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Russia fires missiles across Ukraine, cements gains in east

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Russia Fires Missiles Across Ukraine, Cements Gains In East

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KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces were seeking to swallow up the last remaining Ukrainian stronghold in the eastern Luhansk region, pressing their momentum after taking full control Saturday of the charred ruins of Sievierodonetsk and the chemical plant where hundreds of Ukrainian troops and civilians had been holed up.

Russia also launched dozens of missiles on several areas across the country far from the heart of the eastern battles. Some of the missiles were fired from Russian long-range Tu-22 bombers deployed from Belarus for the first time, Ukraine’s air command said.

The bombardment preceded a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, during which Putin announced that Russia planned to supply Belarus with the Iskander-M missile system.

Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said late Saturday that Russian and Moscow-backed separatist forces now control Sievierodonetsk and the villages surrounding it. He said the attempt by Ukrainian forces to turn the Azot plant into a “stubborn center of resistance” had been thwarted.

Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk province, said Friday that Ukrainian troops were retreating from Sievierodonetsk after weeks of bombardment and house-to-house fighting. He confirmed Saturday that the city had fallen to Russian and separatist fighters, who he said were now trying to blockade Lysychansk from the south. The city lies across the river just to the west of Sievierodonetsk.

Capturing Lysychansk would give Russian forces control of every major settlement in the province, a significant step toward Russia’s aim of capturing the entire Donbas. The Russians and separatists control about half of Donetsk, the second province in the Donbas.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for the separatist forces, Andrei Marochko, as saying Russian troops and separatist fighters had entered Lysychansk and that fighting was taking place in the heart of the city. There was no immediate comment on the claim from the Ukrainian side.

Lysychansk and Sievierodonetsk have been the focal point of a Russian offensive aimed at capturing all of the Donbas and destroying the Ukrainian military defending it — the most capable and battle-hardened segment of the country’s armed forces.

Russian bombardment has reduced most of Sievierodonetsk to rubble and cut its population from 100,000 to 10,000. The last remaining Ukrainian troops were holed up in underground shelters in the huge Azot chemical plant, along with hundreds of civilians. A separatist representative, Ivan Filiponenko, said earlier Saturday that its forces evacuated 800 civilians from the plant during the night, Interfax reported.

Ukrainian military analyst Oleg Zhdanov said some of the troops were heading for Lysychansk. But Russian moves to cut off Lysychansk will give those retreating troops little respite.

Some 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) to the west, four Russian cruise missiles fired from the Black Sea hit a “military object” in Yaroviv, Lviv regional governor Maksym Kozytskyy said. He did not give further details of the target, but Yaroviv has a sizable military base used for training fighters, including foreigners who have volunteered to fight for Ukraine.

Russian missiles struck the Yaroviv base in March, killing 35 people. The Lviv region, although far from the front lines, has come under fire at various points in the the war as Russia’s military worked to destroy fuel storage sites.

About 30 Russian missiles were fired on the Zhytomyr region in central Ukraine on Saturday morning, killing one Ukrainian soldier, regional governor Vitaliy Buchenko said. He said all of the strikes were aimed at military targets.

In the northwest, two missiles hit a service station and auto repair center in Sarny, killing three people and wounding four, the Rivne regional governor, Vitaliy Koval, said. He posted a picture of the destruction. Sarny is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Belarus.

In southern Ukraine along the Black Sea coast, nine missiles fired from Crimea hit the port city of Mykolaiv, the Ukrainian military said.

In the north, about 20 missiles were fired from Belarus into the Chernihiv region, the Ukrainian military said.

Ukraine’s military intelligence agency said the Russian bombers’ use of Belarusian airspace for the first time for Saturday’s attack was “directly connected to attempts by the Kremlin to drag Belarus into the war.”

Belarus hosts Russian military units and was used as a staging ground before Russia invaded Ukraine, but its own troops have not crossed the border.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address that as a war that Moscow expected to last five days moved into its fifth month, Russia “felt compelled to stage such a missile show.”

He said the war was at a difficult stage, “when we know that the enemy will not succeed, when we understand that we can defend our country, but we don’t know how long it will take, how many more attacks, losses and efforts there will be before we can see that victory is already on our horizon.”

