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Zelensky makes urgent plea for talks with Putin



During a news briefing, Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky says he ‘has to talk’ with Russian Present Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine

As the war in Ukraine enters its eighth day, Zelensky has made an urgent plea to Putin for one-on-one talks, adding that “any words are more important than shots”. 

“It’s not about I want to talk with Putin, I think I have to talk with Putin,”

“The world has to talk with Putin because there are no other ways to stop this war.”

-Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky

This comes as Ukraine’s key war negotiator says the latest round of talks with Russia didn’t achieve the results he was hoping for.

The negotiator says the humanitarian crisis currently unfolding throughout his nation is at the top of the agenda, as a number of cities remain surrounded by Russian forces. It’s expected talks will pick up and continue in “the near future”.

Ukraine’s leader is also pleading for the west to provide more planes so his troops can fight the invasion.

Russia continues to move in on Ukraine’s north, east, and south and is telling his constituents that the war is going to plan. There are further reports of intense shelling in the Mariupol region, as Russian forces cease control of Kherson.

Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv remains in government control, with a kilometers-long convoy still sitting quite a distance away from the capital city’s borders.

“We are not attacking Russia and we do not plan to attack it. What do you want from us? Leave our land.”

-Ukraine President, Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukrainian President Zelensky says his nation’s armed forces are holding out against Russian aggression and there has been no rest in Russia’s ongoing shelling. He says his people have nothing to lose but their own freedom.

The president vows that his country will be rebuilt and Moscow will pay for what it has done.

Athletes banned

Meanwhile, Russian and Belarusian athletes have been banned from the upcoming Winter Paralympics in Beijing.

The Paralympic Committee’s president says this follows a number of threats of boycotts by a number of other nations if Russia was to compete.

The IPC had previously given the go-ahead for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete, noting “athletes are not aggressors”. However, this has been swiftly changed.

Lives in danger

In Geneva, the head of human rights at the United Nations has warned tens of millions of lives are at risk as Russian troops move in.

The chief is calling for an immediate end to the war and has begun setting up an international inquiry into alleged violations by Russia.

However, Russia’s ambassador has dismissed the need for any inquiry, calling out a so-called “criminal regime in Kyiv”.

Russia is also accusing the United States and its Western allies of stoking the flame by supplying lethal weapons to Ukraine.


Taco Bell owners close to selling KFC in Russia



KFC is known for finger lickin’ chicken, but the secret herbs and spices will soon be swept away from Russians

The company behind Russia’s KFC business is close to selling

This is all part of its plan to exit the country’s market.

Yum Brans plans to fully exit Russia once the KFC transaction is complete.

Since March, Yum has been redirecting any profits from its Russian operations to humanitarian efforts.

The restaurant company added it is stopping all investment, restaurant development and operations in the country.

It sold its Russian Pizza Hut franchises, which re-branded in may.

The Taco Bell owner is the latest Western restaurant operator to wind down its Russian operations, closing the doors of about one thousand KFC locations

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At least two killed, seven wounded in Russian shelling of Sloviansk



A central market went up in flames in Ukraine’s east

Russian shelling caused a market ablaze in Ukraine’s eastern city of Sloviansk, killing two people and injuring seven.

The mayor of the region says the city was being hit by Russian artillery salvoes from closer positions, as it became a frontline city.

With massive shelling, the Donetsk governor called on everyone to evacuate.

It’s clear Russia is seeking to control all of the eastern industrial Donbas area.

The area comprises the regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, and President Vladimir Putin claims it’s all part of Russia.

Meanwhile as it combats Russian aggression, Ukraine’s Armed Forces published a video captured from inside of Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jets

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Finland, Sweden another step closer to full NATO membership



Finland and Sweden are a step closer to full NATO membership after all thirty NATO allies signed an accession protocol.

It will be NATO’s biggest expansion in decades – but it likely won’t happen in full for at least a year.

NATO allies signed an accession protocol for Finland and Sweden to join the military alliance in Brussels on Tuesday (July 5).

Ankara had previously threatened to scupper their chances of joining.

Both Nordic countries gave assurances to Turkey in response that they would do more to fight terrorism – and Turkey backed down.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg hailed the historic move,

This is truly an historic moment […] with 32 nations around the table, we will be even stronger.


This protocol allows Helsinki and Stockholm to take part in NATO meetings, and have greater access to intelligence.

But the ratification process can take up to a year or more.

Neither country will be protected by NATO’s defence clause – where an attack on one is considered an attack on all during that time.


Meanwhile, Russia’s Duma announced two bills that would put Russia onto a more aggressive wartime economy.

The first bill would allow Russia’s government to demand businesses supply the military with goods.

The second bill would oblige employees to be available to work overtime, nights, and forego additional pay in support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The bills need a second and third reading, approval by Russia’s upper house, and be signed by Vladimir Putin before they would become law

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