|IN THE NEWS
A colonel in Ukraine’s armed forces has been killed in a car bombing in Kyiv that authorities are investigating as a “terrorist attack.”
Companies across the world are still grappling with the effects of a major new ransomware cyberattack, which struck their computer systems, with Ukrainian firms and government sites among the worst hit.
Russian oil giant Rosneft says a “powerful” hacking attack has been carried out against its servers.
The jury in the trial of five men who are charged in connection with the 2015 killing of former Russian Deputy Prime Minister and opposition politician Boris Nemtsov is continuing deliberations for a second day.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has partly restored drug-testing duties to Russia’s anti-doping agency.
U.S. lawmakers have passed a resolution condemning violence targeting gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya.
Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, has released the full text of a controversial investigative report into bidding by Russia and Qatar for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups after the report was leaked to the German media.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered as a foreign agent for consulting work he did for the political party of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
The U.S. House of Representatives has voted nearly unanimously to reaffirm NATO’s guarantee that all members defend each other, weeks after President Donald Trump raised doubts about U.S. support for that guarantee.
WHAT I’M READING
Car Bombs And Cyberattacks
In Tablet Magazine, Vladislav Dazidzon looks at yesterday’s cyberattacks and the assassination of a top Ukrainian military officer in Kyiv.
Business Insider , citing Ukrainian media , reports that Colonel Maksim Shapoval, the military intelligence officer killed in yesterday’s car bomb in Kyiv, was investigating Russia’s actions in the Donbas for an international court case.
Business Insider also talked to cyberexperts about who could have been behind yesterday’s massive cyberattack.
Republic.ru and Wired have articles examining the Petya ransomware virus that was behind yesterday’s cyberattacks.
Snopes looks back at how Ukraine has been the victim of Russian hacking, fake news, and other active measures over the years.
Putin’s Place In History
On the Atlantic Council website, Stephen Blank speculates about how history will regard Vladimir Putin.
Putin And The Kids
In Foreign Policy, Moscow-based journalist and playwright Natalia Antonova looks at Putin’s awkward attempts to court young voters.
In Republic.ru, political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya looks at French President Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to reanimate the Minsk peace process.
More On The Stone-Putin Interviews
Maria Snegovaya has a piece in Intersection magazine looking at the effect of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone’s interviews with Vladimir Putin.
Portrait Of A Russian POW
BBC’s Russian Service has a profile of Viktor Areyev , a Russian soldier captured by Ukrainian forces in Luhansk Oblast.