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Russia-Ukraine war latest news LIVE: Moscow’s ‘obvious policy of genocide’ in Donbas as ‘Putin has 9 months to win’

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UKRAINIAN President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has accused Moscow of pursuing an "obvious policy of genocide" in the Donbas, after failing to take the capital Kyiv.

In his nightly televised address, Mr Zelensky said Russian bombardments could leave the entire region of Donbas "uninhabited".

"All this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is an obvious policy of genocide pursued by Russia," he said.

Meanwhile, a retired NATO commander said that Putin has a nine-month window to win the war.

Lt-Gen Konstantinos Loukopoulos, who has taught tank warfare at military academies in Kyiv and Moscow said: “For Ukraine to absorb the weapons from the West and make them operational, form the right units, and train them, it needs eight, nine months. It can’t pull active units from the front to train them,”

That is within this time-frame, he believes, Putin must win the war on the ground and reach a negotiated settlement.

“Whether we like it or not, Russia has the political and military initiative. The West is reacting to what Putin is doing,” he added.

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

  • Milica Cosic

    Putin ready to help overcome food crisis if West lifts sanctions

    Moscow is ready to make a "significant contribution" to averting a looming food crisis if the West lifts sanctions over Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin told Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday.

    Russia was slapped with unprecedented sanctions after Putin ordered troops into neighbouring Ukraine on February 24.

    The sanctions and military action have disrupted supplies of fertiliser, wheat and other commodities from both Russia and Ukraine. The two countries produce 30 percent of the global wheat supply.

    "Putin emphasises that the Russian Federation is ready to make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis through the export of grain and fertiliser, subject to the lifting of politically motivated restrictions by the West," the Kremlin said in a statement following the call.

    It added that Putin also spoke about the "steps taken to ensure safety of navigation, including the daily opening of humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilian ships from the ports of the Azov and Black Sea, which is impeded by the Ukrainian side".

    Putin also described as "unfounded" accusations that Russia was to blame for the problems with food supplies on the global market.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Incredible PoV video shows Ukrainian kamikaze drone smashing into Russian tank

    THIS is the remarkable moment a Russian tank erupted into a fireball after a Ukrainian kamikaze drone smashed into it while the crew reportedly tucked into a picnic.

    As the war rages into its fourth month, streets in Ukraine have become a graveyard for Russian machinery – with burnt-out tanks and vehicles littering the landscape.

    Fresh footage obtained from the Special Operations Forces of Ukraine today shows defenders blasting a Russian tank as fighters are said to have been sitting on top boozing.

    A spokesman for the force said: “SSO operators in Ukraine have developed skills in owning another type of modern weapon.

    “An example of this is another destruction of an enemy tank along with the enemy’s manpower.

    “According to our soldiers, the Russian occupiers were quietly drinking alcohol at one of the positions, sitting on the armour of their tank.

    “However, the usual Russian occupation was abruptly interrupted by an unexpected attack from the air.”

    The force said they used a “modern kamikaze drone equipped with a powerful explosive” to target the tank.

    It suffered “irreparable damage” after the deadly device “flew straight into the tank” – with the attack filmed by a camera on the “killer drone”.

    The SSO – which was founded in January 2016 and is headquartered in Kyiv – did not specify where in Ukraine the strike took place.

    View the video here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Moscow's 'obvious policy of genocide' in Donbas as 'Putin has 9 months to win'

    UKRAINIAN President, Volodymyr Zelensky, has accused Moscow of pursuing an "obvious policy of genocide" in the Donbas, after failing to take the capital Kyiv.

    In his nightly televised address, Mr Zelensky said Russian bombardments could leave the entire region of Donbas "uninhabited".

    "All this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is an obvious policy of genocide pursued by Russia," he said.

    Meanwhile, a retired NATO commander said that Putin has a nine-month window to win the war.

