prime minister – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 18:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://draftgore2008.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-14T222418.754.png prime minister – Draft Gore 2008 http://draftgore2008.org/ 32 32 Bitter confrontational politics in Pakistan https://draftgore2008.org/bitter-confrontational-politics-in-pakistan/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 18:15:28 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/bitter-confrontational-politics-in-pakistan/ Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government’s threat of a million-strong march in Islamabad on the day of the vote for the no-confidence motion is prompting a similar response from opposition parties to undertake the long march of March 25, thus leading to a kind of bitter confrontation policy. Opposition parties in Pakistan are abandoning mutual […]]]>

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government’s threat of a million-strong march in Islamabad on the day of the vote for the no-confidence motion is prompting a similar response from opposition parties to undertake the long march of March 25, thus leading to a kind of bitter confrontation policy. Opposition parties in Pakistan are abandoning mutual hatred to oust Imran Khan as they submitted the no-confidence motion to the National Assembly Secretariat on March 8. While Imran Khan’s government showed confidence in defeating the no-confidence motion, the opposition is confident that they will oust Khan.

Democratic dispensations demand that incumbent governments take the initiative when it comes to diffusing volatile situations, but in the ruling party, the PTI, led by Imran Khan, is spreading toxicity not only in the political landscape, but in much of the country itself. A motion of no confidence against Imran Khan that was submitted by the opposition party is as legal and constitutional as the mandate that placed the PTI party in the highest office, the Daily Times reported.

However, the PTI government is trying to circumvent the law in its favor. It is at the risk of unleashing a cataclysmic political storm that is likely to spiral out of control; and then no one can put an end to it. Imran Khan is in no mood to listen and his party is taking a strange line of confrontation. While nothing conclusive can be said until the vote is over and the result is announced, perhaps those who favor caution offer better advice than those who yearn for confrontation.

As the date for the vote on the no-confidence motion against Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan draws nearer, the government instead of putting out the fire is fueling it by announcing a million-man march in Islamabad. (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

]]>
British politics: More than 50 oligarchs and their family members targeted by new British sanctions – live | Politics https://draftgore2008.org/british-politics-more-than-50-oligarchs-and-their-family-members-targeted-by-new-british-sanctions-live-politics/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 14:26:47 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/british-politics-more-than-50-oligarchs-and-their-family-members-targeted-by-new-british-sanctions-live-politics/ Oligarchs: Mikhail Fridman, founder of Alfa Bank, the largest private bank in Russia. He also owns shares in LetterOne. His net worth is estimated at £11.9 billion. khan german, a business partner of Aven and Fridman in Alfa Bank and LetterOne. His net worth is estimated at £7.8 billion. Petr Aven, who was chairman of […]]]>

Oligarchs:

Mikhail Fridman, founder of Alfa Bank, the largest private bank in Russia. He also owns shares in LetterOne. His net worth is estimated at £11.9 billion.

khan german, a business partner of Aven and Fridman in Alfa Bank and LetterOne. His net worth is estimated at £7.8 billion.

Petr Aven, who was chairman of Alfa Bank and co-founder of LetterOne. His net worth is estimated at £4 billion.

Alexei Mordashov, a member of who is said to be the richest family in Russia. Mordashov’s net worth is estimated at £22.4 billion. He is the majority shareholder in the steel company Severstal.

Andrei Melnichenko, the founder of the EuroChem group. Net worth estimated at £13.7 billion.

Viktor Vekselberg, owner of the Renova group. His net worth is estimated at £6.8 billion.

Alexander Ponomarenko, Chairman of the Board of Sheremetyevo, Russia’s largest airport. His estimated net worth is £2.22 billion.

Dmitry Pumpyanski, owner and chairman of OAO TMK. His net worth is estimated at £1.84 billion.

Vadim Moshkovich, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rusagro Group. His net worth is estimated at £1.84 billion.

Political allies:

Dmitry Medvedev, a Russian politician [and former Russian president] Deputy Chairman of the Security Council of Russia since 2020.

Mikhail Mishustin, Russian politician and current Prime Minister of Russia since January 2020. He headed the Federal Tax Service 2010-2020. He was officially Chairman of the UFG Group (OFG Invest), one of the largest investment companies in Russia.

Sergei Shoigua Russian politician who has held the post of defense minister since 2021. He had previously been appointed governor of the Moscow region.

Propagandists:

Dmitry PeskovPutin’s press secretary and Kremlin spokesman.

Maria Zakharova, Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. She is the spokesperson for the MFA.

]]>
Russia strikes near Ukrainian capital; besieged port city | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ Sat, 12 Mar 2022 19:27:25 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/russia-strikes-near-ukrainian-capital-besieged-port-city-national-policy/ By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of […]]]>

By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and YURAS KARMANAU – Associated Press

MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Russian forces pounded the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday, bombarding its downtown as residents took cover at an iconic mosque and elsewhere to avoid blasts. fight also raged in the suburbs of the capitalKiev, while Russia continued its bombardment of other cities in the country.

Mariupol has endured some of Ukraine’s worst punishments since the Russian invasion. Incessant barrages have repeated failed attempts to bring food, water and medicine to the city of 430,000 people and to evacuate its trapped civilians. More than 1,500 people have died in Mariupol during the siege, according to the mayor’s office, and the shelling even halted efforts to bury the dead in mass graves.

People also read…

  • Cora Faith Walker, senior St. Louis County official and former state legislator, dies at 37
  • Cuonzo Martin out as Missouri basketball coach
  • St. Louis-area Catholic schools prepare for sweeping changes in parish reorganization
  • Play ball! MLB reaches deal with players for entire 2022 season and immediately ends lockdown
  • As major leaguers come to camp, Cardinals take first step and sign Japan’s returning pitcher
  • Joe Buck reportedly left Fox, after nearly three decades, for ‘Monday Night Football’
  • KMOV plans to leave downtown St. Louis, eyeing Maryland Heights area
  • Deadline postponed (again): In latest attempt to salvage entire season, MLB and players union invite overnight negotiations
  • Missouri House takes on marijuana legalization in bid to sink ballot issue
  • A prominent corner in Clayton is eyeing a $100 million skyscraper
  • ‘He bet on himself’: South Korean teenager Won-Bin Cho brings intriguing swing to Cardinals minor league camp
  • Feds charge former principal and friend with 2016 murder of St. Louis teacher
  • 6 teens charged with murder in Iowa school shooting
  • Feds say Creve Coeur chiropractor defies court order with COVID cure claims
  • Who is Mizzou’s next basketball coach? Reed-François could start with this list

Talks aimed at reaching a ceasefire broke down again on Saturday, and while the United States announced its intention to provide another $200 million to Ukraine for weapons, a senior Russian diplomat warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of employing “a new stage of terror” with the alleged detention of a mayor of a town west of Mariupol.

