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Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

Tensions culminated this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin launching a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, a move widely opposed by world leaders that made virtually every front page around the world.

Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

"THIS IS WAR," reads the front page ofGazeta Wyborcza. Alongside the terse, all-caps headline, the Polish daily features a photo of Olena Kurilo, a teacher from Chuguev whose blood-covered face has become one of the striking images of the beginning of the Ukraine invasion.

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A day after simultaneous attacks were launched from the south, east and north of the country, by land and by air, some press outlets chose to feature images of tanks, explosions, death and destruction that hit multiple cities across Ukraine, while others focused on the man behind the so-called "special military operation": Putin.


With the battle now arriving at the gates of the capital Kyiv, in what many say is the most dangerous conflict in Europe since World War II, it may be French daily Libération that sums the situation best: "The Unthinkable."

While many Ukrainian dailies have seen interruptions in their print editions, the leading opposition newspaper in Russia, Novaya Gazeta, in an act of solidarity with its neighbors, published its latest paper in both Russian and Ukrainian. It's the first in our international collection of front pages below:

Kommersant

Kommersant

Izvestia

UNITED STATES - TIME

TIME

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The New York Times

The New York Times

UK - The Sun

The Sun

The Financial Times

The Financial Times

The Economist

The Economist

GERMANY - Frankfurter Allgemeine

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

POLAND - Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza

Fakt

Fakt

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Rzeczpospolita

Rzeczpospolita

SLOVAKIA - Dennik

Dennik

FRANCE - Libération

BELGIUM - Le Soir

Le Soir

ITALY - Internazionale

SPAIN - El Mundo

El Mundo

ARGENTINA - La Nacion

La Nacion

BRAZIL - O Globo

O Globo

JAPAN - The Okinawa Times

The Okinawa Times

CHINA - Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily

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Escape From Foxconn: Inside The COVID Lockdown Chaos Blocking China's iPhone Production

Around China, Zero COVID policy has shut down entire towns and workplaces. But in the high-tech Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, famous for cranking out iPhones, employees were forced to work even if they tested positive. Exclusive testimony from some of those who fled Foxconn premises last week.

A file photo inside a Foxconn factory

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ZHENGZHOU — Luo, a newcomer at the Foxconn factory in this central Chinese city, was genuinely frightened when she heard her workplace would be an "experiment field" for new COVID-19 policies: Even during outbreaks, some employees won't stop their production work. Luo was chosen as one of the experiment subjects.

By the end of October, things were getting out of control at Foxconn: chaotic COVID testings, spreading infections, workers quitting their jobs. And Luo felt trapped inside the five million square meters of the Foxconn factory, China's largest producer of Apple's iPhones, which was falsely described as a COVID-free zone.

On Oct. 29, videos of Foxconn workers returning by foot to their hometowns began to spread on the internet. Some workers claimed that due to the company's chaotic quarantine system and poor logistical support, they had chosen to leave on their own and walk for several days back to small towns outside the city.

It would only deepen the delays piling up for iPhone deliveries around the world, and raise new questions about China's policy for dealing with the spread of COVID.

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