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Putin accuses the west of trying to ‘destroy’ Russia

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President Vladimir Putin has announced a partial military mobilisation of his nation’s armed forces

In a televised address, President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia’s armed reserves and forces to join the war in Ukraine.

Mr Putin described the decision as a “necessary” step to “protect our homeland, its sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

The president said a decree on partial mobilisation has already been signed, and preparations are underway.

“Only those citizens who are in the reserve and, above all, those who served in the armed forces, have certain military specialties and relevant experience, will be subject to conscription.”

VLADIMIR PUTIN, PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA

The decision follows Russian lawmakers approving a suite of tough measures as the war in Ukraine ticks over six months of conflict.

Mr Putin said citizens who are in the nation’s reserves and have previously served in the armed forces are subject to the orders.

The Russian leader maintains the war is a special military operation, which is designed to de-Nazify Ukraine.

But NATO allies, the United Nations and humanitarian groups have called out Moscow for alleged war crimes.

The war has claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. Mass grave sites have also been discovered with over 400 Ukrainians buried in the Izium region.

What does this mean?

  • Mr Putin said people who are living in the occupied regions do not want to be under the “yoke of neo-Nazis”.
  • He said Kyiv is refusing a peaceful solution to the crisis.
  • The Russian leader added Ukraine has nuclear weapons and his nation is acting in response to these claims.
  • Moscow is planning to hold so-called referendums in the occupied parts of Ukraine later this week.

Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Mr Putin may be seeking an end to the war, and that a “significant step” will be made in the coming days.

The Turkish leader believes things are “quite problematic” for Russia at the moment, and he has gained the impression Moscow wants a speedy end to the war.

How has the west responded?

The U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Bridget Brink has described the upcoming referenda as a “sham”.

Ms Brink said the U.S. will never recognise Russia’s annexed regions in Ukraine, and will continue to stand with Kyiv for as long as it takes.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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