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Vladimir Putin news – ‘Cancer-ravaged’ monster fuels debate about who’ll succeed him after Ukraine war humiliation

VLADIMIR Putin is ‘entering most aggressive phase’ and is trying to ‘DESTROY everything’ in the Donbas region creating an ‘extremely difficult’ situation for Ukrainian forces.

Mr Motuzyanyk said Russian forces had not given up attempts to cross the river.

Ukrainian Defence Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk has said: “Now we are observing the most active phase of the full-scale aggression which Russia unfolded against our country.

“The situation on the [eastern] front is extremely difficult, because the fate of this country is perhaps being decided [there] right now.”

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has called the situation unfolding in the eastern Donbas region “extremely difficult”, in his daily briefing.

He also argued that a regular supply of weapons to Ukraine was the best strategy to maintain global stability and to help defeat Putin’s army.

Speaking during his nightly address, Zelensky said “the [full] strength of the Russian army was thrown [in Donbas] to attack.

“Lyman, Popasna, Severodonetsk, Slovyansk – the occupiers want to destroy everything there.”

He added: “Therefore, the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine – MLRS, tanks, anti-ship and other weapons – is the best investment in maintaining stability in the world and preventing many severe crises that Russia is still planning or has already provoked.”

His comments come as Ukrainian defence officials warn Russia’s war in eastern Ukraine is now in its most intense stages.

Read our Ukraine war blog below for the latest rolling news and updates…

  • Products to rocket in price as blockade is stopping access to Ukrainian ports

    Staple food products are set to increase in price as Russian navy blockades are preventing commercial shipping to Ukrainian ports, the Ministry of Defence has said.

    Since the start of the war, prices have already jumped up for some vital food supplies as a result of a Ukrainian grains not being able to be exported.

    Calls have been made for the international community to help, with Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK stating that the international community has a responsibility to reopen Ukraine’s grain exports.

    So far, the UK and allies have said there are “no current plans” for Royal Navy warships to help break Russia’s blockade.

    In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence said: “There has been no significant merchant shipping activity in or out of Odessa since the start of the war. Russia’s subsequent naval blockade of key Black Sea ports has deterred the commercial shipping industry from operating in the area.

    “Ukraine’s overland export mechanisms are highly unlikely to substitute for the shortfall in shipping capacity caused by the Russian blockade. As a result, significant supplies of Ukrainian grain remain in storage unable to be exported.

    “Fighting has already placed indirect pressure on global grain prices. While the threat of Russia’s naval blockade continues to deter access by commercial shipping to Ukrainian ports, the resulting supply shortfalls will further increase the price of many staple products.”

  • US slams Russia’s citizenship plan in Ukraine

    The United States on Wednesday denounced a Russian plan to fast-track citizenship in areas of Ukraine as a new effort to subdue people under its control.

    State Department spokesman Ned Price voiced concern that the plan was part of “Russia’s attempt to subjugate the people of Ukraine — to impose their will by force.”

    “That is something that we would forcefully reject,” Price told reporters.

  • Putin’s Ukraine food blockade risks global starvation

    Vladimir Putin risks starving people around the world if he continues to blockade Ukrainian food exports, the UK Government has warned.

    Defence minister Jeremy Quin told MPs there is a “significant risk to starvation on a global basis” due to Russia’s actions, and the UK is trying to assist efforts to free vital food supplies.

    Liam Fox, Conservative former defence secretary, accused the Russian president of echoing the tactics of Joseph Stalin by using famine as a “weapon of war”.

    Britain has said it has “no current plans” for Royal Navy warships to help break the Black Sea blockade but several MPs pressed the Government to coordinate action.

    Conservative former minister Andrew Murrison told a Commons debate: “The blockade of Odesa is of extreme seriousness.

    “Unless those silos are emptied in the next few weeks, there’ll be nowhere for the harvest to go and tens of thousands of people in some of the most vulnerable countries throughout the world will starve – with all the geopolitical consequences that will bring.

