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When Russian missiles struck the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv a couple of weeks ago, schoolchildren and their teachers installed in newly built underground classrooms did not hear a thing. “The children were fine,” said Lyudmyla Demchenko, 47, one of the teachers. “You cannot hear the sirens down here.”Ten years after the conflict with Russian-backed separatists broke out and two years into Moscow’s full-scale invasion, Ukrainians are weary but ever determined to repel the invaders. The war has touched every family — with thousands of civilians dead, close to 200,000 soldiers killed and wounded, and nearly 10 million refugees and displaced in a country of nearly 45 million people. Yet, despite the death, destruction and deprivations, a majority of Ukrainians remain optimistic about the future, and even describe themselves as happy, according to independent polls.
Persons: , Lyudmyla Demchenko, Locations: Russian, Ukrainian, Kharkiv
When Yulia Seleznyova walks around her home city in Russia, she scrutinizes everyone passing by in the hope that she will lock eyes with her son Aleksei. Russian authorities acknowledged dozens of deaths, though pro-Russian military bloggers and Ukrainian authorities estimated that the real number was in the hundreds. Aleksei was not recognized in the official death toll because not a single fragment of his body was identified in the rubble after the strike. Ms. Seleznyova was left with nothing to bury, and, she says, no closure. But it has also left a small shred of hope for a miracle.
Persons: Yulia Seleznyova, Aleksei, Seleznyova Organizations: U.S Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Ukrainian, Russian
(Photo by Alexey Kudenko - Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)Western nations should be bolder about confiscating Russian assets which they froze after the country's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said. "We must be bolder in hitting the Russian war economy .... And we must be bolder in seizing the hundreds of billions of frozen Russian assets," he said . Last month British Investment Minister Dominic Johnson met U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo to discuss the seizure of frozen Russian assets, but stressed this needed to be done in accordance with international law. The European Union, U.S., Japan and Canada froze some $300 billion of Russian central bank assets in 2022 when Russia invaded Ukraine. Sunak also urged the U.S. to continue to provide financial and military support for Ukraine.
Persons: Alexey Kudenko, Rishi Sunak, Sunak, Dominic Johnson, Wally Adeyemo Organizations: Red, Getty Images, British, Sunday Times, U.S, European Union, Ukraine Locations: MOSCOW, RUSSIA, Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, Ukraine, U.S, Japan, Canada, Russian
A Congressman is urging Elon Musk to give SpaceX Starshield access to US forces in Taiwan. AdvertisementElon Musk is facing pressure to provide SpaceX's Starshield satellite network to US defense personnel in Taiwan, according to Forbes. However, the outlet described a "group of US lawmakers" were involved in the calls for Musk to provide satellite access to US defense forces in Taiwan. The letter then called on Musk to brief the select panel regarding Starshield's capabilities in Taiwan by March 8, Forbes reported. The request could present challenges for Musk, who has considerable business ties in China, where Tesla has a significant manufacturing presence.
Persons: Elon Musk, Forbes, , Elon, Mike Gallagher, Musk, Gallagher, Taiwan's, Lai Ching, Tesla, hasn't, Joseph Wu Organizations: SpaceX, Service, Forbes ., Forbes . Wisconsin GOP, US Defense Department, Forbes, Street, Chinese Communist Party, New York Times, United States Congress, Times, Business Locations: Taiwan, China, Forbes, Forbes . Wisconsin, Russian, Starshield, Hong Kong
Nestled in a dense forest, the Ukrainian military base appears abandoned and destroyed, its command center a burned-out husk, a casualty of a Russian missile barrage early in the war. Not far away, a discreet passageway descends to a subterranean bunker where teams of Ukrainian soldiers track Russian spy satellites and eavesdrop on conversations between Russian commanders. On one screen, a red line followed the route of an explosive drone threading through Russian air defenses from a point in central Ukraine to a target in the Russian city of Rostov. The underground bunker, built to replace the destroyed command center in the months after Russia’s invasion, is a secret nerve center of Ukraine’s military. There is also one more secret: The base is almost fully financed, and partly equipped, by the C.I.A.
