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UK electric vehicle market soars

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More than 30,000 battery-electric cars have been sold in the UK in the first three months of 2021.

That means the UK has now overtaken France to become Europe’s second-largest electric car market.

About 31,800 battery-electric cars were sold in the UK in the first three months of the year, compared with just over 30-thousand in France.’

2020 was the first year in which European consumers bought more than half a million electric cars. That is expected to double to 1m sales by the end of this year.

Green Lithium has secured funding to build Europe’s first large-scale lithium refinery to enable the UK to produce electric vehicles batteries at home. 

There is currently no commercial lithium refining capability of scale in Europe, leaving the continent’s rapidly growing electric vehicle (EV) and sustainable energy storage sectors reliant on China. 

Green Lithium aims to fill the missing link in the EV supply chain, by using the grant to connect the UK and Europe’s lithium battery manufacturers with abundant sources of lithium. 

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Russia abandons Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island

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Russia has departed the strategic Black Sea outpost ‘Snake Island’ with many viewing this as a win for Ukraine

The abandonment of this outpost could loosen Russia’s grip over Ukrainian ports.

Russia says the withdrawal is a “gesture of goodwill” demonstrating it is not obstructing U.N. efforts to open a humanitarian corridor.

But Ukraine disputes this, saying its military forces have driven Russia away, following an artillery and missile assault.

The chief of staff to Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted “KABOOM!”,confirming no Russian troops are on the Snake Island anymore.

This of course comes as Sweden and Finland join NATO, with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg noting the strategic alliance is ready for all eventualities.

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How much financial aid can the U.S. provide Ukraine?

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The U.S. and NATO will stick by Ukraine for ‘as long as it takes’ continuing to aid the nation as it stands up to Putin’s war machine

As the historic summit wraps up, the military alliance has promised to deliver hundreds of thousands of additional troops to defend eastern Europe.

Joe Biden also announced a further $800 million in military aid for Ukraine.

When pressed about just how much financial aid the U.S. can provide, Biden remained firm in his support for the war-torn country.

The war is now in its fifth month, and not even the U-S President is game to predict how the conflict is going to end, but he is confident it won’t end with a Russian defeat of Ukraine.

Biden labeled the NATO summit ‘historic’ as the West reacts to ongoing Russian aggression and the ever-increasing global dominance of China.

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Richard Branson offers support to Kyiv on an historic visit

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Billionaire Richard Branson has visited Kyiv, where he met with President Zelensky

Richard Branson has toured some of the sites where Russian attacks have devastated Ukraine.

He says the sights are “appalling” and describes Russia’s military presence as “an invasion”.

“My main purpose in going to Kyiv was to meet and listen to Ukrainians, to understand their fears and concerns and also to learn what business, in partnership with civil society and governments, can do to support Ukraine most effectively.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The pair reportedly discussed assistance the billionaire can offer, and comes days after the Ukraine capital city was bombed for the first time in weeks.

Branson is the latest in a string of big names to visit the war-torn nation, and comes just a day after Sean Penn visited President Zelensky.

“In the eyes of the world and his own people, the President has emerged as a rare wartime leader who projects both unbreakable spirit and indefatigable determination to see this war through and repel the aggression.”

RICHARD BRANSON

The Virgin Chief Executive visited in Poland, where he met with business leaders.

“The least the rest of the world can do is to give our unwavering and unconditional support until the last Russian soldier leaves Ukrainian territory,” he says.

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