During his meeting in St. Petersburg with Lukashenko, Putin told him the Iskander-M missile systems would be arriving in the coming months. He noted that they can fire either ballistic or cruise missiles and carry nuclear as well as conventional warheads. Russia has launched several Iskander missiles into Ukraine during the war.

Following a botched attempt to capture Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital, in the early stage of the invasion that started Feb. 24, Russian forces have shifted their focus to the Donbas, where the Ukrainian forces have fought Moscow-backed separatists since 2014.

A senior U.S. defense official, speaking in Washington on condition of anonymity, on Friday called the Ukrainians’ withdrawal from Sievierodonetsk a “tactical retrograde” to consolidate forces into positions where they can better defend themselves. The move will reinforce Ukraine’s efforts to keep Russian forces pinned down in a small area, the official said.

After repeated Ukrainian requests to its Western allies for heavier weaponry to counter Russia’s edge in firepower, four medium-range American rocket launchers arrived this week, with four more on the way.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry released a video Saturday showing the first use of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, in Ukraine. The video gave no location or indication of the targets. The rockets can travel about 45 miles (70 kilometers).

The senior U.S. defense official said Friday that more Ukrainian forces are training outside Ukraine to use the HIMARS and are expected back in their country with the weapons by mid-July. Also to be sent are 18 U.S. coastal and river patrol boats.

The official said there is no evidence Russia has intercepted any of the steady flow of weapons into Ukraine from the U.S. and other nations. Russia has repeatedly threatened to strike, or actually claimed to have hit, such shipments.

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LAKE FRONT, Minnesota — Prior Lake police say a man was arrested and no one was injured after shots were fired outside a home early Wednesday.

Multiple 911 calls about gunshots brought officers to the 3600 block of Willow Beach Street Southwest just before 2:30 a.m., the Prior Lake Police Department said.

Police said they saw “activity in the yard outside the house” and heard more gunshots nearby.

Officers arrested a man and recovered a handgun.

Police said there was no threat to the public.

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Aaron Rodgers laments Packers training camp mistakes: ‘Simple plays, we get it wrong’

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NFL preseason and training camp are the best ways to hone offense, but for a four-time NFL MVP like Aaron Rodgers, patience can certainly run out.

The Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints faced off in joint workouts. While the defense had looked solid, Rodgers lamented the offense’s errors.

“A lot of mental errors, a lot of pre-snap penalties,” the Packers star said Tuesday. “It was kind of the camp theme. Simple, simple games that we miss.”

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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers conducts a drill prior to a joint NFL football workout with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday August 16, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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The Packers traded Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders and lost Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the Kansas City Chiefs, not to mention offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett who took over as head coach of the Denver Broncos.

Green Bay added Sammy Watkins and selected Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure in the draft. Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are also back.

However, as the Packers prepare, Rodgers has openly said the mistakes have to stop.

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“It’s some of the same guys unfortunately. Repeated mistakes (are) a problem, so we just have to clean those things up a bit. Young guys, especially young receivers, we have to be a lot more consistent. Lots of falls, lots of wrong route decisions, taking the wrong route. We need to improve in this area. But I felt like the line held up pretty well, which was good to see.” Rodgers added.

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“I mean there’s definitely some guys that you feel really good with. Obviously I can play Cobby (Randall Cobb) in my sleep. And when he’s healthy, he’s the first receiver of league slots. I feel, especially after today, better with Sammy. And then there are a lot of opportunities after that.

The Saints defense is not to be overlooked and is probably the perfect team to train against in preparation for the season.

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New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen watches a drill prior to an NFL football joint practice session with the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday August 16, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
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The New Orleans defense was fourth in points allowed and seventh in yards allowed. The Saints beat the Packers 38-3 in last season’s opener. They shot Rodgers twice and fired him once.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Fundraising launched for the statue of Freya, the euthanized Norwegian walrus

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Fundraising Launched For The Statue Of Freya, The Euthanized Norwegian Walrus

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Authorities decided to euthanize the walrus in the early hours of Sunday local time after the public ignored repeated warnings to keep their distance from her.

A walrus named Freya at the water’s edge at Frognerstranda in Oslo, Norway, Monday, July 18, 2022. Tor Erik Schrøder/NTB Scanpix via AP

A fundraising campaign has been launched to build a statue in memory of Freya, a 1,300-pound walrus euthanized this week by Norwegian authorities, who said she was a threat to human safety.

