►NHL officials will not allow the Stanley Cup to travel to Russia or Belarus this summer, foregoing the unofficial tradition allowing players from those countries to travel there while spending a day with the cup. Officials informed both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche of the decision.
►President Joe Biden on Wednesday asked oil producers to reduce the cost of gas, telling them in a letter that “amid a war that has raised gasoline prices more than $1.70 per gallon, historically high refinery profit margins are worsening that pain.”
The Russian military expected Kyiv to surrender within 12 hours of the start of the invasion and the government to flee the capital within days, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov said Thursday.
“Our partners in the different capitals of the world also were naive,” he said. “They told us that invasion was imminent, and you will fall. You only have 72 hours. That’s why they didn’t give us heavy weaponry.”
The invasion began Feb. 24 with Russian troops forming a long column as it rolled toward Kyiv. But when the invasion stalled, the Kremlin turned it’s attention to eastern Ukraine. Russian troops have made some headway there, but thoughts of a quickly completed “special military operation” have passed into history.