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Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

Tensions culminated this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin launching a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, a move widely opposed by world leaders that made virtually every front page around the world.

Russia-Ukraine War Begins: 24 Newspaper Front Pages

"THIS IS WAR," reads the front page ofGazeta Wyborcza. Alongside the terse, all-caps headline, the Polish daily features a photo of Olena Kurilo, a teacher from Chuguev whose blood-covered face has become one of the striking images of the beginning of the Ukraine invasion.

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A day after simultaneous attacks were launched from the south, east and north of the country, by land and by air, some press outlets chose to feature images of tanks, explosions, death and destruction that hit multiple cities across Ukraine, while others focused on the man behind the so-called "special military operation": Putin.


With the battle now arriving at the gates of the capital Kyiv, in what many say is the most dangerous conflict in Europe since World War II, it may be French daily Libération that sums the situation best: "The Unthinkable."

While many Ukrainian dailies have seen interruptions in their print editions, the leading opposition newspaper in Russia, Novaya Gazeta, in an act of solidarity with its neighbors, published its latest paper in both Russian and Ukrainian. It's the first in our international collection of front pages below:

Kommersant

Kommersant

Izvestia

UNITED STATES - TIME

TIME

The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The New York Times

The New York Times

UK - The Sun

The Sun

The Financial Times

The Financial Times

The Economist

The Economist

GERMANY - Frankfurter Allgemeine

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Der Spiegel

Der Spiegel

POLAND - Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza

Fakt

Fakt

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna

Rzeczpospolita

Rzeczpospolita

SLOVAKIA - Dennik

Dennik

FRANCE - Libération

BELGIUM - Le Soir

Le Soir

ITALY - Internazionale

SPAIN - El Mundo

El Mundo

ARGENTINA - La Nacion

La Nacion

BRAZIL - O Globo

O Globo

JAPAN - The Okinawa Times

The Okinawa Times

CHINA - Shanghai Daily

Shanghai Daily

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Chinese Students' "Absurd" Protest Against COVID Lockdowns: Public Crawling

While street demonstrations have spread in China to protest the strict Zero-COVID regulations, some Chinese university students have taken up public acts of crawling to show what extended harsh lockdowns are doing to their mental state.

​Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling on a soccer pitch

Screenshot of a video showing Chinese students crawling

Shuyue Chen

Since last Friday, the world has watched a wave of street protests have taken place across China as frustration against extended lockdowns reached a boiling point. But even before protesters took to the streets, Chinese university students had begun a public demonstration that challenges and shames the state's zero-COVID rules in a different way: public displays of crawling, as a kind of absurdist expression of their repressed anger under three years of strict pandemic control.

Xin’s heart was beating fast as her knees reached the ground. It was her first time joining the strange scene at the university sports field, so she put on her hat and face mask to cover her identity.

Kneeling down, with her forearms supporting her body from the ground, Xin started crawling with three other girls as a group, within a larger demonstration of other small groups. As they crawled on, she felt the sense of fear and embarrassment start to disappear. It was replaced by a liberating sense of joy, which had been absent in her life as a university student in lockdown for so long.

Yes, crawling in public has become a popular activity among Chinese university students recently. There have been posters and videos of "volunteer crawling" across universities in China. At first, it was for the sake of "fun." Xin, like many who participated, thought it was a "cult-like ritual" in the beginning, but she changed her mind. "You don't care about anything when crawling, not thinking about the reason why, what the consequences are. You just enjoy it."

The reality out there for Chinese university students has been grim. For Xin, her university started daily COVID-19 testing in November, and deliveries, including food, are banned. Apart from the school gate, all exits have been padlock sealed.

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