Russian troops occupy the strategic Ukrainian city of Lyman

Moscow-backed separatist forces in eastern Ukraine say they have captured Lyman.

Moscow:

The Russian military confirmed on Saturday that it had captured the strategic city of Lyman in eastern Ukraine, on the way to two key cities still under Kiev’s control.

“Following the joint action of the Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia unit and the Russian Armed Forces, the city of Liman has been completely liberated from the hands of Ukrainian nationalists,” the defense ministry said in a statement, confirming an announcement a day earlier. Pro-Moscow separatist.

Earlier in the day, Mikhail Podoliak, Ukraine’s presidential adviser and peace negotiator, said any deal with Russia could not be trusted and that Moscow could only be stopped by force.

“Any broken deal with Russia is not worth a penny,” Mr Podoliak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies ugly and propaganda?”

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other since the peace talks stalled, with the latest known face-to-face talks on March 29. Lack of progress.

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The annual meeting of the gun lobby, held just days after the deadly shooting of 19 children, was surrounded by protesters demanding firearms control.

Anti-gun protesters picketed the NRA’s annual conference in Houston, Texas, on Friday, demanding that the government ban so-called “assault weapons.” The conference came three days after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults at a Texas elementary school, but speakers and attendees insisted they would not surrender the right to bear arms.

A teenage gunman shot and killed 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalade, Texas on Tuesday, before shooting an off-duty Border Patrol agent. On Friday, meanwhile, 280 miles (450 km) away in Houston, the National Rifle Association (NRA) began its annual conference.

The event, which has always been criticized by anti-gun groups, drew hundreds of protesters. Holding the mark on allegations of having NRA “Blood [its] Hand “ They hack attendees and give slogans “Shame” Those who enter the gun lobby assembly. Across the street, a group of children stood in silent protest, with names and pictures of the victims hanging around their necks.

Another group carried a baby-sized coffin around the convention center.

The protests painted some familiar names in liberal politics. Survivors of school shootings have become workers David Hogg Join protesters outside the convention and announce several anti-gun rallies for the next month. Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, rejected the Republican argument that teachers should be armed to prevent shootings in schools.

“More guns equals violence” He told Reuters. “Assault weapons should be banned.”

‘Assault weapon’ is a controversial term. Although the gun industry says it refers to fully automatic firearms, which have been banned in most cases since 1986, the anti-gun lobby uses the term to describe long rifles such as military firearms, such as the semi-automatic AR-15. The weapon was banned by former President Bill Clinton’s administration in 1994, but the ban ended in 2004 and an attempt to restore it failed during Barack Obama’s presidency in 2013.


Trump has emphasized the importance of school shootings in Texas

In the overwhelming majority of gun crimes in the United States, handguns are used, not rifles, like the AR-15, most of which are illegally owned.

Since Joe Biden took office last year, he has imposed regulations on certain pistol grips and cracked down on the sale of missing ‘ghost guns’, but has not pressured Congress to impose a comprehensive ban on any firearms.

The Uvalade massacre, the deadliest school shooting in the United States since the 2012 Sandy Hook assassination, has revived the nationwide debate over politicians, entertainers and even gun laws. Sports franchise Demand for repeal of the Second Amendment.

However, speakers at the NRA conference were adamant that banning guns was not the answer. Former President Donald Trump has condemned this “Deeply wicked, violent and emotionally disturbed youth” Those who have done “A contagion of schools” From the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican, was responsible for the shootings “Broken family, missing father, church attendance declining,” Violent video games and “Chronic isolation.”

Bermuda Triangle Cruise Ship Promises Full Refund If Missing

A cabin on a Bermuda Triangle cruise ship will cost around 4 1,450. (Representative)

New York:

In a bizarre offer, a cruise bound for the mysterious Bermuda Triangle has promised passengers full refunds if the ship disappears, UK media reported.

The infamous Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil’s Triangle, remains a mystery as dozens of ships and flights have mysteriously disappeared in the region, media reported.

The cause of the disappearance remains unexplained and has been attributed to weather and human error. Conspiracy theorists have blamed supernatural causes and aliens for the disappearance of ships and flights.

In an ad on their website, travel agency, Ancient Mystery Cruise said: “Don’t worry about disappearing on this Bermuda Triangle tour. The tour has a 100 percent return rate and your money will be refunded in a rare time. You are likely to disappear.”

