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Europe faces large-scale refugee crisis



Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis in years as Ukrainian civilians flock to neighbouring countries to escape Russian aggression

But some have expressed concern over the treatment of refugees deemed to be people of colour, with reports of widespread discrimination.

There are now over 800,000 refugees that have fled Ukraine with some predicting that this number could rise to 4 million.

The European Union has relaxed its normally stringent border rules, assuring that they are accepting refugees with open arms.

Neighbouring countries to the West of Ukraine have bared the brunt of this influx, including Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova.

The majority have headed to Poland with nearly half a million seeking refuge there.

But there has been some criticism aimed at these countries.

There are reports that some African citizens are being denied access to safety and are largely being discriminated against at train stations and border posts.

Ukraine has a large number of international students and workers, thousands of them being African.

The UN Refugee agency has even urged authorities in countries neighbouring Ukraine to open their borders to African citizens fleeing the conflict.

The African Union has expressed how disturbed they are by these reports.

Ukraine has responded to this alleged discrimination, the country’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted that an emergency hotline has been established for African, Asian and other students wishing to leave Ukraine because of Russia’s invasion.

They also said they are working intensively to ensure their safety and speed up their passage.

Witnesses in Poland have reported seeing refugees who looked to be people of colour being harassed by who appeared to be self-identified right-wing nationalists in the city bordering Ukraine.

According to The United Nations Human Rights Council, anyone who looked to be African or Arab was targeted at the city’s train station, where thousands of refugees were passing through.

One reporter says extremists were shouting at these people telling them to get out of the country and even physically assaulting them.

Some discrimination has been expressed by people in politics and even in the media as well.

Discrimination expressed in the media

Bulgaria’s Prime Minister, Kiril Petkov, addressed Ukrainian refugees and even told journalists earlier in the week that “these are not the refugees we are used to, these people are Europeans”.

He said these refugees are intelligent, they are educated people and that this is not the refugee wave we have been used to, people were not sure about their identity, people with unclear pasts, who could have been even terrorists.

This sort of sentiment has been seen in media reports.

One reporter from CBS News says in comparison to Middle Eastern and African countries, Ukraine is a relatively civilised nation.

The reporter later apologised for any offence he caused and said he should never have compared conflicts in the first place.

One Al Jazeera English presenter was also caught making similar statements, pinpointing the uniqueness of the refugee crisis being that most are what he called middle-class people.

Many people have raised concerns about the racism and Islamaphobia now being widely expressed.

Some of these countries had tough anti-immigration laws and are suddenly allowing a large number of refugees into their countries.

The EU has announced that refugees will have the right to live and work in European countries for up to three years.

This was announced by the European Commission’s president Ursula Von der Leyen under the new emergency plan in response to what is Europe’s biggest refugee crisis this century.

Savannah Pocock contributed to this report

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Europe is preparing for winter: how can you keep costs down?



Britain is facing a surge in cold weather, with icy conditions and fog expected for much of this week

The UK Met Office has issued a Yellow warning, which means there could be damage to buildings as Britons brace for cold conditions.

Like much of Europe, the UK are bracing for very strong winds on Wednesday, causing disruption to travel and some utilities.

Drivers are also urged to take extra care on the roads, with warnings in place for icy stretches forming on UK roads.

But some residents who are seeking to heat their homes are on edge, as power prices remain high.

Peter Smith is the director of policy and advocacy at National Energy Action, who said the rising cost of living is impacting Britons.

“The average annual bill has almost doubled since this time last year.”

The organisation seeks to close the gaps when it comes to energy affordability. It predicts 6.7 million UK households will be in fuel poverty in the coming months.

This means millions of Britons will be unable to afford living in a warm, dry and safe home.

“So far the milder than usual weather has protected many from the spiralling bills as they haven’t needed to heat their homes as high or as long as usual,” Mr Smith said.

How to keep warm without blowing your bill

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has urged people to make their own decisions, as he met with world leaders in tropical Bali last week.

“There are things that we can do—all of us—to improve the efficiency with which we use energy, to be careful about it,” he said.

For example, an efficient heater; taking advantage of the sun, where appropriate; and rearranging furniture are some cost-effective methods to reduce the burden on gas and energy bills.

Pipes at the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline are pictured in Germany.

In addition, there are some other cheap ways to reduce dependence on gas and electricity bills, as the temperature continue to plunge.

  • close off rooms you’re not using
  • lower the temperature of heating
  • make sure windows are fully closed
  • block cold drafts from under doors using door snakes or carpet.

The UK Government has placed a cap freeze on energy prices.

This means households will pay an average £2,500 on their energy bills. But there is a catch: if households use more, they pay more.

National Energy Action believes an additional 2.2 million homes could be in fuel poverty, when compared to the same time last year.

Why are energy prices so high?

As demand increases, so too does the cost of heating homes.

But there is another factor, which has sent prices rising across Europe: the war in Ukraine.

Russia accounts for 25% of global gas trade, 15% of global thermal coal trade and 10% of global oil trade.

However, countries are struggling to find alternative supplies after sanctioning Moscow for the ongoing conflict.

“Putin’s abhorrent war in Ukraine, and rising energy prices across the world are not a reason to go slow on climate change. They are a reason to act faster.”


Germany halted the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which was expected to double the amount of Russian gas shipped to Europe.

In July, Russia cut the amount of gas pumped through Nord Stream 1 to 20 per cent capacity.

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Ukraine Crisis

Hoax call between Polish and “French” Presidents



Poland President Andrezj Duda spoke to a hoaxer posing as France counterpart Emmanuel Macron, on the night a missile hit near the Poland-Ukraine border.

The news was confirmed after two Russian pranksters, Vovan and Lexus, posted a recording of the incident, and Duda’s office also affirmed the incident.

During the call, Duda was asking who was responsible for the attack on November 15, wanting to avoid a war with Russia.

The missile landed six kilometres from the border.

Initial reports suggested the missile was Russian-made, but it was later discovered to likely be a Ukrainian air defence missile.

This is the second time the pranksters have targeted the Poland President, who have made their names going after celebrities and politicians, especially those opposed to the Kremlin.


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Ukraine Crisis

Russian missiles hit NATO territory, killing two



Russian missile hits Poland, as the west assesses the attack on a NATO member

Reports a Russian missile has landed in Poland, killing two people. A projectile struck an area where grain was drying in the village of Przewodów, near the Ukraine border. 

An anonymous U.S. intelligence official suggested a barrage of Russian missiles hit the Ukrainian power grid, and spilt into neighbouring Poland.

Poland is a NATO member, therefore, this signifies a potential escalation to the ongoing war. It also marks the first time weapons have impacted a NATO country.

Emergency talks

Currently, the Polish government are holding urgent talks. A Polish spokesman Piotr Mueller has confirmed that top leaders are holding an emergency meeting regarding the “crisis situation.”

Under Article 5 of NATO, an attack on one country is considered an attack on all.

The White House has not confirmed the reports but the Pentagon is assessing the situation.

“I don’t want to speculate or get in hypotheticals. When it comes to our security commitments in Article 5—we’ve been crystal clear that we will defend every inch of NATO territory.”

Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon Press Secretary

While NATO has taken collective defence measures on several occasions, including in response to the situation in Syria and the Russian invasion of Ukraine—it has only invoked Article 5 once.

For the first time in its history after the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States, NATO evoked Article 5 and came to the defence of the United States.

“Terror is not limited to our national borders.

Russian missiles hit Poland. To fire missiles at NATO territory.

This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a very significant escalation. We must act.”

volodymyr zelensky, Ukraine’s president

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