"As a mother, it scares me." Parents in Ukraine have given their children bracelets with their names and blood type on their hands
Hanna Syva lives with her family in a block of flats in Dnipro. She told BBC reporters how her life had changed in recent days since Ukraine was attacked.
When the invasion began, she moved her whole family into the living room to sleep behind the couch. On the window sill, next to a large plush toy, is a weapon.
Hanna has two children and she is trying to be optimistic. He admits that he smiles just so he doesn't worry about them.
"They cried yesterday, they are very nervous, so I can't afford to be scared," she said.
He put bracelets on the two boys with their names printed on them, a cell phone number and their blood type.
"It was incredible for me when I put the blood type data for paramedics. As a mother, it scares me," she said.
Meanwhile, all the people in the boat mobilized, she said. She and her neighbors cleared the basement and arranged it so that they could take shelter there. At the front door he has prepared bags with change of clothes, food and water.
In Kiev, a child sleeps for a few days in the bathroom, the safest place in the apartment.
Meanwhile, in Kiev, Olga, a woman living in the western part of the city. Her son, just a few years old, Vadim, is sleeping in the bathroom these days, because that is the safest place in the apartment.
"I sit next to him and caress him when he dreams badly," she told CNN. "We do not go to the shelter, it does not guarantee 100% safety, and this can affect a child's psyche. At home, he sleeps well, eats and thinks that everything is fun," the woman said.
Olga said she heard many explosions between 1:00 and 4:00 on Saturday morning.
Moscow officials say Russian troops are not targeting civilian targets in Ukraine. However, in less than three days since Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the order to invade Ukraine, 198 civilians were killed. Russian weapons hit a kindergarten and several blocks of flats.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday tried to calm the world over civilian casualties.
"No one will attack the people of Ukraine," he told a news conference, adding that "there were no blows to the civilian infrastructure."
However, reports of bombed buildings and kindergartens, civilians killed and rockets found on residential streets have surfaced since the offensive began.
Videos from social networks, photos and satellite images analyzed and geolocated by CNN confirm that several times densely populated areas have been hit by Russian forces.
Amnesty International has accused Russian forces of "indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas and blows to protected objects, such as hospitals", citing three examples, including a Thursday attack on a hospital building in Vuhledar in the eastern Donetsk region. The attack killed four civilians and injured ten others, according to Amnesty.
The week of May 11-15 is an important one for many European countries! Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic are among the first to start the "great relaxation" of the restrictive measures imposed by COVID-19. Even if the rules imposed by the authorities are simple, no one respected the social distance and did not keep his mask on when he reached the terraces.
WHO experts and local authorities have imposed four simple rules of countries trying to return to normal:
1. keep a social distance of 1.5 meters;
2. to impose frequent hand washing;
3. to impose the wearing of protective masks in public spaces;
4. to do everything possible to prevent social overcrowding.
None of these rules have been followed since Monday in the main European countries.
The banks of the Seine were flooded by thousands of Parisians eager to socialize after being isolated for more than 50 days. The beautiful weather erased with the sponge from the collective memory the devastating balance caused by COVID-19: 178,000 sick and 27,000 dead. But they were not the only Europeans to "relax" over a beer.
In Prague, Czech Republic, thousands of locals took advantage of the beautiful weather and drank huge amounts of beer right on the sidewalks. However, only 8,200 contaminations and 260 deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic, due to prompt action by the authorities.
The Belgians also forgot about masks for months, but they respected social distance. They drank their beers in the parks, because the terraces and bars are still closed. Belgium recorded 54,000 illnesses and 8,800 deaths.
The terraces were also opened in Switzerland on Monday, after the authorities announced the balance of the two months of nightmare: 30,000 contaminations and 1,800 deaths.
The terraces and promenades in Madrid, Barcelona and Tarragona were stormed and people drank cold beer forgetting that they are not allowed to gather in groups of 10 people and must wear masks.
After recording a record balance of 270,000 contaminations and over 27,000 deaths, Spain's population of 47 million seems to ignore the recommendations of the government led by Pedro Sanchez, which recommends caution. “The temptation of a cold beer is too great and no one thinks about the consequences ".
The Austrians were more cautious than their German neighbors and have not yet opened the terraces and bars, preferring to drink beer in the parks at the appropriate distance. In the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the restaurants opened on Saturday, but only two people sat at the tables and drank beer in a mug with surgical gloves in their hands.
Leading British sexologist Tracey Cox, the author of numerous books, named the main sex trends of 2020 and shared predictions for 2021. Her words are quoted by the Daily Mail.
