Video: Russian attacks pound Kharkiv, Cavan fatal crash, remote working discussions

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On the seventh day of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Moscow said its forces have taken control of the first sizeable city, seizing Kherson in the south. Meanwhile, four more people were killed and nine wounded as a barrage of Russian air and rocket strikes pounded the northeastern city of Kharkiv.

The Russian foreign minister has also claimed that if a third World War were to take place, it would involve nuclear weapons and would be destructive.

In Ireland, groups around the country are working to send supplies to mainland Europe, aiming to support Ukrainian refugees. More than half a million Ukrainians have fled the fighting since the invasion began, most crossing into Poland and Romania.

Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman said the Government does not have immediate plans to call on Irish families to host Ukrainian refugees, but added his department is working closely with other Government departments on the matter, looking at a range of options.

US response


US president Joe Biden vowed to check Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine as he announced a ban on Russian planes in US airspace.

Mr Biden also noted the US is working to seize the yachts and apartments of Russian oligarchs, saying: “We are coming for your ill-begotten gains.”

Speaking before the US Congress, Mr Biden highlighted the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the resolve of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance that has worked to rearm the Ukrainian military and cripple Russia’s economy through sanctions.

Cavan crash

A woman, aged in her 20s, has died in a three-car collision in Co Cavan, while two other women have with hospitalised with injuries.

Gardaí were alerted to the fatal collision on Wednesday morning at Derrygarra Lower, Butlersbridge, at approximately 5.20am.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, while the two others, one aged in her 30s and the other in her 50s, were taken to Cavan General Hospital to be treated for injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.

Remote working

New legislation giving workers a statutory right to request remote working is “stacked in favour of the employer,” according to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).

The organisation will tell a meeting of the Oireachtas Enterprise Committee on Wednesday that the proposed laws should include wider grounds to appeal if a worker's request is refused.

Head of social policy at ICTU, Dr Laura Bambrick, told Newstalk radio that the current legislation favours the employer at every turn and is fundamentally flawed.

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