The young female walrus – nicknamed after the Norse goddess of beauty and love – has been causing a stir in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, since mid-July, napping on boats and sunbathing on the discarded.

Authorities decided to euthanize the walrus in the early hours of Sunday local time after the public ignored repeated warnings to keep their distance from her. Authorities had considered moving the walrus but ultimately decided the operation was too risky. Marine experts say there is a chance that a sedated marine mammal could drown.

Many people denounced this decision as a national disgrace. Some have raised questions about why authorities did not attempt to move the walrus to a safer area or wait for it to leave on its own once the summer crowds dispersed.

Freya’s death ‘has a strong negative signaling effect that we in Norway, and especially in Oslo, are unable to provide living space for wild animals,’ the collection organizers wrote. funds in their appeal.

“By erecting a statue of the symbol that Freya has quickly become, we will always remind (and future generations) that we cannot or should not always kill and suppress nature when she is ‘in the way,’” they added.

The campaign had raised nearly $20,000 by Wednesday, and organizers said several sculptors had expressed interest in creating the statue. In case the project does not move forward, all donations will go to the Norwegian branch of the World Wide Fund for Nature, they said.

Oslo officials did not immediately respond to a question about whether they had been asked about the placement of a statue in the city.

Walruses normally live in the ice-covered waters of Canada, Greenland, Norway, Russia and Alaska. There are approximately 25,000 Atlantic walruses and 200,000 Pacific walruses in the wild. They typically rest on sea ice between feeding bouts.

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Freya the walrus sitting on a boat at Frognerkilen in Oslo, Norway, Monday July 18, 2022. – Tor Erik Schrøder/NTB Scanpix via AP

However, climate change is pushing animals further and further away from their natural habitats. A beluga whale trapped in a river northwest of Paris, far from its Arctic home, died this month as rescuers tried to bring the 13ft mammal to shore.

Freya had also been seen along the coasts of several European countries in recent months, including Britain, Denmark and the Netherlands.

“Unfortunately, the situation is going to get worse as more and more of these polar species start coming into different waters,” said Karen Stockin, a marine ecologist at Massey University in New Zealand. New Zealand faces similar challenges in managing marine mammals, including sea lions and leopard seals, which venture into the Pacific nation from Antarctica.

“Our days of having clearer and more defined boundaries between some of these animals and our own existence – with climate change – are going to become fewer. We are going to have more overlap in our communities and our coastal environment. And therefore people will have to prepare for it,” said Stockin, who has spent the past few days rescuing a pod of wild dolphins stranded on an island off Auckland, New Zealand.

The frenzy of attention Freya garnered during her time in Oslo – crowds swarming within feet of the walrus – showed more needed to be done to educate the public on how to stay safe, marine experts say. Authorities released a photo on Sunday of dozens of people huddled together on a pier near the animal.

“You wouldn’t be on the Serengeti and think it’s good to be up close and personal with a lion,” Stockin said. She said that in cases like Freya’s, authorities should focus on “people management, not animal management.”

“Something weird is going on when it comes to marine mammals. People will get much closer than they ever would to any typical sized terrestrial wild animal. It’s crazy,” Stockin said. “And if it’s not handled properly by the authorities. . . it is the animal that suffers.

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A man was arrested on Tuesday for first degree murder after the death of a woman near Fountain was deemed “suspicious”, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said.

Fountain police were called to a reported overdose in the 9000 block of Squirrel Creek Road, outside of Fountain, where they found Lisa Weidlich, 43, dead.

After determining the matter was within the jurisdiction of El Paso County, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office attended the scene to investigate.

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The bathrooms of houses for sale in Canada are… strange. “People do it differently in the north”

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The Bathrooms Of Houses For Sale In Canada Are... Strange. “People Do It Differently In The North”

An estate on the real estate market in Ontario, Canada for $2.29 million will enchant some with its fairytale interior, but others? Well, they’re a little confused.

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The lakeside property has a “resort setting,” according to the listing on Zillow.com, and even comes with a dock that’s a “combined boathouse-barge,” sure to appeal to lovers water and outdoor enthusiasts.

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While the grounds are attractive, it’s the six bedrooms and four bathrooms inside that might seem playful – or alarming. Especially the bathrooms that look like something straight out of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

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At least some of them do.

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The rest of the house carries a charming aesthetic, however.

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Features include:

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There’s also what appears to be a swivel bed and a bunk bed that includes a slide.