Outside Mariupol, Russian soldiers looted an aid convoy trying to reach the town and blocked another, a Ukrainian official said. The Ukrainian military said Russian forces captured the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, tightening their siege of the strategic port. Taking Mariupol and other ports on the Sea of ​​Azov could allow Russia to establish a land corridor to Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014.

“They bombard it (Mariupol) 24 hours a day, launching missiles. It’s hate. They kill children,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address. Satellite images released on Saturday by the Maxar company showed fires in parts of the city and extensive damage to apartments, houses and other infrastructure.

An Associated Press reporter in Mariupol witnessed tank fire on a nine-story building and was with a group of hospital workers who came under sniper fire on Friday. A worker shot in the hip survived, but conditions at the hospital were deteriorating: electricity was restricted to operating tables and people with nowhere to go lined the hallways.

Among them was Anastasiya Erashova, who was crying and shaking as she held a sleeping child. The shelling had just killed her other child as well as her brother’s child, Erashova said, her scalp covered in blood.

“No one could save them,” she said.

In Irpin, a suburb about 20 kilometers northwest of central Kiev, bodies lay in the open on Saturday in the streets and in a park.

“When I woke up in the morning, everything was covered in smoke, everything was black. We don’t know who is shooting and where,” resident Serhy Protsenko said as he walked through his neighborhood. Explosions rang out in the distance. “We have no radio or information.”

Some Irpin residents took shelter in a pitch-dark basement, unsure where they might go or how they would find food if they left. Others were carrying luggage on planks on a waterway where a bridge had been damaged.

Zelenskyy encouraged his people to maintain their resistance, which many analysts say prevented the quick military victory the Kremlin was likely expecting.

“The fact that the entire Ukrainian people resisted these invaders has already gone down in history, but we have no right to relax our defense, however difficult it may be,” he said. Later Saturday, Zelenskyy reported that 1,300 Ukrainian soldiers had died since the Russian invasion began on February 24.

Zelenskyy again deplored NATO’s refusal to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine and said Ukraine had been looking for ways to procure air defenses, although it did not give details. US President Joe Biden announced an additional $200 million in aid to Ukraine, with an additional $13 billion included in a bill which was passed by the House and should be passed by the Senate within a few days. NATO has said imposing a no-fly zone could lead to a wider war with Russia.

Ukraine’s president also accused Russia of detaining the mayor of Melitopol, a town 192 kilometers (119 miles) west of Mariupol. The Ukrainian leader called on Russian forces to heed calls from protesters in the occupied city for the release of the mayor.

In several areas around Kiev, artillery barrages sent residents rushing to safety as air raid sirens sounded. The British Ministry of Defense said Russian forces which had been massed north of the capital had come within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the city center and dispersed, likely to support an attempted attack. encirclement.

Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday that seven people in a convoy of people fleeing Peremoha, about 20 kilometers (12 miles) northeast of Kiev, were killed when Russian forces fired on the group.

Ukrainian military and volunteer forces are preparing for an all-out assault on the capital. Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Thursday that around 2 million people, or half of the metropolitan region’s residents, had left and “every street, every house…is being fortified.” .

Zelenskyy said on Saturday that Russia would have to bomb Kiev and kill its inhabitants to take the city.

“They will only come here if they kill us all,” he said. “If that is their goal, let them come.”

French and German leaders held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday in an unsuccessful attempt to reach a ceasefire. According to the Kremlin, Putin set the conditions for ending the war. To end hostilities, Moscow demanded that Ukraine drop its NATO candidacy and adopt neutral status; recognize Russian sovereignty over Crimea, which it annexed to Ukraine in 2014; recognize the independence of the separatist regions in the east of the country; and agree to demilitarize.

During a 90-minute call with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday, Putin raised “issues related to agreements being discussed to implement Russian demands” to end the war, the Kremlin said without providing details.

Zelenskyy told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday that he would be willing to meet Putin in Jerusalem to discuss ending the war, but first there would have to be a ceasefire. Bennett recently met in Moscow with Putin, who ignored previous offers of talks from Zelenskyy.

In Mariupol, the Ukrainian government said on Saturday the Sultan Suleiman Mosque had been hit, but an unverified Instagram post from a man claiming to be the president of the mosque’s association said the building was spared when a bomb fell about 750 yards (700 yards).

The Ukrainian Embassy in Turkey said 86 Turkish nationals, including 34 children, were among those who sought refuge in the mosque, which is modeled after one of the most famous and largest mosques in Turkey. Istanbul.

With the port’s electricity, gas and water cut off, aid workers and Ukrainian authorities described an ongoing humanitarian disaster. Aid group Doctors Without Borders said Mariupol residents are dying from lack of medicine and draining heating pipes for drinking water.

Russian forces struck at least two dozen hospitals and medical facilities, according to the World Health Organization.

The Russian invaders seem to have struggled far more than expected against determined Ukrainian fighters. Yet the stronger Russian military threatens to overwhelm Ukrainian forces, despite a steady stream of weapons and other aid from the West to Ukraine’s democratically elected, west-facing government.

A senior Russian diplomat has warned that Moscow could attack foreign shipments of military equipment to Ukraine. Speaking on Saturday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Moscow had warned the United States “that the pumping of weapons from a number of countries which it is orchestrating is not just a dangerous move – it is an action that makes these convoys legitimate targets”.

Thousands of soldiers on both sides were reportedly killed along with scores of civilians, including at least 79 Ukrainian children, according to his government. At least 2.5 million people have fled the country, according to the UN refugee agency.

One of them is Elena Yurchuk, a nurse from the northern city of Chernihiv, which was heavily bombed. She was at a Romanian train station on Saturday with her teenage son, Nikita, unsure if their house was still standing.

“We have nowhere to go back,” said Yurchuk, 44, a widow who hopes to find work in Germany. “There was nothing left.”

Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Associated Press reporters Felipe Dana, Andrea Rosa in Irpin, Andrew Drake in Kyiv and other reporters from around the world contributed.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

]]>
The army has nothing to do with politics: ISPR https://draftgore2008.org/the-army-has-nothing-to-do-with-politics-ispr/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 03:56:15 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/the-army-has-nothing-to-do-with-politics-ispr/ ISLAMABAD: The military once again made it clear on Thursday that it had nothing to do with politics and urged everyone not to speculate further as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government clashes with common opposition , who is seeking his ouster by a vote of no confidence. “I said earlier that the army has nothing […]]]>

ISLAMABAD:

The military once again made it clear on Thursday that it had nothing to do with politics and urged everyone not to speculate further as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government clashes with common opposition , who is seeking his ouster by a vote of no confidence.

“I said earlier that the army has nothing to do with politics. It is best for all of us to avoid unnecessary speculation on this,” Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Babar Iftikhar told a press conference while answering a question.

The press conference was called to brief the media on an unarmed “high-speed flying object” that was fired from India’s Sirsa region towards Pakistan and landed at Mian Chunnu in Punjab on Wednesday.

But when asked to comment on the current political situation in the context of a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister in the context of a possible role for the army, the chief military spokesman s referred to his earlier statement in which he said the military had nothing to do with politics.

He was then specifically asked that despite his earlier categorical statement, there was no respite from allegations that the military was involved in politics.

To this he replied, “Whatever anyone says, if anyone doubts anything is being done on our part, then anyone who makes such statements should be asked to back up their claims.” No one has yet given evidence (on the involvement of the army in politics).

His statement comes hours after Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain portrayed key opposition leaders as anti-army and linked their no-confidence motion to their long-standing unfulfilled desire. to exercise political control over the institution.

“Under the constitutional regime,” the government spokesman said when answering a question, “the army always stands alongside the government in place.”

The army must obey the Constitution, he added.

Fawad’s press conference was loaded with video clips and reports that apparently indicated that opposition leaders had issued anti-army statements in the past and that their attacks continued into the recent past.

The military’s alleged role in politics has come under scrutiny in the context of the opposition’s decision to seek the ousting of Prime Minister Imran through a vote of no confidence.

Political observers believe Khan faces a major challenge to his nearly 4-year rule as this time, unlike in the past, the powers that be remain “neutral”.

Nonetheless, the prime minister is adamant that the no-confidence motion will be defeated and has warned he will make the opposition pay for their latest attempt to overthrow him.

During the press conference, DG ISPR disclosed that an unarmed ‘high-speed flying object’ was fired from India’s Sirsa region towards Pakistan and landed in Mian Chunnu, Punjab province on Wednesday. . It was first thought that it could be a plane crash.

Giving details, DG ISPR said: “On 9 March 2022 at 6:43 p.m., a high-speed flying object was recovered inside Indian Territory by the PAF Air Defense Operations Center. From its original trajectory , the object suddenly maneuvered into Pakistani territory and violated Pak airspace, finally falling near Mian Channu at 6:50 p.m., also damaging civilian property.

“Fortunately, no human loss or injury was caused,” he added.

He said the PAF was continuously monitoring the entire flight path of the flying object from its point of origin Sirsa in India to its point of impact near Mian Channu and initiated the required tactical actions in accordance with SOPs. .

“It is important to stress that the flight path of this object has endangered numerous international and domestic passenger flights in both Indian and Pakistani airspace, as well as lives and property on the ground,” Major General Babar said.

“Whatever the cause of this incident, it is up to the Indians to explain it. This nonetheless shows their disregard for air safety and very poorly reflects their technological prowess and procedural efficiency. The incident could have resulted in a major air disaster as well as civilian casualties on the ground,” he said.

Asked for more details on the object, he replied “we do not claim anything at this time”. “As a responsible nation, we will wait for India to respond. We have given details of everything we know at this time. But it is up to Indians to explain what happened to Mian Channu.”

He said Pakistan strongly protests against this egregious violation and warned against repeating such an incident in the future.

Air Vice Marshal Tariq Zia told reporters that at the time this projectile was recovered there were two active air routes and several commercial airlines in the area. “If you look at the speed and the height of the projectile, it was 40,000 feet high and the airlines were between 35,000 and 42,000 feet. That could have been very detrimental to passenger safety.”

Air Vice Marshal Tariq Zia on the occasion said the object flew 124 kilometers into Pakistan and remained in Pakistani airspace for three minutes.

Read more: The constitution obliges the army to stand alongside the government: Fawad

He said it was a supersonic missile, but further investigation into this is ongoing.

Responding to a question regarding the recent terrorist activities in the country, Major General Iftikhar said that there are a few terrorist groups in Afghanistan and sometimes it might be necessary to control them.

“Those behind these incidents, we reach them in days and eliminate them…so far we have killed more terrorists in weeks,” he added.

Meanwhile, India’s Chargé d’Affaires in Islamabad was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and conveyed Pakistan’s strong protest against the unprovoked violation of its airspace by a “supersonic flying object” of origin Indian.

The Indian diplomat was informed that the reckless launch of the flying object not only caused damage to civilian property but also endangered human lives on the ground. Furthermore, the flight path of the flying object endangered several domestic/international flights in Pakistani airspace and could have resulted in a serious aviation accident as well as civilian casualties.

Read also : Do not involve the military in politics: DG ISPR

The Indian diplomat was asked to convey to the Indian government Pakistan’s strong condemnation of this flagrant violation of Pakistani airspace in violation of established international standards and aviation security protocols. These irresponsible incidents also reflected India’s disregard for aviation security and its insensitivity to regional peace and stability.

Pakistan calls for a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident, the results of which should be shared with Pakistan. Further, the Government of India is requested to be aware of the unpleasant consequences of such negligence and to take effective measures to prevent such violations from happening in the future.

]]>
Fire at Ukraine’s key nuclear power plant amid Russian attacks | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/fire-at-ukraines-key-nuclear-power-plant-amid-russian-attacks-national-policy/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 06:38:33 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/fire-at-ukraines-key-nuclear-power-plant-amid-russian-attacks-national-policy/ By JIM HEINTZ, YURAS KARMANAU and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV – Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant sparked by Russian bombing has been extinguished, Ukrainian authorities said Friday, and Russian forces have taken control of the site. Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory authority said no changes in radiation levels had been […]]]>

By JIM HEINTZ, YURAS KARMANAU and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV – Associated Press

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A fire at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant sparked by Russian bombing has been extinguished, Ukrainian authorities said Friday, and Russian forces have taken control of the site.

