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Ukrainian American Helps Wounded Ukrainians Get Back on Their Feet

Ukrainian American Yakov Gradinar makes prostheses.  So, after Russia’s war on Ukraine began to take its toll, he knew how he could help. Along with a team of specialists that includes American doctors and veterans, he has already assisted nearly two dozen people who lost limbs in the conflict. More are on their way. Elona Voytovych has the story. VOA footage by Valery Shmarko.

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US-Russia Prisoner Swap: Basketball Star Griner for Arms Dealer Bout

The U.S. and Russia carried out a high-stakes prisoner swap on Thursday, with Moscow freeing professional basketball star Brittney Griner and Washington handing over notorious Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout.

Russia said the swap was carried out in the United Arab Emirates and later U.S. President Joe Biden, who had long pressed the Russian government to free Griner, officially announced her release at the White House.

“She represents the best of America,” Biden said, noting that Griner would be back in the United States within 24 hours.

“I spoke with Brittney Griner,” Biden said. “She’s safe. She’s on a plane. She’s on her way home. After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under intolerable circumstances. Brittany will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones, and she should have been there all along.”

Griner’s wife, Cherelle Griner, thanked Biden and an array of U.S. officials for their efforts in freeing her spouse after nine months of imprisonment. She vowed that she and Brittney Griner would continue their support for the release of Paul Whelan, another U.S. prisoner held in Russia who was not included in Thursday’s deal.

Griner, 32, was detained at a Moscow airport in February when she arrived in Russia with vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. The Women’s National Basketball Association star had gone to Russia to play for a Russian team during her off-season in the U.S. but instead was convicted of the drug charge after a brief trial, sentenced to nine years of imprisonment, and recently sent to a Russian penal colony.

Even as the U.S. has led the Western coalition of countries supplying munitions to Ukraine in its 10-month fight against Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion, the two countries held behind-the-scenes talks about the release of the two prisoners.

Earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov talked about the would-be prisoner exchange, at the time their first known contact in more than five months as Moscow’s attacks on Ukraine raged on.

In an extraordinary move during otherwise secret negotiations, Blinken revealed publicly in July that the U.S. had made a “substantial proposal” to Russia for Griner and Whelan.

In the end, Whelan, a 52-year-old Michigan corporate security executive jailed in Russia since December 2018 on espionage charges that his family and the U.S. government has said are baseless, was left out of the deal.

“Sadly, and for totally illegitimate reasons, Russia is treating Paul’s case differently than Brittney’s,” Biden said. “And while we have not yet succeeded in securing Paul’s release, we are not giving up. We will never give up.”

Biden promised Whelan’s family, “We will keep negotiating in good faith. I guarantee it.”

Watch President Biden announcing Griner’s release:

“After months of being unjustly detained in Russia, held under a tolerable circumstances. Brittany will soon be back in the arms of her loved ones and she should have been there all along,” Biden said later at the White House.

Griner, the twice Olympic gold medalist was arrested February 17 at a Moscow airport with vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, which is banned in Russia. She was sentenced August 4 to nine years in a penal colony on charges of possessing and smuggling drugs.

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Стало відомо про нові знахідки в єпархіях УПЦ (МП) – перепустки «федеральних радників РФ» та прапори «ЛДНР»

За викритими фактами розпочато кримінальне провадження за статтею «державна зрада, вчинена в умовах воєнного стану»

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На територію ЗАЕС війська РФ завезли «Гради» і готують провокації – «Енергоатом»

У компанії вважають, що можливою провокацією можуть бути обстріли протилежного берегу Дніпра, зокрема Нікополя та Марганця «Градами»

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Arizona Ramps Up Tech Workforce, Skills to Meet Chips Job Boom

Taiwanese chip giant TSMC is building a second U.S. facility in the southwest state of Arizona, highlighting the Biden Administration’s push to bring more of the semiconductor supply chain to the United States. But are there enough trained workers there to meet the demand? Michelle Quinn has our story from Arizona, where they are ramping up training for workers and students at all levels. Videographer: Levi Stallings 

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Міністри оборони Британії і США обговорили «останні події» у війні Росії проти України

«Міністр Остін високо оцінив тривалу роботу Великої Британії, спрямовану на задоволення найнагальніших потреб України»

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European Energy Firms Dominate Landmark California Offshore Wind Auction

The U.S. government’s first-ever sale of offshore wind development rights off the coast of California drew $757.1 million in high bids, mainly from European companies seeking a foothold in the U.S. wind-power industry’s expansion to the Pacific Ocean. 

