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  • Two US veterans captured by Russian forces could be “held responsible” for acts they committed in Ukraine: Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with NBC News that Alex Drueke and Andy Huynh are “soldiers of fortune” who were “involved in illegal activities on the territory of Ukraine.” When asked about detained WNBA star Brittney Griner, Peskov says he “strongly disagrees” that she is a hostage.
  • Russian officials said they have modified communications equipment in Ukraine’s Kherson region and are now transmitting Russian television channels there, Radio Free Europe reported.
  • During an unexpected trip to Ukraine on Tuesday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the formation of a War Crimes Accountability team, which would try to identify and prosecute anybody who committed war crimes in Ukraine, CNN wrote.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize medal auctioned off by Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov to aid displaced Ukrainian children broke a record on Monday night, selling for $103.5 million, the Washington Post noted. The proceeds will go to UNICEF’s child refugee fund, Heritage Auctions said in an announcement, after Muratov sold the prize to help children forced out of their homes in Ukraine.

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