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'Impossible' Soccer Comeback On Barcelona Front Page

FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8
FC Barca players celebrate at Camp Nou on March 8

L'Esportiu, March 9, 2017

FC Barcelona's stunning victory over France's PSG last night at Camp Nou earned a succinctly shocked (and triumphant) front-page headline in the Catalan-language sports daily L'Esportiu. For those linguists keeping score at home, L'Impossible ("The Impossible") reads exactly the same in the Catalan and French languages. Headlines in France, though equally stunned, were not so cheery: L'Equipe sports daily used: "Inqualifiable," a word play which means both that PSG didn't qualify for the quarterfinals, and that their pitiful performance was beyond description.

Barca beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1, in one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history, scoring three goals in the last seven minutes — allowing Lionel Messi, Neymar and company to recover from a 4-0 first game deficit and advance to the next round.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Will Winter Crack The Western Alliance In Ukraine?

Kyiv's troops are facing bitter cold and snow on the frontline, but the coming season also poses longer term political questions for Ukraine's allies. It may be now or never.

Ukraine soldier in winer firing a large canon with snow falling

Ukraine soldier firing a large cannon in winter.

Pierre Haski


PARIS — Weather is a weapon of war. And one place where that’s undoubtedly true right now is Ukraine. A record cold wave has gripped the country in recent days, with violent winds in the south that have cut off electricity of areas under both Russian and Ukrainian control. It's a nightmare for troops on the frontline, and survival itself is at stake, with supplies and movement cut off.

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This is the reality of winter warfare in this part of Europe, and important in both tactical and strategic terms. What Ukraine fears most in these circumstances are Russian missile or drone attacks on energy infrastructures, designed to plunge civilian populations into cold and darkness.

The Ukrainian General Staff took advantage of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Kyiv to ask the West to provide as many air defense systems as possible to protect these vital infrastructures. According to Kyiv, 90% of Russian missile launches are intercepted; but Ukraine claims that Moscow has received new weapon deliveries from North Korea and Iran, and has large amounts of stocks to strike Ukraine in the coming weeks.

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