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War In Ukraine Day 82: “We Are Here” - Ukrainian Forces Reach Russian Border

Ukrainian forces continue to regain more territory in the northeast of the country, and by Monday morning had announced that a battalion had reached the Russian border.

This comes after having taken back control of Kharkiv, the second biggest Ukrainian city, as Russian troops appear to be making a hasty retreat. This latest development continues to indicate the inability of Russian troops to dominate Ukrainian forces.

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After this successful counter-offensive, Ukraine’s defense ministry posted a video showing soldiers gathered around a yellow and blue painted post upon arrival at the Russian border. “Today the 15th of May, Kharkiv's territorial defense forces of Ukraine - 227th battalion, 127th brigade - went to the border with the Russian Federation,” said one soldier. “We are here.”

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Le Weekend ➡️ Crypto Is Dead, Long Live Crypto

An estimate one trillion dollars was wiped off crypto value this past week. But there may actually be more signs now than ever that Bitcoin and company are here to stay...

May 14-15

  • Putin’s nuclear option
  • Tracking heat waves
  • Trending sad face
  • … and much more.
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Sweden & NATO, Musk Pauses Twitter Buyout, Black Hole Picture

👋 Hæ hæ!*

Welcome to Friday, where reports say Sweden could follow Finland’s lead to join NATO, Elon Musk puts buying Twitter on hold, and we catch a first glimpse of a black hole that’s living next door. Meanwhile, French economic daily Les Echos shines a light on the dubious working and sourcing practices of Shein, the Chinese fast-fashion superstar retailer.

[*Icelandic]

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War In Ukraine, Day 79: Sweden May Decide Monday To Join NATO Too

A leading Swedish daily says the government will move toward a decision over the weekend, with the formal application coming as soon as Monday evening. This follows the announcement Thursday that neighboring Finland would seek membership in the Western military alliance, which both countries had long rejected to avoid provoking Moscow.

Sweden is to send in a formal NATO application on Monday, Swedish daily Expressen reported on Friday citing anonymous government sources. The news comes on the heels of the announcement Thursday that neighboring Finland would seek membership in the Western military alliance, which both countries had long rejected to avoid provoking Moscow that has been reconsidered following the invasion of Ukraine.

Expressen, a sometimes sensationalist tabloid that nevertheless often breaks big stories, says that Sweden’s prime minister Magdalena Andersson will call a government meeting Monday, where the historic decision on whether to join NATO will be made. If nothing unforeseen takes place, the report says Sweden plans on submitting the formal application late Monday.

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On Sunday Andersson’s Social Democrats party will decide whether or not to back the initiative which will be crucial in the final government decision. While leftist parties, including the Greens, do not want to give up on Sweden’s neutrality, the Social Democrats are expected to back the NATO plan.

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Russia Warns Finland Over Joining NATO

Sharing an 800-mile border with Russia, the Nordic country has seen public support for NATO membership skyrocket following the invasion of Ukraine. Neighboring Sweden also looks set to join the military alliance later this month. Both countries had for decades avoided NATO membership for fear of provoking Russia.

Finland looks certain to join NATO after the country’s president and prime minister released a joint statement saying they are in favor of joining the military alliance.

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“NATO membership would strengthen Finland’s security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defense alliance. Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay,” they said. NATO leaders indicated that the application would be approved rapidly.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned "corresponding symmetrical responses on our side," to Finland's accession to the military alliance.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Russia & Finland, North Korea’s First Lockdown, Aramco v. Apple

👋 ሰላም*

Welcome to Thursday, where Finland moves toward NATO membership, North Korea reports its first COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown and Barbie gets hearing aids. Meanwhile, Spanish independent magazine La Marea meets with Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk to discuss his latest book, the pandemic and freedom of expression in Turkey.

[*Selam, Amharic - Ethiopia]

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet

Putin Sees “Prolonged” War, Al Jazeera Reporter Killed In Israel, Bye Bye iPod

👋 Здравейте*

Welcome to Wednesday, where U.S. intel says Putin is preparing for a “prolonged conflict,” a prominent Al Jazeera journalist is shot dead by Israeli troops, and Apple pulls the plug on the iPod. Meanwhile, Benjamin Quénelle in French daily Les Echos focuses on the few brave Russians voicing their opposition to the invasion of Ukraine, and the many who have fled the country.

[*Zdraveite - Bulgarian]

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Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Territory Gains And Losses Point To Long War

Russia says it has conquered new territory in Donbas, while Ukraine says it has retaken parts of the city of Kharkiv. The competing claims come as Vladimir Putin appears to be bracing for a long "protracted" conflict.

Some press reports come from the battlefield, some come from headquarters.

The latter was the source for the lead story in today’s The New York Times that declared “Ukraine War’s Geographic Reality: Russia Has Seized Much of the East,” based on an assertion of the Russian Defense Ministry that “its forces in eastern Ukraine had advanced to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk,” the two provinces of Donbas.

