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Deadly Russian missile strike claims 51 lives in Ukrainian Village, including child

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Ukraine has reported one of the deadliest incidents in the ongoing conflict, with a Russian missile strike causing the deaths of at least 51 people, including a child.

The strike occurred in a village near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kupiansk on Thursday. It targeted a cafe and shop in Hroza, located in the Kharkiv region, shortly after midday local time, according to Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko.

After the strike, scenes unfolded with emergency workers sifting through the extensive rubble. Medical professionals are treating six people injured in the attack. The bodies of the deceased, including a 6-year-old boy, were recovered from the destroyed buildings, as reported by Oleh Synehubov, a regional military official.

The Ukrainian interior minister indicated that 29 victims have been identified, with the remaining bodies taken to facilities in the city of Kharkiv.

The village store was occupied by local residents when the missile struck, leading to devastation not seen since a previous attack on a railway station in Kramatorsk in early 2022, which claimed the lives of over 60 people.

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Tragically, the village cafe was hosting a wake for a fallen Ukrainian soldier when the missile struck, resulting in the loss of several members of the soldier’s family, according to Dmytro Chubenko, spokesperson for the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

The fallen Ukrainian soldier had previously been buried in the city of Dnipro, but his relatives had wanted him reburied in his hometown. Chubenko explained, “The wake was attended by the son of the deceased, who was also a soldier. The son, along with his wife and mother, were in a cafe and were killed by a rocket.”

The attack has reportedly devastated about one-fifth of the village’s population, which was home to 330 people.

A similar attack occurred in the nearby town of Pervomaiske, where people were also paying their respects to a fallen soldier, according to Chubenko. He noted, “His fellow soldiers were present then. Today, there were only civilians at the site of the attack.”

The missile used in the attack has been identified as an Iskander missile, known for its relatively short range and carrying a warhead of between 500 and 700 kilograms. These missiles have been frequently used by Russian forces against Ukraine, resulting in significant civilian casualties.

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US election: Beyoncé allows Kamala Harris use ‘Freedom’ song

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American music superstar, Beyoncé has given Kamala Harris her approval for the campaign to use the singer’s song, Freedom as its official tune.

A source close to Harris told CNN that “Beyoncé, who is known for maintaining strict clearance guidelines around her music, gave quick approval to Harris’ campaign when they sought permission to use “Freedom” on Monday — just hours before she walked out to the song.

DAILY POST reported earlier that President Joe Biden will no longer fly the flag of the Democratic Party in the 2024 presidential election.

The US president withdrew from the race for the United States November presidential election on Sunday.

His announcement came amid mounting pressure from his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill, top donors and Hollywood stars after a disastrous debate performance last month.

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Equitable distribution of resources will douse growing tension across Nigeria – Don tells Tinubu, others

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A lecturer in the department of Politics and International Relations at Lead City University, Ibadan, Emma Jimo, has declared that an equitable distribution of resources will go a long way to douse the growing tension across the country.

Jimo, who specialised in foreign policy analysis and political communication, made this declaration while speaking during an interview with DAILY POST in Ibadan at the weekend.

He added that there is tension in most parts of the country.

He also suggested that the improvement of social infrastructure will also help to put Nigeria in the right shape.

Jimo said, “Improvement of socioeconomic conditions and standards of living will do a lot to help.

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“Improvement of social infrastructure is similarly germane.

“Redressing perceived or real injustice in the Nigerian polity and equitable distribution of resources will no doubt help douse the swirling tension and consequent insecurity.”

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Peter Obi Should Be Held Responsible For Planned August 1 Anti-Hunger Protest — Onanuga

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A presidential media aide, Bayo Onanuga, has taken a swipe at supporters of the 2023 presidential candidate of the opposition Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, claiming that they were the brains behind the planned nationwide anti-hunger protests slated for August 1.

Onanunga, who’s the Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, declared that Obi’s supporters were the people planning mayhem in Nigeria, hence the former LP presidential candidate must be held responsible for the aftermath.

LEADERSHIP reports planned nationwide protests by youths and groups over the state of the nation slated for August 1 with viral hashtags and promotional flyers on social media.

However, in a lengthy post on his X handle (formerly Twitter) on Saturday morning, the top Tinubu’s aide claimed that the organisers of the anti-government protests were the same people who infiltrated the #EndSARS Movement in 2020 to cause mayhem across the country acting on the instigation of the now detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

Onanuga wrote: “Don’t be fooled: the malcontents planning to stage nationwide protests are supporters of Peter Obi, the failed presidential candidate of the Labour Party. And he should be held responsible for whatever crisis emanates from the action.

