On March 7th, less than a fortnight after Russia invaded Ukraine, an industrial bakery in Makariv, near Kyiv, was hit by Russian shells. At first people hoped that no one had been working there at the time. But this is Ukraine, where bread is taken seriously: 13 people had been killed. In the Guardian newspaper Andrey Kurkov wrote a lament for Makariv bread, “a soft, white, brick-shaped loaf”, remembering the fragrance of it, its taste when dipped in fresh cow’s milk or spread with butter and salt, and his sense that after the bombing it might instead taste of blood.
When Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops into Ukraine he was not alone in thinking victory would be swift. Many Western analysts also expected Kyiv, the capital, to fall within 72 hours. Ukrainian valour and ingenuity confounded those assumptions. As the war enters.
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AT A SECRET location in a blacked-out highrise in the suburbs of Kyiv, a senior Ukrainian intelligence officer shared what he claimed was Russia’s invasion blueprint.
Nearly four weeks ago, people gathered to drink coffee and smoke shisha in the hipster bars and cafes around a kitsch ice-rink in the centre of Mariupol, a Russian-speaking industrial city in eastern Ukraine.
Sixty years ago, a dispute over the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba pushed Washington and Moscow perilously close to all-out war. The crisis provided history’s most extreme example yet of nuclear brinkmanship, situations in which governments repeatedly escalate a very dangerous situation in an attempt to get their way. It also demonstrated the extraordinary value of the work of Thomas Schelling, an economist then at Harvard University, who used the relatively new tools of game theory to analyse the strategy of war. The war in Ukraine has made Schelling’s work, for which he shared the economics Nobel prize in 2005, more relevant than ever.
Time is not on the side of most of those involved in Ukraine’s horrors. Every hour brings new agonies for the Ukrainian people and government. Each passing day exposes, with greater clarity, the miscalculation of Russia’s leader, Vladimir Putin, in launching a war of choice against a country he underestimated. For America and its allies, admiration for Ukraine’s resistance is tempered by fears that it cannot last for ever, as Mr Putin escalates the killing.
Squatters broke into the central London mansion owned by oligarch Oleg Deripaska and declared that it “belongs to Ukrainian refugees”.
Dozens of riot police were sent to the Belgrave Square property, armed with a JCB, but protesters remained on the balcony on Monday night.
Mr. Deripaska, an industrialist who has had close links with the British political establishment, was targeted with sanctions by the UK Government last week.
On Monday night he accused the Government of colluding with people who raided his home and said the UK was failing to uphold basic laws of private property.
When he was sanctioned, Mr Deripaska was described as “a prominent Russian businessman and pro-Kremlin oligarch” who is “closely associated” with the Russian government and Vladimir Putin. His wealth is estimated to be £2.3 billion and he has a multimillion-pound property portfolio in the UK which, according to a 2007 High Court judgment, includes the house at 5 Belgrave Square. Records indicate that it has not changed hands since and is owned by an offshore British Virgin Islands company.
Microsoft suspends sales in Russia in a major blow to the Russian economy Software giant is the latest company to abandon the country after the Ukraine invasion and Western sanctions.
(CNN) – Microsoft is joining the growing list of major companies halting business in Russia.
Microsoft released a statement Friday saying it has suspended all new sales in Russia.
The company is also working on government sanctions with the U.S., European Union, and the UK.
Other companies like Apple, Disney, and Ford have decided to halt business in Russia due to the Ukraine invasion, further hurting their economy amid harsh sanctions.
Before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, United States intelligence had predicted a blistering assault by Moscow that would quickly mobilize the vast Russian air power that its military assembled in order to dominate Ukraine’s skies.