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Ukraine-Russia war latest: Zelensky warns ‘no time to waste’ as army chief says frontline situation ‘tense’

Volodymyr Zelensky has rallied again for immediate aid assistance from his allies, saying there is no more time left to waste as Russian attacks continue to batter Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president said Russia used nearly 130 “Shahed” drones against Ukraine, more than 80 Russian missiles and nearly 700 guided aerial bombs last week.

“Rhetoric does not protect the skies. Thoughts do not limit the production of terrorist missiles and drones,” he added.

He pointed out that sanctions against Russia can “still be circumvented” while Ukraine has to wait for months to receive vital assistance packages, in addition to waiting for a vote in the US Congress.

On the war front line, Kyiv’s military chief said Ukraine’s situation in the industrial east had “significantly worsened in recent days”.

Washington-based think tank Institute for the Study of War also warned that delays in Western military assistance would increasingly hamper their ability to fight back against Russian advances.

“The Russian military command likely assesses that Ukrainian forces will be unable to defend against current and future Russian offensive operations due to delays in or the permanent end of US military assistance,” the think tank said.

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  • Zelensky says ‘no more time to waste’ on aid as Ukraine endures 130 ‘Shahed’ drones

  • Here are the latest photos from Ukraine

Lord David Cameron meets Alexei Navalny’s wife

12:00 , Jabed Ahmed

Foreign Secretary David Cameron has met Yulia Navalnaya in Whitehall.

The widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has campaigned to live in a “free Russia” since his death.

In a post on X, Mr Cameron said: “Alexei Navalny dedicated his life to exposing the corruption of Putin’s system and speaking up for the Russian people – [Yulia Navalnaya] is continuing his fight. I was honoured to meet her today.”

Last week, Lord Cameron called for the release of Vladimir Kara-Murza, the new face of Russian opposition, two years to the day after he was arrested by Kremlin authorities for speaking out against Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Four killed in Russian attack on Siversk in Donetsk

11:30 , Jabed Ahmed

Four people have been killed in a Russian air strike Siversk in Donetsk Oblast, the city’s governor has announced.

Siversk, a city north of Bakhmut, came under the attack on the evening of 14 April, Governor Vadym Filashkin said.

Four men aged between 36 and 86 were reportedly killed.

Heavy fighting continues in Donetsk as Russia attempts to occupy the entire region.

The city’s close proximity to the frontline means it is subject to daily air strikes.

Ukraine calls for ‘extraordinary and bold’ air defence support from allies

11:00 , Jabed Ahmed

Ukraine has called on allies to provide air defences to help fight against waves of Russian air strikes that have targeted the energy system in recent weeks.

Russian missile and drone attacks have repeatedly attacked Ukrainian energy infrastructure since last month, prompting Kyiv to issue increasingly desperate calls for air defence help.

Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said: “We urgently require additional Patriot and other modern air defence systems, weapons and ammunition,”

“I take this opportunity to once again urge all of our partners to take extraordinary and bold steps.”

“Ukrainian air defence is now protecting not only Ukrainian skies from Russian air terror, it also shields neighbouring Moldova, Romania and Poland from the immediate threat of missiles and drones entering their air space,” he added at a Black Sea security conference.

The minister said on Sunday negotiations were ongoing for more Patriot systems for Ukraine, but decried their slow pace.

Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (REUTERS)
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba (REUTERS)

More than 125,000 forced to evacuate as floods grip Russia and Kazakhstan

10:30 , Jabed Ahmed

More than 125,000 people have been forced to flee their homes as areas of northern Kazakhstan and Russia's Urals region were flooded today.

The countries have been experiencing some of the worst flooding in living memory as melt waters swelled the tributaries of the world’s seventh longest river system.

Very large snow falls have melted swiftly amid heavy rain over land already waterlogged before winter.

This has swelled the tributaries of the Ob, which rises in the Altai Mountains of southern Siberia and empties into the Arctic Ocean, beyond bursting point, leaving some cities in Russia and Kazakhstan under water.

Russia’s Kurgan, a region of 800,000 people at the confluence of the Ural mountains and Siberia, was grappling with flooding and rising water levels in the Tobol River, another tributary of the Irtysh.

Water levels rose to over 20 ft in the main city of Kurgan.

Governor Vadim Shumkov said there was almost a “sea” of water approaching.

“The city of Kurgan itself will be next,” Shumkov said.

“The flow of the Tobol is accelerating. The water level in it is constantly rising.”

“Fellow countrymen, leave the flooded areas immediately.”

flood-hit city of Petropavl in northern Kazakhstan close to the border with Russia (AFP via Getty Images)
flood-hit city of Petropavl in northern Kazakhstan close to the border with Russia (AFP via Getty Images)

Russian equipment losses on the frontline more than double Ukraine, analyst suggests

10:00 , Jabed Ahmed

Roughly 50 Russian military vehicles and equipment have been damaged or destroyed on the frontline in the last 24 hours, analysis suggests.

Ukraine has lost 19 pieces of military equipment in the same time period.

Russian losses include nine tanks, while Ukraine’s military lost four.

Russian aluminium manufacturer says British and US sanctions will not affect supply

09:30 , Jabed Ahmed

Russian aluminium producer Rusal has said new sanctions introduced by the UK and USA will have no impact on its aluminium supply.

The UK and US governments announced new sanctions on Russia last week, which prohibits metal-trading exchanges from accepting new aluminium, copper and nickel produced by Russia and barred the import of the metals into the Britain and the US.

The sanctions are in response to Russia’s war in Ukraine in an attempt to disrupt its export revenue. Russia is a major producer of metals.

“The announced actions have no impact on Rusal’s ability to supply since Rusal’s global logistic delivery solutions, access to banking system, overall production and quality systems are not affected,” Rusal said in a statement.

“These actions do not impose any new prohibitions or requirements relating to the processing, clearing or sending of payments by any intermediary banks, including the U.S. banks.”

The company confirmed it would still be able to provide hedging services to customers and said it remained committed to market-based pricing.

Rusal aluminium smelter in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (REUTERS)
Rusal aluminium smelter in Krasnoyarsk, Russia (REUTERS)

Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

09:00 , Tom Watling

A draft peace agreement that Russia and Ukraine negotiated in the early days of the war could serve as a starting point for talks to end the fighting, the Kremlin said Friday, reviving a proposal that Ukraine had rejected.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the draft document that was discussed in Istanbul in March 2022 could be “the basis for starting negotiations.” At the same time, he noted that the possible future talks would need to take into account the “new realities.”

Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

08:30 , Tom Watling

Editorial: Reports of refugees sent to live with suspected gangsters underline the need for improved safeguards

Editorial: The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

08:00 , Tom Watling

More civilians died across Ukraine Sunday as analysts warned that delays in U.S. military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

One man was Sunday killed after a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Officials in the Kharkiv region also said Sunday that they had retrieved the bodies of a 61-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man killed by a Russian strike the previous day. Ten Russian Shahed-type drones were shot down over the Kharkiv region overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force said Sunday.

More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

Here are the latest photos from Ukraine

07:30 , Tom Watling

Below are some of the latest photos from Ukraine.

