Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers from the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, who had last taken a stand against Russian forces, are now in Kremlin custody and have been transferred to Russian-occupied territory after the Ukrainian army ordered them to surrender. Russian officials have raised the prospect that at least some could be treated as war criminals. Follow the latest updates from the war.

News of Ukraine’s surrender order to its fighters, widely regarded domestically as heroes who have looked down upon hardship and doom, has been greeted with alarm in the country, where antipathy towards Russia has grown since the war. Many expressed fear that the last defenders of Mariupol would suffer as prisoners of Russia.

The surrender at Mariupol, a once thriving southeastern port now largely in ruins, is one of Russia’s few significant territorial achievements during its nearly three-month invasion of Ukraine. Both sides acknowledge that the talks have essentially collapsed.

First person: “I am waiting for news and praying,” said Natalia Zarytska, who was part of a delegation of wives and mothers of men who had been to Azovstal.

Analysis: Russia has been overhauling its military for years. The invasion shows how the attempt failed.

In other news of the invasion:

Billions of people in poorer countries face a major economic crisis as the fallout from Russia’s attack on Ukraine is compounded by other challenges, including the pandemic, a global credit contraction and a slowdown in China, the second-largest economy after that of The United States

The most immediate effects can be seen in the rising prices of cooking fuel, fertilizers and staple foods such as wheat. “It’s like wildfires in all directions,” said Jayati Ghosh, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “This is much bigger than after the global financial crisis. Everything is stacked against the low- and middle-income countries.”

Sanctions imposed on Russia, a major oil and gas exporter, have curtailed energy supplies, skyrocketing prices and curtailed global economic growth, estimated at 3.6 percent this year, compared to 6.1 percent last year. . Poorer countries must choose between increasing spending to help their populations while adding debt, or imposing austerity and seeking social conflict.

Food shortages: More than 14 million people are on the brink of starvation in the Horn of Africa, according to the International Rescue Committee — the result of a drought combined with the pandemic and shortages of grains from Russia and Ukraine.

Pandemic: Covid-19 continues to attack health systems, exhausting government resources and driving central banks to raise interest rates to choke inflation. That is pushing investors to leave low-income countries and move funds to less risky assets in wealthy economies.

Britain could scrap some of the rules governing trade with Northern Ireland, a move that would put it on a collision course with the EU, 18 months after a trade deal aimed at extinguishing the latest Brexit fires. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the protocol had disrupted trade between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland.

The announcement provoked a sharp retaliation from the EU, which said that if Britain carried out its plans, it would respond “with all measures at its disposal” – possibly including imposing tariffs on British goods shipped across the English Channel. sent. “Unilateral actions contrary to an international agreement are unacceptable,” said Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission.

The Northern Ireland protocol has been hotly contested by union parties who have argued for keeping Northern Ireland as part of the UK and who have complained that the rules are driving a wedge between Britain’s north and mainland. The UK government accuses the EU of being too rigid in the way it applies border controls.

Details: Under the legislation enacted by Truss yesterday, the British government could get rid of regulations, including border controls on goods shipped from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland. She suggested that negotiations with the EU could help resolve the desire for change.

To catch up: What’s the protocol, why doesn’t Britain like it, and what’s at stake? Here’s what you need to know.

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At Les Trois Chevaux, a French restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village, jeans, shorts and sneakers are out. And don’t even think about wearing flip flops. “At Les Trois Chevaux, we respect the style and finesse that can only be attributed to New York swagger,” reads a pre-dinner text sent to the restaurant’s diners.

During a pandemic in which many Americans traded “hard pants” for casual wear, dress codes are making an unexpected return to the dining room. Several new restaurants now require a certain dress standard, alternately strict (“luxury fashionable dress code strongly enforced,” warns one) or vague (“smart casual or better,” advises another).

Whatever the specifics, the calculation is the same: a belief that many diners like to get dressed again. And if it seems like exclusion, well, that’s kind of the point. “Clothing means a lot of very contentious issues: gender identity and gender roles, race, class, status,” said Richard Thompson Ford, a dress code expert at Stanford Law School.

In addition, in the words of Jack Donaghya fictional director of the sitcom “30 Rock,” you don’t need plans to wear a tuxedo: “It’s after 6. What am I, a farmer?”


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