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Ukraine: Week 1: 24 February – 2 March 2022

2 March 2022

Putin claims he makes $140,000 and has an 800-square foot apartment. His actual net worth is a mystery no one can solvefortune2 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia Blocks Its Last Independent Television Channelnewyorker2 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia's Sberbank collapses 95% on London stock exchange as it exits Europecnbc2 March 2022 (LINK)

The European Central Bank ordered the closure of Sberbank’s European arm, Austria's Financial Market Authority said.

EU bars 7 Russian banks from SWIFT, but spares those in energyreuters2 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia's second-largest bank VTB (VTBR.MM), Bank Otkritie, Novikombank, Promsvyazbank (PSKBI.MM), Bank Rossiya, Sovcombank and VEB will each be given 10 days to wind-down their SWIFT operations, the EU said in its official journal. Sberbank (SBER.MM), Russia's largest lender, and Gazprombank were not included because they are the main channels for payments for Russian oil and gas, which EU countries are still buying despite the conflict in Ukraine.

China won't sanction Russia over Ukrainethehill2 March 2022 (LINK)

Fitch, Moody's slash Russia's sovereign rating to junkreuters2 March 2022 (LINK)

Rating drops six notches to "junk" status, with the agencies saying Western sanctions threw into doubt Russia's ability to service debt and would weaken the economy.

Ukraine crisis: What sanctions could West still impose on Russia?bbc2 March 2022 (LINK)

The US says its actions hit 80% of banking assets in Russia; and the EU 70%. The allies have also taken steps to limit Russia's access to key technology, such as microchips and lasers; and moved against cryptocurrencies. Analysts expect policymakers to continue tightening - for example, by adding more kinds of technology and new companies to blacklists. The most recent action by the US, on Wednesday, targeted oil refining equipment, among other steps.

Biden hails UN vote: 'Lays bare Putin's isolation'thehill2 March 2022 (LINK)

The resolution was passed with 141 countries voting in favor, 35 countries abstaining and five countries voting against. The only countries to vote against the resolution were Russia, Belarus, Syria, Eritrea and North Korea.

Here are the companies that have cut ties with Russia over the Ukraine invasionreuters / nypost2 March 2022 (LINK)

Netflix pauses future projects in Russiabbc2 March 2022 (LINK)

Kamila Valieva, Russian skaters banned from world championships after Ukraine March 2022 (LINK)

Zelensky assassination plot foiled, Ukrainian authorities sayaxios2 March 2022 (LINK)

Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council chief Oleksiy Danilov said that a unit of elite Chechen special forces, known as Kadyrovites, had been behind the plot. Ukrainian authorities had been tipped off about the plot by members of Russia's Federal Security Service who do not support the war, he added. Danilov elaborated that the Kadyrovite group had been divided into two, with one being destroyed in Gostomel and the other "under fire".

Also UPI

Experts reject concerns Russia will use crypto to bypass sanctions: 'Totally unfounded' because it is not feasible at the scale requiredcointelegraph2 March 2022 (LINK)

US sees 'no indication' to back Ukrainian claim Belarus has joined Russia’s invasionpolitico.eu2 March 2022 (LINK)

Uniswap ($UNI) Simplifies Giving Tokens to Ukraine, Polkadot Founder Donates $5.7 Million in $DOTcryptoknowmics2 March 2022 (LINK)

Airbnb Looking to Support Crypto While Focusing on Free Housing for 100,000 Ukrainian Refugeescryptoknowmics2 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia tries to stop Western companies fleeing the country through capital controlscnn2 March 2022 (LINK)

BP, Shell, Equinor, Exxon Mobil, Total Energies, Visa and Mastercard have announced measures. The ruble plunged by about 25% on 28 February, and is now worth about one US cent. It has lost about half its value since Russia first invaded Ukraine in 2014.