Elderly women walk past a hostel destroyed during a missile attack in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)
Elderly women walk past a hostel destroyed during a missile attack in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)
Ukrainian servicemen of the 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade fire a 120-mm mortar towards Russian troops (REUTERS)
Ukrainian servicemen of the 28th Separate Mechanized Brigade fire a 120-mm mortar towards Russian troops (REUTERS)
A Ukrainian service member stands near a Magura V5 unmanned marine vehicle during an exhibition of military equipment and weapons (REUTERS)
A Ukrainian service member stands near a Magura V5 unmanned marine vehicle during an exhibition of military equipment and weapons (REUTERS)

Germany's Scholz arrives in China on a visit marked by trade tensions and Ukraine conflict

07:00 , Holly Evans

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in China on Sunday on a visit focused on the increasingly tense economic relationship between the nations and differences over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Scholz’s first destination was Chongqing, where he and his delegation of ministers and business leaders were to visit a partially German-funded company and other sites in the vast city, which is a production base for China’s auto and other industries.

Scholz is also scheduled to visit the financial hub of Shanghai during his three-day visit, before travelling to the capital, Beijing, to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Premier Li Qiang.

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Germany's Scholz arrives in China on a visit marked by trade tensions and Ukraine conflict

Zelensky says ‘no more time to waste’ on aid as Ukraine endures 130 ‘Shahed’ drones

06:15 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky has told his allies there is no more time to waste on aid and critical assistance packages for Ukraine as Russian attacks only continue to surge.

“Over the last week, Russian terrorists used nearly 130 "Shahed" drones against Ukraine; fortunately, we were able to intercept the vast majority of them. More than 80 Russian missiles and nearly 700 guided aerial bombs were also used,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address.

“Rhetoric does not protect the skies. Thoughts do not limit the production of terrorist missiles and drones,” he added.

He pointed out that sanctions against Russia can “still be circumvented” while Ukraine has to wait for months to receive vital assistance packages, in addition to waiting for a vote in the US Congress.

This “indicates that terrorists’ self-confidence is also growing by the month”, Mr Zelensky said.

“There is no more time to waste. Wherever life is threatened by terror, it must be protected through real action. Every effort must be made to prevent the evil of war from spreading throughout the world, whether in Europe, the Middle East, or elsewhere,” he said.

More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

06:00 , Holly Evans

More civilians died across Ukraine Sunday as analysts warned that delays in U.S. military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

One man was Sunday killed after a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Officials in the Kharkiv region also said Sunday that they had retrieved the bodies of a 61-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man killed by a Russian strike the previous day. Ten Russian Shahed-type drones were shot down over the Kharkiv region overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force said Sunday.

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More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

Ukraine suffering on ground due to delay in western military assistance, analysts say

05:37 , Arpan Rai

Delays in Western military assistance would increasingly hamper Ukraine’s ability to push back Russian advances, the Institute for the Study of War, a Washington-based think tank, warned.

In its report, the ISW said that Russian forces were prioritising grinding, tactical gains with operational-level efforts focusing on the cities of Lyman, Chasiv Yar, and Pokrovsk.

“The Russian military command likely assesses that Ukrainian forces will be unable to defend against current and future Russian offensive operations due to delays in or the permanent end of US military assistance,” the think tank said.

In an earlier update on Saturday, Ukraine’s military chief General Oleksandr Syrskyi said Ukraine’s battlefield situation in the industrial east had “significantly worsened in recent days,” as warming weather allowed Russian forces to launch a fresh push along several stretches of the more than 1,000km (620-mile) -long front line.

He added that Russian forces had been “actively attacking” Ukrainian positions near the cities of Lyman, Bakhmut and Pokrovsk, and beginning to launch tank assaults as drier, warmer spring weather made it easier for heavy vehicles to move across previously muddy terrain.

More civilians die in Ukraine in Russian attacks

05:12 , Arpan Rai

More civilians died across Ukraine yesterday as experts warned that delays in US military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

A total of four people – all civilians – were killed in parts of Ukraine in separate Russian attacks.

One man was killed after a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said yesterday. Elsewhere, a 67-year-old woman was killed after shelling hit an apartment block in the Donetsk region, said governor Vadym Filashkin.

Officials in the Kharkiv region also said yesterday that they had retrieved the bodies of a 61-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man killed by a Russian strike the previous day.

Meanwhile, shelling in the Russian-occupied Kherson region killed two civilians on the same day, said Moscow-installed leader Vladimir Saldo. Ukrainian drones were also reported in Russia’s Krasnodar and Belgorod regions and over the Black Sea, the Russian defence ministry said.

In the Russian onslaught, Ukrainian Air Force said 10 Russian Shahed-type drones were shot down over the Kharkiv region overnight yesterday.

Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

05:00 , Holly Evans

Ukrainian refugees fleeing the horrors of war to find sanctuary in British homes were sent to live with suspected gangsters under the government’s flagship Homes for Ukraine scheme, The Independent can reveal.

People with suspected links to serious or organised crime were among those approved as hosts under the scheme, which was set up in 2022 to encourage warm-hearted homeowners to lend a spare room to those fleeing Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

In the worst cases, Ukrainian families and individuals “just disappeared”, according to one council worker, while others were forced to work for their hosts or were charged rent. In one stark example, a couple with a young child were sent to live with a convicted paedophile.

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Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

War frontline situation ‘tense’, says Ukrainian defence minister

04:49 , Arpan Rai

Ukrainian defence minister Rustem Umerov said he visited Ukrainian units on the eastern front yesterday and described the situation as “tense”, with Russia trying to make headway in areas west of Bakhmut.

“Visited combat units in the eastern direction. The situation is tense. The enemy is trying to advance deep into the positions of the Defence Forces, concentrating on a breakthrough west of Bakhmut,” he said.

The defence minister added: “Despite the numerical superiority of the enemy, we effectively disrupt these plans thanks to the courage, training, and professionalism of the defenders, who successfully use modern technological systems in opposition to the enemy, who tries to gain an advantage through manpower.”

The war has escalated in recent weeks with Russia staging three massive air strikes on Ukrainian power plants and substations, raising fears over the resilience of an energy system that was hobbled in the war’s first winter.

President Volodymyr Zelensky told Ukrainians in his address last night: “The situation at the front during such a hot war is always difficult. But these days – and especially on the Donetsk front – it’s getting harder.”

The Ukrainian leader has warned the Kremlin may be preparing to launch a big offensive in late spring or summer.

Ukraine’s top commander says Russia wants to capture Chasiv Yar by 9 May

04:28 , Arpan Rai

Russian forces are eyeing capturing the town of Chasiv Yar in less than a month, a high ground area in eastern Ukraine which is set to become the hottest point of fighting in the war, top Ukrainian commander said.

Ukrainian Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi said Russia was focussing its efforts in the west of occupied Bakhmut to try to capture Chasiv Yar before moving towards the Kramatorsk city. The top Ukrainian commander had warned this weekend that the situation in the east – where most of the heavy warfare with military forces is concentrated – had deteriorated.

"The threat remains relevant, taking into account the fact that the higher Russian military leadership has set its troops the task of capturing Chasiv Yar by 9 May," he said, without elaborating.

9 May is also celebrated as the date Moscow marked the Soviet victory in the second World War.

Chasiv Yar in the Donetsk region lies 5-10km (3-6 miles) from Bakhmut, the devastated city captured by Russian forces in May last year after months of bloody fighting.

Kyiv’s brigades were holding back the assaults near Chasiv Yar for now and had been reinforced with ammunition, drones and electronic warfare devices, he said in a statement on Telegram.

Ukraine bishop urges UK and US to keep supporting fight against Russia

03:55 , Arpan Rai

The bishop for Ukraine in London has urged the UK and the US to “honour their pledges” and not forget that Ukraine is fighting Russia to save the “rule of law and democracy”.

