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Russia urges Kherson residents to evacuate as Ukrainian military advances

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Russia has urged Kherson residents to evacuate the area, as Ukrainian military forces continue their advances

In what can only be described as a bizarre announcement, the Russian-installed leader of Ukraine’s Kherson region is calling for all civilians to evacuate immediately.

Vladimir Saldo says daily rocket attacks and advancing Ukrainian soldiers have made the area unsafe.

Asking for Moscow’s help during a recorded address, Saldo is urging residents to ‘save themselves’ before it is too late.

Shortly after, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister also weighed in on the situation.

In a message on state television, he supported the calls to evacuate.

Ukraine’s armed forces have recently retaken several areas of north-west Kherson but rejects claims it targets its own civilians.

They are closing in on the region’s capital, Kherson city, aided by the use of U.S.-supplied rocket systems.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators, some displaying Ukrainian flags, chant “go home” while walking towards retreating Russian military vehicles at a pro-Ukraine rally amid Russia’s invasion, in Kherson, Ukraine March 20, 2022 in this still image from video obtained by REUTERS/File Photo

Latest war developments

All of Ukraine bar Crimea has been placed under air raid alert for at least a short period of time.

Russian missiles have struck energy and military targets in the Kyiv region and the western city of Lviv.

In what is the latest prison swap, 20 Ukrainian service personnel have been exchanged for 20 Russian soldiers

Smoke rises after missile strikes, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine June 5, 2022. REUTERS/Vladyslav Sodel

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also met with his Turkish counterpart – proposing a gas hub in Turkey as an alternative supply route to Europe.

This follows a number of recent problems with the Nord Stream pipelines.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, Kazakhstan October 13, 2022. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

It comes as Western support for Ukraine seemingly reaches an all-time high.

The strategic NATO alliance has confirmed it will provide the war-torn nation with dozens of jammers.

These are transmitters which disrupt signals in a bid to counteract Russian and Iranian drones.

Meanwhile, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says Russia would be crossing a “very important line” if it used nuclear weapons in Ukraine

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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