Ukraine’s nuclear regulatory authority said no changes in radiation levels had been recorded so far. He said staff were surveying the site to check for further damage to the No. 1 reactor compartment at the Zaporizhzhia power plant in the town of Enerhodar.

The regulator noted in a statement on Facebook the importance of maintaining the ability to cool nuclear fuel, saying the loss of such ability could lead to an even worse accident than the Chernobyl accident in 1986, the world’s worst disaster. nuclear power in the world or the 2011 Fukushima collapses in Japan. . He also noted that there is a storage facility for spent nuclear fuel at the site, although there are no signs that the facility has been hit by shelling.

The bombing of the factory came as the Russian army continued its attack on a crucial Ukrainian energy-producing city and gained ground in its bid to cut the country off from the sea. As the invasion entered its second week, another round of talks between Russia and Ukraine resulted in an agreement in principle to set up safe corridors to evacuate citizens and deliver humanitarian aid.

People also read…

Leading nuclear authorities were worried — but not panicky — about the damage to the plant. The assault, however, led to phone calls between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and US President Joe Biden and other world leaders. The US Department of Energy has activated its Nuclear Incident Response Team as a precautionary measure.

Earlier, nuclear power plant spokesman Andriy Tuz told Ukrainian television that shells fell directly on the facility and set one of its six reactors on fire. This reactor is being renovated and not working, he said.

The Zaporizhzhia regional military administration said measurements taken at 07:00 (0500 GMT) on Friday showed that radiation levels in the region “remain unchanged and do not endanger the life and health of the population”.

The mayor of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, announced on his Telegram channel on Friday morning that “the fire at the (nuclear power plant) has been extinguished”. His office told The Associated Press that the information came from firefighters authorized to enter the site overnight.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council in the ‘next hours’ to raise the issue of Russia’s attack on the nuclear power plant, according to a statement from his office. .

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm tweeted that the reactors at the Zaporizhzhia plant were protected by strong containment structures and were shut down safely.

In an emotional speech in the middle of the night, Zelenskyy said he feared an explosion that would be “the end for everyone.” The end for Europe. Evacuation from Europe.

“Only urgent action from Europe can stop Russian troops,” he said. “Don’t let Europe die from a nuclear power plant disaster.”

But most experts saw nothing that indicated impending doom.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said the fire did not affect critical equipment and Ukraine’s nuclear regulator reported no change in radiation levels. The American Nuclear Society agreed, saying the latest radiation levels remained within natural background levels.

“The real threat to the lives of Ukrainians continues to be the violent invasion and bombardment of their country,” the group said in a statement.

Orlov, the mayor of Enerhodar, said Russian shelling had ceased hours before dawn and residents of the city of more than 50,000 who had spent the night in shelters could return home. The city woke up to no heat, however, as the bombardment damaged the city’s heating pipe, he said.

Prior to the bombing, the Ukrainian Atomic Energy Company reported that a Russian military column was heading towards the nuclear power plant. Heavy gunfire and rocket fire were heard Thursday night.

Later, a security camera streamed live from the Zaporizhzhia factory homepage showed what appeared to be armored vehicles entering the facility’s parking lot and shining spotlights on the building where the camera was. climb.

Then there was what appeared to be muzzle flashes from vehicles, followed by near simultaneous explosions in surrounding buildings. The smoke was rising in the frame and moving away.

Vladimir Putin’s forces have deployed their superior firepower over the past few days, launching hundreds of missiles and artillery attacks on cities and other sites across the country and making significant gains in the south .

The Russians announced the capture of the southern city of Kherson, a vital Black Sea port of 280,000 people, and local Ukrainian officials confirmed the takeover of the seat of government there, making it the first big city to fall since the invasion started a week ago.

A Russian airstrike destroyed the Okhtyrka power plant on Thursday, leaving the town without heat or electricity, the region’s chief said on Telegram. In the early days of the war, Russian troops attacked a military base in the city, located between Kharkiv and Kiev, and officials said more than 70 Ukrainian soldiers were killed.

“We are trying to find a way to get people out of the city urgently, because in one day apartment buildings will turn into a cold stone trap without water, light or electricity,” said Dmytro Zhyvytskyy .

Heavy fighting continued on the outskirts of another strategic port, Mariupol, on the Sea of ​​Azov. The fighting destroyed the city’s electricity, heating and water systems, as well as most telephone services, officials said. Food deliveries to the city have also been cut.

Associated Press video from the port city showed the assault lighting up the darkening sky over deserted streets and medical teams treating civilians, including a 16-year-old boy inside a clinic that could not be saved. The child was playing football when he was injured in the shelling, according to his father, who cradled the boy’s head on the stretcher and cried.

Cutting Ukraine’s access to the Black and Azov seas would deal a crippling blow to its economy and allow Russia to build a land corridor to Crimea, seized by Moscow in 2014.

Overall, the outnumbered and outgunned Ukrainians put up stiff resistance, preventing the quick victory that Russia seemed to expect. But a senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Russia’s capture of Crimea gave it a logistical advantage in that part of the country, with shorter supply lines who facilitated the offensive there.

Ukrainian leaders called on the people to defend their homeland by cutting down trees, erecting barricades in cities and attacking enemy columns from the rear. In recent days, authorities have distributed weapons to civilians and taught them how to make Molotov cocktails.

“Total resistance. … This is our Ukrainian asset, and this is the best we can do in the world,” Oleksiy Arestovich, an aide to Zelenskyy, said in a video message, recalling guerrilla actions in occupied Ukraine by the Nazis during World War II.

The second round of talks between the Ukrainian and Russian delegations was held in neighboring Belarus. But the two sides seemed very distant at the start of the meeting, and Putin warned Ukraine that it must quickly accept the Kremlin’s request for its “demilitarization” and declare itself neutral, renouncing its candidacy for NATO.

Putin told French President Emmanuel Macron he was determined to continue his attack “all the way”, according to Macron’s office.

Both sides said they had tentatively agreed to allow ceasefires in areas designated as safe corridors and would seek to work out the necessary details quickly. An adviser to Zelenskyy also said a third round of talks will take place early next week.

Despite a wealth of evidence of civilian casualties and destruction of property by the Russian military, Putin denounced what he called an “anti-Russian disinformation campaign” and insisted that Moscow uses “only precision weapons to exclusively destroy military infrastructure”.

