Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.
Five things you need to know:
1. Explosions reported in kyiv after Russian warship sinks in Black Sea
Kyiv residents reported numerous explosions in the city after a Russian warship sank in the Black Sea on Thursday. The Russian Defense Ministry said cruise missiles hit an anti-aircraft and anti-ship missile manufacturing plant in the suburb of Zhulyany. Other strikes against the capital should follow.
Russian strikes pounded a military factory near kyiv that manufactures the missiles Ukraine claims it used to sink the navy’s flagship Moskva, with Moscow promising more such attacks on Fridayhttps://t.co/M9Q7FsSVih
— The Times of Moscow (@MoscowTimes) April 15, 2022
2. The Queen meets Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for the first time in 2 years
For the first time in nearly 730 days, the Queen met Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met the Queen at Windsor Castle on Thursday. The family members had not met since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020.
Harry and Meghan met the Queen at Windsor Castle yesterday for the first time since stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family in 2020 https://t.co/umb22HLFe3
— The Times (@thetimes) April 15, 2022
3. Russia threatens ‘nuclear escalation’ in Baltics if Finland and Sweden join NATO
Deputy head of the Russian Security Council and former President Dmitry Medvedev has said that if Finland and Sweden join NATO, there will be a “nuclear escalation” in the Baltic countries. The two Nordic countries expressed interest in joining the Allies after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Why Finland and Sweden joining NATO would be significant https://t.co/gMn8rDLFES
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 15, 2022
4. New type of cigarette that helps you smoke less now on sale
VLN has reportedly released a new cigarette that “will help you smoke less”. Called “VLN King” and “VLN Menthol King”, the cigarettes contain 95% less nicotine than regular cigarettes. The FDA requires the company to include the phrase “helps you smoke less” when advertising the product.
The cigarettes, called VLN King and VLN Menthol King, are the first combustible cigarettes to gain FDA clearance as products that can help reduce nicotine intake in smokers. Cigarettes contain 95% less nicotine. https://t.co/yvPHJxhjJB pic.twitter.com/jhXUwesgGG
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) April 14, 2022
5. The NBA playoffs will be set tonight
Playoff basketball officially returns on Saturday, although matchups have yet to be set. The final two games of the NBA Play-in tournament will take place Friday at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans Pelicans are battling for the final playoff spot in the West while the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers vie for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
the #MetaQuestPlayIn continues Friday on ESPN and TNT@ATLhawks vs. @cavs
Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m./and on ESPN @PelicansNBA vs. @LAClippers
Friday 15 April 10 p.m./and on TNT pic.twitter.com/t8NwZDnlAc
—NBA (@NBA) April 14, 2022
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