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Black Sea Drills Showcase NATO-Ukraine Defense Ties

Ukraine and NATO have conducted Black Sea drills involving dozens of warships in a two-week show of their defense ties and capabilities following a confrontation between Russia’s military forces and a British destroyer off Crimea last month.The Sea Breeze 2021 maneuvers that ended Saturday involved about 30 warships and 40 aircraft from NATO members and Ukraine. The captain of the USS Ross, a U.S. Navy destroyer that took part in the drills, said the exercise was designed to improve how the equipment and personnel of the participating nations operate together.”We’d like to demonstrate to everybody, the international community, that no one nation can claim the Black Sea or any international body of water,” Commander John D. John said aboard the guided missile destroyer previously deployed to the area for drills. “Those bodies of water belong to the international community, and we’re committed to ensure that all nations have access to international waterways.”The Russian Defense Ministry said it was closely monitoring Sea Breeze. The Russian military also conducted a series of parallel drills in the Black Sea and southwestern Russia, with warplanes practicing bombing runs and long-range air defense missiles being deployed to protect the coast.FILE – John D. John, commanding officer of guided-missile destroyer USS Ross, speaks to reporters during Sea Breeze 2021 maneuvers, in the Black Sea, July 7, 2021.Last month, Russia said one of its warships in the Black Sea fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs in the path of the HMS Defender, a British Royal Navy destroyer, to chase it away from an area near Crimea that Moscow claims as its territorial waters.Russia denounced the Defender’s maneuver as a provocation and warned that next time it might fire to hit intruding warships.Britain, which like most other nations didn’t recognize Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, denied parts of the Russian account. It insists the Defender wasn’t fired upon on June 23 and said it was sailing in Ukrainian waters when Russia sent its planes into the air and shots were heard during the showdown.Friction increasingThe incident added to tensions between Russia and the NATO allies. Relations between Russia and the West have sunk to post-Cold War lows over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, its support for a separatist insurgency in eastern Ukraine, accusations of Russian hacking attacks, election interference and other irritants.Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week that the incident with the Defender wouldn’t have triggered a global conflict even if Russia had sunk the British vessel because the West knows it can’t win such a war. The statement appeared to indicate Putin’s resolve to raise the stakes should a similar incident happen again.Aboard the Ross, John said the Sea Breeze participants were exercising their right to operate in international waters. He described the drills as “a tangible demonstration of our commitment to each other for a safe and stable Black Sea region.”

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«Укрзалізниця»: під Києвом сходив із рейок господарський потяг, рух уже відновлено

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Pope to Deliver Sunday Angelus Prayer From Rome Hospital 

Pope Francis is recovering from colon surgery in a Rome hospital and the Vatican has announced that he will deliver his weekly Sunday blessing from there. An exact date for his release has not been given, although the Vatican had said he would spend about seven days in the hospital, barring complications.Pope Francis has been recovering from a three-hour operation that removed half of his colon last Sunday evening. He was taken to Rome’s Gemelli hospital for the planned surgery after delivering his weekly Sunday blessing.This is the first time the pope has been hospitalized since he was elected head of the Catholic Church.The pope temporarily ran a mild fever Wednesday, but routine tests proved negative. The Vatican said he was in generally good condition, alert, eating normally, taking walks in the corridor, and even reading and working.FILE – A satellite dish of a TV truck is parked in front of the Agostino Gemelli hospital, where Pope Francis has been hospitalized, in Rome, July 9, 2021.The Vatican said, though, that Francis would be delivering this Sunday’s Angelus prayer and blessing from the 10th floor of the hospital, where he has a private suite, the same one where Pope John Paul II was also treated many times.It will be the first time since his election in 2013 that Francis has missed his Sunday appointment from the balcony of the apostolic palace with the crowd in St. Peter’s Square, except for when he has been on his travels. The pope is not yet in good enough condition to be able to return to the Vatican, and no further announcement about his release has yet been given.The 84-year-old pope’s most recent ailments include painful sciatica that causes him to walk with a pronounced limp.Francis is expected to resume all his activities after July. Starting in September, the Vatican has said, he plans trips to Hungary and Slovakia. In November, he has plans to visit Greece and Cyprus and may also attend an international meeting on climate change in Scotland later that month.

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Обвал багатоповерхівки у Флориді: оприлюднені нові дані про знайдених загиблими і зниклих безвісти

Причина катастрофи далі не відома. Найбільше уваги привертають певні пошкодження конструкцій будівлі, які виявили ще попередніми роками

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Молодіжна легка атлетика: українка Ярослава Магучіх здобула «золото» в стрибках у висоту

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Death Toll in Florida Building Collapse Reaches 86

Rescue workers have recovered the remains of seven people from the rubble of the collapsed condominium building in Surfside, Florida, pushing the death toll Saturday to 86, according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.The search for survivors officially ended at midnight Wednesday night, nearly two weeks after part of the 12-story Champlain Towers building collapsed June 24.At a news conference Saturday morning, Levine Cava said 43 people remained unaccounted for and 62 had been identified, according to the Miami Herald. A man places flowers on a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Surfside’s Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Miami, Florida, July 8, 2021.Through early Saturday, no one had been rescued from the site since the first 12 hours of the collapse.A grand jury investigation into the cause of the collapse is in progress, and six families have filed separate suits.U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose congressional district includes Surfside, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have both promised financial aid for victims.Some information in this report comes from the Associated Press and Reuters.