Putin claimed that the Russian military had already offered safe corridors for civilians to flee, but he claimed without evidence that Ukrainian “neo-Nazis” were preventing people from leaving and using them as human shields.

The Pentagon set up a direct communication link with the Russian Defense Ministry earlier this week to avoid the possibility that a miscalculation could trigger a conflict between Moscow and Washington, according to a US defense official who s is expressed on condition of anonymity because the link had not been announced.

Karmanau reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Chernov reported from Mariupol, Ukraine. Sergei Grits in Odessa, Ukraine; Francesca Ebel, Josef Federman and Andrew Drake in Kyiv; and other AP reporters around the world contributed to this report.

Follow AP coverage of the Ukraine crisis at https://apnews.com/hub/russia-ukraine

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

]]>
One move from Putin and behold: Western unity tightens overnight | National policy https://draftgore2008.org/one-move-from-putin-and-behold-western-unity-tightens-overnight-national-policy/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:04:34 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/one-move-from-putin-and-behold-western-unity-tightens-overnight-national-policy/ By RAF CASERT – Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — In a matter of days, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved what remained out of reach for the European Union for many decades — jointly buying and sending weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years – trans-Atlantic unit. For years, […]]]>

By RAF CASERT – Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — In a matter of days, Russian President Vladimir Putin achieved what remained out of reach for the European Union for many decades — jointly buying and sending weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years – trans-Atlantic unit.

For years, Putin has been able to sit back and savor unseemly scenes of Western disunity – ranging from Britain’s Brexit exit from the EU in 2016, Hungary’s longstanding antipathy to its EU seat and , also, of the divide created by former President Donald Trump. which is far from completely healed under Joe Biden.

For Putin, the timing seemed perfect for his invasion of Ukraine, as it had the potential to open the cracks of division even further, with a war on the continent forcing everyone out of their diplomatic comfort zones.

“And just as Vladimir Putin thought he would destroy European unity, exactly the opposite has happened,” European Council President Charles Michel said in an interview with a small group of Europeans on Monday. journalists.

People also read…

  • Letter: Trump praising Putin and insulting Biden is an act of treason
  • Former Blues player running for congressional seat in Missouri
  • Kmart is at its last 4 stores in the United States
  • Ancestry? MLB and union close gap on reinventing draft, seek eleventh-hour boost in negotiations
  • 6 St. Louis chefs and 1 restaurant are semi-finalists for the 2022 James Beard Awards
  • Negotiations go awry, leaving little time for MLB and the union to start the regular season as planned
  • Tip sheet: Michigan coach Juwan Howard needs to calm down
  • Convoy of Trucks Protesting Vaccination Mandates Unplug Before Reaching Missouri
  • No excuses: Parson says he still has questions about releasing teachers’ social security numbers
  • Missouri Senate overcomes dress code dilemma, approves $4.5 billion spending plan
  • Now-sober Scott Spiezio shares retired life lessons on a farm near Chicago
  • Lindenwood moves to Division I, joins Ohio Valley Conference
  • The former mayor of Florissant candidate for the US Senate as an independent
  • Messenger: Fellow Republican Gives Missouri Governor a Lesson in Class and Civics
  • Snow path! The Saint-Louis region awaits another hit of rain, wintry weather

“The cooperation is rock solid,” he said. “This is required by the circumstances of the story. Required by circumstances none of us could have imagined,” added Michel.

On Monday, Biden was leading another videoconference with the EU, Britain and other Western leaders to solidify a common set of sanctions of unprecedented scope and unity. Over the weekend, Brussels and Washington announced financial sanctions within minutes of each other, all targeting the central bank and cutting Russia off from much of the SWIFT international financial transaction system.

Together they closed their airspace to Russian planes, agreed on lists of Russian oligarchs to hit. Seeing the West merging instead of splitting apart, Putin on Monday picked up on the old lingo the West loved to use during the Cold War era of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact.

Centering his anger on Washington, he described Western allies as “American satellites who humbly flatter him, bow down to him, copy his conduct and happily accept the rules he proposes to follow”.

“So it’s fair to say that the whole western bloc formed by the United States to their liking represents an empire of lies,” Putin said.

Western powers will take such unity as a compliment these days, and it was unheard of before Putin started massing troops on the Ukrainian border.

In particular, the position within the EU27 is a sea change that has been achieved in some ebb and flow.

“This is a watershed moment,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said following Sunday’s EU decision “to fund the purchase and delivery of weapons and other equipment to an attacked country”.

This is the same European Union based on a post-World War II peace project that would only turn swords into ploughshares to recreate a continent of welfare of unprecedented wealth. It was this same European Union that received the Nobel Peace Prize 10 years ago for what it could achieve without the use of weapons.

It’s also the same bloc that for years has touted the value of what it calls soft power – diplomacy, aid, cultural exchange – instead of the raw power that comes through the barrel of a rifle.

All that changed in just a week. Now, Michel says: “There is no room for weakness and we must be firm.”

Nowhere has the change been more pronounced than in Germany, the EU’s leading economic power, but also a country that has been reluctant to invest heavily in military might, largely because of its militaristic past that has led to the horror of World War II.

Germany has faced persistent criticism in recent years for failing to meet the NATO target of spending 2% of its gross domestic product on defence. On Sunday, however, Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced that Germany would commit 100 billion euros ($113 billion) to a special fund for its armed forces and increase defense spending above 2% “from now, year after year”.

Scholz also flip-flopped on Germany’s refusal to export weapons to conflict zones, pledging to send anti-tank weapons and surface-to-air missiles to Ukraine.

“If our world is different, then our politics must be too,” Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. The political U-turn was executed by a government led by centre-left Social Democrats sometimes criticized as soft on Russia and a Green party that has a pacifist heritage

This world has also changed for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban – often seen as Europe’s version of an autocratic leader not unlike Putin. For years he denounced the EU as indiscreet, was friends with Putin and was seen as someone who could break the bloc from within.

Especially since the EU sanctions against Russia require the unanimity of the 27, the time had come. Yet Hungary has aligned as much as the others on sanctions – within days.

“I spoke immediately with Viktor Orban when we faced this new situation and I can tell you that it was less difficult than expected to have the support of Hungary,” said Michel.

However, the war may still be in the early stages and tougher times could come with even bigger decisions to make, especially since Putin and his entourage have had time for many years to prepare for any eventuality.

