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Why now is the ‘crucial moment’ to impose further sanctions on Russia

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Zelensky accused Russian troops of carrying out the most brutal and terrible war crimes since World War Two, following the distressing footage from the town of Bucha.

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel says the EU must impose oil and gas sanctions on Russia “sooner or later”.

It comes as Dutch customs impound 14 yachts, including 12 still under construction, as part of Western sanctions imposed on Russia.

Are there any signs that Vladimir Putin will slow his aggression?

Anton Barbashin is the Editorial Director at Riddle Russia. He believes the war will last much longer, and there will be a list of demands to bring about a ceasefire.

When it comes to the future of Vladimir Putin – Barbashin says he thinks the Russian President will die in office, and that his “mistake” will damage Russia for generations

The United States has announced a further $100 million dollars in military aid for war-torn Ukraine

The Biden Administration says the funds will be used for anti-tank missiles.

Meanwhile Ukraine’s President Zelensky has delivered a powerful speech to the United Nations.

The leader urged the Security Council to remove Russia or dissolve entirely.

Zelensky accused Russian troops of carrying out the most brutal and terrible war crimes since World War Two, following the distressing footage from the town of Bucha.

Europe reacts to Massacres in Bucha Ukraine

The European Commission President says the EU is set to act after recent revelations of massacres in the town of Bucha.

Emmanuel Macron is One man who has been heavily involved in trying to change the mind of Vladimir Putin.

The French president is now facing a challenge of his own in the upcoming French election, and there is a real chance the new leader of the country could be an extreme right wing candidate

Meanwhile Ukraine’s President Zelensky has delivered a powerful speech to the United Nations.

The leader urged the Security Council to remove Russia or dissolve entirely.

Zelensky accused Russian troops of carrying out the most brutal and terrible war crimes since World War Two, following the distressing footage from the town of Bucha.

Steve Pifer is the former US ambassador to Ukraine and says now is the time for Biden to send more military might because things have changed.

Russia’s UN ambassador has dismissed the accusations as lies.

The ambassador says not a single Ukrainian was harmed while Bucha was under Russian occupation.

Ticker News also spoke with Cheddars Political Director Megan Pratz who says Ukraine will most likely negotiate to prevent further attacks.

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests break out in Russia

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Zelensky addresses the U.N. as protests over Putin’s mobilisation plan break out in Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addresses the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Zelensky says his nation just wants peace and believes Russia should be punished and ostracised for its actions.

“A crime has been committed against Ukraine and we demand just punishment. The crime was committed against our state borders. The crime was committed against the lives of our people,” Zelensky said. “Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory”.

In the powerful speech, the Ukrainian President also called for Russia to lose its U.N. veto power. Russia is currently one of the five permanent members of the Security Council.

He is also seeking more military aid, pleading for more weapons to help liberate his country’s land.

Protests engulf major Russia cities

In Russia, police have arrested hundreds of protestors who are rallying against Vladimir Putin’s military mobilisation.

Human rights group OVD Info estimates more than 1,000 people have been taken into custody so far. The largest number of arrests were made in St Petersburg and Moscow.

As the Kremlin announced its intention to call up thousands of extra troops to fight the warn in Ukraine, flights departing Russia sold out almost immediately.

The mobilisation will likely see at least 300,000 military reservists drafted to bolster Russia’s forces.

In Moscow, the prosecutor’s office is warning that calls on the internet to join protests, or participation in these protests, could result in up to 15 years in jail time.

Russia’s disinformation laws about the war have made public demonstrations rare.

In his first national televised address since the war began, Putin said he will use “all available means” to protect Russian territory.

In theory, this could include nuclear weapons.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance remains vigilant.

“We will make sure that there is no misunderstanding in Moscow about exactly how we will react. Of course it depends upon what kind of situation or what kind or weapons they may use. The most important thing is to prevent that from happening and that is why we have been so clear in our communications with Russia about the unprecedented consequences,” Stoltenberg said.

Meanwhile, Putin’s mobilisation follows weeks of heavy losses for Russia in Ukraine, with Kyiv recapturing a huge area just east of Kharkiv.

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future

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U.S. to provide Ukraine with tanks in the future, but there is a catch

The U.S. will provide tanks to Ukraine in the future, but issues with maintenance and training may delay the rollout.

Ukraine has received billions of dollars worth of weapons and military equipment, allowing the war-torn nation to defend itself against Putin’s regime.

Russian forces are continuing to “conduct airstrikes that are impacting civilian infrastructure”, most recently striking a “dam near Kryvyi Rih”, according to a top U.S. official.

“This disturbing pattern which includes strikes that hit power stations last week continues to show Russian forces’ disregard for civilian life,” the official added.

When it comes to further military aid, the offical confirmed tanks are “absolutely on the table”, but are not an option for the immediate battle.

Once training, maintenance and sustainment issues are addressed, the roll out is more likely.

This follows verified reports Ukraine has successfully shot down 55 Russian
fighter jets.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed there would be no let-up in fighting to regain
territory lost to Russia.

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Mass burial site discovered in Ukraine

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A mass grave with over 400 bodies has been found in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region

The price of war is beginning to reveal itself in Ukraine as a mass grave, with over 400 bodies has been discovered in the recently liberated Kharkiv region.

The burial site was found in the city of Izyum, an area captured by Russian forces at the beginning of the war, and a victim to ultimate brutality.

Over recent days, Ukrainian forces have recaptured the area. So far, they have discovered over 1000 bodies in the city, with this number rising every day.

The mass grave site shows the extent of Russia’s atrocities, although Russia denies responsibility.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is launching an investigation and says “Russia leaves death everywhere and it must be held accountable for that.”

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