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The article continues with an important caveat: “If confirmed,” the report signals that Russia could soon gain control over the entire Donbas region, which could put Moscow in position to force Kyiv to agree to its terms at the negotiating table.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet

Russia Strikes Odessa, Marcos Wins In Philippines, Warhol’s Record Marilyn

👋 Osiyo!*

Welcome to Tuesday, where Odessa is in the Kremlin’s crosshairs, the Marcos are back to power in the Philippines and an iconic pop art portrait by Andy Warhol sets a new record. Meanwhile, German daily Die Welt looks at the debate surrounding postmodern architecture and its preservation.

[*Cherokee]

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Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage, Emma Albright

Is Odessa The Next Mariupol?

Other top news breaking: UN says civilian toll much higher, Moscow metro workers may be forced to fight, Lithuanian Parliament calls war "genocide", special Pulitzer for Ukrainian journalists, and more.

A new Russian overnight offensive aimed at the southern port city of Odessa may signal a new focus in the Ukraine war.

Ukrainian newspaper Pravda reports that at least one person was killed and five injured as Russian rockets pounded Ukraine’s third largest city, targeting a shopping center and a depot and leaving emergency services scrambling to put out fires and rescue civilians.

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These are not the first attacks by Russian missiles on the city, but officials imposed martial law for the first time yesterday.

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Anna Akage

So May 9 Has Passed? Why We Should Watch Putin Now More Than Ever

It’s a grim reality from Soviet times that Vladimir Putin continues to embody: Individual horrors and monumental changes of history happen without fanfare.

-Essay-

All the worst news from the Kremlin happens on some faceless Tuesday or Thursday. It happens in a room you will never see.

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And so it was never going to be this Monday, as much of the Western media was predicting. It was never going to be in Red Square. That’s just not the way the Kremlin works.

The world had been told that May 9, Russia’s annual Victory Day celebration, was the perfect time for Vladimir Putin to make some sort of loud, momentous statement that would change the course of the war in Ukraine. His address might include an official declaration of war, call on Russians for a national mobilization, state his readiness to use nuclear weapons — or even just announce that he’d won the war.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet.

Victory Day In Russia And Ukraine, Sri Lanka PM Resigns, Bitcoin Sinks

👋 ສະບາຍດີ!*

Welcome to Monday, where Putin blames the West for the war but makes no major announcement, Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister resigns amid weeks of unrest, and Bitcoin keeps sinking. Persian-language media Kayhan-London also looks at how, despite the Ukraine conflict, Iran isn’t budging on its nuclear ambitions.

[*Sabaidee - Lao, Laos]

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Anna Akage, Sophia Constantino and Emma Albright

"Nazi," "Evil," "Victory" - Putin And Zelensky Face Off For May 9

Also making news: Russian parents search for soldier sons, school bombing toll rises, Bono, Justin Trudeau, Jill Biden visits, Mariupol 4--year-old separated from mother, hacking Russian TV...

Today’s date May 9, marked annually in both Russia and Ukraine to commemorate the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi forces during World War II, has taken on additional meaning this year as the war in Ukraine rages on.

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While weeks of speculation fizzled that Russia would have used the date for a major announcement about the war, there was much to unpack from the occasion.

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Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet

New Mariupol Evacuations, COVID Toll Much Higher, Antarctica Deep Discovery

👋 Mbote!*

Welcome to Friday, where a new attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol is underway, the White House appoints its first Black press secretary and scientists make a surprising discovery in Antarctica. Meanwhile, Die Welt’s Alfred Hackensberger reports from what is commonly known as “Ukrainian Switzerland” turning a tourist destination into the front line of the war.

[*Lingala - DRC and Republic of the Congo]

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Irene Caselli, Anne-Sophie Gominet, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

A Donbas Quagmire? Running Out Of Water, Supplies, Men

As Russian forces continue their offensive in Donbas without securing any significant territorial gains, the situation on the ground is growingly dire for civilians left behind.

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Ukrainian news website Livy Bereg reports on significant water, food and other supply shortages in the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic. Tap water has been scarce since the beginning of Russian occupation on February 24, and it is now available only every three days. Residents collect rainwater or otherwise buy it when they can afford to.

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Emma Albright, Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou and Anne-Sophie Goninet.

Zelensky Pleads For Mariupol Ceasefire, Otoniel Extradited, Maradona’s Jersey

👋 Bonghjornu!*

Welcome to Thursday, where the Ukrainian President asks for a truce to evacuate civilians from Mariupol as Russia intensifies its assault on the Azovstal plant, Colombia extradites the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker and Diego Maradona's “Hand of God” jersey sets a record. Meanwhile, Buenos Aires-based daily Clarin looks at how the trend in dieting changes and diversification reflect inequalities in Argentine society.

[*Corsican]

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