“They have the ability to go on for a while despite the pain,” said Amanda Paul of the European Policy Center think tank. “So that means the West will have to be very engaged and very determined to keep pushing and pushing.”

Geir Moulson in Berlin, and Lorne Cook and Mark Carlson in Brussels, contributed to this report.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

]]>
Britain expands Russian crackdown on ‘dirty money’ with new law https://draftgore2008.org/britain-expands-russian-crackdown-on-dirty-money-with-new-law/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:02:55 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/britain-expands-russian-crackdown-on-dirty-money-with-new-law/ Britain will step up its crackdown on what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called ‘dirty money’ as it introduces the government’s Economic Crimes Bill to Parliament on Monday, a step forward in response to the UK invasion. Ukraine by Russia. The much-delayed legislation comes as many opposition and ruling Conservative Party lawmakers have called on […]]]>

Britain will step up its crackdown on what Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called ‘dirty money’ as it introduces the government’s Economic Crimes Bill to Parliament on Monday, a step forward in response to the UK invasion. Ukraine by Russia. The much-delayed legislation comes as many opposition and ruling Conservative Party lawmakers have called on Johnson’s government to do more to stop the flow of Russian money into London, dubbed by some “Londongrad”.

“There is no place for dirty money in the UK. We are moving faster and faster to tear down the facade behind which those who support[Russian President Vladimir]Putin’s campaign to destroy have been hiding for so long. a long time,” Johnson said. “Those who support Putin have been warned: there will be nowhere to hide your ill-gotten gains,” he said in a statement.

Past measures have done little to deter many Russian oligarchs from using London as a Western capital of choice to spend large sums on real estate, education and luxury goods. The government said the new bill would help the National Crime Agency stop foreign owners laundering their money into UK property and ensure more ‘corrupt oligarchs’ could be given an unexplained wealth order (UWO).

These orders, introduced in 2018 to help authorities target the illicit wealth of foreign officials suspected of corruption and those implicated in serious crimes, have rarely been used due to often high legal costs. New laws will introduce a register of foreign entities, requiring anonymous foreign owners of property in Britain to reveal their true identity.

Entities that fail to declare their beneficial owner will face restrictions on selling their assets and those who break the rules could face up to five years in prison, the government said. UWOs will also be reformed to prevent people from hiding behind shell companies, give law enforcement more time to review documents, and protect them from substantial legal fees if cases fail.

The legislation includes a decision allowing the Foreign Entity Register to apply retrospectively to property purchased by foreign owners up to 20 years ago in England and Wales and since December 2014 in Scotland, he said. added.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

]]>
Zelenskyy’s unlikely journey from comedy to warlord | National Policy https://draftgore2008.org/zelenskyys-unlikely-journey-from-comedy-to-warlord-national-policy/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 19:39:14 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/zelenskyys-unlikely-journey-from-comedy-to-warlord-national-policy/ JOHN DANISZEWSKI – Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was growing up in southeastern Ukraine, his Jewish family spoke Russian and his father once forbade young Zelenskyy from going to Israel to study abroad. Instead, Zelenskyy studied law at home. After graduating, he found a new home in film and comedy – […]]]>

JOHN DANISZEWSKI – Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — When Volodymyr Zelenskyy was growing up in southeastern Ukraine, his Jewish family spoke Russian and his father once forbade young Zelenskyy from going to Israel to study abroad. Instead, Zelenskyy studied law at home. After graduating, he found a new home in film and comedy – exploding in the 2010s to become one of Ukraine’s top entertainers with the TV series ‘Servant of the People’.

In it, he portrays an adorable high school teacher who is fed up with corrupt politicians who accidentally becomes president.

A few years later, Zelenskyy is the real president of Ukraine. At times, as the Russian invasion approached, the comedian-turned-statesman had seemed incoherent, chastising the West for scaring one day and not doing enough the next. But his bravery and refusal to leave as rockets rained down on the capital also made him an unlikely hero for many around the world.

With a courage, good humor and grace under fire that has rallied his own and impressed his Western counterparts, the 44-year-old compact, dark-haired former actor has stuck around even though he says he has a target on his back from from Russian. invaders.

People also read…

After a US offer to transport him to safety, Zelenskyy fired back on Saturday: ‘I need ammunition, not a round,’ he said in Ukrainian, according to a senior US intelligence official. having direct knowledge of the conversation.

On Saturday, Russian forces surrounded Kiev on the third day of the war. The main goal, military observers say, is to reach the capital to depose Zelenskyy and his government and install someone more in line with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The boldness of Zelenskyy’s stand for Ukrainian sovereignty might not have been expected from a man whose greatest political responsibility for many years was a feeling that he was too inclined to seek a compromise with Moscow. He ran for office partly on a platform that he could broker peace with Russia, which seized Crimea from Ukraine and backed two pro-Russian breakaway regions in 2014, leading to a frozen conflict. which had killed about 15,000 people.

Although Zelenskyy succeeded in a prisoner exchange, reconciliation efforts have failed as Putin’s insistence on Ukraine departing from the West grows increasingly intense, portraying the government in Kiev as a nest extremism led by Washington.

Zelenskyy used his own story to demonstrate that his country is a land of possibilities, not the hateful politics of Putin’s imagination.

Despite Ukraine’s dark history of anti-Semitism, dating back centuries to Cossack pogroms and the collaboration of some anti-Soviet nationalists with the Nazi genocide during World War II, Ukraine after Zelenskyy’s election in 2019 has become the only country outside of Israel with both a president and prime minister who were Jewish. (Zelensky’s grandfather fought in the Soviet army against the Nazis, while another family died in the Holocaust.)

Like his TV character, Zelenskyy came to power in a landslide Democratic election, defeating a billionaire businessman. He promised to break the power of the corrupt oligarchs who had haphazardly controlled Ukraine since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

That this newcomer, campaigning mostly on social media, could come out of nowhere to claim the country’s highest office was likely troubling for Putin, who has slowly tamed and surrounded his own political opposition in Russia.

Putin’s main political rival, Alexei Navalny, also a comedian and anti-corruption campaigner, was poisoned by the Russian secret service in 2020 with a nerve agent applied to his underwear. He was fighting for his life when he was allowed, under international diplomatic pressure, to leave for Germany for medical treatment, and when doctors rescued him he chose to return to Russia despite certain risks.