The auction began on Tuesday and ended Wednesday, the offshore wind industry’s first chance to snag leases in waters off the U.S. West Coast. It was a milestone in the global expansion of floating wind, a fledgling technology necessary in deep waters like those off the coast of California. 

“Today’s lease sale is further proof that industry momentum — including for floating offshore wind development — is undeniable,” U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement. 

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctioned five lease areas equal to a combined 373,267 acres (151,056 hectares) off California’s north and central coasts. Previous federal offshore wind auctions have all been for leases in shallower waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Winners of the five leases were mainly divisions of European energy companies already developing projects in the U.S. offshore wind market. 

They included Norway’s Equinor; Denmark’s Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners; Germany’s RWE, Ocean Winds — a joint venture between France’s Engie and Portugal’s EDP Renewables; and U.S. developer Invenergy LLC.  

The $2,028 per acre the leases fetched was well below the nearly $9,000 an acre some of the same companies paid earlier this year for leases in shallower waters off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. It was also lower than the $2,861 per acre leases off the coast of North Carolina commanded at a May auction. 

The lower prices were due in part to risks developers must take on deploying an emerging technology and less regulatory support for offshore wind in California than in East Coast states, which have state mandates for offshore wind procurement. 

Another damper may have been a slowing global economy and higher interest rates tied to rising inflation. Just seven bidders participated out of an original list of 43 that were approved. 

“The macroeconomic environment has hardened significantly over the last six to 12 months,” said Alon Carmel, a partner at consultancy PA Consulting who advises offshore wind companies. “Anything that increases the cost of capital, the cost of finance, has a big negative impact on the economics of the project,” Carmel said.  

About 100 megawatts of floating wind capacity is currently installed in the world compared with 50 gigawatts (GW) for conventional offshore wind. 

Earlier this year, the administration said it aimed to have 15 GW of floating wind capacity along its coastlines by 2035, enough to power about 5 million homes.  

That goal is aligned with the government’s other target for permitting 30 GW of total offshore wind by 2030 — a cornerstone of President Joe Biden’s agenda to fight climate change and create jobs. 

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Boeing’s Final 747 Rolls Out of Washington State Factory

After more than half a century, the last Boeing 747 rolled out of a Washington state factory on Tuesday.

The 747 jumbo jet has taken on numerous roles — a cargo plane, a commercial aircraft capable of carrying nearly 500 passengers, and the Air Force One presidential aircraft — since it debuted in 1969. It was the largest commercial aircraft in the world and the first with two aisles, and it still towers over most other planes.

The plane’s design included a second deck extending from the cockpit back over the first third of the plane, giving it a distinctive hump that made the plane instantly recognizable and inspired a nickname, the Whale. More elegantly, the 747 became known as the Queen of the Skies.

It took more than 50,000 Boeing employees less than 16 months to churn out the first 747. The company has completed 1,573 more since then.

But over the past 15 years or so, Boeing and its European rival Airbus released new wide-body planes with two engines instead of the 747’s four. They were more fuel-efficient and profitable.

Delta was the last U.S. airline to use the 747 for passenger flights, which ended in 2017, although some other international carriers continue to fly it, including the German airline Lufthansa.

The final customer is the cargo carrier Atlas Air, which ordered four 747-8 freighters early this year. The last was scheduled to roll out of Boeing’s massive factory in Everett, Washington, on Tuesday night.

Boeing’s roots are in the Seattle area, and it has assembly plants in Washington state and South Carolina. The company announced in May that it would move its headquarters from Chicago to Arlington, Virginia.

The move to the Washington, D.C., area puts its executives closer to key federal government officials and the Federal Aviation Administration, which certifies Boeing passenger and cargo planes.

Boeing’s relationship with the FAA has been strained since the deadly crashes of its best-selling plane, the 737 Max, in 2018 and 2019. The FAA took nearly two years — far longer than Boeing expected — to approve design changes and allow the plane back in the air.

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