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Pentagon: “Russian forces are ready to go”

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The Pentagon is painting a grim picture of the situation in Ukraine, saying intelligence services believe Vladimir Putin’s “forces are ready to go” for an all out invasion.

“We all hope we are wrong about this but every indication we have is he is poised to attack Ukraine again and this time with significant military force.,” says John Kirby, Pentagon Press Secretary.

Mr Kirby also refused to rule out whether US troops will join NATO forces in defending Ukraine from Russian forces.

Ukraine’s foreign minister claims chemical plant in Crimea has been evacuated in what ‘might be a preparation for another staged provocation by Russia’

This comes as Ukraine’s parliament votes to declare a state of emergency.

Russian sanctions

The U-S has announced it will impose fresh sanctions on Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

“Today, I have directed my administration to impose sanctions on Nord Stream 2… these steps are another piece of our initial sanctions in response to Russia’s actions.”

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This comes as Ukraine prepares to declare a month-long state of emergency while calling up all military reservists aged 18 to 60.

The latest developments

  • As the crisis in Ukraine continues to escalate, Russia is reportedly moving further troops closer to the border.
  • Millions of Ukrainian citizens who are living in Russia have been advised to leave immediately as the threat of war looms.
  • Several Ukrainian websites have been targeted by what leaders are calling a cyber attack.
  • The United Kingdom has announced it will be providing greater military support to the eastern European nation… while Western countries ramp up sanctions against Moscow.
  • The Pentagon says all options are on the table to send US troops to Ukraine.

The Prime Minister of NATO member, Latvia warns Russian troops have now begun moving into the eastern region of Ukraine the Kremlin has recognised as independent.

There are reports Russia has deployed two so-called “battalion tactical groups” – each comprising of around 800 troops – to the Donbas region.

Latvia’s P-M says the actions are nothing short of an invasion…

In a video address, Russian President Vladimir Putin says his nation remains open to diplomacy… but its own national interests come first and it will continue to strengthen its military.

Moment of Peril

At the United Nations, the Secretary General told delegates the world is “facing a moment of peril”… noting the situation in Ukraine is “the most serious global peace and security crisis in recent years”.

NATO’s secretary general says countries like China and Russia don’t share Western values of “freedom and democracy”.

Pope Francis has also made an address, saying the worsening situation and the threat of war in Ukraine is causing him “great pain”.

This all comes as a possible meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is called off.

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Four dead in Russian military plane crash

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Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

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The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney

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Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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