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Monday 4th April 2022

Europe

Ukraine has said it has found 410 dead bodies of civilians in towns north of Kyiv, after Russian soldiers left this weekend. Ukraine has now recaptured most land north of Kyiv towards the border with Belarus, however there are reports of the Russian army leaving explosive mines in towns, including inside dead bodies. There are reports of mass graves around the town of Bucha, and signs of torture and rape. Many world leaders, including United Nations Head Antonio Guterres, have condemned the killings of civilians, and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday that Russian forces have committed genocide. Sergii Nykyforov, a spokesman for Zelensky, said that civilians were executed...

“These images are really, they are heart-breaking. We found mass graves filled with civilians. We found people with their hands and with their legs tied up - tied up, and with shots, with bullet holes in the back of their heads, so they were clearly, clearly civilians and they were executed.”

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that the Russian army is worse than ISIS, referring to the Islamic State group...

“Bucha massacre is the most outrageous atrocity of the 21st century. Without an exaggeration, by what we’ve seen, in Bucha and vicinity, we can conclude that Russia is worse than ISIS in the scale and ruthlessness of the crimes committed.”

Journalists from many countries have shown the massacre in Bucha, however Russian state media has called the massacre “fake”. The news agency Reuters says that the body of one of its photographers, Maksim Levin, was found in a town north of Kyiv. United Kingdom Prime Johnson said that military support to Ukraine would be increased because of Russian war crimes. In the port city of Odesa, Russian air strikes hit an oil refinery. Russia has said that a Ukrainian helicopter attacked an oil refinery in Russia on Friday. If this is true it would be the first attack that Ukraine has carried out on Russian territory since the start of this war. Ukraine has denied the attack.

Hungary voted in a general election yesterday. At the time of recording this podcast votes are still being counted, however the Fidesz party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is expected to win. Most opposition parties have united against Orban, who has been in power for twelve years.

Serbia also held presidential and parliamentary elctions yesterday. President Aleksander Vucic is expected to win a second term in power.

Asia

In Sri Lanka all government ministers have resigned, during large protests against a political and economic crisis. Social media has been banned to try to stop the organization of protests in Sri Lanka, however there were more protests yesterday.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has dissolved parliament and called for elections in the next 90 days. It is believed that Khan did this to block a no-confidence vote that would probably have removed him from power. Opposition parties have called this Khan’s actions a ‘coup’.

In Yemen a 2-month ceasefire has started. Yemen has been in a civil war since 2014, with the UN recognized government in control of the East and the Houthi movement in control of the West.

Americas

In Brazil floods and landslides have killed at least 8 people, with more people missing. There has been heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro State.

In the United States a study has shown that smoking marijuana from a bong is more harmful than smoking tobacco. A bong is water pipe often used for smoking cannabis. Reserachers from the university of California, where cannabis is legal, said that they wanted to stop the myth that using a bong is less harmful.

Africa

In Ethiopia food aid has reached the Tigray region for the first time in over three months. The World Food Program confirmed this weekend that a humanitarian truce between the Ethiopian army and Tigrayan forces was working, and 500 metric tons of food had been delivered.

In Somaliland a fire has destroyed a market in the capital Hargeisa. Somaliland is effectively an independent state in the north of Somalia, although it is not internationally recognized.

Malawi has stopped tax on female period products. Finance minister Sosten Gwengwe said that the decision was to help girls to stay in school by making period products more affordable.

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