Happy Tuesday! An overzealous editor scrubbed this delightful Chicago Bears content from yesterday’s newsletter, but we thought it was important enough to re-include it a day later. [Editor: The Bears win infrequently enough that we decided to let it slide.]
Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Days after the Russian Ministry of Defense announced a “strategic regrouping” of its military forces over the weekend in the face of a Ukrainian counteroffensive near Kharkiv, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the invasion of Ukraine “will continue until all the goals that were originally set are achieved,” adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin is in “constant, round-the-clock communication” with his military commanders. The Russian retreat appeared to continue apace on Monday, as U.S. and other Western officials expressed surprise at how effective Ukraine’s push has been.
After a March 2022 ceasefire in the conflict was broken last month, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front announced Sunday it is willing to abide by an immediate ceasefire with the Ethiopian government and participate in a peace process under the auspices of the African Union, dropping various demands it had previously set as preconditions for any such talks. The Ethiopian government has yet to respond to the entreaty, but Western governments—including Germany and the United States—encouraged Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “seize” the opportunity for peace.