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Ken Rhee, facing prosecution for going to Ukraine to fight: It would be ‘a crime not to help’

  • Former South Korean Navy SEAL turned YouTuber Ken Rhee claims he has no regrets fighting in Ukraine and says it would have been a “crime” not to use his military experience to help.
  • In an interview with AFP, Rhee compared his decision to saving a drowning person to illustrate why he felt it was his moral duty to serve despite South Korea’s travel ban on Ukraine.
  • "You're walking down the beach and you see a sign by the water saying 'no swimming' -- but you see someone drowning. It's a crime not to help. That's how I see it," the 38-year-old serviceman said.
  • Rhee initially announced on March 6 that he and his hand-selected team of special forces had “informally” left South Korea for Ukraine.
  • Rhee was aware that he could return home to prison time and a fine of 10 million won ($8,115) for entering a travel-banned country, but says he was ready to face the consequences and openly criticized the South Korean government for withholding support.

South Korean ex-Navy SEAL-turned YouTuber Ken Rhee claims he has no regrets fighting in Ukraine and says it would have been a “crime” not to use his military experience to help.

In an interview with AFP, Rhee compared fighting in Ukraine to saving a drowning person to illustrate why he felt it was his moral duty to serve despite the fact that the South Korean government had made it illegal to travel to Ukraine.

Japanese news anchor breaks down on air while reporting on Putin’s hailing of Bucha massacre soldiers

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  • Yumiko Matsuo, a Japanese news anchor, broke down on air while reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin honoring the soldiers behind the Bucha massacre.
  • Matsuo was reading about the honorary title of “Guards” that Putin bestowed upon the military unit that committed the war crimes in Ukraine’s Bucha region, where more than 300 dead bodies were found.
  • The TV anchor is seen fighting back tears while pausing momentarily in a viral clip posted to Reddit on Wednesday.
  • “There are still many civilians stuck in the bunker. I'm so sorry, excuse me...” Matsuo said as she tried to compose herself. “The Ukrainian war has entered a new phase...”
  • Many Reddit users praised Matsuo’s courage as they empathized with her overwhelming emotion regarding the news report.

A Japanese news anchor broke down on air while reporting on Russian President Vladimir Putin honoring the soldiers who oversaw the Bucha massacre. 

The TV anchor, identified as Yumiko Matsuo, is seen fighting back tears while pausing momentarily in a viral clip posted to Reddit on Wednesday.

Viral video shows Ukrainian soldier ‘saved’ from bullet by his Samsung smartphone

  • In a now-viral video, a Ukrainian soldier can be seen pulling out his Samsung Galaxy smartphone to reveal a large bullet lodged in it. The phone supposedly saved him from being shot.
  • In the clip, the soldier can be seen in the trenches with his full military gear on. He suddenly reaches into his pocket and hands the person recording the video his phone.
  • In a close-up view, the bullet is shown to have apparently penetrated through both the soldier’s phone case and the back of his phone. The front of the bullet is protruding out of a shattered screen.
  • The soldier can be heard saying to the person recording, “The smartphone stopped the bullet and saved my life” in Ukrainian.

In a video that has since gone viral, a Ukrainian soldier can be seen pulling out his Samsung Galaxy smartphone to reveal a large bullet lodged in it, purportedly showing that the device saved him from being shot.

The clip was first posted online to the subreddit r/interestingasfuck on Tuesday.

WHO head: World’s focus on Ukraine over other countries is due to racial bias

  • In a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and current World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused the international community of racial bias, claiming far less attention was being paid to crises in places like Africa and the Middle East versus Ukraine.
  • “I need to be blunt and honest that the world is not treating the human race the same way,” he said solemnly. “Some are more equal than others. And when I say this, it pains me. Because I see it. Very difficult to accept – but it’s happening.”
  • The WHO head cited the crises of Ethiopia, where he is originally from, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria, as also requiring immediate attention.
  • Combined, over 66.6 million people are considered in desperate need of humanitarian aid in those four countries alone, not including the millions who have already fled.
  • The Ukraine crisis has displaced approximately 6.5 million people within the country, with over 4 million having crossed the border to neighboring countries such as Poland and Hungary.
  • Ghebreyesus was especially critical of the media for giving a disproportionate amount of coverage to the Ukrainian crisis and called for the need for “balance” in considering all lives as “precious” in spite of race and ethnicity.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and current World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused the world of giving just a “fraction” of its attention to Black lives compared to white. 

In a virtual press briefing from Geneva on Wednesday, Ghebreyesus called out the world for racial bias, claiming it valued Ukrainian lives over those in other parts of the world, especially Africa and the Middle East.

Ukraine’s envoy to Japan slams Uniqlo for continuing operations in Russia: ‘What a shame’

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  • Fast fashion retailer Uniqlo has remained in business in Russia despite pressure to close its 49 stores in the country.
  • Tadashi Yanai, founder and president of Fast Retailing Co., the parent company of Uniqlo, said clothing is a necessity of life and Russians have the same right to live as others.
  • Sergiy Korsunsky, Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan, accused Uniqlo of valuing the Russians’ need for clothes over Ukrainians’ needs to live.
  • Uniqlo competitors H&M and Zara both pulled out of Russia last week.
  • Korunsky said exiting Russia is not a loss but an investment, since Moscow will eventually be forced to become “a normal member of nations.”

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Japan Sergiy Korsunsky has vocally opposed Uniqlo’s decision to continue its operations in Russia, accusing the brand of valuing Russians’ need for clothes over Ukrainians’ needs to live.

Earlier this week, Fast Retailing Co., Uniqlo’s parent company, defended its decision to keep Russian stores open as other global companies moved to suspend their businesses. Among those that joined the exodus were Uniqlo fast fashion competitors Zara and H&M.

How Asian countries voted on UN resolution demanding Russia withdraw from Ukraine

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  • The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted in favor of reprimanding Russia for its recent display of “aggression against Ukraine.”
  • The text of the resolution “deplores in the strongest terms the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine in violation of Article 2, paragraph 4 of the United Nations Charter” and “decides that the Russian Federation shall immediately, completely, and unconditionally withdraw all of its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.”
  • Out of the assembly’s 193 members, 141 voted in favor of the resolution, five voted against, 35 abstained and two did not vote at all.
  • Afghanistan (former government), Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar (former government), the Maldives, Nepal, the Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste voted in support of it.
  • Bangladesh, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam abstained from voting.
  • North Korea is the only Asian nation to vote against the resolution.

On Wednesday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly to reprimand Russia for its recent display of “aggression against Ukraine” during a rare emergency session called by the UN Security Council.

The assembly successfully passed a resolution seeking to diplomatically isolate Russia, with support expressed by 141 of its 193 members.