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  • The US Senate voted overwhelmingly to identify Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism for activities in Chechnya, Georgia, Syria and Ukraine that resulted “in the deaths of countless innocent men, women and children,” according to the New York Times. The language of the measure echoes what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asserted throughout the war: that Russian forces have committed acts of brutality against civilians, including rape, murder and torture, that amount to terrorism.
  • Ukrainians detained by Russian forces are being sent “en masse” to a network of prisons and filtration camps, according to Polish officials. There, they added, individuals are “verified” and vetted to see whether they have military experience, if they are Ukrainian government officials, and what their opinions toward Russia are, Sky News wrote.
  • Russia said Thursday that no deal had been made on any prisoner swap with the US, a day after rumors surfaced that Washington had suggested handing back renowned weapons dealer Viktor Bout in return for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former US Marine Paul Whelan, the New York Post noted.

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