Posterwar, Air Raid Alerts, Sponsoring Refugees, More: Ukraine Update, June 22, 2022


It’s Nice That: Posterwar supports Ukraine with a downloadable archive of 80 posters and counting. “As it stands today (21 June), the Posterwar archive features 82 posters from countries across the world – Sreenihal [Pouka] counts submissions from: Ukraine, Italy, Finland, Portugal, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Bulgaria, India, Brazil, Colombia, Iceland, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and the US. But this extensive selection looks likely to expand quickly, with the campaign also allowing visitors to submit their artwork directly to the site (after downloading the correct templates). What’s more, Posterwar lets anyone download their preferred poster – or posters – to publicly display their support of Ukraine, either online or in person.”

Jerusalem Post: Israel’s Red Alert inspires new site that helps Ukrainians stay safe in war . “Ukrainians wanting to keep track of air raid siren alerts, maps of ongoing battles and damaged infrastructure, and searching for shelters and Wi-Fi will soon have a new website and alert system to use to stay safe and informed amid Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country.”

Fast Company: This new platform matches Ukrainian refugees with American sponsors. “Two months ago, as millions of Ukrainians had been displaced by the Russian invasion, the U.S. government announced a unique new program: Any American can sponsor a Ukrainian for temporary refuge, with room for as many as 100,000 placements. In the past, similar ‘humanitarian parole’ programs were often limited to immediate family. Most of the first applicants, unsurprisingly, had personal connections to the people they sponsored—friends, family, employees. But a new website is designed to now help connect potential sponsors with Ukrainians they’ve never met.”


iNews: How Russia’s propaganda machine has adapted to a long war in Ukraine, explained by data. “Just like the country’s military, Russia’s vast propaganda machine has had to adapt to the realities of a long and protracted war in Ukraine rather than the lightning-fast victory the Kremlin expected.”

TechCrunch: Yandex shifts focus to as it heads for media exit in Russia. “TechCrunch has learned that Russia search giant Yandex is to switch from using as its main front page for Russian-speaking users to — a less trafficked domain it’s owned since 2000 that, historically, has only hosted a basic search engine page. Imagine if Google decided to de-emphasize in favor of a less popular domain it also owns and you’ll get an inkling of how big a shift this looks to be for the Russian internet landscape.”

Politico: Google Russia files for bankruptcy . “Google’s local subsidiary in Russia filed for bankruptcy because Moscow’s measures against the U.S. firm have made it impossible to do business, the firm said Friday.”


The Guardian: Russian palaces, villas and yachts linked to Putin by email leak – in pictures, maps and video. “An investigation by the the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the news website Meduza has identified a group of 86 apparently unconnected companies or not for profit organisations that appear to hold over $4.5bn (£3.7bn) of assets where a common private email address,, appears to be in use.”

BBC: Ukraine to ban music by some Russians in media and public spaces. “Ukraine’s parliament has voted in favour of banning some Russian music in media and public spaces. The ban will not apply to all Russian music, but rather relates to music created or performed by those who are or were Russian citizens after 1991. Artists who have condemned Russia’s war in Ukraine can apply for an exemption from the ban.”

Poynter: No, CNN did not fake Ukrainian war footage. “Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine beginning Feb. 24, misinformation about the situation has spread rapidly. For example, this tweet claims that CNN was faking war footage in Ukraine.”


Washington Post: How Russia’s vaunted cyber capabilities were frustrated in Ukraine. “A quiet partnership of the world’s biggest technology companies, U.S. and NATO intelligence agencies, and Ukraine’s own nimble army of hackers has pulled off one of the surprises of the war with Russia, largely foiling the Kremlin’s brazen internet hacking operations.”


WIRED: How Ukraine Is Winning the Propaganda War. “As the conflict in Ukraine drags on, the country’s communications strategy has become slicker and more professional, say academics studying information warfare. Ukraine has also shifted its strategy away from amplifying exaggerated myths to focusing on the courage of ordinary people who are committing small, achievable acts of bravery in the face of the Russian invasion.”

Latvia Posts English: Latvian experts have returned from work in Ukraine to digitize cultural heritage in wartime. “The Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the Riga Technical University (RTU), has provided assistance to Ukraine in the preservation of cultural monuments. From June 6 to 16, Dr. UNCHCO expert, member of the board of SIA ‘ARCHItrāvs’ Dr. Bruno Deslandes, Associate Professor, Department of Geomatics, RTU Faculty of Civil Engineering Maris Kalinka and Kirill Gorovojs, PhD student at RTU Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (DITF).”

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