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EU sends warning to Russia amid rising Ukraine border tensions



European Commission warns Russia not to invade Ukraine as tensions rise along the border

Tensions between Russia and Ukraine are continuing to escalate as the military presence along the countries’ borders increases. 

The world is watching Eastern Europe as Ukraine expresses fears that Russia will invade its territory.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinked and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed the situation last week with Mr Blinken demanding Russia to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border.

“We have deep concerns about Russia’s plans for renewed aggression against Ukraine,” Mr Blinken says.

NATO’s military has since expanded eastward which Lavrov views as a “fundamental security threat”.

“No one should strengthen their security at the expense of the security of others,” Mr Lavrov says.

“Further advance of NATO to the east will unambiguously affect the fundamental interests of our security.” 

The European Union has warned that if Russia advances into Ukraine they will respond accordingly.

Ticker’s Ahron Young spoke to the European Commission’s Peter Stano on Turning Point last week.

Ticker’s Ahron Young spoke to the European Commission’s Lead Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy who says the conflict between the two former Soviet Union countries would benefit no one.

“If they do proceed in this way it would only lead to further misery in Russia in terms of economic performance and international isolation,” Mr Stano says.

“If Russia proceeds we have a huge toolbox of measures we can take and instrument we can use and I don’t think this is in the interest of Russia.”

Russian officials have denied any plans to invade Ukraine, explaining their border troops as a military exercise

Mr Stano doubts Russia’s desire to invade Ukraine as “no country in a civilised world wants to be seen as systematically violating international law and invading its neighbours”. 

When analysing Russia’s intimidating behaviour, Mr Stano believes the superpower is using Ukraine to showcase its dissatisfaction with Europe.  

“Ukraine cannot become a battleground and an expression of Russia’s frustrations or paranoia against the European Union or against NATO,” says Mr Stano.

This comes only five years after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula sparking a separatist insurgency in Ukraine’s east. 

Since the occupation the Ukrainian government has banned three Russian state TV stations and imposed sanctions on one of President Putin’s confidants. 


President Joe Biden surveys catastrophic damage left by Hurricane Ian



Many homes and businesses lay in ruins amid debris in southwestern Florida

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill visited Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian making a direct hit to the state last week.

As many homes and businesses lay in ruins amid debris, the President promised to use the power of the federal government to help the community rebuild throughout the sunshine state.

The President comforted residents alongside Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis—a possible competitor in 2024— as well as joining GOP members of Congress for a tour of some of the hardest hit areas in southwestern Florida.

However, both men agreed to put politics aside for now, instead focusing on helping the community.

Speaking in Fort Meyers, which took the brunt of Ian, Biden said, “Today we have one job and only one job, and that’s to make sure the people in Florida get everything they need to fully, thoroughly recover.”

Hurricane Ian is considered one of the post powerful storms to ever hit the United States.

So far, officials have confirmed that at least 84 people died, including 75 in Florida.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands are still wait for power to be restored.

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North Korea’s five biggest missiles



North Korea has flown a missile over Japan for the first time in five years

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris did not mince her words when she paid a visit to the demilitarised zone last week.

“In the North, we see a brutal dictatorship, rampant human rights violations and an unlawful weapons program that threatens peace and stability,” she said.

North Korea’s latest missile launch is the latest in a string of tests following Harris’ visit.

U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida following Tuesday’s long-range missile. The pair condemned the test in the “strongest terms,” as they described it as a danger to the Japanese people.

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff from the University of Melbourne believes the threat of nuclear war has increased.

“This is clearly the time of greatest danger of nuclear war since the at least the Cuban missile crisis.”

North Korea has carried out over 30 missile tests this year, as authorities brace themselves for bigger weapon, which could reach the U.S. east coast.

in response to Tuesday’s test, South Korea and the U.S. fired a string of missiles into the East Sea.

5. The Musudan

The Musudan, or the Hwasong-10 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 4,000km.

The missile was first tested in October 2016 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

4. The KN-08

The KN-08 is a long-range ballistic missile, which boasts an estimated range of more than 6,000km.

While North Korea had two unsuccessful tests of this weapon in 2016, it was successfully tested in 2017.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un inspects his weaponry.

3. The Pukguksong-2

The Pukguksong-2 is a medium-range ballistic missile, which has an estimated range of more than 2,000km.

This is a land-based variant of the Pukguksong-1 weapon, which is submarine-launched.

The missile was first tested in February of 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching South Korea and Japan.

2. The Hwasong-14

The Hwasong-14 is North Korea’s first intercontinental ballistic missile. It is also one of their most powerful missiles, with an estimated range of more than 8,000km.

The missile was first tested in July 2017 and is believed to be capable of reaching New York.

1. The Hwasong-12

The latest missile test over Japanese territory is understood to be an intermediate-range Hwasong-12.

This ballistic missile has an estimated range of more than 4,500km, and is believed to be capable of reaching the U.S. territory of Guam in the Pacific.

The long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12.

North Korea’s missile tests have risen under the rule of its current leader, Kim Jong-Un. In fact, there have been more test launches this year, than in the previous decade alone.

“If anybody thought that the risk of nuclear war went away with the end of the Cold War, then these current concerns should put an end to any such complacency.”

Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, the University of Melbourne

There are also a range of other weapons in the North Korean inventory, including a nuclear bomb, which is believed to be six times bigger than what the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets



Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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