Your Monday Briefing: Ukraine agrees to talk

Good morning. We are talking about diplomacy and the situation in Ukraine, research into the origins of the pandemic and another North Korean missile test.

President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine agree to talk with Russia “no preconditions” on the Belarusian border. Just before the announcement, President Vladimir Putin issued a new threat to the West, asking the Russian military to put its nuclear forces on alert.

Western powers are uniting around Ukraine. The EU said it would closed its airspace to Russian planes and sponsor the donation of weapons. Turkish officials, in a reversal, labeled the invasion “war”. Tens of thousands of people gathered across Europe – as well as thousands in Russia – to demand an end to the invasion.

In Ukraine, fighting continues. Citizens took up arms: baristas, skiers, lawyers. On the eastern front, houses were destroyed. WHO said the hospitals of Ukraine out of oxygen.

Ukraine’s military says it is targeting Russian supply lines while fight to keep control by Kyiv and Kharkiveven though satellite image shows a large unit of Russian forces closing down the capital. The Russian army has begun apply siege tactics around Chernihiv, northeast of Kyiv, an ominous prediction of a strategy that could increase civilian casualties.

Resources: This is live updates, map of the invasion and Photograph of the crisis.

Bank: The US and its key allies announced the plan remove some Russian banks from SWIFTglobal financial trading system, as the The economy is in trouble. BP, the British oil and gas company, has a plan “Exit” its shares of almost 20% in Rosneft, the Russian state-controlled oil and gas company.

Putin: The Russian president faces personal sanctions, but most of his wealth appear hidden. He seems to have side advisora risky move: Authoritarian leaders rely on elite support.

Zelensky: This is how he Ukrainians gatherand the world, against Putin.

China: Online opinion mainly pro-war. But China, the country that considers itself an independent defender of sovereigntybeing in an awkward position, there is a possibility of friction relations between Xi Jinping and Putin.


Two new, extensive studies show a market in Wuhan, Chinais the birthplace of the coronavirus pandemic.

The scientists concluded that the coronavirus was most likely present in live mammals sold at the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, an early suspect, in late 2019. They assumed the virus was twice present. spread to people who work or shop there, and found no support for the so-called laboratory leak theory.

The pair belong to learnreleased on Saturday, has yet to be published in a scientific journal that would require peer-review.

Some outside scientists who have been hesitant to endorse the market origin hypothesis say they are still unconvinced. There was no direct evidence that animals at the market had been infected with the coronavirus, and there were no wild animals left there by the time Chinese researchers collected genetic samples in early 2020.

Detail: Case data from social media app Weibo from December 2019 to February 2020 indicated a market origin for the coronavirus, after which the virus spread to neighboring areas. The researchers who performed the tests showed that it is highly unlikely that this pattern could have been created by accident.

The following is Latest updates and map of the pandemic.

In other developments:


At 7:52 a.m. Sunday, North Korea launch a ballistic missile South Korea’s military said towards the sea off the east coast. Flight data shows this missile is less powerful the last tested, four weeks ago.

After doing seven missile tests in JanuaryFor more than 2021, North Korea pauses this month while China, its neighbor and ally, hosts the Winter Olympics.

Now that the Olympics are over and the Ukraine crisis erupts, North Korea will likely continue its tests to gain more diplomatic leverage with Washington. On Saturday, it made its first official comment on the Ukraine war, blaming the US for “high-handedness and arbitrariness”.

South Korea: Many people in the country will watch US response to Russia’s invasion as a test of its reliability as a military ally. The failure of American leadership could increase public support for South Korea having nuclear weapons of its own. The missile test took place just weeks before the country’s presidential election, on March 9.

World News

Brazil, famous for its beaches, is facing off against The obesity rate skyrocketed. The country has enacted new laws aimed at protecting overweight people, including larger seats and right-of-way in certain public places such as banks.

Saturday Profile: Asghar Farhadi, a Director of Iran who has won two Oscars, deploys the mundane to convey insight.

Life Lived: Bappi Lahiri, India’s “King of Disco”, has taken the pop craze with some of the country’s all-time biggest hits, like “I’m a Disco Dancer”. He died at the age of 69.

The internet is supposed to bring about price transparency, empowering online shoppers to find the best deals.

Instead, shoppers don’t know how much things really cost. Retailers are shifting lenses away from the price, dangling other carrots as convenience and ease of use. And shoppers, overwhelmed by options, find it hard to keep track.

Now, the prices of household goods fluctuate, almost like cryptocurrencies or ride-hailing services. The troubling stories of the pandemic’s supply chain add to the ambiguity. Subscription services can complicate the math. And as corporations price increase – partly due to inflation – consumers are also spending more.

Amazon’s algorithms also keep things moving. Using dynamic pricing, the tech giant changes prices millions of times per day to keep up with market conditions and compete with other sellers. That forces consumers to track changes in price, not actual costs.

What to cook?

That’s it for today’s briefing. See you again in the next time. – Amelia

PS Amanda Morris, The Times First Disability Reporting Fellow, write about she is trying to “change the way the media reports and writes about people with disabilities.”

The latest episode of “The Daily“It’s about Ukraine.

You can contact Amelia and the team at riefing@nytimes.com.

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