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Russian Missile And Drone Attack In Ukraine Kills 23 People

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UMAN, Ukraine – Russia launched more than 20 cruise missiles and two drones at Ukraine early Friday, killing at least 23 people, nearly all of whom were killed when two missiles slammed into an apartment block in a horrific nighttime strike, according to officials. Three of the victims were children.

The missile attacks included the first in nearly two months toward Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital. However, no targets were reported to have been damaged. According to the city authorities, Ukraine’s air force intercepted 11 cruise missiles and two unmanned aerial vehicles over Kyiv.

The strikes on the nine-story residential structure in central Ukraine occurred in Uman, some 215 kilometers (134 miles) south of Kyiv. According to Ukraine’s National Police, 21 persons were killed in the attack. There were two 10-year-olds and a toddler among them.

According to medical responders on the site, another victim was a 75-year-old woman who resided in the next building and suffered internal bleeding from the big blast’s shock wave.

According to Ukrainian national police, 17 individuals were injured, and three children were rescued from the rubble. Nine people were hospitalized.

The shelling was far from the war’s wide front lines or active battle zones in eastern Ukraine, where a grinding war of attrition has taken root. Throughout the 14-month conflict, Moscow has launched numerous long-range missile attacks, often indiscriminately targeting civilian areas.

According to Ukrainian officials and commentators, such strikes are part of the Kremlin’s planned intimidation tactic.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the long-range cruise missiles launched overnight were directed at locations where Ukrainian military reserve units stayed before being deployed to the battlefield.

“The strike achieved its objective. “All designated facilities have been hit,” Defence Ministry spokeswoman Lt. Gen. Igor Konashenkov stated. He made no mention of any specific places or residential buildings being targeted.


The missile attacks included the first in nearly two months toward Kyiv.

Survivors of the Uman strikes described harrowing moments when the missiles struck while it was still dark outside.

According to Halyna, a block resident, the blow covered her and her husband in glass. They fled when they noticed flames outside their window, but Halyna first checked to see if her buddy in a neighboring flat was okay.

“I kept calling her (on the phone), but she didn’t answer.” “I even rang the doorbell, but there was no answer,” she explained to The Associated Press. She walked inside to check on her friend, using the spare keys from her friend’s flat. She discovered her body on the floor of her flat.

Halyna declined to give her last name due to security concerns.

According to Olha Turina, another building occupant, glass from the explosion flew everywhere.

Turina, whose husband serves on the front lines, reported that one of her child’s classmates had gone missing.

“I don’t know where they are or if they are alive,” she explained. “I’m not sure why we have to go through this. Nobody ever bothered us.”

As smoke billowed for hours after the attack, three body bags lay beside the building. Soldiers, citizens and rescue personnel scoured the wreckage for more victims outside while homeowners retrieved possessions from the wrecked building.

One individual, crying in astonishment, was whisked away by rescue services for assistance.

Local volunteers were assisting nearly 150 emergency professionals, according to Yulia Norovkova, a spokeswoman for emergency rescue workers on the scene. She stated that two help stations, including psychologists, were open.

According to regional Governor Serhii Lysak, another attack killed a 31-year-old lady and her 2-year-old daughter in the eastern city of Dnipro. A private residence and a company were damaged, and four persons were injured.

The attacks occurred just days after President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that he and Chinese leader Xi Jinping had a “long and meaningful” phone chat during which Xi stated that his government would send a peace envoy to Ukraine and other countries.


The missile attacks included the first in nearly two months toward Kyiv.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, said Friday’s bombardment attack demonstrated that the Kremlin is uninterested in a peace settlement.

“Missile strikes, including a 2-year-old child, killing innocent Ukrainians in their sleep, is Russia’s response to all peace initiatives,” he tweeted. “The only way to achieve peace is to kick Russia out of Ukraine.”

On a visit to Ukraine, Czech President Petr Pavel was an unconvinced attack by the Kremlin’s previous denials of responsibility for such atrocities.

“The number of attacks on civilian targets only leads to the conclusion that it is intentional,” Pavel told Czech media. “There is a clear plan to cause chaos and attack horror among the civilian population.”

Shortly after Moscow launched the assault, the Russian Defence Ministry shared a snapshot of a missile launch on Telegram with the caption, “Right on target.”

The post sparked fury on social media among Ukrainians and some officials, who saw it as gloating over the losses.

“The Russian Federation’s Ministry of Homicide is happy that it hit a residential building with a rocket and killed civilians,” said Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine’s presidential office.

In one neighborhood of Kyiv, pieces from intercepted missiles or drones damaged electricity lines and a road. There were no recorded casualties.

Debris from shot-down missiles or drones left holes in the walls of some apartment buildings in Ukraine, a town about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of Kyiv, and a shattered pink pram in the street.