Navalny, currently being held in a Russian prison, denounced Putin’s military operation in Ukraine.

Zelenskyy and Navalny seem to share a perspective that they have to face the consequences of their beliefs no matter what.

“It’s a scary experience when you come to visit the president of a neighboring country, your colleague, to support him in a difficult situation, (and) you hear from him that you may never see him again because he stay there and will defend his country until the end,” Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Friday.

He spent time with Zelenskyy on Wednesday just before the fighting began, one of several political leaders who have met with Ukraine’s president over the past month, including US Vice President Kamala Harris.

Zelenskyy first came to the attention of many Americans during the administration of President Donald Trump, who in a phone call with Zelenskyy in 2019 leaned on him to dig up dirt on the presidential candidate. Biden and his son Hunter who could help Trump’s re-election campaign. . This “perfect” phone call, as Trump later called it, resulted in Trump being impeached by the House of Representatives for using his office and threatening to withhold $400 million in authorized military support from Ukraine, for personal political purposes.

Zelenskyy declined to criticize Trump’s appeal, saying he did not want to get involved in another country’s politics.

Putin’s attack, which the Russian president called a “special military operation”, began early Thursday. Putin for months denied intending to invade and accused Biden of stoking war hysteria when Biden revealed the number of Russian troops and weapons. which had been deployed along Ukraine’s borders with Russia and Belarus – surrounding Ukraine on three sides.

Putin justified the attack by saying it was to defend two breakaway districts in eastern Ukraine from “genocide”.

With Russian media presenting such an image of his country, Zelenskyy recorded a message to Russians to refute the idea that Ukraine is the aggressor and that he is some kind of warmonger: “They told you that I I ordered an offensive on the Donbass, to fire, bombard, that there is no doubt about it. But there are questions, and simple ones. To fire on whom, to bombard what? Donetsk?

Recounting his many visits and his friends in the region – “I saw the faces, the eyes” – he said: “This is our land, this is our history. What are we going to fight for and with who ?”

Unshaven and in a khaki olive green shirt, he has recorded other messages to his compatriots on the Internet in recent days to boost morale and stress that he will not go anywhere, but will stay to defend Ukraine. “We are here. Honor to Ukraine,” he said.

In the run-up to the Russian invasion, Zelenskyy criticized President Joe Biden’s open and detailed warnings of Putin’s intentions, saying they were premature and could cause panic. Then, after the war began, he criticized Washington for not doing more to protect Ukraine, including defending it militarily or accelerating its NATO bid.

Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena, an architect, have a 17-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. He said this week that they had remained in Ukraine, not joining the exodus of refugees, mostly women and children, seeking safety abroad.

“The war transformed the former comedian from a provincial politician with delusions of grandeur into a true statesman,” Melinda Haring of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center for Foreign Affairs wrote on Friday.

While he could be faulted for not pushing through political reforms fast enough and dragging his feet on hardening Ukraine’s long border with Russia over the past year, Haring said, Zelenskyy “showed a stiff upper lip. He displayed enormous physical courage, refusing to sit in a bunker but openly traveling with soldiers, and an unwavering patriotism that few expected from a Russian-speaking Eastern Ukraineer.”

“To his great credit, he has been irremovable.”

Associated Press writer Monika Scislowska contributed to this report from Warsaw.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

]]>
London Politics News LIVE: Boris Johnson to make announcement on living with Covid plan at Commons https://draftgore2008.org/london-politics-news-live-boris-johnson-to-make-announcement-on-living-with-covid-plan-at-commons/ Mon, 21 Feb 2022 16:19:30 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/london-politics-news-live-boris-johnson-to-make-announcement-on-living-with-covid-plan-at-commons/ 1645460780 Breaking: Cabinet gives ‘unanimous backing’ to PM’s Covid life plan, says No 10 A spokesman for No 10 said the Cabinet had ‘unanimously supported the strategy for living with Covid’. It comes amid reports of behind-the-scenes ‘lines’ over plans to change free mass testing, such as who will pay for it and when it […]]]>
1645460780

Breaking: Cabinet gives ‘unanimous backing’ to PM’s Covid life plan, says No 10

A spokesman for No 10 said the Cabinet had ‘unanimously supported the strategy for living with Covid’.

It comes amid reports of behind-the-scenes ‘lines’ over plans to change free mass testing, such as who will pay for it and when it will end.

The Prime Minister is due to present his plan to the House of Commons at 4.30 p.m. We’ll bring you live updates here.

1645461073

Daily release of Covid-19 case and death counts

Official figures show there were 38,409 positive infections and 15 deaths reported in the UK on Monday.

1645457096

Minister supports “living with Covid” plan

Energy Minister Greg Hands said he backed Boris Johnson’s ‘living with Covid’ plan and dismissed claims it was premature.

He said: ‘We are looking forward to living with Covid, from here how can we, if you wish, normalize the situation.

“I look forward to the Prime Minister presenting his proposals this afternoon in the House of Commons.”

He added: “I think it’s a balanced approach.

“Clearly we’re not taking our eyes off the ball, but there also comes a time when you have to learn to live with Covid and that’s what today’s proposals I think will define how we do that. “.

1645456045

Sajid Javid announces fourth Covid vaccine from spring for at-risk groups

People over 75, nursing home residents and vulnerable people over 12 who are immunocompromised will receive a fourth Covid vaccine, the government has announced.

The fourth booster dose will be offered starting in the spring approximately six months after the third dose following recommendations by the Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee, writes Josh Salisbury.

The independent committee said the move was necessary “as a precautionary strategy to maintain high levels of immunity” in high-risk Covid groups.

He added that he had also provided interim advice to government ministers that a further booster may be needed in the autumn of this year for people “at higher risk of severe Covid-19”.

More information on this story here.

1645455306

Lavrov says talks with US show ‘progress’

Some additional details from the Russian Security Council meeting.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Vladimir Putin that Russia’s security talks with the United States had shown “progress”.

But he said it was unfortunate that Washington was not discussing Ukraine’s possible NATO membership.

“It is important to prevent any military incident. In fact, these events are intended to downplay our priorities without harming the main interests of the United States and NATO,” he added.

Mr. Lavrov continued: “We are also ready to discuss with America… and we want to get answers on all our points. NATO must not expand eastwards and we must reconsider the military presence in Eastern Europe.

“Our request is to get something clear (from the West), they have ignored so many things.”

