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    An order by Vladimir Putin to strike Ukraine or the West with nuclear weapons would be ignored by his top commanders, a senior investigative journalist has said. Many leading military and security officials as well as oligarch cronies believe Putin to be dying or gravely ill, said Christo Grozev, who is an expert on Russian affairs and is associated with the Bellingcat open source research group. Believing that Putin could soon die, his inner circle would not risk being hauled before a modern equivalent of the Nuremberg trials for unleashing Armageddon, nor would they obey a Putin order to kill opposition foes, Mr Grozev claimed. The Russian president placed Moscow's nuclear forces on high alert shortly after his invasion of Ukraine began February 24, raising fears he could press the button as the war in Ukraine continues to go against him.  And amid increasing Western support to Ukraine, Putin has made thinly veiled threats hinting at a willingness to deploy Russia's tactical nuclear weapons, which Russian military doctrine holds can be used to force an adversary to retreat. Meanwhile, Russia has increasingly resorted...
    On the morning of July 16, 1945, in the heart of the New Mexico desert, the world entered the nuclear age. For months, the scientists of the Manhattan Project had been working on a weapon of unparalleled capability, harnessing the power of the atom to unleash a colossal explosion. Now, at exactly 5.29am, they saw the results. As a ball of blazing fire rose above the desert, wrote the project’s director, J. Robert Oppenheimer, the mood was ‘entirely solemn. We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent’. As the fireball became a mushroom cloud, Oppenheimer thought of a line from the Hindu scriptures: ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ That was almost 80 years ago, and since then only two nuclear weapons have been used in anger. One was Little Boy, the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, which killed at least 100,000 people. The other was Fat Man, dropped on Nagasaki three days later, which killed...
    U.S. Air Force prepares pallets of equipment bound for Ukraine from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., March 24, 2022. Today’s April 29 report really amounts to “zip.” A small village northeast of Kharkiv liberated by Ukraine was the only territory to change hands. On the main Donbas front, Ukraine General Staff reported repelling 14 attacks, none gained purchase. And yet again, we see Russia incapable of organizing a single, massive, coordinated push to crack Ukrainian defensive lines. It’s just more of the same we’ve seen all war—a slow grinding effort to erode Ukraine defenses by sending wave after wave of small, under-resourced attacks, except with more artillery prep. The tactic has had some successes! But at severe cost to the invaders. And it’s slooooow going. Russia captured Izyum on April 1, and yet four weeks later, it has only managed to push out 30 kilometers (~19 miles). That’s about a kilometer a day. Only 5,000 more square miles to go! It doesn’t help that Russia is pushing in four different directions, as usual failing to concentrate its efforts in a single axis.  Russia’s scattered attacks have had...
    President Joe Biden said the United States will not allow Russia to escape consequences or sanctions after it cut natural gas imports to Bulgaria and Poland. In a tweet thread Thursday night, Biden said he is working with world leaders to help compensate for the loss of exports after Russia declared it will not provide natural gas to any "unfriendly" country that does not pay for the gas in rubles, the Russian currency, as Russia faces sanctions in response to its invasion of Ukraine. "Yesterday, Russia threatened two of our allies with a cut off of energy supplies. Let me be clear: We will not let Russia intimidate or blackmail their way out of sanctions. And we will not allow them to use their oil to avoid consequences for their aggression," Biden tweeted. "We are working with other nations — like South Korea, Japan, and Qatar — that support our effort to help our European allies threatened by Russia with gas blackmail meet their energy needs in other ways. Aggression will not win. Threats will not win."...
    The Russian military is furious that Putin has downsized the invasion of Ukraine and called for a new escalation of the conflict. As the Kremlin's war effort stumbles against a dogged Ukrainian resistance, leading figures in the Red Army have reportedly begged Putin to take the country for good. Military and pro-war Telegram channels are now flooded with calls to commit greater resources to Ukraine and 'fight NATO', according to Russian news agency Agenta. Special forces veteran Alexander Arutyunov pleaded with Putin to upscale the invasion in a viral post, asking: 'Vladimir Vladimirovich, are we fighting a war or masturbating?' In a viral rant posted by YouTuber and Spetsnaz special forces veteran Alexander Arutyunov, whose channel Razvedos has almost 18million views, Arutyunov slammed the pivot to the eastern Donbas region. He asked Putin directly: 'Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, please decide, are we fighting a war or are we masturbating? 'We need to stop this dry h***job.'  Meanwhile Russian Air Force Telegram FighterBomber wrote to members: 'We’ll further increase air defense units on the border with Ukraine in order to cover our territory...
