Heavy news today out of Ukraine and Sacramento.
Editor’s Warning: discussions of war crimes, mass shooting.
Happening in the World: Evidence of civilian murders at the hands of Russian occupying forces has been found in areas surrounding Kyiv, Ukrainian forces say. In Bucha, a city to the northwest of Kyiv, Ukrainian forces discovered a mass grave, which residents of the city claim could contain as many as 150 people. Similarly, the bodies of civilians with their hands tied behind their backs were found on the city’s streets. The discovery has shocked the international community, with the US and many of its NATO allies calling for war crimes investigations and pledging to increase sanctions on Russia. (CNN)
Happening in the US: A shooting in Sacramento, California, left at least six dead and 12 wounded on Sunday, local police say. The shooting occurred around 2 am in downtown Sacramento, in an area known for its nightclub scene. Police do not yet know what caused the shooting but do claim that there were multiple shooters involved. The event is now the largest mass shooting in Sacramento’s history. (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Sunday evening, the City Council called upon Mayor Eric Adams to invest $3.1 billion in new bike and bus lanes as part of its streets plan. If followed through on, the investment would include 500 miles of bike lanes, another 500 miles of bus lanes, and 38 million feet of open pedestrian space. A spokesperson for Mayor Adams has said that the mayor intends to review the proposal. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: On Wednesday, April 6, at 12 pm, join SIPA for “Fighting the War in Ukraine on the Digital Technology Front,” an online panel discussion about the digital strategies Ukraine is using in its war against Russia. The discussion will feature Prof. Matthew Murray, a Harriman Institute Adjunct Professor, and Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation Alex Bornyakov—a SIPA alumnus. Registration for the event is required.
Bucha, Ukraine via Wikimedia Commons