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Ukraine Climate Scientist Fears for Russian Peer Who Apologized for War

In an interview, Svitlana Krakovska describes the fraught moment when the Russian invasion reverberated inside a UN climate-science meeting

People take shelter in Kyiv on Feb. 25.

People take shelter in Kyiv on Feb. 25.

Photographer: Sergei Chuzavkov/AFP/Getty Images

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Ukrainian scientist Svitlana Krakovska had never met Russian researcher Oleg Anisimov before the virtual meeting organized by the United Nations last weekend. He was just another government representative there to approve the summary of a dire new 3,500-page report that lays out how unprepared the world is to cope with climate change. Now Krakovska worries for the safety of her Russian counterpart.