Wednesday 21st February 2018,
The Transcript

Global Grab: A Sunken Ferry and intensified Ukrainian conflict

The Issue: South Korean Ferry

What was supposed to be a fun trip for high school students in South Korea turned tragic when the ferry they were on sank.

There were 476 people on board, including 339 children and teachers from the school, according to BBC.

The current death toll is 64, with 238 people still missing, most of them students. According to Al Jazeera, two United States underwater drones have been deployed to search for the bodies.

The captain of the ferry is being accused of abandoning the ferry while the passengers were trapped onboard. According to Al Jazeera, the captain and two other crewmembers were arrested on negligence charges.

This is considered one of South Korea’s worst maritime disasters.

The Issue: Ukraine

Ukraine has been getting worse. One issue that grabbed major headlines was the leaflet supposedly released in eastern Ukraine that told Jews to register with the pro-Russian militants.

In an address to reporters in Geneva, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke out against these fliers.

“In the year 2014, after al of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable, it’s grotesque,” he said.

“It’s beyond unacceptable.”

However, Time Magazine said “the flier was more likely part of an ill-conceived extortion plot or a propaganda ploy against the separatists.”

Also in the Ukraine, a mystery has been solved.

For a few weeks, well-armed, professional gunmen have seized Ukrainian government sites in several towns, according to the New York Times.

Ukrainian officials have put the blame on the Russians, but the Russians have repeatedly denied these accusations.

However, it’s been found that the “green men,” as they are called, are in fact Russian military and intelligence forces.

The Kremlin still maintains that there is no Russian involvement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters Thursday that, “it’s all nonsense.

“There are no Russian units, special services or instructors in the east of Ukraine.”

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