U.S. Aims to Expand Export Bans on China Over Security and Human Rights

The Biden administration is applying lessons learned from controls on Russia during the Ukraine war to try to limit China’s military and technological advances.

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Russia Advances Behind Brutal Barrage, but Will Its Strategy Keep Working?

The Russian and Ukrainian armies have both been badly mauled, raising questions about how long they can keep fighting as they have, particularly the outgunned Ukrainians.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

In Putin’s Russia, the Arrests Are Spreading Quickly and Widely

One by one, Russians deemed insufficiently patriotic are being snatched up by security forces as the Kremlin tightens the noose.

#federal-security-service, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Four Killed After Explosions in a Russian City Near the Ukraine Border

The Russians said its air-defense systems shot down three missiles, but one fell to the ground in central Belgorod.

#belgorod-russia, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Why the City of Lysychansk Is a Big Prize in Putin’s War Strategy

Controlling the cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk means Russia could position its forces to mount offensives on cities to the southwest.

#donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #luhansk-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

An American’s Murky Path From Russian Propagandist to Jan. 6

Charles Bausman, a former financial executive who runs websites that promote far-right views, recorded footage in the Capitol for a Russian television producer. Soon after, he fled to Moscow as a “political refugee.”

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Russia Repeatedly Strikes Ukraine’s Civilians. There’s Always an Excuse.

The Kremlin’s explanations have sometimes satisfied the Russian people, but they fall apart under closer scrutiny abroad.

#civilian-casualties, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

From the Early Morning Sky, Shards of Hot Metal

Ukrainians reacted in fury to a Russian missile strike near Odesa, the latest in a string of attacks on civilian targets.

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Brittney Griner, Women’s Basketball Star, Goes on Trial in Russia

The American basketball star Brittney Griner has endured months in a Russian prison and the threat of years more, a wartime bargaining chip between Moscow and Washington.

#griner-brittney, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Russia Hints at Linking Griner’s Case to Fate of ‘Merchant of Death’

Viktor Bout, a Russian arms dealer, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the United States.

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Biden Vows to Back Ukraine ‘as Long as It Takes’ Despite Economic Toll

NATO leaders concluded a summit with new commitments to a united front against Russian aggression, but they face the challenge of persuading their own people that it’s worth the cost.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Vitaliy Kim, Master Motivator and Symbol of Ukraine’s Resistance

Applying the lessons of taekwondo, the regional military leader has rallied the embattled southern city of Mykolaiv.

#mykolaiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #vitaliy-kim, #zelensky-volodymyr

Patient and Confident, Putin Shifts Out of Wartime Crisis Mode

Cloistered and spouting grievances at the start of the war on Ukraine, the Russian leader now appears publicly, projecting the aura of a calm, paternalistic leader shielding his people from the dangers of the world.

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A More Muscular NATO Emerges as West Confronts Russia and China

It is a fundamental shift for a military alliance born in the Cold War and scrambling to respond to a newly reshaped world.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #prisoners-of-war, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations

NATO Expansion, Compliments of Mr. Putin

Make the affirmative case for NATO enlargement.

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In Blow to Putin, Turkey Won’t Bar Sweden and Finland From NATO

The change was a victory for President Biden and a setback to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had justified the Ukraine invasion as a warning against NATO’s expansion.

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To Counter Putin, Biden Tries to Assemble an Upside-Down Cartel

President Biden led his Group of 7 counterparts to agree on a plan that would cap the price of Russian oil, a daunting goal that risks the Kremlin restricting supply even further.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #organization-of-the-petroleum-exporting-countries, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states

U.S. Urges New Tactic to Curb Putin’s War Machine and Lower Fuel Prices

Group of 7 leaders meeting in Germany were receptive to a Biden administration plan to cap the price of Russian oil in world markets, limiting Kremlin revenue.

#bavaria-germany, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #group-of-seven, #international-trade-and-world-market, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #yellen-janet-l, #zelensky-volodymyr

Ukraine War’s Latest Victim? The Fight Against Climate Change.

