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MH17 is an International Disaster


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Majority of the casualties of MH17 are Dutch at 193 people. 42 were Malaysians, 27 Australians, 12, Indonesians, 10 Britons, 4 Germans, 4 Belgians, 3 Filipinos, one American, a South African/ UK dual citizen, Canadian and New Zealander according to CBC News.

MH17: Global leaders, international community react to airline tragedy

By: The China Diaries

“We know that there are Russians who are leaders of the separatists. Some, not all. Some. And we know that the Russians have armed the separatists, trained the separatists, support the separatists, and have, to date, not publicly called on the separatists to stand down or to be part of the solution. … Because of Russia’s linkage to these separatists, they have a greater ability to exert influence and we need Russia to become part of the solution, not part of the problem.” – John Kerry U.S. Secretary of State


The out pour of commentaries from prominent world leaders is definitely giving pressure to the Russian government. Very sad as it may seem, world leaders are united in giving justice to the victims and perhaps closure to their surviving loved ones. This is one kind of tragedy that is hard to get over with – but hoping that the affected will be healed in time!

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Winter Olympics: Vladimir Putin’s Support to His Ice Skating Olympians


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Politics were also present in the selection of Russian contenders in the Team Skating category – but Russian President Vladimir Putin did not play it there in the Winter Olympics. His presence in the Sochi  was enough to cheer the expert ice skating athletes and he also gave recognition to the first gold medalist of Russia – Yulia Lipnitskaya, the 15 year old gold recipient during the figure skating team event. Read this:

Russia win their first gold of Sochi Winter Olympics – in team skating

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A skating star in the twilight of his storied career and another who could go on to be just as impressive combined to put in top performances at the Iceberg Skating Palace on Sunday night and win Russia their first gold medal, to the delight of the watching Vladimir Putin.  http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/feb/09/russia-first-gold-medal-sochi-winter-olympics


Controversial ice skating contender Evgeny Plushenko might not be 100% happy with his initial performance but you can sense that he’s very determined to make it to the top. Perhaps not this Winter Olympics but maybe next?

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Winter Olympics Ongoing Until February 23, 2014


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The world had been so busy doing lots of things but this very significant event going on in Russia deserves more attention. The 22nd Winter Olympics has been opened with a big bang! The Russians’ patriotic sentiments are overflowing for hosting this kind of event for the first time. Check this out:

Winter Olympics start with glittering Opening Ceremony

By: Euro News

It was big. It was bold. And it has got the Winter Games started.

A glittering opening ceremony has been held in Sochi with dance, music, fireworks and a journey through Russia’s history to delight the 40,000 people present.

Host President Vladimir Putin was joined by more than 40 world leaders. http://www.euronews.com/2014/02/07/winter-olympics-start-with-glittering-opening-ceremony/


Sochi is in Krasnodar Krai,  Russia near the boarder between the country and Georgia/Abkhazia. It is on the Black Sea coast– that must be so magical to be in during the Olympics. Looking forward to the awarding ceremonies  soon!

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