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216 Russian athletes expected to compete at Beijing 2022******
MOSCOW, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said Wednesday that 216 Russian athletes were expected to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
"There will be about 450 people altogether including 216 athletes. So far, 102 athletes have received qualifications," TASS news agency reported citing Pozdnyakov.
The 2022 Olympic Winter Games will take place in Beijing from February 4 to 20. Enditem
Chinese shares mixed at midday Tuesday******
BEIJING, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- China's major stock indices ended mixed in the morning session Tuesday, with the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index up 0.43 percent to 3,597.53 points.。
The Shenzhen Component Index went down 0.08 percent to end at 14,949.41 points at midday. Enditem。
Ukraine severs diplomatic relations with Russia******
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Thursday that Kiev decides to sever diplomatic relations with Moscow after Russia launched military operations in Donbass, the government-run Ukrinform news agency reported.
"Ukraine is defending itself," Zelensky said in a televised address. He added that more than 40 Ukrainian soldiers and around 10 civilians were killed in the conflict.
Earlier Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin authorized the "special military operation," and Ukraine confirmed that military installations across the country were under attack.