Passengers will begin their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean on the Norwegian Prima liner from New York to Bermuda in March next year.

According to the ad, guests can enjoy the exclusive Twilight Bermuda Triangle Cruise on a glass-bottom boat with discussions and questions.

The odd offer would cost passengers around 1, 1,450 for a cabin on board.

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Take a swimming test online, says University of China students: report

China: The move to test swimming online was due to Kovid, the report said (representative)

Beijing:

After Shanghai University in China announced online swimming tests in the COVID-19 outbreak, netizens went to a meme fest in which a student made swimming goggles and a hat by jumping from his nightstand to bed.

The dean’s office of the Chinese university announced on May 15 that the final swimming test for senior undergraduate college students could be conducted online, which was ridiculed by netizens, including tick users, pretending to be students preparing for the test. The Washington-based Washington Examiner reported the information.

One user joked and asked if the test was a new reality version of “web surfing”.

Joining the smiling meme fest, another jokingly asked if swimming in the home bathtub would be allowed instead.

In addition, one of the Twitter users was seen working on a laptop in the swimming pool while wearing swimming goggles.

Students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the most prestigious Chinese university will have to take a 50-meter swimming test in order to graduate. This latest move from China has raised eyebrows with many cracking tricks and wondering whether it is a swimming or sink test.

A staffer at the dean’s office, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the decision to move the test online was due to a wave of COVID-19 cases that forced the city to lockdown on April 1.

“Under the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, classes and facilities at the university, including the swimming pool, have been suspended. To ensure that students can graduate, we have decided to test swimming online,” the activist told Chinese publication Jim.

Significantly, China’s zero-covid policy has drawn sharp criticism from around the world. Residents of Shanghai are protesting from their windows, beating pots and pans and shouting in frustration, while others have even clashed with police and health workers on the streets – a rare sight in a country where dissent is regularly suppressed.

The leaked social media videos also reveal the harsh reality of China’s infamous zero-covid policy. In fact, the two viral videos have raised eyebrows and raised a storm of criticism around the world.

One of the videos that went viral was from Shanghai where people were seen screaming from the porch of their house. The country’s financial capital, Shanghai, receives more than 20,000 lawsuits a day.

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called himself

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has called himself “Majnu” during a court hearing. (File)

Lahore:

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif today testified in a special court hearing in a Rs 16 billion money laundering case against him that he refused to accept any salary when he was the chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province.Majnu“To do that.

Shahbaz Sharif and his sons – Hamza and Suleiman – were indicted by Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in November 2020 under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

Hamza Sharif is currently the Chief Minister of the Punjab province of Pakistan and Suleiman Sharif is living in the United Kingdom.

The FIA ​​investigation has identified 28 anonymous accounts, alleged by the Shahbaz family, through which Pakistani rupees 14 billion (USD 75 million) were smuggled from 2008 to 2018.

The FIA ​​has examined the Money Trail of 17,000 credit transactions.

According to the complaint, the amount was kept in a “hidden account” and given to Shahbaz Sharif in his personal capacity.

During the hearing, Shahbaz Sharif said, “I have not taken anything from the government in 12.5 years, and in this case, there are allegations against me of smuggling 2.5 million rupees.”

“Allah has made me the prime minister of this country Majnu (Foolish) and I did not receive my legal rights, my salary and benefits, “Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper quoted him as saying.

He recalled that the secretary had sent him a note for sugar exports when he was the chief minister of Punjab, while he had set export limits and rejected the notes, the report said.

Shahbaz Sharif first became the Chief Minister of Punjab in 1997 when his brother Nawaz Sharif was the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Shahbaz Sharif spent eight years in exile in Saudi Arabia with his family before returning to Pakistan in 2007 after the 1999 coup of General Pervez Musharraf and the fall of the Nawaz Sharif government.

He became the Chief Minister of Pakistan’s Punjab for a second term in 2008 and occupied the same slot for the third time in 2013.

“My family has lost PKR 2 billion because of my decision. I am telling you the reality. While my son’s ethanol production plant was being set up, I also decided to impose tariffs on ethanol. It has cost my family PKR 800 million a year. The government withdrew the notification saying it was unfair to the sugar mill, “he claimed.

The prime minister’s lawyer argued that the laundering case was “politically motivated” and “based on malicious intent” by the then Imran Khan-led government.

