August 19, 2022

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s honorary black belt has been revoked by World Taekwondo, the Worldwide Federation that governs the game, as a result of ongoing warfare in Ukraine.    

Putin continues to be sanctioned by sporting authorities, with leagues and sporting organisations internationally exhibiting their help for Ukraine, as Russia are punished for the ‘brutal assaults’ on their neighbours. 

The large martial arts fan, Putin, was awarded his honorary ninth dan black belt again in 2013.

This newest information comes on the again of the 69-year-old additionally lately being suspended as honorary president of the Worldwide Judo Federation.

The assertion stated: stated: ‘World Taekwondo strongly condemns the brutal assaults on harmless lives in Ukraine, which go in opposition to the World Taekwondo imaginative and prescient of ‘Peace is Extra Treasured than Triumph’ and the World Taekwondo values of respect and tolerance. 

‘World Taekwondo’s ideas are with the individuals of Ukraine and we hope for a peaceable and rapid finish to this warfare.’

World Taekwondo, which governs worldwide federations for the game, added: ‘On this regard, World Taekwondo has determined to withdraw the honorary ninth dan black belt conferred to Mr Vladimir Putin in November 2013.’

Displaying solidarity with the Worldwide Olympic Committee, World Taekwondo additionally confirmed that no Russian or Belarusian nationwide flags or anthems shall be displayed or performed on the organisation’s worldwide occasions.

Russian president Vladimir Putin’s honorary black belt has been revoked by World Taekwondo

Volodymyr Zelensky has stated that Russia is attempting to erase Ukraine and its individuals as Vladimir Putin’s invasion entered its seventh day at present with renewed assaults on all fronts together with an anticipated assault on town which homes Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant.

Zelensky, who has develop into an emblem of Ukrainian defiance and braveness for the reason that warfare started, informed his individuals at present that Russians ‘know nothing about our capital. About our historical past. However they’ve an order to erase our historical past. Erase our nation. Erase us all.’

The president, unshaven and carrying a military-style khaki T-shirt, stated the West’s response was not sufficient, calling for extra worldwide help, together with backing Ukraine’s bid to hitch the European Union. ‘That is no time to be impartial,’ he added.

As he spoke, troops have been getting ready barricades to defend town of Zaporizhzhia – together with organising defences across the reactors of Energodar energy plant. 

Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s inside ministry, known as on generals to bypass town whereas warning they might create a ‘new Chernobyl’ if the plant is broken.

‘Due to Putin’s insanity, Europe is once more getting ready to a nuclear disaster,’ he wrote on Fb. 

‘The town the place the biggest nuclear energy plant in Europe is situated is getting ready for a battle with the invaders.

‘An accident can occur like on the Chernobyl nuclear energy plant or the Fukushima nuclear energy plant. Russian generals – suppose once more! Radiation doesn’t know nationalities, doesn’t spare anybody!’

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In the meantime Sergey Lavrov, the Russian international minister, warned that – if a Third World Conflict have been to start in Europe – it could be ‘nuclear and harmful’ in a thinly veiled menace for NATO to not become involved in Ukraine.

Part of the Karazin National University campus in the city of Kharkiv is destroyed after being struck by a Russian missile which was seemingly intended for a nearby police or interior ministry building

A part of the Karazin Nationwide College campus within the metropolis of Kharkiv is destroyed after being struck by a Russian missile which was seemingly meant for a close-by police or inside ministry constructing

Firefighters battle to put out a blaze in Kharkiv as the city came under renewed airstrikes today, with an official saying there is almost no area of the city left that has not been hit

Firefighters battle to place out a blaze in Kharkiv as town got here underneath renewed airstrikes at present, with an official saying there’s virtually no space of town left that has not been hit

Preventing was additionally underway in Ukraine’s second metropolis of Kharkiv after Russian paratroopers dropped in and attacked a navy hospital earlier than airstrikes concentrating on police, state businesses and the safety service. 

A part of Karazin Nationwide College was on fireplace early Wednesday after a missile – seemingly meant for the neighbouring police headquarters or inside ministry – struck the school’s division of sociology as an alternative.

At the least 21 individuals have been killed an 112 wounded in shelling on Kharkiv within the final 24 hours.