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U.S. Air Force sends its Doomsday plane to Europe, as shelling in Kyiv intensifies



U.S. Air Force sends its Doomsday plane to Europe, as President Joe Biden demands Russia is booted from the G20

Kyiv residents are being warned to seal their windows at night, according to Kyiv City State Administration.

This comes as Russian forces shelled a train transporting Ukrainians from the capital, with no confirmed injuries yet.

A senior Ukrainian official says that Russian forces have not allowed humanitarian aid to enter the crippled regions. Despite Russia’s claim that it will open a corridor for ships to leave Ukrainian ports.

Russia claims the supposed corridor would be three miles wide and open for 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM local time on Friday.

Doomsday Plane departs

Meanwhile, the United States Air Force has sent its Doomsday plane to Europe, to support President Biden’s four-day mission.

The U.S. keeps at least one of the four jets on permanent standby for immediate launch in the event of a nuclear conflict.

In his latest address, President Biden also called for Russia to be removed from the G-20, as Western leaders continue their talks in Brussels.

Humanitarian aid

The U.S. will also greatly increase its humanitarian efforts, with plans to accept up to 100-thousand Ukrainian refugees.

More than 3.5m residents have fled since Russia invaded, which is already starting to strain neighbouring European countries.

Biden says his administration will also work to coordinate further food and energy security… as sanctions on Russia are ramped up again.

It’s become clear that sanctions are unable to deter Putin from engaging in further aggression, but Biden says it’s the “maintenance” of sanctions alongside the “increasing pain” that will eventually stop the Russian leader.

When speaking with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden warned his counterpart that China’s economic relations with the US and EU will be put in “significant jeopardy” if the nation was to aid Russia.

When it comes to chemical weapons, “the nature of response will depend on the nature of the use”.

It has now been exactly one month to the day since Moscow announced a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Zelensky is calling on people everywhere to take to the streets in a show of support for his nation to mark the occasion.

As this grim milestone is met, Biden says NATO has never been more united with the alliance agreeing to bolster its strategic defences.

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has confirmed four new battlegroups will be deployed into Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.

This move represents a change in the state of security throughout Europe, as NATO prepares for the “long haul”.

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Ukraine Crisis

Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia



Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future



U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine



A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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