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Not gonna lie. I'm so glad we don't have hordes of apnay lined up as canon fodder for this potential WW3:

 

BRAWL breaks out on Ukrainian TV as journalist attacks Pro-Russian politician and puts him in a headlock after he refused to condemn Vladimir Putin as troops mass on border

  • Journalist Yuriy Butusov lashed out at pro-Russian politician Nestor Shufrych
  • Shufrych had refused to condemn Vladimir Putin, sparking the violent brawl
  • The former prime minister and president of Ukraine pleaded with them to stop
  • Comes as thousands of Ukrainian refugees are streaming into Russia today

 

A journalist has punched a pro-Russian politician in the face on live TV in Ukraine and put him in a headlock in front of the former prime minister in a debate over Vladimir Putin.

The shocking brawl broke out between lawmaker Nestor Shufrych from the pro-Russian party Opposition Platform - For Life, and journalist Yuriy Butusov.

The politician was attacked by his fellow guest after he refused to condemn Vladimir Putin, as Russian troops amasses troops on the border for a potential invasion.

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10529959/Pro-Russian-Ukrainian-politician-hit-face-headlock-journalist-live-TV.html

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Russia Ukraine news: Putin orders ‘military operation’ in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has ordered a “military operation” in the Donbas region, indicating that the invasion is now underway.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced he has authorised a “military operation” in the Donbas region in Ukraine — a move seen by Ukraine and the west as the beginning of Russia’s invasion.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called it “full-scale war”.

Explosions have been heard in as many as five cities including Kyiv and Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, as well as the key Black Sea port city of Odessa.

Ukraine’s interior ministry has already declared “hundreds of casualties as a result of Russian missile attacks” around the country, according to CNN.

Mr Putin sparked panic by recognising the breakaway territories of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine – known collectively as the Donbas region – earlier this week.

Thousands of troops and vehicles have already crossed the border, with a string of Western nations, including Australia, imposing harsh sanctions in response.

Ukraine has also ordered an estimated three million citizens currently living in Russia to return home “immediately” over fears of looming violence.

Follow our live coverage for updates.

Ukraine says Russia launched ‘full-scale war’ but ‘we will win’

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has responded to the news that Russia has invaded Ukraine.

On social media, he shared a pointed message to the world to ignore claims by Russia that the so-called “military operation” is anything other than a war.

“Putin has launched a full-scale war against Ukraine,” he wrote.

“Strikes continue on peaceful Ukrainian cities. This is a war of aggression. Ukraine will defend and win. The world can and must stop Putin. It’s time to act - just now.”

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday that he had unsuccessfully sought talks with Mr Putin as the crisis between their two countries entered its most dangerous phase so far.

“I initiated a telephone call with the president of the Russian federation. Result: Silence,” Zelensky said in a late night address.

Ukraine wakes to explosions in at least five cities

Ukranians are waking to horror as explosions ring out before dawn in at least five cities including the capital Kyiv, Ukraine’s second largest city Kharkiv and the key Black Sea port city of Odessa.

AFP correspondents are reporting they heard explosions in Kharkiv, a large city 35 kilometres (20 miles) south of the Russian border.

Four loud blasts rang out in Kramatorsk, a frontline city that serves as the Ukrainian government’s effective capital for the eastern war zone, and more were heard in the eastern port city of Mariupol, AFP reporters said.

It comes as the first images emerge of bomb blasts in Ukraine.

A wave of explosions took place in Kharkiv about 5 am local time. Picture: just_kharkov_/Instagram

A wave of explosions took place in Kharkiv about 5 am local time. Picture: just_kharkov_/Instagram

CNN is reporting that Ukraine’s interior ministry is declaring “hundreds of casualties as a result of Russian missile attacks” around the country...

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/russia-ukraine-news-invasion-coming-at-any-hour-now-us-source-claims/news-story/a99d8387326902d544b1ad0e92275d0f

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Russia’s Lavrov: A third world war would be nuclear, destructive

Moscow put its strategic nuclear forces on alert last week amid the war in Ukraine, causing ripples across the globe.image.png.b48b25737f4b4796361f0b9a899488c2.pngLavrov said that Moscow would face a 'real danger' if Kyiv acquired nuclear weapons [File: Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP]

 

2 Mar 2022
 

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has warned that if a third world war were to occur, it would involve nuclear weapons and be destructive, according to Russian media.

The comments reported by the RIA news agency on Wednesday came a day after he told a Geneva disarmament meeting via video link that neighbouring Ukraine, which Russian invaded last week, had been seeking nuclear weapons.

He did not provide evidence other than saying “Ukraine still has Soviet nuclear technologies and the means of delivery of such weapons.”

Lavrov has also said that Russia would have faced a “real danger” if Ukraine acquired nuclear weapons.

Nuclear forces on high alert

Russian forces attacked Ukraine by land, air and sea, the biggest attack by one state against another in Europe since World War II.

The move has been countered by the West with harsh economic sanctions on Russia as well as deliveries of arms and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

The US government on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian flights in its airspace, following similar moves by the European Union and Canada.

On Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin put his strategic nuclear forces on alert, causing ripples across the globe and raising the threat the tensions could lead to the use of nuclear weapons.

Putin said his decision came after leading NATO powers made “aggressive statements” while imposing hard-hitting financial sanctions against Russia and himself.

US President Joe Biden played down the threat of Russia’s “dangerous” nuclear mobilisation. Asked if people in the United States should be worried about nuclear war, Biden gave a calm “no” in response.

Russia, according to studies, commands the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has counted 6,255 Russian warheads against 5,550 for the US. China follows far behind with 350 and France with 290.

These figures, although widely accepted, are nevertheless estimates, notably because not all nuclear-capable weapons systems actually carry nuclear warheads, a data which is mostly unclear.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/2/russias-lavrov-says-a-ww-iii-would-be-nuclear-and-destructive

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