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Ukraine war latest: Evil Putin faces CHAOS as protestors launch shooting & Molotov cocktail ATTACKS on conscript offices

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AT least 2,000 people have now been arrested for rising up against Vladimir Putin's conscription - while thousands head to Russia's borders in an attempt to flee the Kremlin's grasp.

Many of those receiving Putin's call-up have immediately been mobilised, while unconfirmed media reports claim the Kremlin might soon close Russian borders to men of fighting age.

It comes amid incidents of petrified Russians reacting in fear, with one such event seeing a gunman open fire on a conscription chief.

Hero Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in his nightly address on Sunday described Russia's mobilisation as "criminal" and reiterated his call for Russians to stand up to it and resist the Ukraine war.

He said: "Fight so that they don't send your children to die, all of those who they can take in this criminal Russian mobilisation. Because if you come to take the lives of our children, I will tell you as a father we will not let you go alive."

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

  • Henry Moore

    Russians flood into Finland as they look to flee mobilisation

    The head of Finland's border guard has said over 8,000 Russians crossed into the country over the weekend, as they desperately flee Putin's brutal new policy.

    The dictator has called on 300,000 reservists to join his bloodthirsty war in Ukraine, causing mass protests throughout Russia.

    According to the report, 8,314 Russians crossed into Finland, over double the numbers seen last week.

  • Henry Moore

    Liz Truss slams Putin as ‘sham referenda’ take place

    Speaking to CNN, the newly-appointed Prime Minister has slammed the Russian dictator.

    “I think he didn’t anticipate the strength of reaction from the free world,” Truss told CNN.

    “We should not be listening to his sabre-rattling and his bogus threats. Instead, what we need to do is continue to put sanctions on Russia and continue to support the Ukrainians.”

  • Henry Moore

    Russia and US in contact over nuclear fears

    Russia and the United States are reportedly in "sporadic" contact over nuclear weapons, a Kremlin spokesman said.

    Dmitry Peskov said the two nations have a means of discussing "emergency" situations.

    “There are channels for dialogue at the proper level, but they are of a very sporadic nature. At least they allow for the exchange of some emergency messages about each other’s positions,” Mr Peskov said.

  • Henry Moore

    'There is no way out' Zelensky tells Russian soldiers in stark warning

    In his nightly address on Sunday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Russian troops "there is no way out."

    “Do not submit to criminal mobilisation. Flee. Or surrender to Ukrainian captivity at the first opportunity," he said.

    This comes as Russia begins its partial mobilisation policy, calling an extra 300,000 troops to Ukraine.

  • Henry Moore

    Russian officials sanctioned as 'sham' referenda take place

    The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office has issued a slew of sanctions following the start of Russia's "sham" referenda in Ukraine.

    In total, 92 sanctions have been issued, including 33 people deployed by Russia to carry out these referendums.

    Over the past week, captured regions in Ukraine have been subject to these falsified referenda, as Putin looks to secure his gains in Ukraine.

  • Henry Moore

    Russian combat losses continue to mount as protests rock Putin's regime

    According to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence, Russian combat losses have surpassed 57,000.

    This comes as over 300,000 Russian reservists are called to join the war, sparking protests throughout Putin's regime.

    Images from across Russia show citizens resisting this new brutal policy.

  • Henry Moore

    Video shows Russian protesters resisting new ‘partial mobilisation’ policy

    A video shared by NEXTA reportedly shows Russian protesters clashing with Police in Dagestan.

    The region’s capital, Makhachkala, looks to be the centre of this resistance, as hundreds take to the streets to resist Putin’s brutal new policy.

    Over 2,000 Russians have allegedly been arrested since the policy was announced last Wednesday.

  • Henry Moore

    A visual look at the Russian invasion of Ukraine

    The Ministry of Defence has shared a visual overview of the current situation in Ukraine.

    In recent weeks, Zelensky's forces have made considerable gains in the Kharkiv region.

    These gains come as Putin calls on an extra 300,000 Russian troops, as he looks to claw back the advantage.

  • Henry Moore

    Recruitment officer shot as protests against partial mobilisation rage on

    Reports have emerged that a Siberian enlistment officer has been shot, as protests continue across Russia in response to Putin's brutal mobilisation policy.

