Kremlin claims victory in Ukraine annexation votes
The Kremlin claims victory in Ukraine annexation votes. Fears are growing over four key Russian-held regions of Ukraine, after voting in so-called ‘stage-managed referendums’ wrapped up
Four disputed referendums have wrapped up in Russian-held regions of Ukraine. There are growing fears these votes may be used to annex further territory.
Ukraine and the West have slammed the move, calling it a ‘stage-managed act’ by the Kremlin.
The referendums were held in both the east and south, and conducted without any independent oversight.
There were around a dozen polling stations in operation, with early results suggesting a huge win for Russia’s regime.
Four million people were asked to have their say, or around 15 per cent of Ukraine’s territory.
In Moscow on Friday, Vladimir Putin will lead a joint session of parliament. Here, he is expected to announce the four regions’ annexation.
This bears a striking resemblance to to his actions in 20-14 when he announced Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula had joined Russia. This was just a few days after a similar referendum was held.
The possible annexation is likely to intensify the war. As Moscow potentially portrays any attempt by Ukraine to regain control of the regions as an attack on Russia’s sovereign territory.
Streaming wars: can Apple compete with Spotify?
Spotify’s 2023 Wrapped has dropped prompting listeners to review their top artists, genres, and songs of the year.
Many are taking to social media platforms to share their listening trends with family, friends, coworkers, and even other fans on the internet.
While Apple Music, a rival platform, has its own year-end campaign—it hasn’t quite ignited the same online response.
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What Australia can learn from NZ’s supermarket inquiry
Coles and Woolworths, two of Australia’s largest supermarket chains, are about to face a Senate inquiry that aims to scrutinise their market dominance and business practices.
The inquiry’s parallels with a past New Zealand investigation highlight the growing concern over the duopoly’s impact on consumers and smaller businesses.
The Senate inquiry, set to begin next month, comes as a response to mounting public pressure and allegations of anti-competitive behavior in the grocery sector.
New Zealand example
Similar concerns led New Zealand to conduct its own inquiry into the supermarket industry back in 2019, resulting in recommendations for increased regulation and transparency.
The central question here is whether Coles and Woolworths wield too much power in the Australian market, potentially stifling competition and limiting choices for consumers.
With the New Zealand example as a cautionary tale, many are wondering if this inquiry will result in meaningful changes to the Australian grocery landscape.
Elon Musk: Nikki Haley’s ‘campaign is dead’
Elon Musk has thrown a verbal jab at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, declaring her political campaign as “dead” on X.
The unexpected comment from the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has ignited a new wave of discussion within the political sphere, leaving many wondering about the implications for Haley’s political future.
In a tweet that garnered significant attention, Musk criticized Haley’s recent policy stance, writing, “Nikki Haley’s campaign is dead on arrival if she continues to ignore the urgency of climate change.
We need leaders who prioritize the planet’s future.” The tech mogul’s remarks come as Haley, a prominent Republican figure, has been exploring the possibility of running for president in the upcoming election cycle.
Musk’s statement has reignited the debate over climate change within the Republican Party, with many conservatives emphasizing economic interests over environmental concerns.
This raises questions about whether Musk’s endorsement or critique could influence the GOP’s stance on climate issues and potentially impact the 2024 presidential race.
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