In a major intervention, Bishop Kenneth Nowakowski said Ukraine was not asking for soldiers on the ground but for funding to continue fighting Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Two years ago, Russia launched a devastating full-scale invasion of Ukraine, capturing nearly a quarter of the country and displacing more than 10 million people. There are now at least six million Ukrainian refugees in Europe, including around 250,000 in the UK.

“This is not just a battle for Ukraine,” the Catholic bishop told The Independent. “It is the battle for rule of law, democracy and freedoms that we have all taken advantage of. That we stand to lose.

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Ukraine bishop urges UK and US to keep supporting fight against Russia

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

03:30 , Holly Evans

One of the good decisions made by Michael Gove, who as housing and communities secretary was responsible for the Homes for Ukraine scheme when it was set up two years ago, was to allow the project to be driven from the bottom up.

The scheme was an expression of solidarity from the British people to the Ukrainian people, and the role of the British government, as Mr Gove saw it, was to enable and support it – but mainly to get out of the way.

It was, and remains, an overwhelming success. More than 180,000 visas have been issued to Ukrainian refugees through the sponsorship route. The problems with the scheme, exclusively reported by The Independent, in no way undermine the policy in principle – on the contrary, they argue for improved safeguards in order to ensure continuing high levels of public support for it.

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Editorial: The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

02:00 , Holly Evans

A draft peace agreement that Russia and Ukraine negotiated in the early days of the war could serve as a starting point for talks to end the fighting, the Kremlin said Friday, reviving a proposal that Ukraine had rejected.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the draft document that was discussed in Istanbul in March 2022 could be “the basis for starting negotiations.” At the same time, he noted that the possible future talks would need to take into account the “new realities.”

“There have been many changes since then, new entities have been included in our constitution,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

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Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

Trypilska: Russian attack destroys one of Ukraine’s largest power plants

Monday 15 April 2024 00:00 , Holly Evans

A massive missile and drone attack destroyed one of Ukraine’s largest power plants and damaged others, officials have said.

The Trypilska plant, which was the biggest energy supplier for the Kyiv, Cherkasy and Zhytomyr regions, was struck numerous times, destroying the transformer, turbines and generators and leaving the plant ablaze.

As the first drone approached, workers hid in a shelter, saving their lives, said Andrii Gota, chairman of the supervisory board of the state company that runs the plant, Centrenergo.

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Trypilska: Russian attack destroys one of Ukraine’s largest power plants

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Sunday 14 April 2024 23:00 , Holly Evans

China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment.

Two senior Biden administration officials, who discussed the sensitive findings Friday on the condition of anonymity, said that in 2023 about 90% of Russia’s microelectronics came from China, which Russia has used to make missiles, tanks and aircraft.

Nearly 70% of Russia’s approximately $900 million in machine tool imports in the last quarter of 2023 came from China.

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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

British military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

Sunday 14 April 2024 22:00 , Holly Evans

The production of laser energy and radio waves – viewed once as weapons of the future – are being fast-tracked in Britain for the battlefields of Ukraine and Red Sea passages coming under Houthi attacks.

The DragonFire system, which uses a beam to hit and destroy targets at the speed of light, and radio frequency hits taking out an adversary’s power supplies, will be tested by the Royal Navy and the Army next month in preparation for operational deployment.

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Military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

Latest pictures from Ukraine

Sunday 14 April 2024 21:00 , Holly Evans

A local resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)
A local resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)
A Ukrainian serviceman from the Azov brigade, right, carries a mortar shell (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)
A Ukrainian serviceman from the Azov brigade, right, carries a mortar shell (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Warmer weather helping Russian forces push forwards on the frontline

Sunday 14 April 2024 20:00 , Holly Evans

Ukraine’s military chief General Oleksandr Syrskyi said on Saturday that Ukraine’s battlefield situation in the industrial east had “significantly worsened in recent days”, as warming weather allowed Russian forces to launch a fresh push along several stretches of the more than 1,000-kilometre (620-mile)-long front line.

In an update on the Telegram messaging app, Gen Syrskyi said Russian forces had been “actively attacking” Ukrainian positions near the cities of Lyman, Bakhmut and Pokrovsk, and beginning to launch tank assaults as drier, warmer spring weather made it easier for heavy vehicles to move across previously muddy terrain.

Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

Sunday 14 April 2024 19:00 , Holly Evans

Ukrainian refugees fleeing the horrors of war to find sanctuary in British homes were sent to live with suspected gangsters under the government’s flagship Homes for Ukraine scheme, The Independent can reveal.

People with suspected links to serious or organised crime were among those approved as hosts under the scheme, which was set up in 2022 to encourage warm-hearted homeowners to lend a spare room to those fleeing Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

In the worst cases, Ukrainian families and individuals “just disappeared”, according to one council worker, while others were forced to work for their hosts or were charged rent. In one stark example, a couple with a young child were sent to live with a convicted paedophile.

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Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

First Ukrainian pilots taught by UK’s Royal Air Force graduate

Sunday 14 April 2024 17:30 , Holly Evans

The first group of Ukrainian pilots being trained by the Royal Air Force have now graduated and are moving on to their second stage of training in France.

Delays in Western assistance will hamper Kyiv’s ability to fight Russians, says think tank

Sunday 14 April 2024 16:30 , Holly Evans

Washington-based think tank the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) warned that delays in Western military assistance would increasingly hamper Ukraine’s ability to fight back against Russian advances.

With the war in Ukraine entering its third year and a vital US aid package for Kyiv stuck in Congress, Russia has used its edge in firepower and personnel to step up attacks across eastern Ukraine.

It has increasingly used satellite-guided gliding bombs - dropped from planes from a safe distance - to pummel Ukrainian forces beset by a shortage of troops and ammunition.

A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invasion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invasion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

In its report, the ISW said that Russian forces were prioritising grinding, tactical gains with operational-level efforts focusing on the cities of Lyman, Chasiv Yar, and Pokrovsk.

“The Russian military command likely assesses that Ukrainian forces will be unable to defend against current and future Russian offensive operations due to delays in or the permanent end of US military assistance,” the think tank said.

Zelensky condemns Iran’s attack on Israel

Sunday 14 April 2024 15:15 , Holly Evans

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday condemned Iran’s drone and missile attack on Israel, calling for efforts to prevent a further escalation in Middle East conflict.

“Iran’s actions threaten the entire region and the world, just as Russia’s actions threaten a larger conflict, and the obvious collaboration between the two regimes in spreading terror must face a resolute and united response from the world,” he wrote on social media platform X.

More civilians die in Ukraine amid warnings of US aid delays

Sunday 14 April 2024 14:08 , Holly Evans

More civilians died across Ukraine on Sunday as analysts warned that delays in US military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

One man was killed when a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Officials in the Kharkiv region also said they had retrieved the bodies of a 61-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man killed by a Russian strike the previous day.

Ten Russian Shahed-type drones were shot down over the Kharkiv region overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, shelling in the Russian-occupied Kherson region killed two civilians on Sunday, said Moscow-installed leader Vladimir Saldo.

Kherson official says two people killed in Ukrainian strikes

Sunday 14 April 2024 12:14

Two people were killed by Ukrainian strikes in a Russian-held area of Ukraine’s Kherson, the region’s top official said on Sunday.

One person was wounded, Vladimir Saldo wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Germany to send new Patriot air defence system to Kyiv at ‘critical time’, Zelensky says

Sunday 14 April 2024 08:30 , Namita Singh

Germany will supply a US-made Patriot air defence system and air defence missiles to Ukraine at a “critical time” as Kyiv struggles to defend its energy system from Russian bombardment, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said.

