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“Putin will not be able to achieve his political goals in Ukraine”

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The Atlantic Council’s Doug Klain says Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be able to win Ukraine, despite his ongoing aggression in the region

Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine has now entered week three, but Russian forces could soon exhaust their ability to fight in the country as sanctions begin to hurt the Kremlin – and as Kyiv resists to back down.

Vladimir Putin wants to take Ukraine and strip the country of its independence, the Atlantic Council’s Doug Klain told ticker NEWS.

The Kremlin, maintaining its aggression and killing innocent civilians in the firing line, wants to make Ukraine a worshipper of Moscow, where Ukrainian people don’t have the right to live their own independent life, says Klain.

According to the former commander of the U.S. Army in Europe, Russia may run out of steam in just ten days.

Firefighters work to contain a fire at the Economy Department building of Karazin Kharkiv National University, allegedly hit during recent shelling by Russia, on March 2, 2022. (Photo by Sergey BOBOK / AFP)

Three weeks into a bloody, chaotic war

Three weeks in, there is finally some better news for those living in Mariupol. Some civilians have finally been able to leave the city along a pre-agreed route, after not being able to leave due to the city being swamped with Kremlin forces.

Mariupol, a key port city in Ukraine’s south-east, is facing a humanitarian crisis after nearly two weeks of continuous Russian shelling.

With critical supplies like food, water, and medicine running out and communication to the outside world all but cut off, the city has long been needing help.

There have been several previous agreements to allow civilians to leave the city, but they quickly broke down each time.

On Monday, the Mariupol city council stated that 160 private vehicles had managed to leave and were on their way to the relative safety of Zaporizhzhia.

The level of destruction in Mariupol has since also been made clear in drone footage, which captured bombed out apartment blocks and smoke rising from the rubble.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Body behind Eurovision “understands the disappointment” over next host city

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Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision contest in May, capturing the hearts of the world

After taking out the win, that would mean Ukraine would host the competition next year.

But the European Broadcasting Union announced last week it could not be held in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

The body behind Eurovision now says it “understands the disappointment” over its decision not to hold next year’s song contest in Ukraine.

The EBU said it was in talks with the BBC to host the contest in the UK.

That’s because British entrant Sam Ryder came second in this year’s contest with his single Spaceman.

The announcement was met with disappointment by Ukrainians but the E-B-U doubled down on its position, saying in a statement that it “fully understands the disappointment that greeted the announcement”.

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Nike to fully exit Russia

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U.S. sportswear maker Nike is making a full exit from Russia, three months after suspending its operations there, the company said in an emailed statement Thursday

The sportswear giant had said back in March that it would suspend operations at all the stores it owns or operates there.

On Thursday (June 23) the firm said it would leave the country altogether.

In a statement, Nike said it would scale down over the coming months.

The move is largely symbolic for the company, which gets less than 1% of its revenue from Russia and Ukraine combined.

It says any stores that are still open there are run by independent partners.

In May, Russian media reported that Nike had not renewed agreements with Inventive Retail Group, its largest franchisee there.

Now the full exit lputs Nike in line with other major western brands such as McDonald’s and Google.

Foreign companies seeking to leave face the prospect of new laws being passed that will allow Moscow to seize assets and impose criminal penalties.

That has prompted some businesses to accelerate their departure plans.

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New candidates – Ukraine and Moldova one step closer to joining EU

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Ukraine and Moldova have officially been granted E-U candidate status, moving the nations one step closer to joining the union

At a European leaders meeting in Brussels, the decision comes nearly four months after Ukraine’s Zelensky launched his country’s bid to join the bloc, and deals a major blow to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

But the Kremlin has been acting as though it’s no big deal, with Putin claiming he has “nothing against” the possible membership, saying it’s Ukraine’s “sovereign decision” to join or not.

Ukrainian President Zelensky has welcomed the move, calling it “a unique and historic moment” and says his country’s future is in the EU.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has declared it “a good day for Europe”.

While candidate status is the first official step toward E-U membership, it can take many years to join and there’s no guarantee the process will be successful.

The process can also go into reverse, if a future Ukrainian government fails to implement certain reforms on the rule of law and its economy.

But the Commission president has hope.

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