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Kherson has fallen to the Russians

Russia claims control of Kherson, the first major Ukrainian city to fall, with peace talks set to resume

The coastal city of Kherson in Ukraine's south has reportedly become the first major city in the country to be taken over by Russian forces.

It comes as an aid to Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters the Ukrainians were expected imminently to arrive in Belarus to resume talks on Thursday.

He said they agreed to meet in the Brest region of Belarus, which borders Poland.

Kherson's mayor, Igor Kolykhayev, told Reuters that Russian troops were in the streets and had forced their way into the city council building.


Fake Donation Sites Are Surfacing Amid Ukraine Crisis, Experts Warn

Scammers are using the crisis in Ukraine as a way to swindle altruistic people who are looking to provide financial assistance to those in need.

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week, the number of fake donation websites has steadily increased, according to WSB-TV, as scammers are hoping to take advantage of the kindness and generosity of would-be donors to enrich themselves.

WeLiveSecurity.com pointed out several domains that are trying to prey upon donors, such as help-for-ukraine.eu, tokenukraine.com, supportukraine.today, and ukrainesolidarity.org to name a few.


Meanwhile, BBB's Wise Giving Alliance has a list of approved and legitimate charities available on its website, as well as evaluative reports on charities.

More than 600 Russian scientists sign open letter against war with Ukraine

Source: Chemistry World

An open letter criticising the Russian invasion of Ukraine has been signed by more than 600 Russian scientists. It comes as other universities and national academies across Europe sent messages of support to their Ukrainian colleagues.

On 24 February, Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a land, sea and air attack on Ukraine. The invasion followed months of tension as Russia amassed around 200,000 troops on its border with the former Soviet territory, which gained its independence in 1991.

In a letter posted on the trv-science.ru website, Russian researchers describe the war with Ukraine as ‘unfair’ and ‘senseless’. The signatories point out that many of them have relatives, friends and scientific colleagues in Ukraine, and say that the attack is a ‘cynical betrayal’ of previous generations of Russians and Ukrainians who fought together during the second world war.

The letter states that the invasion will isolate Russia and turn the country into an international pariah, making it impossible for scientific work in the country to carry on as normal. ‘After all, conducting scientific research is unthinkable without full cooperation with colleagues from other countries,’ the signatories write. ‘The isolation of Russia from the world means further cultural and technological degradation of our country in the complete absence of positive prospects.’

Read more: https://www.chemistryworld.com/news/more-than-600-russian-scientists-sign-open-letter-against-war-with-ukraine/4015292.article

Radioactive Waste Facility in Kyiv Struck by Russian Missile, Ukraine Says

Source: Vice

A Russian missile hit a radioactive-waste burial facility in Kyiv overnight, the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine posted on Facebook. The organization said there is “no way to assess the scale of the destruction” at the moment but it believes there’s no immediate threat to human life caused by the radiation alone (though Kyiv obviously remains a war zone).

“As a result of the mass bombing in Kyiv, missile weapons struck a burial point of radioactive waste,” the nuclear regulatory inspectorate posted. The agency said that employees of the organization that handles Ukraine’s radiation storage “are in shelter due to ongoing mass shelling.” It added that the facility’s automated radiation monitoring system is currently broken but surveillance cameras captured the strike. “The radiation environment will be evaluated by portable devices after the shelling is completed. According to the preliminary assessment of the State Regulation, outside the sanitary and protection zone, there is no threat to the population.”

Read more: https://www.vice.com/en/article/5dgjwa/radioactive-waste-facility-in-kyiv-struck-by-russian-missile-ukraine-says

Ukraine 'holds peace talks with Russia' amid scramble for second largest city

Source: ITV

Ukraine's peace talks with Russia begun on Sunday afternoon, a Ukrainian official has said, as President Putin's invasion was met with fierce Ukrainian resistance over the weekend.

Anton Geraschenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Minister of Internal Affairs, told ITV News that the two sides started discussions on Sunday at around 3.30pm.

Ukraine president’s office said earlier that Ukrainian envoys will meet with Russian diplomats to discuss the crisis. The statement added that the two sides would meet on the border between Ukraine and Belarus.