During the previous hearing on May 21, the special court had issued arrest warrants against Suleiman Sharif in the case after extending the interim bail of Shahbaz Sharif and Hamza Sharif till May 28.

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'Broken penny is not worth it': Ukrainian official in peace talks with Russia

Mikhail Podoliak has called Russia a “barbaric country” that threatens world security.

Kiev:

Mikhail Podoliak, Ukraine’s presidential adviser and peace negotiator, said on Saturday that any agreement with Russia could not be trusted and that Moscow could be stopped only by force.

“Any broken deal with Russia is not worth a penny,” Mr Podoliak wrote on the Telegram messaging app. “Is it possible to negotiate with a country that always lies ugly and propaganda?”

Russia and Ukraine have blamed each other since the peace talks stalled, with the latest known face-to-face talks on March 29. Lack of progress.

On Monday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said President Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official willing to meet to discuss how to end the war.

President Putin has said that Russian forces are conducting special operations to liberate Ukraine militarily and free it from extremist anti-Russian nationalists. Ukraine and its allies say February 24 is a false excuse to invade Ukraine.

“Russia has proven that it is a barbaric country that threatens world security,” Mr Podoliak said. “A barbarian can only be stopped by force.”

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Hans-Georg Massen, once head of Germany’s internal intelligence service, has spoken out against arms supplies to Ukraine.

Hans-Georg Massen, who was president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution from 2012-18, a German domestic security official, warned that the country “Dizziness“Ukraine supplies arms in direct military conflict with Russia.

Appearing on a TV special in Berlin on Wednesday, Mason said he opposes German arms supplies to Ukraine, citing an earlier ruling by the International Court of Justice, which, according to a former official, ruled in favor of one. The parties to a conflict also make the supplier a party to the conflict.

From my point of view, when we supply weapons, not helmets, not bandages, it means we are automatically taking the risk of becoming a party to the war,Mason argues.

We are now a fighting party for Ukraine. Let it sink: we are a fighting party. Against Russia.

The former official further said that he was appalled by the lack of public discussion on the issue.

According to him, by continuing to supply arms to Ukraine, unlike Ukraine, Russia or the United States, Germany could become a target of Russian aggression without any clear purpose of its own.

The former intelligence chief argued that, contrary to what the German media was saying, “Ukraine is not a stronghold of human rights, freedom, peace and Western values.He called on the German leadership to consider why they were opening up the country.Danger of nuclear conflict.


Boris Johnson wants heavy weapons for Ukraine

According to Massen, there are about 119 American military installations on German soil, which could be targeted by Moscow in case of war. He went on to compare Germany to an American. “Aircraft carriers with about 80 million nativesLiving on the ship.

The former intelligence chief also questioned the effectiveness of Germany’s own civil defense and armed forces in the war, arguing that German society was not mentally prepared for war because the country had no experience of the difficulties it brings. In many decades. After all, according to Massen, a deep conflict with Russia would be wise for Berlin, as Germany is dependent on Russian gas imports and does not produce enough wheat and fertilizer.

Nevertheless, Germany is arming Ukraine and putting it on its own line of defense, the former official said.

Like insomnia, we are falling asleep in a conflict here.

Without any clear motive or action plan, one wonders how it will end for Germany, Mason added.

In late February, just days after Russia invaded Ukraine, German Chancellor Olaf Schulz announced that Berlin would supply Kiev with man-portable anti-aircraft, as well as anti-tank missiles. According to media reports, citing unnamed Ukrainian officials, Berlin supplied the Eastern European country with 100 machine guns, 100,000 hand grenades, 2,000 mines and more than 16 million rounds of ammunition.

As the conflict progresses, the Ukrainian leadership calls on its Western allies to send heavy weapons as well. Berlin has finally given the green light to supply Gapard anti-aircraft vehicles, with the defense ministry promising to send the first 15 vehicles in July.

Scholz has pledged to donate seven self-propelled 155-mm Howitzer 2000; However, according to DW, the hardware needs to be implemented first, which means Kyiv will probably not receive them until the summer.

Berlin has also approved a deal for the Kraus-Maffey Wegman manufacturer to supply dozens of Leopard 1 tanks. Delivery, however, is apparently volatile, with media reports citing a lack of ammunition and spare parts.

