In an unequivocally clear message, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky denied NATO forces. “Ukraine will not become a member of NATO” stated the President.
In a translated speech at a meeting with leaders of the U.K. Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) in London on Tuesday morning, Zelensky lamented the joining of NATO would not become a reality.
“For years we’ve heard the opposite, open doors, however, it is not” he said. “Our people understand this, and we are beginning to count on our own strength.”
ZELENSKY: “Ukraine will not become a member of NATO” pic.twitter.com/rm8wxEWqW8
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NEWSWEEK writes that “Russia has demanded a guarantee that Kyiv not join the alliance and Zelensky’s admission could be presented as a concession to Moscow that might pave the way to the end of the war.”
“President Vladimir Putin’s other demands include the so-called ‘denazification’ and ‘demilitarization’ of Ukraine” adds NEWSWEEK.
Media outlet Next quoted Zelensky as saying, “we realized that Ukraine will not become a member of NATO. We understand this, we are adequate people”
“Kyiv needs new formats of interaction with the West and separate security guarantees” he added.
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The women of Afghanistan are suffering a mental health crisis since the Taliban regained power two years ago. According to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday, approximately 70% of women experience feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression.
The numbers continue to rise, as there has already been a significant jump between April and June of this year alone, with an increase from 57% the preceding quarter.
The report, conducted by U.N. Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, interviewed women online, in-person and in group consultations as well as individual telesurveys.
592 Afghan women in 22 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces took part in the study. The Associated Press reports:
They have barred women from most areas of public life and work and banned girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade. They have prohibited Afghan women from working at local and non-governmental organizations. The ban was extended to employees of the United Nations in April.
Opportunities to study continued to shrink as community-based education by international organizations was banned and home-based schooling initiatives were regularly shut down by the de facto authorities — a term use by the U.N. for the Taliban government.
Afghanistan is the only country in the world with restrictions on female education and the rights of Afghan women and children are on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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