The Daily Populous

Friday April 7th, 2023 day edition

image for Ukraine gives Russia two options: Leave Crimea peacefully or be ready for battle

KYIV — Ukraine has not changed its plans for the return of territory occupied by Russia, including Crimea.

“Ukraine will choose the way to bring Crimea back, using political and military means,” Tamila Tasheva, the Ukrainian president’s envoy on Crimea, told POLITICO.

“To minimize Ukrainian military losses, minimize threats to civilians who live in occupied territories, as well as the destruction of civilian infrastructure, Ukraine plans to give Russia a choice on how to leave Crimea.

If they don’t agree to leave voluntarily, Ukraine will continue to liberate its land by military means,” Tasheva added.

“We are ready to open [a] diplomatic page to discuss this issue,” Sybiha said in the interview, referring to Kyiv’s long-planned counteroffensive.

Until the invasion of 2022, Ukraine saw political and diplomatic talks as the main way to get Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014, back under Kyiv’s control.

But we are already thinking on ways of how to reintegrate it in the best way,” Danilov told POLITICO. »

Biden condemns Tennessee Republicans for ‘shocking’ move to expel Democrats who joined Nashville gun protest

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President Joe Biden condemned Tennessee Republicans on Thursday for pushing to remove three Democratic lawmakers who participated in a gun violence protest on the statehouse floor last week following the recent Nashville mass shooting that killed six people at an elementary school.

The Tennessee house voted on Thursday to expel one of the three lawmakers who joined the protest, Rep Justin Jones of Nashville, while declining to expel another, Rep Gloria Johnson.

On Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans have largely shrugged off calls for new gun laws after the Nashville shooting. »

TN lawmaker asks students what gun they’re ‘comfortable being shot with’

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“You’re not going to like my answer, and look, I’m going to say that straight up,” Lamberth said to the students.

Confronted by students protesting at the Tennessee Capitol following a mass shooting at a school in Nashville, a state lawmaker posed a question that has drawn intense criticism.

“If there is a firearm out there that you’re comfortable being shot with, please show me which one it is,” he asked rhetorically. »

Sweden: State actor likeliest culprit for pipeline sabotage

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The pipelines, known as Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2, are majority-owned by Russia’s state-run energy giant Gazprom.

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish prosecutors said Thursday a state actor was the most likely culprit for the explosions that incapacitated the Nord Stream gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea last year, an act deemed as sabotage.

Authorities and investigators in Denmark, Sweden and other countries early on suspected the explosions were deliberate attacks and consider them sabotage. »