5 things to know this morning: April 15, 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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