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Anthony Albanese first Australian PM to visit war-torn Ukraine

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Anthony Albanese is the first Australian Prime Minister to visit war-torn Ukraine

Anthony Albanese has made history, becoming the first Australian Prime Minister to visit war-torn Ukraine.

Only months into the top job, the new Prime Minister traveled to three destroyed cities surrounding the capital of Kyiv and met with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

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Albanese visited the city of Bucha, Irpin, and Hostomel, which were the first victims of Russia’s war.

Irpin has a population of approximately 70,000, Bucha 37,000, and Hostomel about 17, 000.

Russia chose to attack each of the towns, early in the war with many suggesting this was a tactic to encircle the capital.

Thousands of civilians have lost their lives in these regions since the war began in February.

Albanese was surrounded by heavy security during his visit, with the Prime Minister witnessing first-hand the ‘devastating’ atrocities carried out by Russia.

Although Russia has continued to deny the attacks, Albanese says they’re “a war crime”. 

“Clearly, civilian areas have been targeted by the Russian forces as part of this illegal and amoral war.

It’s devastating. These are homes and these are livelihoods and indeed lives that have been lost here in this town. And the fact that you had such a significant force – you can see the use of tanks, missiles, heavy artillery being used in a civilian area – it’s just devastating.”

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During a briefing with Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky, the new Prime Minister says Australia will provide $100 million in military and technical might.

The package will include 14 armoured personnel carriers, 20 more Bushmaster vehicles, and drones.

Albanese also confirmed Australia will move to ban Russian gold imports.

He confirmed his country will support Ukraine for “as long as it takes” to win the war.

So far, Australia has given Ukraine $285 million in military aid and $65 million in humanitarian relief.

“We understand that the defence of Ukraine is about defending the rules-based international order and the implications for its disruption would have ramifications throughout the world.

Because you are fighting for the international rule of law, you are fighting for international rules in which we conduct our activity to be respected and to occur in an orderly way.” 

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Zelensky welcomed Albanese’s visit and show of support and compassion.

“I am grateful for [Australia’s] decision to join the process. It is important for us, it is important for the whole world.”

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again

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Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
 
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to Downdector.com, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines

 

The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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