More than two years into its full-scale invasion, Russia has staged three massive airstrikes on power stations and substations in recent weeks, prompting Kyiv to issue desperate appeals for supplies of high-end air defences.

“Germany will deliver an additional Patriot air defence system to Ukraine,” Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz said on X, a reminder that Germany is now a key backer of Ukraine with US assistance stuck in Congress.

“We stand steadfast on the side of Ukraine,” Mr Scholz said, adding that Mr Zelensky had informed him in a telephone call on Saturday about “massive Russian air attacks on civilian energy infrastructure”.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a meeting with Lithuania’s president at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky speaks during a meeting with Lithuania’s president at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

Germany’s ambassador to Ukraine, Martin Jaeger, said on X: “Other international partners must follow quickly now.”

Mr Zelensky said on the Telegram messaging app that he was grateful to Mr Scholz for the decision to supply another, additional Patriot system, and missiles for existing air defence systems.

Later in his nightly video address, Mr Zelensky indicated talks were underway about expanding German transfers of another air defence system, though German officials did not reference this in their remarks.

“We are also working with Germany on an additional IRIS-T system, which is also a strong air defence system, and on missiles for our existing air defence systems,” Mr Zelensky said in his video address.

Ukraine says it downed 10 Russian drones

Sunday 14 April 2024 07:54

Ukraine’s air force today said its air defence systems destroyed all 10 attack drones that Russia had launched at the country.

The air force said on Telegram that Russia also attacked Ukraine with four missiles but did not say what happened to them.

A local resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region, on 12 April 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A local resident walks past heavily damaged buildings in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region, on 12 April 2024, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

Russia claims to have destroyed 15 Ukrainian drones over Krasnodar, Black Sea

Sunday 14 April 2024 07:43 , Namita Singh

Russia’s defence ministry today said its air defense systems destroyed 10 Ukrainian drones over the Krasnodar region in southern Russia and five drones over the Black Sea.

The ministry, in a statement on the Telegram messaging app, did not say whether there was any damage from the attacks.

Ukrainian attack on town held by Russia kills 16

Sunday 14 April 2024 07:28 , Namita Singh

A local official in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region today said that the death toll from the Ukrainian military’s shelling of the town of Tokmak had risen to 16.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top official in the region appointed by Moscow, said on Telegram that 20 people had been wounded in the shelling on Friday night, with 12 in serious condition.

There has been no comment from Ukraine on the alleged attack.

Zaporizhzhia is one of four Ukrainian regions that have been partially occupied by Russian forces and which Moscow moved to annex after launching its invasion on Ukraine in February 2022.

Marjorie Taylor Greene defends Putin as she lays into Johnson ahead of Trump meeting

Sunday 14 April 2024 07:00 , Holly Evans

Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene laid into Speaker of the House Mike Johnson on Friday, criticising his support for a legislative package that includes funding for Ukraine and accusing him of bothering Donald Trump by meeting with him.

Speaking with Steve Bannon on his show War Room, Ms Greene said that Mr Johnson supporting a US spending bill that would send funding to Ukraine made her “stomach flip over”.

“The American people are the ones writing the cheque and I absolutely hate everybody here doing this,” Ms Greene said. “I mean I seriously hate them for doing this for the American people and paying for the murder and slaughter of the people in Ukraine.”

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Marjorie Taylor Greene defends Putin as she lays into Johnson ahead of Trump meeting

Editorial: Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Sunday 14 April 2024 06:00 , Holly Evans

It cannot have been a great surprise to the foreign secretary, David Cameron, that Donald Trump showed such little interest in supporting Ukraine’s war of resistance. Had Mr Trump wanted to see Ukraine receive the military assistance that Kyiv has been begging for, and which remains stalled in the House of Representatives, he’d have given it the nod months ago, and the Republican caucus would have responded with alacrity.

The fact that Trump’s puppet, speaker of the House Mike Johnson, couldn’t find time in his diary to speak to His Britannic Majesty’s Secretary of State for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office speaks volumes for the indifference America feels for its allies and the weakness of the now almost satirically-styled “special relationship”.

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Editorial: Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

Sunday 14 April 2024 14:23 , Holly Evans

Ukrainian refugees fleeing the horrors of war to find sanctuary in British homes were sent to live with suspected gangsters under the government’s flagship Homes for Ukraine scheme, The Independent can reveal.

People with suspected links to serious or organised crime were among those approved as hosts under the scheme, which was set up in 2022 to encourage warm-hearted homeowners to lend a spare room to those fleeing Vladimir Putin’s invasion.

In the worst cases, Ukrainian families and individuals “just disappeared”, according to one council worker, while others were forced to work for their hosts or were charged rent. In one stark example, a couple with a young child were sent to live with a convicted paedophile.

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Ukrainians granted sanctuary in Britain sent to live with suspected gangsters

Ukraine's army chief says eastern front under intense Russian assault

Sunday 14 April 2024 04:00 , Holly Evans

Ukraine’s army chief said on Saturday the situation on the eastern front had worsened in recent days as Russia has intensified its armoured assaults and battles rage for control of a village west of the devastated city of Bakhmut.

The statement by Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi more than two years since Russia’s invasion reflected the grim mood in Kyiv as vital US military aid that Kyiv expected to receive months ago remains stuck in Congress.

“The situation on the eastern front in recent days has grown considerably more tense. This is linked primarily to the significant activisation of offensive action by the enemy after the presidential elections in Russia,” he wrote on the Telegram app.

Since President Vladimir Putin won a new term in a stage-managed mid-March election, Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukraine and unleashed three massive aerial strikes on its energy system, pounding power plants and substations.

The slowdown in military assistance from the West has left Ukraine more exposed to aerial attacks and heavily outgunned on the battlefield. Kyiv has made increasingly desperate appeals for supplies of air defence missiles in recent weeks.

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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Sunday 14 April 2024 03:00 , Holly Evans

China has surged sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow in turn is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war against Ukraine, according to a U.S. assessment.

Two senior Biden administration officials, who discussed the sensitive findings Friday on the condition of anonymity, said that in 2023 about 90% of Russia’s microelectronics came from China, which Russia has used to make missiles, tanks and aircraft.

Nearly 70% of Russia’s approximately $900 million in machine tool imports in the last quarter of 2023 came from China.

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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war in Ukraine – they have nowhere to go

Sunday 14 April 2024 02:00 , Holly Evans

If the choice was death or a bullet to the leg, Yevgeny would take the bullet. A decorated hero of Russia’s war in Ukraine, Yevgeny told his friend and fellow soldier to please aim carefully and avoid bone. The tourniquets were ready.

The pain that followed was the price Yevgeny paid for a new chance at life. Like thousands of other Russian soldiers, he deserted.

“I joke that I gave birth to myself,” he said, declining to give his full name for fear of retribution. “When a woman gives birth to a child, she experiences very intense pain and gives new life. I gave myself life after going through very intense pain.”

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Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war but with nowhere to go next

UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine, ex-defence minister says

Sunday 14 April 2024 00:00 , Holly Evans

The UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine a former defence minister has said days after President Zelensky warned his country was at risk of losing its war with Russia.

British forces could give support and training to Ukrainians in their battle against Putin’s invasion, James Heappey suggested.

But personnel would have to be kept away from the frontline, to prevent sparking a conflict between Russia and Nato.

