Zelensky's not hiding, Putin's not backing down, Dizzee Rascal's not happy, and Piers Morgan is not sorry.
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MONDAY'S MAIN LINES
- Ukraine's President Zelensky released another video to show he is in his office in Kyiv, "not hiding" and "not afraid of anyone".
- The Mayor of a town near Kyiv was shot and killed by Russian forces, according to multiple reports.
- According to a journalist based in Turkey, Russia is now the "world's most sanctioned nation," surpassing Iran.
- Russia has been trying to recruit Syrians to fight alongside them in Ukraine, according to the Pentagon in the US. While a report in The Guardian said there is no evidence of any being there at this point, a US defence official said it was "noteworthy" President Putin believes they could be needed.
- Ukraine's defence ministry claims a Russian general was killed in the city of Kharkiv, Ukraine's second-largest city which is located very near to the border with Russia.
THE ENERGY ANGLE
In Monday's NewsFix, we noted the Biden administration had suggested over the weekend exploring a way to ban the import of Russian oil in response to its invasion of Ukraine.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said they were speaking with European allies about it.
Okay, what's the latest? On Monday, both Germany and the Netherlands "rejected the plans", per BBC News. Remember, Europe is heavily reliant on Russia for energy supplies - the country provides the continent with roughly 40% of its gas, and 30% of its oil.
Russia's response: On Monday, the country's deputy prime minister suggested Russia could retaliate by cutting the gas supply in Nord Stream 1, the pipeline that transports Russian gas into Europe.
WHEN A PHOTO TELLS THE STORY
A couple of photos have gone viral in the last day or so. Firstly, the photo below of a jammed platform in Kharkiv, with people desperately waiting to get on a train.
Second is the photo below from Russia. According to Sky News, it shows a group of terminally ill children in Russia lined up to make the shape of the letter 'Z'. The letter has become a pro-war symbol in Russia.
THE IRISH EMBASSY
On Monday, a van drove through the gates of the Russian Embassy in Dublin.
In response, the embassy tweeted a statement condemning the action - which was later shared by Russia's Ministry for Foreign Affairs. In the statement, they described it as a "criminal act of insanity", and called on the Irish government to take "comprehensive measures" to ensure the safety of their staff.
Below is footage of the moment, though the quality of the video is not great.
Security barriers have now been erected outside the embassy building.
According to The Irish Times, the driver of the van is a man from Leitrim who will appear in court today. Following the incident, he reportedly said; "I've done my bit, lads. It's about time the rest of Ireland done their bit."
ON TODAY'S AGENDA
Ukraine's President Zelensky will later virtually address British MPs in the UK's House of Commons.
According to multiple UK media reports, it is expected to take place at 5pm.
WORTH A WATCH
The Economist released a discussion between experts that is really interesting - War in Ukraine: how far will Putin go?
ON A LEGAL NOTE...
- Singer Ed Sheeran was at the High Court Monday defending a copyright claim made against him in relation to his song 'Shape of You'. According to BBC News, Sheeran has been accused of copyright by two songwriters. Here is a link to one of the songs Sheeran is accused of copying the hook from.
- Musician Dizzee Rascal was seen smashing a photographer's camera and throwing it across the road outside court on Monday. The artist and rapper was found guilty of assaulting an ex-fiancee. Click 👇🏽 to watch the moment it happened.
- BBC News: False claims that Ukraine war is a hoax go viral
- The Guardian: Live/Russia-Ukraine war: Moscow threatens to cut gas supplies to Europe: Zelenskiy vows to stay in Kyiv until 'war is won' - live
- The Financial Times: Putin puts world on alert with high-stakes nuclear posturing
- Al Jazeera: Ukraine says 2nd Russian general killed; Moscow makes new offer for evacuations
- The Irish Times: Protective barriers erected at Russian embassy after truck drives through gates
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WORTH A WATCH
Renowned designer Vera Wang spoke to the BBC about how many people are fascinated by how young the 72-year-old looks. It actually makes for a really interesting watch.
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"I always said that vodka cocktail, a lot of sleep, but work, work is the magic elixir." - Vera Wang
International Women's Day.
"Women and girls represent half of the world's population and, therefore, half of its potential." - The United Nations
In terms of some global statistics, women still have only three quarters of the legal rights afforded to men - and that becomes around 50% on average when it comes to the Middle East and North Africa.
Women also account for more than two-thirds of the world's 796 million illiterate people.
TODAY ALSO MARKS...
One year since Piers Morgan said he didn't believe claims made by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, during her explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The comments led to a fierce debate on set, where Morgan ultimately walked off live on air, and later left his role as co-presenter. This morning, Morgan tweeted he still doesn't believe her.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE...
Worth the watch for the candle scene alone.