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Russian military facility targeted by gunman

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Russian military facility targeted by gunman as Moscow continues to target Ukraine’s civilian infrastructure

A Russian military facility training facility has been targeted by gunman, leaving 11 people dead.

15 others have been wounded.

It’s believed the attackers were from a former Soviet republic and were also shot dead during the altercation.

The targeted group had volunteered to fight in the war and were at a training camp in Russia’s Belgorod region, an area bordering Ukraine.

Rape accusations

This comes as a UN envoy accuses Russia of using rape as a military strategy.

The envoy confirmed rape is is being used as a a “deliberate tactic to dehumanise the victims.”

“When women are held for days and raped, when you start to rape little boys and men, when you see a series of genital mutilations, when you hear women testify about Russian soldiers equipped with Viagra – it’s clearly a military strategy,” the envoy said.

The United Nations has now verified more than a hundred cases of rape or sexual violence in Ukraine since the war began.

The victims are mostly women and girls, but also men and boys.

Civilian infrastructure targeted

Russia’s military is continuing to target civilian infrastructure.

As Zaporizhzhia is pounded, an energy facility near Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv was also hit.

Kyiv says Russia has been increasingly deploying so-called “kamikaze drones” in its attacks.

Meanwhile, Moscow has ramped up its evacuations from the Kherson region where Ukrainian counteroffensive has reportedly intensified.

In the U.S., speaking to Face the Nation on CBS, Ukraine’s ambassador to America stressed the importance of nuclear deterrence.

This is in response to comments from French President Macron who stated he would not commit to making a strike in retaliation if Russia used nuclear force.

“We in Ukraine will resist and we will not give up regardless of what Russian Federation uses against us,” the ambassador said. “We have, I think, proven it. From rockets, to atrocities, to anything that they try to do in Ukraine, it doesn’t break our will. There is no point for Russian Federation using anything else. It will not stop us in defending our homes.”

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Porn floods Twitter “China” search

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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

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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

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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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