Russia and the West are battling to get China and India on their side
The two have been eagerly fighting to persuade the powers to support their view of the conflict in Ukraine.
Foreign Ministers from both Russia and the UK visited India last week, speaking with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an attempt to deepen ties.
China, however, has taken a more neutral stance, not siding with any particular country.
Ukrainian politician Inna Sovsun says Ukraine has been deeply disappointed by the response from these countries.
“I’ve been talking to journalists in India and it is my understanding that they somehow perceive this war to be between Russia and the US,” Ms Sovsun says.
“My message to all Indians and the Indian government – no matter geopolitics, democracy should stand together,
“And Ukraine and India are democracies, not perfect but on their way to perfection.”
Ms Sovsun says India should stand with Ukraine, against authoritarian regimes.
“We cannot be choosing which dictatorship to cooperate with because we should all be fighting for democratic values,” she says.
Meanwhile, the war in Ukraine continues with Russian troops reportedly beginning to withdraw.
But as Russia’s Victory Day approaches, Sovsun says it is likely that Putin will exaggerate the country’s military might and success in Ukraine to justify the conflict.
She says it is likely that during Putin’s May 6 speech, he may claim some victory in order to assert his power.
“These dates are extremely important for the Neo-Nazi society there … if he is not able to claim victory that will shake his power,” Ms Sovsun says.
“That would show to the whole population that he started a war but he cannot show any progress.”
But Ms Sovsun insisted that this would not mark an end to the war.
“Russians will not stop there, and Ukraine, we will not give up and surrender our territories,” she says.
Disney vs Netflix – who will win the streaming revenue raise?
Netflix and Disney shares fall as the streaming companies fight to stay on top of their game
Investors to evaluate Walt Disney’s shift from cable television to subscription service as the company’s shares fall by 31 percent.
This comes after Netflix announced its first ever decrease in subscribers last month. The company reported a loss of 200,000 subscribers in its first quarter while predicting more losses ahead.
Netflix’s decision to suspend its services in Russia also led to a loss of 700,000 subscribers. It’s shares have also fallen by a staggering 71 percent this year, a bigger loss than its competitor Disney.
While Netflix struggles with its subscriber count, FactSet Estimates predicts Disney+ to have attracted 5.3 million new subscribers through march leading to a total of about 135.1 million subscribers.
Disney also predicts it will have amassed more than 230 million subscribers by September 2024.
Netflix is reportedly considering adding an advertisement-based subscription option by the end of the year as the company looks at how to stay competitive in the increasingly saturated streaming market.
In a previous statement, Netflix’s chief executive said they were looking to introduce advertisements in a year or two but a leaked internal note to the employees has revealed the company is introducing it as early as October 2022.
The note also says Netflix will begin cracking down on password sharing by monetizing it.
All of this has resulted in Netflix being sued by shareholders who argue they have been mislead about the state of the company and future prospects.
Rijul Baath contributed to this report
Biden on his bike for 2024
Before President Joe Biden fell from his bike while dismounting in Rehoboth Delaware – at his summer home for his 45th anniversary celebrations with Dr Jill Biden and Fathers Day on Sunday – he had a lot on his mind
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When he spoke to the Associated Press late last week he was very candid.
In discussing the mood of the country, the president said
People lost their jobs. People are out of their jobs. And then, were they going to get back to work? Schools were closed. Think of this. I think we vastly underestimate this.”
As a politician, Biden has always felt the people who he works for in his gut
The White House can be a bubble, but Biden’s was a pretty accurate take on how so many Americans are feeling right now. He went deeper:
“We have a little thing called climate change going on. And it’s having profound impacts. We got the tundra melting. We’ve got the North Pole, I mean, so people are looking and, and I think it’s totally understandable that they are worried because they look around and see,
“My God, everything is changing.” We have more hurricanes and tornadoes and flooding. People saw what — I took my kids years ago to Yellowstone Park. They call me, “Daddy did you see what happened at Yellowstone, right?” Well, it’s unthinkable. These are 1,000-year kinds of events.