    Fourteen Republicans signed on to a pair of letters to the White House and National Archives on Thursday asking for records of any correspondence between Hunter Biden and the White House during both the Obama and Biden administrations to be turned over to them.  'The Biden family has for decades profited off Joe Biden's positions of public trust. Hunter Biden particularly benefitted from his father's success in politics,' the letter, signed first by ranking member on the Oversight Committee Rep. James Comer, R-Ky.  It noted that Russia weeks ago levied sanctions on not only White House officials but also Hunter Biden. 'The nation's adversaries apparently see the President's son as a pressure point to exploit.' 'Hunter Biden's connections throughout the Russian sphere of influence have now become especially relevant in the fast-moving and developing Russian war in Ukraine. If the Russian government is attempting to influence American policy in Ukraine by exploiting Hunter Biden's connection with his father—the President of the United States—the American people deserve to know it.'  'The Biden family has for decades profited off Joe Biden's positions...
    Russian President Vladimir Putin marks the Defender of the Fatheland Day in 2015 in central Moscow, Russia, with military officials surrounding him.Sasha Mordovets | Getty Images News | Getty Images President Vladimir Putin's immense power looks like it might now be a key weakness for the Russian leader, with those around him seemingly too scared to tell him the truth, or to question his rationale or strategy when it comes to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. "Putin systematically got rid of people who could have challenged him, leaving only the most loyal and fearful ones," Anton Barbashin, a Russian political analyst and editorial director of the journal Riddle, told CNBC Thursday. "Any autocrat or dictator, the longer he stays in power, eventually surrounds himself with people that are first loyal, and only then (even if so) are competent," he added. "We have a fix for it — it is called the separation of power and office term limits, but Putin believed he could work around it. No one can. So we have both the nations of Ukraine, and to a lesser...
    Russia’s sinister war against Ukraine gets more menacing by the day. News of peace talks earlier this month had raised the faint hope of a ceasefire soon. But now it emerges that the mediators themselves; Roman Abramovich, another Russian entrepreneur and Ukrainian MP Rustem Umerov, were poisoned during those very talks. Assuming that this is not some extraordinary double-bluff by Abramovich himself – who after all might well benefit from being seen as distanced from the Kremlin – does this mean that someone in Russia is trying to sabotage hopes of peace? Assuming that this is not some extraordinary double-bluff by Abramovich himself – does this mean that someone in Russia is trying to sabotage hopes of peace? It is certainly possible – in the murky world of post-Soviet assassination, the Kremlin’s intelligence services have form as long as their reach. It wouldn’t be the first time a Ukrainian politician has been the target of Russian poisoning. Ukraine’s pro-Western presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko, suffered horrific disfigurement after he ingested dioxin – a chemical found in the herbicide Agent Orange –...
    A Russian oligarch being kicked out the UK has moaned he may not be allowed to take his cleaner or driver - as thousands of Ukrainians die at war. Petr Aven, who is allegedly close friends with Vladimir Putin, said he and his family 'don't understand how to survive' on their own. The billionaire businessman, 67, who lives in St James's, central London, fears he will never be allowed back into Britain following crippling sanctions by the West. Aven had his bank account and assets frozen across the UK and Europe after Russia invaded Ukraine last month. He was said to be with despot Putin in the Kremlin on the day soldiers crossed into the disputed Donbas region. The former academic and politician - worth around £4.5billion - now wants to challenge the sanctions levelled against him. It comes as Russian bombs continued to decimate Ukrainian cities across the country on Friday. But the resistance movement kept up the fight and in some areas showed signs of pushing Moscow's forces back. Petr Aven, who is allegedly close friends with Vladimir...
