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Ukraine’s military destroy 18 missiles aimed at nation

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has frequently described the Kinzhal as proof of “next generation” weapons

Ukraine’s military says it destroyed six Russian hypersonic missiles over the skies of Kyiv overnight, out of a volley of 18 aimed at the country.

And, if confirmed it could mark a major demonstration of the effectiveness of its newly-deployed Western air defences against what Russia has previously described as an unstoppable superweapon: called the Kinzhal missile, or Russian for “dagger.”

But what is the Kinzhal missile? What makes it supposedly so potent, and what would their purported interception suggest?

The Kinzhal is said to be able to travel at 10 times the speed of sound, hence the label hypersonic.

Russia’s defence ministry says a Kinzhal destroyed a Patriot air defence system in the overnight volley, an American model recently deployed by Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has frequently described the Kinzhal as proof of “next generation” weapons that can take on NATO, with a range of 3,200 kilometres and the ability to carry a nuclear or conventional warhead.

They were first unveiled to public in 2018.

Russia says it used them for the first time in Ukraine last year and has only acknowledged their use on a few occasions.

Earlier this month, Ukraine claimed it shot one down over the capital for the first time, using one of those Patriot air defence systems.

Previously, the ability for Patriots to intercept Kinzhals was only theoretical. Hitting six at once would suggest it could be a reliable defence, rather than just a lucky shot.

The Kinzhal is not Russia’s only hypersonic weapon. It also possesses a hypersonic cruise missile called the Zircon, which can be deployed by naval ships.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky also praised the efforts of those who helped to destroy the missiles, whilst also thanking European partners for providing the appropriate equipment.

“I want to thank all the defenders of the skies,” Zelensky said.

“That’s why we are constantly working on visits that will bring more opportunities.

“I thank all our partners in the world who have helped our country with the appropriate air defence systems.”

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TikTok implements stricter guidelines on weight-loss drug promotion

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TikTok is tightening its regulations on influencers who promote weight-loss drugs like Ozempic.

With over 170 million users in the US, the app aims to prevent the spread of potentially harmful content related to rapid weight loss.

Starting in May, TikTok will prohibit influencers from posting “before-and-after” photos and restrict minors from accessing weight-loss content deemed risky. The crackdown extends to any content promoting drastic weight loss methods, aiming to combat the promotion of unrealistic body standards.

However, some influencers, like Dave Knapp and Kim Carlos, criticise the move, arguing it discriminates against those with health conditions. Others fear losing their income as TikTok takes down their content, prompting concerns about the platform’s future amid potential US bans.

As TikTok enforces stricter guidelines, influencers may seek alternative platforms to share weight-loss content. Despite the popularity of drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy, the crackdown reflects growing concerns about the impact of such promotions on user health.

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Game on with indie devs celebrated by Nintendo

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Nintendo Switch fans rejoice! The recent Indie World Showcase unveiled 17 new titles coming in 2024.

Including in the rundown is the adorable “Little Kitty, Big City” and explosive platformer “Anton Blast.” In other news, “Stellar Blade” confirms an uncensored release on PlayStation 5, Fallout’s TV adaptation gears up for Season 2, and Keanu Reeves joins the cast of Sonic 3 as Shadow. New releases this week include “Tales of Kenzera: Zau” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade: Wrath of the Mutants,” while “Fallout 4” gets a next-gen update. With “Stellar Blade” topping the list, gamers have plenty to look forward to in the coming weeks.

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What are the major takeaways from day one of Trump’s trial?

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The first day of Donald Trump’s criminal hush money trial that the former president broke the law and corrupted the 2016 election, while his defence lawyer said he committed no crime.

On this episode of Ticker Today – Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is officially underway, President Joe Biden makes cannibal claims, TikTok US ban enters the next phase and Gen Z’s are dropping degrees and picking up tools to become blue-collar workers.

Ticker’s Ahron Young and Veronica Dudo discuss.

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