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UK should consider sending troops to Ukraine, ex-defence minister says

Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

Saturday 13 April 2024 23:00 , Holly Evans

A draft peace agreement that Russia and Ukraine negotiated in the early days of the war could serve as a starting point for talks to end the fighting, the Kremlin said Friday, reviving a proposal that Ukraine had rejected.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the draft document that was discussed in Istanbul in March 2022 could be “the basis for starting negotiations.” At the same time, he noted that the possible future talks would need to take into account the “new realities.”

“There have been many changes since then, new entities have been included in our constitution,” Peskov said in a conference call with reporters.

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Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

London Metal Exchange releases notice after UK and US take action targeting Russian metals

Saturday 13 April 2024 22:00 , Holly Evans

The London Metal Exchange on Saturday set out measures it is taking to comply with new U.S. and UK sanctions that prohibit exchanges from accepting new aluminum, copper and nickel produced by Russia and bar the import of the metals into the two countries.

The LME said it recognized that a consequence of the amended sanctions package announced on Friday may be a degree of market uncertainty. Russia is a major producer of aluminum, copper and nickel.

The metal exchange said it will impose an immediate suspension on the warranting of Russian metal produced on or after April 13.

“LME and LME Clear are taking appropriate steps to enable continued participation in the daily settlement process by members and clients,” it said in a notice.

Germany to send new Patriot air defence system to Kyiv at ‘critical time’, Zelensky says

Saturday 13 April 2024 21:00 , Holly Evans

Germany will supply a U.S.-made Patriot air defence system and air defence missiles to Ukraine at a “critical time” as Kyiv struggles to defend its energy system from Russian bombardment, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday.

More than two years into its full-scale invasion, Russia has staged three massive airstrikes on power stations and substations in recent weeks, prompting Kyiv to issue desperate appeals for supplies of high-end air defences.

“I am grateful to the chancellor for the decision to supply another, additional Patriot system to Ukraine, as well as missiles for the existing air defence systems,” Zelensky said after speaking by telephone with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

He described their conversation as “important, productive” and said: “I call on all other leaders of partner states to follow this example.”

Germany will hand over the Patriot system immediately and it will be in addition to air defence systems that were already delivered and planned, the defence ministry said in a post on X.

Ten dead in Ukrainian shelling of Russia-controlled town, Russia-installed official says

Saturday 13 April 2024 20:00 , Holly Evans

A Russia-installed official in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region said on Saturday that shelling by Ukraine’s military had killed 10 people, including three children, in the town of Tokmak.

Yevgeny Balitsky, the top Moscow-installed official in the Zaporizhzhia region, said that 18 people had been wounded in the shelling on Friday night.

“Two people are reported missing. Debris removal and search continues,” he said on the Telegram messaging app.

Another Russian-installed local official, Vladimir Rogov, writing on his Telegram channel, said that five houses had been partially destroyed.

Russia claims to have captured village in the Donetsk region

Saturday 13 April 2024 19:00 , Holly Evans

Russia’s defence ministry said on Saturday its forces had captured Pervomaiske, a village to the south also located in Ukraine’s Donetsk region where Moscow has focused its offensive operations for months.

Moscow said its troops had improved their tactical position on the front line there after capturing the village 8 kilometres (4.97 miles) southwest of occupied Avdiivka. Kyiv did not immediately comment on the status of Pervomaiske.

Syrskyi said Russian armoured assault groups were attacking on the fronts of Lyman as well as Bakhmut and using dozens of tanks and armoured personnel carriers to try to break through lines on the Pokrovsk front.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who has warned Russia may be preparing a big offensive push in late May or in June, inspected domestically-produced weapons at an event outside Kyiv where he presented state awards to Ukrainian arms producers.

Ukraine and Russia were close to peace agreement in 2022. What went wrong?

Saturday 13 April 2024 17:00 , Athena Stavrou

A senior Ukrainian official has acknowledged that the two sides were close to an agreement in Turkey in 2022 but said Kyiv took the proposal no further because it did not trust the Russian side to carry out any agreement.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, said a lot had changed since 2022, including what he said was the addition to Russian territory of four new regions, a reference to the parts of Ukraine which Moscow has claimed as its own.

But Mr Peskov said the aborted Istanbul deal could still be the basis for new talks and that Russia was ready for that. When asked if Moscow sensed any readiness from the Ukrainian side for talks, however, Mr Peskov said: “No, we don’t sense that.”

Ukraine says it wants all of its territory back, including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and for every Russian soldier to leave its territory. It is trying to drive international talks on its stance which exclude Russia.

Editorial: Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Saturday 13 April 2024 16:00 , Athena Stavrou

Editorial: Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

China boosting Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, says US

Saturday 13 April 2024 14:30 , Athena Stavrou

China is backing Russia’s war effort in Ukraine by helping Moscow in its biggest military build-up since the Soviet era, providing drone and missile technology, satellite imagery and machine tools, senior US officials say.

The officials said US president Joe Biden raised the issue with Chinese president Xi Jinping in their recent phone call and that it is a topic of discussion with allies in Europe and around the world.

One official said Chinese materials were filling critical gaps in Russia’s defence production cycle and helping Moscow undertake its “most ambitious defence expansion since the Soviet era and on a faster timeline than we believed possible early on in this conflict”.

“Our view is that one of the most game-changing moves available to us at this time to support Ukraine is to persuade the PRC (China) to stop helping Russia reconstitute its military industrial base,” the official said.

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Latest pictures from Ukraine

Saturday 13 April 2024 13:00 , Athena Stavrou

A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invassion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invassion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
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Russian Army soldiers ride their armoured vehicle to take positions and fire toward Ukrainian positions at an undisclosed location in Ukraine (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)
Russian Army soldiers ride their armoured vehicle to take positions and fire toward Ukrainian positions at an undisclosed location in Ukraine (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service)

Russian armoured assaults ramp up pressure on Ukraine's east, army chief says

Saturday 13 April 2024 12:09 , Athena Stavrou

Ukraine’s army chief said on Saturday the situation on the eastern front had deteriorated in recent days with Russia intensifying its armoured assaults.

The statement by Colonel General Oleksandr Syrskyi more than two years since Russia’s invasion evoked the increasingly grim mood in Kyiv.

It comes as vital US military aid that Kyiv expected to receive months ago remains stuck in Congress.

“The situation on the eastern front in recent days has grown considerably more tense. This is linked primarily to the significant activisation of offensive action by the enemy after the presidential elections in Russia,” he wrote on the Telegram app.

Since President Vladimir Putin won a new term in a mid-March election, Russia has stepped up its attacks and unleashed three massive aerial strikes on its energy system, pounding power stations and substations.

The slowdown in military assistance from the West has left Ukraine more exposed to aerial attacks and more outgunned on the battlefield.

Russia says it has taken village in Ukraine's Donetsk region

Saturday 13 April 2024 12:06 , Athena Stavrou

Russia’s defence ministry on Saturday said its forces had taken control of the village of Pervomaiske in Ukraine‘s Donetsk region and improved its tactical position on the front line there.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the situation at the front.

Russia claims eight dead in shelling of Russia-controlled town

Saturday 13 April 2024 12:06 , Athena Stavrou

A Russian-installed official that shelling by Ukraine’s military had killed eight people, including two children, in the town of Tokmak.

The attack is said to have happened in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region said on Saturday.

Reuters could not independently verify the account of events.

Moscow-installed official Yevgeny Balitsky, said that 18 people had been wounded in the shelling on Friday night.

Another Russian-installed local official, Vladimir Rogov, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said that five houses had been partially destroyed.

Zaporizhzhia is one of four Ukrainian regions that have been partially occupied by Russian forces and formally annexed by Moscow since the February 2022 invasion.

