In this stunning video from Kharkiv, a cellist plays excerpts from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in front of the ruins of a police headquarters. Worth a watch.
Ukraine’s parliament met yesterday despite attacks in Kyiv. MP Lesia Vasylenko says: “Even in war we intend to keep democracy working.” Another blow for Putin.
France, Turkey, and Greece are planning together to evacuate civilians from the besieged city of Mariupol. French President Macron hopes to complete the rescue within days.
Women in Minsk, Belarus are showing solidarity with Ukraine on their Freedom Day by carrying blue and yellow umbrellas while wearing their own national red and white colors. Remember: The Belarusian government is closely allied with Putin, so this is a big deal. An image of these women tweeted by Belarusian journalist Hanna Liubakova is shown in the header of today's newsletter.
The EU signed a gas deal with the US to curb its reliance on Russian oil, and by the end of the year, will reduce its consumption of Russian gas by about 10% as a result.
A breeding ground in the Seychelles has seen a 500% boom in sea-turtle eggs since hunting the creatures was outlawed there decades ago. Scientists say the increase is likely to continue. Good news for the endangered critters.
Phoenix Suns player Bismack Biyombo is donating his full salary of $1.3 million dollars for this season to build a hospital in his hometown in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to honor his father’s memory.
In this image by @tanksgoodnews on Instagram, a Nigerian father and daughter have reunited after her safe return from Ukraine.
5-year old Ben Stelter, who is battling brain cancer, got to join his favorite hockey team, The Edmonton Oilers, on the ice before the game, and received a round of high-fives after the team won the game. His post-game commentary is absolutely adorable.
Marvel star Anthony Mackie bought 20 acres of land in his native New Orleans, which he plans to turn into a movie studio. This investment comes after a tornado devastated parts of the city on Tuesday night.
In thought-provoking news:
Lonely adults are turning to “arranged friendships” as a possible solution for rampant feelings of isolation. One group of arranged friends says the key is commitment.