Ukraine’s dwindling hopes in Lugansk province
Lysychansk, the last major Ukrainian-held city in the eastern province of Luhansk, fell, giving Moscow a victory in its campaign to seize Donbass, a mineral-rich region bordering Russia. Pressure is now mounting on the United States and its allies to get the more powerful weapons it has promised Ukraine to the front lines.
Lysychansk held out a week after Russia took control of Sievierodonetsk, its twin city across the river. But as Russia flooded Lysychansk with artillery fire and strangled its supply lines, relying on months of bombardment and weeks of fierce street fighting that reduced the two cities to gray hues, the Ukrainian defenders were forced to retreat.
Russia now controls more than a fifth of Ukraine – most towns and cities only in name, skeletal remains emptied of their inhabitants after months of bombardment – but it will have to replenish its forces and depleted ammunition then she is waging what promises to be a fierce, drawn-out land war. Russian forces bombed the Ukrainian city of Sloviansk yesterday, killing at least six people.
Next steps: The next phase of the war will be a test not only of military logistics but also of solidarity for Ukraine’s Western allies. As the conflict drags on, their own citizens feel the economic pain, and unity among allies can be difficult to maintain.
Several dead in shooting at Copenhagen shopping center
Three people were killed and three others injured in a shootout at a shopping center in Copenhagen yesterday, local police said. A 22-year-old Danish suspect was taken into custody, but police said they had not ruled out the possibility that multiple people were involved.
Filming took place at Field’s, Denmark’s largest shopping mall. Videos and images posted to social media showed people exiting the mall and ambulances lining the outside. Armed police were running near the mall and a helicopter hovered overhead. A Harry Styles concert scheduled nearby has been canceled for security reasons.
A mall employee told local media that “masses of people” ran to seek shelter at the Kentucky Fried Chicken at Field’s. Staff members barricaded the doors and stayed there for about 45 minutes, the employee said. Other witnesses described scenes of panic and employees helping shoppers flee through the stores’ back rooms.
The context: Armed violence in Denmark is relatively rare. According to gun violence data from the University of Sydney, Denmark has just over one gun death per 100,000 population, while the United States has just over 12.
First person: “He seemed violent and angry, and he was screaming as he ran and took the gun and smashed the windows,” a witness to the shooting told a TV news channel. “You would think it was an action movie as it walked. He seemed very proud of what he did, I could tell.
Old tensions in Northern Ireland
After nearly 25 years of peace, locals fear Derry’s hard-won gains are in jeopardy. Brexit has upended Northern Ireland’s fragile political and economic balance, while the British government seems determined to put The Troubles, as the guerrilla warfare between Catholic nationalists and Protestant unionists is commonly known, and its legacy in the past.
The British government has proposed legislation that would effectively stop further criminal investigations or civil actions in relation to murders committed during the Troubles. This has sparked outrage from families of the victims, who say it would deprive them of justice, particularly in cases where British security forces or police colluded with paramilitary gangs.
Although the legislation, which the government hopes to pass this year, affects a far smaller number of people than the post-Brexit trade rules, it is easier to understand and, therefore, may be more likely to stoke tensions. The debate over the unsolved murders particularly haunts the police, who are still viewed in Derry with deep resentment by much of the public.
Tight relationships : No one predicts a return to the horrific violence that engulfed Derry in The Troubles. But paramilitary groups like the New IRA, Irish National Liberation Army and Ulster Defense Association still operate in Derry neighborhoods, mainly dealing drugs, police say.
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Millions of New Yorkers are entering a third pandemic summer, and sidewalks are teeming, happy hours are jumping and tourists are returning.
Over the course of five days and five boroughs, Times reporter Dodai Stewart went to find out how the city feels now and answer one question: what is the vibe?
ARTS AND IDEAS
Last year, the publishing industry noticed that books that readers gushed about on TikTok landed on bestseller lists. The editors, authors, even the producers of the videos were surprised. A year later, #BookTok has become a sustained and powerful force, helping authors sell 20 million books in print in 2021.
BookTok is dominated by regular readers, many of them young, who speak loudly about the emotional journey a book will provide. “‘That’s how it makes me feel, and that’s how it’s going to make you feel,'” Milena Brown, Doubleday’s chief marketing officer, said of the content of the videos. “And people say, ‘I want to feel that. Give it to me!'”
The books that take off there are mainly fiction and are generally a few years old. That’s unusual in publishing, where most titles, if they have a flurry of sales, see it right off the bat. Young adult titles are a major category, along with romance, sci-fi, and fantasy. But even classics like “Wuthering Heights” and “The Great Gatsby” have love for TikTok.
Learn more about #BookTok.
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