Politico’s News Update on the War in Ukraine

From politico.com:


— “An international organization formed to identify the dead and missing from the 1990s Balkan conflicts is preparing to send a team of forensics experts to Ukraine as the death toll mounts more than six weeks into the war caused by Russia’s invasion. Authorities in Kyiv have reached out to the International Commission on Missing Persons to help put names to bodies that might otherwise remain anonymous amid the fog of war,” AP’s Mike Corder reports.

— Ukrainians are still desperately searching for their family members in Mariupol, WSJ’s Dan Frosch and Ian Lovett write.

— And despite Russian attempts to downplay and deny the country’s actions in Ukraine, personal accounts told to the AP “offer new details from a March 9 airstrike that happened when communications were all but severed” at a hospital in Mariupol.

— “The U.S. will deploy a Patriot missile system to Slovakia, a NATO member state in Central Europe that borders the western tip of Ukraine,” Quint Forgey writes.

— How the ACLU is weighing in: WaPo’s Jeff Stein reports that the organization “helped scuttle a bill this week that would have enabled the Biden administration to liquidate Russian oligarchs’ assets and turn the proceeds over to Ukraine. ACLU officials told lawmakers on Tuesday that the legislation could run afoul of due process protections in the U.S. Constitution because it does not allow its targets to challenge the government’s actions in court, according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private talks.”

“Russia’s war dead belie its slogan that no one is left behind,” by WaPo’s Robyn Dixon, Sudarsan Raghavan, Isabelle Khurshudyan and David Stern.

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