2 months of Russia’s devastating war in before and after photos

April 24 marks two months since Russia began its all-out war against Ukraine.

The unprovoked Russian aggression has already cost Ukraine a devastating price, and it continues to rise every day.

According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, since Feb. 24, Russia has launched 2,000 missiles at the Ukrainian territory. Many of those attacks were indiscriminate or specifically targeted civilian population and infrastructure.

Besides killing civilians with shelling and airstrikes, Russian forces have been torturing, raping, and murdering civilians in occupied territories. Prosecutor General’s Office is investigating 7,882 war crimes allegedly committed by Russian troops. Following reports of the Russians’ atrocities, two countries, Estonia and Latvia, have officially recognized Moscow’s actions as genocide against Ukraine.

In the two months of the invasion, 2,435 civilian Ukrainians were killed, and 2,946 civilians were injured, according to the United Nations. However, the true number of casualties is expected to be much higher since data from the occupied territories and areas with heavy hostilities is not accessible at the moment. Local authorities in Mariupol have estimated that this city only can account for up to 22,000 killed civilians.

https://kyivindependent.com/national/2-months-of-russias-devastating-war-in-before-and-after-photos/

Elon Musk wants to make Twitter a haven for free speech. That’s raising alarms

(CNN Business)Four years ago, Twitter cofounder and then-CEO Jack Dorsey laid out four key focus areas that would propel the company’s growth. Among them: promoting “healthy conversation” on the platform.

After years of criticism for Twitter’s apparent failures to prevent its platform from turning toxic, Dorsey acknowledged the scourge of “abuse, harassment, troll armies,” as well as bots, misinformation campaigns and “increasingly divisive echo chambers” on the social network, and he called on researchers to help improve the situation.
“We think it is a growth vector over the long term, and it’s the right thing to do for the people on Twitter, and also for the world,” Dorsey said on the company’s earnings call for the fourth quarter of 2018 of the focus on the “health” of the platform.

Chomsky: Our Priority on Ukraine Should Be Saving Lives, Not Punishing Russia


Ukrainian soldier takes a rest during a patrol of a destroyed village near the front lines of Mykolaiv, Ukraine.

Nearly two months into the war in Ukraine, and peace is nowhere in sight. In fact, the level of destruction has intensified and both sides seem to have little hope for a peaceful settlement anytime soon. Furthermore, the international situation is also heating up as some European neutral countries are thinking of joining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a development that prompted the Kremlin to respond with threats of deploying nuclear weapons in the Baltic region should such a move take place

https://truthout.org/articles/chomsky-our-priority-on-ukraine-should-be-saving-lives-not-punishing-russia/

Ukraine war: How Russia replaces Ukrainian media with its own


Russian forces have attempted to take control of news organisations in Ukraine

Serhiy Starushko and his journalist colleagues had just finished their morning editorial meeting in early March when Russian military vehicles drew up outside.

Within minutes, soldiers stormed through the front doors of the three-storey building, home to a local news station in the occupied Ukrainian port city of Berdyansk.

About 50 employees were held hostage for five hours.

Uncovering the scope of the Bucha massacre


An aerial picture taken on April 18, 2022 shows coffins being buried during a funeral ceremony at a cemetery in Bucha, Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion. (AFP/Getty Images)

BUCHA, Kyiv Oblast – As Ukraine recaptured the town of Bucha, the world saw the extent of the violence Russian soldiers inflicted on the civilian population.

Since the Russian forces were driven out of Kyiv Oblast, 412 bodies have been found in the town’s streets, buildings and mass graves as of April 19, according to Bucha Mayor Anatoliy Fedoruk. Over 600 bodies were reported in Bucha District as of April 15, Human Rights Watch reported, citing the chief regional prosecutor.

Over the past three weeks, rescuers, volunteers and journalists have been combing through the evidence and survivors’ testimonies to establish what happened here over the six weeks of occupation.

https://kyivindependent.com/national/uncovering-the-scope-of-the-bucha-massacre/

Julian Assange extradition order issued by London court

moving WikiLeaks founder closer to US transfer

London (CNN)WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has moved one step closer to being extradited to the United States, where he is set to be tried under the Espionage Act, after a London court sent his handover order to the British government for approval.

The court issued a formal extradition order in a hearing Wednesday, leaving UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to rubber-stamp his transfer to the US after a yearslong legal wrangle. Assange is able to appeal the decision.

Netflix’s world has been turned upside down as stock plunges 35%

New York (CNN Business)Call Eleven and Sheriff Hopper of “Stranger Things,” because Netflix’s world has been turned upside down.

The company reported Tuesday that it lost subscribers for the first time in more than a decade. The news shocked Wall Street and sent shares plummeting 35% Wednesday morning, wiping out $50 billion in market cap. And this was after the company’s stock had dropped more than 40% year to date.
Simply put, Netflix’s terrible 2022 has now become disastrous.

 

Le Pen’s long quest for power in France


Marine Le Pen has been far-right leader for more than a decade and this is her third presidential election

Marine Le Pen has been on a journey, taking France’s far right to within touching distance of the presidency.

Even after she took over the leadership of her father’s National Front in 2011, she spent years trying to reach the point of dédiabolisation (de-demonisation) considered necessary to turn an extremist force into a party that believes it is on the verge of power.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-61147709

‘Hide the girls’: How Russian soldiers rape and torture Ukrainians


People pass by a Russian soldier in central Mariupol on April 12, 2022, as Russian troops intensify a campaign to take the strategic port city, part of an anticipated massive onslaught across eastern Ukraine. (AFP/Getty Images)

BUCHA, Kyiv Oblast – A week before she would have turned 23, Karina Yershova was killed by Russian soldiers in Bucha, a town outside Kyiv.

They tortured her and most likely raped her, Karina’s stepfather Andriy Dereko told the Kyiv Independent. Then, they shot her in the head.

“It was clear that they (police) know she was raped as she was tortured, but the detective would not tell us this up front. She said: ‘I have no moral right to tell you’…But hinted at (rape),” Dereko said.

https://kyivindependent.com/national/hide-the-girls-how-russian-soldiers-rape-and-torture-ukrainians/

Fox News denies ownership of ‘verified’ Truth Social account: report

Former President Donald Trump speaking at a MAGA rally in Florence, Arizona in January 2022, Gage Skidmore

Despite its name, it appears that Truth Social isn’t telling the truth about itself. CEO Devin Nunes, who quit Congress to become CEO of Donald Trump’s social media platform, has been crowing about how it’s “great to have RSS feed for @FoxNews now LIVE here on TRUTH! This adds to @OAN and @NewsMax.”

The problem, according to Axios, is that Fox News says, “We aren’t on Truth Social.” A few days ago a “verified” account for Fox News appeared on the former president’s social media app. A Fox News spokesperson told Axios the network has nothing to do with the account.

Were it true, Fox News’ participation would have been seen as a boon for the struggling app, which one writer has labeled a “ghost town.”

https://www.alternet.org/2022/04/fox-news-denies-truth-social/

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