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Ukraine war updates LIVE: Isolated Putin being LIED to by terrified generals too scared to admit Russian loses

RUSSIAN President, Vladimir Putin, is being misled by advisers who are “afraid to tell him the truth” about the war, according to Western officials.

Officials from the US, UK and European say Russia’s leader is being ‘misinformed’ about his military’s poor performance in Ukraine.

The assessments was conducted yesterday by officials from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said the US believes: “Putin is being misinformed about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth”.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, says fierce resistance has pressured Russian forces in Kyiv – but Ukraine is preparing for strikes in other regions.

Zelensky has claimed that Russia is building up its forces in eastern Ukraine in readiness for a new wave of attacks in the breakaway Donbas region, despite planned peace talks on Friday.

In an early morning video address today, the Ukrainian leader said he was seeing “a build-up of Russian forces for new strikes on the Donbas and we are preparing for that”.

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Zelensky addresses Australian parliament

    Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Australian parliament via videolink today.

    He told the Parliament: “We haven’t seen this in the world, for a country to start a war against a neighbouring country, openly declaring their enslavement or destruction. Not to leave even the name of that nation. Not to have even any opportunity for this nation to live freely.”

    He also issues of the war itself, saying countries should work together to stop Russia.

    Zelensky said: “But the most terrible thing, if we don’t stop Russia now, if we don’t hold Russia accountable, than some of the countries of the world that were looking forward to a similar war against their neighbours will decide that such things are possible for them as well. The fate of global security is decided now.”

  • MoD: Russian shelling and missile strikes continue

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence says that despite promises to reduce the scale of it’s military operations, Russian forces are continuing shell Chernihiv.

    Their latest analysis also says that Kremlin troops “continue to hold positions to the east and west of Kyiv” despite the withdrawal of some of its units.

    The MoD also said “heavy fighting will likely take place” in the suburbs of Kyiv in coming days as heavy fighting continues in Mariupol.

  • Zelensky dismisses Russian claims of scaleback

    In his nightly video address to the nation, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he doesn’t trust Russian claims to scale back military activity.

    “We don’t believe anyone, not a single beautiful phrase,” he added.

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  • Russia says it will boost export quotas for nitrogen

    Russia plans to increase its export quotas for nitrogen and complex fertilisers, its economy ministry said in a statement today.

    The quotas will be raised by 231,000 tonnes for nitrogen fertilisers and by 466,000 tonnes for complex fertilisers, the ministry said in a statement.

    The measure will help to increase exports of these products and at the same time secure sufficient amount of the crop nutrients for domestic farmers, it added.

  • Russia announces ceasefire in Mariupol

    Russia’s defence ministry has announced a ceasefire in Mariupol  to allow residents to evacuate the besieged city, AFP reports.

    A humanitarian corridor from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhia, via the Russian-controlled port of Berdiansk, will be opened from 10am (7am GMT) today, the ministry said.

    The ministry also said the UN refugee agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross would assist with the operation.

    “For this humanitarian operation to succeed, we propose to carry it out with the direct participation of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross,” a ministry statement said.

  • ‘Putin’s campaign is beset by problems’

    UK spy chief, Sir Jeremy, will reveal today to an audience in Canberra, Australia: “We know Putin’s campaign is beset by problems — low morale, logistical failures and high Russian casualty numbers. We’ve seen Putin lie to his own people in an attempt to hide military incompetence.

    “We’ve seen Russian soldiers — short of weapons and morale — refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft.”

    Speaking at the Australian National University, he will add: “Even though we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what’s going on and the extent of these misjudgments must be crystal clear to the regime.

    “It all adds up to the strategic miscalculation that Western leaders warned Putin it would be. It’s become his personal war, with the cost being paid by innocent people in Ukraine and increasingly, by ordinary Russians too.”

  • Hero Ukrainian mechanics are blitzing Russian troops with their OWN tanks

    HERO Ukrainian mechanics are repairing Russian tanks to be used by their own forces against the invaders.

