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International news brief: Zelensky says Putin has become 'a terrorist', 51 migrants die

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Washington, Jun 29: Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of becoming "a terrorist" and leading a "terrorist state". He further urged Russia's expulsion from the United Nations.

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