Zelensky ‘rules out’ 2022 talks as basis for peace negotiations

Saturday 13 April 2024 10:00 , Athena Stavrou

President Vladimir Zelensky, meeting with students in western Ukraine yesterday, appeared to rule out using the 2022 talks as a basis for further discussions, saying the meetings at the time were not talks in a true sense.

The Ukrainian president said “no” when asked whether the 2022 talks in Belarus and Turkey had the potential to stop the war.

“Negotiations are when two sides want to come to an agreement. There are different aspects, but when there are two sides,” he said in a video posted on his website.

“But when one side in any case, regardless of the country or the city, gives you an ultimatum, that is not negotiations.”

Saturday 13 April 2024 09:00 , Athena Stavrou

Ukraine and Russia were close to peace agreement in 2022. What went wrong?

A senior Ukrainian official has acknowledged that the two sides were close to an agreement in Turkey in 2022 but said Kyiv took the proposal no further because it did not trust the Russian side to carry out any agreement.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, said a lot had changed since 2022, including what he said was the addition to Russian territory of four new regions, a reference to the parts of Ukraine which Moscow has claimed as its own.

But Mr Peskov said the aborted Istanbul deal could still be the basis for new talks and that Russia was ready for that. When asked if Moscow sensed any readiness from the Ukrainian side for talks, however, Mr Peskov said: “No, we don’t sense that.”

Ukraine says it wants all of its territory back, including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and for every Russian soldier to leave its territory. It is trying to drive international talks on its stance which exclude Russia.

Six killed in Ukranian shelling of occupied town, local official says

Saturday 13 April 2024 07:30 , Namita Singh

A Russia-installed official in Ukraine’s southern Zaporizhzhia region said yesterday that shelling by Ukraine’s military had killed six people, including a child, in the town of Tokmak.

Vladimir Rogov, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said at least 20 people had been injured. Mr Rogov posted pictures of damaged houses, one of which was all but reduced to rubble.

The account of events could not be independently verified.

Zaporizhzhia is one of four Ukrainian regions that have been partially occupied by Russian forces and formally annexed by Moscow since the February 2022 invasion.

ICYMI: Russia’s glide bombs are devastating Ukraine’s border towns

Saturday 13 April 2024 07:08 , Namita Singh

Askold Krushelnycky travels between the cities of Sumy and Kharkiv, dodging craters left by Moscow’s onslaught. He speaks to residents who say the Kremlin will never drive them out, despite trying to bomb the area into an uninhabitable ‘grey zone’.

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Kyiv’s troops dig in as hundreds of Putin’s bombs hit northeastern border with Russia

China boosting Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, says US

Saturday 13 April 2024 07:01 , Jane Dalton

China is backing Russia’s war effort in Ukraine by helping Moscow in its biggest military build-up since the Soviet era, providing drone and missile technology, satellite imagery and machine tools, senior US officials say.

The officials said US president Joe Biden raised the issue with Chinese president Xi Jinping in their recent phone call and that it is a topic of discussion with allies in Europe and around the world.

One official said Chinese materials were filling critical gaps in Russia’s defence production cycle and helping Moscow undertake its “most ambitious defence expansion since the Soviet era and on a faster timeline than we believed possible early on in this conflict”.

“Our view is that one of the most game-changing moves available to us at this time to support Ukraine is to persuade the PRC (China) to stop helping Russia reconstitute its military industrial base,” the official said.

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

China increasing equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine, US intelligence claims

Saturday 13 April 2024 06:48 , Namita Singh

China has increased sales to Russia of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Moscow is using to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry to wage its war in Ukraine, according to a US intelligence assessment.

Two senior Biden administration officials, who discussed the sensitive findings yesterday on the condition of anonymity, said that in 2023 about 90 per cent of Russia’s microelectronics came from China, which Russia has used to make missiles, tanks and aircraft. Nearly 70 per cent of Russia’s approximately $900m in machine tool imports in the last quarter of 2023 came from China.

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US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Editorial: Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Saturday 13 April 2024 06:01 , Jane Dalton

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Editorial: Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Russia brands two BBC journalists as ‘foreign agent’

Saturday 13 April 2024 05:30 , Namita Singh

Russia’s justice ministry has labelled two BBC journalists – Ilya Barabanov and Asya Kazantseva - as “foreign agents”.

Barabanov is Russian correspondent for the British broadcaster and Kazantseva is a science reporter who signed an open letter from Russian scientists and science journalists demanding the withdrawal of the country’s troops from Ukraine.

The reporters are now living abroad.

Condemning the decision against Barabanov, BBC said it “strongly rejects the decision”.

“The BBC has a global reputation as trusted and independent source of news,” the broadcaster added. “BBC News Russian has been a vital source of accurate and impartial news to Russian-speakers for 80 years. We are incredibly proud of all our journalists and our priority right now is to support Ilya and all his colleagues to ensure that all are able to continue their jobs reporting on Russia at such an important time.”

US, UK ban import of Russian aluminum, copper and nickel

Saturday 13 April 2024 05:08 , Namita Singh

Washington and London yesterday prohibited metal-trading exchanges from accepting new aluminium, copper and nickel produced by Russia and barred the import of the metals into the US and Britain.

The action is aimed at disrupting Russian export revenue amid Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has killed or wounded tens of thousands of people and reduced cities to rubble. Russia is a major producer of aluminium, copper and nickel.

An employee hangs flags prior the launching ceremony implementation of preparatory activities before the construction of power units 5, 6 using the American Westinghouse technology at the Khmelnytsky Nuclear Power Plant (KhNPP) near Ukrainian city of Khmelnytsky on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
An employee hangs flags prior the launching ceremony implementation of preparatory activities before the construction of power units 5, 6 using the American Westinghouse technology at the Khmelnytsky Nuclear Power Plant (KhNPP) near Ukrainian city of Khmelnytsky on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

The US Treasury Department said the action would prohibit the London Metal Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from accepting new Russian production of aluminium, copper and nickel.

“Our new prohibitions on key metals, in coordination with our partners in the United Kingdom, will continue to target the revenue Russia can earn to continue its brutal war against Ukraine,” US treasury secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

“By taking this action in a targeted and responsible manner, we will reduce Russia’s earnings while protecting our partners and allies from unwanted spillover effects.”

US politician defends Putin, playing down effect of war

Saturday 13 April 2024 05:01 , Jane Dalton

US far-right representative Marjorie Taylor Greene laid into Speaker of the House Mike Johnson on Friday, criticising his support for a legislative package that includes funding for Ukraine:

Marjorie Taylor Greene defends Putin as she lays into Johnson ahead of Trump meeting

US, UK ban import of Russian aluminum, copper and nickel

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:53 , Namita Singh

Washington and London yesterday prohibited metal-trading exchanges from accepting new aluminum, copper and nickel produced by Russia and barred the import of the metals into the US and Britain.

The action is aimed at disrupting Russian export revenue amid Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine, which has killed or wounded tens of thousands of people and reduced cities to rubble. Russia is a major producer of aluminum, copper and nickel.

The US Treasury Department said the action would prohibit the London Metal Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange from accepting new Russian production of aluminum, copper and nickel.

“Our new prohibitions on key metals, in coordination with our partners in the United Kingdom, will continue to target the revenue Russia can earn to continue its brutal war against Ukraine,” US treasury secretary Janet Yellen said in a statement.

“By taking this action in a targeted and responsible manner, we will reduce Russia’s earnings while protecting our partners and allies from unwanted spillover effects.”

Ukraine and Russia were close to peace agreement in 2022. What went wrong?