Locations: Ukrainian, Russian, Ukraine, Rostov
It remains unclear if a public funeral will be held for one of Putin's most vocal opponents. Navalny's widow, Yulia Navalnaya, also accused Putin of "torturing" his corpse, challenging the Russian leader's proclaimed Christian faith in a six-minute video posted on her late husband's YouTube channel. AdvertisementA public funeral for a fierce Kremlin opponent could be disruptive and unfavorable for Putin. APYarmysh said on Friday that Navalny's mother was given an ultimatum to hold a secret funeral or he would be buried at the prison colony. AdvertisementThe spokesperson's latest update on the return of Navalny's body did not specify if the family agreed to any conditions.
Persons: Alexey Navalny, , Alexey, Kira Yarmysh, Vladimir Putin's, Yarmysh, Navalny, Lyudmila Navalnaya, Navalny's, Yulia Navalnaya, Putin, AP Yarmysh Organizations: Service, YouTube, Putin, CBS News, Police, AP Locations: Russia, Russian, St . Petersburg
Former President Donald Trump has defeated former UN ambassador Nikki Haley in the South Carolina GOP presidential primary, a result that represents a significant blow to her campaign. CNN, AP, NBC, and others called the race for Trump immediately after polls closed at 7 pm ET. AdvertisementThe South Carolina primary is Haley's fourth consecutive loss in the early-voting states after the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary. (Trump won the Nevada caucuses; Haley lost the Nevada primary to "None of these candidates.") And after Saturday's primary loss, the path for Haley winning the nomination just got a lot more difficult.
Persons: Donald Trump, Nikki Haley, Trump, didn't, Haley, , Haley —, Joe Biden, Vladimir Putin, Alexey Navalny Organizations: South Carolina GOP, CNN, AP, NBC, Trump, Business, Republican, New, Republicans, Office, Republican National Committee, GOP Locations: Midlands, Charleston, Soviet, South Carolina, Carolina, Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, Columbia, California, Texas
CNN —Russia is nearing a presidential election that is all but certain to extend Vladimir Putin’s rule throughout this decade and into the 2030s. The president’s dominance over the Russian electoral system has already been reinforced as the election looms. Voting will be held from Friday March 15 until Sunday March 17, the first Russian presidential election to take place over three days. The region makes up more than a third of Russia’s total territory but has only about 5% of its population. In order to vote against Putin, you just need to vote for any other candidate,” Navalny said on February 8.
Persons: Vladimir Putin’s, Putin, Alexey Navalny, Maxim Shemetov, Joseph Stalin, Putin’s, Dmitry Medvedev, ” Callum Fraser, Nikolay Kharitonov, Leonid Slutsky, Vladislav Davankov, Davankov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Boris Nadezhdin, Yekaterina Duntsova, Duntsova, Leonid Volkov, Volkov, Vladimir Nikolayev, euphemistically, Abbas Gallyamov, Gallyamov, Alexey Navalny –, , , ” Navalny, Yulia Navalnaya, , “ Putin, Don’t Organizations: CNN, Russian, Duma, Federal, Reuters, Kommersant, CEC, Royal United Services Institute, Communist Party, Slutsky, Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, Kremlin, Freedom, Putin, Levada, EU, Foreign Affairs Council, European Union Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Russia’s, Soviet, AFP
Bernd von Jutrczenka/picture alliance/Getty ImagesAs Russia's war in Ukraine nears its second anniversary, world leaders continue to urge for support and aid in Ukraine. “We have learned, unfortunately, over the two years, this is not only a war against Ukraine, it's a war against the European peace order. United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said the free world must renew its determination to stand behind Ukraine. “When Putin launched his illegal invasion two years ago, the free world was united in its response. And on this grim anniversary, we must renew our determination," Sunak said, according to a statement released late Friday.
