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Russia’s military mobilisation is off to a rocky start



Russia’s military mobilisation is off to a rocky start as voting begins in Ukraine

Russia’s military mobilisation is off to a rocky start, with thousands of men continuing to flee the country.

The nation’s President Vladimir Putin has moved to bolster his military forces abroad, while cracking down on dissent within his own borders.

On Sunday, Russia’s two most senior lawmakers addressed a string of complaints about the mobilisation drive. They ordered regional officials to get a handle on the situation and swiftly solve the issues currently stoking public anger.

In recent days we’ve heard reports of ineligible men being forced into the military, and even recruiters looking for people who simply don’t exist.

Activists are raising concerns about ethnic minorities, who are allegedly being unfairly drafted into Russian military service.

This is Russia’s first draft since World War II and the nation hopes to recruit 300,000 new men for the front line.

Nuclear warning

It comes as U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warns Russia against the use of nuclear weapons.

Speaking to NBC’s Meet The Press, Sullivan said “if Russia crosses this line, there will be catastrophic consequences for Russia. The United States will respond decisively. Now in private channels, we have spelled out in greater detail exactly what that would mean”.

Meanwhile, voting continues this weekend in what’s being called a sham referendum. This would see four eastern regions of Ukraine move closer to Moscow.

Ukrainians have reported armed soldiers going door-to-door in occupied parts of the country to collect votes. Many residents are fearful further persecution could follow if residents don’t show allegiance to Russia.

That voting is set to wrap up on Tuesday – but its accuracy is already being called into question.

When asked about this, Sullivan made reference to the recent statement released by G7 leaders and flagged further announcements in the coming days.

“They reiterated that there would be consequences and specified that that would include additional enhanced sanctions, including sanctions on entities and companies outside of Russia that are supporting the Russian war machine or supporting these fake referenda or Russia’s efforts,” Sullivan said.

Truss slams Putin

It comes as UK Prime Minister Liz Truss delivers a scathing review of Vladimir Putin’s attempt to take control of Ukraine.

Speaking to CNN’s Jake Tapper, Truss says Putin’s military escalation is a clear indication that the Russian leader is clutching at straws.

It’s the PM’s first U.S. interview since taking office. The British leader stepped into the role at a crucial time both domestically and internationally.

Truss also met with U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday. She told CNN Washington remains “an incredibly close partner”.

“I do think our relationship is special and it’s increasingly important at a time when we’re facing threats from Russia, increased assertiveness from China. You know, we are both freedom-loving democracies. We have such a strong connection,” Truss said.

When it comes to Putin’s aggression, Truss says the West must be relentless in its use of sanctions to hold the Russian leader and his nation to account.

“I think he has been outsmarted by the Ukrainians. We’ve seen the Ukrainians continue to push back against the Russian offensive. And I think he didn’t anticipate the strength of reaction from the free world.”

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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Russia arrests American reporter



The White House says U.S. President Joe Biden was briefed on this incident Thursday morning.
This comes as tensions are alread high between the United States and Russia over the war in Ukraine—now, relations are intensifying after an American journalist was arrested in Moscow.
Evan Gershkovitch a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was based in Moscow was arrested by the Russian Intelligence Service.
He is accused of spying for the United States.
Moscow alleges that the Wall Street Journal reporter was trying to obtain classified information.
The Journal deniesg those charges and demanding his release.
The 31-year-old was reportedly arrested yesterday while working on stories 900-miles east of Moscow.
He was brough back to the Russian capitol and appeared at a closed hearing today before taking off to prison.
State Media says he’s been formally charged. He pled not guilty and is in pretrial detention until the end of May.
The Wall Street Journal denies the espionage charges and is calling for his immediate released.
The White House says they have been in contact with Evan’s family and are pledging support from the State Department. Here is the WH Press Secretary.
Moscow is making very serious accusations. Gershkovitch faces up to 20-years in jail.
This is the first American journalist to be arrested on espionage charges in Russia since the Cold War.

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Donald Trump indicted over hush money payment to Stormy Daniels



Donald Trump has become the first former U.S. President to be indicted as he makes another run for the White House

Donald Trump has been indicted by a Manhattan grand jury following a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels.

The probe was led by Democratic Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, which could change the 2024 presidential race.

It means Donald Trump becomes the first former U.S. President to be criminally charged.

It is unclear what the specific charges are, however, the indictment will likely be announced in the coming days, according to the New York Times.

The former president will then have to travel to Manhattan for fingerprinting and other processing.

Taylor Budowich, is the CEO of Make America Great Again, who said there was no crime committed.

“This is not an indictment of a crime—there was no crime—instead, this news is the indictment of a failed nation.

“He will be re-elected in the greatest landslide in American history, and together we will all Make America Great Again.”

If he is convicted, Trump could face significant fines and possibly jail time.

The payment stems from a Trump Organisation reimbursement to Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen.

He paid Daniels to keep her quiet about an alleged sexual encounter she allegedly had with Trump in 2006.

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance law violations in 2018. He testified Trump directed him to make the payments and was sentenced to three years in prison.

“For the first time in our Country’s history, a President (current or former) of the United States has been indicted. I take no pride in issuing this statement and wish to also remind everyone of the presumption of innocence; as provided by the due process clause,” Cohen told NBC News.

Trump has previously said he would continue campaigning for the Republican Party’s nomination if he was charged with a crime.

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Disney trumps DeSantis with legal loophole



Disney has outplayed Ron DeSantis by leaning on a decades-old royal clause

In February, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis moved to take over Disney World’s governing body.

It was all in retaliation to the company’s public stance against the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

But now, new reports suggest this whole plan may have backfired.

Members of the new governor-appointed board argue the previous members stripped the board of its power before they left.

It was all part of an agreement, which was approved a day before DeSantis assumed more control of the land around Disney’s theme park.

Disney is leaning on a property law which essentially makes the company the government of the area.

New board member Ron Peri says the board has lost the majority of its ability to do anything beyond maintain the roads and basic infrastructure.

For just under six decades, Disney has operated its expansive theme park and resort in Florida under a specially designated district.

A board oversaw the area and had free reign of development processes.

Disney also had the authority to appoint district board members.

But this special status came under threat when Disney clashed with DeSantis and his “Don’t Say Gay” law.

Florida lawmakers the passed a bill in February to end Disney’s self-governing status and give the governor the authority to appoint new board members to the district.

DeSantis appointed five supervisors, including a parents’ rights activist and three Republican donors.

But the new supervisors say previous board members entered an agreement before they left their positions – effectively stripping them of any powers. #trending #featured

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