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:35 , Namita Singh

A senior Ukrainian official has acknowledged that the two sides were close to an agreement in Turkey in 2022 but said Kyiv took the proposal no further because it did not trust the Russian side to carry out any agreement.

Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesperson, said a lot had changed since 2022, including what he said was the addition to Russian territory of four new regions, a reference to the parts of Ukraine which Moscow has claimed as its own.

A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invassion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)
A woman looks through the rubble of a building destroyed by bombing in the town of Kostyantynivka, Donetsk region, on 11 April 2024, amid the Russian invassion in Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

But Mr Peskov said the aborted Istanbul deal could still be the basis for new talks and that Russia was ready for that. When asked if Moscow sensed any readiness from the Ukrainian side for talks, however, Mr Peskov said: “No, we don’t sense that.”

Ukraine says it wants all of its territory back, including Crimea, which Moscow annexed in 2014, and for every Russian soldier to leave its territory. It is trying to drive international talks on its stance which exclude Russia.

Zelensky ‘rules out’ 2022 talks as basis for peace negotiations

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:31 , Namita Singh

President Vladimir Zelensky, meeting with students in western Ukraine yesterday, appeared to rule out using the 2022 talks as a basis for further discussions, saying the meetings at the time were not talks in a true sense.

The Ukrainian president said “no” when asked whether the 2022 talks in Belarus and Turkey had the potential to stop the war.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for talks with Lithuania’s President at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)
Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for talks with Lithuania’s President at the Presidential Palace in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty Images)

“Negotiations are when two sides want to come to an agreement. There are different aspects, but when there are two sides,” he said in a video posted on his website.

“But when one side in any case, regardless of the country or the city, gives you an ultimatum, that is not negotiations.”

Why is Putin opposed to Switzerland peace talks?

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:11 , Namita Singh

Vladimir Putin brought up the subject of potential peace talks and said he was open to what he called realistic negotiations.

But he is opposed to the two-day conference to be hosted by Switzerland in June at Ukraine’s request that seeks to achieve peace, saying it is pointless if Russia does not take part.

In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on flood response efforts in various regions of Russia via a videoconference in Moscow on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty)
In this pool photograph distributed by the Russian state agency Sputnik, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on flood response efforts in various regions of Russia via a videoconference in Moscow on 11 April 2024 (AFP via Getty)

In his view, the meeting does not take new realities into account, including Moscow’s annexation of territory in eastern Ukraine.

Aborted peace deal could be basis for Ukraine talks, says Kremlin

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:08 , Namita Singh

An aborted 2022 peace deal between Russia and Ukraine could be the basis for new negotiations but there is no sign that Kyiv is ready for talks, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said yesterday.

President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that Russia and Ukraine were on the verge of agreeing a deal to end hostilities during negotiations in Istanbul in April 2022, but that Ukraine backed away from it once Russian troops fell back from near Kyiv.

The deal reportedly demanded that Ukraine adopt neutrality and not join Nato, limit the size of its armed forces and grant special status to Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine - all things which Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has made clear he opposes.

Russia meddling in European elections, says EU chief

Saturday 13 April 2024 04:01 , Jane Dalton

The Belgian Prime Minister has announced an investigation into suspected Russian interference in June’s Europe-wide elections, saying his country’s intelligence service has confirmed the existence of a network trying to undermine support for Ukraine.

“Belgian intelligence services have confirmed the existence of pro-Russian interference networks with activities in several European countries and also here in Belgium,” said Alexander De Croo, whose country currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union.

Mr De Croo said Belgian agencies were working closely with the Czech authorities after a pro-Russian influence operation was uncovered there.

He said that probe showed that members of the European Parliament were approached and offered money to promote Russian propaganda.

“According to our intelligence service, the objectives of Moscow are very clear. The objective is to help elect more pro-Russian candidates to the European Parliament and to reinforce a certain pro-Russian narrative in that institution,” he told reporters.

Europe-wide polls are being held on 6-9 June to elect a new EU parliament.

Mr De Croo said: “The goal is very clear: A weakened European support for Ukraine serves Russia on the battlefield and that is the real aim of what has been uncovered in the last weeks.”

Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (AP)
Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (AP)

Puppies saved from under burning building

Saturday 13 April 2024 03:01 , Jane Dalton

Rescue workers in Ukraine have pulled five puppies from under the rubble of a destroyed building.

Officials said the animals were rescued from a non-residential building on fire in the northeastern city of Sumy, close to the border with Russia.

A video showed the puppies squealing as the firefighters cuddled them and rinsed them off with water.

“Fortunately, everything is fine with the little one(s), they were not injured. The furries were returned by their mothers,” officials said in a post on the emergency services’ Telegram channel.

“This rescue story reminds us of the importance of human compassion and the willingness to help everyone, regardless of the circumstances,” they added.

Kremlin says 2022 document could form peace talks basis

Saturday 13 April 2024 02:01 , Jane Dalton

A draft peace agreement that Russia and Ukraine negotiated in the early days of the war could serve as a starting point for talks to end the fighting, the Kremlin said Friday, reviving a proposal that Ukraine has rejected:

Kremlin says 2022 draft document could serve as starting point for future Ukraine peace talks

China sends surge of weapons parts to Russia to help war, US says

Saturday 13 April 2024 01:01 , Jane Dalton

China has sent a wave of machine tools, microelectronics and other technology that Russia to produce missiles, tanks, aircraft and other weaponry for use in its war on Ukraine, according to a US assessment:

US intelligence finding shows China surging equipment sales to Russia to help war effort in Ukraine

Pictured: Workers repair damaged power plant

Saturday 13 April 2024 00:01 , Alexander Butler

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The Russian glide bombs changing the face of the war in Ukraine

Friday 12 April 2024 23:00 , Alexander Butler

The Russian glide bombs changing the face of the war in Ukraine

‘I live in constant fear that he will die’: Mother of jailed Putin critic says time running out to save him

Friday 12 April 2024 22:00 , Alexander Butler

Mother of jailed Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza says time running out to save him

Barrage of Russian missiles on Ukrainian cities leaves 200,000 people without power

Friday 12 April 2024 21:00 , Alexander Butler

Barrage of Russian missiles on Ukrainian cities leaves 200,000 without power

Trump’s plan for peace? America under Putin’s thumb

Friday 12 April 2024 20:00 , Alexander Butler

Letters: Trump’s plan for peace? America under Putin’s thumb

Ukraine desperately needs more soldiers. War amputees are returning to the frontline

Friday 12 April 2024 19:00 , Alexander Butler

Ukraine desperately needs more soldiers. War amputees are returning to the frontline

‘World-leading’ laser beam that travels at speed of light to be fitted on Royal Navy ships by 2027

Friday 12 April 2024 18:00 , Alexander Butler

Laser beam that travels at speed of light to be fitted on Royal Navy ships by 2027

Russia’s glide bombs are devastating Ukraine’s border towns – but residents are digging in

Friday 12 April 2024 17:00 , Alexander Butler

Kyiv’s troops dig in as hundreds of Putin’s bombs hit northeastern border with Russia

British military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

Friday 12 April 2024 16:00 , Alexander Butler

Military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

Two people injured in Ukrainian drone attack on Russian city

Friday 12 April 2024 15:40 , Alexander Butler

Two people were injured and buildings damaged in a Ukrainian drone attack on a Russian city as Putin mocked peace talks between the two countries.

Six drones struck Russia’s Belgorod oblast, which is located on Ukraine’s border, on Friday morning, according to the region’s governor.

