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Russia-Ukraine war

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine has launched its long-anticipated offensive to retake lost territory. The Russian leader stated that the offensive has so far failed to achieve any of its goals. Moscow says Kiev began its so-called counteroffensive on Sunday. Kiev has not confirmed the start of its offensive, but three senior officials from its key ally, the United States, said the offensive was underway. Russia’s Defense Ministry says its troops continue to repel attacks in regions that it has seized in southern Ukraine.

 Trump indicted

A US federal court has unsealed a 37-count criminal indictment against former president Donald Trump. The charges relate to his retention of classified government documents after leaving office in 2021. Trump is also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, scheme to conceal and making false statements. The charging document was made public a day after he was indicted by a grand jury. This is the first federal indictment of a former U-S president. One of his aides was also charged. Trump is due to be arraigned in Miami on Tuesday. Two of his lawyers have quit the case, potentially complicating the legal process. Trump was also indicted in March for falsifying business records in a case relating to hush money payment to an adult movie actress. The former US president has denied any wrongdoing and says the legal challenges are a political attempt to derail his 2024 presidential re-election campaign.

UK's Johnson quits as MP

Former UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has resigned as a lawmaker, over a parliamentary probe, he called a kangaroo court to force him out as an MP. Johnson said he made the decision over how the investigation into the so-called party-gate scandal during his term in office was turning out. The findings are expected to be released soon. They focus on whether he misled the parliament over the rule-breaking parties during Covid lockdowns. Scathing findings could have led to suspension of Johnson as an MP and a by-election in his constituency. Boris Johnson resigned as prime minster last July after he was forced out by his own party over several scandals, including the party-gate.

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