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“I don’t trust any of Vladimir Putin’s words”



Russia’s recent promises to withdraw troops from parts of Ukraine, including Kyiv, have proven to be nothing but a lie, according to political analysts and those on the ground

The Russian Defence Ministry has announced a temporary ceasefire, allowing trapped civilians to evacuate the region of Mariupol.

The Kyiv Independent reports the humanitarian corridor will begin at 10 am local time on March 31.

The US Department of Defence says around 20 percent of Russia’s forces are “repositioning”, while Moscow is pledging to decrease its military presence near the capital to “increase mutual trust”.

Despite the developments Kyiv’s mayor says this is “simply not true”, adding sirens, rocket attacks and explosions near his city have continued at full force.

The Kremlin’s top spokesperson also told the media that there was nothing promising nor any breakthroughs reached at the diplomatic talks.

Western leaders pleading for caution when it comes to any promises made by Russia, as US President Biden spoke to Ukraine’s Zelensky for the first time in weeks.

Parts of Ukraine continue to be attacked by Russia / Image: File

“Don’t trust the words coming from the Kremlin”

Andrew D’Anieri, Assistant Director of the Eurasia Center says he does not believe any words coming out of the Kremlin’s office, stating ‘any new announcement’ is simply false.

“They are a completely unreliable narrator in describing their activities around Ukraine”

D’Anieri told ticker news

As aggression by Russia enters week five, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky says his nation is bracing for a new Kremlin offensive in eastern Ukraine.

“There is an accumulation of Russian troops for new strikes in Donbas. And we are preparing for this,” the president said in the statement.

Zelensky also expressed skepticism at Russia’s statement in negotiations to scale down military operations around the capital, Kyiv, and another main city Chernihiv.

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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Ukraine and Moldova on the edge of EU membership



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

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 Russia’s President Putin claims he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

But some analysts are doubting whether Russia’s comments are genuine.

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Russia targets Ukrainian capital of Kyiv during G7



Russia has targeted the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, as leaders of the G7 meet in Germany

A missile strike left one dead, and six wounded after a residential apartment was hit. It’s the first such strikes on the capital in three weeks.

The city’s Deputy Mayor says four people were admitted to local hospitals, as authorities continue their search and rescue efforts.

It’s believed a 7-year-old girl is among those who are injured in the complex. Meanwhile, a missile funnel has been found in the backyard of a nearby kindergarten.

U-S President Joe Biden says the strikes are barbaric, but declined to comment on whether they were deliberately occurring because of the G7 meeting.

The Group of Seven leaders will ban imports of gold from Russia, the latest in a series of sweeping sanctions against the nation for its war in Ukraine.

Leaders will also discuss rising energy costs and inflation.

President Biden is also pledging 200 billion dollars as part of a global infrastructure package to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Meanwhile, Russia maintains the invasion is a special military operation.

The nation’s Defence Minister has paid a visit to Russian troops and giving medals to soldiers.

President Vladimir Putin says his nation will transfer nuclear-capable missile systems to Belarus in the coming months.

Belarus has been a close ally to Russia. The nation’s President travelled to St Petersburg for a series of meetings at the weekend.

Meanwhile, the G7 says there is one world leader who is missing from their high-stakes talks.

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



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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