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Russia’s war against Ukraine is in its tenth day. UN and Ukrainian officials said no radiation was emitted in a Russian attack on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant. A building caught fire and firefighters extinguished the blaze. Russian forces continued to press on a campaign that drew worldwide condemnation.

Throughout Ukraine, people have taken up arms and sought refuge. More than 1.2 million people have fled to neighboring countries, the UN refugee agency said on Friday. NATO refuses to control a no-fly zone over Ukraine. The 30-nation military organization believes such a move could spark an all-out war in Europe with Russia.

Victims so far

Russia has acknowledged that nearly 500 Russian soldiers were killed and around 1,600 injured. Ukraine has not released figures on the losses of its armed forces. The UN human rights office says at least 331 civilians have been killed and 675 injured in Ukraine since the start of the invasion. Ukraine’s state emergency service said more than 2,000 civilians had died, although it is impossible to verify this claim.

A woman reacts as paramedics perform CPR on a girl who was injured in a shelling, at the hospital in Mariupol city, eastern Ukraine, February 27, 2022. The girl did not survive. (AP)

Sanctions against Russia

The wave of global sanctions against Russia could have devastating consequences for energy and grain importers. Russia is a major grain exporter and a major supplier of crude oil, metals, wood and plastics. More companies are suspending operations in Russia, including Apple, Mercedes-Benz, BP, Volkswagen, clothing retailer H&M and furniture store IKEA. Spain’s Teatro Real, one of Europe’s leading opera houses, has announced it is canceling a series of upcoming performances by the Bolshoi Ballet of Russia.

Russian media crackdown

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday signed a bill that threatens up to 15 years in prison for what Russia considers “false” war reporting. In addition, the state communications watchdog blocked Facebook, Twitter and five overseas-based media outlets that publish information in Russian.

These organizations – the BBC, Voice of America and the US government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Latvian website Meduza – are among the most influential and often critical foreign media publishing in Russian. .

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