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VLADIMIR Putin is ramping up attacks against civilians as he loses grip on his bloody invasion of Ukraine, according to intelligence chiefs.

The Ministry of Defence released a statement detailing Putin's aggressive change in the pattern of missile strikes on Ukrainians.

It is reported that Russian military efforts have increased attacks on civilians in the last week, with the aim to “undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the MoD said.

And the head of the British Armed Forces, Admiral Sir Anthony Radakin, has claimed the Kremlin is "failing in military objectives"

Sir Tony continued: “He wanted to subjugate Ukraine; that’s not going to happen. He wanted to take control of the capital; we saw that was defeated earlier on. We saw that he wanted to weaken Nato. Nato is now much stronger, and we have Finland and Sweden joining.”

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates...

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia’s ties with China an ‘unconditional priority’

    A Russian security official has stated that Moscow’s strong ties with Beijing are a top goal.

    The secretary of the national Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said the “strengthening of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation with Beijing as an unconditional priority of Russia’s foreign policy.”

    Patrushev also said that “in the current conditions, our countries must show even greater readiness for mutual support and development of cooperation,” to Guo Shengkun, a high up official of China’s Communist Party.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Zelenskyy allowed to address Assembly from home

    The other delegates voted to allow Zelenskyy to address the Assembly from home.

    This year, people were expected to turn up in person and would not be able address the UN General assembly if they did not.

    All representatives voted to allow Zelenskyy to do so, but Putin voted against.

    Putin will not be in attendance.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could trigger a long term rise in grain prices

    A new study has revealed that the war could have a knock on effect to prices, which may rise as much as seven per cent.

    Researchers from the United States and Uruguay believe that the price rise could last as long as a year, it has been reported.

    Prices will remain high as long as restrictions remain on exports, it has been said.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia struggles but isn't defeated yet

    Biden spoke about the Russia-Ukraine war during an interview.

    During the interview on 60 Minutes, Biden was asked about the war in Ukraine and made clear that though things are improving, the war was far from won.

    He said victory would be: "to get Russia out of Ukraine completely."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia denies mass civilian killing

    Last week, Ukraine uncovered a mass grave of over 440 people in the north-eastern city of Izyum that was recaptured as part of the operation.

    Though it's not confirmed it was Russian troops, Ukraine said it was further evidence of war crimes committed by Russian forces.

    On Monday, Russian president Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, said: "It’s a lie."

    Oleg Synegubov, governor of the Kharkiv region, said on Monday: "Some of the dead have signs of violent death, there are bodies with tied hands and traces of torture. The deceased were also found to have mine-explosive injuries, shrapnel and stab wounds."

    The vast majority of those found were said to be civilians, including many children.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Ukraine president warns rest of world

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy talked about the Russian strike that almost hit a nuclear power plant.

    The strike almost his the Pivdennoukrainsk power plant in the Mykolayiv region, about 2000km north of the southern front line.

    He described the attack in a telegram post: "At night, a missile fell 300m from the Pivdennoukrainsk nuclear power plant."

    The telegram post included footage: "Russia endangers the whole world. We have to stop it before it’s too late."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Ukraine optimistic as Russia attacks

    Russia has been forced out of occupied areas pf Ukraine.

    Seeing the Russian's leave has led to excitement, and even relief amongst the Ukrainian people.

    But Russia has continued to attack, with a missile only just missing a nuclear power plant.

    This attack came just days after an international watchdog warned that shelling at another atomic energy site risked causing a serious incident.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Liz Truss warns Russia to leave 'whole of Ukraine'

    The new PM headed to New York on Tuesday for the UN General Assembly.

    In the past, Truss warned Moscow to leave "the whole of Ukraine" in reference to its occupation of Crimea, which Putin invaded and annexed in 2014.

    According to Downing Street, the UK was already the second-largest military donor to Ukraine, before the Assembly pledge of £2.3bn.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    £2.3b from UK to Ukraine

    Liz Truss is due to make her first speech to the UN General Assembly as Prime Minister.

