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Ukraine: Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv

Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv overnight, the Ukrainian military said Wednesday, citing ongoing fighting in Ukraine’s second-largest city in the east. “Russian airborne troops landed in Kharkiv (…) and attacked a hospital” local, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement on Telegram. “A fight is underway between the invaders and the Ukrainians”according to the press release.

According to Anton Guerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Minister, a fire broke out on Wednesday in the barracks of a flight school in Kharkiv after an airstrike “Practically there is no such area left in Kharkiv where an artillery shell has not yet hit”he said, quoted in a statement on Telegram.

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This announcement comes on the seventh day of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, launched on February 24 and which intensified on Tuesday. Kharkiv, a city of 1.4 million people near the border with Russia, was targeted by several bombardments on Tuesday, which left at least ten dead and more than 20 injured according to local authorities.

Morocco: ten years in prison required for journalist Omar Radi

The Moroccan prosecutor’s office on Tuesday appealed the maximum sentence of ten years in prison against journalist and human rights defender Omar Radi, sentenced at first instance to six years in prison in a double case of” spying “ and of “rape”. Crown “claims the maximum sentence against the accused in view of the incriminating elements”said his representative before the Casablanca Court of Appeal, according to an AFP journalist on the spot.

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The 35-year-old freelance reporter, known for his critical positions towards the authorities, is being prosecuted for “undermining the internal security of the state” with “foreign funding” and for “rape”, two separate cases, heard and judged jointly. According to the prosecutor, Omar Radi met with Dutch diplomatic representatives, presented by the prosecution as “intelligence officers”which in his eyes “proves guilt” of the journalist who for his part refuted these allegations. He is also accused of having “provided information of the order of espionage” to two British economic consultancy firms.

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Omar Radi claimed to have made “verification audits” for these two British firms, but he assured that he had only done his job as a journalist based on data open to the public. Among the other elements in charge: funding received from a philanthropic foundation based in Geneva, Bertha. Omar Radi assures that it is a scholarship. The public prosecutor believes that the journalist collaborated with a foundation “hostile to the territorial integrity of the country”in reference to the Western Sahara disputed by Morocco and the separatists of the Polisario Front.

Cash Investigation in turn denounces the shortcomings of private nursing homes

Unqualified staff, rationed meals, insufficient staff: after the earthquake caused by the book The Gravediggers on the “Orpea system”, France 2’s “Cash investigation” magazine is in turn attacking for-profit nursing homes, with an investigation broadcast on Tuesday evening, this time focusing on the Korian group. Prepared for a year and a half, this report was initially to be broadcast in the spring, but the channel has advanced its broadcast to better fit into the news, marked by the revelations of Victor Castanet’s book.

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As in The GravediggersÉlise Lucet and the “Cash” team explain that they wanted “reveal the methods” private Ehpad groups “to maximize their profits, often to the detriment of the well-being of residents and the working conditions of their employees”. In the book as in “Cash”, “the questions raised are similar, particularly around the costs that we are constantly trying to reduce”, explained to AFP the director of the survey, Marie Maurice. The journalist was hired for three days in a Korian nursing home as a personal assistant, but was assigned to the team of nursing assistants, even though she does not have a diploma to practice this profession.

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With a discreet camera, she filmed the exhausting daily life of overwhelmed employees, forced to advise an old lady of “pee in his protection” because there is no staff to accompany him to the toilets. Two former directors of Ehpad also claim that the Korian group puts its executives under constant pressure to reduce costs and maximize the company’s profit.

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