Russian state energy giant Gazprom signaled to the regulator of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline that gas would flow at 20 percent capacity this week — down from 40 percent. German officials are especially worried about gas supplies for winter and have accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using gas as leverage against Western countries backing Ukraine.

The move came just days after Russia turned back on the critical pipeline, offering some relief to global energy markets.

Here’s the latest on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its ripple effects across the globe.

Spotlight: What to know about the grain deal

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  • The deal brokered by the United Nations and facilitated by Turkey heightened hopes about easing the global food crisis. Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports and side effects of Western sanctions on Moscow raised food prices that already were high because of the pandemic and effects of climate change. The Washington Post’s Claire Parker breaks down the potential impact on global food prices.

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A Virginia family’s push to give a Ukrainian orphan respite from war. Shortly after they met the energetic brown-haired, blue-eyed, 9-year-old girl from Ukraine, Jenny Bradshaw, her husband and their 17-year-old twin daughters were smitten, Dana Hedgpeth reports. The family had researched the possibility of adopting from overseas and realized after a month-long exchange program in December with Katya at their home in Centreville, Va., that it was the right time. She fit in well with their family.

However, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine this year, the family’s efforts to adopt her have stalled. More than 200 adoptions are completed every year from Ukraine to the United States, according to State Department statistics, but those have stopped amid the conflict.

Bradshaw and her husband, Holt, are part of a group of would-be adoptive parents in the United States lobbying Ukrainian adoption authorities and U.S. officials to try to raise awareness about their plight. As the families wait for normal adoptions to resume, they want the dozens of Ukrainian orphans who have gone through exchange programs in the United States to be able to come and stay a few months with them. “We’re not asking for a special exception or to skirt around the full adoption process,” Bradshaw said. “We just want to give [Katya] a break and respite from the war.”