Russians queue outside H&M amid final chance to shop at fashion retailer

Russian shoppers have queued outside H&M stores this week when the fashion brand reopened its stores ahead of a final exit from the Russian market.

H&M, a Swedish brand, was among a number of companies that suspended operations in Russia after Moscow invaded Ukraine in February.

After pausing all sales in Russia, H&M said it was “deeply concerned about the tragic developments in Ukraine“- and that the situation was being “continuously monitored and evaluated”.

On Wednesday, photographers captured long queues forming outside a H&M store in port city St Petersburg. According to reports, similar scenes occurred in other locations, including Russia’s capital, Moscow.

In the ongoing war with Ukraine, powerful explosions rattled the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv on Thursday, and a city close to the country’s biggest nuclear power plant sustained a barrage of shelling.

At least four civilians were killed and 10 more wounded in 24 hours, with nine Ukrainian regions coming under fire, the office said in its daily update.

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The separatist-held eastern city of Donetsk also came under shelling, with Russian-backed local authorities saying that six people were killed. Kyiv said that two districts of Mykolaiv, which has been targeted frequently in recent weeks, were shelled. Russian forces reportedly fired 60 rockets at Nikopol, in the central Dnipropetrovsk region. Some 50 residential buildings were damaged in the city of 107,000 and some projectiles hit power lines, leaving city residents without electricity, according to Ukrainian authorities. Nikopol is located across the Dnieper river from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which was taken over by Russian troops early in the war. Experts at the US-based Institute for the Study

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Man steals excavator, illegally rips up ground at grocery store

Authorities said they have arrested a man they believe stole an excavator from a construction site and drove it for nearly a mile before ripping up the ground at a local grocery store

Salt Lake City Police in Utah said the incident happened Saturday just after 12 p.m. local time. They said they were called to 828 South 900 West where the suspect was digging into the ground. 

Authorities said a huge crowd at the store helped prevent the suspect from leaving until they arrived. 

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“The suspect caused significant damage to the ground, including hitting a water line and ripping out newly installed fiber optic utility lines,” police said in a news release

Several agencies responded to the scene including Salt Lake City Public Utilities, Salt Lake City Streets, Salt Lake City Fire and Dominion Energy. Crews wanted to make sure there was no gas leak.

However, the full extent of the damage is still being investigated. 

Neither injuries nor crashes were reported while the suspect drove the excavator, authorities said. 

A preliminary investigation revealed the excavator had been left running at a job site at 900 South 300 West.

“The suspect, for an unknown reason, got inside and then drove away,” police continued. “Crews at the construction site followed the suspect to the grocery store parking lot.”

Police said they are not revealing the suspect’s name and age until he is booked at the Salt Lake County Metro Jail. 

He faces charges

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