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Ukraine: ‘Fast-track’ talks underway for missiles, planes




Kyiv, Ukraine (AP) – Ukraine and its western allies are in “accelerated” talks over the possibility of arming the occupied country with long-range missiles and military aircraft, a senior adviser to Ukraine’s president said on Saturday.

Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said Ukraine’s Western supporters “understand how the war is developing” and the need to supply aircraft capable of providing cover for the armored fighting vehicles, which the United States and Germany pledged at the beginning of the month.

However, in a comment to online video channel Freedom, Podolyak said that some of Ukraine’s western partners maintain a “conservative” stance on arms sales “for fear of changes in the international architecture.” Russia and North Korea have accused the West of prolonging the war and playing a direct role in it by sending increasingly sophisticated weapons to Kyiv.

“We have to work with that. We need to show (our partners) the true picture of this war,” Podolyak said, without naming specific countries. “We have to talk sensibly and say to them, for example: ‘This and that will reduce the number of fatalities, it will relieve the infrastructure. This will reduce security threats to the European continent and localize the war.’ And we do it.”

The US and Germany on Wednesday agreed to share advanced tanks with Ukraine along with previously promised Bradley and Marder vehicles, a decision supported not only by the Kremlin but also by the Prime Minister of NATO and EU member Hungary was criticized.


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban claimed on Friday that Western countries, which have provided arms and money to support Ukraine in its war with Russia, have “drifted” into active participants in the conflict. Orban has refused to send arms to neighboring Ukraine and has tried to block EU funds for military aid.

Ukraine’s foreign ministry said it would summon the Hungarian ambassador to complain about Orban’s remarks. A ministry spokesman, Oleg Nikolenko, said Orban had told reporters that Ukraine was “a no man’s land” and compared it to Afghanistan.

“Such statements are completely unacceptable. Budapest continues on its course of intentionally destroying Ukrainian-Hungarian relations,” Nikolenko said in a Facebook post.

President Joe Biden’s announcement that the US would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine shattered months of arguments by Washington that they were too difficult to operate and maintain for Ukrainian troops.

The US decision persuaded Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who had expressed concern over a unilateral action that drew the wrath of Russia, to agree to the delivery of 14 Leopard 2 tanks from German stocks and allow European countries with tanks to buy some of theirs to send tanks.


Western weapons have proven essential to Ukraine’s defense while stoking ever-greater tensions with Moscow. Russia’s Defense Ministry said Saturday that Ukrainian forces using US-made HIMARS missiles attacked a hospital in the eastern Ukrainian city of Novoaidar, killing 14 people.

Novoaidar is located in the Luhansk province, which is almost entirely under the control of Russian forces or Russian-backed separatists. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed the hospital was deliberately attacked. Their claim of a strike in Novoaidar could not be immediately verified.

Amid news of Western pledges of heavy tanks, Russia this week bombarded Ukraine with rockets, exploding drones and artillery shells. Attacks continued on Saturday when Russian rockets hit the town of Kostyantynivka in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk province.

The rockets fell into a residential area, killing three civilians, injuring 14 and damaging four high-rise apartment buildings, a hotel and garages, Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko said.

“Kostiantynivka is a city that is relatively far from the front line, but still suffers constant enemy attacks. Anyone who stays in the city exposes themselves to mortal danger,” Kyrylenko said. “The Russians are targeting civilians because they are unable to fight the Ukrainian army.”


In a separate Telegram post earlier Saturday, Kyrylenko reported that Russian attacks in the province killed a total of four civilians and wounded seven others over a Centre County Report-hour period.

Russian missiles hit a residential area in the Donestsk town of Chasiv Yar on Friday evening, killing two people and wounding five others, the governor said. Photos attached to Kyrylenko’s mail showed a three-story school building on fire.

Donetsk province, where territory is roughly divided between Russian and Ukrainian control, has become the combat epicenter of the war as Moscow attempts to unleash a months-long, grueling offensive to capture the city of Bakhmut.

Located on a hill strategically positioned to defend Bakhmut, Chasiv Yar has come under increased Russian fire. Capturing Bakhmut would allow Russian troops to cut off Ukraine’s supply lines and potentially open the way for them to threaten Sloviansk and Kramatorsk, the largest Ukrainian-held cities in the east of the country.

Russian forces continued ground attacks around Bakhmut and Avdiivka, another city in southern Donetsk, while Ukrainian troops were on the offensive in south and north-eastern Ukraine, Ukraine’s military said in an update Saturday morning.


The General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces said Russian troops were “defending themselves” near Lyman in Luhansk and Kharkiv provinces north of Donetsk, and in Kherson and Zaporizhia provinces to the south.

Fighting had largely stalled in recent months as winter conditions slowed ground operations and neither side reported significant progress.

In the same update, the military reported that Russian forces launched 10 rocket attacks, 26 airstrikes and 81 mortar attacks on Ukrainian territory between Friday and Saturday morning. The shelling killed two civilians in Kherson, another province partially occupied by Russia.

Podolyak, the presidential adviser, said Ukraine needs supplies of western long-range missiles “to drastically curtail the Russian army’s key tool” by destroying the warehouses where it stores cannon artillery used on the front lines.



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5 killed in west Sudan tribal violence, rights group says




CAIRO (AP) — Two days of tribal violence in western Sudan’s long-settled Darfur region killed at least 5 people, tribal leaders and a rights group said on Friday.

