Russian troops have entered Kyiv, and Putin’s Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov has made it clear to Ukraine that no negotiating will take place until Ukraine stands down. Still fighting, Ukraine’s leaders have told its capital residents of Kyiv to “prepare Molotov cocktails” to defend itself.
Officials also warned its citizens to stay indoors as Russia’s forces advance after missile strikes hit Kyiv. Reports say a rocket crashed into a residential building. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a televised address vowing to defend the country, lamenting that no foreign troops were coming to their aid.
Moscow has made it unequivocally clear that the intention is to swiftly topple Zelensky’s government, which is democratically elected. Ukrainian officials have announced at least 137 Ukrainian soldiers and civilians have been killed.
Russia touted it had seized control over the historically famous Chernobyl nuclear plant, and said it was working with Ukrainian guards to ensure its safety. Ukraine, however, indicated that to be false, saying instead that U.S. troops were holding the plant’s personnel hostage.
Russia’s attack against Ukraine ends a peaceful era in Europe, being one of the most significant military actions since World War II. The New York Times reports:
“Russia’s attack against Ukraine…raises the prospect of a rekindled Cold War between Russia and the West, with potentially devastating consequences for the security structure that has governed Europe since the Soviet Union’s collapse three decades ago…
Essentially, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is seeking to redraw the post-Cold War boundaries of Europe, establishing a broad, Russian-dominated security zone and drawing Ukraine back into Moscow’s orbit.”
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Mental health crisis spikes among Afghan women after Taliban regained control two years ago
The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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