Newspaper roundup: tax havens, battle for Donbass, UAE hackers, officials, streaming services, Partygate

G20 countries are being urged by a group of renowned economists to use the crackdown on the wealth of oligarchs under Ukraine sanctions as a spur to tackle tax havens once and for all.

An open letter sent to the 20 finance ministers ahead of their meeting on Tuesday called on them to set up a global registry to link assets, businesses and structures to their owners so they can no longer deprive countries of what ‘they must. – Guardian

The Russian offensive to seize eastern Ukraine and the “battle for Donbass” has begun, Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskiy has said.

“Now we can already say that Russian troops have started the battle for Donbass, for which they have been preparing for a long time,” he said in a video address, adding that a “significant part of the whole of the Russian army is now focused on this offensive”. Presidential Chief of Staff Andriy Yermak said: “The second phase of the war has begun. – Guardian

Boris Johnson’s mobile phone was analyzed by cybercrime investigators after Downing Street was targeted by hacking software, it has been reported.

The Pegasus spyware, which can effectively turn cellphones into listening devices, was reportedly discovered several times in government in 2020-21. The Downing Street attack was orchestrated by an organization linked to the United Arab Emirates, according to the international cybersecurity body that unearthed the infiltration. – The temperature

Jacob Rees-Mogg demanded that cabinet ministers do more to get their civil servants back in office after the vast majority of departments in Whitehall were still operating at less than half their normal capacity.

The minister for government efficiency told his colleagues to monitor staff attendance fortnightly, warning: “We have significant progress to make”. An audit across Whitehall shows pleas from ministers for civil servants to return to office have gone largely ignored nearly three months after work-from-home guidelines were lifted. – The temperature

UK households have canceled streaming subscriptions in record numbers so far this year as families continue to grapple with rising costs of living.

Just over 1.5 million video-on-demand accounts were taken down in the first three months of 2022, according to figures from market research firm Kantar, leaving platforms such as Disney+, AppleTV+ and Now concerning. netflix and Amazon Prime, on the other hand, have proven to be “last to go when households are forced to prioritize their spending.” – The Independent

Boris Johnson has been accused of showing ‘no respect for law and order’ as he prepares to face grilling from MPs in his first parliamentary appearance since being fined by the Metropolitan Police.

As the Commons returns from its Easter recess, the Prime Minister, who is also marking 1,000 days in No 10, is again expected to issue a ‘full apology’ for breaching the Covid regulations his government devised. In a statement at around 3.30pm BST on Tuesday, Mr Johnson will ‘have his say’ on the scandal that has destabilized his job as Prime Minister and ‘outline his version of events’ before taking questions – The Independent