Empty shelves, spy hunt: Kyiv residents brace for Russian assault | Russia-Ukraine crisis News


Residents and servicemen alike hunt for Russian spies in Kyiv and supermarkets battle with logistics as an extended Russian navy convoy advances slowly in direction of town.

The seventh day of Russia’s warfare on Ukraine started with the sounds of sirens warning of air raids once more on Wednesday morning whereas a variety of explosions and shelling incidents have been heard in a single day.

Maidan Nezalezhnosti, the long-lasting Independence Sq. in Kyiv, has been surrounded by barricades with sandbags and anti-tank Czech hedgehogs, as a 64km (40-mile) convoy of Russian tanks and different autos advances slowly in direction of town.

Spanish ham, French cheese, Swiss chocolate and mangoes delivered straight from Thailand final week, simply earlier than the warfare, are left on the cabinets of Silpo, a grocery store chain, within the Pecherskyi district within the metropolis of almost three million folks.

All the cheaper meals are gone. There isn’t any bread or greens, no oils of any form, and no meat or sausages.

“We’re anticipating a supply tomorrow, it’s not that straightforward logistically,” Konstantin, a cashier in a face masks adorned with a tiny Ukrainian coat of arms, informed Al Jazeera.

Not removed from Silpo, a dozen folks stand patiently close to the doorways of a pharmacy. It snowed in Kyiv final night time, however the snow is melting, and the tweeting of birds is just not silenced by the standard drone of visitors.

People line up in front of a pharmacy in KyivFolks line up in entrance of a pharmacy in Kyiv [Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters]

“It’s one man out, one man in,” Leonid Goncharenko, a 79-year-old former firefighter, informed Al Jazeera, pointing on the doorways. He wants a number of capsules and drops for his diabetes and a coronary heart situation, and can wait patiently to get in.

Apart from the queues in entrance of grocery retailers and supermarkets, the streets are empty. Folks trickle out and in of the close by underground metro station-turned bomb shelter.

Teams of stern, gun-toting navy officers in khaki uniforms and masks test the identification of anybody coming into the station.

The same group of servicemen stops and checks every automotive and truck. Drivers and passersby eagerly present their ID playing cards, opening baggage and automotive boots.

“There are Russian spies working in Kyiv already, they spot the placement of strategic websites, we’ve to seek out and detain them,” one of many servicemen informed Al Jazeera.

Virtually each house constructing has its personal chat room in WhatsApp or Viber, the place residents trade information, suggestions and rumours.

An aged man sitting on a bench, a stranger knocking on any person’s door, a foreign-looking man taking footage – everybody seems to be suspicious, and teams of neighbours typically rush to such folks asking what they’re doing within the neighbourhood.

“It’s our civil responsibility – to be vigilant,” Tetiana Dobuzhanska, 34, who lives in a five-storey constructing of the Pecherskyi district, informed Al Jazeera.

With further reporting from Kyiv by Mansur Mirovalev

A single person is seen on a Kyiv streetVirtually each house constructing has its personal chat room in Whatsapp or Viber, the place residents trade information, suggestions and rumours [Mansur Mirovalev/Al Jazeera]

Some Salt Lake County residents should still mask up despite updated CDC guidance, health director says


Dr. Angela Dunn additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Folks collect because the Salt Lake County Council holds a short assembly on a January masks mandate, in Salt Lake Metropolis on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Following up to date masking steering Friday from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, Salt Lake County residents ought to nonetheless put on a masks in some conditions, says Dr. Angela Dunn — who additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

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Salt Lake County residents ought to nonetheless put on a masks in some conditions, says Dr. Angela Dunn — who additionally urged folks to respect masking requests from others.

“For those who enter a enterprise they usually require or suggest masks, please respect this and put on a masks; they could have a colleague at excessive threat who wants that extra safety,” mentioned Dunn, the chief director of the Salt Lake County Well being Division, in new steering launched Monday.

“If a member of the family or pal you see often has an underlying well being situation, put on a masks in crowded, indoor settings for his or her sake — or consider if you could be in that setting in any respect,” she added.