According to Cox, 2021 will be the year of sexual experimentation. According to a study by a British sex toy retailer, in 2020, 52 percent of couples surveyed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation have tried something new in sex: role-playing, car sex and the embodiment of partner's erotic fantasies. 71 percent of them said they will continue to experiment after the end of the pandemic.
Representatives of one of the sex dating sites noted that in 2020 an unusually large number of users began to identify themselves as bisexual. They assume that the number of people open to new sexual experiences will only grow in the next year.
The sexologist claims that people began to search more often in search engines for information about BDSM. In 2020, sales of strap-ons have grown by 200 percent. Ten percent of the 1,000 British women surveyed said they used them in sex with male partners, another ten percent admitted that they would like to try.
Cox said that in 2021, people will become even more open to long-distance relationships: due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, meeting in person is becoming more difficult. According to one of the dating apps, half of the users are ready to look for a partner "anywhere", before the majority preferred to set strict geographic boundaries. 66 percent of those surveyed said talking with a partner became much more important to them than before. 70 percent of respondents are ready for a virtual date, and 33 percent are open to long-term long-distance relationships.
In 2021, the trend for sex toys will continue: a third of respondents bought new devices in 2020. At the same time, sales of toys for couples have grown unprecedentedly in the past year. Cox said the category is usually much less in demand.
The sexologist noted that the pandemic made people remember about their former partners. One in five respondents admitted that he wrote or called them, a quarter of the respondents said that they themselves contacted them. The overwhelming majority supported the dialogue. In most cases, people just wanted to know if their ex was doing well.
Cox emphasized that in 2020, many began to practice mindfulness during sex: that is, enjoying the moment, and not worrying about their appearance, skills or problems reaching orgasm.
Earlier, sexologist Emily Morse told why women fake orgasm. According to her, they often do this to please the male ego and avoid embarrassing situations.
A dog that saved a whole family from death in a tornado disappeared without a trace, but returned home after 54 days
In the American city of Cookville, Tennessee, a missing dog named Bella returned home after 54 days. This was reported by the local television station WTVF.
Her owner Eric Johnson told Facebook that Bella disappeared on March 3 when a tornado destroyed their home. According to him, it was Bella who saved the family from death. “She climbed under our bed and started whining,” he explained.
Because of this, the second dog, nicknamed Scooter, began to bark. Johnson woke up, turned on the TV and found out from the news that a tornado had passed through the city of Nashville and was now heading to Cookville.
“I woke the children and my wife and hid them in the bathroom on the other side of the house,” he recalls. “Then he ran across the house back to the dogs to pick them up, and at that moment he heard the house begin to crumble.” Then he hastily returned to the family and saw that the tornado threw the bath with his wife and children 15 meters and split it in half. As a result, his wife broke a rib, and Johnson had cuts on his head.
“The scooter is dead. I think Bella survived only because she was sitting under our heavy bed, ”he said. After the tornado, Bella disappeared without a trace. Johnson had almost lost hope of finding a pet when she was spotted eight kilometers from home.
On Sunday evening, April 26, Johnson managed to take Bella home. “Now our wonderful dog stuffed his belly with food and sleeps in a warm bed, where she belongs,” the owner said. “This dog saved our lives.” She gave us a chance to survive. ”
Earlier, a resident of the American city of San Francisco, California, found a six-year-old dog named Jackson, stolen four months ago. For finding her pet, she promised a reward of thousands of dollars. As a result, the thief was arrested, and the dog was returned to the owner.
Several US cities are under siege. Anti-racism protests continued on Tuesday (June 2nd), after Donald Trump threatened protesters to take the army out into the streets.
In fact, the Pentagon moved about 1,600 U.S. Army soldiers to the Washington, D.C. region after nights of protests and violence, Digi24 reports. Eight days after George Floyd's death, protests against racism and police brutality and social inequality do not seem to end too soon. People are more determined than ever to demand their rights in the streets, but President Donald Trump has told protesters he will use whatever means necessary to stop the protests. This threat provoked an even bigger wave of anger.
Thus, on Tuesday evening (June 2), thousands of people, including Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, peacefully defied the traffic ban in the federal capital Washington. The area around the White House has been blocked by barriers.
Also, at least 60,000 people paid their last respects to George Floyd at a peaceful rally in Houston, Texas, where he grew up and where he will be buried next week. The 45-year-old African American was killed by a white policeman. He was unarmed and in police custody when an officer kicked him in the neck for minutes while George Floyd begged for his life. The tragedy was filmed and angered the community of people of color, who have been facing police brutality for years.
In Manhattan, several thousand protesters gathered to protest peacefully near the New York police headquarters.
On Tuesday night, the situation was calm in Minneapolis, the epicenter of this wave of revolt that spread to more than a hundred American cities and resulted in thousands of arrests and several wounded among police and protesters.