Ukrainian Music, Stand Up for Ukraine, Radio Free Europe, More: Monday Ukraine Update, March 28, 2022


Ukrainian Institute: Ukrainian scores by Ukrainian Composers. “As a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Ukrainian musicians receive many requests from colleagues all around the world to perform works by Ukrainian composers. Due to the need of resisting not only the military but also the information war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, an initiative group of the Lyatoshynsky Club, the Ukrainian Live Classic, and the Ukrainian Institute created the ‘Ukrainian Scores’ project to present a digital library of Ukrainian composers’ scores to the world.”


CBC: Canada, Europe to co-host social media fundraiser for displaced Ukrainians. “The fundraising effort, called ‘Stand Up For Ukraine,’ will engage politicians, artists and businesses, among others, and is to culminate with an April 9 pledging event to be hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.”


Washington Post: The Kremlin tries to stifle Radio Free Europe — and its audience surges. “In the first three weeks after the invasion, page views from Russia to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sites skyrocketed to 26 million, more than 50 percent more than an earlier corresponding period. Video views from Russia to their YouTube channels more than tripled to 237 million. And this was happening despite sites being blocked within Russia.”

The Verge: Ukraine is selling a timeline of the Russian invasion as NFTs. “Ukraine’s government is raising funds by selling non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on a timeline of Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country. Ukraine Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov announced the collection’s launch on Twitter, boasting that ‘while Russia uses tanks to destroy Ukraine, we rely on revolutionary blockchain tech.’ All sales funds will go to the Ministry of Digital Transformation to support the ‘army and civilians’ of Ukraine.”


Daily Beast: Kremlin TV Hopes Russia’s Unhinged Ukraine War Claim Will Help Re-Elect Trump. “Putin’s invasion of Ukraine pitted Russia against most of the world, leaving Kremlin propagandists yearning for any tidbits of pro-Russian sentiment in the United States. These days, state television draws on a bounty of translated quotes almost exclusively from two Western voices: Tucker Carlson of Fox News and former U.S. President Donald J. Trump. They have a plan to reward them both: Carlson with a highly coveted interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trump with a freebie PR campaign designed to light his path back to the White House.”

South China Morning Post: Ukrainians take on ‘wall of propaganda’ on Chinese social media. “Ukrainians who can speak Mandarin are taking to Chinese social media platforms in an effort to provide information about the Russian invasion and win public support in China. They are translating the latest developments in the war into Chinese, including information on casualties and analysis, and posting it on their accounts on popular social media networks like WeChat and Weibo.”

Sky News: Ukraine war: This woman’s waging her own battle against Putin – and all she needs is her mobile phone . “Her name is Maria Avdeeva, and we began to listen to her reports in Kharkiv, the embattled Ukrainian city just 20 miles from the Russian border. She posts daily updates from bombed-out buildings in and around the city centre, often as incoming shells and rockets echo around her.”

Kotaku: Retro Computer And Game Museum In Ukraine Destroyed By Russian Bombing. “A large, privately-owned, and operated museum dedicated to retro computers and video games was destroyed earlier this week in Ukraine as a result of the ongoing and horrific invasion of the country by Russia. While a museum being destroyed doesn’t compare at all to the thousands dead and injured, it’s still a sad loss as over 500 pieces of computer history spanning decades has been destroyed.” The owner of the museum is reported to be safe.


The Times: Names and addresses of 620 FSB officers published after data breach. “Ukraine has published the names and addresses of 620 FSB officers in an apparent data breach of the Russian security agency. The Ukrainian directorate of intelligence claimed the list revealed the personal details of agents engaging in ‘criminal activities’ across Europe.”

New York Times: When Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained. “Nokia said this month that it would stop its sales in Russia and denounced the invasion of Ukraine. But the Finnish company didn’t mention what it was leaving behind: equipment and software connecting the government’s most powerful tool for digital surveillance to the nation’s largest telecommunications network.”


Washington Post: Social media wasn’t ready for this war. It needs a plan for the next one.. “The moves illustrate how Internet platforms have been scrambling to adapt content policies built around notions of political neutrality to a wartime context. And they suggest that those rule books — the ones that govern who can say what online — need a new chapter on geopolitical conflicts.”

Mashable: The robot dog painter selling its works to support Ukrainian refugees. “A Boston Dynamics ‘Spot’ robot’s abstract paintings are raising money for Ukrainians displaced by war. One of its artworks, ‘Sunrise March’, sold at auction for $40,000.” Captioned video.

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