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U.S. rushes arms to Ukraine

DESTROYED RUSSIAN tank near Mariupol in Ukraine (Wikipedia).

As the war in Ukraine rages on, violence and potential consequences are escalating.

The United States is rushing another $200 million in arms and equipment to help Ukrainian forces to resist Russian invaders who are continuing to push toward the capital city of Kyiv.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, said that a convoy moving those weapons – which include devices for use against tanks and planes – would be considered “legitimate targets” by the invading army, raising the possibility of escalation of the conflict, reports The New York Times.

Meanwhile, the Associated Press is reporting that Russian forces continue to shell the port city of Mariupol on Saturday and to bombard other cities.

According to United Press International, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had a 75-minute telephone conversation urging him to declare and enforce a cease-fire and seek a diplomatic course toward ending the conflict.

Sports: Bruins vs. Wildcats for Pac-12 title

UCLA’s men’s basketball team will face off against the Arizona Wildcats tonight (Saturday) in the championship game of the Pac-12 tournament.

The top-seeded ‘Cats are 30-3 and advanced to the finals with a 82-72 semifinal victory over Colorado on Friday. The Bruins (25-6) won their semifinal game 69-59 over crosstown rival USC (26-8).

Weather: You’re getting warmer

A mostly sunny Sunday is forecast for the West Orange County area with a daytime high of 71 and an overnight low of 49. Winds from the west will reach 10 miles an hour. On Monday, there will be a warming trend to 78 (51) with sunny miles and southwestern winds of 8 miles an hour.

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