    Vladimir Putin’s forces have lost thousands of vehicles in the war in Ukraine, including around 600 tanks and over 1700 other armoured vehicles.

    Many of their burnt out shells now litter the landscape after being blasted by Kyiv’s forces.

    But ingenious Ukrainian mechanics have also been at working on repairing ones that can be salvaged.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Russia has become one of the main suppliers of arms to their enemy.

    “We take trophies and use them to protect Ukraine,” he said.

  • Russian forces in chaos as soldiers refuse orders

    MUTINOUS Russian forces are sabotaging their weapons and refusing to carry out orders amid surging Red Army deaths, a UK spy chief will reveal today.

    Vladimir Putin “massively misjudged” how hard conquering Ukraine would be but is bent on his “personal war” — even as his poorly fed and armed soldiers are giving up.

    It came as telling footage showed despairing conscripts complaining of being “thrown into the s**t” with 1940s rifles that do not work.

    Planes have been downed by friendly fire and Russia’s “command and control is in chaos,” GCHQ boss Sir Jeremy Fleming will say.

    Met with fierce resistance, Russian troops have been bogged down and pushed back. The strategically important town of Trostyanets in the north-east has been retaken, the occupying soldiers fleeing, leaving their uniforms behind.

    But Putin’s fearful generals are hiding the scale of the battlefield losses from him as what was meant to be a lightning war grinds on.  

    Mutinous Russian forces are sabotaging their weapons
    Mutinous Russian forces are sabotaging their weapons
  • Ukrainian forces braces attacks in Donbas

    Ukraine’s President, Volodymyr Zelensky, says fierce resistance has pressured Russian forces in Kyiv – but Ukraine is preparing for strikes in other regions.

    Zelensky has claimed that Russia is building up its forces in eastern Ukraine in readiness for a new wave of attacks in the breakaway Donbas region, despite planned peace talks on Friday.

    In an early morning video address today, the Ukrainian leader said he was seeing “a build-up of Russian forces for new strikes on the Donbas and we are preparing for that”.

  • Putin being ‘mislead’ about war

    OFFICIALS from the US, UK and European say Russia’s leader is being ‘misinformed’ about his military’s poor performance in Ukraine.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is being misled by advisers who are “afraid to tell him the truth”, according to Western officials.

    The assessments was conducted yesterday by officials from the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom.

    Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said the US believes: “Putin is being misinformed about how badly the Russian military is performing and how the Russian economy is being crippled by sanctions because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth”.

  • Hello, Milica Cosic logging on this morning. I’ll be bringing you the latest Russia-Ukraine war news and updates until 2pm today.

  • Russia ‘more determined’ to boost ties

    China and Russia are “more determined” to develop bilateral ties and boost cooperation, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said today, following a meeting in China with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov.

    Wang said bilateral ties had withstood new tests amid the changing international situation but had maintained the “correct” direction of development, and reaffirmed China’s support for continued peace talks between Russia and Ukraine. 

  • US citizens could be singled out in Ukraine & Russia

    Travel advisories have been reissued for Americans in both Ukraine and Russia.

    There have also been renewed warnings that “Russian government security officials may single out and detain US citizens” in both countries.

    “There are continued reports of US citizens being singled out and detained by the Russian military in Ukraine and when evacuating by land through Russia-occupied territory or to Russia or Belarus,” the updated Ukraine travel advisory said.

  • Kremlin says no breakthrough in Ukraine talks

    The Kremlin says there was no breakthrough in the latest round of talks with Ukraine.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today it was a positive factor that Ukraine submitted its written proposals, but added that we cant say there has been something promising or any breakthroughs.

    He emphasized in a call with reporters that there is still a lot of work ahead, following Tuesdays talks in Istanbul.

  • Russia will not demand immediate switch to gas payments in roubles 

    Russia will not immediately demand that other countries pay for its gas exports in roubles, the Kremlin said today.

    It also promised a gradual shift, saying Russia should work on an idea to widen the list of its exports requiring rouble payment.

