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Vladimir Putin has, at this point, all but invaded Ukraine. He’s ordered Russian troops into eastern parts of the country, and he now has the backing of his Parliament in Moscow. He’s recognized two pro-Russia separatist regions within Ukraine as legitimate governments. And he’s used a warped account of history to challenge Ukraine’s very right to exist.

In response to what President Joe Biden today called “the beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the United States and its NATO allies have implemented a first round of sanctions. Germany is also throttling Russian gas exports to Europe by halting certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Here’s how our Atlantic writers are assessing the moment.

The rest of the news in three sentences:

(1) A jury found the three men previously convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery guilty of hate crimes.

(2) The U.S. national women’s soccer team reached a $24 million settlement with U.S. Soccer in its equal-pay lawsuit.

(3) American home prices grew at their fastest rates in more than three decades in 2021, according to new data.

Tonight’s Atlantic-approved activity:

Commit to practicing one—or all—of these seven habits for building happiness as you get older.  

A break from the news:

Why does the U.S. make it so hard to become a doctor?


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