The Daily Populous

Sunday April 3rd, 2022 evening edition

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will likely meet for face-to-face peace talks soon in Turkey, a Ukrainian official involved in the wartime negotiations said Saturday.

Ukrainian negotiator David Arakhamia told a local TV station that the two leaders could soon meet as draft peace-treaty documents reach an advanced stage, reported the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency.

The announcement came on the same day that Russian forces largely retreated from the area around Kyiv.

The withdrawal came after Russian troops were met with fierce opposition from Ukrainian forces determined to keep hold of the capital.

Putin and Zelensky have yet to speak in person, and their potential meeting could provide significant progress toward ending the war.

Tens of thousands of soldiers have also been killed, and in some places Ukrainian cities and villages have been decimated.

Newsweek contacted the foreign ministries of both Ukraine and Russia for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication. »

Sri Lanka declares emergency after violent protests over economic crisis

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COLOMBO, April 2 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide public emergency late on Friday following violent protests over the country's worst economic crisis in decades.

Hundreds of protesters clashed with police and military on Thursday outside Rajapaksa's residence in a suburb of the capital, Colombo.

"The main issue Sri Lanka is facing is a forex shortage, and protests of this nature will hurt tourism and have economic consequences," Ranatunge said. »

Estelle Harris Dies: ‘Seinfeld’s Estelle Costanza, ‘Toy Story’ Franchise’s Mrs. Potato Head Was 93

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“Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her.”.

Born Estelle Nussbaum in New York City on April 22, 1928, Harris appeared on 27 episodes of Seinfeld between 1992 and 1998.

Potato Head in three installments of Pixar’s Toy Story franchise (2, 3 and 4) and a number of additional shorts. »

Drug shortages persist in Russia after start of Ukraine war

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Shortages of some vital drugs have appeared in Russia since the invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24 and have persisted throughout the month of March.

Reports that Russians could not find certain medications in pharmacies started surfacing in early March, shortly after Moscow unleashed a war on Ukraine, and sweeping sanctions left Russia increasingly isolated from the rest of the world.

Despite assurances from authorities that hoarding of supplies was to blame for the quickly emptying shelves, reports about shortages persisted throughout March. »