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Russia-Ukraine war news: Kyiv denies involvement in Nord Stream blasts, vows to hold Bakhmut

Kyiv denied involvement in the September explosions that damaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, after Western diplomats and intelligence officials said they suspect that pro-Ukraine saboteurs may have been behind the blasts. Russian officials also dismissed the report, claiming without evidence that the United States was seeking to hide its own involvement.

Ukraine vowed to continue defending the besieged city of Bakhmut to prevent Russia from moving on to nearby towns and cities, with President Volodymyr Zelensky warning that any Russian victory could embolden Russian forces: “We understand that, after Bakhmut, they could go further,” he told CNN.

Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.

Russia eyes pressure tactics to lure fleeing tech workers home: Fearing potential military enlistment, thousands of highly skilled Russian workers have sought safer havens by going abroad, deploying tactics such as reprogramming routers to give the impression that they’re home in Russia. Now, some companies are trying to pressure them into returning, Mary Ilyushina reports.

“There were cases when people accidentally logged into work apps with their real IP addresses, and they got detected, so you have to be very careful,” said a Russian bank worker based in Southeast Asia, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job.

Shane Harris, Souad Mekhennet, Greg Miller and Michael Birnbaum contributed to this report.

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