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Russia has increased the intensity of its offensive in the east but has been repeatedly pushed back by Ukrainian forces, the British Ministry of Defense (MoD) said, as Western governments pledged to send more artillery and that a new deadline for surrender at Mariupol was approaching.

The Defense Ministry said Tuesday evening that shelling and strikes were increasing on the Line of Control in Donbass but Russian forces continued to be hampered by logistical and technological problems. He also noted an “inability to eradicate resistance” in Mariupol as a sign of failure to achieve Moscow’s goals.

The Russian Defense Ministry said it would offer the beleaguered port city a ceasefire today to allow Ukrainian defenders entrenched in the Azovstal steelworks to lay down their arms. About 1,000 civilians are said to have been hiding in underground shelters under the Mariupol steelworks, according to the city council. Most of the civilians would be women with children and the elderly.

  • How are Ukrainian troops doing in Mariupol? A commander of Ukraine’s marines in Mariupol said his forces were “possibly facing our last days or even hours” and called for extraction, in a Facebook post posted early this morning.

  • What happens with the diplomatic effort? Western nations are preparing to stage coordinated walkouts and other diplomatic snubs to protest Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at a meeting of G20 finance ministers in Washington. Janet Yellen, the US Treasury Secretary, plans to avoid sessions involving Russian officials.

  • What else is going on? Here’s what we know as of Day 56 of the invasion.

January 6 ‘was a coup organized by the president’, says Jamie Raskin

The panel hearings will demonstrate to the American public the steps taken by Trump and his allies to overturn the election result. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump attempted a coup on January 6, 2021 as he tried to salvage his doomed presidency, and it will be the focus of the upcoming public hearings of the House special panel investigating the events surrounding the insurrection on the US Capitol. said Congressman Jamie Raskin. .

Raskin is a prominent committee Democrat and also led House efforts when Trump was impeached for the historic second time, in 2021, on charges of inciting a storming of the US Capitol by his hardline supporters who were trying to Prevent Joe Biden’s Certification. victory.

“This was a coup staged by the president against the vice president and against Congress to overthrow the 2020 presidential election,” Raskin said in an interview with The Guardian. Reuters press and the Climate One radio show.

Public hearings by the bipartisan special committee investigating Jan. 6 and related actions by Trump and his White House team and other allies, chaired by Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson, are expected next month.

Texas defenders file new legal challenge against near-total abortion ban

Reproductive Rights Advocates in Rio Grande City, Texas
Reproductive rights advocates in Rio Grande City, Texas earlier this month. Photograph: Jason Garza/Reuters

Reproductive rights advocates in Texas have filed a new legal challenge to end a near-total ban on abortion that has been in effect for more than six months.

Senate Bill 8 bans abortion once embryonic heart activity is detected – usually as early as the sixth week of pregnancy, which is before most people know they are pregnant – and offers no exceptions for rape or incest. The lawsuit, filed yesterday, asks a federal court to declare the extreme law unconstitutional. He cites public threats and legal action by anti-abortion activists against the Texas Abortion Funds, groups that have been instrumental in helping patients travel out of state for treatment, arguing that this conduct chilled their First Amendment rights.

“Plaintiffs urgently need this court to end Texas’ brazen disregard for the rule of law, uphold the federal constitutional rights of pregnant Texans, and restore the ability of abortion funds and their donors, employees and volunteers to fully serve the abortion patients of Texas,” the federal government said. court filing reads.

  • Wendy Davis, a former Texas senator who led an 11-hour filibuster against an anti-abortion bill in 2013, said“We are today asking the courts to end the unconstitutional harassment of abortion funds by confirming that SB 8 cannot be used to silence donors with false threats.”

In other news…

Prince Harry speaking to NBC's Today Show
Prince Harry speaking to NBC’s Today Show. Photography: NBC
  • Prince Harry said the Queen was ‘in great shape’ at their recent meeting, and he wanted to make sure she had ‘the right people around her’. Speaking to NBC about meeting the monarch, Harry said: “Being with her was great, it was so nice to see her, she’s in great shape.”

  • In a 59-page opinion on Monday, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Mizelle of Tampa, Florida, struck down the federal requirement that people wear masks on planes and public transportation. She instantly became a heroine of the Republican right hailed for her “courage” and “common sense”.

  • Fantastic Beasts star Ezra Miller arrested on suspicion of assault in Hawaii. Miller already faces charges of harassment and disorderly conduct after an incident last month at a karaoke bar on the island.

  • A growing number of cities and states have limited the information that local law enforcement can share with immigration authorities. But new documents reveal that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) used private tech companies to circumvent these sanctuary policies.

  • Netflix lost subscribers for the first time in 10 years earlier this year and said it expects to lose even more in the spring, sending its stock price crashing again yesterday.. The streaming giant’s share price initially fell nearly 20% after news it lost 200,000 subscribers globally in the first quarter.

Stat of the Day: Most workers in large retail and food companies earn less than $15 an hour – study

Fast food workers walk through a McDonald's restaurant to demand a $15 hourly minimum wage in East Los Angeles
Last year, fast food workers marched through a McDonald’s restaurant to demand a $15 hourly minimum wage in East Los Angeles. Photograph: Damian Dovarganes/AP

Some of the largest and most profitable retail and food service companies still pay most of their employees less than $15 an hour, and many employees still earn less than $10 an hour. according to a company payroll tracking tool developed by the Economic Policy Institute and the Shift Project. According to a 2021 report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a worker needs to earn at least $20.40 an hour to pay rent for an average one-bedroom apartment in the United States.

Don’t Miss This: The Family Who Endured Two True Crime Stories

Boy watching static on TV
The Stayner family, whose devastating tragedies have both been exploited by the media, get a chance to speak in a new docuseries. Photograph: Gaia Moments/Alamy

Ashley Stayner is a self-proclaimed true crime fan. She also happens to have had front row seats to two true crime stories in her own family, writes Radheyan Simonpillai. Her father is kidnapping victim turned hero Steven Stayner, the subject of the two-part TV movie I Know My Name Is Steven, which aired in 1989. Her uncle is Carey Stayner, the serial killer sitting on death row for the Yosemite murders. , which have been covered by many true crime programs such as American Justice, FBI: Criminal Pursuit and more.

Climate control: Biden launches $6 billion effort to save distressed US nuclear plants

Indian tip in New York
Indian Point in New York, which was closed last year. Photo: Seth Wenig/AP

The Biden administration is launching a $6 billion effort to save nuclear power plants threatened with closure, citing the need to conserve nuclear power as a carbon-free energy source that helps fight climate change. “U.S. nuclear power plants contribute more than half of our carbon-free electricity, and President Biden is committed to keeping these plants active to meet our clean energy goals,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. “We are using every tool available to get this country powered by clean energy by 2035.”

Latest Thing: Humpback Whale Lights Orca Pod In Rare Encounter

A pod of killer whales swim in the Salish Sea
A pod of killer whales swims in the Salish Sea. Tourists in a whale-watching boat witnessed an encounter between orcas and a humpback whale known as Valiant. Photograph: Scott Anderson/Alamy

An aggressive humpback whale has appeared to turn the tide on a pod of orcas off the Canadian coast, stalking and then ambushing the pod that would have more usually attacked it. The rare event occurred in the Salish Sea between British Columbia and Washington state and was observed by tourists on a whale-watching trip. “There is something happening in front of us that has never been seen before,” Olivia Esqueda told CHEK News. “It’s hard not to be like a kid at Disney World.”

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