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Ukraine live briefing: Kiev vows to detain Bakhmut; Pro-Ukrainian saboteurs may be behind Nord Stream blasts, officials say

Ukraine vowed to continue defending the besieged city of Bakhmut to prevent Russia from moving on to nearby towns and cities, even as analysts say Russian forces are exhausted by the arduous, months-long battle and will have to choose their future battle.

Meanwhile, Western diplomats and intelligence officials suspect pro-Ukrainian saboteurs were behind the September explosions that damaged Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea — a suggestion that could upset Western nations that have come to defend the country against Russia. The Ukrainian government denies any involvement in the attacks.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects around the world.

Russia is looking at pressure tactics to lure fleeing tech workers home: Fearing possible military conscription, thousands of highly skilled Russian workers have sought safer havens by going abroad, employing tactics such as reprogramming routers to give the impression that they are at home in Russia. Now some companies are trying to pressure them to return, reports Mary Ilyushina.

“There were cases where people accidentally logged into work apps with their real IP addresses, and they were detected, so you have to be very careful,” said a Russian bank employee in Southeast Asia, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear to lose his job.

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