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ICYMI – Awaiting a face-off, from amateur hockey players in China to Russian military drills near Ukraine

As sports fans around the world eagerly await the start of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, athletes are preparing for their moment in the spotlight. Among them is a team of amateur hockey players in the rust-belt city of Anshan in northeast China, most of them in their 50s or 60s, who will be representing their country at the Games. Unlike their international competitors, hockey has never been about smashing Olympic records. After decades of playing together, this team is in it for the joy of the game.

Signs of a much higher-stakes confrontation drew the world’s attention to Ukraine’s border with Russia. Footage of Russian soldiers performing drills in the Voronezh region was published amid meetings between Russian and American diplomats, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia has no intention of attacking Ukraine but maintains its right to carry out military drills as it sees fit.

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