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Russian strikes hit western Ukraine as offensive widens

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia widened its offensive in Ukraine on Friday, striking airfields in the west and an industrial city in the east, while the huge armored column that had been stalled for over a week outside Kyiv was on the move again, spreading out into forests and towns near the capital.

Russian Olympic body challenges ban from winter sports event

March 11, 2022

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee made an urgent appeal Friday to overturn a ban on its athletes competing at a European winter sports festival in Finland.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it was setting a timetable for the case ahead of the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival being held from March 20-25.

Drone likely flying from Ukraine war zone crashes in Croatia

March 11, 2022

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A drone that flew over several NATO countries all the way from the Ukrainian war zone crashed overnight on the outskirts of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, triggering a loud blast and damaging parked cars but causing no injuries, authorities said Friday.

A NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the alliance’s “integrated air and missile defense tracked the flight path of an object which subsequently crashed in Zagreb.”

US slashes Russia trade status, bans its alcohol and seafood

March 11, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Friday the U.S. will dramatically downgrade its trade status with Russia as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine and also ban imports of Russian seafood, alcohol and diamonds.

The broad trade shift, which revokes the “most favored nation” status for Russia, is being taken in coordination with the European Union and Group of Seven countries.

“The free world is coming together to confront Putin,” Biden said from the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Stocks waver amid Russia-Ukraine hopes, rise in oil prices

March 11, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are wavering between gains and losses on Wall Street Friday, as uncertainty about the war in Ukraine and inflation continues to knock markets around.

The S&P 500 was 0.1% higher in mixed midday trading, European stocks were up more solidly and crude oil prices were climbing more than 2% after flip-flopping earlier in the day.

Not all Western companies sever ties to Russia over Ukraine

March 10, 2022

A shrinking number of well-known companies are still doing business in Russia, even as hundreds have announced plans to curtail ties.

Burger King restaurants are open, Eli Lilly is supplying drugs, and PepsiCo is selling milk and baby food, but no more soda.

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