Brutal calls to action aimed at isolating Russia
Images of Ukrainians dying on the Bucha suburb of Kyiv, some with their hands tied and others buried in pits, shocked Western leaders yesterday by promising stiff sanctions. tougher for Russia, including energy. The Kremlin has dug deep and shows signs of preparing a new attack. Follow the latest updates.
President Biden called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to face a “war crimes trial”. Germany and France expelled a total of 75 Russian diplomats, and French President Emmanuel Macron said the EU should consider sanctions on Russian coal and oil.
A Putin spokesman said that the Kremlin “unequivocally” denied “all allegations” of Russia’s participation in atrocities, which Russian state media denounced as fabrications by the West. Authorities threatened to prosecute anyone who publicly blamed the Russians for the Bucha murders.
A review of satellite images by The Times shows that many civilians were killed more than three weeks ago, when Russian troops took control of the town. Had body on the street as early as March 11, before Russia said it was “withdrawal” from Bucha.
What’s next: Ukrainian and Western officials say Russia appears to be deploying troops for an intensified offensive in the eastern Donbas region. At Kharkiv, about 30 miles from the border, relentless shelling had rendered parts of the city of 1.4 million unrecognizable. Systematic destruction is part of broader strategy to capture the east of the country.
In other news from the war:
Europe, withdrawing from Russian suppliers, wants an additional 50 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Rising demand could create a tug-of-war with other countries.
The Communist Party in China is growing an ideological campaign to build domestic sympathy for Russia.
Russia continues bombarding important southern cities of Mykolaiv and Mariupol, and a Red Cross convoy in dire need unable to reach Mariupol. The city’s mayor said at least 130,000 people were trapped there.
A report on climate change calls for action
To successfully limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius or 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit, countries must drastically accelerate efforts to cut emissions from coal, oil and natural gas, according to a key new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is five lessons from report.
Countries will need to reduce their overall planet-warming emissions by about 43 percent by 2030, and stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere altogether by the early 2050s, the report found. Governments are expected to reduce global emissions by just a few percentage points this decade.
Even if the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees becomes unattainable, the scientists say, it will still be worth it for countries to cut emissions as quickly as possible. Global warming will stop, experts say, once humans stop adding heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere, a concept known as “non-pure” emissions.
Detail: The increase of 1.5 degrees Celsius is considered a threshold beyond which the risks of global warming – including floods, droughts, wildfires and ecosystem collapse – are increasing dramatically. Humans have warmed the planet by an average of 1.1 degrees Celsius since the 19th century.
Sparks of optimism: Over the past decade, many countries have adopted ambitious climate policies. Although emissions are still increasing worldwide, the growth rate slowed in the 2010s compared with the 2000s, the report said. Humanity now has a much better chance of avoiding it. some of the worst-case scenarios scientists have ever feared.
Marine Le Pen soars in the polls
With the French presidential election coming up, a new poll shows that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen has secured 22 percent of the vote. Left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon with 15.5%, followed by far-right candidate Éric Zemmour with 10%. President Emmanuel Macron leads with 27.5%. The first round of voting is set for Sunday, and the top two candidates will qualify for the round on April 24.
At a rally over the weekend, Macron warned supporters that his electoral success was far from guaranteed. The president has focused on a diplomatic effort to end the war in Ukraine, leaving him with little time for an election. Now, he is waking up to the growing risk that France could lean towards anti-immigrant rights.
Le Pen’s popularity has grown over the past few weeks, as her patient focus on cost-of-living issues resonates with millions of French struggling to make ends meet after gas prices fell. increased more than 35% in the past year. . The poll shows Macron will overtake Le Pen by 53% to 47% in the second round.
Can quote: Nicolas Tenzer, who teaches political science at Sciences Po, said: “It is an illusion that this election Macron won. “Given the high abstention rate, which is possible, and the level of hatred towards the president by some, there could be a real surprise. The idea that Le Pen wins is not impossible.”
Around the world
At a lab in Cape Cod, scientists are trying to turn cephalopods like octopuses into model creatures: animals that can live and reproduce in research institutions, like mouse or fruit fly.
But keeping these intelligent and often eccentric animals in captivity is both ethically and logistically challenging, making this model octopus a sort of white whale – until last year. Meet the chierchiae octopusa miniature octopus with its striped sleeve trick.
Biggest music night of the year
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards Promises A Return To (relatively) Normal After A Miniature Ceremony In 2021, Much Of It Outdoors And Lights flashy and youthful charm.
In Las Vegas for the first time, and with the pop scene re-shot, the show’s most impactful moments are often the least flashy: a sober plea for help from Volodymyr Zelensky, president of Ukraine; Doja Cat’s tearful moment in front of the microphone; and rooftop performances attract the attention of various artists.
Jon Batiste, New Orleans jazz band and late night band, won Album of the Year. Silk Sonic – Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak’s retro soul-funk project – took home awards for both best recording and best song. And Olivia Rodrigo won Best Pop Vocal Album and Best New Artist. Payment procedures Full list of winners.
Fashion thrives, too: “If there’s a theme for the night, it’s an attitude anything fancy without being a bad reminder of why red carpets are fun,” says Vanessa. Friedman, Our main fashion critic, writes.