The talks come as a top EU official announced a new package of sanctions to "step up support for Ukraine". The 27-nation bloc will close its airspace to Russian airlines, fund arms supplies to Ukraine and ban pro-Kremlin media.

Read more: https://www.itv.com/news/2022-02-27/ukraine-claims-control-of-kharkiv-and-confirms-talks-with-russia-will-go-ahead

Live updates: Russia vetoes UN resolution to halt attack

Source: Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS—Russia has vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding that Moscow stop its attack on Ukraine and withdraw all troops.

Friday’s vote was 11-1, with China, India and the United Arab Emirates abstaining. It showed significant but not total opposition to Russia’s invasion of its smaller, militarily weaker neighbor.

The United States and other supporters knew the resolution wouldn’t pass but argued it would highlight Russia’s international isolation. The resolution’s failure paves the way for backers to call for a swift vote on a similar measure in the U.N. General Assembly. There are no vetoes in the 193-member assembly. There’s no timetable as yet for a potential Assembly vote.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-business-europe-united-nations-kyiv-6ccba0905f1871992b93712d3585f548

Psaki Heading to Cable News?

Jen Psaki Talking to MSNBC and CNN About Her Own Cable News Show: Report

Dylan Byers, a founding partner and senior correspondent at Puck, reported on Wednesday that Psaki, who is expected to leave the White House this year, is being “feverishly courted” by both CNN and MSNBC.

Byers detailed that despite CNN’s deep internal turmoil in recent weeks, “CNN interim co-president Amy Entelis and CNN+ programming lead Rebecca Kutler were in Washington for a top-secret and mission-critical recruitment assignment.”

Additionally, “NBC News Chairman Cesar Conde and MSNBC President Rashida Jones made a similar pilgrimage to Washington to meet with the very same talent, in the hopes that she might one day join their networks in a flagship role, and perhaps even take the top spot in primetime on MSNBC.”


Axios: Democrats tune out national news during Biden era

A new poll from Gallup and the Knight Foundation finds that younger Democrats are driving a huge decline in national news consumption in the U.S.

Why it matters: It marks the first time since the study began in early 2018 that Democrats report having less interest in national news than Republicans and independents.

Details: While respondents across the political spectrum all reported a decline in interest in national news over the past year, Democrats' interest has declined the most, with just 34% saying they paid a great deal of attention to national news in 2021, compared to 69% in November 2020.

The decline among Democrats ages 18-34 is staggering. Roughly a quarter (24%) said they paid a great deal of attention to national news in 2021, compared to 70% in November 2020. Those ages 35-54 also tuned out significantly.

Independents that lean Democrat are also paying less attention to national news than Independents that lean Republican, the survey found.


Alberta ending its vaccine-passport system as of midnight

Source: Toronto Star

EDMONTON—Alberta’s vaccine passport program ends at midnight on Tuesday, Premier Jason Kenney has announced.

The passport system — formally the Restrictions Exemption Program, requiring people prove they’ve been vaccinated before they can go to restaurants or attend events — is the first of the province’s current public health restrictions to go, in a phased approach Kenney laid out in a news conference on Tuesday.

“Now is the time to begin learning to live with COVID,” said Kenney. “These restrictions have led to terrible division.

Read more: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2022/02/08/alberta-to-ends-its-vaccine-passport-system-begin-loosening-restrictions-for-children.html

Biden turns his focus to gun violence as Democrats try to shed 'defund the police' label

Source: CNN

(CNN)President Joe Biden visited New York City on Thursday after a spate of headline-grabbing violent crimes, hoping to turn the politically fraught issue of crime into a new focus on combating gun violence.

As Democrats grapple with how to tackle a problem that has been used against them by Republicans with some success in past elections -- and is shaping up to be a key issue in the midterms this fall -- Biden elevated his party's work and proposals to combat illegal guns onto the national stage.

The trip came amid a rash of high-profile shootings in major cities, including New York, and less than two weeks after two New York Police Department officers were fatally shot on the job. The trip is also taking place as several major American cities combat rising homicides and shootings -- 2020 saw the largest year-to-year spike in homicides on record, and some major cities recorded more homicides in 2020 or 2021 than in any other year on record.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2022/02/03/politics/biden-democrats-gun-violence-new-york-midterms/index.html
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