Russian Invasion of Ukraine Prompts Crippling International Response

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has precipitated near universal condemnation around the world. NATO and European Union states have roundly criticized the illegal and unprecedented Russian invasion of the Eastern European country of 40 million people. NATO and EU countries were united not only in words but actions, presenting a unified and potent response.

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Canadian Protests Obstruct Movement in Ottawa, US Border Crossing

In less than a month, what began as a small convoy in rural British Columbia, Canada, has become a movement that has seen protestors clog the streets in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and brought the largest US-Canada border crossing to a virtual standstill. Nearly 80% of Canadians are fully vaccinated. The percentage of Canadian truckers who are vaccinated is also quite high. The protests initially were led by a small minority of Canadian truckers in opposition to vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers, but in light of the fact that a lift of Canadian mandates would be moot so long as the US maintains its mandate, the movement has evolved to oppose a much broader array of perceived transgressions. Freedom Convoy participants now oppose COVID-19 quarantine and lockdown measures, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the Canadian government in general. The movement has also drawn participants from the fringes of the political right with the makeup of some protestors including QAnon supporters and Great Replacement theorists. 

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Tensions Rise as Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine Continues

Russia has now amassed at least 70% of the military capability it needs to launch a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, according to U.S. officials. This further adds to the tension between the two countries as a result of the mass buildup of Russian military forces along the Ukrainian border in recent weeks.

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