    The new PM met many world leaders during the funeral events for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

    During the General Assembly, Liz Truss is expected to meet many more. She'll touch down in New York on Tuesday and is expected to reiterate the message that the UK is supporting Ukraine.

    Ahead of the event, Truss said: "The UK will continue to be right behind you every step of the way."

    She is expected to have bilateral talks with Biden after the Assembly.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Liberated villages lay abandoned

    Though few would argue Ukraine's "re-capture" of land is a bad thing, few are returning back.

    Many mothers, children and elderly fled the war zones and are yet to return home. Though there's a feeling of excitement, there's concern there will still be attacks and explosives around.

    Some farmers in Velyki Prohody didn't make it, but of those that survived the occupation were elderly, rather than children.

    An explosives expert checked the area and found a MON-50 anti-personnel mine in the grass near the village.

    These sort of mines were banned by an international convention. One that Russia didn't sign up to.

    He said: "Imagine, this land is still full of shells from the Second World War."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russian retreat leads to celebration (2/2)

    Over the last few weeks, Ukraine has been gaining land back, and what remains are villages and towns in ruin.

    Oleksandr was captured by the Russian troops more than once and placed in something called "the pit".

    The Pit was a basement in nearby Mali Prohody, that served as a prison. But Oleksandr said he soon learned to navigate it.

    He explained: "I learned that basement inside out.

    "I could distinguish people by only their voices. The floor was wet. Nothing to lie on. A few torn tyres, nothing else."

    He explained the place was overcrowded, it was wet and the food given was often rotten.

    "You ask them: "Give me some toilet paper" and their responses were unkind: "I'll punch you in the face right now."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russian retreat leads to celebration (1/2)

    Over the last few weeks, Ukraine has been gaining land back, and what remains are villages and towns in ruin.

    Velyki Prohody is a village near Kharkiv, 10 kilometres from the Russian border; one of the areas that has become liberated through sheer determination.

    A pensioner, former electrician and mechanic, Oleksandr, is from the village and fought the Russian forces in a bid to save his village: "Of course, I'm glad that the village has been liberated. I was a partisan here for six months.

    "Every day was a war for me. My personal war."

    While the Russian forces occupied his home, he stole ammunition from them, put bars of soap in their fuel tanks and drained diesel from their vehicles.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Good morning. I'm Ije Teunissen-Oligboh with the latest on the Russia-Ukraine war today.

  • Latest update on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence released the latest intelligence regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine this morning.

    The newly released statement reads: "The command of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet has almost certainly relocated its KILO-class submarines from their home port of Sevastopol in Crimea to Novorossiysk in Krasnodar Krai, southern Russia

    "This is highly likely due to the recent change in the local security threat level in the face of increased Ukrainian long-range strike capability. In the last two months, the fleet headquarters and its main naval aviation airfield have been attacked.

    "Guaranteeing the Black Sea Fleet’s Crimea basing was likely one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations for annexing the peninsula in 2014. Base security has now been directly undermined by Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine."

  • UK intelligence says Russia is increasing attacks on civilians

    The Ministry of Defence released a statement recently, showing an aggressive change in the pattern of missile strikes on Ukrainians.

    It is reported that Russian military efforts have increased attacks on civilians in the last week.

    This is thought to “undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the MoD said.

    It said: “Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

    “However, in the last seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate military effect.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Thirteen people have been killed by shelling in Donetsk

    The Russian backed mayor confirmed the details of the shelling that occurred in the separatist region on Monday.

    Alexei Kulemzin wrote via Telegram that 13 civilians including two children had been killed in the strike on Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky district.

    The Ukrainian army is still holding onto positions in Donetsk in the city’s outskirts.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    UK intelligence says Russia is increasing attacks on civilians

    The Ministry of Defence released a statement recently, showing an aggressive change in pattern of missile strikes on Ukrainians.

    It is reported that Russian military efforts have increased attacks on civilians in the last week.

    This is thought to “undermine the morale of the Ukrainian people and government,” the MoD said.