    President Joe Biden said Thursday NATO would respond "in kind" if Russia uses weapons of mass destruction in Ukraine. "We will respond if he uses it," Biden said, referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin. "The nature of the response depends on the nature of the use." Biden also said he would support an effort to expel Russia from the G-20 group of economies. Biden that NATO allies had accomplished all three of his major goals in Brussels Thursday. "First, to support Ukraine with military and humanitarian assistance. Second was to impose the most significant most significant economic sanctions regime ever, in order to cripple Putin's economy and punish him for his actions. Third, was to fortify the eastern flank of our NATO allies who were obviously very, very concerned and somewhat worried what would happen," Biden said. Biden spoke following a marathon of summit meetings with the European Union, G-7 partners and NATO allies. This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.TVWATCH LIVEWATCH IN THE APPUP NEXT | ETListen
    JOE Biden’s so-called Tiger Team will decide how the US should respond if Vladimir Putin-backed forces resort to chemical or nuclear weapons. The task force was set up just days after Putin’s troops launched their invasion into Ukraine. 6President Joe Biden set up his so-called Tiger Team days after Vladimir Putin's troops launched their invasion of UkraineCredit: AFP 6Biden's team will decide how the US should respond if Vladimir Putin-backed forces resort to chemical or nuclear weaponsCredit: AP 6Tiger Team officials meet three times a week and examine different scenarios of the war overseasCredit: SWNS Officials meet three times a week and they examine different scenarios – ranging from potential Russian invasions into countries such as Moldova and Georgia to troops launching biological or chemical weapons. President Biden feared that chemical warfare is a “very real threat” as he departed for Europe, while Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov refused to rule out using nuclear weapons if Moscow faced an “existential threat.” The Tiger Team is also working on strategies on how European nations can prepare for the consequences of the refugee...
    International hacking collective Anonymous has warned Western companies who are continuing to operate in Russia to pull out or risk facing cyberattacks in light of the invasion of Ukraine. Anonymous is responsible for several attacks of Russian state-controlled media and government websites in which it forcibly swapped Kremlin-directed programming for videos of the bloodshed on the ground in Ukraine and anti-war statements. The collective has also conducted cyber raids on the likes of Russia's media regulator Roskomnadzor and Russian intelligence and security service FSB, leaking thousands of classified documents to expose the details of Putin's plans to conquer Ukraine and undermine the Kremlin's domestic propaganda drive. But now, the hacktivists are turning their attention to large corporations who have not yet suspended their operations in Russia amid the war. Anonymous' official Twitter account posted yesterday that companies had 48 hours to 'pull out' of Russia or face becoming a target of further attacks. The same account declared on Thursday that its #OpRussia cyber campaign was 'launching unprecedented attacks' on Russian government websites and would double the capacity of its attacks....
    Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Yale School of ManagementScott Mlyn | CNBC The Yale professor who put together a list of major western companies still operating in Russia applauded multiple major American brands' decisions Tuesday to pause business in that country over its government's war on Ukraine. "I am feeling pretty good about this!" Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, the professor, told CNBC in an email after hearing the news that McDonald's, Starbucks and Coca-Cola were halting operations in Russia. PepsiCo soon followed suit with its own announcement that it is suspending Russian sales of Pepsi-Cola, 7UP and Mirinda brand sodas, while continuing to sell some essential products. Earlier Tuesday, The Washington Post had named the first three companies, in order of their subsequent announcements, in a headline for a story about the spreadsheet maintained by Sonnenfeld and his research team at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute. The newspaper called the spreadsheet a "naughty-or-nice list of sorts." It currently lists 290 companies that have said they will exit Russia, or suspend or curtail business there. It also lists companies that have continued operations in Russia....
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- President Joe Biden announced Tuesday the United States will ban all Russian imports of gas, oil and energy as part of the latest sanctions against the country."This is a step we're taking to inflict further pain on Putin, but there will be cost as well here in the United States," Biden said. "I said I would level with the American people from the beginning and when I first spoke to this, I said defending freedom is gonna cost. It's gonna cost us as well in the United States."Experts say the sanction will lead to an increase in gas prices locally but, by how much? It could be more than some anticipated.ABC7's sister station in the Bay Area reported last week that California was the first state ever to reach an average of $5 per gallon. The state currently sits at a $5.45 average, higher than other states, which experts say is due to gas taxes and other factors. But, this latest sanction could bring it even higher.EMBED More News Videos California gas prices may continue rising...
