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Ukraine war: If Putin engages in nuclear, he is signing his own ‘suicide note’

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As the Ukraine war lingers on, Ukraine’s military advances are the main focus

UKRAINE WAR – Putin’s inability to align his desired political outcomes with the capacity of his military on the frontline in Ukraine, is more obvious than ever.

Russia no longer has control of any of the provinces it claimed to have “annexed” recently, in fact, it’s quite the opposite on the ground.

The will and determination of the Ukrainian people has been unwavering, despite the atrocities cast upon them by Russia.

Now, Putin’s strategy is flawed. Russia’s losses on the ground are a demonstration of Putin’s inability to match his desired political goals with the capability of his military forces.

So what does the future of the war actually look like from this point forward?

Ticker News spoke with War Correspondent Misha Zelinsky who is on the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He gave a full analysis about the mood in Ukraine, Putin’s next moves and the future strategy of the war.

The mood in Ukraine

Zelinsky spent a lot of time in Ukraine at the beginning of the war and at that point in time, it was a very different war.

In February 2022, Ukraine was fighting Russian intruders without warning and defending their territory, while trying to comprehend why.

Ukrainian towns destroyed at beginning of war
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Now, the Ukraine and its military are in a very different, more well-equiped position to defend their homeland and defeat Russian forces.

Ukraine’s advances on the ground give a more accurate picture of reality, in comparison to any empty unauthorised claim by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Zelinksy explained the mood on the ground in Ukraine right now is “one of confidence.”

“The city is alive and buzzing, but there is a lot of sadness… I was speaking with someone who said their Facebook feed reads like an obituary.”

Misha zelinsky, war correspondent

Will Putin resort to nuclear?

The Russian military have recently been humiliated and forced to retreat from several key Ukrainian areas. However, the threat of Nuclear remains are very real one.

Russia are not achieving what Putin wants them too. Leaving many concerned about what Putin will do when backed into a corner.

Many believe Putin is making decisions from a desperate, dangerous and unpredictable place.

“Putin is a reckless gambler.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

However, if Putin was to resort to nuclear, how capable is the United States military to detect and respond to this?

The United States warned of “catastrophic consequences” if Moscow were to resort to nuclear warfare.

Zelinsky explained that while Putin’s threats of resorting to nuclear must be taken seriously, he warned that global leaders must not be bullied by the Russian leader.

He said the U.S. have thorough plans in place regarding the threat of nuclear, and that if Putin was to engage in nuclear warfare he would be “signing his own suicide note.”

“I don’t think NATO membership is on the table right now…The United State says ‘not now’… But if Putin continues to escalate other things could come into capacity.”

misha zelinsky, war correspondent

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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