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Ukraine removes Emperor Hirohito from Hitler, Mussolini video after anger and protests from Japan

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  • Amid protests from Japan, Ukraine has removed an image of former Japanese leader Emperor Hirohito from a video uploaded online that showed him next to fellow World War II Axis leaders Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
  • The video, posted on Twitter by the Ukrainian government on April 1, showed the three leaders above a caption that read, “Fascism and Nazism were defeated in 1945.”
  • This sparked severe backlash from Japan, including comments from Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki, who said, “Portraying Hitler, Mussolini and Emperor Showa [Hirohito] in the same context is completely inappropriate.”
  • Some Japanese netizens on social media called for Japan to stop supporting Ukraine, while others commented that Japanese wartime Prime Minister Hideki Tojo would have been a better choice for the video.
  • The Ukrainian government, following Japan’s protests of the image, removed the picture of Hirohito from the video and expressed their regret to Japan.
  • “Our sincere apologies to Japan for making this mistake,” the Ukrainian government said in a tweet on Sunday. “We had no intention to offend the friendly people of Japan.”
  • Japan has supported Ukraine in their ongoing conflict with Russia, donating $300 million as well as accepting hundreds of displaced Ukrainians since the Russian invasion began in late February.

Amid protests from Japan, Ukraine has removed an image of former Japanese leader Emperor Hirohito from a video it posted online showing him next to Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

The video, uploaded to Twitter by the Ukrainian government on April 1, showed the three World War II Axis leaders above a caption that read, “Fascism and Nazism were defeated in 1945.” This sparked severe backlash from Japan, including comments from Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki, who said, “Portraying Hitler, Mussolini and Emperor Showa [Hirohito] in the same context is completely inappropriate.” He called the depiction “extremely regrettable.”

YouTube suspends channel of Chinese vlogger who posts about his life in war-torn Ukraine

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  • Wang Jixian, a 36-year-old Chinese programmer living in the Ukrainian city of Odesa, is known for posting videos of himself openly criticizing Russia.
  • He said that YouTube suspended his account for a week in March after one of his videos supposedly violated its policy against violent content.
  • The Beijing native, who has become an unofficial voice of Chinese resistance against Russia’s actions, blames the “ulterior motives” of the person who reported him to YouTube.
  • Prior to the suspension, Wang purportedly received messages and comments that discouraged him from provoking the Chinese government and being “too aggressive” with his words.
  • For now, Wang posts videos on his Twitter account and his other YouTube channel. Meanwhile, all of his Chinese social media accounts have been shut down.

YouTube has reportedly suspended a Chinese vlogger from posting videos of his daily life in war-torn Ukraine over a violation in content policy.

Wang Jixian, a 36-year-old programmer living in the city of Odesa, has openly criticized Russia in his videos, while his native Beijing reportedly supports Moscow behind closed doors.

Russia wants to split Ukraine like North and South Korea, intelligence chief says

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  • After failing to seize Kiev and overthrow Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government, Russia is now aiming to split Ukraine like North and South Korea, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.
  • Korea split into North and South after World War II as tensions between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. began to escalate, with both superpowers drawing a boundary and backing alleged puppet governments on each side.
  • Russia also announced that it will focus on “liberating” the separatist-backed region of Donbas, a strategy shift which observers say reflects Putin’s acknowledgment of his failure to invade Ukraine.
  • Zelenskyy has urged Western nations to send Ukraine more weapons, saying his country needs just “one percent” of NATO’s aircraft and tanks.

Russia is now attempting to split Ukraine the way the Koreas parted after World War II, Ukraine’s military intelligence chief said on Sunday.

Gen. Kyrylo Budanov, who predicted Moscow’s invasion last November, believes President Vladimir Putin had revised his plan of a full occupation after failing to capture Kiev and oust the administration of Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

China accuses Taiwan for ‘taking advantage’ of Ukraine crisis by giving financial aid to its refugees

  • China criticized Taiwan on Wednesday for sending aid to Ukraine and imposing sanctions on Russia, saying the island was “taking advantage of others’ difficulties.”
  • The allegation came after Taiwan announced an $11.5 million donation for displaced Ukrainians on Tuesday, following an initial donation of $3.5 million and salary pledges from top government officials.
  • China also said Taiwan “only has itself to blame” if it gets sanctioned by Russia. Last week, Russia added Taiwan to its list of “unfriendly” countries and territories.

China has accused Taiwan of using Ukraine for its own political advantage as the self-governed island delivers a new round of aid for refugees this week.

