Update on the Russia-Ukraine War

From the Wall Street Journal:

Ukraine will likely be preparing to resist a new Russian military assault in the east with weapons and equipment the U.S. once considered too risky to provide to Kyiv, highlighting how the line between offensive and defensive assistance has blurred in recent weeks, Courtney McBride reports.

Loud explosions rocked Kyiv early Friday as Russia threatened to escalate attacks on Ukrainian command centers in response to alleged strikes inside Russian territory, with both sides gearing up for a new stage in the ground war (▶️Video), Brett Forrest and Matthew Luxmoore report.

Russia’s sunken warship Moskva recalls great World War II naval battles (▶️Video), reports Alastair Gale.

Russia warned on Thursday that it could station nuclear forces in and around a Russian exclave in Northern Europe and bolster its military presence there if Finland and Sweden join the NATO alliance, report Bojan Pancevski and Georgi Kantchev.

Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Western sanctions have stymied Russia’s energy industry, the country’s economic engine, and that it will need to reorient oil and gas sales from markets in Europe to Asia, reports Georgi Kantchev.

The Commerce Department said Thursday it has added 10 aircraft owned by Russian and Belarus entities to a list of airplanes that likely have violated U.S. export controls, in an action aimed at grounding more flights from the two countries, Yuka Hayashi reports.

Western leaders seeking to build a global coalition to isolate Russia over its war on Ukraine are facing pushback from the world’s largest developing nations, including the democracies of India, Brazil and South Africa, report Joe Parkinson, David Luhnow and Juan Forero.

  • The resistance, much of it from economic self-interest, limits the pressure on Mr. Putin and spotlights factions in the global community that recall the Cold War, when many countries tried to steer clear of the rivalry between the U.S. and Soviet Union.

U.S. companies, tapping one of the few flight corridors out of Moscow, are moving employees from Russia to the United Arab Emirates, a boon for the Gulf nation as it seeks to cement its place as a global commercial hub, report Rory Jones and Stephen Kalin.
From politico.com:

— CIA Director WILLIAM BURNS said Thursday that Russian President VLADIMIR PUTIN’s “‘potential desperation’ to extract the semblance of a victory in Ukraine might tempt him to order the use of a tactical or low-yield nuclear weapon,” NYT’s David Sanger writes.

— U.N. World Food Programme Executive Director DAVID BEASLEY told the AP that “people are being ‘starved to death’ in the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol.”

— The U.S. is ramping up its aid to Ukraine, WSJ’s Courtney McBride reports, as “the line between offensive and defensive assistance has blurred in recent weeks.”

— That comes as Russia warns that the U.S. is crossing its own red lines, reports WaPo’s Karen DeYoung.

— An update on the Russian ship Ukraine struck Thursday: “The flagship of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, a guided-missile cruiser that became a potent target of Ukrainian defiance in the opening days of the war, sank Thursday after it was heavily damaged in the latest setback for Moscow’s invasion,” per AP’s Adam Schreck.

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