Russian air defence shot down four of the drones, said governor Vyacheslav Gladkov. One caused a grass fire on the outskirts of Belgorod city, while the other struck the administrative building.

US-China competition to field military drone swarms could fuel global arms race

Friday 12 April 2024 15:01 , Alexander Butler

US-China competition to field military drone swarms could fuel global arms race

Pro-Russian US national missing in eastern Ukraine, say police

Friday 12 April 2024 13:35 , Alexander Butler

A pro-Kremlin US national described as a “war correspondent” by Russian media is missing in eastern Ukraine.

Russell Bentley, born in 1960 and a supporter of Russian forces in Ukraine, went missing on 8 April in Donetsk, Ukraine.

The authorities did not provide details on his last known whereabouts or the circumstances surrounding his disappearance.

Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war in Ukraine – they have nowhere to go

Friday 12 April 2024 13:00 , Alexander Butler

Thousands of Russian soldiers are fleeing Putin’s war but with nowhere to go next

Trypilska: Russian attack destroys one of Ukraine’s largest power plants

Friday 12 April 2024 12:07 , Alexander Butler

Trypilska: Russian attack destroys one of Ukraine’s largest power plants

US House speaker in talks with White House on advancing Ukraine aid

Friday 12 April 2024 11:30 , Alexander Butler

House Speaker Mike Johnson is negotiating with the White House as he prepares for the treacherous task of advancing wartime funding for Ukraine and Israel through the House, a top House Republican said.House Republican Leader Steve Scalise told reporters that Johnson had been talking with White House officials about a package that would deviate from the Senate’s $95 billion foreign security package and include several Republican demands.

It comes after Johnson has delayed for months on advancing aid that would provide desperately needed ammunition and weaponry for Kyiv, trying to find the right time to advance a package that will be a painful political lift.“There’s been no agreement reached,” Scalise said. “Obviously there would have to an agreement reached not just with the White House, but with our own members.”

Russia’s glide bombs are devastating Ukraine’s border towns – but residents are digging in

Friday 12 April 2024 11:00 , Alexander Butler

Kyiv’s troops dig in as hundreds of Putin’s bombs hit northeastern border with Russia

Support from ‘indispensable’ US is vital for Ukraine’s survival, Japan PM says

Friday 12 April 2024 10:40 , Alexander Butler

Ukraine risks collapsing under Russia’s onslaught without American support and Washington should overcome its “self-doubt”, Japan’s prime minister told US lawmakers.

Fumio Kishida urged Americans not to doubt the country’s “indispensable” role in world affairs, and said Tokyo was undertaking historic military upgrades to support its ally.

Mr Kishida also warned a Russian victory in Ukraine could embolden China and spark a new crisis in East Asia.

‘I live in constant fear that he will die’: Mother of jailed Putin critic says time running out to save him

Friday 12 April 2024 10:30 , Alexander Butler

Mother of jailed Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza says time running out to save him

Pictured: Fire crews rush to extinguish power plant fire

Friday 12 April 2024 10:03 , Alexander Butler

Workers extinguish a fire after a Russian attack on the Trypilska thermal power plant in Ukraine (AP)
Workers extinguish a fire after a Russian attack on the Trypilska thermal power plant in Ukraine (AP)
A worker stands on top of a fire engine as crews rushed to extinguish a fire at Trypilska thermal power plant (AP)
A worker stands on top of a fire engine as crews rushed to extinguish a fire at Trypilska thermal power plant (AP)

Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Friday 12 April 2024 09:30 , Alexander Butler

Editorial: Donald Trump’s plan for peace in Ukraine means no peace at all

Putin mocks peace conference

Friday 12 April 2024 09:28 , Alexander Butler

Vladimir Putin has mocked planned Ukraine peace talks and claimed Russia would never accept “any schemes that have nothing to do with reality”.

Switzerland said it would host a peace conference in June to help chart a path toward peace in Ukraine after more than two years of fighting.

But Putin claimed Moscow hadn’t been invited to join the talks, while pointing at Swiss recognition that a peace process can’t happen without Russia.

“They aren’t inviting us there. Moreover, they think there is nothing for us to do there, but at the same time they say that’s it’s impossible to decide anything without us. It would have been funny if it weren’t so sad,” Putin said.

Putin said Russia would never accept “any schemes that have nothing to do with reality” (AP)
Putin said Russia would never accept “any schemes that have nothing to do with reality” (AP)

Barrage of Russian missiles on Ukrainian cities leaves 200,000 people without power

Friday 12 April 2024 08:30 , Alexander Butler

Barrage of Russian missiles on Ukrainian cities leaves 200,000 without power

Major power plant near Kyiv completely destroyed

Friday 12 April 2024 07:51 , Alexander Butler

A major power plant near Kyiv has been completely destroyed by Russian strikes in a “terrifying” attack, an energy company said.

Centrenergo chairman Andriy Hota said Trypillya power plant was hit by multiple drones - as part of an attack which saw 80 missiles and drones hit various sites across Ukraine.

Mr Hota said Thursday morning’s strikes destroyed “the transformer, the turbines, the generators. They destroyed 100 per cent”.

British military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

Friday 12 April 2024 07:18 , Arpan Rai

The production of laser energy and radio waves – viewed once as weapons of the future – are being fast-tracked in Britain for the battlefields of Ukraine and Red Sea passages coming under Houthi attacks.

The DragonFire system, which uses a beam to hit and destroy targets at the speed of light, and radio frequency hits taking out an adversary’s power supplies, will be tested by the Royal Navy and the Army next month in preparation for operational deployment.

The system, which the Ministry of Defence holds is world-leading, is due to be operational in three years time. But defence secretary Grant Shapps holds that one could not wait to get a system absolutely perfect in such dangerous times, and getting them ready for combat in the fastest time possible is the priority.

Kim Sengupta reports:

Military laser could appear on front line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

US cyber agency says Russian hackers used Microsoft access to steal government emails

Friday 12 April 2024 07:00 , Barney Davis

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Russian government-backed hackers have used their access to Microsoft’s email system to steal correspondence between officials and the tech giant, an emergency directive by the U.S. watchdog released on Thursday showed.

In the directive dated April 2, the agency warned that hackers were exploiting authentication details shared by email to try to break into Microsoft’s customer systems, including those of an unspecified number of government agencies.

The warning that government agencies are being targeted using stolen Microsoft emails follows the company’s announcement in March that it was still wrestling with the intruders, which it nicknames “Midnight Blizzard.”

That disclosure, which set alarm bells ringing across the cybersecurity industry, was followed just last week by a report from the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board which said that a separate hack - blamed on China - had been preventable, faulting the company for cybersecurity lapses and a deliberate lack of transparency.

CISA declined to name agencies that might have been affected.

FBI worried about terror attack after Russian concert massacre

Friday 12 April 2024 06:01 , Barney Davis

The FBI is concerned about the possibility of an organised attack in the United States similar to the one that killed scores of people at a Russian concert hall last month, the bureau’s director plans to tell a House of Representatives panel on Thursday.

“Looking back over my career in law enforcement, I’d be hard-pressed to think of a time where so many threats to our public safety and national security were so elevated all at once,” Christopher Wray is set to tell lawmakers at budget hearing on Thursday.

“But that is the case as I sit here today.”

The March 22 attack on a concert hall in a Moscow suburb killed at least 144 people, the deadliest in Russia in 20 years. A branch of the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility, but Russian President Vladimir Putin, without citing evidence, has sought to blame Ukraine.

Crocus Hall massacre (AP)
Crocus Hall massacre (AP)

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