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Данілов: санкції проти Медведчука діють у повному обсязі, послаблень немає

Згадані санкції, які стосуються Медведчука і кількох компаній, які з ним пов’язують, були запроваджені в лютому

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No US Troops Planned for Haiti but Help Being Sent for Assassination Probe

The United States reportedly has no military plans for Haiti after a request to send troops to that nation in the aftermath of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, but it has agreed to offer immediate help with the investigation. Haiti asked the U.S. and the United Nations Wednesday to deploy troops to the country to protect key infrastructure during a conversation between Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, according to Haitian Elections Minister Mathias Pierre, who spoke with media outlets, including Reuters and Agence France-Presse.Haiti Requests US, UN Troops to Secure InfrastructureHaiti elections minister says request to US was made to the secretary of stateThe minister said Joseph made a request for U.N. troops with the U.N. Security Council on Thursday. “We were in a situation where we believed that infrastructure of the country – the port, airport and energy infrastructure – might be a target,” Minister Pierre told Reuters. Reuters quoted an anonymous senior U.S. administration official Friday, who said the United States has no plans to provide military assistance to Haiti “at this time.”The United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from AFP.Earlier Friday, the Biden administration said it was sending senior Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in response to a request from the Haitian government for security and investigative assistance. US Sending FBI, Homeland Security Officials to Assist Haiti White House press secretary says assistance is in response to Haiti’s request for security and investigative help after presidential assassination White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday the U.S. officials will “assess the situation and how we may be able to assist.” “The United States remains engaged in close consultations with our Haitian and international partners to support the Haitian people in the aftermath of the assassination of the president,” she said. Haiti is in turmoil since Moise was shot to death at his private residence early Wednesday. Interim Prime Minister Joseph said he is in charge. Haitian officials have requested help from the United States to maintain security and help in the investigation to find those responsible for the assassination.Police said Friday that a 28-member assassination team of Colombians and Americans were responsible for the attack, but that a search continued for its organizers.Colombian police said Friday at least 13 former Colombian soldiers were believed to have been involved.  Haitian National Police Chief Léon Charles told reporters Friday that 17 suspects had been apprehended, including two Americans. Three suspects were killed and at least five are still on the run, police said.Haitian Officials: 17 Members of Hit Squad Detained in Killing of PresidentHaitian police say a heavily armed group that included two Americans and 26 Colombians were involved in the assassination; 17 of those people have been detainedColombia’s national police director, General Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, said at a Friday news conference in Bogota that four companies participated in the “recruitment” of the Colombian suspects. He did not disclose the names of the companies because their names were still being confirmed.Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the U.S., sent a letter to Blinken requesting sanctions against those implicated in the crime. “We further request for the Biden administration to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act on all perpetrators who are directly responsible or aided and abetted in the execution of the assassination of the president. We look forward to working with the U.S. Embassy in Port-au Prince as we seek truth and justice for the family of President Moise and the people of Haiti,” the letter said. Haiti will receive $75.5 million in U.S. assistance this year, Psaki said, for “democratic governance, health, education, agricultural development, strengthening of pre-election activities, strengthening peace and law enforcement.” She said bolstering “law enforcement capacity” remains a key U.S. priority.  The Biden administration has earmarked $5 million for the Haitian National Police force (PNH), which is already receiving assistance from the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. The money will be used to quell gang violence. Haiti’s police force has been criticized in recent years for human rights abuses, corruption and mismanagement of resources. On the immigration front, the White House press secretary said the United States has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible Haitians currently living in the U.S. The decision was announced by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in May. To help Haiti combat a COVID-19 surge that began last month, Psaki said the U.S. plans to deliver coronavirus vaccines to Haiti “as early as next week.” Haiti’s airports were closed hours after the assassination of the president as law enforcement sought to cut off escape routes to possible suspects. Psaki said the delivery of the vaccines would depend on the status of the airport. In remarks to reporters Friday, U.N. spokesperson Stephane Dujarric expressed concerns about the possible humanitarian implications the current crisis could have on the Haitian people. “Our colleagues are telling us that following the assassination of the president, efforts to respond to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the country are being put at risk,” Dujarric said. “The situation is also threatening efforts to provide humanitarian assistance, especially food and water, to people who have been internally displaced due to recent gang attacks.” Dujarric said humanitarian aid flights planned for Wednesday and Thursday were canceled. Helen La Lime, the special representative of the U.N. secretary-general in Haiti, has been in contact with Haitian officials, the spokesperson told reporters, and is pushing for “an inclusive political compromise” to solve the political crisis and sustain stability.  Meanwhile in Tabarre, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, dozens of Haitians gathered in front of the U.S. Embassy to request political asylum. “Whenever there’s a catastrophe in Haiti, people always seek refuge at the embassy. People don’t feel safe, that’s why they’re here,” a man who did not give his name told VOA Creole. He said some people arrived Thursday night. Asked if anyone from the embassy had come out to speak with the group, the man said no. “If something happens, they will stay here and if they have a chance to leave the country they’ll go,” the man said. This story includes information from Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse.White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara, United Nations Correspondent Margaret Besheer,and Matiado Vilme in Port-au-Prince, Haiti contributed to this report.