbas region, as NATO and its two newest applicants, Sweden and Finland, practiced war games near Russia’s border.

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The Boston Marathon’s Brainless Bigotry

The race’s organizers pull an Otter.

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The Sunday Read: ‘The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus’

How an act of graffiti at a playground in Minsk turned into a campaign of defiance against an increasingly totalitarian regime.

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Russian Blunders in Chernobyl: ‘They Came and Did Whatever They Wanted.’

Tanks treads ripped up the toxic soil, bulldozers carved trenches and bunkers, and soldiers spent a month camped in — and dug into — a radioactive forest.

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Hackers’ Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren’t Fooling Anyone. So What’s Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers’ intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

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World of Tanks maker closes studios in Russia, Belarus

<em>World of Tanks</em> will remain playable in Russia and Belarus even though developer Wargaming is leaving those countries.

Enlarge / World of Tanks will remain playable in Russia and Belarus even though developer Wargaming is leaving those countries.

Wargaming, the developer behind the massively popular military MMO World of Tanks and its spin-offs, has decided to close its offices in Russia and Belarus amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

In an announcement on LinkedIn, the company cited a “strategic review of business operations worldwide” precipitating the move. That’s not that surprising, as governmental and corporate sanctions have made it increasingly difficult for many international businesses to operate in Russia and Belarus in the first place.

But that doesn’t mean the closings will be of immediate financial benefit to Wargaming. “The company will not profit from this process either today or going forward,” Wargaming wrote. “Much to the contrary, we expect to suffer substantial losses as a direct result of this decision.”

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The Battle for the Mural — and the Future of Belarus

It started as an act of graffiti at a playground in Minsk. It turned into a remarkable campaign of defiance against an increasingly totalitarian regime.

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Ukrainians say Russians are withdrawing through Chernobyl to regroup in Belarus.

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Belarusian Exiles in Ukraine Join the Fight Against Russia’s Invasion

Eager, but ill equipped, some of Belarus’s exiles have formed a battalion in their host country, saying its fight against Vladimir Putin’s domination is the same as their homeland’s.

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Poland Wins European Tree of the Year After Russia Is Banned

After Russia was banned from the European Tree of the Year competition, organizers reflected on how a celebration of trees became tangled up in global politics.

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Two Refugees, Both on Poland’s Border. But Worlds Apart.

A young man fleeing war in Sudan and a young woman evacuating Ukraine crossed into Poland at the same time. They had very different experiences.

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Lithuania, a Vulnerable NATO Link, Readies for Putin and Russia

The Baltics, wedged between Russia and Belarus, have been likened to a modern-day West Berlin. Many here worry that if Ukraine falls, they might be next.

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Luxury Giants LVMH and Hermès Will Close Stores in Russia Temporarily

The French brands join other Western companies in pausing retail operations as the Russian invasion of Ukraine escalates.

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Washington’s Newest Worry: The Dangers of Cornering Putin

Surprised by the speed at which sanctions have been poured on Russia, Biden’s top aides suspect that Putin’s reaction will be to double down and lash out — and perhaps expand the war.

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Ukraine War Disrupts the Quiet World of Chess

The game’s international federation, FIDE, has canceled a major Moscow tournament, among other steps to distance itself from Russia, where chess has deep roots. Elite players there have condemned the invasion.

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The U.S. extends technology restrictions to Belarus and the Russian oil industry.

The Biden administration said the measures would degrade the ability to wage war on Ukraine and would prevent Belarus from channeling forbidden goods to Russia.

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NATO Countries Pour Weapons Into Ukraine, Risking Conflict With Russia

Brussels is proud to be providing military aid, but Moscow may see it as a dangerous intervention and could move to disrupt the flow of arms through Poland.

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Tennis Suspends Russia and Belarus but Will Allow Their Players to Compete

The move will allow stars like Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to participate in tournaments but as neutral players with no national identification.

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War in Ukraine Threatens World Food Supplies

Nations are not secure unless their food supplies are.

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Tech Companies Help Defend Ukraine Against Cyberattacks

After years of talks about the need for public-private partnerships to combat cyberattacks, the war in Ukraine is stress-testing the system.

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Initial Talks Between Russia and Ukraine Yield No Resolution

Russia’s delegation leader said the next meeting would take place once more along the Ukraine-Belarus border in the “coming days.”

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U.S. Says Russia Has a List of Ukrainians to Kill or Detain

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

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U.S. says Russia has a list of Ukrainians to kill or detain after an invasion.

A U.S. ambassador cited “credible information” that Russian forces have compiled a list of Ukrainians to be targeted after an invasion.

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Putin Has Choice of Blitzkrieg or Minor Incursion in Ukraine

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia may be looking for fissures in the Western alliance, which so far has been united against him.

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Shelling Escalates in Ukraine, as Thousands Flee Fearing Attack

Western leaders repeat calls for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis. Russia fires missiles in a blunt warning of where the conflict could lead.

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Ukraine Fighting May Open Door to Russian Invasion, U.S. Warns

As shelling intensified in the east, officials warned that Moscow might use false claims of “genocide” against Russians in the region as a pretext for an attack.

