Six In The Morning Monday 26 February 2024


Zelensky says Trump doesn’t understand Putin because he has never fought him

Former US President Donald Trump will be “against Americans” if he chooses to support Russia over Ukraine, the war-torn country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said Sunday.

Speaking to CNN’s Kaitlan Collins in Kyiv, Zelensky said he “can’t understand how Donald Trump can be on the side of (Russian President Vladimir) Putin.”

“It’s unbelievable,” he added.

Trump, who is on the verge of becoming the Republican presidential nominee after winning the South Carolina Republican primary, has in the past refused to say whether he wants Russia or Ukraine to win the war.

Putin had Navalny killed to thwart prisoner swap, allies claim

Russian leader accused of ordering Navalny’s death to stop him being exchanged for FSB hitman serving life sentence in Germany

Alexei Navalny’s allies have alleged that Vladimir Putin had the opposition leader killed in jail to sabotage a prisoner swap in which Navalny would have been exchanged for a convicted hitman jailed in Germany.

Maria Pevchikh, a close ally of the opposition leader, said in a video that Navalny and two US nationals were in line to be exchanged for Vadim Krasikov, a Russian FSB security service hitman who is serving a life sentence in Germany for the assassination of a Chechen former separatist in Berlin.

“Navalny should have been free in the next few days because we had secured a decision to exchange him,” Pevchikh said. “I received confirmation that the negotiations were at their final stage on the evening of 15 February.”

Why are French farmers so powerful?

Farmers in France, as in many other countries, wield a lot of political power — for historical and contemporary reasons. This poses certain risks.

The annual Paris International Agricultural Show is usually a platform for French politicians to show voters how down-to-earth they are. Literally.

But this year’s edition, which began on Saturday, will first be a litmus test of whether recent concessions by the government are enough to calm French farmers’ anger.

Judging by the hostile reception that French President Emmanuel Macron received on the first day of the fair, it seems the farmers want the government to do more to support them. Macron was greeted with boos and whistles by angry farmers, who have been demonstrating for weeks against falling incomes and too much red tape.

Palestinian PM resigns citing ‘new reality’ of Gaza war


Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh announced Monday the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, citing the need for change after the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza ends.

Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium in northern Afghanistan


The Taliban held a public execution on Monday of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan as thousands watched at a sports stadium, the third such death sentence to be carried out in the past five days.

The execution took place in heavy snowfall in the city of Shibirghan, the capital of northern Jawzjan province, where the brother of the murdered man shot the convict five times with a rifle, according to an eyewitness. Security around the stadium was tight, said the witness, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

It was also the fifth public execution since the Taliban seized power of Afghanistan in August 2021 as the U.S. and NATO troops were in the final weeks of their withdrawal from the country after two decades of war.

Ukraine war: Welsh miners in country to repay 1984 help

By Tony Brown & Jordan Davies

BBC News

When Ukrainian miner Vasyl Yavorsky donated his own wages to striking Welsh miners in 1984, he never thought that help would one day be returned.

However, a group of Welsh miners have now loaded up on medicine and supplies and driven from south Wales to Kyiv to repay the old favour.

The convoy is supplying much needed aid to miners fighting on the front line, two years after Russian forces invaded.

“They did not forget about us, just like we didn’t in 1984,” said Vasyl.