Persons: Annalena Baerbock, Bernd von Jutrczenka, Vladimir, Putin, ” Baerbock, Baerbock, Rishi Sunak, , Sunak, Laurent Bili, , Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Organizations: United Nations Security, Ukraine, United Nations, United, Prime, European Union, NATO, Canadian Locations: Ukraine, New York, Here's, Europe, United States, it's, Kyiv, Trudeau, Canada, Russia
In solemn ceremonies and small vigils, state visits, stirring speeches and statements of solidarity, Ukraine and its allies marked the dawn of the third year of Russia’s unprovoked invasion with a single message: Believe. “When thousands of columns of Russian invaders moved from all directions into Ukraine, when thousands of rockets and bombs fell on our land, no one in the world believed that we would stand,” said Gen. Oleksandr Syrsky, Ukraine’s newly named top military commander. “No one believed, but Ukraine did!”On the 731st day of the war, Ukrainian soldiers once again find themselves outmanned and outgunned, fighting for their nation’s survival while also trying to convince a skeptical world that they can withstand the relentless onslaught, even as they suffer losses on the battlefield and are challenged up and down the front line by Russian forces. The leaders of Canada, Belgium and Italy, as well as the head of the European Union, Ursula von der Leyen, were among the dignitaries who traveled to Kyiv in a show of solidarity. While many analysts at the outbreak of the war believed that European nations would go wobbly in their support of Ukraine in a prolonged struggle, these countries are now stepping up, trying to help fill the void left by the U.S., where Republicans in Congress have for months blocked any new military assistance to Kyiv.
Persons: , Oleksandr Syrsky, , Ursula von der Leyen Organizations: Russian, European Union Locations: Ukraine, Canada, Belgium, Italy, Kyiv, U.S
Away from the pitch, Promes has recently been convicted for drug trafficking by an Amsterdam court. “It is particularly bad that the suspect [Promes] normalizes and almost romanticizes the large-scale cocaine trade,” said Dutch prosecutors. Promes was convicted in absentia to six years in prison for drug trafficking. And Dutch soccer clubs seem to be taking notice. So there are indeed preventative measures taken by some of the clubs,” Nelen adds.
Persons: CNN — He’s, Quincy Promes, Promes, , , calculatedly, Hans Nelen, David Klein, Criminologist Hans Nelen, Nelen, “ He’s, hadn’t, Femke Halsema, Peter R, Vries, Dutchman David Endt, hasn’t, Endt, “ There’s Organizations: CNN, Ajax, Sevilla, Spartak Moscow, Russian Premier League, Appeal, Reuters, Maastricht University, Promes, Rotterdam –, Customs, National Alliance, Subversive Locations: Netherlands, Amsterdam, Brazil, Antwerp, Belgium, Russia, Russian, Dubai, isn’t, Rotterdam, Mexico, Columbia, Italy, Germany, Europe, Dutch
Immediately after the polls closed on Saturday night, CNN projected that the former South Carolina governor had come up short to Trump. During the fourth quarter of 2023, Haley out-raised Trump, $24 million to $19 million. In January 2024, as the rest of the GOP field winnowed, Haley’s fundraising again bested Trump’s, $9.8 million to $8.8 million. To her credit, Haley has taken dead aim at both Trump and Putin, accusing the former of emboldening the latter. During the 2016 South Carolina primary, there were still six serious candidates in the GOP race.
Persons: Geoff Duncan, CNN — Nikki Haley’s, Donald Trump, Trump, Haley, Trump’s, Haley —, Joe Biden, Time, Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Alexey Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Putin, “ Vladimir Putin, there’s Organizations: CNN, GOP, America’s Conservative Party, South, Trump, ABC, White, Republican, PBS, Marist, NATO Locations: South Carolina, Egypt, Mexico, Hungary, Turkey, month’s, Hampshire, Russia, Carolina
Ukraine's air force said it has shot down another Russian A-50 spy plane. Ukraine previously said it shot down a Russian A-50 in January. AdvertisementUkraine's air force said it shot down another Russian A-50 spy plane on Friday. The A-50 is a crucial spy plane that allows Russian to detect incoming Ukrainian missiles and identify ground targets. AdvertisementIn mid-January, Ukraine said it shot down another Russian A-50 spy plane over Ukraine's southern Zaporizhzhia region on the same day it also said it shot down an Ilyushin Il-22 airborne command post.