Violence between African Masalit tribesmen and Arab herdsmen in west Darfur erupted on Thursday after two gunmen fatally shot a merchant in a remote area, leaders of both groups said.

In a statement, Masalit tribesmen accused Arab militias of being behind the killing. The killing sparked a series of targeted attacks that killed at least four other people, the tribal leaders and rights group said.

Five victims were later identified by the Darfur Bar Association, a Sudanese rights group focused on human rights in the western province. The group urged both sides to de-escalate tensions.

The violence comes as quarrelsome bipartisan talks continue in Khartoum over how the African country will institute civilian rule after 17 months of military rule.


Sudan has descended into chaos after a military coup led by the country’s top general, Abdel-Fattah Burhan, ousted a Western-backed government in October 2021, turning the short-lived transition to democracy on its head.

But last December, the country’s ruling military and various pro-democracy forces signed a tentative agreement in which they pledged to resume the transition.

Last week, signatories to the December accord pledged to begin forming a new civilian-led interim government on April 11. However, many important political forces in the country remain opposed to the agreement.

Since the military takeover, Sudan has also seen a surge in inter-tribal violence in the west and south of the country.

Analysts see the violence and growing insecurity in Sudan’s remote regions as a result of the power vacuum created by the military takeover.

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I’m a champion bodybuilding goliath – my title-winning workout makes a specific area of your body mega-ripped




ERIN Banks has unveiled his title-winning workout that will transform a specific area of ​​your body into a mega-ripped phenomenon.

The master body builder is one of the biggest names in the lifting world, but his latest fitness regimen has wowed fans.

Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USA


Erin Banks is a professional female bodybuilder from the USAPhoto credit: Getty
He is known for his V-taper physique


He is known for his V-taper physiquePhoto credit: KMPH

banks began competing professionally in 2019 and has since won the Men’s Physique Olympia as well as the highly regarded Arnold Classic.


However, his success was not pure luck, but dedication.

Most days, Banks starts his day at 4:30 a.m., where he kicks off fast cardio.

For the rest of the day he balances family life with a strength program and finishes it by 8 p.m. at the latest.

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He told BarBend, “If I’m really locked down for these shows and prep, I’ll be in bed by 7pm.

“I don’t like to push beyond that because recovery is key.

“Routine is so important.


“I believe a lot of my success comes from what I do every day – adapt and stay focused.”

However, Banks is most notable for his incredible V-shaped physique, evident through his huge back muscles.

And he has now let fans in on his secret workout, which he does twice a week.

It contains:

  • Lat pulldowns with straight arms: 4 x 20 reps (moderate weight to warm up)
  • Chest Assisted T-Bar Row: 4 x 12 reps (Hard)
  • Seated Lat Pulldown: 4 x 12 reps (hard)
  • Rack pulls: 3 x 10 reps (super hard)
  • Extended row: 4 x ten reps (super hard)
Banks tenses his back muscles


Banks tenses his back musclesPhoto credit: Instagram
He is an Arnold Classic Champion


He is an Arnold Classic ChampionPhoto credit: Instagram

Before competing professionally, Banks was a gifted athlete in high school and then majored in kinesiology in college.

Despite his inclination towards fitness, he admitted that he never wanted to be a bodybuilder.

But in 2017, trainer Terry Reeves “begged” Banks to try.

Since then, the 33-year-old has perfected his craft to become the best in the world.


He said: “We’ve tried to preserve every other part of the body, but once you start exercising to the extreme, everything grows.

“During these months we became more sophisticated.”

During one cut, Banks burned about 2,700 calories per day.

After a ten-week break from competition, he increased it to 3,200 calories.

Most of its nutrient gains come from chicken breast, rice, and broccoli.


He said, “After 10 to 12 weeks, we push that stuff aside.

“It’s based on being the best.

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“I’ve never gotten bored with food, so for the past three years I’ve prepared myself and eaten the same things over and over again.”

After his InstagramBanks teased that he would try the Classic Physique division when he retires.

The 33-year-old has massive traps


The 33-year-old has massive trapsPhoto credit: Instagram
The mega ripper has more than 315,000 followers on Instagram


The mega ripper has more than 315,000 followers on InstagramPhoto credit: Instagram

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Rodolphe Jaar pleads guilty in Haiti president’s assassination




The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

The late former President of Haiti Jovenel Moise.

Haitian-Chilean national Rodolphe Jaar pleaded guilty before a US judge on Friday to three counts relating to his role in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed at his home in July 2021, court documents showed.

Jaar is one of 11 defendants in the case, including businessmen accused of helping to obtain vehicles and firearms from Florida and former Colombian soldiers accused of gunning down Moise in his bedroom.

According to the US Department of Justice, Jaar had been charged with helping get arms to the Colombians who also lived in a home he controlled and helping them while they were in hiding from Haitian authorities.


He was arrested in January 2022 in the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.

Jaar’s sentencing, which could face life imprisonment, was set for June 2 in Miami, according to court documents.

Moise’s murder left a political vacuum in the Caribbean nation and emboldened powerful gangs that now effectively control large parts of the country and whose turf wars are fueling a humanitarian crisis that has displaced at least 160,000 people.

Jaar’s lawyer declined to comment.

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