    “That means, does it not, that we need to lift that blockade in Odesa as a matter of urgency. What are we doing to provide, for example, Harpoon missiles to ensure that the ships that are currently blockading Odesa are dealt with and we can clean up the Black Sea so that mines are not posing a threat?”

  • Putin tries soften war’s economic impact on Russia by raising minimum wage by 10%

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday ordered the government to raise retirement pensions and the minimum wage by 10%, while stating that not all economic problems were associated with the conflict in Ukraine.

    Speaking at a televised meeting of Russia’s State Council, Putin said that inflation would not exceed 15% this year.

  • Russia passport plan ‘flagrant violation’ of Ukraine sovereignty, say Kyiv

    Moscow’s plan to make it easier for Ukrainians living in Russian-controlled regions of Ukraine to receive Russian citizenship violates international law, Kyiv said Wednesday, accusing the Kremlin of “criminal” behaviour.

    “The illegal issuing of passports… is a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as norms and principles of international humanitarian law,” the Ukrainian foreign ministry said in a statement.

  • Defence minister claims Russia ‘cannot win’ war amid UK military support for Ukraine

    Defence minister Jeremy Quin reiterated that Russia “cannot win” and restated the military support given to Ukraine.

    He told MPs: “So far, we’ve delivered in excess of 6,500 anti-tank missiles, many of which have been used successfully to repel columns of tanks, as well as eight air defence systems – including Brimstone and Starstreak missiles, the fastest in the world at some 2,000 miles an hour.”

    Mr Quin highlighted the delivery of Wolfhound armoured vehicles and Stormer vehicles fitted with Starstreak launchers.

  • Ukraine accuses Moscow of ‘blackmail’ over food security

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Wednesday described as “blackmail” a Russian proposal to lift sanctions over its Ukraine invasion to avoid a global food crisis.

    “This is clear blackmail. You could not find a better example of blackmail in international relations,” Kuleba said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

  • US closes another financial loophole for Russia

    The US is cutting off another financial route for Russia to pay its international debts.

    This move could push the country closer to default.

    The US Treasury Department said it would end a waiver that had allowed US bondholders to accept payments, tightening sanctions imposed over the war in Ukraine.

    While the new rules only apply to people in the US, they will make it difficult for Russia to make payments elsewhere.

  • Mariupol official says first cargo ship to depart port in coming days

    A Russian-backed official in the occupied Ukrainian port of Mariupol said on Wednesday that the first ship to leave since pro-Russian forces completed their capture of the city would leave in the next few days, the TASS news agency reported.

    The official said the ship would take around 3,000 tonnes of metals to Rostov-on-Don in Russia, TASS said.

    Earlier, Russia’s defence ministry said that Mariupol’s port, a shallow-water harbour on the Azov Sea, was “operating normally”.

  • Zelenskyy calls for western unity as Russia advances

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy blasted the West for lacking unity on Wednesday, as the Russian invasion entered its fourth month and Moscow’s troops advanced in eastern Ukraine.

    Fighting reached the edge of the industrial city of Severodonetsk, which is under fierce bombardment by Russian forces who are trying to encircle it in one of their key goals in Ukraine’s Donbas region.

    An unrepentant Moscow told the West to lift sanctions to stave off a global food crisis sparked by the war between two countries that together produce nearly a third of the world’s wheat.

    Zelensky renewed calls for heavy weapons from foreign partners, saying the billions of dollars’ worth already put up were not enough to help Ukraine’s outgunned forces.

    “Unity is about weapons. My question is, is there this unity in practice? I can’t see it. Our huge advantage over Russia would be when we are truly united,” Zelensky said via videolink to an event on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Zelensky said Ukraine was grateful for US support, but urged Europe to step up, specifically naming neighbouring Hungary which is blocking an EU-wide embargo on Russian oil.

  • Ukraine claims Putin ‘survived assassination attempt’

    VLADIMIR Putin has survived an assassination attempt after he was attacked during a trip, Ukraine this week claimed.

