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Putin threatens cluster bomb retaliation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a threat to deploy cluster bombs by Russian forces if Ukraine proceeds with the use of these controversial weapons.

Putin emphasized that Moscow possesses an ample stockpile of cluster munitions and reserved the right to retaliate if Ukraine were to employ them against Russian forces.

Cluster bombs are widely condemned and banned in over 100 countries due to their indiscriminate nature and the potential for large-scale civilian casualties. These weapons release numerous smaller submunitions, which can cause harm over a wide area.

Additionally, unexploded submunitions pose an ongoing danger, remaining hazardous to civilians long after conflicts have ended.

The United States has supplied Ukraine with these contentious weapons, citing the need to compensate for shortages in artillery shells as Ukrainian forces mount a counteroffensive.

However, Putin argued on state-run TV that the use of cluster bombs would warrant reciprocal action from Russia. He claimed that Russia has not utilized cluster bombs in its invasion of Ukraine, although reports from March 2022 suggested their initial use by Russian forces.

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It is worth noting that both Moscow and Kyiv have faced accusations of employing cluster munitions, as highlighted by Human Rights Watch.

Notably, Russia and Ukraine, along with the United States, have not ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions, an international agreement that prohibits the production, stockpiling, use, and transfer of such weapons.

While Putin decried the use of cluster bombs by Ukraine as a crime, investigations by organizations like Bellingcat have revealed evidence of Russian forces deploying these weapons in urban areas at the onset of the invasion.

The situation remains tense as Russia continues its military operations in Ukraine, and the threat of further escalation and the use of dangerous weaponry looms large.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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Can big tech be trusted to use AI ethically?

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Big tech giants like Google, Microsoft, and IBM announced comprehensive plans to enhance AI safety measures – but is that enough to convince the everyday worker?

On this episode of Ahron & Mike Live – Can big tech be trusted with AI? “The Fall Guy” takes a hard hit, Apple’s Top Ten controversy and a robot performs surgery on a piece of corn.

Ticker’s Ahron Young & Mike Loder discuss. #featured

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Biden slams the brakes on EV overcapacity

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President Biden’s has imposed new tariffs on Chinese EV imports, just as the Chinese EV industry is facing a critical challenge: overcapacity.

The move comes amidst escalating trade tensions between the two economic giants, with repercussions likely to reverberate across the automotive sector.

David Zhang, the China Insider explores this issue and more. #featured #trending

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