    Russia’s top lawmaker Vyacheslav Volodin warned the European Union earlier today that if it wanted Russian natural gas then it would have to pay in roubles, and cautioned that oil, grain, metals, fertiliser, coal and timber exports could also soon be priced the same way. 

  • Raab: UK’s sanctions against Russia will remain in place

    The Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said the UK’s sanctions against Russia will remain in place until the invasion of Ukraine is “withdrawn”.

    “The sanctions are there to tighten the grip on Putin’s war machine,” he told the BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

    “Until the invasion is withdrawn – and I think that would need to be either entirely or verifiably – I don’t think the sanctions can or should be lifted.”

  • Raab: No engagement in Russia in direct military confrontation

    The Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has said he is cautious about the prospect of the UK acting as an independent guarantor of Ukraine’s security – if it declared itself to be neutral as part of a peace deal with Moscow.

    “It would depend on what precisely is involved. We have been very clear we are not going to engage Russia in direct military confrontation. Ukraine is not a Nato member,” he said.

    “We will consider anything that (Ukrainian) President Zelensky says he needs very carefully. But we are not going to, I think, replicate unilaterally the Nato commitments that apply to Nato members.”

  • Poland to end Russian oil imports

    Poland has announced steps to end all Russian oil imports by the end of 2022.

    The country has already largely reduced its dependence on Russian oil, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.

    Morawiecki told a news conference that Poland was launching the most radical plan among European nations to wean off Russian energy sources.

    Poland said yesterday that it was banning imports of Russian coal. Morawiecki said he expects gas imports will be cut in May.

    Morawiecki says Poland will take steps to become independent of Russian supplies and is calling on other European Union countries to walk away from Russia fossil fuels.

  • Home Office issues 25,500 visas to Ukrainians

    The Home Office has revealed that around 25,500 visas have been issued to Ukrainian people fleeing the war.

    Of those, 22,800 were given under the Ukraine Family Scheme, and 2,700 were approved to those on the sponsorship scheme. 

  • UN says more than 4m people have fled Ukraine

    According to the United Nation’s Refugee Agency, some 4,019,287 people have now fled Ukraine.

    Of those, 2.3 million have arrived in Poland.

    However, workers on the ground say that the flow of refugees has slowed in the last few days.

  • Pentagon says Kyiv still at risk from airstrikes

    The Pentagon says Kyiv remains at risk of being bombarded by airstrikes despite Putin’s withdrawal of troops from the area.

    Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said: “What I would just say is generally, the city continues to be under threat of airstrike and bombardment. We are continuing to see that even as the Russians reposition some of their troops.

    “Before they started to reposition they were in a defensive crouch basically, they weren’t advancing from the ground anymore in the city. But even with all that, we continue to see that the city is very much under threat from airstrikes.”

  • Terrified Roman Abramovich ‘asked “are we dying?” after being poisoned 

    A TERRIFIED Roman Abramovich asked if he was going to die after he was poisoned with a deadly WWI chemical agent, reports claim.

    The billionaire oligarch is said to have gone blind for several hours and skin peeled off his hands and face after he joined peace talks to end the war between Russia and Ukraine.

    The sanctioned Chelsea owner, 55, suffered the alarming symptoms along with two Ukrainian peace negotiators, after reportedly eating poisoned chocolates.

    According to new analysis, Abramovich was poisoned with World War One chemical warfare agent chloropicrin or a low dosage of novichok.

    The alleged attack was blamed on hardliners in Moscow who want to sabotage peace talks and continue Vladimir Putin’s bloody war against Ukraine.

    The symptoms he suffered were so severe that one stage he feverishly asked scientists examining him “are we dying?”, one person present told the New York Times.

  • Kremlin says no breakthrough in Ukraine talks

    The Kremlin says there was no breakthrough in the latest round of talks with Ukraine.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said today it was a positive factor that Ukraine submitted its written proposals, but added that we cant say there has been something promising or any breakthroughs.

    He emphasized in a call with reporters that there is still a lot of work ahead, following Tuesdays talks in Istanbul.

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