From Russia invading Ukraine to Queen Elizabeth II testing positive for Covid-19, this week’s news changed rapidly.

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UKRAINE ATTACKED AS RUSSIA INVADES

Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on Thursday, after weeks of stoking Western fears and mobilizing across the border. Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to citizens as the Ukraine attack began, urging citizens to arm themselves and help in the fight.

U.S. President Joe Biden and the European Union imposed stronger sanctions on Russia after the invasion began, which is the largest attack on a European country since World War II. Zelenskyy also asked for Western powers to help in condemning Putin for Russia’s actions and urged Russian citizens who oppose the war to hold protests.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged citizens to take up arms against Russia following invasion
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy urged citizens to take up arms against Russia following invasion. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

AHMAUD ARBERY’S KILLERS CONVICTED OF HATE CRIME

Travis McMichael, his father Gregory McMichael, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan were each found guilty on all counts of committing a hate crime in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Arbery was jogging in a Georgia neighborhood when he was fatally shot by the three men back in February 2020.

The three men were previously sentenced to life in prison for the crime and now face an additional life sentence. Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud Arbery’s mother, was pleased with the judge’s decision but expressed discomfort with the Department of Justice, who originally sought a plea deal. The decision came just a day before the second anniversary of Arbery’s death.

THREE OFFICERS FOUND GUILTY IN GEORGE FLOYD TRIAL

Ex-police officers Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were found guilty on Thursday for failing to act to prevent George Floyd’s death in 2020. The three officers, present during the incident, did not react to stop Derek Chauvin from kneeling on Floyd’s neck, which resulted in his death and massive #BlackLivesMatter protests nationwide against police brutality.

According to CNN, Thao was Chauvin’s partner and acted as crowd control while rookie officers Kueng and Lane held down Floyd’s torso and legs. The three former officers each faced a count of depriving George Floyd of his civil rights, as well as a charge of failing to intervene in Derek Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force. They all pleaded not guilty.

Ivanka Trump preparing to speak to Jan. 6 investigative committee
Ivanka Trump preparing to speak to Jan. 6 investigative committee. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

IVANKA TRUMP PREPARED TO SPEAK WITH JAN. 6 COMMITTEE

Ivanka Trump, daughter of former president Donald Trump, began discussions this week with members of the Senate committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the capital to appear for a voluntary interview.

Ivanka was a Senior White House adviser for her father at the time and may be able to provide inside information into the last days of his presidency leading up to the insurrection. According to The New York Times, she may give testimony about his conversations with Sean Hannity, who urged him to stop saying that the election was stolen.

QUEEN ELIZABETH II TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, canceled all her virtual events after testing positive for Covid-19 this week, but royal family insiders reported that the British monarch is only experiencing minor symptoms. Other members of the royal family, including Prince Charles, tested positive earlier this week. Her son reportedly met with the Queen this past weekend.

News of her testing positive came the same week as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson started plans to lift England’s last remaining restrictions against the Covid-19 virus. The Queen received her first dose of the vaccine back in January 2021, but no other doses of the vaccine were publicly reported.

Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for Covid-19
Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for Covid-19. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

MLB PLAYERS AND LEAGUE REMAINED DEADLOCKED

The MLB player’s union is currently deadlocked in negotiations with Major League Baseball after a bargaining agreement signed in 2017 expired. Most new MLB players cannot reach arbitration until their third year in the league, which owners will most likely fight to keep cap space reserved for the best, overpaid players.

Opening Day is currently scheduled for March 31, but if the two sides can’t reach an agreement, then the season will most likely get delayed, or even shortened. With the clock ticking, the lockout remains in effect as bargaining continues.

DOLPHINS COACH SAID HE WAS OFFERED MONEY FOR SILENCE

Former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores claimed this week that after he was fired, he was offered cash to sign an NDA that would bar him from speaking about issues that he had with the NFL organization.

Refusing the deal, Flores spoke on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and revealed that he turned down millions of dollars. The Miami Dolphins, on the other side, have denied Flores’ claims and called his “unfounded” statements as part of the reason why he was let go from the football organization.

Alec Baldwin's claims that he never pulled the trigger in the 'Rust' shooting angered slain cinematographer's husband Matt Hutchins
Alec Baldwin’s claims that he never pulled the trigger in the ‘Rust’ shooting angered slain cinematographer’s husband Matt Hutchins. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

RUST CINEMATOGRAPHER’S HUSBAND SPOKE OUT

Matt Hutchins, the husband of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was killed during the filming of Rust, spoke out about Alec Baldwin and others on the Rust set. Hutchins discussed “industry standards that were not practiced” on set regarding guns, according to CNBC.

Back in October, Halyna Hutchins was killed when Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at the camera, which he believed was unloaded at the time. Recently, however, the actor went on television to tell the public that he never pulled the trigger, which angered widower Matt Hutchins, who was at one time friends with Baldwin. “I was just so angry,” he said, “to see him talk about her death so publicly in such a detailed way and then to not accept any responsibility after having just described killing her.”