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“The man the Kremlin wants to run Ukraine”

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The United States says too soon to impose harsh sanction on Russia for its hostile stance towards Ukraine

The Secretary of State Antony Blinken says any deterrence would be lost if sanctions were triggered too early.

It comes as the UK accuses Russia of trying to install a puppet government in Kyiv – a claim that Moscow denies.

As tensions mount on the border between Russia and Ukraine, the UK is accusing Vladimir Putin of choosing this man to run Ukraine

The British Foreign Office is now naming a former Ukranian MP as the potential Kremlin candidate – an accusation Moscow is firmly denying.

This is the man the British believe will soon lead Ukraine, if the Kremlin has its way.

Ukrainian MP Yev-en Mur-ayev – a pro Russian figure.

In 2019, his party only won 3 per cent of the vote – short of the 5% barrier.

he founded the pro-Russian TV channel NASH, which was owned by his father.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK says he’s not surprised the Russians would choose the former MP.

Western and Ukrainian intelligence services believe an invasion could happen at any time, after Russian forces amassed on the border.

Russia denies it is planning any attack .. but President Putin has issued demands to the West. He wants a firm guarantee that Ukraine wont join NATO.

He also wants Nato to abandon military exercises and stop sending weapons to eastern Europe.

But Russia’s annexation of Crimea have galvanized public support for Ukraine’s Western leanings.

The Americans say NATO is a defensive force, and accuse Russia of trying to increase its sphere of influence.

Russia denies the “plot”

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the British Foreign Office is “circulating disinformation” and called on the UK to “stop spreading nonsense”. 

In a statement, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The information being released today shines a light on the extent of Russian activity designed to subvert Ukraine, and is an insight into Kremlin thinking.

“Russia must de-escalate, end its campaigns of aggression and disinformation, and pursue a path of diplomacy.

“As the UK and our partners have said repeatedly, any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would be a massive strategic mistake with severe costs.”

In Kiyv, the weather is still freezing, with the hope there’ll be no cold war.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Authorities find drug-smuggler’s tunnel under the U.S. and Mexico border

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Anti-drug agents have found a smugglers’ tunnel including a rail track, electricity and ventilation system

A drug-smuggler’s tunnel has been unearthed under the U.S. and Mexican border.

It led from the Mexican city of Tijuana to a warehouse located 300 feet from the San Diego border.

Six people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the scheme.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine, among other crimes.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” says the U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman.

Authorities collect information about the people behind the tunnel.

The tunnel is believed to be over 1,750 feet long, and was fitted out reinforced walls.

Close to 100 tunnels have been found in the same area, but this was one of the largest.

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Finland and Sweden submit applications to join NATO

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Finland and Sweden have officially submitted their applications to join NATO

Finland and Sweden have handed in applications to join NATO.

It ends decades of political neutrality for both nations, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Chief of NATO says the applications are quote an “historic step”.

If their bid is successful, it will bring the alliance’s membership to 32.

While Russia strongly opposes the move, there are also members within NATO’s own ranks voicing their concerns.

Dubbed the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the NATO alliance was founded in 1949

It follows one rule: an attack on one, is an attack on all.

It sought to counter Russian expansion in Europe after World War Two.

But following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, many of its former Eastern European allies joined the alliance, something that has raised concerns in Moscow.

Finland and Sweden need the support of all member states to join. If they’re successful, it will take the alliance to 32 members.

NATO members must spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence. Finland already meets this target and Sweden says it will do so “as soon as possible”.

The two countries will also bring a range of military might.

Finland has over 19-thousand active troops, and Sweden has over 14-and-a-half thousand.

There are 220 tanks, and over 200 combat aircraft.

Russia believes NATO has been verging on its door stop and is warning both nations against joining.

Turkey’s President is also voicing concerns, saying the two Scandinavian nations should not send delegations to convince him of their bids.

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U.S. warns against hiring North Korean tech workers

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The U.S. is warning North Korean workers are trying to find IT jobs by hiding their identities

The U.S. believes workers are seeking to steal money for their home country.

Many of them are allegedly pretending to be from other parts of Asia, according to three U.S. agencies.

The State Department says thousands of highly skilled IT workers are sent around the world to generate revenue to help with North Korea’s weapons production.

“The DPRK [North Korea] dispatches thousands of highly skilled IT workers around the world to generate revenue that contributes to its weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programmes, in violation of US and UN sanctions.”

U.S. State Department

If North Korea is employing workers to fund its missiles program, the move would be in violation of U.N. international sanctions.

“The United States is committed to disrupting illicit DPRK revenue-generating activities, which may facilitate criminal activity, provide direct support to the DPRK’s unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs, and threaten international peace and security,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

The country has conducted several missile tests in recent months, including a banned intercontinental ballistic missile.

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