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But it was these bathrooms that caught the attention of fans of Friday Night Zillowa fun Twitter hashtag focused on quirky homes in the real estate market run by Bloomberg congressional reporter Steven Dennis.

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“I have questions,” one person quotes-tweeted about the stone shower.

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“I am eager to see the toilets“said another.

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party shower made of stone!” someone tweeted.

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“Their culture is far superior“, one person noted.

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“Wait to see the soap dispenser,” someone said.

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“Could be illegal in many Southern states…,” another joked.

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“People do things differently North“, one person tweeted.

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Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

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The all-time highs of cryptocurrencies in 2021 seem like a distant memory as major crypto assets lost value following the 2022 crypto collapse, which ended their historic bullish trend. However, as investors have been steering clear of riskier assets, cryptocurrency has been hammered particularly hard. Additionally, institutions and other major players in the space that made investments close to the market’s peak are under pressure due to the recent crypto crash.

Investing in cryptocurrencies comes with its own risks, just like any other investment. However, we’ve put together three crypto projects worth considering following the bear market. Chiliz (CHZ), Near Protocol (NEAR), and the latest project, Proprivex Token (PPX), have features that make them worthy of consideration.

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Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

Chiliz (CHZ) – Bringin Sports Fans Together

Alexandre Dreyfus, the CEO and creator of Socios created Chiliz in 2018 to bring together sports fans and their preferred teams. Socios developed the Chiliz network and Socios platform after raising $66 million in a private placement fundraising round headed by Jump Trading. As part of a significant partnership with Juventus, Socios launched its platform in 2019, enabling users to exchange CHZ for JUV tokens. Since then, Socios has collaborated with several champions league soccer teams, including FC Barcelona.

The Chiliz (CHZ) network is connected to a secondary sidechain or blockchain used by the fan token platform. Sports organizations can decide to put up their sidechain and tailor the number of fan tokens they want to circulate. The Chiliz network charges transaction fees to teams who choose to issue fan tokens. The native cryptocurrency of the Chiliz network is  CHZ, enabling users to buy Fan Tokens on Socios.com. The token was initially released as an Ethereum-based ERC-20 token. Still, after entering into a strategic collaboration with Binance, it also started offering Binance Smart Chain BEP-2 versions of the token.

Near Protocol (NEAR) – The Community-led Token

The NEAR Protocol (NEAR) was designed as a community-run cloud computing platform and featured a public Proof-of-Stake (PoS) blockchain with smart contract functionality. NEAR, created by the NEAR Collective, aims to compete with Ethereum and other top smart contract-enabled blockchains like EOS and Polkadot by being built to host decentralized applications (dApps). The native token of Near Protocol, also known as NEAR, is used to cover transaction and storage costs. Token owners who take part in reaching network consensus by acting as transaction validators may also stake NEAR tokens.

Near Protocol aims to provide a platform that is both user and developer friendly. Near Protocol has included features like enabling new users to connect with dApps and smart contracts without ever needing to create a wallet to fulfill this aim. As well as the option to develop human-readable account names rather than just cryptographic wallet addresses. Mintbase, a non-fungible token(NFT) minting platform, and Flux, a protocol that enables developers to build markets based on assets, commodities, real-world events, and more, are examples of projects based on the Near Protocol.

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Chiliz, Near Protocol, and Proprivex Token (PPX)- Top 3 Cryptocurrencies You Should Consider Following in the Bear Market

What Is Proprivex Token (PPX)?

Proprivex Token (PPX) is a platform for trading and managing portfolios focused on digital assets and currencies. Usually, traditional financial assets are managed differently from

digital assets based on laid-down standards. Also, the markets, risks, volatility, and security hazards are all completely different since the bulk of their features varies. The crypto project aims to make it easier for crypto investors to manage multiple portfolios from a single location. Proprivex Token aims to make blockchain accessible to all users with ease and comfort.

Proprivex Token is constructing an intuitive ecosystem to alter public perceptions of blockchain technology and digital assets. Because of the ecosystem’s efficient and safe capabilities, various crypto assets can be traded, staked, managed, and fully secured. Previously, specific self-acclaimed individuals and organizations have promised to help crypto investors manage their portfolios effectively, all to no avail.

To find out more about Proprivex Token (PPX), follow the links below:

Presale: http://prop.proprivex.io/

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