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New satellite imagery taken this morning June 30, 2022 shows smoke coming from the contested Snake Island (45.255721, 30.204173) which Russia announced its withdrawal from June 30. Russian forces have left Snake Island in the Black Sea, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said on Thursday June 30, after carrying out what they said was a successful operation. The Ukrainian Armed Forces said that the enemy hastily evacuated the remnants of the garrison in two speedboats and probably left the island. (Maxar via EYEPRESS)

New Atlanticist

Jul 1, 2022

Russian War Report: Russia claims Snake Island losses were ‘gesture of goodwill’

By Digital Forensic Research Lab

Plus, Russian diplomatic accounts spread a questionable story about anti-Russian stickers placed at an Auschwitz memorial.

Conflict Cybersecurity

In the News

Jul 1, 2022

Jain quoted in the Los Angeles Times on Biden’s global democracy agenda

On June 30, Scowcroft Center director for democratic order Ash Jain was quoted in the Los Angeles Times discussing support for Biden's global democracy agenda despite domestic challenges.

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TURKEYSource

Jul 1, 2022

Experts react: What the NATO summit breakthrough means for Turkey and the Alliance

By Atlantic Council IN TURKEY

Atlantic Council IN TURKEY asks experts for their perspectives on the Turkey's agreement with Sweden and Finland to proceed with NATO accession.

NATO Northern Europe

UkraineAlert

Jul 1, 2022

With all eyes on Ukraine, Vladimir Putin targets domestic dissidents

By Doug Klain

While international attention focuses on Vladimir Putin’s genocidal war in Ukraine, the Russian government is accelerating its brutal crackdown on any remaining expressions of anti-regime dissent on the domestic front.

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In the News

Jul 1, 2022

Wieslander cited in New York Times on European unity over Ukraine

“Anna Wieslander, the Swedish director for Northern Europe for the Atlantic Council, said that although support for Ukraine had mostly held across the alliance, it was uneven: strongest in nations with long experience and deep fears of Russian domination, like Poland and the Baltic states, and more difficult to maintain in countries like Belgium, the […]

Europe & Eurasia NATO

In the News

Jul 1, 2022

Wieslander quoted in New York Times on NATO’s changed geostrategic reality

“Referring to the changing geostrategic reality wrought by February’s invasion, Anna Wieslander, the Swedish director for Northern Europe for the Atlantic Council, a Washington-based think-tank, said the shift toward collective defense was much bigger than previously seen. ‘It really is a before Feb. 24 and after,’ she said, referring to the date of Russia’s invasion […]

Europe & Eurasia NATO

Fast Thinking

Jun 30, 2022

The triumphs and question marks from this week’s NATO summit

By Atlantic Council

How will history judge this consequential gathering? From Madrid to Washington, our experts are here with answers.

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UkraineAlert

Jun 30, 2022

Goodwill gestures and de-Nazification: Decoding Putin’s Ukraine War lexicon

By Peter Dickinson

From “goodwill gestures” to “de-Nazification” and “reclaiming Russian lands,” the Atlantic Council's Peter Dickinson decodes some of the key phrases from the lexicon of Putin’s Ukraine War into plain English.

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In the News

Jun 30, 2022

Slavin quoted in Responsible Statecraft on the Middle East Air Defense Alliance and its implications for US-Iran relations

By Atlantic Council

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Markup

Jun 30, 2022

Our experts decipher NATO’s new Strategic Concept

By Atlantic Council experts

What were the allies really saying amid all the jargon? And what did they leave out? Our experts carefully combed through the document and dropped their insights in the margins.

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