Confronting West propaganda
The Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, says his country has always stood up against the West’s propaganda and will never give in to such campaign. Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with hundreds of young Iranian elites and those excelling in scientific fields. He called on the attendees to turn their individual capacities and talents into the capital for the country's progress. The Leader also rejected as wrong and unrealistic the notion that the Islamic Republic is on the verge of collapse. He said the enemies have been engaged in such negative campaigns for the past four decades, but Iran’s stability and the continuity of its revolution have proved them wrong. Ayatollah Khamenei added that the enemies' hostility and propaganda have failed to impede Iran’s progress. The Leader said that vibrant academic institutions and scientific ability are testimonies Iran has been successful in achieving its goals.
Thaw in Hamas-Syria relations
The Palestinian Resistance Movement, Hamas, says it is resuming ties with Damascus with the aim to support the Palestinian people and maintain stability in Syria. Senior Hamas member Khalil al-Hayya made the comment after his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus. He said the resistance movement has notified other countries of its decision to resume ties with Syria. He added, the move will help boost the axis of resistance in the region. He said the meeting with the Syrian president was to send a message to the Israeli occupying regime and its plots. Al-Hayya reiterated the Hamas’ support for Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, saying the movement is opposed to any move that threatens the Arab country. Bashar al-Assad, for his part, expressed his all-out support for the Palestinian people and their resistance against the Israeli regime.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared martial law in four Ukrainian regions that recently joined the Russian federation following referendums. Putin confirmed his move during a televised National Security Council meeting. The martial law allows the strengthening of the military, imposing curfews, and putting limits on movement. Putin said he took the decision as the Ukrainian authorities ignore the will of the people, reject any proposals for negotiation and continue to kill civilians. The Kremlin has already published the presidential decree, saying the martial law will go into effect from early Thursday. Last month, Russia incorporated the four regions into its territory after people voted overwhelming to secede from Ukraine. The West, however, called the referendums a sham. The new development comes as Ukraine is trying to recapture the territories held by Russian forces for months.