Ukraine imposes state of emergency over tensions with Russia******
A car drives on a road near Ukraine's industrial port city of Mariupol on February 23, 2022.
The Ukrainian Parliament on Wednesday supported a bill to introduce a state of emergency in the country starting February 24 amid the ongoing tensions with Russia, according to the parliament's press service.
The legislation, introducing the state of emergency in all Ukrainian regions except for the conflict-hit Lugansk and Donetsk regions, for 30 days, was supported by 335 lawmakers in the 450-seat parliament.
In the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, where a Joint Forces Operation is underway, a special legal regime has been already in effect.
According to Interfax-Ukraine news agency, the state of emergency in 22 Ukrainian regions envisages a ban on holding mass meetings and protests, on changing the place of residence by those liable for military service, and on the production of information materials that can destabilize the situation in the country.
The new law also stipulates for restriction of freedom of movement, inspections of vehicles, premises and personal belongings of citizens, and the introduction of a curfew if the need arises.
Besides, it provides for the evacuation of residents from places where there is a danger to the lives of people.
Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council proposed the parliament introduce a state of emergency across the country due to the buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border.
Earlier in the day, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine imposed special measures in regions bordering Russia, Belarus and those having access to the seas.
The measures include the limitation of movement of private vehicles and floating devices, flights of light planes and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as restrictions on filming and photographing of certain objects.
Since November, Kiev and some Western countries have accused Russia of assembling heavy troops near the Ukrainian border, including in Belarus, with a possible intention of "invasion."
Denying any intention to attack any country, Russia said it has the right to mobilize troops within its borders to defend its territory, as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's increasing military activities near Russia's borders constitute a threat to Russia's border security.
USA's 2022 Beijing hopefuls head to Colorado for final pre******
DENVER, United States, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Copper Mountain, the iconic 5-star ski resort located 75 miles west of Denver, Colorado, will remain closed until November 30, as hundreds of American Olympic hopefuls dominate the slopes.
The storied ski resort that celebrates 50 years of operations next year is "beginning to look a lot like the [Beijing 2022] Winter Olympics," Olivia Butrymovich, Communications Director for Copper Mountain Resort, told Denver 9News.
Known simply as "Copper" by native Coloradans, the resort opened in 1972 and has 23 lifts on 2,465 acres of mountain terrain, and offers more than 140 runs.
Copper sits at an elevation of 9,712 feet with a summit elevation of 12,313 feet, according to Colorado Rocky Mountain Resorts.
"The fact that we have this many professionals on the hill is very exciting for us," Butrymovich said of the more than 300 professional skiers and snowboarders expected to hit the exclusive resort in the next few days.
Thanks to an atmospheric river coming off the Pacific Ocean last week, the front this week dropped more snow in the high Rockies, creating extraordinarily good conditions for skiing, much to the delight of Colorado's ski resorts, and the pros who descended en masse on Copper.
"It's the end of October, I can't complain right now," a ski racer deadpanned into the 9News camera, as a high-elevation, sizzling Colorado sun baked his face and racing gear.
In December, Copper will also host the two critical Olympic qualifying runs to decide the American ski and snowboard athletes who will travel to China in February 2022 for the 24th Winter Olympic Games.
The Copper Mountain pre-Olympic interviews and look at Copper's new, unique, month-long venue was captured by 9News and a YouTube video was released Wednesday that has since gone viral.
"Due to COVID-19, U.S. Ski & Snowboard together with Copper Mountain has created protocols to ensure consistency with local and state regulation, including no spectators or media on site," Copper's website says of the training and upcoming Olympic trials.
Butrymovich also said that the upcoming Olympic trials in December might be the best chance for Americans to see their ski and snowboard Olympians in action.
A massive amount of planning and energy went into creating the COVID-19 protocol to create a safe environment for athletes and staff," the resort said.
"Copper Mountain is proud to be the official training site for the U.S. Ski Team. For decades, the resort has supported athlete development, providing world-class training and competition venues for elite level and amateur athletes across multiple winter sports disciplines," said the resort earlier this month in a press release, noting that U.S. Ski Team members expected to train at Copper next month include two-time Olympic champion and six-time world champion Mikaela Shiffrin, World Cup Super-G victor Ryan Cochran-Siegle and veteran speed skier Steven Nyman. Enditem