1645454140

Conservative party needs ‘complete change of course’, donor says

A Tory donor said he did not see himself voting for the party unless there was a “complete change in tactics”.

Sir Rocco Forte, a hotelier, said he was disappointed with the government’s approach to Covid restrictions and taxes.

He told BBC Radio 4’s World At One: “My disappointment with the Prime Minister and this government is that they are not acting as a Conservative government.

“Instead of reducing regulations, increasing them, instead of reducing taxes, it increases them, and now that many companies that have suffered greatly from the pandemic and taken on more debt as a result are facing increased national insurance costs and increased corporate taxes, and that is completely the wrong way to approach the situation.”

1645453583

Putin opens talks on recognition of separatist regions in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened a meeting to consider recognizing the independence of breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine amid growing tensions.

More information to follow…

1645452508

Mandatory quarantine ‘probably not necessary’, says Oxford professor

Mandatory quarantine for people who test positive for Covid is “probably not necessary”, an Oxford professor has said.

Professor Sir John Bell told BBC Radio 4: ‘I think we are now in a position where legally enforced mandatory quarantine for people who test positive is probably not necessary, given that the disease we currently have is relatively benign.

“The only people who really suffer from this disease are the unvaccinated…I suspect we could go on [with restrictions] if we wanted to, but it’s not at all clear to me that we’re going to have a serious problem in the short/medium term.

He added: “At some point we have to decide that we have to step back and get on with life.”

1645451722

“Another window for diplomacy” to avoid war, according to Downing Street

Downing Street insisted there remained a “window for diplomacy” to avert war in Ukraine.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman, however, insisted intelligence reports suggest Russia still intends to attack its neighbor as the Kremlin’s plan begins to materialize.

The spokesperson added: “The intelligence we are seeing suggests that Russia intends to launch an invasion and President Putin’s plan has indeed already begun.

“We are seeing elements of the Russian playbook that we would expect to see in these situations start to play out in real time.

“Essentially, we still think there is a window for diplomacy. I think that’s what we saw in the discussions over the weekend and we want to explore that.

]]>
Boris Johnson answered the Metropolitan Police’s partygate questionnaire | Political news https://draftgore2008.org/boris-johnson-answered-the-metropolitan-polices-partygate-questionnaire-political-news/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 22:52:30 +0000 https://draftgore2008.org/boris-johnson-answered-the-metropolitan-polices-partygate-questionnaire-political-news/ Boris Johnson has answered a Metropolitan Police questionnaire about Downing Street gatherings during coronavirus restrictions. A Number 10 spokesperson confirmed to Sky News that the Prime Minister returned the document. Downing Street has previously said Mr Johnson’s responses will not be made public. The PM had seven days to respond to the questionnaire, which was […]]]>

Boris Johnson has answered a Metropolitan Police questionnaire about Downing Street gatherings during coronavirus restrictions.

A Number 10 spokesperson confirmed to Sky News that the Prime Minister returned the document.

Downing Street has previously said Mr Johnson’s responses will not be made public. The PM had seven days to respond to the questionnaire, which was sent him last friday.

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player


2:50

Partygate looms over PM’s UK tour

The questionnaire has a legal status

The document – which was sent to anyone who witnessed the alleged COVID-19[female[feminine deconfinement parties – asks for the recipient’s account and an explanation of their participation in an event.

Scotland Yard said the questionnaire has official legal status and must be answered honestly.

The force has contacted more than 50 people believed to have been involved in the 12 events it is investigating as part of Operation Hillman, which was launched following the findings of a Cabinet Office inquiry into the allegations from partygate.

The Met said those contacted will not necessarily be fined.

But a statement earlier this month said: “However, if following an investigation officers find it appropriate because COVID regulations have been breached without a reasonable excuse, a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued. normally issued.”

Follow the daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

The First Division Officials Association (FDA), a union that represents civil servants, revealed that it had called on officials involved in the investigation to be able to see the notes on the evidence they provided to the Cabinet Office survey to help inform their Met Q&A.

According to ITV News, staff were told they could view notes of their own interview in a letter from Sue Gray, the senior official who led the investigation.

The Cabinet Office declined to comment.

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

PM “sorry” for lockdown parties

How did we come here?

Allegations of lockdown exit events in Downing Street and Whitehall in 2020 and 2021 have mounted pressure on the Prime Minister, with some of his own backbenchers joining opposition parties in calling on Mr Johnson to take the plunge.

A partial version of the Cabinet Office inquiry said Downing Street lockdown rallies represented a “serious failure” and were “hardly justifiable”.

The Prime Minister apologized following the highly critical report and promised changes at the top of his Number 10 operation, with a number of senior aides leaving as part of a Downing Street reshuffle.

After Gray’s initial report, which covered 16 gatherings, was released, the Met announced it would be investigating a dozen of those events for potential breaches of COVID regulations.

These include an event which happened at the Downing Street flat on November 13, 2020 – night aides Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain quit their number 10 roles – and an event to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday on June 19, 2020.

The Prime Minister is said to have attended six of the 12 events under investigation.

Last week a new photo emerged of Mr Johnson to a Christmas quiz in issue 10an event which the police initially decided not to investigate.

But the Met is now rethinking its assessment of the event following the publication of the image of the Prime Minister next to an open bottle of liquor, crisps, a person wearing tinsel and another wearing a beanie of Christmas.

Ms Gray has delivered over 300 images and over 500 pages of information to Scotland Yard.

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

MP: The new photo of the party shows the PM

How struggling is the PM?

A total of 14 Conservative MPs have so far called for Mr Johnson to quit, but the momentum behind the internal party push for the Prime Minister to leave has faded in recent weeks.

Many MPs are believed to be awaiting the outcome of the police inquiry into partygate.

If Mr Johnson is fined it would likely spark a new wave of calls for him to leave.

The prime minister has so far rejected the idea of ​​quitting on the line, meaning Tory critics will have to force a vote of no confidence in his party leadership.

Please use Chrome browser for more accessible video player

Tory calls for vote of confidence from MPs

Read more: Which Tory MPs have called on the Prime Minister to quit?

A total of 54 letters – from 15% of the party’s 360 MPs – are needed to trigger a leadership vote.

If Mr Johnson wins such a ballot, he would be shielded from another leadership challenge for a year.

If he lost, he would have to resign and a successor as party leader and prime minister would be chosen.

]]>