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Russia Impossible To Defeat, US needs To Stop Supplying Ukraine Weapons For Peace — Putin

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Russia president, Vladimir Putin, has called defeating his country in the ongoing war with Ukraine “impossible by definition”.

Putin spoke during a two-hour interview with Tucker Carlson, former Fox News host, that was conducted in Moscow and aired on tuckercarlson.com on Thursday.

He spoke in Russian and his remarks were translated to English.

According to Putin, the West has acknowledged the impossibility of inflicting a “strategic defeat” on Russia and is unsure what to do next.

“Up until now, there has been the uproar and screaming about inflicting a strategic defeat to Russia on the battlefield. But now they are apparently coming to realise that it is difficult to achieve, if possible, at all,” he said.

“In my opinion, it is impossible by definition. It is never going to happen. It seems to me that now those who are in power in the West have come to realise this as well.”

The Russian leader added that the only peaceful resolution to the war, which is nearing its two-year mark, would be if the US stopped supplying weapons to Ukraine.

“I will tell you what we are saying on this matter and what we are conveying to the US leadership,” Putin told Carlson.

“If you really want to stop fighting, you need to stop supplying weapons. It will be over within a few weeks, that’s it, and then we can agree on some terms. Before you do that, stop.”

Putin said he has “never refused” to negotiate with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, but insisted that Moscow has not yet achieved its goals in Ukraine, including “de-Nazification”.

“We have never refused negotiations indeed. We hear all the time, is Russia ready? Yes,” he said.

“We have not refused. It was them who publicly refused. Well, let him cancel his decree [not to negotiate with Russia] and enter into negotiations. We have never refused.”

The Russian president also said he had “no interest” in attacking Poland or Latvia, saying he would only do so if either country were to attack Russia first.

When asked about Evan Gershkovich, the Wall Street Journal reporter who has been in a Russian prison for almost a year, Putin said he would not “rule out” returning the journalist to the US, provided the US takes “reciprocal steps”.

Russia had accused Gershkovich of being an American spy, but Washington said the allegations were “baseless”.

This is Putin’s first interview with an American journalist since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

The Kremlin said Putin agreed to speak with Carlson because he presented a “less one-sided view” of the war in Ukraine.

However, the interview has attracted criticisms from US government officials, top US politicians and other media outlets.

Hilary Clinton, former US secretary of state, described the former TV host as a “useful idiot” and “puppy dog” who says things that are not true and parrots Putin’s “pack of lies”.

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Olori Omo Oba Hit 67 And Still Waxing Stronger By Seun Oloketuyi

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Alhaji Wasiu Omo Gbolahan Olasunkami Adewale Ayinde is a man of destiny, focused and passionate about what he wants.

Or, what do you call a man, who rose from the streets of Isale Eko chasing his dreams to be a musician highly insipired by Islamic beliefs before trying out as an actor and then going back fully to Fuji, a genre of music that has blessed him and vice-versa.

Over the years, the princely singer from the Fidipote family has remained focused with his eyes firm on the crystal balls.

Despite his royal status, the Ijebu people, humanity, building bridges and indeed the entertainment industry have been the better for it as he remains one of the biggest act from Africa as at today.

KWAM 1 or K1- de Ultimate as many love to call him, loves his root – the Yoruba people – and undoubtedly, he loves his Ijebu root more and that’s why he has moved back home for about a decade.

Since moving back to Ijebu, he has established businesses and continues helping the development of the land.

Little wonder, the Awujale of Ijebuland, the highly respected Monarch, sees KWAM 1’s efforts and contribution to the growth of the revered Ijebuland and decided to reward him by bestowing upon him the important title of Olori Omo Oba – a position formerly occupied by banking doyen Otunba Subomi Balogun until his demise.

Alhaji Wasiu is 67 today in good health and we pray his tenure is peaceful and brings progress.

Long May you live Olori Omo Oba

Long May you live Awujale

Long May Ijebu prosper

 

Seun Oloketuyi is the Producer of Awujale Biopic

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BREAKING: Veteran Nollywood Actor Mr Ibu Dies At 62

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Nollywood veteran actor, John Okafor, popularly known as Mr. Ibu is dead.

It was gathered that the Nollywood Legend who was amputated in both legs last year reportedly passed away on Saturday evening at Evercare Hospital.

Recall that there had been speculations about his demise following his absence from limelight for over three years before the news of him being bedridden went viral.

Mr Ibu, in 2019, alleged that his kinsmen paid some of his domestic workers to poison him because of his successful career.

In May 2022, the comic actor again alleged that he was poisoned for the third time.

 

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Environment Commissioner Tokunbo Wahab Urges Citizens To Take Responsibility For Cleaner Lagos

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In his quest of promoting a cleaner and greener Lagos, the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, has issued a set of directives aimed at curbing environmental degradation in the state.

With a post on his official X (formerly known as Twitter) account, Wahab outlined five key actions for residents to adhere to, emphasizing the collective responsibility for a cleaner environment.

Firstly, Wahab urged motorists not to litter roads by throwing dirt from their vehicles. He emphasized the importance of keeping roads clean and free from debris, which not only improves aesthetics but also prevents environmental pollution.

Additionally, he discouraged the habit of dropping waste by the roadside or on medians, stressing the need for proper waste disposal methods. Wahab highlighted the adverse effects of littering on public health and the environment, urging citizens to use designated waste bins.

Furthermore, Wahab emphasized the importance of keeping drains and gutters free from trash, as clogged drainage systems contribute to flooding and water pollution. He called on residents to refrain from dumping waste in these channels, which are crucial for water flow during heavy rainfall.

In a move to enhance pedestrian safety and traffic flow, Wahab reminded residents to utilize pedestrian bridges when crossing major roads. This measure aims to reduce accidents and streamline traffic, contributing to overall road safety.

Lastly, Wahab urged citizens to report any environmental issues or infractions to the appropriate authorities promptly. By reporting problems such as illegal dumping, pollution, or blocked drains, residents can play an active role in maintaining a clean and sustainable environment.

The campaign, tagged #CleanerLagos #GreenerLagos, emphasizes individual responsibility in achieving a cleaner and more environmentally friendly city. Wahab’s call to action underscores the importance of collective efforts in preserving Lagos’ natural beauty and ensuring a healthier future for all residents.

 

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