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Putin announcement delayed – reports Kremlin in chaos

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Russian president, Vladimir Putin was expected to address the nation, but didn’t. Now there are reports the Kremlin is in chaos

Russian President Vladimir Putin has failed to deliver a nationally televised speech, a speech which would have been his first since the invasion of Ukraine began.

The address was expected to focus on the war. State media was reporting Putin was due to make an announcement at 8 pm Moscow time, but these tweets have now been deleted.

Pro-Kremlin news outlets have now told their readers to ‘go to bed‘ and there are now reports the address has been rescheduled to 8AM Moscow time.

Analysts are suggesting the speech may serve to announce a partial mobilisation in Russia.

The White House was expecting the announcement of a “general mobilisation” of the Russian military in a possible pretext for full-scale war.

“We saw it announced that it was going to be at 8 o’clock Moscow time. We’ve just seen a tweet from RT to say it’s not going to be on at 8 o’clock Moscow time – and anyway that has now passed,” retired senior British Army officer General sir Richard Shirreff told Sky News.

It comes as the Russian leader faces growing scrutiny within his on nation, as Ukrainian forces continue to push Russian troops out of occupied territory and back towards the border.

Turkey speaks up

Meanwhile, Turkey’s President says Putin may be seeking an end to the war, and that a “significant step” will be made in the coming days.

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

Ukraine vote

It comes as four areas of Ukraine under Moscow’s control have announced plans for urgent so-called referendums on joining Russia.

Russia’s invasion has stalled in recent months and Ukraine has recaptured swathes of territory once claimed by Moscow.

Now Russian-backed officials in the east and south say they want votes on joining Russia starting this week.

Western leaders have slammed plans for what they are calling “sham votes” in four areas of Ukraine held under Moscow’s rule.

The regions have announced their intentions to hold a referendum to vote on whether or not they should join Russia, paving the way for annexation.

As we’ve been reporting, Russia’s invasion has stalled in recent weeks, and Ukraine has recaptured a number of key areas.

But now Russian-backed officials in the east and south say they want votes on joining the nation starting this week.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister says the “sham ‘referendums will not change anything”.

Annexing further Ukrainian territory will enable the Kremlin to claim Russia itself was being attacked by NATO weapons.

The White House warns Putin may be preparing to announce mobilisation measures.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Ivan carves path of utter destruction

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After devastating Florida, Hurricane Ian is headed for Carolinas, Georgia

A grim picture of Hurricane Ian’s horrific wreckage emerged Thursday, as millions of people in Florida faced destroyed homes, completely flooded streets and power outages.

The storm’s power turned out to be worse than many had predicted.

Unfortunately, families who did not evacuate have been left stranded as rising water tore through their homes.

So far, hundreds have been rescued from floodwaters, and emergency crews are still struggling to reach some of the most devastated areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, a storm surge of 12-18 feet hit as destructive waves struck the coast.

Officials say the hurricane knocked out power to more than 2.6 million customers, mainly in southwest and central Florida.

Meanwhile, the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) says that the next 72 hours will certainly be the most critical when it comes to rescue missions.

President Biden said there were ‘early reports of what may be substantial loss of life’ saying, that the numbers are still unclear but there are early reports of fatalities.

The President added, “water rescue is critical—Coast Guard deployed 16 rescue helicopter, six fixed wing aircraft and 18-rescue boats and crews. That’s just one element of the many federal search and rescue teams that were pre-staged in Florida.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis detailed the state’s “monumental effort” to help aid recovery and eventually rebuild.

“Those were really difficult images to see but we’re committed to restoring the infrastructure as needed. That is not going to be an overnight task. That is going to require a lot of love and care—it’s going to require a lot of resources, but we’re going to do it because we understand how important it is.”

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm

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Hurricane Ian could be Florida’s deadliest storm as it continues north towards South Carolina

U.S. President Joe Biden says Hurricane Ian could be the deadliest storm in the region’s history, with early reports suggesting substantial loss of life.

Biden spoke at an afternoon briefing at the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).

Ian made landfall on Wednesday local time near the city of Fort Myers. It has led to severe flooding, high winds and storm surges.

Several areas remain submerged, and more than 2.5 million homes are without power.

Many residents are trapped in their homes and unable to escape. Search and rescue teams are working around the clock to provide assistance where they can.

5,000 Florida National Guard troops and 2,000 Guardsman from surrounding states have been deployed.

Eight teams with 800 members are carrying out search and rescue operations.

More than 200 public shelters have now been opened, housing around 34,000 people.

The National Hurricane Centre has downgraded Ian to a tropical storm for now but warns it will likely become a hurricane again later.

The entire coast of South Carolina is just the latest region to be placed on high alert as the storm continues north on its path of destruction.

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Finland slams its borders shut on Russia

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Finland will officially closed its border to Russian tourists, marking the last of Moscow’s E-U neighbours to do so.

Finland will close its border with Russia as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania also closed theirs.

The Finnish government made the decision following Vladimir Putin’s decision to call-up of 300,000 military reservists.

Queue’s at Russia’s border crossings with E-U nations were stretching for kilometres as people attempted to flee the country.

The closure of the border only applies to tourists – and Russians who are visiting family or travelling for work or study will still be granted entry.

The Finnish Foreign Minister stated that the decision was a difficult one to make, but ultimately it was in the best interest of the country.

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