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During a division 1 championship game between Buchanan High School and Oak Ridge High School in Sacramento, California, two Buchanan high school soccer players were heckled with racial insults during penalty kicks, KFSN reports.

As Ciara Wilson, an African American soccer player from Buchanan, approached the ball, a student from the opposing side could be heard making monkey noises. Another person barked like a dog when a Hispanic player made her kick. According to KFSN’s reports, parents also were shouting insults.

“The reality is, if we don’t speak up — if we don’t say anything, if we don’t watch the video of this happening and say this is absolutely disgusting, then what are we doing?” said Jasara Gillette-Myles, head coach of the Buchanan girls soccer team.

El Dorado Union High School District released a statement saying that the incident “disgusts our learning community and embarrasses our entire school.”

“There is no room for this type of individual behavior anywhere in society. This individual does not represent the values of our school, District or community,” the district stated.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) also released a statement, saying that it “finds it unacceptable when those attending a game take away from all the hard work the student-athletes have put forth to participate in a championship event. The CIF prohibits discrimination or any acts that are disrespectful or demeaning toward a member school, student-athlete, or school community.”

Watch KFSN’s report on the story below:

Sanger High kids face racist insults during soccer game in NorCal city

According to Russian journalist Farida Rustamova, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has alienated some of his top military officials, causing them to grow increasingly worried as the Russian military continues to meet fierce resistance of Ukrainians.

“In reality, the attitude toward the war within the corridors of power is ambiguous,” Rustamova wrote. “I came to this conclusion after speaking with several members of parliament and officials at various levels. Many of them are discouraged, frightened, and are making apocalyptic forecasts.”

“No one is rejoicing,” a source described as “close to the Kremlin” said Rustamova, whose words were translated by Ilya Lozovsky. “Many understand that this is a mistake, but in the course of doing their duty they come up with explanations in order to somehow come to terms with it.”

“Some officials aren’t associating themselves with what’s happening at all, viewing Putin’s decision as a historical choice over which they have no influence, and the meaning of which no one will understand for a some time to come,” Rustamova wrote.

Insider reports that another source claims that Kremlin officials are “carefully enunciating the word clusterf*ck” when describing the invasion.

According to Rustamova, only Putin’s “narrowest circle” are fully informed of his plans in Ukraine.

“For example, the head of the presidential administration Anton Vaino, whose role, unlike his more influential predecessors, is more akin to a private secretary, is not informed about such decisions, my sources say,” Rustamova writes.

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Ret. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling on Monday expressed shock at new estimates published by the Kyiv Independent about the losses the Russian military has suffered so far in its invasion of Ukraine.

According to the Kyiv Independent, Russia has lost more than 10,000 troops, nearly 50 planes, two boats, and hundreds of tanks and artillery pieces over the past two weeks.

“If these published accounts by the Kyiv Independent are even close, they are disastrous,” Hertling commented on Twitter. “Having been the US 7th Army Commander, if I were the Russian Combined Arms Army Commander I’d be very worried right now. (Especially since one of the ‘boats’ is a warship.)”

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What makes things particularly ominous for Russian forces, writes Hertling, is that they haven’t even begun conducting the kinds of urban warfare operations they would need to run in major cities to truly take control of the country.

“The Russians haven’t even entered into ‘close combat’ with Ukrainian forces in most cities,” argued Hertling. “The RU are going to take a shellacking there.”

Even though Ukraine’s military is significantly outgunned by its Russian counterparts, it has so far prevented Russia from establishing air superiority in the country, while also stopping Russia from successfully capturing most major cities.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki clashed with Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy on Monday over who is to blame for rising gas prices.

“It sounds like you guys are blaming Putin for the increase in gas prices,” Doocy complained at a White House press briefing. “But weren’t gas prices going up anyway because of post-pandemic supply-chain issues?”

Psaki noted that recent price spikes in energy prices are “a direct result of the invasion of Ukraine.”

“So, you say you’re going to do everything you can to reduce the impact that high gas prices has on Americans,” Doocy pressed. “We’re asking other countries to think about pumping more oil. Why not just do it here?”

“Federal policies are not limiting the supplies of oil and gas,” Psaki explained before the Fox News correspondent interrupted.

“There was an executive order [President Joe Biden’s] first week that halted new oil and gas leases on public land,” Doocy said.

“Let me give you the facts here,” Psaki replied. “I know that can be inconvenient but I think they’re important in this moment.”

The press secretary explained to Doocy that “there are 9,000 permits that are not being used.”

“So the suggestion that we’re not allowing companies to drill is inaccurate,” she remarked. “The suggestion that that is what is hindering or preventing gas prices from coming down is inaccurate.”

“Wait, you guys think asking Saudi Arabia or Venezuela or Iran is reducing our dependence on foreign oil?” Doocy asked.

But Psaki pointed out that Doocy had been in the room when she answered a similar question moments before.

“I don’t think anyone is advocating for Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, perhaps, except for the former president, who pulled us out of the [nuclear] deal,” she concluded.

Watch the video below from C-SPAN.

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