Mar 03, 2022

By Jane Brown

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More than 1-million people are now said to have fled Ukraine a week after Russian Leader Vladimir Putin began his war on the sovereign nation.

The tally from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees amounts to about 2 percent of Ukraine’s population, which the World Bank counted at 44-million at the end of 2020.

The Russian military may have captured its first city, Kherson, in Ukraine’s southeast but Ukrainian flags are still flying on buildings.

Military vehicles were seen entering and the mayor said he was told to impose a curfew, instruct people to move about in groups of no more than two and to obey soldiers’ orders.

The flag over the city is Ukrainian, the mayor said, but the demands must be observed.

Canada’s prime minister has spoken with Ukraine’s president.

According to the PMO, Justin Trudeau commended Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s outstanding bravery and front-line leadership, calling it inspirational for Canadians and people around the world.

Read more about Zelenskyy and how he’s inspiring people around the world at everythingzoomer.com.

Trudeau acknowledged yesterday that future sanctions against Russian business interests in Canada could cause some economic “collateral damage” domestically.

He said he may look at compensating some businesses but added that allies in Europe will feel the economic effects of sanctions much more than Canada.

And in a stunning reversal of an earlier decision, Russian and Belarusian athletes have now been banned from the Paralympic games, which open Friday in Beijing.

The original plan was to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to compete without their national flags or symbols, but committee members reversed that decision citing the role both countries are playing in the war against Ukraine.

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