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Unrepentant Putin threatens ‘lightning-fast strikes’ on Western countries who intervene in the Ukraine war

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, has threatened to meet Western nations’ intervention in Ukraine with a ‘lightning-fast strikes” military response, warning that the Russian army is prepared to deliver these strikes with strategic weapons believed to be the much touted nuclear weapons.

Putin who was speaking to Russian parliamentarians in St. Petersburg said:

“If someone decides to intervene in current events in Ukraine from the outside and creates unacceptable strategic threats for Russia, then they must know that our response, our retaliatory strikes, will be lightning-fast, quick.

“We have all the tools for this – such that no one else can boast of right now. And we won’t brag – we’ll use them if needed! And everyone should know about it! All decisions in this regard have already been made,” the unrepentant Putin said.

The belligerent threat from Putin came on Wednesday as Russia claimed to have carried out a missile strike in southern Ukraine that destroyed a “large batch” ofweapons supplied by Western countries including the United Kingdom and the United States.

“We want countries aiding Ukraine to get it into their heads that to meddle in ongoing events from the side and create unacceptable strategic threats for Russia, they must know that our response to counterpunches will be lightning-quick”, said the Russian leader.

The Russian president is also convinced that his country will withstand the economic pressure from heavy sanctions and high military spending in the fight against Ukraine, adding that the West is “erroneous in its opinion that Russia as a country is unnecessary and poses a threat to the whole world.”

This is not the first time Putin has issued a dire threat to Western nations since he ordered the invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Shortly before the invasion, the Russian strongman had warned that any country that become involved with his invasion of Ukraine that they would face “consequences greater than any you have faced in history.”

He had made the remarks as part of his speech in which he announced the invasion and immediately after the speech, the Ukrainian foreign ministry reported attacks in numerous cities.

Putin has also used similar arguments to justify the attack, often saying his country was only acting in self-defense against the eastward expansion of NATO and as a means of protecting Ukrainians from “nazification” and a “genocide.”

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Germany to sign climate protection contracts with industries

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As the cry towards a green environment intensifies amidst the increasing effects of climate change, Germany is taking a lead in the climate renewal agenda as it is set to sign climate protection contracts with industrial companies next year.

The Economy Minister, Robert Habeck revealed on Sunday that the agreement will support a transition towards cleaner production and a switch to hydrogen.

Habeck was quoted as saying by Funke media group that  “the aim is to efficiently develop a green industry along the value chain that becomes marketable.”

Reports emerged during the week that Germany was planning to award companies in energy-intensive industries including chemicals and steel 15-year subsidy arrangements that he called climate protection contracts, in return for reducing carbon emissions in their production.

Recall that several world leaders last month, converged in Cairo, the capital of Egypt for the United Nations COP27 Climate Summit, over talks on the “need to deepen cuts in emissions and financially back developing countries already devastated by the effects of rising temperatures.”

According to UNFCCC, the most recent seven years, from 2015 to 2021 were the warmest on record. The 2018–2022 global mean temperature average is estimated to be 1.17 ± 0.13 °C above the 1850–1900 average.

Africa seems to be feeling the heat more as countries across the continent’s East and West have suffered devasting drought and floods beyond what used to be the usual climate pattern.

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Swiss firm, ABB, gets $4.3 million fine over bribery case in South Africa

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Judicial authority in Switzerland has fined engineering and technology group ABB, the sum of 4 million Swiss francs ($4.3 million) in connection with a bribery case in South Africa.

According to the country’s Attorney General, the fine on ABB is for “not having taken all necessary and reasonable organisational provisions in order to prevent bribery payments to foreign officials in South Africa”.

The group was found guilty of improper payments and other compliance issues at the Kusile power station after a wide-scale investigation into state corruption concluded in June 2022.

Earlier in the week, ABB and South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) agreed that the company will pay reparations for its involvement in state corruption.

According to a statement by the NPA, the company agreed to pay 2.5 billion rands ($144.51 million) in punitive reparations to South Africa within 60 days from the first day of December.

The reparation is in addition to 1.6 billion rand ($92.48 million)the company paid back to South African state power utility Eskom in 2020.

The Central Europe country has been fingered in lots of corruption cases involving African countries.

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