Thursday was Day 1 of the first major European land war in decades. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a grim, unsettling development that rightfully overshadows the local narratives often highlighted in this news release.
So today I’m going to share some links and resources that will hopefully give you some context on what’s happening in Europe and how it could affect us here. in California.
First of all, if you are still trying to learn about the situation in Ukraine, I recommend This explainer from The New York Times. If you got up to speed, these maps Invasion tracker can keep you up to date with the latest information.
To recap what’s happened so far: On Thursday, Russia invaded Ukraine, causing battles that left dozens dead and usurping the old power plant in Chernobyl. early friday, video verified by The Times showed a large explosion in the sky on the outskirts of the southern capital Kyiv.
It is not yet clear what the ultimate goal of Russian President V. Putin is or not US sanctions announced on Thursday will convince him to come back.
The attacks on Ukraine are frustrating for anyone watching from the United States, but especially for those of Ukrainian descent. According to 2019 American Community Survey data, more than 90,000 Californians have Ukrainian ancestry, about 15% of the country’s total Ukrainian population.
Multiple news outlets in California covered the suffering Ukrainian communities – in Sacramento, City of San Diego, Los Angeles and bay area – are raising money or gathering at local churches to pray.
Irina Hetman, lives in Southern California, tell ABC7 that she feared for her 38-year-old son serving in the Ukrainian armed forces. He has a young daughter and is currently stationed in the eastern part of the country, which is under attack.
Hetman said: “I want to go to Ukraine and be near my son. “But right now, I don’t know what I can do.”
Gas prices rise
One consequence of the conflict that you may already be feeling is high gas prices. On Thursday, the average price of a gallon in California hit an all-time high of $4.77, according to AAA.
Yesterday, we had the most expensive gas in the nation and were one of the few states where the average gallon price exceeded $4. It’s because of California’s high gas tax, countless impacts of the coronavirus pandemic – and of course, the invasion.
Russia is the world’s third-largest oil supplier, so oil prices have been climbing in recent days amid fears that an invasion could lead to sanctions that restrict gas exports. While California doesn’t import any oil from Russia, the limited supply globally will lead to greater demand and increased costs here, according to experts.
Indeed, gas price records were set Thursday across large swaths of California, including San Diego, Sacramento, Redding, Napa and Orange County.
But after crude oil prices surged to a seven-year high on Thursday, they starting to settle down after President Biden said the United States was working with other countries to coordinate the release of supplies from strategic oil and gas reserves. (In fact, fuel exports were removed from the country’s sanctions list against Russia – and not by chance.)
“My administration is using every tool at its disposal to protect American homes and businesses from rising gas pump prices, taking aggressive steps to reduce costs,” Biden said.
For more on the Ukraine conflict:
Where we are traveling
Today’s tip comes from Cynthia Chambers, who recommends an Orange County getaway:
“Our favorite place is San Clemente because it’s a good place to bike near the beach and has good restaurants and pet resorts. We love that San Clemente is small but within a short driving distance of San Diego. There are plenty of restaurants and outdoor places to enjoy during this pandemic.”
Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to CAtoday@nytimes.com. We will share more in upcoming versions of the newsletter.
What we are recommending
The Artist Takesada Matsutani’s Latest Experimentat Hauser & Wirth in Los Angeles.
And before you go, some good news
Every Thursday Black Joy Paradea stroll through the streets of downtown Oakland celebrating Black businesses and artists, returns Sunday.
The last time the parade was held in person was in February 2020. The event that year drew more than 25,000 attendees, Oaklandside reported.
“We are delighted to be hosting the Black Joy Parade in person once again,” said event founder Elisha Greenwell. “We can’t wait for the community to see what we’ve created to celebrate us. It will feel like the biggest family reunion ever. “
Thanks for reading. I will be back on Monday. – Soumya
P.S. here Small crossword todayand hint: “That’s funny”, use non-letter expressions (5 letters).
Briana Scalia, Mariel Wamsley, and Geordon Wollner contributed to California Today. You can contact the team at CAtoday@nytimes.com.
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