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Is Russia trying to lure Ukraine’s military into a trap?

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Ukraine is concerned that Russia is attempting to lure Ukrainian forces into a trap

There are fears that Russia is faking a withdrawal from the southern Kherson region. However, Ukrainian officials believe it’s a trap.

A spokeswoman for Ukrainian forces, Natalia Humeniuk told Ukrainian media they are “seeing objective evidence” that Russian forces are not retreating the area.

“Russian troops are trying hard to convince everyone they are retreating but at the same time we are seeing objective evidence that they are staying.”

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“There are military units that were based there, and a lot of military equipment is stationed there, and their battle positions are set there as well. The battle positions that were set on the left bank will be used for the support of the battle positions on the right bank.”

It’s follows an uncertain time on the ground in the region, with Moscow relocating citizens.

This is a move Ukraine insists is in line with its trick.

“We understand that Russians are trying to create an illusion of not being there in order to lure Ukrainian forces into the nearby settlements, and the settlements are usually where tough street fighting takes place,” she said.

It comes as Russian forces continue its attacks on Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure.

However, we can now confirm the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power plant is back up and running. The plant is crucial to supplying power throughout the country.

FILE PHOTO: A Russian all-terrain armoured vehicle is parked outside the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant during the visit of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expert mission in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict outside Enerhodar in the Zaporizhzhia region, Ukraine, September 1, 2022. REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko/File Photo

“Power supply to all six units of the Zaporizhzhia NPP had been re-established, and the eight operating emergency diesel generators turned off and put into standby mode.”

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi attends a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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Joe Biden signs bill to declassify Covid origins information

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Sone information may be kept under wraps for national security reasons

U.S. President Joe Biden has signed a bill requiring all information relating to the origins of COVID-19 be declassified.

Biden says he shares the Congress goal of releasing as much information as possible about the virus.

But, he says his Administration will still keep national security in mind when deciding what to publish.

The bill passed unanimously in the Senate and House of Representatives before being sent to the White House.

For several months now, Washington has been debating the origins of the virus.

It follows a report by the U.S. Energy Department which says the pandemic arose from a lab leak.

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Ron DeSantis breaks silence over Donald Trump charges

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The Florida Governor says he won’t get involved

Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis has broken his silence on the Manhattan District Attorney pursuing charges against Donald Trump.

DeSantis has vowed his office will not get involved if the matter trickles into the former President’s adopted home state – that is Florida.

But the Florida governor stopped well short of offering support to Trump, instead poking fun at the situation.

A New York grand jury is in the final stages of determining whether Trump should face charges over an alleged payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

This is all related to an alleged affair.

The dismissive and tongue-in-cheek comments made by DeSantis travelled quickly.

Trump’s allies immediately started attacking the Florida governor across social media, suggesting he will face a political price for failing to rally around Trump.

This was before the former president responded himself, saying “Ron DeSanctimonious will probably find out about false accusations & fake stories sometime in the future, as he gets older, wiser, and better known”.

The episode is just another example of the tension and rivalry between two of the GOP’s biggest stars as they battle for party supremacy.

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Xi Jinping visits Russia to meet Vladimir Putin

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Russia-China Summit comes as ICC accuses Putin of committing war crimes

President Xi Jinping traveled from China to Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The dictators held a nearly five-hour long closed-door meeting.

In front of the cameras, they praised their friendship.

Currently, China and Russia share similar goals and stand in opposition against the United States and Western influences.

Putin signalled that Russia is ready to review China’s proposal for resolving the situation in Ukraine which has now entered into its second year.

However, critics are expressing skepticism about Beijing’s role as a peacemaker.

Western leaders who back Ukraine worry that instead of peace, China will soon provide lethal aid to Russia.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has come under fire for not responding with tough talk.

The China-Russia Summit comes after an arrest warrant was issued for Putin from the ICC for war crime charges.

White House officials say they are working on arranging a call between Biden and Xi.

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