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University of Lethbridge Pronghorns welcomes basketball players who fled Ukraine
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University of Lethbridge Pronghorns welcomes basketball players who fled Ukraine

The squeak of their shoes and the thump of the ball on the court feels blessedly normal for Vika Kovalevska and Vlada Hozalova. Basketball provides a brief sanctuary from the ceaseless undercurrent of tension they feel over what’s happening at home in Ukraine.Hoops also helps ground them in their new life in Alberta, where they play basketball for the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.“Basketball helps to distract from everything that has happened around you,” Kovalevska told The Canadian Press.“I just try to focus on the practices, turn off my brain and immerse myself in the world of a fast and dynamic game, where there is not time to think about anything else.” 2:14 ...
Ukraine applying for NATO membership in wake of Russian annexation – National
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Ukraine applying for NATO membership in wake of Russian annexation – National

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday Ukraine was formally applying for fast-track membership of the NATO military alliance and that Kyiv was ready for talks with Moscow, but not with President Vladimir Putin. The Ukrainian leader made his comments in a video which appeared intended as a forceful rebuttal to the Kremlin after Putin held a ceremony in Moscow to proclaim four partially occupied Ukrainian regions as annexed Russian land. Read more: Canada slaps new sanctions on Russia after Putin annexes Ukrainian regions Read More Canada slaps new sanctions on Russia after Putin annexes Ukrainian regions “We are taking our decisive step by signing Ukraine’s...
Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion
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Ukrainian and U.S. Defence Chiefs Discuss Russian Invasion

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said on Friday he and U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had discussed the war situation in Ukraine and ways of strengthening Kyiv's military capabilities.In talks held as President Vladimir Putin prepared to proclaim the annexation of Ukrainian territory seized in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Reznikov said Austin reaffirmed Washington would not recognise votes in four Ukrainian provinces that Kyiv and Western governments denounced as illegal and coercive."Discussed updates from the front line ... and ways of strengthening our capabilities," Reznikov wrote on Twitter."Good news to be announced soon," he added, without saying what he was referring to.He said Austin had "confirmed (the United States) won’t recognise 'referenda...
U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’
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U.S. Lawmakers Promise More Money, Weapons as Ukraine Faces ‘Hurricane Putin’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they wanted to continue the flow of money and weapons for Ukraine's battle against Russia's invasion, denouncing Moscow's plan to annex four Ukrainian regions."We have not won this yet. We need to continue to support the Ukrainians," Democrat Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after a classified briefing on the conflict.The Senate passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 16, and sending $12.3 billion in military and economic assistance to Ukraine. The bill, which the House of Representatives is set to pass on Friday, also authorizes President Joe Biden to direct the drawdown of up to $3.7 billion for the transfer to Ukraine of weapons from U.S. ...
European Union official says Nord Stream pipeline damage was likely “a deliberate act” as nations ramp up energy security
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European Union official says Nord Stream pipeline damage was likely “a deliberate act” as nations ramp up energy security

European companies are ramping up security around pipelines and energy prices are climbing again as the suspected sabotage of two pipelines that deliver natural gas from Russia underscored the vulnerability of Europe's energy infrastructure and prompted the EU to warn of possible retaliation.Some European officials and energy experts have said Russia is likely to blame for any sabotage — it directly benefits from higher energy prices and economic anxiety across Europe — although others cautioned against pointing fingers until investigators are able to determine what happened.Russia has sharply curtailed natural gas shipments to Europe in retaliation for sanctions that the West put in place after its invasion of Ukraine. On Wednesday, Russian energy giant Gazprom increased the pr...
Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried
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Analysis-Truth or Bluff? Why Putin’s Nuclear Warnings Have the West Worried

By Guy Faulconbridge and Andrew OsbornLONDON (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin's latest warning that he is ready to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia amid the war in Ukraine has made a troubling question much more urgent: Is the former KGB spy bluffing?Putin cautioned it was no bluff, and Western politicians, diplomats and nuclear weapons experts are divided. Some say he could use one or more smaller, tactical nuclear weapons to try to stave off military defeat, protect his presidency, scare off the West or intimidate Kyiv into capitulation.Putin's warning, which was followed by a more specific threat to use a nuclear weapon in Ukraine from an ally, might mean the Kremlin is considering an escalation after Russia annexes four Ukrainian regions which it only partly occupies.Russia'...
Canada will oppose Russia’s re-election to U.N. aviation agency: minister
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Canada will oppose Russia’s re-election to U.N. aviation agency: minister

Canada will oppose Russia’s re-election to the U.N.’s aviation agency, Omar Alghabra, Canada’s transport minister, told Reuters on Tuesday on the sidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) assembly. “It’s important that Russia is held accountable for its actions, and we will not be supporting Russia’s nomination to the council,” Alghabra said.A vote to elect countries to ICAO’s 36-member governing council is to be held on Saturday. Read more: Pro-Moscow officials claim all 4 occupied regions in Ukraine voted to join Russia Read More Pro-Moscow officials claim all 4 occupied regions in Ukraine voted to join Russia Asked if he expects other...
Ukrainians fear suffering, political repression awaits them amid Russia referendums – National
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Ukrainians fear suffering, political repression awaits them amid Russia referendums – National

After seven weary months of war, many Ukrainians fear more suffering and political repression awaits them as referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin with help from gun-toting police portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions. Many residents fled the regions before the referendums got underway, scared about being forced to vote or potentially being conscripted into the Russian army.Petro Kobernik, who left the Russian-held southern city of Kherson just before the preordained voting began Friday, said the prospect of living under Russian law and the escalating war made him and others extremely jittery about the future.“The situation is changing rapidly, and people fear that they will be hurt either by the Russian military, or Ukrainian guerrillas and the advancing...
Coquitlam families welcome Ukrainian refugees
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Coquitlam families welcome Ukrainian refugees

Global News Hour at 6 BC Posted September 25, 2022 Many Canadians are opening their homes to Ukrainians fleeing their war-torn country and as Julie Nolin reports, one Coquitlam family has bonded with their long-term guests in a universal and beautiful way. Source link
Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine
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Kazakhstan Says It Won’t Recognise Referendums in Eastern Ukraine

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakhstan, one of Russia's close ex-Soviet partners, will not recognise the possible annexation of Ukraine's eastern regions by Russia through referendums held there, the Central Asian nation's foreign ministry said on Monday.Voting took place in four Ukrainian regions mostly held by Russian forces, the start of a plan by President Vladimir Putin to annex a big chunk of Ukraine in what the West says is violation of international law that significantly escalates war in the country. Russia calls its actions in Ukraine "a special military operation"."As for the holding of referendums ... Kazakhstan proceeds from the principles of territorial integrity of states, their sovereign equivalence and peaceful coexistence," ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said.Kazakh Presid...