I think, you know, I fully understand why the average voter out there is just confused and upset and worried. And they’re worried, for example, you know, can they send their kid back to, back to college? What’s going to happen? Are we going to take away the ability of people to borrow? So I think there’s a lot of reasons for people to want to know what comes next.”
Biden talked about his legislative program, and he thinks he can get the votes to lower the household costs of utility bills and prescription drugs, make investments in technology and broadband, and enact fairer taxes for the super-wealthy.
Biden knows he has to deliver the goods.
While the political chatter in Washington lurched into making his stumble off the bike a metaphor for his presidency right now, Biden immediately got back on it and pedaled ahead to his destination: re-election in 2024.
There is a lot of speculation on whether he will run again.
Here are the facts: Biden wants to run again. He especially wants to run again if Trump runs again. Biden entered the presidential campaign in 2020 because he felt he had to save the country by stopping Trump from destroying America’s democracy. And he did. Trump in 2024 only re-ignites the urgency of Biden’s mission.
There is no whispering from inside the White House undermining or contradicting the president’s intention. Among political professionals, there no material dissent from the judgment that Biden is the strongest Democratic candidate: there is no obvious alternative who commands anything near the support Biden has among Democrats.
Biden knows his approval rating. He knows the Republicans smell blood. He knows many Democrats who voted for him have doubts given his age and his current standing. But Biden knows that inflation will recede, the economy will recover, and the Republicans in 2023 will be the most extremist cohort of radical lawmakers the country has ever seen, and that the place to be is in the centre, where elections in the United States are won and lost.
Rep. Jim Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and the third ranking leader in the House, whose support for Biden effectively sealed Biden’s nomination in 2020, said over the weekend “My advice: be yourself, stay focused. Make the promises and keep them.”
That is exactly where Biden is. To Joe Biden that looks like the winning hand in ’24.
EXCLUSIVE: Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia speaks out
Vasyl Myroshnychenko is seeking to engage private and public investment in Ukraine to help with its war recovery
Vasyl Myroshnychenko could not have possibly foreseen under what circumstances he would be accepting his ambassadorship.
The 41-year-old was fast-tracked into the important role of Ukraine’s Ambassador to Australia when Russia invaded his nation in late February.
Myroshnychenko is seeking to meet with Australia’s newly-elected government to discuss trade and aid opportunities after returning from the war-torn country.
During Myroshnychenko’s eight-day visit to Ukraine, he met with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s most senior advisors, the prime minister, and other military officials.
Myroshnychenko spoke exclusively to TICKER NEWS, in which he says morale is at an all-time low in his home country.
Ukraine has been fighting Russian forces for nearly four months. Russia’s latest military offensive is seeing troops fighting in the east of Ukraine, where hundreds of civilians have lost their lives.
The ambassador is seeking to hold talks with Australian lawmakers on the current situation. He says more lethal aid and economic assistance is essential.
President Zelensky has invited Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to Ukraine. Meanwhile, leaders from France, Germany and Italy travelled to the war-torn nation on Thursday, where they toured regions that have been decimated.
“I think that’s it’s very important that the world hears Ukraine, the world steps in, because that can solve energy issues that can solve the food crisis,” Myroshnychenko told TICKER NEWS.
Trade on the horizon
A bilateral trade deal between Australia and Ukraine could be on the horizon. The deal would reportedly be modelled on the U.K. free trade agreement.
“My role is to mobilise more support for Ukraine and Australia, I will soon be credited to New Zealand as well,” Myroshnychenko says.
Myroshnychenko studied international trade at the London School of Economics. He says additional military might is needed urgently.
“My job is to get more military assistance, more financial assistance for Ukraine. But every Ukrainian no matter what he or she is doing, is able to contribute either on social media, either fighting in the trenches, or doing the work they are doing to help Ukraine become stronger,” he says.
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