Dunn’s new suggestions comply with the Friday launch of recent recommendation from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. The brand new steering advises solely folks in “excessive” threat areas to proceed carrying masks. In Utah, two counties are thought-about excessive threat: Tooele and San Juan.

Salt Lake County is taken into account a medium-risk space, together with Beaver, Field Elder, Cache, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Kane, Morgan, Wealthy, Sanpete, Summit, Uintah, Wasatch, Washington, and Weber counties. In such areas, folks at excessive threat for extreme illness ought to train warning, the CDC suggested.

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox earlier this month referred to as on companies to elevate all masks and vaccine necessities, saying the pandemic has shifted such that particular person Utahns wanted to guage their very own private threat “to guard ourselves and to reside fortunately ever after.”

The state is also winding down its COVID-19 response this month, shuttering check websites and and ending the each day launch of information for coronavirus circumstances, hospitalizations and dying after April 1, as an alternative offering these figures “most likely … extra on a weekly foundation,” Cox mentioned.

Surges in circumstances are more likely to happen once more, Cox mentioned on the time, however he claimed the omicron variant confirmed a “decoupling” of “the speed of unfold of the virus and the deadliness of the virus and the extreme hospitalizations that went with that.”

State information nevertheless exhibits hospitalizations and deaths each rose sharply in January because the omicron variant unfold throughout the state — simply not as sharply as circumstances rose. And there’s no solution to know whether or not future variants of the virus will trigger deaths and hospitalizations at a decrease or greater price than the omicron variant has.

On Friday, Utah Division of Well being information confirmed unvaccinated folks had been at 6.3 occasions larger threat of dying from the coronavirus, 2.5 extra more likely to be hospitalized and a couple of occasions nice threat of testing constructive. The chance elevated important when evaluating unvaccinated folks to those that’ve obtained a COVID-19 booster.

Dunn on Monday suggested residents keep up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, isolate at residence in the event that they expertise any signs of the virus, put on a high-filtration masks when circumstances apply, search therapy early in the event that they check constructive and are at excessive threat for severe sickness and preserve a wholesome life-style by consuming nutritious meals and getting train.

“Please bear in mind and respectful of what the folks round you might be doing,” Dunn mentioned, “and in addition contemplate the folks in your life who could also be at greater threat than you.”

— This story is growing and will probably be up to date.

Food inequality haunts SLC’s west side. Here’s how residents are working to change that.


On the nook of North Temple and Redwood Highway, Lisia Satini counts at the least 9 fast-food eating places.

“We’re busy, working class, and typically we don’t have time to be cooking,” she stated. “And once we’re on the lookout for meals, and all we’ve are fast-food choices, it’s irritating.”

Though Satini can also level to a few grocery shops in her Fairpark and Rose Park space, making wholesome meals choices can nonetheless be a battle.

The issue isn’t nearly not having sufficient close by grocers. Meals inequity as a substitute is a multidimensional difficulty in west Salt Lake Metropolis.

It’s evident each time Satini travels east to search out extra reasonably priced wholesome meals choices. It additionally haunts her when she will’t get culturally acceptable meals in her personal neighborhood, or when the shops don’t supply contemporary and wholesome selections.

She now could be a part of Meals Fairness Advisors, a Salt Lake Metropolis program devoted to assuaging these variations.

The group organizes conferences with metropolis residents from various backgrounds to assemble enter about boundaries to meals entry. The aim is to supply a brand new meals evaluation to replace the final one town revealed in 2013. These advisers additionally assist draft suggestions for town to think about.

Now this system is proposing a Meals Fairness Decision that “will acknowledge the necessity for adjustments in land use planning, zoning, environmental and housing coverage, water administration, transportation, parks and open area, financial improvement,” reads a 2021 report. It’s anticipated to be mentioned by the Metropolis Council within the coming months.

Of their preliminary draft, the advisers known as for a decision to proceed to make meals fairness a precedence, updating town’s present meals evaluation and pursuing extra management alternatives for various residents.

The starvation hole

In areas similar to Glendale and a few ZIP codes that Utah’s capital shares with neighboring South Salt Lake, 29% to 33% of adults fear about having sufficient cash to purchase meals, in line with 2015-2020 knowledge from the Utah Division of Well being.