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The protest planners are also the same people who were instigated by IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to launch the destructive ENDSARS protest in Nigeria in October 2020. ENDSARS began as a genuine protest by youths against the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad, notorious for its high-handedness. IPOB members planning to extricate the South East region from Nigeria infiltrated the protest and hijacked it for their own agenda. Lagos still bears the scar of the malicious destruction by IPOB elements until today.

“Two years after ENDSARS, the IPOB and the gullible innocents joined the Labour Party in 2022 to support Peter Obi, a sympathiser of their cause.

“They are the people spreading the hashtags ‘EndBadGovernance’, ‘Tinubu Must Go,’ and ‘Revolution2024’. They are not democrats but anarchists. They are attempting to call out our people via propaganda because their Messiah, Peter Obi, failed to win the Presidency in the 2023 election. As bad losers, they don’t have the patience to wait for another election in 2027; they would rather destabilise Nigeria by staging a civilian coup against President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“If they understand the meaning of their hashtags, they will realise they are clarion calls for treason. Wanting to end an elected government is high treason. Wanting revolution is a call for a coup d’etat, which is also high treason.

“I have been on the trail of one of the protest planners, who is nameless but claims to have an internet radio station, PTM100.88 Abuja. The anonymous person joined X in August 2022 and has 520 followers today, among whom are FS Yusuf, another rabid Obi supporter, and Professor Pat Utomi, a Labour Party chief and a guy on X who goes by the pseudonym Peter Obi’s First Son. PTM’s profile image has someone holding the inscription` Certificate Forger Not My President, ‘ with a photo of Peter Obi as an inset. Only Obi’s supporters will be talking about certificate forgery long after the Supreme Court dismissed the allegation.

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“In the past 24 hours, this faceless X user has been whipping up the gullible to join the protest being planned and also posting the activities of his Messiah, Peter Obi. He retweets Peter Obi often.

“In one of the posts, a video shows a teenager, who is said to be in the North, printing T-shirts emblazoned with “EndBadGovernance in Nigeria 2024’.

“There is also a retweeted post by Babatunde Gbadamosi, a failed and frustrated politician in Lagos. In it, he refers to his earlier post urging people “to identify APC members, sponsors, supporters, enablers, thugs, promoters, and appointees.” The police and DSS ought to have arrested the man for making a brazen threat to political opponents.

“There is “General Oluchi,” a woman who goes by the screen name “A Field Marshall of the Han Dynasty.”

“She has been sending out letters of mobilisation. She even pinned a “Week 6 “ letter urging Nigerians to wake up and take control of their country, using the language of IPOB, Peter Obi, and his supporters.

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“Another member of the malcontents is Brother Bernard, also known as Mikael C. Bernard. He is not based in Nigeria because he was once busted over Binance and fraudulent crypto businesses in Nigeria. Bernard was the man who once wrote that the naira should go down to zero.

“In a reaction to Oluchi, he said the protesters should remove the increase in salaries for the armed forces as part of their demands.

“‘If they want an increment in salary, let them launch their own protest. It is not our job to fight for enablers of evil,’ he wrote on X.

“According to our law, men of the armed forces don’t protest, an X user reminded him. He posted a sarcastic response: ‘By law, they can slap people wearing cams (camouflage) and shoot at protesters ba?’

“Security agents should, by now, begin to interrogate these agents of destabilisation. There is no country in the world where people are not going through some economic challenges and where the cost of living is not a major issue. No country is immune from economic turbulence at the moment. Civilised and democratic people wait for another election to make leadership changes. They don’t trigger mayhem in their countries by staging protests, the end of which nobody can predict.

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“Nigerian citizens must consider the government’s attitude and concern about the cost of living crisis when deciding whether to join the protests by the Labour Party and IPOB supporters.

“The Tinubu government has not been found wanting in this regard. The minimum wage has been increased by more than 100 percent. Loans are being disbursed to students in tertiary schools. A credit corporation has been launched to promote consumption credit. Palliatives, including the latest distribution of 740 trucks of rice to the 36 states and Abuja, are being rolled out. Businesses, such as pharmaceuticals, are being assisted. The Federal and state governments are investing heavily in agriculture to produce more food.

“The economy is improving, inflation is slowing, the national debt has been reduced in dollar terms, and the FIRS has increased revenue generation to record levels. Investors are coming back to our country. Our stock market is the best in the world, with a 33 percent return on investment.

“President Tinubu has a four-year mandate to run his agenda. Those calling for protest should wait till 2027 to either re-elect him or elect their Messiah, Mr Peter Obi.”

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