Ukraine War ☠ Footage and Updates ⚠ Day 166
- Russian President Vladimir Putin showed up in a playground in New York City’s Central Park on Monday night — a bright-red sculpture of Putin was erected there by French artist James Colomina.
- Since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Ukrainians have been trying to talk to Russians who are seemingly unaware of the destruction being carried out in their name. One of the disinformation fighters, Pavlo, launched the website callru.org that allowed him and a team of volunteers to use randomly selected phone numbers in Russia to reach out to the citizens of the country that invaded Ukraine.
- Former Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has been reelected as the head of the International Chess Federation, defeating a Ukrainian challenger who said the incumbent was part of Moscow’s “war machine.” Ukrainian grandmaster Andriy Baryshpolets, who challenged Dvorkovich, won just 16 votes while 157 national chess associations voted for Dvorkovich on August 7 at FIDE’s general assembly in India.
- Russian state censor Roskomnadzor has blocked the Patreon and the Grammarly platforms at the request of Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, the Ukrainian service of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty reported on Aug. 7. Russian authorities have accused Grammarly of spreading “unreliable socially significant information under the guise of authentic messages.”
- Putin’s war in Ukraine has a contradictory impact on ethnic relations inside the Russian Federation, Aleksandr Verkhovsky says. On the one hand, because the war is presented ideologically rather than ethnically, it has reduced the amount of racism and xenophobia in Russia itself. But on the other hand, the regime’s talk about “de-Nazification of Ukraine” has opened the way for more discussion about ethnic and religious discrimination inside Russia.
- CBS partially retracted a documentary, called “Arming Ukraine,” in which it said shipments of weapons to Ukraine from the US had been going missing, saying it had removed a video that included a months-old quote saying most aid was not making it to Ukraine’s front lines.
- The Russians have begun to openly blackmail the whole world, declaring that they have mined the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant and are ready to blow it up, Energoatom reported on its Telegram channel on Monday. The head of the radiation, chemical and biological defense unit of the Russian armed forces, Major General Valery Vasiliev, said that “there will be either Russian land or a scorched desert.”
- A Turkish-flagged ship Polarnet, with Ukrainian grain, docked in northern Türkiye. The vessel is expected to offload cargo of 12,000 tons of corn at Turkey’s northern Derince port later in the day.
- Authorities in Nicosia have announced that four more Russian billionaires will lose their citizenship in Cyprus, acquired through the Golden Passport scheme, after they were blacklisted by the EU following sanctions imposed on Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine.
- At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves.
- Millions of children fled from Ukraine, escaping the horrors of war. About 4 million of them completed this school year online and now use distance learning opportunities.
- Ukrainian forces bombed a strategic bridge over the Dnipro river overnight in the Russian-held city of Kherson, the army announced Monday.
- Since the start of Russian aggression against Ukraine, the EU has successfully coordinated 1,000 medical evacuations of Ukrainian patients via its Civil Protection Mechanism. Local hospitals are struggling to cope with the demand. Patients have been transferred to 18 countries: Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Romania, Luxembourg, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Lithuania, Finland, Poland and the Czech Republic.
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