After an initial donation of $3.5 million, Taiwan is sending another $11.5 million to help displaced Ukrainians, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. Earlier this month, President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President William Lai and Premier Su Tseng-chang each pledged a month’s salary to donate to Ukrainian refugees.

GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn calls Zelensky a ‘thug,’ Ukrainian government ‘incredibly evil’

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  • Republican members Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) pushed back on Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug.”
  • “Remember that Zelenskyy is a thug," Cawthorn was heard saying in a video while speaking to his supporters. “Remember that the Ukrainian government is incredibly corrupt and is incredibly evil and has been pushing woke ideologies."
  • “I do not understand how anyone in American public office could call Zelensky a 'thug' while Ukraine is under such vicious assault," Michele Woodhouse (R-N.C.), who is running against Cawthorn in the state, said.
  • Cawthorn walked back on his statement in a tweet Thursday by saying, “The actions of Putin and Russia are disgusting.”
  • The 26-year-old politician drew controversy in October 2021 for his vow to seize “every Chinese asset in the United States” once the GOP returned to power.

Republican members have pushed back against Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) for calling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a “thug” and the Ukrainian government “incredibly evil” amid the Russian invasion.

Cawthorn reportedly made the comments while speaking to supporters last weekend, according to a video posted by WRAL.

Report: China’s state-run outlets promote ‘pro-Russian’ narrative of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

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  • Chinese state-run media outlets are reportedly promoting pro-Russian talking points in their domestic coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • A recent analysis by CNN alleged that Weibo posts by outlets such as CCTV, the People’s Daily and Xinhua go against the neutral position the Chinese government has been portraying.
  • Nearly half of the over 300 most-shared Ukraine-related posts during the first eight days of Russia's invasion were reportedly found to be “distinctly pro-Russian.”
  • Meanwhile, Chinese state-owned international news channel CGTN has seemingly been promoting pro-Russian talking points via Facebook advertisements that target global users.

A recent analysis conducted by CNN alleged that nearly half of the over 300 most-shared Ukraine-related social media posts by Chinese state-run media outlets were “distinctly pro-Russian.”

The analysis looked into 14 major outlets’ Weibo posts from the first eight days of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Details in the posts that were not directly lifted from Russia’s own state media were attributed to Russian authorities. 

Korean Ukrainian actor Pasha Lee, 33, dies from Russian shelling after joining war defense

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  • Actor-turned-soldier Pasha Lee was killed from a shelling attack by Russian forces in Ukraine’s city of Irpin on Sunday.
  • Lee, who worked as an actor, singer, TV host and composer, joined the Ukrainian army after Russia’s invasion began on Feb. 24.
  • Colleagues and fans have taken to social media to mourn Lee’s death.

Pasha Lee, a 33-year-old Ukrainian actor of Korean descent, died on Sunday while defending his home country.

Lee joined the army after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. He was killed from a shelling attack by Russian forces in Ukraine’s city of Irpin.

Korean ex-Navy SEAL and YouTuber Rhee Ken says he is in Ukraine ‘to fight in the frontlines’

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  • On March 6, YouTuber Rhee Ken posted on his social media that he and his team had left South Korea to fight in Ukraine.
  • Rhee is a former Navy SEAL and, since his leave from the military, has become a YouTube star, garnering millions of views for his videos of military drills and weapons demonstrations.
  • In a caption addressed to “fellow citizens,” Rhee wrote that the South Korean government threatened those going to Ukraine with prison time and a fine of 10 million won ($8,115) for entering a travel-banned country.
  • Since his post on Sunday, Rhee has posted a series of other photos in Ukraine, many captioned with criticisms of the Korean government for their lack of action.
  • Not all support Rhee’s actions: many netizens accused Rhee of going to Ukraine solely for show. Since his alleged departure from South Korea two days ago, Rhee has posted seven new updates to his Instagram account.

YouTuber Rhee Ken, a former Korean Navy SEAL lieutenant, posted that he and his team would be fighting on Ukraine’s ‘frontlines.’ 

On March 6, ex-Navy SEAL warfare lieutenant Rhee Keun, announced on his Instagram account that he and his hand-selected team of special forces had “informally” left South Korea for Ukraine.