Watching the war on Russian TV — a whole different storybbc2 March 2022 (LINK)

1 March 2022

Putin signs decree to prohibit leaving Russia with more than $10,000 in foreign currencyap / marketwatch1 March 2022 (LINK)

International Court of Justice will hold public hearings on allegations of genocide in Ukraineap / marketwatch1 March 2022 (LINK)

Apple stops all product sales in Russia as RT and Sputnik removed from App Storeap / marketwatch1 March 2022 (LINK)

Belarusian president displays map suggesting Putin plans to attack Moldovatheweek1 March 2022 (LINK)

During a meeting of his country's security council, he displayed a map features red that appear to indicate planned troop movements. One of those arrows originates in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa, which Russian troops have not yet reached, and terminates on the other side of the Moldovan border, according to Financial Times Moscow bureau chief Max Seddon on Twitter. In January, Ukrainian intelligence warned that Russia could initiate false flag operations in Moldova to justify intervening in the pro-Russian separatist-controlled region of Transnistria, according to Al Jazeera.

All 31 nations of IEA agree to release 60 million barrels of oil reserves in message to marketsap / timesofisrael1 March 2022 (LINK)

Turkey Bars Warships From Straits Amid Russia-Ukraine Crisisgreekreporter1 March 2022 (LINK)

Where are the Russian oligarchs? The teen who annoyed Elon Musk is now tracking their private jetseuronews1 March 2022 (LINK)

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to contest 'groundless' EU sanctionsrappler1 March 2022 (LINK)

Google Maps Is Blocking Edits In Ukraine After Claims It May Have Been Used To Coordinate Russian Air Strikesbuzzfeednews1 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia Threatens to Block Wikipedia for Stating Facts About Its War Casualties, Editors Sayvice1 March 2022 (LINK)

Russia And Belarus Figure Skaters Banned Over Ukraine Invasion, Keeping Olympic Trio Out Of World Championshipsdeadline1 March 2022 (LINK)

Elon Musk delivers on Starlink internet promise to Ukrainevice1 March 2022 (LINK)

Dozens of Western diplomats staged a walkout while Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addressed the UN Human Rights Councilbusinessinsider1 March 2022 (LINK)

Diplomats stage walk out during Lavrov's UN speeches in Geneva(Geneva Solutions)

Cultural backlash intensifies against Russia over invasion of Ukrainepbs1 March 2022 (LINK)

Here Are the Scenarios Where Putin Might Actually Use a Nukeslate1 March 2022 (LINK)

Biden's dilemma: How to give Putin an off-rampaxios1 March 2022 (LINK)

"Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said he [is] willing to discuss "neutral status" for Ukraine — one of Putin's three demands. But the other two — demilitarization and "denazification" of Ukraine, and recognition of Russia's claim to Crimea — suggest Putin will never accept a deal in which Zelensky remains in power.

NATO’s balancing act: Deter a militant Russia without provoking a fightcsmonitor1 March 2022 (LINK)

The Ruble Has Collapsed. Here's What It Means for Russiavice1 March 2022 (LINK)

Ukraine invasion: eight Nato members triggered article 4 of the North Atlantic Treaty for only the sixth time in 73 yearstheconversation1 March 2022 (LINK)

Article 4 can be triggered when one or more Nato members deem the “territorial integrity, political independence or security” of any of the member states to be threatened.

Five vile things Trump did to Zelensky and Ukraine that you forgot aboutwashingtonpost1 March 2022 (LINK)

Let's Recall What Exactly Paul Manafort and Rudy Giuliani Were Doing in Ukrainepropublica1 March 2022 (LINK)

U.S. Includes Crypto In Russian Sanctions, Warns Exchangescoingape1 March 2022 (LINK)

The U.S. Treasury Department said that recent sanctions levelled against Russia will include checks on digital currencies, with effect from March 1st. The White House also warned major crypto exchanges against transacting with sanctioned entities.

Bitcoin Price Skyrocketing Thanks To Russiadmarge1 March 2022 (LINK)

See also nusefile

Ukrainians are messing with highway signs to confuse Russian troopsqz.com1 March 2022 (LINK)

February 2022 and earlier

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