“It feels like this nightmare has been going on for two years, but I still can’t wake up,” Olena, 62, a local, said. She requested that her surname not be used because her kid lived in a sensitive military area.

Ukraine officials said last week that they had received American-made Patriot missiles, offering Kyiv a long-desired new defense against Russian airstrikes, but there was no news on whether the system was utilized on Friday.

According to the Kyiv City Administration, the city’s anti-aircraft system has been activated. The air raid sirens began around 4 a.m., and the alarm lasted about two hours.

The rocket attack on the capital was the first since March 9. Recently, air defenses have foiled Russian drone attacks.

According to Ukrainian Armed Forces Commander in Chief Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the missiles were fired from aircraft operating in the Caspian Sea region.

He said that Ukraine intercepted 21 of the 23 Kh-101 and Kh-555 cruise missiles launched, as well as two drones.

The fight stopped over the winter, turning into a war of attrition as each side shelled the other’s trenches from afar. Ukraine has been bolstering its mechanized brigades with armor supplied by its Western partners, who have also been training Ukrainian troops and delivering ammunition as Kyiv considers a counteroffensive.

Meanwhile, Alexei Kulemzin, the Moscow-appointed mayor of Russia-held Donetsk, said a Ukrainian missile killed seven civilians in the city center on Friday. He claimed the victims were killed when a minibus was hit.




Trudeau Liberals Hold Late-Night Meeting On Fighting Back

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When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

According to an invitation obtained by the Toronto Sun, on Tuesday, the Trudeau Liberals gathered their caucus for an “information session.”

Brad Redekopp, a member of the Conservative Party, posted a photo of government vehicles waiting outside West Block to transport ministers home after the event.

To comprehend how peculiar this is, one must comprehend the tempo of Official Ottawa. This late-night meeting is uncommon, particularly the night before the routinely scheduled weekly caucus meetings.

House Speaker Anthony Rota resigned due to the invitation and recognition of 98-year-old Yaroslav Hunka during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s address to the Ukrainian Parliament. As is now common knowledge, Hunka served in a Nazi SS division during World War II.

His presence in the audience has caused Canada and Ukraine interminable humiliation. Vladimir Putin’s Russia has justified its invasion of Ukraine by claiming that there are Nazis who must be eradicated. Zelenskyy’s support for an SS division member has provided Putin with the propaganda tools he desires.

The Russian government is already circulating false rumors that the Ukrainians have issued a commemorative stamp for Hunka.

When Trudeau calls a late-night caucus meeting, things could be better.

As of Tuesday evening, the PMO verified that he and Zelenskyy had not spoken since the Parliament incident. While it is understandable that Trudeau would not want to apologize to Canadians in front of the cameras, it is shocking that he has not contacted his “good friend” Zelenskyy since the story broke.

Ukraine is not the only issue currently plaguing the leader and his team.

India’s foreign minister, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, indirectly accused Canada of harboring militants during a speech at the United Nations. In a subsequent interview, he reiterated that the Trudeau administration has provided no proof or evidence to substantiate its claim that India was involved in the June execution of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, British Columbia.

The Modi administration has utilized Indian media as a weapon against Trudeau domestically and internationally. In a conflict of public relations, Trudeau and, by extension, Canada are losing.

The Hindu Forum of Canada’s attorney sent a letter to the government on Tuesday, expressing safety concerns and requesting that Nijjar ally Gurpatwant Singh Pannu be denied entry into the country. At approximately the same time, the Muslim Association of Canada criticized Trudeau for his remarks regarding parental demonstrations over gender issues in schools last week. MAC condemned Trudeau’s stance.


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2023: Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion

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King is in custody. In a statement, Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder thanked the Swedish and Chinese governments for their assistance in securing the release of Pte. King.

As there are no diplomatic ties between the United States and North Korea, the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang has traditionally negotiated on behalf of the United States.

During the King case, a Swedish embassy spokesman confirmed that Sweden acted “within its role as a protective power” for the United States in North Korea.

The US Department of State and the White House did not comment on the matter immediately.

According to Reuters, a spokesman for the King family stated that “no substantive comment” was expected at this time.

His relatives have previously informed US media that he faced discrimination while serving in the United States military.

According to reports, his mental health deteriorated during his time in South Korean custody.


Travis King In US Custody After North Korea Expulsion.

Claudine Gates, the mother of Pte. told the Associated Press last month that her son had “so many reasons to come home.”

She stated, “I cannot imagine him ever wanting to stay in Korea when he has family in the United States.”

Pte King’s release by North Korea after 71 days is rapid compared to other Americans the country has previously detained.

Analysts hypothesized that Pyongyang may have used the American soldier as a diplomatic bargaining tool.

Mick Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense and CIA paramilitary officer, told the BBC that Pte King’s return to US custody is “a good thing,” even though he “is a young man who made mistakes.”

