Russian forces advance towards Kyiv
A day after Russia invaded Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry said its forces had destroyed more than 70 military targets, including 11 airfields, a helicopter and four drones. Russian forces have also captured the former nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, north of Kyiv, the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Explosions have been reported in Kyiv, Kharkiv and elsewhere.
In a short speech on video, the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, said that so far at least 137 Ukrainians have been killed. Russian saboteurs have entered the capital of Kyiv, he added. He said he feared that the country would not receive military support. President Biden has said that American forces will not be fighting in Ukraine, but that additional troops will be deployed to Germany and NATO’s eastern flank to bolster defenses.
Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have fled the country’s cities, with buses and cars loaded with family members, pets and personal belongings backed up for miles outside Kyiv. Anna, a resident of Chernihiv stuck in traffic, wiped away tears while speaking to reporters for The Times. “I’m sorry, I’m worried about my children,” she said.
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Target: Zelensky described himself as “the number one target” for Russian forces, followed by his family, but vowed to stay in the capital. “I ask the citizens of Kyiv to be vigilant and abide by the rules of martial law,” he said. He refuted Russia’s claim that it only attacked military targets.
War case: For the second time in as many days, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Russians about his goals in Ukraine. He described the conflict as a march against the West in general and suggested that the West wanted to use Ukraine as a springboard to invade and destroy Russia.
‘Putin chose this war’
Biden, vowing to make Putin a “guardian,” announced tough new sanctions yesterday aimed at cutting off Russia’s biggest banks and some oligarchs from much of the global financial system. requirements, while also preventing it from importing American technology vital to the defense, aerospace, and maritime industries.
The package is expected to spread throughout companies and households in Russia, where anxiety about Putin’s all-out invasion of Ukraine has already begun to emerge. This is the second round of US sanctions imposed on Russia this week. The Russian stock market fell more than 30% yesterday, wiping out a huge amount of wealth.
Sanctions against the financial giants will cause immediate but manageable disruptions to the Russian economy, analysts say. On the other hand, technological constraints could cripple some Russian industries’ ability to catch up. Accompanying that is a series of sanctions from the EU as well as the UK and other countries.
Can quote: “Putin chose this war, and now he and his country will suffer the consequences,” Biden said in remarks from the East Room of the White House. “This will place huge costs on the Russian economy, both immediately and over time.”
Effect: Oil prices at one point exceeded $105 a barrel, European natural gas futures jumped more than 50% and global stock indexes fell yesterday, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent markets into disarray. instability.
By the numbers: Russia has a large sovereign wealth fund and has accumulated foreign currency reserves amounting to $631 billion, the fourth largest in the world. Some analysts have suggested that the only way to destroy its macroeconomic stability is to punish the central bank and introduce an Iran-style embargo on energy exports.
Russians see a new side of Putin
During his nearly 22 years in power, Putin has demonstrated himself as a leader in risk management with a keen eye for navigating Russia through treacherous shoals. But his attack on Ukraine showed the Russians he was a completely different leader: one who drew the nuclear superpower he led into a war with no end in sight.
The shocked Russians woke up to learn that Putin, in a speech to the nation broadcast before 6 a.m. local time, had ordered an all-out assault on what Russians of all political circles often referred to as their “brother nation”, even as the state media describe the invasion not as a war, but as a “special military operation” limited to the region. eastern Ukraine.
In the course of Moscow’s foreign policy establishment, where analysts say Putin’s military build-up around Ukraine has been an elaborate and shrewd hoax in recent months, many people yesterday acknowledged admit that they have misjudged their leader. “Everything that we believe is wrong,” asserts one analyst.
Result: Russia’s stock market plummeted 35% and ATMs ran out of dollars. On the country’s internet, which remains largely uncensored, Russians have witnessed their vaunted butchering of military sows in a country where millions of them have relatives and friend.
‘No war!’: Yesterday, thousands of people took to the streets and squares in Russian cities to protest President Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine, only to be met with a heavy police presence.
It’s a journey that seems to have come to an end from the very beginning: a November couple, the other have to leave the residential care home in a white Mazda pickup, the breadth of the outback. The dangers of Australia were laid before them.
That eerie tale, which sparked a nationwide manhunt in January, ended in tragedy after the couple died this week within days of each other.
Use Celtic science and wisdom to save the tree
Diana Beresford-Kroeger is a scientist, poet, author and developer of artificial blood. But her main focus for decades now has been to inform the world about the magical abilities of plants, as Cara Buckley reported for The Times.
Beresford-Kroeger, 77 years old and living in the woods of Canada, wants to combat the climate crisis by fighting for what remains of the great forests and rebuilding what has fallen. Trained by Celtic Medicine women in anaesthesia, she can talk about the medicinal value of plants in one breath and their connection to the human soul the next.
On her own property, she has planted a real tree Noah’s Ark of rare and sturdy specimens that can best withstand a warming planet, growing native trees that absorb more carbon and can better resist droughts, storms and temperature changes.
Beresford-Kroeger spent his childhood summers with Gaelic-speaking relatives in rural Ireland. There, she was taught the ancient Irish way of life known as Brehon’s law and learned that in Druidic thinking, trees were seen as sentient beings that connected the Earth to the heavens. Then she put those teachings to the test and began to discover that they were true.
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