Indian students stranded in Ukraine plead for help: ‘There is a lot of panic’

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  • About 13,000 Indian students studying abroad in Ukraine are still stranded and desperately calling on the Indian Embassy to help them evacuate the war-torn country.
  • The Indian embassy is organizing evacuation efforts for Indian citizens in Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Romania and Moldova, but many students located in eastern Ukraine, where the war has intensified, are fearing for their lives.
  • Many international Indian students had been drawn to Ukraine’s universities due to their affordability and easier entrance requirements.
  • In one viral tweet posted on Feb. 28, stranded Indian students desperately called for help on social media. “Please help us get out immediately,” one student said in the video. “There is a lot of panic.”

Thousands of Indian students studying abroad in Ukraine are desperately calling on the Indian Embassy to help them evacuate the war-torn country.

According to The Wall Street Journal, around 8,000 of the estimated 20,000 Indians residing in Ukraine have fled from the country since India’s External Affairs Ministry issued its advisory on Feb. 15. About 13,000 out of the estimated 18,000 Indian students enrolled in Ukrainian universities, however, are still left stranded as of Feb. 27, reported NDTV

Ukrainians filmed attempting to block Russian tanks sparks comparisons to Tank Man of Tiananmen Square

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  • A pair of Ukrainian men are being applauded online for trying to stop armored vehicles from infiltrating their country during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • One of the men was recorded on camera as he tried to stop the armored vehicles on what appears to be a highway.
  • The other man was filmed in Bakhmach, Ukraine, as he threw his body on top of a tank to prevent it from moving forward.
  • The two men’s acts of defiance went viral and were compared to that of the iconic Tank Man, an unidentified lone protester who attempted to stop a phalanx of Chinese tanks from driving through Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989.

Social media users are applauding two Ukrainian men for trying to stop Russian armored vehicles from invading their country, with their acts of defiance being compared to that of the iconic Tiananmen Square Tank Man.

In one video, which was tweeted by Ukrainian news outlet HB on Friday, a man can be seen trying to stop a fleet of Russian armored vehicles on what appears to be a highway, Sky News reported. The man, filmed from a distance, briefly tries to climb onto the vehicles while Russian troops swerve to avoid him.

‘I am his whole family’: Indian student refuses to flee war-torn Ukraine without his dog

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  • Rishabh Kaushik, a software engineering student at Kharkiv National University in Ukraine, refuses to leave behind his rescue dog Maliboo in the war-torn country.
  • Kaushik called out for help after the Indian embassy, the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS) and the Indira Gandhi International Airport implemented requirements that made it impossible for him to fly his dog home with him to Dehradun, India.
  • People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote a letter to the Union government urging them to issue a no-objection certificate to allow the student to fly home with his dog.
  • Kaushik has been hiding in bunkers with his dog in Kiev and is heading towards the Hungarian border to try to escape the country with Maliboo.
  • “I have my family members to take care of me. But for Maliboo, I am his whole family,” he said, “I have taken his responsibility, I will take care of him no matter what happens.”

An Indian student in Ukraine has refused to abandon his rescue dog amid the Russian military invasion of the country.

Rishabh Kaushik, a 21-year-old third-year software engineering student at Kharkiv National University, called out the Indian embassy, the Animal Quarantine and Certification Service (AQCS) and the Indira Gandhi International Airport for making it “impossible” to fly his dog home with him to Dehradun, India, according to The Times of India.

Chinese in Ukraine advised to not display China flags amid pro-Russia Chinese social media, news stories

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  • Many Weibo, Douyin and WeChat users have been banned after posting “provocative comments” targeting Ukrainians.
  • The social media platforms reminded their users to stay “objective and rational” and maintain a “clean and upright atmosphere.”
  • Similar sentiments were echoed by state-run news agency Xinhua and the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine on Sunday.
  • The embassy also backtracked on a previous statement which instructed Chinese nationals in Ukraine to display stickers of the Chinese flag and other “identifying signs” to reportedly protect them from attacks.
  • Aside from attempting to help Chinese citizens “ease their anxiety” amid the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Chinese Embassy in Ukraine is reportedly looking for ways to evacuate its citizens once their safety is guaranteed.
  • “Another most important thing for now is to prepare for the evacuation of Chinese nationals,” an embassy staffer said in a statement. “Under current circumstances, there are many Chinese people applying to go back to China, and we are working intensively on this task, which is complex and systematic work involving many variables.”

The Chinese Embassy in Ukraine has called for calm as several Chinese social media users have been banned after posting insensitive content targeting Ukrainians.

Multiple social media platforms, including Weibo, Douyin and WeChat, have begun suspending accounts for “provocative comments” while reminding users to stay “objective and rational” and maintain a “clean and upright atmosphere” while discussing the Ukraine crisis, according to South China Morning Post.

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