    The country’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, said there was an “unsuccessful attempt” against the Russian President’s life at the start of the war against Ukraine. 

    He told Ukrainian Pravda: “Putin was assassinated…

    “He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.

    “This is non-public information. Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really took place… It was about 2 months ago.”

    “Once again, he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it took place. “

    The outlet said the full interview will be aired tomorrow.

    Read more here.

  • Products to rocket in price as blockade is stopping access to Ukrainian ports

    Staple food products are set to increase in price as Russian navy blockades are preventing commercial shipping to Ukrainian ports, the Ministry of Defence has said.

    Since the start of the war, prices have already jumped up for some vital food supplies as a result of a Ukrainian grains not being able to be exported.

    Calls have been made for the international community to help, with Ukraine’s ambassador to the UK stating that the international community has a responsibility to reopen Ukraine’s grain exports.

    So far, the UK and allies have said there are “no current plans” for Royal Navy warships to help break Russia’s blockade.

    In a statement on Wednesday, the Ministry of Defence said: “There has been no significant merchant shipping activity in or out of Odessa since the start of the war. Russia’s subsequent naval blockade of key Black Sea ports has deterred the commercial shipping industry from operating in the area.

    “Ukraine’s overland export mechanisms are highly unlikely to substitute for the shortfall in shipping capacity caused by the Russian blockade. As a result, significant supplies of Ukrainian grain remain in storage unable to be exported.

    “Fighting has already placed indirect pressure on global grain prices. While the threat of Russia’s naval blockade continues to deter access by commercial shipping to Ukrainian ports, the resulting supply shortfalls will further increase the price of many staple products.”

  • Defence secretary urges Russia to do the right thing over grain exports

    Britain’s Defence Secretary Ben Wallace on Wednesday called on Russia to let Ukraine export its grain to help countries where grain scarcity could trigger hunger.

    Russia must “do the right thing”, Wallace told reporters in Madrid where he met with his counterpart Margarita Robles.

    He rejected the idea to lift sanctions against Russia in return for grain release and welcomed the suggestion to make Black Sea nations, such as Turkey, to escort the Ukraine grain shipments.

  • Ukraine is battling to keep control of a key highway

    Ukraine is battling to keep control of a key highway leading to the front-line city of Severodonetsk.

    Oleksandr Motuzyanyk the defence ministry spokesman, said in a briefing that alternative routes existed to supply Ukrainian units in Sievierodonetsk, which is enveloped on three sides by Russian forces.

    Mr Motuzyanyk said that Russia’s aim was to fully surround Ukrainian units in the city.

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  • Putin issues order to simplify the procedure of handing Russian citizenship to Ukrainians

    Vladimir Putin has issued an order to simplify the procedure of handing Russian citizenship to residents of Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions in Ukraine’s south.

    Kherson is the first and only major Ukrainian city occupied by Russia.

    Zaporizhzhia is still under Ukrainian control, but many surrounding areas are under Russian occupation.

  • ‘We must avoid a bad peace for Ukraine’

    Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, has said Ukraine has to be able to negotiate with Russia from a position of strength.

    She said in a speech in Stockholm: “We must avoid a bad peace, a badly negotiated peace for Ukraine would mean a bad peace for us all.

    “It is much more dangerous giving in to Putin, than provoking him. All these seemingly small concessions to the aggressor lead to big wars. We have done this mistake already three times: Georgia, Crimea and Donbas.”

  • Russia stages massive nuclear missile drills

    Russia has staged nuclear missile drills rehearsing how it could destroy the West within minutes in another chilling warning by Vladimir Putin.

    Footage shows the massive hypersonic ballistic missile launchers being transported through the forest in the Ivanovo region.

    The Yars and Topol M missiles are some of Russia’s deadliest weapons.

    The terrifying thermonuclear Yars missile can blast targets at 15,000mph and carry six warheads.

