Russian President Vladimir Putin shared the broad outlines of a potential peace plan for eastern Ukraine that might include the Russian-backed rebels keeping the land they’ve secured.

+ Russia is not in an all out war with the world. Yet, you’d think they were given the country’s mortality rate. In the New York Review, Masha Gessen looks at the remarkable numbers and wonders: “Why are Russians dying in numbers, and at ages, and of causes never seen in any other country that is not, by any standard definition, at war?”