*** UKRAINE: SELECT NEWS FROM FRIDAY ***
The Bellingham Herald via The Olympian: How you can support these Washington state organizations that help Ukraine
HuffPost: Pope Visits Russian Embassy To ‘Express Concern’ About Ukraine – Pope Francis took the extraordinary measure despite a health issue that prompted him to cancel other engagements.
AP: E.U. [and the U.S., Canada, U.K.] will freeze assets of Putin, Lavrov, in retaliation for Ukraine invasion – the Council of Europe suspended Russia from the continent’s foremost human rights organization. The May 28 UEFA Champions League final, the Super Bowl of European soccer, was stripped from St. Petersburg and replaced by Paris.
The Washington Post Opinion [accessible text]: Putin thinks he can win a new Cold War. He may be right. [“A Republican Party that once led the fight against godless communism (that’s how all those evangelical Christians got into politics, by the way) now bows to a leader who calls Putin a “genius.” Rather than opposing Russian aggression, Ronald Reagan’s political descendants roll back voting rights and support armed insurrectionists in the U.S. Capitol.]
Official Airline Guide: Russia Closes its Aviation Borders: Affected Airlines will Find Alternatives
McClatchy Newspapers: Sports world condemns Russia after invasion of Ukraine. Here’s what’s happening – pulls Russia partipation.
The Washington Post via MSN: Ukraine says Chernobyl radiation levels ‘exceeded,’ as Russia confirms its forces seized the nuclear plant
The Points Guy: More cruise lines drop Russia, Ukraine calls in wake of invasion
UPI: Delta Air Lines suspends agreement with Russia’s Aeroflot [Ed. note: All SkyTeam partners need to do the same immediately! Air France, Turkish Air?]