Airstrikes were heard across Ukraine: Media – SABC News

There were air raid sirens was heard early in most Ukrainian cities Saturday morning where people were urged to seek refuge, local media reported.

Sirens were heard in the capital Kyiv, the western city of Lviv in Odessa, and Kharkiv, Cherkasy, as well as the Sumy region in the northeastern part of the country, according to a number of local Ukrainian media.

Russian forces appeared to be gathering on Friday for a possible attack on Kyiv, with satellite images showing them firing artillery as they closed in on the capital.

Police call for closure of Instagram after Meta allows hate speech against Russia

Russia on Friday condemned Meta Platforms’ move to lift a temporary ban on violence against Russian troops and leaders, and an influential lawmaker called for Instagram to be shut down in Russia.

In a temporary change to its hate speech policy, Meta Platforms will allow Facebook and Instagram users in some countries to call for violence against Russia and Russian troops in connection with the invasion of Ukraine, according to an internal email seen by Reuters.

“Meta’s aggressive and criminal policy leading to hatred and hostility towards Russia is outrageous,” the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement on Friday.

“The company’s actions are yet another piece of evidence about the information war without the rules declared for our country,” it said.

A Meta spokesman confirmed that it had temporarily eased its rules for political speech, and allowed entries such as “the death of the Russian invaders”, although it would not allow a call for violence against Russian civilians.

An internal e-mail seen by Reuters showed that it had also temporarily allowed reports calling for the death of Russian President Vladimir Putin or the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

Alexander Khinshtein, head of the Duma’s lower house of the Russian parliament’s Information and Information Technology Commission, said the Duma would appeal to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the Commission of Inquiry. It was not clear what action they were going to take.

“If this is true, then of course Instagram in Russia should be closed after Facebook,” he said.

Facebook and Instagram are both owned by Meta. Last week, Russia said it was banning Facebook in the country in response to what it said were restrictions on access to Russian media on the platform.

“They should think about how they use this platform. “They incite hatred, and even more, they call for the assassination of Russian citizens,” Vyacheslav Volodin, the Duma’s chairman, said in a post on VKontakte, Russia’s response to Facebook.

Moscow has also used technology companies, including Twitter, which said it was restricted in the country during its invasion of Ukraine, which it calls a “special operation”.

Dmitry Rogozin, head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos, had deleted his Facebook profile, the news agency. RIA Novosti was reported on Friday.

Airstrikes were heard across Ukraine: Media – SABC News

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