Without providing any evidence on charges of mass doping, the IOC executive committee disqualified the Russian Olympic Committee for the period of the Winter Games. Athletes from Russia will be allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics. But they are prohibited from demonstrating the attributes of the country, including the Russian flag and the coat of arms, as well as the national anthem. IOC notes that Russians can be officially presented as «the Olympic athletes from Russia». I quote — «They will be able to perform wearing a uniform with this name and under the Olympic flag».
The UN will stop supplying humanitarian aid to the east of Ukraine under the World Food Program due to the lack of funds. «This is not much of a surprise: our funding level has recently fallen dramatically. We definitely expected this because of a lack of resources, «the organization said. At the same time, UN representatives noted that food supplies were to be stopped in December, but were prolonged due to severe winter conditions.
During the morning clashes near the building of the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev, 11 policemen and two civilians were injured. «Activists began to provoke the police and attack them. Accordingly, tear gas was used and a clash occurred, «- said police spokeswoman Oksana Blischik. Attorney General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that Saakashvili has 24 hours to report to law enforcement agencies. Otherwise, the police will come for him. Saakashvili said that the Prosecutor General is «an illiterate D student» and refused to attend the interrogation.
Poroshenko claimed to be shocked and stunned by the situation around Saakashvili. «I thought it was hard to surprise me. But what the whole country saw yesterday got me stunned and shocked. The president and the government respect the right of citizens for peaceful protest, unlike the organizers who crave blood, who provoked the police, «he said. Poroshenko stressed that the Verkhovna Rada is now surrounded by a «mugger company».
According to the message of the Russian Defense Ministry, six Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers delivered a group strike to the positions of the militants of the terrorist organization «Islamic State». The targets of attack were weapons and ammunition stores, strong points and terrorists groupings in the area of the village of Es-Sayal, Deir ez-Zor province. Syrian government troops, with the support of the Russian VKS, are completing the destruction of the last ISIS enclave in the east of Syria. Its area was reduced to a 7 by 11 km patch.
The former head of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, spoke on Spain’s withdrawal of an international warrant for his arrest and the closure of the case in Belgium. «Obviously, the Spanish authorities have withdrawn the warrant, because they are afraid. The Belgian judge realized that everything we did was completely democratic, «the politician said. He stressed that accusations of insurrection are unacceptable in European practice, and the authorities in Madrid understood this.