5 things to know by February 28: Ukraine, EPA, Covid-19, State of the Union, North Korea | national
5 things to know by February 28: Ukraine, EPA, Covid-19, State of the Union, North Korea |  national

5 things to know by February 28: Ukraine, EPA, Covid-19, State of the Union, North Korea | national

Large technology companies crack down on Russian state media by cut off their advertising revenue during the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. Google is the latest platform to ban businesses from displaying ads on their content, following similar decisions by YouTube and Meta in recent days. Here’s what you need to know Get up to speed and get started on your day.

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1. Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian delegations meet today for negotiations on the border between Ukraine and Belarus as Moscow continues to increase its attack on Kiev. New satellite images show a kilometer-long convoy of Russian military vehicles driving down towards the Ukrainian capital despite the negotiations. This happens just a day after Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin put its deterrent forces, which include nuclear weapons, on high alert. Meanwhile, Western sanctions are beginning to take effect and the Russian central bank is announcing that it will raise the key interest rate from 9.5% to 20% because “external conditions for the Russian economy have changed drastically.” Russia’s currency too hit a record low against the US dollar today as the country’s financial system toppled over the crushing sanctions. Follow CNN’s full coverage of Russia’s attack on Ukraine here.

2. Climate crisis

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency is today facing a Supreme Court case that could challenge the ability of the federal government to combat the climate crisis and prevent its worst outcome. Republicans are expected to argue that the EPA has no authority to regulate emissions from the electricity sector. Instead, they say authority should be given to Congress. A Supreme Court decision merging with coal companies could undermine the Biden administration’s plans to cut emissions from planetary warming at a time when scientists sound the alarm about climate change. Observers say the outcome of this case is difficult to predict, but a decision that would move the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants to Congress would be the worst case for the EPA.


People who have received a dose of Evusheld, the monoclonal antibody to Covid-19, should receive an extra dose as soon as possible, says the FDA. The Agency revised the emergency use permit because the substance may be less active against certain Omicron sub-variants. Monoclonal therapies serve as another path to protection and are popular among immunocompromised people who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. It is also an option for individuals who have been discouraged from getting a vaccine due to a severe reaction to a Covid-19 vaccine or its components. That revision of the emergency use permit however, presents challenges. Experts say it will be difficult to get the message out to anyone who has received a dose, and access to the product remains limited.

4. State of the Union

Capitol Police will again erect a fence on the Capitol site ahead of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech tomorrow. The fencing is an attempt to increase security and prepare for possible protests from large rig carriers in the coming days. The speech is, according to officials, a national special security event, and the Secret Service has been given responsibility for the planning. Outside law enforcement agencies as well as the National Guard have been brought in to assist during the event. You can watch the State of the Union speech on CNN at 21.00 ET tomorrow or stream it live here.

5. North Korea

North Korea fired a ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula yesterday – an “undesirable” step for peace stabilization while the world tries to resolve the Ukraine war, South Korea’s National Security Council said in a statement. The launch is North Korea’s eighth test this year and comes almost a month after Pyongyang fired what it claimed was its longest-range ballistic missile since 2017. North Korea has stepped up its missile tests in 2022 and has announced plans to strengthen its defenses against the United States and evaluate “restart of all temporarily suspended activities,” according to state media.


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That’s the size of BP’s stake in Rosneft, Russia’s state – owned oil giant. The British company said yesterday dumping of this share in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. BP, which had called itself “one of the largest foreign investors in Russia,” will lose about $ 2 billion as a result of the move.


“Look, there is no room in either political parties for this white nationalism or racism. It is simply wrong … it is evil too.”

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