As leaders of the Group of 7 gather in Germany, the scramble to replace Russian fossil fuels is raising concerns that hard-won climate targets will be missed.

#bavaria-germany, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #germany, #global-warming, #group-of-seven, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #yellen-janet-l

Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say

A secretive operation involving U.S. Special Operations forces hints at the scale of the effort to assist Ukraine’s still outgunned military.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine Retreats From Sievierodonetsk, as Russia Grinds On

With the withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk, the fighting shifts to neighboring Lysychansk, the last city in the Luhansk region still under Ukrainian control.

#donbas-ukraine, #kherson-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

U.S.-Led Alliance Face Frustration Over Russia Sanctions

Vladimir V. Putin is making gains in his war on Ukraine while the United States and its allies struggle with soaring energy prices and inflation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #group-of-seven, #inflation-economics, #international-relations, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #ruble-currency, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations

Russian Elites Show No Sign of Broad Challenge to Putin

Many business owners and intellectuals fled Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, but others stayed behind, struggling to redefine their lives. Their diverging choices do not add up to a broad challenge to Vladimir Putin’s war.

#echo-of-moscow, #freedom-of-the-press, #lebedev-evgeny, #moscow-russia, #muratov-dmitri-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #novaya-gazeta, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tinkov-oleg, #ukraine

Many Russian Cyberattacks Failed in First Months of Ukraine War, Study Says

A report published by Microsoft also found that Moscow’s disinformation campaign to establish a narrative of the war favorable to Russia was doing better than expected.

#computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #microsoft-corp, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Russia Gains in the East, Threatening to Overrun Luhansk

The seizure of three strategic villages confronts Ukrainian commanders with a grim choice: fight on and risk encirclement or retreat and lose the last major centers in the region.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine

The Netrebko Question

The Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is opera’s biggest star. But her career is in disarray because of her ties to Putin, and arts companies around the world are divided on whether to welcome her back.

#deutsche-grammophon, #la-scala-opera-house-milan-italy, #mariinsky-theater, #metropolitan-opera, #music, #netrebko-anna, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

Mykolaiv Keeps Defying Russia’s Attacks on Ukraine’s Black Sea Coast

Without its Black Sea coast, a landlocked Ukraine would struggle. Mykolaiv is determined that won’t happen.

#civilian-casualties, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #zelensky-volodymyr

How Russia Is Making More in Oil Sales Now Than Before the War

With China and India buying the Russian oil shunned by the West in an effort to force an end to the Ukraine invasion, Moscow is earning more now than it did before the war.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #saudi-arabia, #ukraine

Russian Forces Tighten Noose Around Important Cities in Ukraine’s East

The area around Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk is about three-quarters encircled by Russians, leaving only a slender gap there for Ukrainian troops to maneuver.

#donbas-ukraine, #izium-ukraine, #johnson-boris, #kharkiv-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #mykolaiv-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #stoltenberg-jens, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Odesa Opera House Reopens Amid Putin’s War

War is not far away, but a city that has always lived for the moment proclaims that culture will help Ukraine prevail.

#mykolaiv-ukraine, #odessa-ukraine, #opera, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

On Inflation and the Food Crisis, the World Can Work Together or Fall Apart

No single country can solve the problem of rising food and fuel costs.

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A Defiant Putin Says Russia Will Flourish Without the West

In a speech at an economic forum, he called the U.S. a fading power and said sanctions on Russia, not the Ukraine war, are hurting Western economies.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #johnson-boris, #moldova, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #st-petersburg-russia, #ukraine

Thankful for Mike Pence’s Courage on Jan. 6

A reader praises the former vice president; another reluctantly suggests pardoning Donald Trump. Also: Ukraine what ifs; Covid mandates; paid internships.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #internships, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2024, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #travel-and-vacations, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government

Russians Breached This City,Not With Troops, but Propaganda

As they batter towns and cities in Ukraine with artillery, the Russians are also bombarding them with messaging aimed at eroding Ukrainians’ trust in their military and their government.

