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Does the answer to ending the Ukraine War sit with the United States?

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As the war in Ukraine enters week eight, many political analysts and politicians around the world are speculating how it may end (if it ends at all)

The war in Ukraine is entering week eight and the aggression by Russia only seems to be intensifying, despite the massive amounts of troops lost in battle.

Word on the street is that the Kremlin is no longer just wanting to take the country, but “eliminate” all of its people, with civilians caught in the attacks and the number of innocent lives lost entering their thousands.

Russia wants to “Eliminate all Ukrainians” – Zlata Kolesnyk says

Last week, a mass casualty event on a Ukrainian train station was one of the biggest attacks on civilians by Russian forces yet. Over 50 people, including young children, died.

Despite news that Kremlin forces are withdrawing from key parts of Ukraine, they seem to be moving towards other parts of the country, to amass their destruction.

FILE PHOTO: Servicemen are seen near the village of Zolote, disengagement area of government and Russian-backed rebel troops, in the eastern Ukrainian region of Luhansk, Ukraine November 2, 2019. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/File Photo

So when will it end, and more importantly, how?

It’s the question that many have been asking and wanting answers to. When will Vladimir Putin back down?

Professor Yanis Varoufakis, a professor in politics and the Former Greek Minister of Finance, says the answers to a resolution may sit with the United States and Joe Biden’s administration.

Speaking exclusively to Ticker News, Varoufakis says what just might be needed amongst all of this aggression is a summit, hosted by the U.S, which may provide some kind of opportunity for a ceasefire and “bring Ukraine back to where it was before Feb 24”

Varoufakis revealed if the conflict is not resolved soon, then a “permanent Afghanistan-like situation” is likely. Meaning Ukraine will be a war zone for the greater future, a battleground between a Democracy and Soviet Union.

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Makariv hit by air attacks.

Russia’s war crimes

The Kremlin continues to be investigated for its war crimes. Germany’s foreign minister has stated that there are “massive indications of war crimes” committed within Ukraine, by Kremlin forces.

“In the end, the courts will have to decide, but for us, it is central to secure all evidence,” Annalena Baerbock told reporters before a meeting with fellow European Union ministers in Luxembourg.

Despite nine evacuation corridors agreed to between Ukraine and Russia, there continues to be a high level of risk for those trying to flee the war-torn nation.

Ukraine’s deputy prime minister says that Kyiv is aiming to evacuate civilians from several regions in and around the country’s south and east via these humanitarian corridors. Despite any risks, the deputy PM stated that such corridors had been agreed to by the two countries and it is up to Russia to keep their word and allow the evacuation of the innocent.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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Nike to fully exit Russia

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U.S. sportswear maker Nike is making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations there, the company said in an emailed statement Thursday

The sportswear giant had said back in March that it would suspend operations at all the stores it owns or operates there.

On Thursday (June 23) the firm said it would leave the country altogether.

In a statement, Nike said it would scale down over the coming months.

The move is largely symbolic for the company, which gets less than 1% of its revenue from Russia and Ukraine combined.

It says any stores that are still open there are run by independent partners.

In May, Russian media reported that Nike had not renewed agreements with Inventive Retail Group, its largest franchisee there.

Now the full exit lputs Nike in line with other major western brands such as McDonald’s and Google.

Foreign companies seeking to leave face the prospect of new laws being passed that will allow Moscow to seize assets and impose criminal penalties.

That has prompted some businesses to accelerate their departure plans.

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New candidates – Ukraine and Moldova one step closer to joining EU

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Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted E-U candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

At a European leaders meeting in Brussels, the decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the Kremlin has been acting as though it’s no big deal, with Putin claiming he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

Ukrainian President Zelensky has welcomed the move, calling it “a unique and historic moment” and says his country’s future is in the EU.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has declared it “a good day for Europe”.

While candidate status is the first official step toward E-U membership, it can take many years to join and there’s no guarantee the process will be successful.

The process can also go into reverse, if a future Ukrainian government fails to implement certain reforms on the rule of law and its economy.

But the Commission president has hope.

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