The Daily Populous

Sunday April 3rd, 2022 morning edition

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Ukraine minister says regained control of ‘whole Kyiv region’.

Ukraine has regained control of “the whole Kyiv region” after invading Russian forces retreated from some key towns near the Ukrainian capital, deputy defence minister Ganna Maliar has said.

The spokesman added Russia would like to continue talks with Ukraine in neighbouring Belarus but Kyiv opposed the idea.

Russia and Ukraine held several rounds of talks in Belarus last month before their delegation met in Istanbul last week.

Ukraine and its Western allies reported mounting evidence of Russia withdrawing its forces from around Kyiv and building up troop strength in eastern Ukraine.

Russian police have detained 176 people at protests against Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine, an NGO said.

Ukrainian forces continue to advance against withdrawing Russian forces in the vicinity of Kyiv, British military intelligence has said. »

Russian troops are trying to sell looted Ukrainian goods in Belarus, Ukrainian defense ministry says

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Russian troops are selling goods stolen from Ukrainians, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

Russian troops have opened a market in Belarus to sell goods that they stole from Ukrainians during the invasion, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.

The defense ministry said Russians are selling "washing machines and dishwashers, refrigerators, precious jewelry, cars, bicycles, motorcycles, dishes, carpets, artworks, children's toys, cosmetics.". »

Sacred land returned to Native tribe in Virginia

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Tribal land in Virginia was returned to the Rappahannock Tribe during a celebration hosted by the Department of the Interior Friday.

Fish and Wildlife Service in honor of the tribe's historic reacquisition of roughly 465 acres at Fones Cliffs.

"The Department is honored to join the Rappahannock Tribe in co-stewardship of this portion of their ancestral homeland. »

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. »

Lithuania completely abandons Russian gas imports

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Seeking full energy independence from Russian gas, in response to Russia's energy blackmail in Europe and the war in Ukraine, Lithuania has completely abandoned Russian gas: Lithuania's gas transmission system has been operating without Russian gas imports since the beginning of this month.

If necessary, gas can also be delivered to Lithuania via the gas link with Latvia, and from 1 May – through the gas link with Poland.

In these circumstances, Russia's demand to pay for gas in rubles is meaningless, as Lithuania no longer orders Russian gas and no longer plans to pay for it. »