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Russian attack on NATO door
Russia launched a barrage of attacks yesterday against a military base in Ukraine, 11 miles from the border with Poland. About 1,000 foreigners who came to aid Ukraine are believed to have been training at the base. An eyewitness said, “The whole sky was in flames.”
Western officials said the attack was not only a geographical extension of the Russian offensive, but also a change of strategy in the war, which could turn into a major European conflict already worried. Follow the latest updates from Opposite.
Pentagon and NATO officials reiterated that they do not intend to directly confront Russian forces in Ukraine. But they are sending military supplies, and Russia has warned that it considers those convoys to be legitimate targets. The military base that was hit has been a center for Western military troops training the Ukrainian military since 2015.
Until yesterday, the invasion of Ukraine, now in its 18th day, was most notable for Moscow’s indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas. Even as it bombed military bases in the west, Russia continued to punish ordinary Ukrainians, including shooting at a train in eastern Ukraine that had more than 100 children trying to flee the violence. Were trying to. Peace talks are expected to continue today.
Toll: At least 596 civilians, including 43 children, have been killed in the war, and an additional 1,067 civilians have been injured, according to the United Nations, the death toll from the Ukrainian authorities is much higher, with an estimated 2,187 casualties in the besieged city of Mariupol since the start. Huh. Of war
arguments: Western officials have continued to reject Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s requests to establish a no-fly zone in the country. A no-fly zone, a Pentagon spokesman said, “is the fight – you have to shoot and be prepared to shoot.”
In other news from the war:
The Russian government asked China for military equipment and financial assistance to protect its economy, according to US officials, who did not say how China responded.
In the suburbs of Kyiv, Brent Renaud, an award-winning American filmmaker and journalist working to document the war’s toll on refugees, was fatally shot.
Hundreds of aircraft owned by Western companies are still in Russia. They may never recover, meaning companies face billions of dollars in losses.
Britain’s face-off against the oligarchs
Russia’s war in Ukraine has finally prompted the British government to target ultra-wealthy Russians in London. But curbing the influx of corrupt money would require more to go than highly visible oligarchs like Roman Abramovich.
Hundreds of wealthy foreigners have taken advantage of Britain’s lax regulations to collect property and other assets, often under a web of offshore companies that hide their ownership. Others have turned their fortunes to gilt-age social status, abolished respected British cultural and educational institutions or donated money to the Conservative Party.
Despite the new sanctions announced on Friday, Britain is, on some level, simply catching up with the US and the EU, although British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pushed hard for action against Russia, including the SWIFT financial transfer network. Including removing your banks from , he has been slow to target London’s wealthy Russians. Critics say this reflects the fact that his party has benefited from his generosity.
Worth quoting: “The crisis exposed the Kremlin-linked money issue in the UK, but it is a much more systemic, global problem, with this kind of money shelving in London,” said Flo Hutchings, who co-founded the group Kensington Against Dirty Money. helped to find. “We expect this situation to have a snowball effect.”
“Home for Ukraine”: The British government will provide £350 per month to people hosting Ukrainian refugees, as part of an effort to encourage individuals, charities, community groups and businesses to take in those fleeing the war.
Connected: Closed shops and the taunts of rivals greeted fans in Chelsea’s first home game as sanctions against Abramovich put his team’s future in doubt.
Severe coronavirus infections have disproportionately affected New Caledonians of Pacific island descent, highlighting social inequalities in a region that is agonizing over whether to break free from France.
Many indigenous Kanakas suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, or are even poor. European settlers, who make up about one-quarter of the population, occupy the upper wealth rungs of the region.
Area: Fueled by an Omicron variant, the coronavirus is now reaching parts of the South Pacific that largely avoided the pandemic. Hundreds have now been infected in Tonga – a surge catalysed by aid-bringing ships after a volcanic eruption and tsunami in January – while Kiribati and the Solomon Islands have suffered their first outbreaks.
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Fresh Eyes on an Ancient Site
The time has come to bring the 2,000-year-old city of Pompeii into the 21st century.
The site’s 40-year-old director, Gabriel Zuchtrigel, hopes that under his supervision visitors will get a broader understanding of the ancient city—which was buried in ashes by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79—including the roles of race, gender, and gender. and class within its complex society. And he is using technology to try to save the site from the ravages of climate change.
“We must not forget that all the wealth and artifacts we see in Pompeii are actually based on a society where not only did slavery exist, but there was no concept of social welfare,” he said. Last year, archaeologists uncovered a grave room where they believed a slave family lived. The cramped space, illuminated by a window, can double as a storage area.
Other experts have praised the approach, which is part of a wider shift in archaeology. “Often archaeologists can be conservative with the subjects they address,” said one historian, “I am stunned to see things in Pompeii begin to come around.”
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