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Ukraine counter-offensive liberates key towns, Russia retreats

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Ukrainian progression in the South and north-east has shocked Russia and instilled hope back to the people of Ukraine

From Kherson in the south of Ukraine to Kharkiv in the northeast, Ukrainian forces have recaptured large amounts of territory, liberating key towns.

After six months of gruelling war, Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky has sent a warning to Russia.

“The Russian army is showing its best — showing its back. And it’s a good choice for them to run away. There’s no place for the occupiers in Ukraine.”

Volodymyr ZelenskY, Ukrainian President

Zelensky says Ukrainian forces have reclaimed about 2,000 square kms of territory, since the beginning of September.

Russia state media has also conceded that it’s a concern for Russia’s strategy and momentum in the coming days and months.

Russia’s top occupation official says “Ukrainian forces outnumbered Russians by eight to one in in the Kharkiv region.”

Credit: INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF WAR

Despite early accomplishments, Russia is experiencing exhaustion and fatigue from consistent Ukrainian attacks.

U.K. defence officials say the Ukrainian army’s advances will no doubt have “significant implications” for Russia’s overall strategy and Putin’s reaction.

The war is far from over, but it’s a victory for Ukraine as the country heads into colder months.

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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AUKUS meetings wrap up as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

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The first AUKUS meetings wrap up in Washington as Australia eyes off nuclear submarines

The first round of AUKUS meetings have wrapped up, with U.S. Defence Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin praising the talks as an “historic endeavour”.

Following an agreement made in Washington, Australia will have nuclear-powered submarines at the “earliest possible date”.

Defence Secretary Austin joined Australia’s Richard Marles and the UK’s Ben Wallace at the Pentagon. The leaders discussed key challenges and opportunities confronting the world right now.

High on the agenda was the contentious Indo-Pacific region, in response to “ongoing Chinese aggression”.

The meeting comes as Australia looks to move away from its conventional Collins-class subs and invest in nuclear-powered vessels.

The U.S. reaffirming its commitment to ensure its pacific partner will acquire this capability at the earliest possible date.

Australia’s Deputy PM and Defence Minister Richard Marles says the submarines are “central” to advancing the military capabilities of the alliance.

“There is an enormous sense of shared mission and momentum across all three countries, in having Australia acquire a nuclear powered submarine,” Marles said.

“The significance of that step shouldn’t be lost on people. There’s only been one occasion where a country has shared that capability with another. That was the United States with the United Kingdom a long time ago.”

But while we’ve heard the meetings went well, leaders are remaining tight-lipped about the exact details and any deals that have been made.

AUKUS has set a target of March 2023 to figure out a plan for Australia to acquire the nuclear subs.

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Arrests made in Germany over a suspicious plan

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Well arrests have been made in Germany over suspicious activity to overthrow the nation’s government.

Twenty-five people have been arrested as part of the raids across the country.

The group reportedly includes far-right and ex-military figures.

It’s understood they were planning to storm the nation’s parliament and take over control.

Suspects include racists and conspiracy theorists, and Q-Anon believers.

Three thousand officers took part in the sting involving 150 operations in 11 of Germany’s 16 states.

Arrests were also made in Italy and Austria.

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Twist in trial over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

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There’s been an unusual development in the trial of Airbus and Air France over the crash of a Rio to Paris flight in 2009

Ticker’s Europe Correspondent Ryan Thompson has more from Paris

After weeks in court, prosecutors have decided NOT to ask for a conviction of the two French companies – even as they acknowledge that’s not what victims families would want.  

French prosecutors said they were unable to prove the companies were guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Their guilt “appears to us to be impossible to prove. We know that this view will most likely be difficult to hear for the civil plaintiffs,” prosecutors said.

Prosecutors initially dropped charges against the companies in 2019. This sparked anger in families of the victims.

A Paris appeals court overturned this decision in 2021 and ordered the trial to go ahead. 

“We have a prosecutor who is supposed to defend the people who in the end is defending the multinational Airbus,” Daniele Lamy, the head of victims’ association Entraide et Solidarite AF447, told reporters.

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