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US to take 100,000 refugees; NATO to supply weapons to Ukraine

Even as the fighting raged in several cities, with the Russians attacking apartments, schools and hospitals, blowing up the port of Berdyansk, the NATO met in Brussels where Biden said "NATO has never, never been more united than is it today." Although his mission to Europe was "to ensure we stay united". Biden said allies would respond if Russia uses chemical weapons against Ukraine. (READ: Ukraine war: Western agents seek to get inside Putin's head)

WASHINGTON, March 24: The US will take 100,000 refugees from Ukraine being devastated by a mindless Russian invasion, and provide $1 billion more in new humanitarian assistance to the war-torn country, the White House announced on Thursday. The aid will be used for food and medical supplies.

"Today, the United States is announcing plans to welcome up to 1,00,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the US refugee admissions program," the White House said in a statement.

In Brussels, US President Joe Biden said in a statement following a NATO emergency summit on Thursday, “We had the privilege of hearing directly from President (Volodymyr) Zelenskyy (he addressed the NATO), and we will continue to support him and his Government with significant and increasing amounts of security assistance to fight Russian aggression and uphold their right to self-defense.” Biden is attending the summits of the NATO and Group of Seven leaders. He is also meeting European Union leaders to consolidate unity among them to face the Russian invasion.

NATO allies agree to supply weapons to Ukraine

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the alliance has activated chemical, biological and nuclear defence elements. "Russia might use the pretext of NATO preparing a biological attack to carry out the same in Ukraine. We are concerned. If it happens, it'll change the nature of the conflict. It won't just affect Ukraine but also NATO countries," the NATO chief said.

"NATO allies have agreed to supply weapons to Ukraine to tackle such attacks. We have activated our chemical, biological, and nuclear defence elements," he added.

In a statement, NATO asked Putin to stop the war and withdraw the troops. "Russia’s attack on Ukraine threatens global security", it said.

The NATO will deploy four new combat units in Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

It extended the term of Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg for a year.

In his video address to the NATO summit, Zelenskyy called for military assistance. Provide Ukraine with “1% of all your planes, 1% of all your tanks,” he pleaded. He also called on people worldwide to gather in public to show support for his country as the invasion is entering its second month.

At the UN, the General Assembly approved a resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. India once again abstained. "India abstained on the resolution since what we require now is to focus on cessation of hostilities and urgent humanitarian assistance. The draft resolution didn't fully reflect our expected focus on these challenges," Ambassador TS Tirumurti said.

The Group of Seven leaders also announced plans to restrict the Russian Central Bank’s use of gold in transactions. The US announced a new sanctions on defense companies and more than 300 members of the Russian State Duma.

Port of Berdyansk set ablaze

Meanwhile, the Russian troops blew up a fuel tank, resulting in fire in the port of Berdyansk. Some Russian ships were also attacked. Ukrainian Navy said a Russian Alligator-class landing ship BDK-69 Orsk was destroyed in the port.

About 3.7 million people have fled Ukraine since the aggression began on February 24, according to the UN refugee agency.


WHAT TO DO, WHEN... : IndiaTravelTimes does not guarantee the authenticity of the video (above) of the episode of the flight turbulence at Durgapur airport on May 1, yet this is being put out with a view to familiarising the ordinary fliers with such probabilities lest they are caught unawares and fail to react rationally to handle such terrible situations. The 'eternity' can last up to 15 minutes. Tighten your belts, believe in your pilot and shift your thoughts to reduce disabling anxieties! Rest assured, the aircraft can rock and fall but not more than a hundred feet anyway.

During the event, nearly 50 other people, including bull tamers and spectators, were also injured. Jallikattu is a bull-taming sport, which has been part of the festival of Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

Whole localities are sent into quarantine in China using force if someone is symptomatic of covid. The quarantines are metal boxes set up in far away camps. The authoritarian regime is resorting to draconian methods to check a new wave of the epidemic in the country that has already locked down three cities currently. On the other hand, the US presents a contrasting scenario where in the name freedom large sections of people refuse vaccination and assault health workers who mandate the covid restrictions.

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson, who opened a new chapter in space age last month by launching the first manned private flight to the edge of space, flying in his own spaceplane, has invited everyone to join his expedition of space travel and experience the thrill of totally losing your weight (BMI = 0) and enjoy the mind-blowing sight of the earth's curvatures from the orbit far above: Register Your Name Here

Can we ask the vaccinator, "Do you pull back the plunger and then push the vaccine? Do you Aspirate?" When the vaccination for covid started there were reports of worrisome incidents of adverse events post immunisation, the serious complaints being non-specific blood clots. These related to viral vector vaccines of human and non-human source: AstraZeneca and Janssen. How did it happen. There are various views. But here is a suggestion how simply it can be prevented.

Marking a fierce but interesting competition among the billionaires, adventure specialist Richard Branson launched commercial space travel from his 'Spaceport America' on Sunday, pipping the world's richest man, Amazon's Jeff Bezos, to the post, becoming the early bird to fly to the edge of space as the first private space tourist nine days earlier than his rival. Although he did not cross the Karman line.

President Biden has signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Bill making June 19 a federal public holiday to commemorate the symbolic end of chattel slavery in the US.

The Mars rover, a six-wheeled, SUV-sized robotic vehicle, sailed through space for seven months to land on a prime spot for geo-biological study of the red planet for signs of ancient extraterrestrial life. It takes radio waves 11 minutes to reach Earth. (Listen to:- DAVID BOWIE: Life On Mars?:)

While the rationalists debunk the episode as a ploy to make up for the losses in offerings during the corona lockdown, the believers stick to their claim, they have seen it after all! The claim of Shankaralinga temple resembles the miracle of Ganesha drinking milk in Delhi way back in 1995. Although they belong to two different branches of science.

After his reappearance, Alibaba's Hong Kong-listed shares went up by 8.5%. The Chinese billionaire made his public appearance on Wednesday. (SEE Video: Davos 2015 - An Insight An Idea with Jack Ma - A conversation with Jack Ma, Founder and the then Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, on leadership, entrepreneurship and the future of commerce: Interviewed by Charlie Rose, Anchor, CBS News, USA)

A pair of socks gifted to her by her niece displayed on her legs has done the job for Gumball Poodle. The demand for 'Future is Female' is skyrocketing indeed. What more could one ask for?
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