Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, Refugee Children, NashStore, More: Ukraine Update, March 31, 2022


Harvard University: Web Archive Preserves Data Related to Russia’s War on Ukraine. “The new “Russia’s War in Ukraine” collection seeks to document Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 which resulted in a full-scale war after eight years of military conflict between Russian and Ukraine.” The archive looks to include a variety of content, from news articles to Web sites.

ReliefWeb: New website and translated app create softer landing for children fleeing the war in Ukraine. “An app which helps children experiencing stress or worry has been translated into Ukrainian, and a ‘warm welcome’ website for refugee children has been launched in Denmark, as part of series of initiatives by Save the Children to support refugee children across Europe.”


AFP Fact Checker: Fake CNN tweet shared in posts accusing broadcaster of fabricating ‘Ukraine bomb’ story . “Multiple social media posts claim CNN fabricated a story about a ‘bomb attack’ at the hotel of a journalist in Ukraine in a tweet that actually showed an old photo of a hotel in Serbia. However, CNN reported no such story and said the tweet was fake. The screenshot of the doctored tweet features the social media handle of a prankster who has previously shared fake CNN tweets.”

PC Mag: Russia’s Alternative to the Google Play Store Launches May 9. “With the sanctions against Russia hitting just about every sector (and forcing Russia to consider software piracy), anyone with an Android device in the country is unable to use Google Play to purchase apps anymore. This is because Google suspended all payment services earlier this month. As Reuters reports, this has spurred the development of an alternative. The new store will be called NashStore, which translates as ‘OurStore’ in English.”


Insurance Journal: Zurich Removes ‘Z’ From Social Media Branding as Russia Uses Symbol in Ukraine War. “Zurich Insurance said it has removed the letter ‘Z’ from its social media branding as a result of Russia’s use of the letter during its war in Ukraine.”

CBS News: TikToker’s old phone enables social media updates from behind Russia’s “iron curtain”. “American social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been blocked or limited in the country. TikTok, which is owned by a Chinese company, voluntarily restricted its platform to Russian users so they are only able to see new videos uploaded in Russia. Eager to remain connected to the outside world, 24-year-old Natalia, whom we are referring to by only her first name to protect her identity, tried switching on an older phone she still had lying around. The software on it had not been updated in years.”


Foreign Policy: Russia Prepares Destructive Cyberattacks. “Russia is preparing disruptive cyberattacks that could target U.S. energy and financial industries to cause further pain to the Biden administration, in retaliation for heavy sanctions against the Kremlin for its invasion of Ukraine, several people familiar with the matter told Foreign Policy.”

Reuters: Russian hackers targeted, NATO, eastern European militaries – Google. “Russian hackers have recently attempted to penetrate the networks of NATO and the militaries of some eastern European countries, Google’s Threat Analysis Group said in a report published on Wednesday.”


Council on Foreign Relations: Russia’s Cyber War: What’s Next and What the European Union Should Do.. “As the Russian military shifts its objectives, resources and bandwidth will be freed up to fight from the rear. A cornered Moscow–with few other options left on the table–is likely to resort to the cyber domain, as other pariah states have done, as the ideal vector to circumvent isolation, spy on and disrupt Western defense plans, steal technology and intellectual property it will be cut off from, and heighten its global nuisance with disinformation operations. Recent attacks on a major Ukrainian telecommunications firm, Ukrtelecom, have heightened fears that Russia’s stalling military campaign could cause it to turn to cyber operations as another means of achieving its aims.”

Modern Diplomacy: A call to protect cultural property in Ukraine and all other zones of conflict. “Walk of Truth demands that all parties to all ongoing and frozen conflicts must respect international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international law generally. Moreover, bearing in mind its base in The Hague, Walk of Truth demands that all such parties must comply with all relevant instruments of international law including those associated with The Hague such as the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict plus its two Protocols from 1954 and 1999 and the 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.”

The National Academies: Breakthrough Prize Foundation Partners with U.S. National Academy of Sciences to Support Scientists Forced to Flee Ukraine. “The Breakthrough Prize Foundation today announced a new partnership with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to support humanitarian relief efforts for scientists forced to flee from Ukraine by the Russian invasion. Part of a $3 million fund pledged for humanitarian relief, the Foundation will dedicate $1 million to the NAS’s Scientists and Engineers in Exile and Displaced (SEED) initiative, which helps scientists and engineers maintain their livelihoods and dignity during the current upheaval, remaining employed and connected to the global scientific community.”

Gizmodo: Mars Rover Being Packed Into Storage After Russian Launch Scrapped. “The European Space Agency is scrambling to figure out the ExoMars rover’s next-possible launch window after the agency suspended cooperation with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

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