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Today's Headlines: Ukraine: NATO May Approve More Troops, Ukraine Commends Nigeria Over Support

NATO May OK More Troops in Ukraine

NATO will likely decide on Thursday to beef up its military presence on its eastern border, warning Russia not to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, Reuters reported.

NATO has extended its eastern border presence from the Baltic to the Black Sea, and is looking to deploy four new combat units in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.

"I expect leaders will agree to bolster NATO's posture across the board, with a focus on the east. On land, air, and sea "An official press conference held prior of the NATO meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Putin ordered troops into Ukraine to demilitarize and "denazify" it. Ukraine and the West accuse Putin of unwarranted assault.

The Ukrainian government thanked Nigeria and other allies for their support in the continuing struggle against Russia.

Earlier in March, the UN General Assembly passed a non-binding resolution that “demands” Russia “immediately” withdraw from Ukraine.

Col Andrii Vasyliev, the Defence Attache of the Ukrainian Embassy in Nigeria, appealed for further sanctions against Russia, claiming it was planning a chemical strike on Ukraine and had committed war crimes.

He further said the nation targeted youngsters while Russian forces assaulted women.

By killing civilians, Russia continues to commit crimes against humanity as defined by the International Military Tribunal and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Vasyliev added.

Niger Delta oil thieves hard to catch: Commander Aminu Hassan of the Joint Task Force (South-South), Operation Delta Safe, says the struggle against oil thieves will continue until the offenders surrender.

Mr Hassan mentioned this while reporting on the effort to stop oil theft and unlawful refining.

The report was delivered during a NNPC evaluation tour of illegal crude oil refinery operations in Rivers.

On the tour were NNPC CEO Mele Kyari, Cdr Lucky Irabor, Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, and NIPRC CEO Gbenga Komolafe (NUPRC).

Mr Hassan said that the Niger Delta's topography made fighting oil thieves tough. According to him, “if you start your journey in the morning, you will arrive in the evening” and “when the illicit refiners are chased out of one place, they will shift to another.”

FG adopts new oil-theft strategy: NNPC

Oil thieves and unlicensed refiners are being targeted by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).

Oil theft and bunkering were reduced by combining the efforts of government security and regulatory agencies with local communities and oil firms, the NNPC stated.

On Wednesday, NNPC GM Mele Kyari said this while inspecting illegal refineries in Rivers.

Mr Kyari praised the government's determination to solve the issue, but emphasized the need for increased security and contemporary technologies.

Mr. Akinwunmi claimed pipeline vandalism, oil theft, and illegal refining activities threatened the country's oil and gas industry.

He claimed the Nigerian Navy was also doing a great job, making arrests and stopping illegal oil smuggling.

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