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The Forsvaret, or the Norwegian Armed Forces, announced its coastguard vessel Nordkapp from its coast guard, the Kystvakten, has followed a Russian battlecruiser for several days. Russia’s Peter the Great is near the Smutthavet, or the Loophole Sea, and is nuclear-powered.

In a social medal post, the Forsvaret said Russia’s ship is sailing legally in international waters, and added “this type of activity is not uncommon”.

Forsvaret also added in a statement on their website: “It is natural that Norway monitors Russian military activity in our immediate areas.

“For the Coast Guard, it is routine to follow what is happening in Norwegian maritime areas of interest.

“The Russian naval vessel sails legally in international waters and this type of activity is not uncommon, especially in connection with major Norwegian and allied military exercises such as the ongoing Cold Response 2022.

“A professional and respectful tone and behaviour are shown from all sides, which contributes to predictability and stability in the High North.”

Hans Kristensen, Director at the Nuclear Information Project, suggested on Twitter the Norwegian response is “presumably part of Russian monitoring of NATO exercise Cold Response underway in region”.

A NATO member has begun shadowing a Russian nuclear-powered cruiser

A NATO member has begun shadowing a Russian nuclear-powered cruiser (Image: Forsvaret / GETTY)

Coastguard vessel Nordkapp from the Kystvakten followed a Russian battlecruiser for days

Coastguard vessel Nordkapp from the Kystvakten followed a Russian battlecruiser for days (Image: Forsvaret)

Russia’s fleet of ballistic missile submarines, armed with nuclear warheads that can reach North American territories, are based in Gadziyevo on the coast to the Barents Sea, some 100 kilometres from the border to Norway.

It comes as NATO and partner forces commenced their military exercise Cold Response 2022 in the Arctic.

NATO has said the “long-planned exercise” brings together “thousands of troops from NATO Allies and partners, testing their ability to work together in cold weather conditions across Norway”.

Around 30,000 troops from 27 countries from Europe and North America will take part in training in “cold weather exercises – on land, in the air and at sea” over March and April.

As a part of the drill, Norway was also required to invite all 57 member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), including Russia, to observe the exercise.

Norway hosts the military exercise biannually, and was a founding member of NATO in August 24 1949.

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Russia’s ballistic missile submarines are based in Gadziyevo, 100 kilometres from Norway

Russia’s ballistic missile submarines are based in Gadziyevo, 100 kilometres from Norway (Image: EXPRESS)

NATO will start Cold Response 2022 in Norway shortly, a military drill

NATO will start Cold Response 2022 in Norway shortly, a military drill (Image: EXPRESS)

After declining the invitation, the Russian Embassy in Norway told French news agency AFP “any buildup of NATO military capabilities near Russia’s borders does not help to strengthen security in the region”.

Fabrice Pothier, strategy officer and CEO of policy group Rasmussen Global, told outlet DW Russia’s views on NATO drills are a part of Moscow’s playbook.

He said: “Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup of troops along its border with Norway.

“But NATO is allowed to hold drills to strengthen its troops and there is nothing threatening about that.”

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The Russian Embassy said ‘any buildup of NATO military capabilities near Russia’s borders does not h (Image: EXPRESS)

Ivana Stradner, an advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, also told DW the Cold Response 2022 could help strengthen NATO.

She said: “Some argue that this exercise is dangerous because Russia can misconstrue it.

“However, launching this exercise is a step in the right direction because we should not allow Putin to dictate NATO’s security and cancelling this exercise would show NATO’s weakness.”

She then noted while Vladimir Putin perceives NATO and its drills as a threat, it shouldn’t mitigate NATO’s vigilance.

Ms Stradner said: “Russia constantly claims to be threatened by NATO but this is a purely defensive alliance that does not seek to [encroach upon] Russian territory.

“We can expect Putin to find NATO’s weak link in order to show that the alliance is a paper tiger. So NATO has to be ready to respond.”

Fabrice Pothier said ‘Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup of troops’

Fabrice Pothier said ‘Russia will pretend to feel threatened with these drills and call it a buildup (Image: EXPRESS)

It comes after NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Russia’s potential use of chemical weapons would be a “blatant” violation of international law.

He said on NBC News: “Any use of chemical weapons would be a blatant and brutal violation of international law, there is a ban on chemical weapons.

“At the same time, we know Russia has used chemical agents in Europe before against their own political opponents, and Russia has been facilitating the Assad regime in Syria where chemical weapons have been used.

“This is something we take extremely seriously, but at the same time we are very much aware that we need to act in a way that prevents this conflict from going from being an ugly, horrific conflict in Ukraine to something that turns out to be a full-fledged war between NATO and Russia in Europe.”



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Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is not very common, since it is estimated that for every 100 adults affected by cancer, there is one child who suffers from it. It comprises numerous types of tumors that develop in children and adolescents from 0 to 18 years of age. The most common types are leukemia, brain tumor, lymphomas, and solid tumors such as neuroblastoma and Willms tumor (kidney tumor).

Don’t Ignore Signs

Sometimes the symptoms of childhood cancer can be confused with those of other diseases, so it can take time to obtain a timely diagnosis that allows the disease to be treated in time. In this sense. Most doctors recommend that parents not ignore the signs, among which are persistent bone and abdominal pain, fever without apparent causes for more than a week, bruising or bleeding from the nose or gums, tumor or node growth, weight loss, among others.

Genetic Factors

Genetic factors and malformations play an important role in the onset of the disease, unlike in adults, where environmental factors such as infectious agents, radiation, smoking, minerals, and chemical compounds have a high incidence. In children, the main cause is still unknown.

The Diagnosis 

There are numerous diagnostic tests used to detect childhood cancer; these allow to determine the type of tumor, where it is located and if it has invaded neighboring organs, (if it has metastasized) for which laboratory tests, imaging studies, and biopsies are used. From which the type of treatment to be used to combat the disease will be established.

Medical Treatment

Many doctors give the reassurance that childhood cancer should be treated in institutions where there is a multidisciplinary health team, such as the Cancer Institute. This team consists of pediatric surgeons, radiation oncologists, orthopedists, hematologists, clinical oncologists, psycho-oncologists, among others.

Seek Local Help

The treatment is multidisciplinary, where excellence, professionalism, dedication, avant-garde in medical knowledge are combined, whose main objective is the fight against cancer. You should also consider local centers that offer cancer care Orange County-based.

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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin

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The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”

 

The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.

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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time

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Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 



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