More than two months into the war in Ukraine, Russia is making significant territorial gains, even though its invasion was marred by poor planning, flawed intelligence, low morale and brutal indiscriminate violence against civilians. Follow the latest updates from the war.

Russian troops have moved to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk, provinces where Moscow-backed separatists have been fighting the Ukrainian army for eight years, Russia’s defense ministry said. If confirmed, the news makes it more likely that Russia could completely control the region known as the Donbas, compared to just a third of it before the invasion.

If Russia can keep or expand the territory it occupies to the south and east, and maintain its rule in the Black Sea, it could further undermine Ukraine’s already battered economy, influence Moscow’s influence on a future negotiated settlement. and possibly increase its capacity to stage wider attacks.

Devastating blows: Both the economies of Russia and Ukraine have suffered from the war. Ukraine’s economy is estimated to shrink by 30 percent this year due to the closure of as many as half of Ukrainian companies, while the Russian economy is expected to contract by 10 percent this year and stagnate next year.

Some Federal Reserve officials are beginning to acknowledge that the central bank was too slow to respond to rapid inflation last year, a slowdown that is forcing it to curb the economy more abruptly now.

For years, officials had faced lukewarm inflation, which made some hesitant to believe that rapidly rising prices would continue. Early in the fall, it became clear that rapid inflation was continuing, but the Fed did not return to a quick withdrawal of policy support until late November and did not raise interest rates until March.

As high prices persisted, inflation expectations crept up, threatening to change spending behavior in a way that perpetuates the problem. If the Fed continues to make rapid policy adjustments, policymakers risk removing the drag on a fast-growing economy. Such hard stops can hurt, drive up unemployment and potentially tip a recession.

Analysis: “It was a complicated situation with little precedent — people make mistakes,” said Randal Quarles, Fed’s 2021 vice-chairman of oversight. He argued that the central bank should have started aggressively withdrawing support after September.

Response from Biden: With soaring prices threatening to hurt Democrats in the midterm elections, the president chided Republicans for blaming him for rising inflation while offering “extreme” policy ideas that he said would help the wealthiest Americans and big business. . Inflation was his “top domestic priority,” he added.

Iran’s judiciary said yesterday it would carry out the execution of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian-Swedish scientist accused of spying for Israel and aiding the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists. Djalali has denied all allegations.

The announcement coincided with the conclusion of a trial in Sweden where a former Iranian official, Hamid Nouri, was being tried for crimes against humanity. Swedish prosecutors have demanded a life sentence for Nouri for his role in the execution of 5,000 dissidents in the 1980s. He has denied the allegations.

Human rights groups condemned Iran for what they called its patronage of hostage diplomacy, in which dual nationals or aliens are held on trumped-up charges of espionage and then used politically to release frozen funds or exchange them for Iranian citizens detained in other countries.

citable: “The Iranian judiciary, by announcing its intention to execute Djalali, has made it clear that he is a hostage and that his life is being used to influence the judicial decision in Sweden,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the director of the in-laws. New York-based Center. for human rights in Iran.

Background: Djalali, a 50-year-old teacher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, migrated to Sweden in 2009 to study for a PhD. He traveled to Iran in 2016 after a university invited him to participate in an academic workshop, and was then arrested.

Phalloplasty – the surgery to make a penis – has become more popular among trans men. But with a high rate of complications, it remains a controversial procedure.

For The Times Magazine, the writer Jamie Lauren Keiles spent a year with Ben Simpson, above, while undergoing gender-confirming surgery. From start to finish, it took Ben’s penis four years to complete.

The humble egg is something of a miracle. Within its shell lie almost infinite possibilities – midnight snack, breakfast or dinner, working with different cultures, cuisines and desires. The food scientist Harold McGee described it as “one of the wonders of the kitchen and one of nature.” To Eric Kim, a cook writer for the Food section of The Times, an egg is “a magician.”

Eggs can evoke intense emotions, whether you’re Eric’s 10-year-old rescue dog, sometimes awakened only by the promise of a boiled egg, or a member of L’Association de sauvegarde de l’œuf mayonnaise – a society that works to “protect” this classic French dish of boiled eggs under a blanket of silky mayonnaise.

From our Food section, check out Eric’s selection of 24 recipes that showcase the immense versatility and possibility of a simple egg. Learn the secret to the creamiest scrambled eggs — it could be in your pantry right now — or climb to the top of eggs for dinner with a riff on shakshuka. Finally, try culinary poetry with this caramel-laden Iberian flan.

Whichever egg option you choose, combine it with this very old joke:

Q: Why do the French only have one egg for breakfast?
A: Because one egg is a uf!*”

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