Throughout the valley, in an east-bench space, that proportion is round 14%, lower than half of what’s discovered amongst lower-income communities and communities of colour.

Knowledge from the U.S. Division of Agriculture additionally exhibits gaps in grocery store entry. West-siders within the Ballpark, Fairpark, Glendale, Jordan Meadows, Poplar Grove and Rose Park neighborhoods have a tougher time attending to grocery shops.

Meals Fairness Advisors gathered 13 residents to assist put this knowledge into context by explaining what challenges they see of their neighborhoods, points they may have with already present meals applications, and what they take into account to be culturally acceptable meals. Baltimore, Pittsburgh and New Haven, Connecticut, run comparable tasks.

[Read more: There are 410,000 Utahns who are hungry. Here’s how you can help.]

The pilot program has wrapped up, and a brand new cohort is anticipated to begin this 12 months. Town is accepting purposes to take part and hopes to host the brand new group’s first assembly in April.

“The west facet of Salt Lake,” stated Brian Emerson, Salt Lake Metropolis’s meals and fairness program supervisor, “undoubtedly through the years, there’s been underrepresentation for positive, and underinvestment and outright institutional racism.”

Whereas the places of grocery shops have a direct affect on meals accessibility, Emerson stated, the meals fairness drawback has many extra layers.

Different obstacles embody low incomes, lack of entry to assist just like the Supplemental Diet Help Program (SNAP), the rising price of housing and different fundamentals, and transportation shortcomings.

“Earnings is the figuring out issue,” he stated. “However the meals that is likely to be accessible in a group, it’s simply not proper for the group.”

That was Satini’s case.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Lisia Satini, one of many advisers of Salt Lake Metropolis program to combat meals inequity, stands close to North Temple and Redwood Highway, on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022.

As a Pacific Islander, she had parts lacking in her weight loss plan. She then was capable of finding taro leaves and inexperienced bananas in her space grocery store — a small victory, after citing the shortage of various meals to a grocer in one of many city-organized conferences.

“Accessibility is big,” she stated, “particularly for underserved communities.”

Doable options

The advisers mentioned the potential for making a meals or money voucher for these with restricted entry to SNAP and different help, giving residents extra monetary sources.

Town hasn’t made any commitments round this concept, Emerson stated, however there have been inside talks and research about how comparable applications have labored in different cities.

The voucher might be just like the Salt Laker Card, a COVID-19 aid program that offered $500 money playing cards to individuals who didn’t obtain stimulus checks due to their immigration standing or different limitations. It was a partnership between town and group organizations.

“This isn’t one thing we’re fairly but actively trying into,” Emerson stated. “However we had been intrigued by that concept.”

One other potential answer would enable residents to take issues into their very own arms, actually, by rising their very own meals. The plan requires teaming up with Wasatch Group Gardens to make group gardens accessible on city-owned land.

The west facet already has such a backyard close to the 9-Line, Emerson stated. One other is deliberate in Rose Park, and town could revive Glendale’s Cannon Greens Group Backyard, which shut down because of soil contamination, at any time when it’s secure to take action.

This proposed initiative excites Eugene Simpson, one other program adviser. Driving across the metropolis, he can image new group gardens or greenhouses rising.

“There are new residences within the metropolis,” he stated. “In the event you put in greenhouses and also you let the individuals who dwell within the residences know learn how to preserve the vegetation, they may even have contemporary greens.”

Simpson, who lives in South Salt Lake however owns a barbershop in Rose Park, moved to Utah from Belize in 1996 and jumped on the probability to take part in this system as quickly as he heard about it. He already plans to be a part of the second cohort.

“Meals was onerous to return by. I used to be getting one slice of bread a day with a bit little bit of peanut butter,” Simpson stated about his place to begin as an immigrant. “I don’t need anyone to undergo what I went by.”

Alixel Cabrera is a Report for America corps member and writes concerning the standing of communities on the west facet of the Salt Lake Valley for The Salt Lake Tribune. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps hold her writing tales like this one; please take into account making a tax-deductible reward of any quantity right now by clicking right here.