    Putin’s warning drills come a day after one of his allies, Dmitry Rogozin, boasted Russia is set to deploy 50 of its “unstoppable” Satan-2 nuke.

    Standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block, the 208 ton RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.

  • Chelsea’s sale approved by the UK government

    Chelsea’s sale to Todd Boehly will go through and has been given approval by the UK government and Premier League.

    Secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Nadine Dorries said: “We are satisfied the proceeds of the sale will not benefit Roman Abramovich or other sanctioned individuals.”

    Abramovich will no longer be associated with Chelsea as a result.

  • Champion boxer dies defending Ukraine

    A former amateur champion boxer has died aged 30 defending Ukraine against Russia.

    Oleg Prudky was working for the Cherkasy Police special forces in the continued effort to fight the invaders.

    Their city base was attacked on Sunday as he and three colleagues died.

    Prudky was a two-time amateur champ in his homeland and was called up to Ukrainian Otamans team for the semi-pro World Series of Boxing competition – a team Vasyl Lomachenko and Oleksandr Usyk previously represented.

    The Ukrainian Boxing Federation said: “We are sad to announce that the master of sports of international boxing class, champion of Ukraine Oleg Prudky, died in battles with the Russian occupiers.

    “The Boxing Federation of Ukraine expresses its condolences to the boxer’s family! Eternal memory to you Olezh.”

  • ‘Severodonetsk being destroyed round-the-clock’

    According to the local governor, Severodonetsk has been hit by several attacks by Russian forces.

    Serhiy Haidai told Ukrainian TV “The city is being destroyed round-the-clock.

    “They are dropping bombs from planes… using Grad and Smerch [multiple launch rocket systems], and artillery.”

    He added: “Russian troops have approached close enough to shell it with mortars” and says “the situation in the city is very difficult,” and indicated that the next few days were critical.

  • Russia defence ministry claim Mariupol port is operating

    Russia’s defence ministry has claimed that the port of Mariupol is operating normally.

    The ministry said that Russia is in touch with the United Nations, and that Moscow “does not rule out the possibility of global talks to unblock Ukraine’s ports.”

  • Russian air force general killed after his Su-25 fighter jet is ‘blasted out of sky’

    Another Russian air force general has been killed after his Su-25 fighter jet was shot down by Ukrainian forces using a Stinger missile.

    The death of retired Russian Air Force major general Kanamat Botashev, 63, is thought to be the highest-ranking pilot whose death is known since the war started on February 24.

    Before Botashev retired he was the commander of an aviation regiment.

    Botashev’s death was confirmed to the BBC by three of his former subordinates who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons.

    An announcement from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on May 22 said a Russian Su-25 attack aircraft had been shot down in the sky over the Luhansk region.

    Along with an image released of the burning aircraft, an adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Anton Gerashchenko said: “In the distance, the remnants of the Su-25 shot down by soldiers of the 3rd company of the 80th brigade in the Luhansk region are burning out an hour ago. ‘Stinger’ worked perfectly.”

  • The UK Ministry of Defence daily briefing

    Since Russia invaded Ukraine forces have put a blockade on key ports on the Black Sea.

    This has resulted in significant supplies of grain not being able to get exported, according to the latest analysis by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

    Odesa, has seen no significant merchant shipping activity since the start of the war.

    The situation has put pressure on global food prices, and the ongoing disruption to commercial shipping.

  • ‘Most aggressive phase’

    Putin is ‘entering most aggressive phase’ and is trying to ‘DESTROY everything’ in the Donbas region creating an ‘extremely difficult’ situation for Ukrainian forces.

    Mr Motuzyanyk said Russian forces had not given up attempts to cross the river.

    Ukrainian Defence Ministry spokesman Oleksandr Motuzyanyk has said: “Now we are observing the most active phase of the full-scale aggression which Russia unfolded against our country.

    “The situation on the [eastern] front is extremely difficult, because the fate of this country is perhaps being decided [there] right now.”

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