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Putin talks to Macron on Ukraine In a phone call, the two leaders have expressed hope for a peace settlement

During a conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin named three conditions for a peace settlement in Ukraine, including the recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea. According to the Kremlin’s readout of the phone talks, Putin told Macron that Russia was “open to negotiations with representatives of Ukraine.” Putin stressed, however, that a settlement

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Russia confirms putting nuclear forces on high combat alert 

Moscow says it boosted its defenses after “aggressive statements” from the West Russia’s ground units, equipped with intercontinental ballistic missiles as well as vessels from the Northern and Pacific Fleets, were placed on high combat alert, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Monday. The Russian Navy includes submarines armed with nuclear missiles. The ministry said the move was made in

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Ukraine-Russia negotiations have reached ‘certain decisions’ – Ceasefire talks hosted by Belarus adjourn for consultations

Moscow and Kiev have found certain things that could be agreed on during the ceasefire talks hosted by Belarus and will return for consultations before the next round, both delegations told reporters after the talks ended on Monday. The main purpose of the talks was to discuss a ceasefire in Ukraine, said Mykhailo Podolyak, adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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No plans to occupy Ukraine, Russia tells UN 

Russia seeks to save lives in the Donbass and punish those responsible for eight years of genocide and atrocities, Moscow’s envoy to the UN Vasily Nebenzia told the General Assembly during a session called to denounce the invasion of Ukraine. “Occupation of Ukraine is not part of our plans. The purpose of this special operation is to protect people, who

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NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst farewells life on bench 

When high-flying Sydney silk Tom Bathurst was sworn in as the state’s seventeenth Chief Justice in June 2011, he cautioned against judges leading a “monastic life” and promised to engage with the community. He kept his word. On Monday, almost 11 years on, the popular judge will stream his farewell speech in the ceremonial Banco Court in Sydney live on YouTube.

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Russian forces have taken over the area around the  Zaporozhskaya Nuclear Power Plant, the Ministry of Defense announced on Monday. Last week, Moscow took control of the Chernobyl facility.

“Russian Forces have taken control over the cities of Berdyansk, Energodar. Russian troops have complete control and are protecting the territory around the Zaporozhskaya Nuclear Power Plant,” spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov said. “The station staff keeps working to maintain the facility and control the nuclear environment in normal mode. The radiation levels are normal.”

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Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water – New Cat Management Law changes in effect from March 1 

Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water – New Cat Management Law changes in effect from March 1 The Tasmanian Government is continuing to support and enable responsible cat management in Tasmania, with the next round of important changes to the Cat Management Act 2009 coming into effect from tomorrow (March 1). The amendments deliver on recommendations for legislative

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Michael Ferguson, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport – Construction begins on the first new Spirit vessel 

The Tasmanian Government is delivering the infrastructure our growing State needs for now and into the future. I welcome the first major milestone in the construction of the first of two new Spirit of Tasmania vessels by Finnish Shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions (RMC) at their shipyard in Rauma. To mark the beginning of construction, a traditional steel cutting ceremony will

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