Mr. Mulroy continued, “He is an American soldier, so it was imperative that we did everything possible to bring him home.”



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Joe Biden Makes History By Joining UAW Picket Line

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bidenPresident Joe Biden’s visit to the picket line of striking autoworkers in Michigan was a first for a sitting US president.

Mr. Biden stated that the employees “deserve” the wage increases and other concessions they request.

This visit occurs a day before his potential opponent, Donald Trump, arrives.

Workers informed the BBC that they feared rivals would politicize the strike and implored them to “stay away.”

Tuesday, in brief remarks to the picketing employees, the Democratic president stated that they “deserve the substantial raise you require and other benefits.”

He added that employees should be performing as “incredibly well” as their employers.

While legislators and presidential candidates frequently attend strikes to express solidarity with American employees, it is unheard of for the president to do so.

Some workers expressed optimism that Mr. Biden and his opponent’s visits would aid their cause, while others dismissed the visits as political stunts designed to garner votes and having little practical impact on the negotiations.

“We would prefer that neither of them showed up,” Ford employee Billy Rowe told the BBC. “We don’t want to divide people, and bringing politics into it will cause a disagreement.”

President Joe Biden’s visit to the picket line of striking autoworkers in Michigan was a first for a sitting US president.

The UAW declared a strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis earlier in September, pressuring the three main automakers for improved wages and working conditions.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that the White House, which was significantly involved in resolving a labor dispute with rail workers in 2022, was “not part of the negotiations.”

Ms. Jean-Pierre insisted that the administration would “leave it to the UAW and the big three” when asked whether Mr. Biden supports the current UAW proposal.

Ms. Jean-Pierre stated that Mr. Biden’s presence in Michigan is intended to show support for the autoworkers.

She added that the president believes “the men and women of the UAW deserve a fair share of the record profits they’ve helped create.”

Mr. Biden’s visit to the UAW workers was announced by the White House last week, shortly after Mr. Trump announced he would miss the 27 September Republican presidential debate in California to visit Detroit, the center of US automobile manufacturing.

Mr. Trump stated on his social media platform, Truth Social, that he was responsible for the presidential visit.


President Joe Biden’s visit to the picket line of striking autoworkers in Michigan was a first for a sitting US president.

He wrote, “Crooked Joe Biden had no intention of visiting the United Autoworkers until I announced that I would be travelling to Michigan to be with them and assist them.”

Mr. Biden was invited to visit the UAW members by the organization’s president, Shawn Fain, who has occasionally criticized Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump, whom the UAW has not invited, stated in his Truth Social post that autoworkers will be “burnt” if they do not endorse him or win the election.

Billy Rowe, 61, one of a half-dozen workers huddled in the rain holding picket signs outside a Ford factory near Detroit, said the news of the dueling visits was met with groans and ‘a lot of eye rolls’ on the picket line in Michigan, where passing cars and trucks regularly honked in support.

Mr. Rowe, a 27-year Ford employee, stated that he viewed the dispute as between the employees and the companies.

Frankie Worley, another Ford employee, stated that “politics shouldn’t be involved” in the matter.

“They come down here, take a picture, and say they support us, but do they?” asked Mr. Worley, who has worked for the company for 28 years, including 20 on the assembly line. This involvement is merely a ploy to give the impression that they are assisting us. Stay away.”

He added that this was his first strike. He stated that he was partially motivated by the fact that his hourly wage has only increased by $4 (£3.2) over the past 25 years, from $28 to $32.

“It’s hard to make a living now,” he said.

The visits of Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump – the current frontrunner for the Republican nomination – coincide with Republicans and Democrats focusing on the electorally significant Midwestern “Rust Belt,” where blue-collar workers such as UAW members form a significant voting cohort.


President Joe Biden’s visit to the picket line of striking autoworkers in Michigan was a first for a sitting US president.

The competition for these ballots in Michigan is anticipated to be intense. After losing there in 2016, Democrats narrowly carried the state in the 2020 presidential election.

In the meantime, the UAW endorsed Mr. Biden in 2020 but has yet to identify a preferred candidate for the 2024 election, stating that the union’s support must be “earned.”

Although the UAW has long been allied with the Democratic party, Mr. Worley reported that many of its members are dissatisfied with inflation and illegal border crossings, weakening Mr. Biden’s base support.

“I’ve witnessed a significant change,” he said.

Mr. Biden’s visit to the picket line also coincides with his administration’s push for increased production of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States – a source of concern for union members who fear that EVs require fewer workers to construct and could be produced in non-union factories at much lower wages.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, Mr. Trump referred to Mr. Biden’s visit as a “PR stunt” intended to “distract and mislead” the American public from other issues, such as immigration and public safety.

Surveys indicate that most Americans favor the UAW, and a recent Gallup poll found that 67% of Americans support unions in general.


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