    In footage shared online, a reported recruit approaches the officer, before shooting him at point-blank range.

    According to information shared on Telegram, the recruitment officer is alive but seriously wounded.

  • Henry Moore

    Russian reservists arrive in Ukraine

    According to the Ministry of Defence, Russian reservists forced to join Putin's army have begun arriving in Ukraine.

    A statement released today reads: "The initial tranches of men called up under Russia’s partial mobilisation have started arriving at military bases. Many tens of thousands of call-up papers have already been issued.

    "Russia will now face an administrative and logistical challenge to provide training for the troops.

    "Unlike most Western armies, the Russian military provides low-level, initial training to soldiers within their designated operational units, rather than in dedicated training establishments.

    "Typically, one battalion within each Russian brigade will remain in garrison if the other two deploy and can provide a cadre of instructors to train new recruits or augmentees. However, Russia has deployed many of these third battalions to Ukraine.

    "Many of the drafted troops will not have had any military experience for some years.

    "The lack of military trainers, and the haste with which Russia has started the mobilisation, suggests that many of the drafted troops will deploy to the front line with minimal relevant preparation. They are likely to suffer a high attrition rate."

  • Henry Moore

    Reports claim Russia has set up a military border in Georgia

    According to reports, Russia has begun setting up military checkpoints in Georgia, in an attempt to prevent troops from fleeing Putin's brutal mobilisation policy.

    The tweet below reads: "Eyewitnesses report that the Russian military arrived at the border with Georgia at the Verkhniy Lars checkpoint and are starting to set up a checkpoint. ... done to counteract the departure of Russians of military age?"

    In the last five days, over 2,000 Russians have been arrested for protesting this new policy.

  • Joseph Gamp

    US promises to hit Russia with 'catastrophic consequences'

    The US has vowed to unleash retaliation with "catastrophic consequences" if Russia uses nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

    Concerns are growing that Russia may seek to escalate the conflict once it completes what Ukraine and the West see as illegal referendums in parts of Ukraine under its control.

    The voting, which ends Tuesday, happened after thousands of residents had fled and has included images of armed Russian troops going door-to-door to pressure Ukrainians into casting a ballot. Russia announced the referendums as its war on Ukraine has bogged down amid a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

    Every night and day there is inevitable shelling in the Donbas, under the roar of which people are forced to vote for Russian peace," Donetsk regional governor Pavlo Kirilenko said Monday.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Drone attack hits Ukraine

    An overnight drone strike near the Ukrainian port of Odesa sparked a massive fire and explosion, the military said Monday.

    It comes as Russia's leadership faced growing resistance to its efforts to call up hundreds of thousands of men to fight in Ukraine.

    The airstrike on Odesa was the latest in a series of drone attacks on the key southern city in recent days, and hit a military installation and detonated ammunition when it struck.

    Firefighters were struggling to contain the blaze, and civilians nearby were evacuated, the Uk

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia school shooting leaves 13 dead, including seven children

    The death toll has risen to 13 people, including seven children, after a man opened fire Monday at his former school in central Russia, authorities said.

    The attack was the latest in a series of school shootings that have shaken Russia in recent years and came with the country on edge over efforts to mobilise tens of thousands of men to fight in Ukraine.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denounced the "inhuman terrorist attack" in the city of Izhevsk, the Kremlin said, adding that the shooter "apparently belongs to a neo-fascist group".

    According to investigators, the attacker "was wearing a black top with Nazi symbols and a balaclava" when his body was discovered.

    He was later identified as a local man born in 1988, who graduated from this school.

    Investigators have said two security guards and two teachers were among the victims, while the attacker "committed suicide".

  • Joseph Gamp

    US secretary of state accuses Russia of ‘shredding’ international order.

    Speaking at UN security council, the US secretary of state Antony Blinken accused Putin of destroying international order “before our eyes.”

    “We cannot – we will not – let President Putin get away with it,” he went on to say.

    “If we fail to defend this principle when the Kremlin is so flagrantly violating it, we send the message to aggressors everywhere that they can ignore it, too.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kremlin: Russia & US have 'sporadic' contact over nuclear weapons

    The Kremlin said on Monday it was in "sporadic" contact with the United States on issues related to nuclear weapons, in exchanges that allow the world's two largest nuclear powers to outline their positions.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said last week he was "not bluffing" when he said Russia would be prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend its territorial integrity

  • Joseph Gamp

    Man 'sets himself on fire to avoid conscription' in Russia

    Video footage shows the aftermath of a man reportedly setting himself on fire to avoid conscription to the Russian army.

