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EU Assistance, Ukraine Reconstruction, Electronic Components, More: Ukraine Update, September 10, 2022

NEW RESOURCES

EU Neighbors East: EU launches new platform to inform Ukrainians about EU assistance during war. “The EU Delegation to Ukraine has launched a new website… which provides detailed information on the various EU activities in Ukraine and their results. The portal has been created to better inform Ukrainians about the benefits and opportunities of the EU-Ukraine partnership during and after the war. The EU Delegation in Ukraine hopes that the website will help build a full and objective picture of the EU-Ukraine cooperation among Ukrainians.”

EVENTS

Yale University: Symposium on the Reconstruction of Ukraine is announced. “The symposium aims to devote particular attention to cities, architecture, art, culture and psychological trauma – but the scope of the conversations it aims to start is broader. In due course, the discussions held during the symposium may coalesce into myriad projects, initiatives and experiments undertaken by government institutions, municipalities, educational and cultural bodies and other more interstitial actors.”

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Politico: The chips are down: Putin scrambles for high-tech parts as his arsenal goes up in smoke. “Kyiv is acutely aware that the outcome of the war is likely to hinge on whether Russia finds a way to regain access to high-tech chips, and is out to ensure it doesn’t get them. In order to flag the danger, Ukraine is sending out international warnings that the Kremlin has drawn up shopping lists of semiconductors, transformers, connectors, casings, transistors, insulators and other components, most made by companies in the U.S., Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., Taiwan and Japan, among others, which it needs to fuel its war effort.”

Reuters: Russia’s anti-monopoly service approves Yandex-VK internet deal. “Russia’s federal anti-monopoly service (FAS) on Tuesday granted approval to technology companies Yandex and VK to proceed with an asset-swap deal but with some terms aimed at preserving competition.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

Rest of World: Doxxed, threatened, and arrested: Russia’s war on Wikipedia editors. “The organization that runs Wikipedia has also found itself targeted by Russia’s propaganda drive. In March, Russia passed a law that criminalized the publishing of any information about the military that the state considers to be false information. Under the new law, a Russian court fined the Wikimedia Foundation, which owns Wikipedia, 5 million rubles ($88,000) for failing to remove what a Russian court claimed was disinformation about the war in Ukraine. The organization launched an appeal in June.”

Euromaidan Press: Meet the foreign journalists promoting Russia’s war propaganda. “Several foreign journalists in Ukraine are promoting Russian narratives on the war. Although portraying themselves as independent reporters in search of truth, scrutinizing their content and background reveals their own biases, fabulations, and in some cases, connections to the Russian state.”

AFP: Ukraine seeks UNESCO cultural protection for Odessa. “Ukraine’s government will ask the UN’s cultural watchdog to add the historic port of Odessa to its World Heritage List of protected sites as Russia’s invasion continues, the agency said Tuesday. Russian forces have advanced to within several dozen kilometres (miles) of the city, which blossomed after empress Catherine the Great decreed in the late 18th century that it would be Russia’s modern gateway to the Black Sea.”

WIRED: The Telegram-Powered News Outlet Waging Guerrilla War on Russia. “Created by exiled former Russian MP and dissident Ilya Ponomarev, February Morning was the first to report on a group claiming responsibility for [Darya] Dugina’s death. Ponomarev himself took to YouTube, where February Morning airs its shows, claiming that the perpetrators were a little-known Russian resistance group called the National Republican Army. According to Ponomarev, an all-out war against “Putinism” had just begun.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Reuters: Russia upholds 21.7 bln rouble fine on Google over Ukraine content -Interfax. “A Russian court on Friday upheld a turnover-based fine of 21.7 billion roubles ($357 million) against Google’s Russian subsidiary for repeated failure to delete information related to what Moscow calls its ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine, Russia’s Interfax news agency reported.”

Cybernews: Hackers created an enormous traffic jam in Moscow. “Dozens of drivers working for Yandex Taxi in Moscow likely had a frustrating day. Hackers breached the app, sending dozens of cars to the exact location, forming a traffic jam that lasted up to three hours. Reports on Twitter claim that cars were sent to the Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a major avenue in Moscow. One of the best-known objects in the area is the Stalinist-era building, the ‘Hotel Ukraina’ or Hotel Ukraine.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

The Print: 60-80% of Twitter accounts posting on Russia-Ukraine war bots, 90% ‘pro Ukraine’, finds new study . “Between 60 and 80 per cent of Twitter handles posting on the Russia-Ukraine war may be bot accounts, a research by scholars from the University of Adelaide, Australia has found. Among other influences, these bot accounts may have been pushing people to flee their homes during the conflict between these two countries, the researchers added.”

Modern War Institute at West Point: How Ukraine Seized The Initiative On The Digital Front Of The War With Russia. “President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become a living example of how to provide digital leadership during modern warfare, buoying his country and inspiring resistance to the Russian military’s kinetic force. At the risk of adopting too obvious an analogy, in this contemporary story of David vs. Goliath, Ukraine’s sling-and-stone advantage has been its unexpected resolve, marshaled by the effective use of information.”

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