#donbas-ukraine, #lysychansk-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

France and Germany Stand With Ukraine, and Putin Can Wait

Seeking to overcome tensions with Kyiv, President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Olaf Scholz of Germany backed away from Moscow diplomacy, at least for now.

#europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #odessa-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #territorial-disputes, #zelensky-volodymyr

Europe Offers Ukraine a Hope of Joining the E.U., but Not a Vast Arsenal

In their first wartime visit to Kyiv, the leaders of France and Germany countered doubts about their commitment to Ukraine defeating Russia, but did not promise the weapons Ukrainians have called for.

#draghi-mario, #european-union, #iohannis-klaus-w, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #medvedev-dmitri-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

As European Leaders Visit Kyiv, Putin Cuts Their Gas Supply

At a critical moment in the war, Russia is strategically reducing gas flows to drive up prices and hurt European economies already reeling from high inflation.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-efficiency, #europe, #germany, #inflation-economics, #natural-gas, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

In Ukraine, Some Ethnic Hungarians Feel Ambivalence About the War

After Moscow’s invasion, some Ukrainians worry that divided loyalties within the country’s small ethnic Hungarian minority might make it susceptible to pro-Russia propaganda from Hungary.

#berehove-ukraine, #hungary, #minorities, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #transcarpathia-ukraine, #ukraine

U.S. and Allies Pledge Additional Arms for Ukraine, but Kyiv Wants More

Some NATO countries are wary of sending heavy weapons, hoping for a negotiated truce, but the alliance insists publicly that it is committed to helping Ukraine defeat Russia.

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Five Blunt Truths About the War in Ukraine

It’s time for Biden to take greater risks for victory.

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Germany’s Chancellor Promised to Deter Putin. Then He Did Nothing.

Olaf Scholz’s indecisiveness is more than a political failure.

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On Russia, Europe Weighs Competing Goals: Peace and Punishment

Arming Ukraine is not turning the tide. Is the answer vastly more weapons, as Ukraine says, or a bitter truce?

#donbas-ukraine, #draghi-mario, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Momentum in Ukraine Is Shifting in Russia’s Favor

With the Ukrainians running short of guns and ammunition, and pressures growing on Western governments, Moscow’s fortunes may be rising.

#european-union, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #von-der-leyen-ursula, #zelensky-volodymyr

Biden Races to Expand Coalition Against Russia but Meets Resistance

Many Asian, African and Latin American nations are maintaining ties with Russia as the United States tries to isolate President Vladimir V. Putin and end the war in Ukraine.

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McDonald’s Is Back, Moscow Style, as Russian Economy Stumbles On

The reopening of the fast-food stores under Russian ownership illustrates the economy’s surprising resilience in the face of intense sanctions, though difficult times lie ahead.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #nabiullina-elvira-s, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #ruble-currency, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-economy

Russia and America Are Parting Ways

The post-totalitarian dream of a peaceful, friendly future is over.

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Russia Is Racing to Cement Its Control in Southern Ukraine

The Kremlin says it has rebuilt rail and road links to Crimea, while appointing proxy officials in an effort to create facts on the ground.

#crimea-ukraine, #food-insecurity, #grain, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

As Russia tries to solidify its ‘land bridge,’ Ukraine attempts to push back in the south.

#black-sea, #crimea-ukraine, #donbas-ukraine, #infrastructure-public-works, #kherson-ukraine, #mariupol-ukraine, #putin-vladimir-v, #railroads, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k

The Ukraine War Still Holds Surprises. The Biggest May Be for Putin.

Russia’s president probably feels that he’s calling all the shots. But big wars are strange things that can take totally unpredicted turns.

#european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Ukraine’s Dilemma: Fight to Hold a Ravaged City, or Pull Back

Sievierodonetsk, now site of the most intense combat, is “dead,” President Volodymyr Zelensky said, but letting it go might be worse than shedding blood to hold it.

#defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shoigu-sergei-k, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr