228 injured by New Year fireworks in Denmark

228 people in Denmark were treated for injuries caused by fireworks on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

228 injured by New Year fireworks in Denmark
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The number is roughly on par with last year, according to an analysis group at Odense University Hospital (OUH), which has collated the figures from the country’s emergency units and hospitals.

Two-thirds of those injured were under the age of 26. Four out of five were men and the majority did not wear goggles, the OUH analysis group stated in a press message.

27 of the injuries are categorized as serious, while 9 of them affected children and adolescents under the age of 18.

In two cases, the fireworks involved were illegal.

The number of serious injuries is slightly lower than last year, when 30 serious injuries were recorded.

“Although there are still many injuries and the level is similar to last year, it is good to see that the number of serious injuries has fallen for the third year in a row,” the OUH group wrote in the press release.

In addition to the injuries on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, three boys were injured on Funen on January 2nd after reportedly picking up leftover fireworks.

One of the three boys suffered a serious eye injury.

READ ALSO: Why does Denmark go so crazy for New Year's Eve fireworks?

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Russia announces no New Year’s greetings for France, US, Germany

US President Joe Biden, France's Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will not be receiving New Year's greetings from Russian leader Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Friday.

Russia announces no New Year's greetings for France, US, Germany

As the world gears up to ring in the New Year this weekend, Putin sent congratulatory messages to the leaders of Kremlin-friendly countries including Turkey, Syria, Venezuela and China.

But Putin will not wish a happy New Year to the leaders of the United States, France and Germany, countries that have piled unprecedented sanctions on Moscow over Putin’s assault on Ukraine.

“We currently have no contact with them,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“And the president will not congratulate them given the unfriendly actions that they are taking on a continuous basis,” he added.

Putin shocked the world by sending troops to pro-Western Ukraine on February 24.

While Kyiv’s Western allies refused to send troops to Ukraine, they have been supplying the ex-Soviet country with weapons in a show of support that has seen Moscow suffer humiliating setbacks on the battlefield.