Persons: , Gustav Gressel, Natalie Musumeci, Sinéad Baker Organizations: Service, CNN, Business, Ilyushin, UK's Defense Ministry, European Council, Foreign Relations Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Russian, Zaporizhzhia, Azov, Kyiv
Russian police officers detain a woman during an unsanctioned protest rally against the military invasion on Ukraine, March,6, 2022, in Central Moscow, Russia. These quickly ceased when they saw Russian colleagues in tears, whose life savings had halved overnight. Russian friends began referring to Tbilisi as the "new Constantinople," referencing the city where anti-Bolshevik Russians fleeing the Communist revolution had taken refuge a century before. Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets French President Emmanuel Macron (R) on February 07, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. I stood at the glass window silently as the Russian border guard inspected my passport and now useless work permit.
Persons: , Cameron Manley, Russia's, didn't, Vladimir Putin, Putin idi nakhui, Putin, Mir, Pushkin, Konstantin Zavrazhin, Alexey Malgavko, Stringer, Zelenskyy, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Karen Minasyan, pragmatically, gossiped, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: Service, Business, REUTERS, National Guard, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Armed Forces of, Facebook, Bolshevik, Communist, Kremlin Press, AP, Saint Locations: Edinburgh, Scotland, Moscow, Ukraine, Russia's, Europe, Russia, Central Moscow, Russian, Omsk, Kyiv, Armed Forces of Ukraine, seeping, Belarus, Yerevan, Armenia, AFP, Istanbul, Dubai, Tbilisi, Constantinople, St Petersburg, Helsinki, West, Switzerland, Saint Petersburg, Finland
A view of the damaged business center after a Russian missile attack on December 29, 2023 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Russia attacked Ukraine's capital with cruise missiles and drones. Four Western leaders, including the prime ministers of Italy, Canada, and Belgium, arrived in Kyiv on Saturday to show solidarity with Ukraine on the second anniversary of Russia's invasion. Italy's Giorgia Meloni, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Belgium's Alexander De Croo and the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, travelled to the Ukrainian capital together overnight by train from neighboring Poland, the Italian government said in a statement. Meloni was due to host a videoconference later in the day from Kyiv that will involve leaders from the Group of Seven major democracies, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited to join the discussion.
Persons: Giorgia, Canada's Justin Trudeau, Belgium's Alexander De Croo, Ursula von der Leyen, Meloni, Volodymyr Zelenskiy Organizations: Ukraine's, European Commission Locations: Russian, Kyiv, Ukraine, Russia, Italy, Canada, Belgium, Poland
Kostyantynivka, eastern Ukraine CNN —Artem spends a lot of time thinking about the shots he can’t afford to take. That means they can only strike top priority targets, a limitation which is allowing Russian troops to slip through. Dr. Sviatoslav Mykytiuk serves at a medical point in eastern Ukraine where soldiers are brought from the frontlines. In eastern Ukraine, Mykytiuk said, the evacuation can take up to a day, sometimes even longer. Ukraine soldiers frontline Ivana Kottasová / CNN“If he was thinner, he would have lost it,” he said.
