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The Kremlin’s top spokesman on Monday confirmed that two Americans who had disappeared after joining the war effort in Ukraine were taken into Russian custody, and he said they would not be afforded protections granted by the Geneva Conventions to prisoners of war.
More than 1,500 Ukrainian civilians are being held in Russian prisons, Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said Monday.Speaking during a news conference, she said a total of 1.2 million citizens have been deported against their will. About 214,000 are children, including about 2,000 orphans.
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The Netherlands on Monday became the latest European nation to say it would need to burn more coal to compensate for dwindling gas deliveries from Russia, another signal that leaders on the continent are preparing for Moscow to wield fuel flow as a political weapon.Dutch officials declared an “early warning,” the first stage of a gas crisis, which immediately lifts production restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The aim is to conserve as much gas as possible ahead of winter, they said, while stressing that the country is not experiencing a shortage. “It is clear that Russia uses energy as a means of power,” Rob Jetten, Dutch climate and energy minister, said in a statement.The Netherlands’ move follows announcements from Germany and Austria, which said Sunday that they would bring back shuttered or converted coal-fired power plants as they seek to reduce dependence on Russia gas.
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