    Republicans have ramped up their demands for President Biden to spur domestic oil production, and the White House is pointing the finger at the oil and gas industry.   'The oil and gas industry has millions of acres leased. They have 9000 permits to drill now that could be drilling right now, yesterday, last week last year. They have 9000 permits to drill onshore that are already approved,' Biden said, as he faces heat from Republicans who claim his administration has hindered the oil and gas industry.  'So let me be clear, let me be clear, they are not using them for production. Now that's their decision. These are the facts,' Biden added.  He also pushed back on the argument that his executive order that put a pause on new oil and gas leases on federal land had hampered production.  'In the United States 90 percent of onshore oil production takes place on land that isn't owned by the federal government and the remaining 10 percent occurs on federal land,' Biden said.  But at the same time, the White House sent...
    The United Nations has banned its staff from calling Russia's brutal onslaught in Ukraine an 'invasion' or 'war' to avoid 'reputational risk'. Staff have instead been told to refer to the attack, which has forced two million to flee in Europe's worst refugee crisis since World War II, a 'conflict' or 'military offensive'. The UN's communications department also instructed staff not to add the Ukrainian flag to personal or official accounts online in an email yesterday, which as been seen by the Irish Times. Civilians continue to flee from Irpin following the thirteenth day of Russian forces' invasion into Ukraine  The alleged email, shared on Twitter by reporter Naomi O'Really, said: 'Some specific examples of language to use/not use at the moment: [Use] "conflict" or "military offensive" and NOT "war" or "invasion" when referring to the situation in Ukraine.'  It added: 'This is an important reminder that we, as international civil servants, have a responsibility to be impartial. 'It is particularly important during a crisis such as this one.' The author of the email explained the guidance was there to...
    CNN host Fareed Zakaria says the flurry of media coverage on Russia's invasion of Ukraine has nothing to do with Ukrainians' race or ethnicity, as pundits and media experts continue to criticize the tone of some of the reporting around the conflict. 'I mean, to put it directly to people who think about this and they say, "Why Ukrainians being - why do we pay so much attention, is it just because they're white?"  'No, it is not because Ukrainians are white or European. It's because their aggressor, their invader is a nuclear-armed superpower. That's the danger,' Zakaria told fellow CNN anchor Don Lemon over the weekend.   'If Russia can get away with this, it can get away with invading Poland, it can get away with invading the Baltic states,' he added. 'China can get away with invading Taiwan. You essentially tear up the rule book of international relations.' Media pundits like Nikole Hannah-Jones of the 1619 project and groups like the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association have criticized the wall-to-wall media coverage on the invasion in eastern Europe as...
    At least 20,000 port workers say they will no longer load or unload any Russian vessels or Russian cargo coming into or going out of all 29 ports up and down the West Coast.The International Longshore and Warehouse Union calls it an act of solidarity with the people of Ukraine.The decision comes amid the ongoing violent attacks on civilian targets by Russia.Even as Russia announced a ceasefire starting Monday morning and the opening of humanitarian corridors in several areas, its armed forces continued to pummel Ukrainian cities, with multiple rocket launchers hitting residential buildings.TAKE ACTION: Local and national support for people in UkraineThe limited ceasefire announcement came a day after hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian civilians attempting to flee to safety were forced to shelter from Russian shelling of cities in Ukraine's center, north and southOfficials from both sides planned a third round of talks Monday.For other ways to support Ukrainian refugees and the ongoing relief efforts, click here.The Associated Press contributed to this report
    An emotional Sean Penn has praised Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for his 'courage and dignity' after meeting him the day of the Russian invasion. The actor, 61, hailed both the President and the Ukrainian people for their courage as he urged the US to 'invest everything' into supporting their democracy or 'lose a legitimate memory of what America hopes to be'. Speaking to CNN for the first time since leaving war-torn Ukraine, where he met with Zelensky on the same day Putin's tanks rolled in, a devastated Penn said citizens had noticed 'the cavalry is not coming' as he urged the US to help the country.  Speaking about the meeting, he told Anderson Cooper: 'Meeting with President Zelensky the day before the invasion and then meeting with him again on the day of the invasion, I don't know if he knew that he was born for this, but it was clear I was in the presence of something, again it was reflective of so many Ukrainians, that was new, that was new to the modern world in terms of courage and dignity and love...