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This Happened

This Happened — July 2: Thailand Cave Rescue

On this day in five years ago, rescue divers found 12 boys along with their soccer coach trapped in Tham Luang Nang Non cave complex in Thailand.

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How did the rescue divers locate the boys and their coach in the cave?

The rescue divers used a combination of methods to locate the boys and their coach. They employed divers, drones, and specialized equipment to search the flooded cave system. The boys were eventually discovered about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the cave entrance on a dry ledge.

How long were the boys and their coach trapped in the cave?

The boys and their coach were trapped in the cave for a total of 18 days. They went missing on June 23, 2018, and were found alive on July 2, 2018.

How were the boys and their coach rescued from the cave?

The rescue operation involved a large international team of divers, including Thai Navy SEALs and divers from various countries. They used a combination of strategies, including guiding the boys through flooded sections with the help of divers, setting up rope systems, and utilizing pumps to reduce water levels. Ultimately, the boys were brought out of the cave in groups using stretchers and a system of pulleys.

Were there any casualties during the rescue operation?

While the rescue operation was successful in bringing all 12 boys and their coach out of the cave, there was one casualty during the process. Saman Kunan, a former Thai Navy SEAL, died while delivering oxygen tanks to the trapped group.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Ukraine's Biggest Challenge This Winter: Staying United

Last winter, many Ukrainians believed the only factor delaying the war's end was the weather. A year later, the country faces a very different situation, with a stalled counteroffensive ahead of the coming cold days creating fertile ground to lose precious national unity.

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Ukrainian soldiers waiting on the frontlines

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Pavlo Kazarin


KYIV — The winter ahead is likely to be extremely difficult for Ukrainians.

And this year, the challenges extend beyond energy network resources, which have already been adequately covered, and reserves of anti-missile systems. The real issue is that Ukraine is heading into this winter with far lower reserves of psychological resilience and greater collective fatigue than ever before.

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Last winter was preceded by a series of military triumphs, with the Ukrainian army successfully pushing the enemy out of Kyiv, Chernihiv, and Sumy regions. They reclaimed Snake Island, initiated the Kharkiv counteroffensive, and liberated Kherson by the end of February. During that time, the country held onto the belief that the only factor delaying the war's end was the weather.

The prevailing sentiment was that with the arrival of warmer weather in the spring, the enemy would be pushed back and eventually defeated.

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