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Attacks on Ukraine pressed

EXPLOSIONS in Ukraine’s capital city of Kyiv as Russia presses its invasion (Shutterstock).

A large convoy of Russian military vehicles – said to stretch 40 miles – is reportedly approaching the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv (also known as Kiev) in an effort to add more power to its stalled drive.

According to the Associated Press, the invaders also shelled Krarkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, with rocket fire, with explosions reported in residential areas.

Negotiations between the two nations yielded no results except a decision to talk again.

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, remarked that his nation is not willing to make concessions “when one side is hitting … the other with rocket artillery.”

In further defiance of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s government made a formal application to join the European Union, according to The New York Times.  Keeping Russia’s western neighbor out of the EU and NATO were among the principle demands that Putin made as the price of peace before the crisis erupted into warfare.

Sports: Soccer giving Moscow the boot

Two major soccer organizations have united to ban “all Russian teams” from any participation from competition

The FIFA (International Football Association), which is the world governing body for the sport, and the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) made that proclamation Monday.

Among other effects, it will keep the Russian team from playing Poland this week in a World Cup qualifying match.

Weather: Warm then cooler, cooler …

Monday’s summer-like weather will cool a bit on Tuesday to a daytime high of 81 (overnight 50) in the West Orange County area, then drop to 77 on Wednesday as clouds move in. The thermometer is expected to fall to 69 on Thursday with rain and a daytime high of 61 coming on Friday.

Business: Sanctions bite Russian bear deeper

Economic sanctions against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine are having a growing negative impact on that nation’s economy. Forbes.com calls the huge plunges in Russian stock exchanges, long lines at ATM machine for people to draw out cash and bank closures to be the beginning of a “worst case scenario.”

Russian planes are now banned from all European air space. Turkey has reportedly closed the strategic Bosporus Straits to Russian-flagged ships. If true, that would deny Russian access to the Mediterranean Sea.

BP (British Petroleum) and Shell Oil are backing out of a joint venture with Russian energy companies and General Motors has suspended the sales of its vehicles in that nation.

 

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