Senior Ukrainian officials, including German Ambassador Andrei Melnik, have repeatedly criticized the leadership in Berlin, claiming that the German government was dragging its feet on the supply of heavy weapons. Kyiv is urging its allies to hand over Leopard 1 tanks and Murder infantry vehicles as soon as possible.

'Tomorrow will be better': Shanghai Cowid Lockdown

Most Shanghai residents are confined to housing compounds. Reuters

Shanghai:

China’s Shanghai metropolis is slowly reopening after a two-month hiatus from the Kovid-19 lockdown, as the capital, Beijing, maintains sanctions that have reduced the number of cases but severely curtailed the movement.

Shanghai originally aims to end the lockdown on Wednesday. More people have been allowed out of their homes in the past week and more businesses have been allowed to reopen, although most residents are confined to their housing compounds and most stores are limited to deliveries.

Shanghai officials called for continued vigilance on Saturday, although most of its 25 million inhabitants live in areas that are in the least risky “prevention” section.

“Wear a mask in public, do not hold any gatherings and maintain social distance,” Zhao Dandan, deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Health Commission, told a daily news conference.

The video on social media showed drunkards on Friday night, including many foreigners who were drinking and dancing on the streets in a central area of ​​the city, when police prevented them from going home.

Another video shows a group on the street singing an emotional 1985 song called “Tomorrow Will Be Better,” with a keyboard player. Police arrive, allow them to finish the song before telling them to go home, complimenting them online for showing restraint.

The two-month lockdown in China’s largest and most cosmopolitan city has left residents frustrated and angry, with thousands of people often segregated in crowded central amenities. Many residents struggled to get adequate food or medical care during her first week.

Economic impact

As the number of lawsuits across the country improves, China’s strict adherence to zero-covid has destroyed the world’s second-largest economy and disrupted the global supply chain, leaving investors worried about the lack of a roadmap to exit President Xi Jinping’s signed policy. .

The economic impact was evident in data released on Friday, showing that industry companies’ April profits fell 8.5% year-on-year, with Covid-19 limitations and factory disruptions due to their sharpest fall in two years, high raw material prices and supply chain chaos. Activity

China’s approach, which Beijing says is necessary to save lives and prevent its health care system from being overwhelmed, has been challenged by the Omicron variant. In contrast, despite the constant spread of coronavirus, most people in the world are trying to lead a normal life.

The conflict between defeating Kovid’s expansion and supporting the economy comes at a politically sensitive year, with the ruling Communist Party expected to secure an unprecedented third term in Congress in the autumn.

During an emergency meeting on Wednesday, Premier Li Keqiang acknowledged the weak growth and said that the economic woes in some respects were worse than in 2020 after China was initially attacked by COVID-19. His remarks prompted market expectations of further steps to support the economy.

Small steps

On Friday, Fengxian District, a suburb of Shanghai, revoked the condition of having a pass for residents to leave.

State-run Shanghai Securities News reported decent steps towards a return to normalcy in the financial sector, with more than 10,000 bankers and businessmen who have been living and working in their offices slowly returning home since the lockdown began.

China City Bank’s Shanghai branch plans to send about 30 employees to its office tower by Wednesday when 11 employees of Bank of Shanghai returned to work at its office headquarters this week, the newspaper reported. As of Friday, more than 100 bank outlets had resumed operations, it said.

China reported 362 daily coronavirus cases on Saturday, down from 444 a day earlier. In Beijing, most of which is under strict sanctions this month, the new outbreak on Friday dropped from 29 to 24.

Although Shanghai officials have reported a community-level case in its Songxiang district, they have expressed confidence in the measures they are taking to identify and control the infection chain.

Sun Xiaodong, deputy director of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said, “If these measures are implemented effectively, we can prevent the return of the epidemic, even if it is sporadic, so don’t worry.”

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Some support programs expire next month

Millions of Ukrainians fled to the west in late February after Russia launched an offensive against their country. Initially welcomed with open arms by European countries, they are now seeing a decline in support – at least when it comes to the benefits offered by host countries.

European countries are now deciding how much they want to spend on Ukrainian refugees, and some of the free offers offered in the first week are about to expire.

Everything is being done to protect Donbass from Russian attack: Ukraine

Russia is waging an all-out war for the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions that created the Donbass.

Lysichansk:

Ukraine has vowed to do “everything” to protect Donbass, where a fierce Russian attack has prompted Kiev’s forces to consider a strategic retreat from some key areas to avoid a siege.

