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Russia Kidnaps Ukrainian Mayors, Replaces Them with Pro-Moscow Ones



Russia Kidnaps Ukrainian Mayors, Replaces Them with Pro-Mosvow Ones
Vitali Klitschko

Russia has introduced a new dimension to the war in Ukraine by kidnapping the latter’s mayors.

A former World Boxing Champion and currently Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, disclosed this .

Klitschko vowed that he was “ready to fight” following recent abductions of Ukrainian mayors by the invading Russian military.

Over a spate of two days, Russian forces were accused of kidnapping the mayors of Dniprorudne and Melitopol, sparking concerns that additional mayors could be abducted, including the mayor of the country’s capital city.

But Klitschko, who was a highly regarded world heavyweight boxing champion before venturing into politics, insisted in an interview with Fox News on Monday that any Russian soldiers who hope to capture him would find that their task was “not easy.”

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“I am ready to fight. This will be not easy to do that … nobody feels safe in our country right now in this very difficult situation. Everyone is ready to fight, ready to defend our city.

“I am not worried about being kidnapped. I am ready to fight, that’s why I have weapons, that’s why it’s my hometown and I want to defend the interest of my citizens, the interest of my home, the interest of my family,” Klitschko said.

Reiterating that kidnappings as a war strategy were parts of a pattern of “un-human” method being used by Russian troops, Klitschko said the invading forces have chosen to ignore the international rules of war, noting that mayors are civilian targets.

“War also has rules. But Russians don’t want the rules … what they want is the symbol … they can’t break the mood of the people and that’s why they kidnap the mayors.

“It’s actually against all rules. We see how unfriendly, how un-human activity make Russians in our land.”

Ukrainian officials had announced the kidnapping of Dniprorudne Mayor Matveev Sergeevich on Sunday, while the Mayor of Melitopol, Ivan Fedorov, was captured two days earlier, with Russia going on to appoint a Moscow-friendly mayor in Melitopol.


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Biden Endorses Kamala Harris As Presidential Nominee



By John Michael Ojo

President Joe Biden has named Vice President, Kamala Harris as his preferred presidential candidate for his Party

Biden stated this on Sunday shortly after he announced his withdrawal from the presidential race in a now viral post on his official X handle.

Biden who had earlier claimed that his withdrawal from the November presidential election was in the best interest of his party, said; “My fellow Democrats, I have decided not to accept the nomination and to focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made.

“Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year.

“Democrats—it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this,” he added.

Kamala Harris, 59, is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African-American and first Asian-American vice president.

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BREAKING:US President Biden Withdraws From Re-election Bid



United States President Joe Biden

United States President Joe Biden has announced that he will end his candidacy for re-election, saying “it is in the best interest of my party and the country”.

It comes four months before Americans go to the polls, upending the race for the White House.

It follows weeks of intense pressure from fellow Democrats after a faltering debate performance against Republican Donald Trump at the end of June.

In a letter posted to his social media account, he said it had been the greatest honour of his life to serve as president.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling the duties as President for the remainder of my term”.

He said in his statement he would address the nation on the matter next week.

President Biden thanked his Vice President Kamala Harris, saying she was an “extraordinary partner”.


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Trump Breaks His Silence After Assassination Attempt



By John Michael Ojo

Former US president and the presidential candidate of the Republican Party, in the forthcoming November 5 general elections, Donald Trump, has stated that the shooter at his Butler, Pennsylvania rally yesterday has been killed by the Secret Service.

Trump who revealed that the bullet went through his ears, stated this in a statement made available on Sunday morning.

While the 45th president of the United States, sustained a minor injury, the incident however, left one person dead and another seriously injured.

Trump who extended his condolences to the family of the victim, thanked Americans for their support and urged them to remain resolute towards the election.

He said: “I want to thank The United States Secret Service, and all of Law Enforcement, for their rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured.”

The former president went further to provide details of his injury stating, “I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening.”

His statement also revealed that the shooter is now dead, though he added, “Nothing is known at this time about the shooter.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s predecessor and successor, Barack Obama and Joe Biden respectively, have both condemned the assassination attempt on Trump, with both leaders maintaining that there was no reason for such violence.

Obama, while condemning the shooting, said “There is absolutely no place for political violence in our democracy.”

On his part, Biden who urged the people to remain united despite their political differences, said “There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it,” he added.

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