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Zelensky’s comments are a call to begin a ‘nuclear war’, Kremlin says

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Zelensky’s comments on preventive strikes against Russia are a call to begin a ‘nuclear war’, Kremlin says

In an interview with the Australian think tank Lowy Institute, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was asked about the possibility of launching preventive airstrikes against Russia in order to stop it from further interference in Ukraine’s affairs.

Zelensky said that “we need to be serious about the potential for nuclear warfare, and yes, I would 100% consider it…I know that [Russian President Vladimir Putin] would be very wise not to test me.”

Russia claims a nuclear train is headed for Ukraine

Asked whether he would launch preventive airstrikes against Russia in order to stop it from further interference in Ukraine’s affairs, Zelensky said that he would “100% consider” such a move.

In response to Zelensky’s comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “it is clear that Mr. Zelensky is calling for starting a nuclear war.

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“This is completely irresponsible.” He went on to say that “such statements can only be made by people who do not understand what responsibility they bear.”

Peskov also said that Zelensky’s comments were an attempt to score political points ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections, which are set to take place later this month. “Of course, this is pre-election rhetoric,” Peskov said. “And we understand this very well.”

It remains to be seen whether Zelensky’s comments were merely pre-election rhetoric or if he is serious about the possibility of launching preventive airstrikes against Russia.

However, one thing is clear: the Kremlin has interpreted his words as a call to begin a “nuclear war”, and it has responded accordingly.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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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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