Natural History Museum: How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion

Natural History Museum (UK): How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion. “Standing at the heart of Kyiv for over a thousand years, the Saint Sophia Cathedral is one of Ukraine’s most important cultural sites. Sadly, the medieval murals that line its walls are being degraded by microorganisms. In the midst of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, scientists have been working out how to protect these historic artworks from further damage.”

Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store

Kyiv Independent: Apple removes Russian VK, Mail.ru apps from App Store. “As of Sept. 28, Russia’s popular homegrown social network VK (formerly VKontakte) and email service Mail.ru are no longer available for download on the App Store in any country. In a statement, Apple cited conflicts with British sanctions as the reason for the removal. Apps that are already downloaded can continue to be used, according to Apple.”

Vanity Fair: Darth Vader’s Voice Emanated From War-Torn Ukraine

Vanity Fair: Darth Vader’s Voice Emanated From War-Torn Ukraine. “Bogdan Belyaev was working from home when the air raid sirens went off. They hadn’t been heard in the city of Lviv since World War II, but it was February 24, and Russia had just invaded Ukraine…. But for Belyaev, work carried on because he needed it to. People on the other side of the world were relying on him, and the project was the culmination of a passion he’d had since childhood: Star Wars.”

The Conversation: US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds

The Conversation: US and Russia engage in a digital battle for hearts and minds. “Key government-sponsored media outlets in the current battle are Russia Today, often known as RT, and two U.S. government-backed operations, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. But it can be hard for many people to tell the difference between these outlets and independent news. As a propaganda scholar, I believe citizens of all nations deserve to know how their media have been filtered and when governments are seeking to influence their views.”

Tulane News: Bombed labs, war won’t stop collaboration between Tulane and Ukrainian scientists

Tulane News: Bombed labs, war won’t stop collaboration between Tulane and Ukrainian scientists . “Tulane recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute (KhPI) in Kharkiv to collaborate with faculty from Tulane School of Science and Engineering in the fields of science, engineering and technology. Administered by the Tulane Provost’s Office, the collaboration will span several technical fields and include research projects, curriculum development and teaching.”

Business Insider: Russia will be using second-grade tech for years and spending ‘huge resources’ to recreate what already exists, says a former top Russian finance official

Business Insider: Russia will be using second-grade tech for years and spending ‘huge resources’ to recreate what already exists, says a former top Russian finance official. “Russia could be in for years of decline in technology development due to sweeping sanctions over the Ukraine war, Oleg Vyugin, a former high-level finance ministry and central bank official, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday. That’s because when it comes to tech, Russia relies on imports, and imports have been hit by sanctions and boycotts. As a result, the country will have to develop its own products to substitute those imports.”

United Nations Development Programme: New inclusive website provides Ukrainians with critical information on surviving the war

United Nations Development Programme: New inclusive website provides Ukrainians with critical information on surviving the war. “A new website for Ukrainians affected by the war provides information on the legal rules for crossing the border, the procedure for obtaining the status of an internally displaced person (IDP), opportunities for receiving humanitarian aid and psychological support during wartime, advice on finding educational opportunities and work, and much more. The information is useful for refugees, the internally displaced and citizens in their home oblasts.”

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals

Wall Street Journal: Ukrainians Try Crowdsourcing to Catch Russian War Criminals. “The Justice Initiative Fund focuses its efforts only on war-crimes suspects officially ‘wanted’ by Ukrainian or foreign authorities. It states that it is ‘against vigilantism’ and doesn’t order assassinations of suspects. Instead, it seeks information it can verify and pass along to law enforcement to facilitate an arrest, as well as ‘previously unknown evidence of the crimes of the wanted person.’”

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Bewilderment of Kremlin Propagandists

Center for European Policy Analysis: The Bewilderment of Kremlin Propagandists. “The Ukrainian advances of recent days have liberated thousands of kilometers of territory, freed innumerable citizens from bondage and terror, and brought fresh hope to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his people. In Russia, it first caused a shocked silence, occasionally broken by a stammering explanation. Kremlin propagandists were left in complete disarray by the news. The normally well-oiled propaganda machine was a shambles, as state-run media scrambled to explain huge losses and a collapsing military.”

Yahoo News: Ukraine’s tech scene finds creative ways to do business amid a full-scale war

Yahoo News: Ukraine’s tech scene finds creative ways to do business amid a full-scale war. “As the war’s gone on for more than six months, Ukrainian tech has pivoted. Today, a once-thriving ecosystem of tech companies, VCs, startups, and workers has gone from growing to surviving. Pre-war, Ukraine’s buzzy tech sector had been expanding rapidly. In 2021, the IT space in Ukraine grew by nearly 36% year-over-year, hitting $6.8 billion in exports, according to a report by IT Ukraine Association.”

International Press Institute: MFRR monitoring report documents attacks on media in Ukraine

International Press Institute: MFRR monitoring report documents attacks on media in Ukraine. “As the war drags on and with no end to hostilities in sight, Ukrainian media continue to adapt to a challenging new economic reality while also navigating the multiple challenges posed by information warfare. MFFR began monitoring Ukraine when the invasion began in February 2022. During the reporting period Ukraine became a candidate country in June 2022. During the first six months of 2022, the platform documented 94 attacks and violations of media freedom involving 142 targets.”

Reuters: Man embroiled in Russia and Ukraine’s propaganda war over nuclear plant

Reuters: Man embroiled in Russia and Ukraine’s propaganda war over nuclear plant. “A former deputy spokesman for Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant who helped tell the world that Russian troops occupied the strategic site is now in exile, no longer in his job and his former According to a document from the employer, it is suspected by Ukrainian intelligence to cooperate with Russia.”

Stanford Medicine: Delivering free (tele)health care to Ukrainians

Stanford Medicine: Delivering free (tele)health care to Ukrainians. “In the days immediately following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Annalicia Pickering, MD, a pediatric hospitalist with Stanford Medicine; Solomiia Savchuk, a student at the Stanford School of Medicine; and Zoe von Gerlach, a Stanford engineering graduate student, set a bold intention: Find a way to provide meaningful medical support to people in Ukraine. Just months later, the confluence of their efforts has led to the launch of a telehealth program, called Telehelp Ukraine, that serves Ukrainians who need medical assistance — those who remain in their home country as well as those who have sought refuge in Poland.”