Persons: Ukraine CNN — Artem, it’s, Artem, , ” Ivana Kottasová, Joe Biden’s, Dmytro Kuleba, Avdiivka, Ukraine “, ” Oleh Kalashnikov, Sviatoslav Mykytiuk, Mykytiuk, Ivana Kottasová, , ” Mykytiuk, , Oleh, ” Artem, ” Kalashnikov Organizations: Ukraine CNN, 26th Artillery Brigade, CNN, , United, United States Congress, Kyiv, Ukraine’s, Ukraine, The, 30th Brigade, Cemetery Locations: Ukraine, United States, Ukrainian, Avdiivka, US, Kramatorsk, it’s, Russia, Soviet Union, Bakhmut, Kharkiv, Europe, America
Or at least that was the expectation conveyed by pre-war US wargames that simulated a Russian invasion of Eastern Europe. The think tank convened an internal workshop to assess why its wargames had so overestimated Russian military prowess. Most of them examined a Russian invasion of the Baltic States (one also covered a Ukraine invasion), and how NATO might respond. In those games, Russian forces were able to quickly overrun Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania before NATO could stop them. A destroyed Russian tank is seen as Ukrainian serviceman rides a tractor and tows a Russian military vehicle near the village of Dolyna in Ukraine's Kharkiv region in September 2023.
Persons: , Putin basks, Gian Gentile, Gleb Garanich, Ukraine's, Gentile, RAND's, Michael Peck Organizations: NATO, RAND, Service, RAND Corp, Baltic States, Russian, US, REUTERS, Baltic, US Army, Defense, Foreign Policy, Twitter, LinkedIn Locations: Russia, Baltic, Kyiv, Russian, Moscow, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Riga, Tallinn, Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Baltics, Dolyna, Ukraine's Kharkiv, Forbes
Opinion: What is Putin afraid of?
  + stars: | 2024-02-24 | by ( Opinion Frida Ghitis | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +7 min
She is a weekly opinion contributor to CNN, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. But in its attempt to exercise and display its strength, Putin is showing his fear. Security forces have arrested Russians questioning the war in Ukraine, let alone questioning Putin. According to rights organization Freedom House, Russia has become one of the world’s top perpetrators of transnational repression. Criticism of the war or of Putin can lead to death in a Russian prison camp.
Persons: Frida Ghitis, Vladimir Putin, Ksenia, Putin, Karelina, Alexey Navalny, Navalny, Chris Van Heerden, didn’t, Boris Nemtsov, Anna Politkovskaya, There’s Navalny, Brittney Griner, Paul Whelan, Evan Gershkovich, , Gershkovich, Vadim Krasikov, , Maxim Kuzminov, Russia “, Alexander Litvinenko, Sergei Skripal, Organizations: CNN, Washington Post, Politics, Frida Ghitis CNN, Kremlin, Russia’s Federal Security Service, KGB, Security, US, Wall Street, House, Police Locations: Russia, Russian, Los Angeles, Ukraine, Yekaterinburg, Germany, Chechen, Alicante, Kuzminov, London, Salisbury, England, Moscow, Ukrainian
Ukraine’s Deepening Fog of War
  + stars: | 2024-02-24 | by ( Marc Santora | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
The forecasts are anything but optimistic: The best Ukraine can hope for in 2024, many Western officials and analysts say, is to simply hold the line. Western nations, buoyed by Ukraine’s success, promised aid to help Ukrainians break through Russian lines. Ukraine’s own domestic arms production was mired in bureaucracy, top military officials have said. Those weaknesses, and some strategic battlefield missteps, stymied Ukraine’s widely telegraphed counteroffensive, which resulted in only marginal territorial gains. At the same time, Russia was fortifying its defensive lines, converting its economy to war production, conscripting hundreds of thousands of fighters and adjusting its strategy for renewed offensives this winter.
Persons: staving Locations: Ukraine, Russia
Two Ukrainians fighting for their country urged Ukraine's allies to keep supporting it, two years after the bloody conflict began in earnest. Despite this, the war shows no sign of ending, and war fatigue is notable in some Ukrainian allies. AdvertisementAnother soldier, callsign Local, told BI that "it's very important to help Ukraine and support Ukraine because Ukraine is like a first step to Europe. He said supporting Ukraine gives the US big returns in weakening Russia for a modest investment. AdvertisementMeanwhile, Ukrainian soldiers have warned they are low on critical ammunition and weaponry, resulting in rationing, losses, and deaths.
