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I know there is a lot of news about Ukraine. I had hoped to avoid the war and give people a break. But it really is leading the news and I don’t want to give any impression that I am avoiding the top story in the news. So we start with that.
Video footage captured the terror of a Sky News reporter and his photographer as they were fired upon and struck by Russian bullets near Kyiv.
Stuart Ramsay, correspondent with the British television network, on Friday published his account along with video footage of the chilling incident. Ramsay said he and his crew were "lucky" after he and camera operator Richie Mockler were not seriously injured. But the incident signals that the conflict is becoming potentially more lethal as civilians and now journalists are in harm's way.
From the New York Times:
As Russian forces begin to encircle the Ukrainian capital, tens of thousands are clambering for a way out that may soon be closed off.
KYIV, Ukraine — The crowds of exhausted, frightened women and children at Kyiv’s central train station on Friday suddenly surged in a near-stampede to a station platform where a train heading to safety in western Ukraine was rumored to be arriving soon.
It's a fact of modern life that some wars get more attention than others. And Russia's invasion of Ukraine has captured the public's attention in the West in a way that other recent wars — like those in Yemen or Ethiopia — simply haven't.
The reason is obvious, says Christopher Blattman, an economist at the University of Chicago and the author of Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace. This is more than a regional conflict. It's a potential global conflagration. Superpowers are taking sides. There are fears that it could lead to nuclear escalation.
PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) - The European Union wants Ukraine to become a member state "as soon as possible", Commissioner Maros Sefcovic told journalists on Friday after a ministers' meeting.
"It's time for signaling that the Ukrainian people is one of the European peoples and we want them in as soon as possible", he said, but added that at the moment, the bloc needed to focus on short-term measures linked to the war.
From CNN Business:
New York (CNN Business)Russian President Vladimir Putin's creeping authoritarianism got a lot more overt on Friday when he signed a censorship bill into law making it impossible for news organizations to accurately report the news in or from Russia.
From the LA Times:
IRPIN, Ukraine —
The last minutes before the train pulled out were chaos: A mass of people pushed toward the carriage doors as uniformed men carrying machine guns screamed at slow-moving babushkas, teary-eyed girls and the many, many children straggling onto the platform.
No men were allowed. One managed to slip past the guards with his dog in tow, but a crush of soldiers pounced on him. They chased him, raised their rifles at his dog and shoved him onto the tracks. A soldier grabbed the phone of a bystander filming the fracas, smashed it on the ground, then stomped on it twice.