Tagged With ukraine

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The atomic fallout in Chernobyl, Ukraine was one of the worst nuclear disasters in history and put around 2600 square kilometres of land out of commission. It's been good for bad horror films and for the wildlife that has blossomed there following the disaster, but after decades of people unable to return to their homes and the property surrounding the reactor abandoned, it was only a matter of time before somebody wanted to attempt to reuse it.

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David L. Stern is a freelance writer based in Kiev, Ukraine. He's also, if you believe several Russian media outlets, a covert CIA agent who helped orchestrate a conspiracy to shoot down an aeroplane and blame Russia. What a busy fellow!

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On Friday, 16 January, The New York Times published a report detailing Ukrainian rebels' conflict to seize the Donetsk airport, now a bombed-out shell of its former self. Although the Ukrainian Army says it's rebuffed the attack, it would have been the rebels' first major advance in months since the cease fire on Sept. 5.

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A preliminary report by the Dutch Safety Board into what caused the devastating crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has confirmed what many already feared. The report explains that the plane was downed by "a large number of high-energy objects that penetrated the aircraft from outside", causing it to explode in mid-air. All 298 passengers and crew aboard the flight were tragically killed.

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Border disputes are still going on in a bunch of places around the world. That makes life difficult for mapmakers, and especially difficult for the world's favourite online map service, Google Maps. As The Washington Post points out, Google strives to not get stuck in the middle of a territorial struggle, by showing you the border you most likely want to see based on where you're Googling from.

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Ever since NASA retired its space shuttle program in 2011, the only way to get up to the International Space Station is on a Russian Soyuz. That's why the six humans currently orbiting in space — including two Americans and three Russians — might be paying attention to what's happening on earth 320km below. As tensions run high between the US and Russia over the situation in Ukraine, geopolitics may find its way into space again.

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If there weren't already enough problems in Ukraine, it's now coming under heavy electronic attack too. Reuters reports that Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack in the past two days, with "equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament".

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Earlier this week, surreal images emerged of Ukrainian protesters storming the palace of President Viktor Yanukovych, who fled the capital city after violent unrest. Now, protesters have made their way into another mansion, the home of attorney general Victor P. Pshonka. No ostriches, as were found on Yanukovych's estate, but there are Fabergé eggs!

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Zello is a walkie-talkie app made by a small company based in Austin, Texas — but if you've heard of it, it's probably because you've been following the news in Venezuela or Ukraine. Some of its biggest users are protesters taking to the streets. The app's creators hadn't planned on getting involved in political revolutions, so you could say this is one hell of a pivot.