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Russia Massing More Troops Near Ukraine, Satellite Images Show

The Russian buildup includes more forces in Crimea, western Russia and Belarus, adding to fears that Russia could invade Ukraine.

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With Buildup on Land and Sea, Russia Closes in on Ukraine

Military drills in Belarus, deployments in western Russia and Crimea, and planned naval exercises in the Black Sea gave an ominous undertone to a continuing diplomatic scramble.

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What Are the Minsk Accords, and Could They Defuse the Ukraine Crisis?

European diplomats are exploring whether a seven-year-old negotiating channel, initially intended to resolve a conflict in eastern Ukraine, can be repurposed to calm a wider crisis.

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Obscure but Crucial Commodity Fuels Geopolitical Tussle in Eastern Europe

Lithuanian efforts to stop potash, a key fertilizer ingredient, from Belarus from crossing its territory to punish the country’s authoritarian leader may play into Russia’s hands.

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As Russian Troops Mass in Belarus, a Ukraine Border Is Largely Undefended

From the border, it’s a fast 140 miles down a newly paved highway to Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, but only a few troops stand guard.

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Hactivists say they hacked Belarus rail system to stop Russian military buildup

Servicemen of Russia's Eastern Military District units attend a welcoming ceremony as they arrive in Belarus to take part in joint military exercises. Russia's military is combining its own means of transport with train travel.

Enlarge / Servicemen of Russia’s Eastern Military District units attend a welcoming ceremony as they arrive in Belarus to take part in joint military exercises. Russia’s military is combining its own means of transport with train travel. (credit: Getty Images)

Hacktivists in Belarus said on Monday they had infected the network of the country’s state-run railroad system with ransomware and would provide the decryption key only if Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stopped aiding Russian troops ahead of a possible invasion of Ukraine.

Referring to the Belarus Railway, a group calling itself Cyber ​​Partisans wrote on Telegram:

BelZhD, at the command of the terrorist Lukashenko, these days allows the occupying troops to enter our land. As part of the “Peklo” cyber campaign, we encrypted the bulk of the servers, databases and workstations of the BelZhD in order to slow down and disrupt the operation of the road. The backups have been destroyed.

Dozens of databases have been cyberattacked, including AS-Sledd, AS-USOGDP, SAP, AC-Pred, pass.rw.by, uprava, IRC, etc.

⚠ Automation and security systems were deliberately NOT affected by a cyber attack in order to avoid emergency situations.

The group also announced the attack by Twitter.

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What Does Russia Want in Ukraine? The Tensions Explained

The United States, NATO and Russia have been engaged in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II. Here’s a guide to what’s at stake.

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U.S. Orders Family Members of Embassy Staff to Leave Ukraine

The State Department warned that the United States would “not be in a position” to evacuate U.S. citizens should Russia invade.

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What a Potential Russian Invasion Means in Chernobyl

Ukraine has initiated a defensive strategy for the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, one of the most radioactive places on Earth, which lies on the shortest path between Russia and Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv.

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U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

The conciliatory tone and absence of ultimatums suggested that both sides were trying to keep tensions in check and give diplomacy time.

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Igor Fruman, Former Giuliani Associate, Is Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Mr. Fruman was at the center of a campaign to damage then-President Donald J. Trump’s rivals, but was brought down by campaign finance charges.

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Russia Thins Out Its Embassy in Ukraine, a Possible Clue to Putin’s Next Move

The slow evacuation may be part propaganda, part preparation for a conflict or part feint, Ukrainian and U.S. officials say. It could be all three.

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For Putin, Propping Up Allies Is Turning Into a Perilous Bargain

The Russian leader is fighting fires on multiple fronts, illustrating the danger of his strategy of relying on force to aid his autocratic neighbors.

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Can the West Stop Russia From Invading Ukraine? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The United States, its NATO allies and Russia meet this week in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II.

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E.U. Proposes Changes That Would Chip Away at Borderless Model

The plan would institutionalize internal border controls to respond to emergencies, suspending some protections for asylum seekers.

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Belarus Opposition Leader Is Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

The activist Sergei Tikhanovsky planned to challenge the country’s authoritarian leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, in a presidential election last year. But he was arrested before the vote.

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Defector Helps Build Case Against Belarus Over Ryanair Flight It Forced Down

A former air traffic controller has been telling Polish investigators what he knows about the diversion of the plane carrying a Belarus dissident in May.

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New E.U. Measures Set to Restrict Asylum Rights at the Belarus Border

Poland, Latvia and Lithuania could take up to four months to process asylum requests at the border, which experts and humanitarian organizations said would only worsen their fate as winter sets in.

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They Twice Gave Up Everything to Flee Iraq. They Keep Getting Sent Back.

Bria Ali and her family have twice tried to make it to Germany, desperate for a better life. They are now back home with thousands of others who made it to Europe in recent months only to be deported.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #deportation, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #germany, #iraq, #kurds

Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

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Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

People fleeing repression in Belarus are processed quickly and given visas. Middle Eastern migrants passing through Belarus to the E.U. face a harsher fate.

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