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Tuesday 19th April 2022

Updated: Apr 19

Europe

Russia has increased its bombing of cities in Ukraine in the last two days. At least 2 civilians were reported to have been killed in the city of Kharkiv by Russian bombs and there were reports of an increase of attacks in the Donbass region. In Lviv, in Western Ukraine at least 7 people were killed in Russian missile strikes, mostly on military infrastructure. Lviv is hosting many refugees who have escaped other parts of Ukraine. Yesterday Russian President Vladimir Putin said that sanctions placed on Russia by many countries had failed. Some reports have estimated that hundreds of thousands of Russians have left Russia since the invasion of Ukraine.

Two British men who were captured by Russia have been shown on Russian state television. Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin were captured while fighting for Ukraine in the besieged city of Mariupol. Aiden was shown to be confirming that Ukrainian soldiers are nazis, and the war was Ukraine’s fault however people close to Aiden say that he has clearly been forced to speak, as his language is not natural and he has wounds on his face that he did not have in a video he released to say he was surrendering...

”They (Ukraine) didn’t want to negotiate, err, with steps that could help end the war, like peacefully, erm, and then when President Putin, err, signed <the> new law, err, to recognize Donbass and Luhansk as independent, err, Ukraine was given <the> option to leave all of Donbass and Luhansk and Zelensky said no, and after this, I see that Ukraine is not the good side because of it.”

There are still some Ukrainian soldiers continuing to fight in Mariupol despite a siege lasting almost 2 months. There are believed to be around 100,000 civilians in the city, although most are now in Russian controlled ares.

Some family members of sailors from the Moskva ship that sank last week, have said that they don’t know if their sons are alive. Russia said last week that the Moskva - the flagship of the black sea, had sunk because of an accident, however Ukraine said that it had hit the ship with two missiles. The Moskva is probably the largest military ship to be sunk in combat since the Argentinian ship Belgrano 40 years ago. Russia has not confirmed how many sailors died, but has shown videos of survivors on state media.

In Sweden there have been protests against the burning of a Qu’ran by Rasmus Paludan, a far-right politician who has lived under constant police protection for years.

Asia

In Afghanistan an attack by the Pakistani military is reported to have killed 47 people, according to Taliban officials. Pakistan has been using its military against Islamist fighters it says are attacking Pakistan. Taliban officials said that civilians were killed.

In Indonesia a study from the most populated island - Java - has shown that 99% of people have COVID19 antibodies. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, in the world the number of reported deaths from COVID19 is now the lowest it has been since March 2020

Africa

In South Africa rescue operations are continuing in extreme floods. 440 people have been confirmed to have died in the last few days and many more are missing. Hundreds of thousands of homes are believed to have been destroyed in the KwaZulu-Natal province

In Libya at least 35 people are expected to have died after a migrant boat sank. Many illegal immigrants attempt to reach Italian islands from the coast of Libya.

Kenyan runner Jepchichir Chebet has won the women’s race of the Boston Marathon in the United States, the oldest annual marathon in the world. In the women’s race 6 of the top ten finishers were from Kenya and in the men’s race five of the top ten were Kenyan.

Americas

In Colombia a Mexican drug trafficker linked to Drug Lord “El Chapo” Guzman has been captured. According to Colombian police, they were able to find Brian Verdugo because of photos on social media posted by his girlfriend in the city of Cali.

And in the United States there are plans to broadcast DNA into space. A team of scientists from NASA is planning to send beams of light into other galaxies in the chance that they could be found by aliens. The message includes the code for human DNA, as well as tools for communication, and some information about humans, the earth and a return address in case anyone wants to reply.

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