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Russia Invades Ukraine

After weeks spent amassing troops along the Russia-Ukraine border, Russia has invaded Ukraine, and Russian troops are advancing on the capital city of Kyiv. Ukraine has vowed to fight back, although missile strikes in key cities have forced many Ukrainians to flee their homes in search of safety. Leaders of Western countries view Russia’s aggression as an attempt to redraw the geopolitical map of Europe by bringing Ukraine, a European democracy, under Russian control. Listen to hear Ukrainian citizens describe their experiences and plans during this frightening time.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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