    According to local reports, a Russian national set himself on fire at Ryazan bus station - just before was about to be mobilised to go to war in Ukraine.

    He reportedly shouted: “I don’t want to go to war.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Anti-conscription arrests pass 2,000

    According to OVD-Info, over 2,000 Russians have been arrested for protesting Putin’s recent partial mobilisation policy.

    As stated by the report, arrests have taken place in 33 towns across the country, as Russians resist these new draconian measures.

    Around 300,000 Russian reservists will be made to join the conflict.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Pictured: Putin and Lukashenko share 'awkward' hug

    In the image below, President Vladimir Putin meets with his Belarus' counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    But the former's attempt to embrace Putin seemed to have fallen on a rather cold and awkward Russian leader.

    Russia and Belarus are close allies, with Russia having used bases in Belarus as a staging post for its troops, aircraft and equipment in the invasion of Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia's Prigozhin admits link to Wagner mercenaries for first time

    Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin said on Monday that he had founded the Wagner Group private military company in 2014, the first public confirmation of a link he has previously denied.

    The Wagner Group, staffed by veterans of the Russian armed forces, has fought in Libya, Syria, the Central African Republic and Mali, among other countries.

    The press service of Prigozhin's Concord catering firm posted his comments on the social network VKontakte in response to a request for comment on why he had stopped denying his links to Wagner.

    "I cleaned the old weapons myself, sorted out the bulletproof vests myself and found specialists who could help me with this. From that moment, on May 1, 2014, a group of patriots was born, which later came to be called the Wagner Battalion," Prigozhin said.

    "I am proud that I was able to defend their right to protect the interests of their country," he said in the statement.

    Prigozhin's Concord catering firm did not respond to Reuters requests to confirm the statement, which was also published by Russia's state news agency RIA.

    Prigozhin, known as "Putin's chef" due to his company's Kremlin catering contracts, has been sanctioned by Western countries for his role in Wagner.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PoW's Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner appear on GMB

    One of five Britons released from captivity by Russian-backed forces has thanked those responsible for freeing them and expressed gratitude that "someone saw common sense."

    Shaun Pinner, who was sentenced to death in a Donetsk court with Aiden Aslin, 28, appeared on Good Morning Britain on Monday after returning to the UK last week.

    "We're thankful for whoever decided to let us go in Russia and the DPR (Donetsk People's Republic). Thank you that someone saw common sense.

    "It's a very bitter pill to swallow after all the treatment we had, but we are thankful."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin to meet Lukashenko in Moscow later today

    Vladimir Putin will meet Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko later today in Moscow, according to state media.

    Russia and Belarus are close allies, with Russia having used bases in Belarus as a staging post for its troops, aircraft and equipment in the invasion of Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Gunman detained after shooting at draft office in Russia's Irkutsk region

    A gunman has been detained after opening fire at a draft office in Russia's Irkutsk region on Monday, the local governor said.

    The gunman, who in a video published on social media is seen identifying himself to police officers as 25-year-old Ruslan Zinin, opened fire at a draft office in the town of Ust-Ilimsk.

    A separate video of the shooting shows him firing at least one shot inside the draft office.

    Irkutsk region Governor Igor Kobzev wrote on the Telegram messaging app that the draft office head was in hospital in a critical condition, and that the detained shooter "will absolutely be punished".

    A number of draft offices have been attacked since Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a partial mobilisation last Wednesday.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    China calls on Russia and Ukraine to stop ‘crisis spilling over’

    The Chinese foreign minister made the UN address asking the two nations to avoid letting the invasion from affecting developing nations.

    Wang Yi said: “China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

    “The pressing priority is to facilitate talks for peace,” Wang said.

    “The fundamental solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture,” he added.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Referendum voting proceeds in occupied regions

    Moscow-backed referendums are continuing in occupied Ukrainian areas.

    Election officials flanked by police officers lifted ballots to homes and established mobile polling stations in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south.

    Voting ends on Tuesday.