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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Google allowed sanctioned Russian ad company to harvest user data for months

Google allowed sanctioned Russian ad company to harvest user data for months

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The day after Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner sent a letter to Google warning it to be on alert for “exploitation of your platform by Russia and Russian-linked entities,” and calling on the company to audit its advertising business’s compliance with economic sanctions.

But as recently as June 23, Google was sharing potentially sensitive user data with a sanctioned Russian ad tech company owned by Russia’s largest state bank, according to a new report provided to ProPublica.

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When the Czarinas Ruled Fashion’s Front Row

A group of Russian women were once the hottest things at couture, embraced not just by fashion, but by the watching world. Where are they now?

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Russian astronauts use space station to promote anti-Ukraine propaganda

Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov pose with a flag of the Luhansk People's Republic on the International Space Station.

Enlarge / Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov pose with a flag of the Luhansk People’s Republic on the International Space Station.

The Russian state space corporation responsible for spaceflight activities, Roscosmos, on Monday posted images to its official Telegram channel showing three cosmonauts with the tri-color flags of the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.

The photos were taken recently on board the International Space Station and show smiling cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergey Korsakov posing with the flags.

“This is a long-awaited day that residents of the occupied areas of the Luhansk region have been waiting for eight years,” the Roscosmos message stated. “We are confident that July 3, 2022, will forever go down in the history of the republic.”

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‘Get the Stretcher!’ Life and Death on Ukraine’s Front Line.

On another day of scorched-earth artillery barrages in the east, a team of Ukrainian medics did their best to stabilize and assure the survivors, with the din of war all around.

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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.

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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.

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Keep Czars Far Away, in Moscow or Mar-a-Lago

Things worth fighting for on the Fourth of July.

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In Ukraine, U.S. Veterans Step In Where the Military Will Not

Special Operations veterans are training Ukrainians near the front lines in the fight against Russia, despite warnings from the Pentagon.

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Lysychansk, Ukraine’s Last Outpost in Luhansk, Falls to Russia

Lysychansk managed to hold out for a week after its twin city, Sievierodonetsk, was captured. But on Sunday a pro-Russian flag flew there, as well.

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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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Investigators of War Crimes in Ukraine Face Formidable Challenges

A slew of international agencies are joining Ukrainian prosecutors to look into accusations of war crimes. It may be the biggest effort ever to hold war criminals to account.

#civilian-casualties, #international-criminal-court, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Russia Steps Up Pace of Missile Attacks on Civilian Targets

The Russians’ growing use of imprecise Soviet-era missiles to terrorize civilians reflects the daunting outlook of its offensive despite incremental gains, analysts say.

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Ill Prepared for Combat, Volunteers Die in Battles Far From Home

Many of the fighters for Ukraine’s western territorial defense units were assigned benign tasks away from the fighting when they first joined. Then they were called to the front to fight.

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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.

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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.

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Advanced U.S. Arms Make a Mark in Ukraine War, Officials Say

The powerful and highly mobile weapons systems, which can fire guided rockets with a range of 40 miles, are desperately needed in the battle for eastern Ukraine.

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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.

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Missing From Biden’s Europe Trip: An Endgame for War and Cheaper Gas

The G7 and NATO meetings this week underscored the pressure on Western leaders caused by soaring energy costs resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Missing From Biden’s Europe Trip: An Endgame for War and Cheaper Gasoline

The G7 and NATO meetings this week underscored the pressure on Western leaders caused by soaring energy costs resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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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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Brittney Griner Trial Likely to End in Conviction, Experts Say

Courts in Russia heavily favor the prosecution, experts said, pointing to a prisoner swap as perhaps the W.N.B.A. star’s best chance to come home.

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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.

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Lev Parnas, Ex-Giuliani Associate, Sentenced to 20 Months

Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born businessman, tried to use campaign donations funneled from Russia to advance a cannabis business.

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NATO Expansion, Compliments of Mr. Putin

Make the affirmative case for NATO enlargement.