Russia is waging an all-out war for the eastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions, including Donbass – the country’s industrial hub – where Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Moscow of carrying out “genocide.”

In his daily address to the Ukrainians, President Zhelensky said that the Russians had “concentrated most stockpiles in the highest cannon, the Donbass.”

“There are missile strikes and air strikes – everything,” he said.

“We are defending our land the way our current defense system allows,” he added. “We’re doing everything we can to raise them.”

Pro-Russian separatists said on Friday they had seized the town of Lyman, between Severodonetsk and Kramatorsk, a road leading to key cities still under Kiev’s control.

Russian forces are also entering Severodonetsk and Lysichansk in the Lugansk province, with conflicting reports about the extent of their progress.

Regional Governor Sergei Gade insisted that Russian forces would not be able to occupy the entire region in two to three days – but said that Ukrainian troops might have to withdraw from some areas to avoid a siege.

“Probably they (Lugansk) will not occupy, because there is enough power and means to hold the defense,” he said in a telegram.

“Our troops may be instructed to retreat to avoid siege.”

Increase

Severodonetsk is “now under siege” and Ukrainian troops will no longer be able to leave the city, a Lugansk police official was quoted as saying by Russia’s state news agency RIA Novosti.

Alexander Struk, a senior city official, denied this, although he acknowledged that the situation was “very difficult” due to the incessant bombings.

“People are willing to risk everything to get food and water,” said Alexander Kozir, head of Lisichansk’s main aid distribution center.

“They are so psychologically depressed that they are no longer afraid. They just think about finding food.”

Russia seized control of parts of eastern and southern Ukraine, including the port cities of Kherson and Mariupol, on February 24, three months after Russia began its aggression, killing thousands on both sides and expelling 6.6 million people.

Although Ukraine’s defense system is effective overall, Russian forces have gained steady, growing strength in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine over the past few days, says the US-based Institute for the Study of War.

To further help Ukraine fight the onslaught, Washington was preparing to send advanced long-range rocket systems, according to US media reports.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby did not confirm plans to supply the M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) to Ukraine, a highly mobile system capable of firing up to 300 kilometers (186 miles), which Kyiv said it needed.

“We are still committed to helping them succeed on the battlefield,” he said.

Referring to the rocket system, Mikhail Podoliak, an adviser to President Zelensky, said on Twitter that some of the country’s partners “avoid providing the necessary weapons for fear of being overtaken. Growth, really?”

‘Trouble’

In a landmark move against Russia’s spiritual authority, the Moscow branch of Kiev’s Orthodox Church said Friday it was severing ties with Russia over its attack on Ukraine, declaring it “full independence.”

A church council that focused on Russia’s “aggression” has condemned the belligerent stance of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Church spokesman Archbishop Clement told AFP: “Not only has he (Kirill) failed to condemn Russia’s military aggression, but he has also failed to find a voice for the suffering people of Ukraine.”

Ukraine has been under Moscow’s spiritual leadership since at least the 17th century, but a section of its Orthodox Church severed ties with Moscow in 2019 to annex Russian Crimea and support separatists in the Donbass.

Trying to create international pressure on Russia, Zelensky will speak to EU leaders at an emergency summit on Monday as they try to agree on a ban on Russian oil, which is maintained by Hungary, which has close ties to Prime Minister Viktor Orban. Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Instead of continuing to trade with (Russia), we have to work until they stop their policy of aggression,” Zelensky told an Indonesian think tank.

But in Moscow, Finance Minister Anton Silvanov said the country expects to receive one trillion rubles ($ 15 billion) in additional oil and gas revenues this year, a storm from sharp rise in oil prices due to Ukraine’s aggression.

When his navy besieged Ukrainian ports, Putin also denied allegations that he was using food shortages as a weapon. Russia and Ukraine supply about 30 percent of the world’s wheat.

Russia has tightened its own exports and Ukraine has blocked large quantities of storage, increased prices and reduced availability for importers around the world.

According to the Kremlin, in a call with Austrian Chancellor Carl Nehamar on Friday, Putin blamed “the United States and the European Union for other things, including anti-Russian sanctions.”

He also accused Kiev of “sabotaging” the talks and called on Ukraine to deactivate ports to allow ships carrying grain “as soon as possible”, the Kremlin said.

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