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Monday's papers: Reaction to Russia-Ukraine, tougher laws on buying sex, and Finns looking good in Hollywood

The situation in Ukraine, and reaction from Finnish leaders dominated the front pages of the newspaper press on Monday morning.

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Most of the nation's newspapers gave extensive to coverage to the conflict in Ukraine and the potential for an armed clash between Ukrainian and Russian forces, as well as the reaction from Finnish leaders.

Turun Sanomat, a daily that appears in the south-western city of Turku, pointed out that Finland's political leadership sees Russia's actions in the Crimea as being contrary to international law.

It noted President Sauli Niinistö's concern that the situation may spin out of control and quoted the President as saying, "Perhaps the great danger is that when emotions run so high, something can accidentally happen which no one actually intended."

Turun Sanomat also reported that while Finland is looking to a solution to be achieved through the EU, it will also be using its own contacts. Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja intends to meet with the Russian Ambassador to Helsinki on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Carl Haglund has cancelled a meeting scheduled for today with his Russian counterpart which could have been misinterpreted as support for Russia.

On the same issue, Finland's largest circulation daily, Helsingin Sanomat, reported that Defense Minister Haglund dismissed calls for Finland to raise its level of defense preparedness as needlessly causing worry among the population and sending the wrong signal to Russia.

"Raising preparedness would give Russia the signal that we are readying for armed conflict with it. That is a signal we surely do not want to send, as Russia has in no way displayed any hostility towards Finland," Helsingin Sanomat quotes Carl Haglund.

Another Talvivaara accident

The newspaper Kaleva was the first of many papers to report yet another production accident at the Talvivaara mining facility, this time a release of hydrogen sulphide late Sunday evening.

Although workers were evacuated from the mine's production plant, officials say that local residents were in no danger.

This was only one in a series of accidents that have plagued the Talvivaara mine and processing facility. In March of 2012, one employee died at the plant after inhaling hydrogen sulphide fumes.

Tougher rules on buying sex

Finland's biggest Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet reports that the Minister of Justice is preparing tougher legislation governing the purchase of sex services.

If passed and implemented, the proposed change to the law would impose penalties on anyone  purchasing sex service in a situation in which the buyer should have suspected involved human trafficking or pimping.

Justice Minister Anna-Maja Henriksson told Hufvudstadsbladet that a complete ban on the purchase of sex services would be a better alternative, but there is not enough backing in the cabinet for a proposal on a total ban.

Finns on the red carpet

Selma Vilhunen's comedy Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care Of Everything?) did not pick up an Oscar as one of five finalists in the Best Live Action Short Film category at the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood Sunday night.

However, as consolation, the tabloid Iltalehti, reported that director Vilhunen, script writer Kirsikka Saari, producer Jenni Toivoniemi, and actress Joanna Haartti looked stunning on the red carpet and published an item with a photograph from the gala event to prove it.

Sources: Yle

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