By Gloria Ikibah
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday visited the east Ukraine city of Izyum, as the military said, one of the largest cities recently recaptured from Russia by Kyiv’s army in a lightning counter-offensive.
The military in a statement on social media on September 14 said that Zelensky and military officials “took part” in a ceremony raising the Ukrainian flag over the captured city, which was key for Russia’s ambitions to capture the Donbas region.
Pictures posted by Zelensky’s office showed the Ukrainian leader wearing dark-green and flanked by lots of military guards as he was taking selfies with soldiers and meeting troops at a flag-rising ceremony.
Ukraine has claimed sweeping successes in the northeastern Kharkiv region that borders Russia in recent days and also claims to have clawed back territory along a southern front near the Kherson region on the Black Sea.
Kyiv said since the beginning of September its forces have retaken hundreds of village, towns and cities that were captured by Russian forces that invaded Ukraine on February 24.
Moscow said Wednesday however that its forces were hitting back on areas recaptured in Kharkiv with “massive strikes,” claiming to have inflicted losses on Ukrainian military hardware and servicemen.
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Traore officially appointed Burkina Faso President
Captain Ibrahim Traore was appointed as the president of Burkina Faso on Wednesday, according to an official statement, after the country’s second coup in less than nine months.
Traore has been appointed as “Head of State, Supreme Head of the Armed Forces”, according to the official statement read out on national television by spokesman Captain Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho.
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South Korea says North Korea has launched a ballistic missile toward its eastern waters.
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said the launch was made Thursday morning but gave no further details like how far the weapon flew.
The launch came two days after North Korea fired an intermediate-range missile over Japan for the first time in five years in an apparent response to U.S. military drills with South Korea and Japan.
Barack, Michelle Obama celebrate 30 years of marriage
Ex-President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama are celebrating 30 years of marriage in the sweetest way.
The former president and first lady each shared Instagram posts about their special day and paid tribute to each other.
In his Instagram post, President Obama shared a carousel of photos of the two on the beach as well as a throwback image of the couple on their wedding day.
“Miche, after 30 years, I’m not sure why you look exactly the same and I don’t,” he wrote. “I do know that I won the lottery that day — that I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner. Happy anniversary, sweetheart!”
Michelle Obama shared a similar series of images on Instagram as well.
“Happy anniversary to the man I love!” she wrote in the caption. “These last 30 years have been an adventure, and I’m grateful to have you by my side. Here’s to a lifetime together. I love you, Barack Obama!”
In her memoir “Becoming,” the former first lady wrote that she first met her future husband when she was assigned as his mentor at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago.
She said that she was initially too focused on her law career and wasn’t interested in dating, but that his insistence changed her mind.
She wrote that he first kissed her at a Chicago ice cream shop.
“When we stopped for ice cream and he got the sense that I was starting to open up, he played it real smooth,” she told “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts in 2018.
“He just leaned in for a kiss. And that really was it. You know, from that kiss on… it was love. And he was my man.”
The two became engaged in 1991 and eventually married on Oct. 3, 1992, in Chicago. They have two children together, Sasha and Malia Obama.
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