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‘No ceasefire in sight’ – UN Chief’s warning after Putin call



U.N. Chief, António Guterres, says the Ukraine war is “far away” after speaking on the phone with Russia’s Vladimir Putin

Guterres believes a peaceful end to the war is not likely anytime soon, following his conversation with Putin.

“A ceasefire is not in sight, I would be lying if I said it would happen.”

António Guterres – Secretary-General of the United Nations
Credit: BBC

German Chancellor Olaf Sholz also spoke with the Russian leader and believes his “attitude hasn’t changed.”

“Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that he has now come to realise that it was a mistake to start this war, and there is no indication that new attitudes are now emerging…

It is still right to talk to each other and to say what I have to say on these issues from my point of view, because I am strongly convinced that Russia must withdraw … so that peace has a chance in the region, and every day it becomes clearer that this is the only chance. We have to talk about that, and that is what I have done.”

Olaf scholz – German chancellor
Credit: DW

Future of the war

Over recent days, Ukraine’s counter-offensive efforts have proven successful, and have instilled hope back to Ukrainians.

Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky has thanked his military, during a visit to newly liberated towns.

His speech was followed by a moment’s silence to remember those lost in the war.

Ukrainian forces are now turning their attention to the Luhansk region in the east, which is home to essential transport hubs.

In Russia, China’s leader, Xi Jinping has arrived in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Here, he will meet with Putin, in what will be the first face-to-face meeting since the Ukraine war began.

The question remains, will China lend support?

Credit: CNN

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Without drastic change, global IT outage will hit again



Elements of Friday’s global IT outage have occurred before and until more contingencies are built into networks, and organisations put better back-up plans in place, it will happen again.

A widespread Microsoft outage is affecting Australia’s supermarkets, banks, telecommunications companies.

There are also reports of outages in Japan and the United States.

The ongoing widespread outage is reportedly related to US-based cybersecurity provider CrowdStrike. Its ‘Falcon sensor’ is installed on many business computers to gather security data.

In a statement to Ticker News, StickmanCyber said:

“Multiple StickmanCyber security engineering and our 24×7/365 security operations teams across the country support reports that this outage is related to a CrowdStrike update. 
“It is our understanding that any business running versions 7.15 and 7.16 are affected by the outage, but 7.17 seems to be ok. We are waiting on official advisory from CrowdStrike on these findings but doing our best to help affected customers. It’s a lesson to always update your software, but obviously this is an extreme example. IT security tools are all designed to ensure that companies can continue to operate in the worst-case scenario of a data breach, so to be the root cause of a global IT outage is an unmitigated disaster.
“Crowdstrike support is offering a workaround to customers. It claims users may be able to fix the issue by booting windows in safe mode or in the Windows Recovery Environment and deleting a file named “C-00000291*.sys”.   

“CrowdStrike is aware of reports of crashes on Windows hosts related to the Falcon sensor,” the company said in a statement on its website.

“Symptoms include hosts experiencing a bugcheck\blue screen error related to the Falcon sensor. Our engineering teams are actively working to resolve this issue and there is no need to open a support ticket.

“Status updates will be posted below [on the Microsoft websit€0 as we have more information to share, including when the issue is resolved.”

Laptops down

Thousands of users across the world reported problems with Microsoft services to, a website that tracks service disruptions.

Microsoft laptops suddenly restarted across Australia on Friday afternoon.

Outage website Downdetector shows issues across companies including NAB, Bendigo Bank, Telstra, CBA, Google.

Microsoft response

As users take to social media to complain, Microsoft reported a service outage for its Microsoft 365 apps and services, affecting businesses and users across the world.

“We’re investigating an issue impacting users ability to access various Microsoft 365 apps and services,” Microsoft 365 Status said on X early Friday.

Microsoft didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Frontier airlines


The outage forced low-cost airline Frontier to cancel some flights. “Our systems are currently impacted by a Microsoft outage, which is also affecting other companies,” Frontier said in a statement. “We appreciate your patience.” The carrier said it would offer refunds to affected passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Frontier asked it to pause the airline’s departures across the U.S. Thursday night. The ground stop was later lifted. 







It said it is “observing a positive trend in service availability” as it continues to mitigate the problem.

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