🌏 Zelensky Says "I Need Ammunition, Not A Ride", A Rain Bomb In Eastern Australia And More

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Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected an offer from the US to evacuate him and his family, saying, “I need ammunition, not a ride.”

  • Zelensky, a 44-year-old former comedian, has in recent days become an inspiration for Ukrainians and a symbol of the country’s courage in standing up for freedom and democracy in the face of aggression.

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  • 🇦🇺 Eastern Australia has been hit by a “rain bomb” that has caused unprecedented flooding that has submerged towns and killed at least 10 people.

This Ukrainian woman confronted heavily armed Russian soldiers in her city and offered them sunflower seeds so Ukraine’s national flower may at least “grow when they die.”

  • “You’re occupants, you’re fascists!” the woman can be heard shouting in the video after she walks up to them.
  • Ukrainian outlet Ukraine World then shared a clip of another angle of the incident, which shows the woman standing a few meters away from a Russian soldier as she continues saying, “Take these seeds and put them in your pocket so at least sunflowers will grow when you all lie down here.”
  • Ukraine World’s video has since gained more than eight million views, with people praising the woman’s courage.

Paing Takhon, one of Myanmar’s most popular celebrities, who was sentenced in December to three years in prison for taking part in mass protests against the military coup, has been pardoned and released.

  • Takhon is among six actors and directors released from jail on Wednesday March 2 “in order for them to participate in nation-building with their art,” according to a military statement, which gave no further details.
  • The 24-year-old actor and model had attended several anti-coup demonstrations since February and posted openly against the coup on his social media accounts, which have all been taken down.
  • He was jailed for three years in prison in December, with his legal advisor telling AFP that Paing Takhon had been sentenced to hard labor and that his family was considering whether to appeal.
  • The military seized power in a coup in February 2021 and declared a year-long state of emergency after accusing the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her party of fraud in Myanmar’s election in November.

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