New year’s eve, people around the world celebrated the start of 2021 after two years of muted or cancelled events due to the covid pandemic. in china, huge crowds gathered to take advantage of recently-lifted restrictions and the president of taiwan, tsai ing-wen, used her new year address to offer help to china to combat the recent surge in covid cases. in london, there was a drone display as part of a tribute to the late queen elizabeth, while in edinburgh, thousands enjoyed the first full hogmanay celebrations in three years. in ukraine, the conflict with russia continued as air raid alerts sounded shortly after midnight and there were further strikes on kyiv, officials said.
Events of new year’s eve and new year’s day took place in countries around the world, including china, taiwan, london, edinburgh, ukraine, and russia. in china, the president of taiwan offered assistance to help combat the surge in covid cases, while in london, a drone display paid tribute to the late queen elizabeth. in edinburgh, hogmanay celebrations were held for the first time in three years. in ukraine, air raid alerts sounded shortly after midnight and there were further strikes on kyiv, while in russia, president putin delivered a new year address flanked by soldiers clad in full uniform. the north korean leader, kim jong-un, pledged to significantly increase the production of nuclear weapons and tested his first ballistic missile of the year early on new year’s day. croatia joined the eurozone and the schengen zone, in which people can travel without border controls.
Events of new year’s eve and new year’s day happened as a result of the lifting of restrictions in china and the continued conflict between ukraine and russia. in china, restrictions were lifted to allow huge crowds to gather to celebrate the start of 2021. in ukraine, president zelensky addressed russians in their own language, telling them their president was “hiding behind you, and he’s burning your country and your future”. president putin praised the efforts of his troops since the invasion was launched in february, and told them that “historical rightness” was on their side. australia has become the latest country to place travel restrictions on travellers from china, while north korea’s leader pledged to significantly increase the production of nuclear weapons.