What we’re reading: 6,000 Ukrainian children kidnapped, Haley launches 2024 campaign and more

By Cate Stewart

At least 6,000 Ukrainian children placed in ‘pro-Russian’ re-education programs

Children stand atop a destroyed Russian vehicle in the city center of Kyiv, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka) (AP)

At least 6,000 Ukrainian children have been placed in Russian facilities where they have no communication with their families and they are exposed to “pro-Russian re-education,” according to CBS News

The Conflict Observatory reports that there are over 43 of these Russian facilities and camps, and at least 78% of them force Ukrainian children to participate in the integration programs. 

Ukrainian officials claim Russia has kidnapped the country’s children for months now, with many being illegally adopted by Russian families. 

Many Ukrainian families were under the impression they were sending their children to summer camps, only to be denied their return weeks later.

According to The Guardian, some parents were told their children would be released if the parent physically came to get them from the facility. No relatives or any other guardians were allowed, and men between 19 and 60 are forbidden from leaving Ukraine. This means only the mothers of the children are allowed to retrieve them from these camps. 

“Putin seeks to rob Ukraine of its future by taking its children,” Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson, said. Russia is attempting to erase Ukraine’s identity. 

Nikki Haley launches 2024 presidential run

Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks to supporters during her speech Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Charleston, S.C. Haley launched her 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday, betting that her boundary-breaking career as a woman and person of color who governed in the heart of the South before representing the U.S. on the world stage can overcome entrenched support for her onetime boss, former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mic Smith) (AP)


Republican Nikki Haley launched her 2024 campaign for the White House on Wednesday, making her former President Donald Trump’s first major rival, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Haley, a former governor of South Carolina and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, brands herself as the “new generation” of the Republican party, said CBS News.

“America is not past our prime- it’s just that our politicians are past theirs,” she told her crowd of supporters in Charleston, South Carolina.

Haley, 51, relied heavily upon her U.N. experience and her identity as a child of Indian immigrants, saying, “Take it from me, America is not a racist country.”

 Haley became the first woman governor of South Carolina in 2010, as well as their first Indian- American governor. If she is selected as the GOP’s presidential nominee, she will be the party’s first woman nominee. 

In a statement to The Associated Press, Trump said, “Even though Nikki Haley said, ‘I would never run against my President, he was a great President, the best President in my lifetime,’ I told her she should follow her heart and do what she wants to do. I wish her luck!” 


The Michigan State University gunman may have been targeting more schools

This booking photo provided by Michigan Department of Corrections shows Anthony McRae. Police identified McRae, who killed three students and wounded five at Michigan State University, saying Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 that a tip from the public led to a confrontation with officers miles from campus where the gunman fatally shot himself. (Michigan Department of Corrections via AP) (AP)

The Michigan State University gunman who killed three students and left five others in critical condition may have been planning to target two more schools in New Jersey, said CNN.

Anthony Dwayne McRae, 43, opened fire Monday evening at two separate locations at MSU. He was later found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wounds. 

 Michigan police said after they found McRae’s body, they discovered a note in his pocket that “indicated a threat to two Ewing Public Schools.” 

A school district in Ewing, New Jersey closed for the day after the note was found, but local police said the threat was not credible, said the Associated Press News


Space Force, Space Command remain quiet on UFO discussion

The Pentagon’s U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command has refrained from commenting on the action surrounding the shooting down of three unidentified flying objects (UFOs) last weekend.  

“While the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena are below USSPACECOM’s astrographic area of responsibility (100km+), we continue to monitor these events and provide supporting data to U.S. Northern Command,” a spokesperson from the Space Force reported to Fox News Digital

The spokesperson declined to elaborate on the specifics of this “supporting data.”

Members of the House of Representatives described the UFOs as not being engaged in hostile actions, but the military was unsure if the three objects originated from hostile countries, said Fox.