    It said: “Russia has launched several thousand long-range missiles against Ukraine since 24 February 2022.

    “However, in the last seven days, Russia has increased its targeting of civilian infrastructure even where it probably perceives no immediate military effect.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    President Zelensky’s army closing in on key river in fight against the Russians

    The Ukrainian President has vowed that his military will persist as they push forward to reclaim territory from Russia.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Armed Forces said “have pushed across the Oskil. From yesterday, Ukraine controls the east bank.”

    Luhansk govennor, Serhiy Gaidai, wrote on Telegram: “Luhansk region is right next door. De-occupation is not far away.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Boarder nations stop entry to Russian citizens

    Countries near to Russia are refusing entry to Russians in act of support to Ukraine.

    Even if Russian travellers carry a valid visa, they will not be admitted into Poland, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.

    The ban was enforced on Monday, with the Lithuanian Interior Minister stating: “Russia is an unpredictable and aggressive state.

    “Three-quarters of its citizens support the war. It is unacceptable that people who support the war can freely travel around the world, into Lithuania, the EU,” said Agne Bilotaite.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia’s ties with China an ‘unconditional priority’

    A Russian security official has stated that Moscow’s strong ties with Beijing are a top goal.

    The secretary of the national Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said the “strengthening of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation with Beijing as an unconditional priority of Russia’s foreign policy.”

    Patrushev also said to Guo Shengkun, a high up official of China’s Communist Party: "in the current conditions, our countries must show even greater readiness for mutual support and development of cooperation."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Putin ‘failing on all his military objectives’ states UK military chief

    Admiral Sir Tony Radakin said that the Russian military does not have the resources or the man power to defeat Ukraine.

    UK Intelligence said it is not known whether Russian military personnel are withstanding the Ukrainian counter attacks.

    Sir Tony told the BBC: “At the very outset, we said that this was a strategic error by President Putin, and strategic errors lead to strategic consequences. And in this instance, it’s strategic failure.

    “Putin is failing on all of his military strategic objectives. He wanted to subjugate Ukraine; that’s not going to happen.

    “He wanted to take control of the capital; we saw that was defeated earlier on.

    “We saw that he wanted to weaken Nato. Nato is now much stronger, and we have Finland and Sweden joining.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russian popstar condemns war

    Alla Pugacheva is one of Russia’s most famed popular singers.

    Her husband, Maxim Galkin, a comedian, TV Presenter and singer is publicly ant-war and Pugacheva, in line with anti-war sentiments, asked Russian authorities to label her a foreign agent.

    This came after they referred to her husband as one.

    On social media, the singer labelled her husband “a true incorruptible Russian patriot, who wants… an end to our lads dying for illusory aims”.

    She said her husband wanted nothing but “prosperity for his motherland, peace, free speech.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia urges UEFA to ban Ukraine manager

    The manager of Ukraine’s men’s national football team has been accused of discrimination by Russia

    Oleksandr Petrakov has been accused of failing to remain politically neutral.

    According to the Guardian, Petrakov said: “I thought, if they come to Kyiv, I will pick up a weapon and defend my city.

    “I am 64 but I felt it was normal to do this. I think I could take two or three enemies out.”

    Now 65, it’s been reported that though he offered his services, he was advised that it may not be the best idea, due to his age and lack of military experience.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    US response depends on what Putin does

    The US president was asked in an interview about what he’d say to Putin if he were planning on using nuclear weapons.

    The West are reportedly concerned that, should Putin feel backed into a corner and worried he’ll lose, he may choose to use nuclear weapons.

    Joe Biden said: “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. It would change the face of war unlike anything since World War II.

    Russia would become more of a pariah in the world than they ever have been.

    “Depending on the extent of what they do, will determine what response would occur.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could trigger a long term rise in grain prices

    A new study has revealed that the war could have a knock on effect to prices, which may rise as much as seven per cent.

    Researchers from the United States and Uruguay believe that the price rise could last as long as a year, it has been reported.

    Prices will remain high as long as restrictions remain on exports, it has been said.

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