Thursday’s newspapers: Russia attacks Ukraine, arms export debate, rich minister

Thursday's newspapers: Russia attacks Ukraine, arms export debate, rich minister

All Finnish newspapers, national and regional, report on Russia’s intensified hostilities in Ukraine on Thursday morning.

Helsingin sanomat newspaper (HS), Finland ‘s largest daily newspaper, writes an the article is updated minute by minute that Russian forces are attacking Ukraine from the north and south.

HS has sent a supplier Vera Siren and photographer Kalle Koponen to the south-eastern city of Mariuspol to monitor developments.

The duo say Mariuspol looks relatively calm so far despite the arrival of Russian troops in the city.

However, Koponen said he saw a receptionist inspecting all the guests at the hotel where HS employees are staying "with trembling fingers".

Another local, truck driver Vladimir Artushenkotold reporters he had heard explosions from Berdyansk, a city west of Mariuspol.

Six out of ten would re-examine the issue of Ukraine’s arms exports

Tabloid Evening paper (IL) asked on Thursday whether Finnish parliamentary parties are in favor of arms exports to Ukraine, a question that has become a key source of controversy this week.

Ukraine has asked Finland for material support in its efforts to defend itself against the Russian invasion, but Finnish lawmakers disagree.

According to the newspaper, the prime minister Sanna MarinSocial Democrats and Minister of Education Li Andersonn‘s Left Alliance answered a "sharp no".

The Greens, the Center Party and the Swedish Party of Finland (RKP) suggested that the matter be reconsidered and that a derogation from the “no arms exports to countries at war” rule be proposed.

The Coalition Party, the Christian Democrats and the Movement Now would also support a reassessment, IL says, while the Basic Finns are uncertain.

The minister redeemed 400,000 from the Meta deal

Minister for Transport and Communications Timo Harakka (SDP) has become one of the most prosperous in parliament, which is quite unusual for a left-wing official, a tabloid Evening News (IS) writes.

Ministers ’incomes will go under the microscope when their declaration of interest is published on Thursday. The declaration has so far shown that the figures of the Minister of Communications are moving around hundreds of thousands, which Harakka largely explains about his deal with the social media giant Facebook.

Although the entire transaction has not been announced, it is estimated that with the sale of the meta.fi domain, Haraka’s assets increased by a whopping 400,000 euros. Magpie had reserved the domain for himself in 2012 when he was planning to start his own business. He didn’t know four letters would be worth it when Facebook decided to change its company name Meta.

The communications minister told IS that while he admits he is doing well at the moment, his past life has been far from financially comfortable.

"Sometimes I had to face growing debts and long periods of foreclosure. Plastic cards had to be cut with scissors," Magpie told the newspaper.

Source: The Nordic Page

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