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After Rapes by Russian Soldiers, a Painful Quest for Justice

Women who were attacked in a village near Kyiv yearn for justice. “I want them to be punished,” said one victim. But Ukrainian officials face daunting challenges in prosecuting such crimes.

#human-rights-watch, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sex-crimes, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #women-and-girls

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.

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On Front Lines, Communication Breakdowns Prove Costly for Ukraine

The Ukrainian Army has tried to modernize, but still falls short in coordination among units, so they often fight independently of one another — with sometimes deadly results.

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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.

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Pro-Russia threat group Killnet is pummeling Lithuania with DDoS attacks

Ones and zeros appear to float in the water next to a drowning man.

Enlarge / Drowning in a sea of data. (credit: Getty Images)

Internet services in Lithuania came under “intense” distributed denial of service attacks on Monday as the pro-Russia threat-actor group Killnet took credit. Killnet said its attacks were in retaliation regarding Lithuania’s recent banning of shipments sanctioned by the European Union to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.

Lithuania’s government said that the flood of malicious traffic disrupted parts of the Secure National Data Transfer Network, which it says is “one of the critical components of Lithuania’s strategy on ensuring national security in cyberspace” and “is built to be operational during crises or war to ensure the continuity of activity of critical institutions.” The country’s Core Center of State Telecommunications was identifying the sites most affected in real time and providing them with DDoS mitigations while also working with international web service providers.

“It is highly probable that such or even more intense attacks will continue into the coming days, especially against the communications, energy, and financial sectors,” Jonas Skardinskas, acting director of Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Center, said in a statement. The statement warned of website defacements, ransomware, and other destructive attacks in the coming days.

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A Missile Strike Hits Shopping Center With 1,000 People Inside

Videos of the site, near the railway station in the city of Kremenchuk, in central Ukraine, showed a fire raging as emergency workers worked frantically to try to extinguish the flames.

#russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Russian Court Sets July 1 as Brittney Griner’s Trial Date

Ms. Griner, a seven-time W.N.B.A. all-star, has been in custody since February.

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G7 Leaders Work to Punish Russia Over Ukraine War

On the first day of their gathering, Group of 7 leaders moved to increase the economic pressure on Russia, but a missile attack on the Ukrainian capital made clear that Moscow is not backing down.

#embargoes-and-sanctions, #gold, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #kiev-ukraine, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

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.

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The U.S. and Britain will ban imports of gold from Russia.

President Biden announced the decision before the start of a G7 summit meeting in Germany.

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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.

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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.

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As Russia Chokes Ukraine’s Grain Exports, Romania Tries to Fill In

With famine threatening millions, Europe is intent on finding alternatives to one of world’s biggest food exporters, whose landlocked crop is stranded by war.

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In Russia’s War on Ukraine, China and India Emerge as Financiers

Their purchases of Russian crude are undermining the West’s efforts to isolate the Kremlin and upending the global oil markets.

#china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #india, #international-trade-and-world-market, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations

In Ukraine and New York, Pride Must Get Political

The boundary between freedom and oppression is thin.

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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.

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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

Will Biden’s Gas Tax Holiday Make a Difference?

Many economists say suspending federal taxes on gas will not significantly cut prices for consumers.

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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

U.S. Officials Predict Path of War in Ukraine

As Russia makes slow but steady progress, the arrival of new weapons systems will help Ukraine hang onto territory, U.S. officials and analysts say.

#austin-lloyd-j-iii, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #donbas-ukraine, #donetsk-ukraine, #foreign-aid, #luhansk-ukraine, #milley-mark-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sievierodonetsk-ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

Kremlin Calls Captured Americans ‘Soldiers of Fortune’

Moscow says the Americans who fought for Ukraine are not regular soldiers who would be covered by the Geneva Conventions, calling their conduct criminal.

#drueke-alex, #huynh-andy-tai-ngoc, #prisoners-of-war, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Surviving Russia’s ‘Filtration Camps’

Thousands of refugees from Ukraine have been sent to so-called filtration camps, where they have been interrogated and then forced to resettle to Russia. Some Ukrainians escaped to Estonia. They told us their stories.

#estonia, #filters, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

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