Persons: Ukraine's, Artem, , it's, William J, Burns Organizations: Business, Republicans, Local, Ukrainian, Russia, Ukraine, NATO, EU, CIA, US Locations: Ukraine, Ukrainian, Europe, Poland, Ukraine's, England, Lithuania —, Russia, Avdiivka
CNN —The body of Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been given to his mother more than a week after he died, Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on Saturday. “Alexey’s body was handed over to his mother. Yarmysh added that Navalny’s mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, is still in Salekhard, the Arctic town where her son’s body was being held. Navalny’s family and colleagues have blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for Navalny’s death, which comes ahead of the presidential election next month. “We do not know if the authorities will interfere to carry it out as the family wants and as Alexey deserves.
Persons: Alexey Navalny, Navalny’s, Kira Yarmysh, , ” Yarmysh, Yarmysh, Lyudmila Navalnaya, Navalny, , Vladimir Putin, Putin, Alexey Organizations: CNN Locations: Salekhard, Russian
CNN —The widow of the late dissident Alexey Navalny said that Russian President Vladimir Putin is engaging in “satanism” by refusing to release her husband’s body. “It’s satanism.”The video, titled “Putin’s fake faith,” was published nine days after Navalny’s death. You are breaking every law, both human and God’s.”The Kremlin denied having anything to do with Navalny’s death. The Russian prison service said he “felt unwell after a walk” and “almost immediately” lost consciousness. The elder Navalnaya has been in Salekhard, the Siberian town where Navalny’s body is being kept in a morgue, shortly after her son’s death.
Persons: Alexey Navalny, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Alexey, ” Yulia Navalnaya, , ” Navalnaya, , Navalny, Lyudmila Navalnaya, Navalnaya, Navalny’s, Yulia Navalnaya, “ Putin, Saint Nicholas Organizations: CNN, Putin, Kremlin, Russian Orthodox Church Locations: , Russia, Salekhard, Russian
The Russian authorities have transferred the body of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny to his mother, his spokeswoman said on Saturday, ending a grim battle for custody of his remains, but it is unclear whether he will get a funeral that the public can attend. “Aleksei’s body has been handed over to his mother,” Mr. Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said in a statement posted on social media. “The funeral is yet to come. She added that the opposition leader’s team would release information about the funeral “as it becomes available.”Mr. Navalny’s family and aides have accused the Russian authorities of keeping his body hostage and “blackmailing” his mother into agreeing to bury him in secret. On Friday, Ms. Yarmysh said that officials in Salekhard had given Ms. Navalnaya an ultimatum demanding that she assent to such a secret funeral within three hours, or else that he would be buried on prison grounds.
Persons: Aleksei A, Navalny, ” Mr, Navalny’s, Kira Yarmysh, Aleksei, Lyudmila Navalnaya, Yarmysh, Mr, , , Salekhard, Navalnaya Locations: Salekhard
The Cost of Nuclear War in Space
  + stars: | 2024-02-24 | by ( Ephrat Livni | Vivienne Walt | ) www.nytimes.com   time to read: +1 min
Just before the Russian-Ukrainian war reached its two-year milestone today, U.S. intelligence agencies warned that Russia might aim a nuclear weapon at an unusual target: not any place on Earth, but satellites orbiting in space. It’s also a risk to the space economy — and the one on the ground. There is a little-known but fast-growing industry that insures satellites, but it doesn’t provide insurance against nuclear arms. What’s at stake: hundreds of billions (and probably trillions) of dollars when including the services that rely on satellites, according to David Wade, an underwriter at the Atrium Space Insurance Consortium, which insures satellites for Lloyd’s. The Russian weapon is said to be designed to target satellites in low Earth orbit, where most commercial satellites operate.
Persons: It’s, What’s, David Wade Organizations: Atrium Space Insurance Consortium, NASA Locations: Russian, Russia
Hundreds of thousands of soldiers have been killed since Russia invaded Ukraine two years ago. US officials put the death toll and injuries from both sides at around half a million soldiers. Satellite imagery of Russian gravesites appears to reflect some of those mounting death tolls. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementSince Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, hundreds of thousands of soldiers from both sides have been killed in the field of battle.
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