The Daily Populous

Tuesday January 4th, 2022 evening edition

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Zagorodnyuk noted, as everybody in Kyiv does, that Russia already invaded Ukraine in early 2014.

Fake “separatists,” supplied with Russian weapons, already control a small piece of eastern Ukraine, where they continue to fight the Ukrainian army, every day of every week.

On New Year’s Eve, the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti tweeted a prediction: “Russia will destroy Ukraine within 10 minutes.”.

Back in 2008, the Russian president told leaders gathered at a NATO summit that Ukraine is “not a state.”

Americans need to stop being surprised by this list of goals, and instead start writing a list of our own.

We could start with this one: Help make Ukraine the successful, prosperous, Western-facing democracy that Putin so clearly fears.

Don’t make decisions about Ukraine without Ukraine. »

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants Turkey's president to stop bringing up the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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A composite image of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wants Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to promise that he won't mention journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder again, The Wall Street Journal reported. »

Ryan Reynolds taunts Disney with ‘Winnie-the-Screwed’ ad as copyright battles heat up

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But Ryan Reynolds didn’t have to pay any licensing fees for his newest ad for Mint Mobile and its new cellular bill-based spoof of the children’s classic, “Winnie-the -Screwed.”.

The new Mint Mobile ad is typical Reynolds ad fare, quickly and creatively tapping into a broader cultural conversation for one of his brands.

If any of those cases are decided or settled this year, rest assured, we can probably expect an Aviation Gin ad making fun of it. »

Starbucks to require all U.S. workers get COVID-19 vaccine or tested

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Starbucks says it will require its U.S. workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be tested weekly as of February 9, in keeping with a federal mandate as the Omicron variant advances across the country.

First detailed in a December 27 letter to employees, the new rules were also reiterated in a weekly update on Monday.

Under the coffee chain's new policy, Starbucks workers who opt out of vaccination will have to buy their own OSHA-approved tests and submit results every week. »