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Russia gave civilians one road out of Kyiv as its forces pushed their advance around the Ukrainian capital and other key urban centers, overshadowing tentative diplomatic efforts at achieving a cease-fire following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion. A Ukrainian delegation led by the defense minister agreed to further talks after meeting with Russian officials on the border with Belarus. But at the same time, the Ukrainian government was reporting a rising number of civilian deaths at the hands of Russia’s military as residential areas increasingly come under fire. At home, Putin is paying a high economic price for his war. A wall of western sanctions targeting Russian banks, companies and individuals led to a collapse in the ruble and prompted the central bank to impose capital controls to allay investor panic. The bank more than doubled its key interest rate to 20%. As Russia’s economy is caught in the closing vise of unprecedented global sanctions, Putin’s televised order that his nuclear forces assume a heightened alert status has been getting ever more scrutiny. Here’s the latest on the war

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Exxon Mobil is facing a choice over whether to leave Russia as rival supermajor oil explorers quit the country’s vast oil and natural gas fields in response to the invasion of Ukraine. Although BP and Shell have announced plans to cut ties with Russian partners, Exxon hasn’t disclosed intentions for its 30% stake in a huge offshore crude development in the Russian Far East.

Bitcoin appears to be gaining traction in Russia and Ukraine’s local currencies amid heavy fighting and sweeping sanctions that have pushed the ruble to a record low.

U.S. stocks almost wiped out their losses while bonds rose on Monday. In Russia, mounting sanctions are increasing the risk for investors that the nation’s stocks and bonds could be kicked out of major global benchmarks, effectively cutting them off from a big segment of the investment-fund industry. Here’s your markets wrap.

They may not have Russia in their name, but a number of popular mutual funds have significant exposure to the country, with one nearing 17% of assets.

The decision to exclude various Russian lenders from the SWIFT messaging system could result in missed payments and giant overdrafts within the international banking system and spur monetary authorities to reactivate daily operations to supply the market with dollars.

Russian rubles Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Twenty-four-hour liquidity is normally a gift to traders trying to manage through a world filled with threats. But being convinced of the direction of prices when U.S. investors are asleep is now a recipe for pain. Overnight stock futures have recently become a mirage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention raised its travel alert for Hong Kong by two levels, citing a high level of Covid-19 transmission. Hong Kong is being forced to move away from key pillars of its strict Covid Zero strategy as the surge overwhelms its under-prepared health-care system. In the U.S., California, Oregon and Washington will no longer require masks in classrooms after the end of next week. Amazon said face coverings will be optional at its U.S. operations, regardless of vaccination status, starting on Tuesday. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.

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Global Warming Is Faster Than We Thought

The breakneck speed of global warming exceeds the pace of efforts to protect billions of vulnerable people, according to a new report released Monday by the world’s top climate scientists. The report warns of a growing mismatch between rising temperatures and slow, fragmented efforts to adapt, leaving little time for catching up before “a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity” is sealed shut.

Shepherds direct livestock away from an advancing wildfire in Turkey in August. Photographer: Yasin Akgul/AFP/Getty Images

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