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Kyiv defiant as Russian bombs rain down on cities



Missile strikes right across the war-torn nation are a clear escalation in the conflict. 14 people were killed and dozens more injured as weapons of mass destruction rained down on Ukraine’s major cities

It is the first time the nation’s capital, Kyiv has been targeted in months.

Several regions were left without power or water after the strikes as emergency services work around the clock to survey the damage and provide assistance.

But Ukrainian front-line troops say the morale remains high.

Putin’s revenge

Russian President Vladimir Putin says these recent attacks are a direct response to what he labels a ‘terrorist attack’ on the key bridge connecting Russia with annexed-Crimea.

In neighbouring Belarus, the country’s leader Alexander Lukashenko has mobilised his troops near Ukraine and ordered them to fight with Russian forces.

Lukashenko is claiming his nation is next in the firing line, stating Ukraine and NATO are standing by to launch an attack on his country.

He has offered no evidence to substantiate these claims.

“Profound moral issues”

In the United States, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has issued a statement on the missile strikes.

He says the attacks serve as a reminder that Russia’s war “presents a profound moral issue”.

He continues, adding, “no person of conscience – and no country of principle – could be unmoved by the devastation of these horrors”.

The U.S. has confirmed it will continue to provide all kinds of assistance “so Ukraine can defend itself and take care of its people”.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says these recent attacks are a clear demonstration of Moscow’s motives.

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search



Twitter users have been finding it hard to search for information on the social media platform due to an explosion of pornographic spam.

While thousands of protests against extended lockdowns, a digital bot army has roared into action on Twitter, with long-dormant Chinese language accounts suddenly tweeting links to escort services and other adult content.

Anyone trying to track the spontaneous protest movement on Twitter complained about the deluge of spam pornographic content making flooding the search for information.

The China protests come at a time when Twitter’s content and moderation teams have been pared back drastically following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the social media giant.

Twitter, along with other international social media services like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is blocked by Beijing’s internet censors within Mainland China.

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Biden silence on China protests



As citizens across China revolt against the country’s “zero Covid” policy, the White House issued a statement about the growing protests.

“‘We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, in the United States and around the world,’ a White House National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

‘This includes in the [People’s Republic of China.]’

“‘Zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here,’ the spokesperson said.

‘And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero COVID strategy.’”

Commentators have noted that the statement came from the White House, and not President Biden himself.

Demonstrators are calling on President Joe Biden to take a stance and publicly support their cause.

The protests have continued despite numerous attempts by the Chinese government to quell them.


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China protests hit global markets, crypto



Investor watches markets

The protests in China are having a negative impact on cryptocurrencies and markets around the world.

Bitcoin failed to break its descent and fell more than 3 percent.

The global crypto market cap fell over 2%, sending major cryptos into the red.

Over the last 24 hours, overall crypto market volume grew by 22%.

It comes amid a round of investor nervousness in global markets spurred by protests in China against Covid restrictions.

Protesters outraged by harsh COVID-19 regulations called for China’s strong leader to quit.

China is the world’s second-largest economy and has a significant impact on global financial markets.

Stocks and cryptos aren’t considered safe havens, leading to bearing price action.

Analysts are hoping for a sharp bullish reversal if and when the protests end.

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