    Lt-Gen Konstantinos Loukopoulos, who has taught tank warfare at military academies in Kyiv and Moscow said: “For Ukraine to absorb the weapons from the West and make them operational, form the right units, and train them, it needs eight, nine months. It can’t pull active units from the front to train them,”

    That is within this time-frame, he believes, Putin must win the war on the ground and reach a negotiated settlement.

    “Whether we like it or not, Russia has the political and military initiative. The West is reacting to what Putin is doing,” he added.

  • Milica Cosic

    Good morning, Milica Cosic with you today. I'll be bringing you the latest news and updates on the Russia-Ukraine war today.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Scholz: Putin will only negotiate ‘when war victory impossible’

    Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said today that Russia will not win its war in Ukraine and the terms of any peace must not be dictated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “Putin will only seriously negotiate over peace if he realizes that he cannot break Ukraine‘s defenses,” Mr Scholz said in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    “There will be no dictated peace,” Scholz said.

    “Ukraine will not accept this and neither will we.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Everything YOU need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Here are the key questions answered regarding Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia takes steps to bolster army & tighten grip on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order today to fast track Russian citizenship for residents of parts of southern Ukraine largely held by his forces, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the stretched Russian army.

    Putins decree applying to the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions could allow Russia to strengthen its hold on territory that lies between eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists occupy some areas, and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Zelenskyy accuses Russia of an 'obvious policy of genocide'

    Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday accused Russia of carrying out "an obvious policy of genocide" in his country's eastern Donbas region.

    Moscow's offensive in Donbas could end up leaving the region "uninhabited," he said, accusing the Russians of wanting to reduce its cities to ashes.

    "All this, including the deportation of our people and the mass killings of civilians, is an obvious policy of genocide pursued by Russia," he said in his daily televised address.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin is a ‘madman’

    Alexei Navalny the jailed Russian opposition leader has condemned President Vladimir Putin in a live court hearing.

    The opposition leader called him a “madman” who started a “stupid war” in Ukraine.

    Navalny said: “This war was built on lies. One madman has got his claws into Ukraine and I do not know what he wants to do with it – this crazy thief.”

    Navalny was previously sentenced by a court to nine years in a strict regime colony for fraud and contempt of court.

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  • Everything YOU need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Here are the key questions answered regarding Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

  • Putin REFUSES to discuss invasion with injured soldiers

    RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has told one of his soldiers wounded in Ukraine that he will “definitely” return to the front line once has recovered.

    In his first meeting with troops who have fought in Ukraine, the tyrant went to a military hospital in Moscow, where bodyguards wearing white coats lurked in the corridors.

    After an official told him one of the wounded soldiers was eager to meet him, he asked the man if he really intended to keep serving.

    When the injured man, dressed in pyjamas, replied: “Of course I do,” Putin, deadpan then said: “You definitely will.”

    The soldiers in the hospital were reportedly recovering from shrapnel and gunshot wounds but did not display any obvious injuries typical of troops injured in war zones.

    In what could be said to be an awkward meeting, Putin did not ask them about their experiences on the battlefield or comment on the ongoing hostilities.

    Despite this, speaking at a government meeting later on Wednesday, Putin hailed Russian troops and said: “Those people have risked their lives and health for the sake of the people and children of the Donbas and for the sake of Russia. They all are heroes.”

  • Military situation in eastern Ukraine is 'very bad' says foreign minister

    The military situation in eastern Ukraine is even worse than people say it is and the country needs heavy weapons now to effectively fight Russia, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Thursday.

    Kuleba, taking part in a live question and answer session with Twitter users, also said peace talks with Russia were not really taking place.

  • Russia says arms supplies to Ukraine could lead to unacceptable escalation

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has warned the West that supplying weapons to Ukraine capable of hitting Russian territory would be "a serious step towards unacceptable escalation", Tass news agency said on Thursday.

    Lavrov told the RT Arabic channel that he hoped sane people in the West would understand this, adding "There are still a few left there", RIA quoted him as saying.

  • Truss: Putin ‘holding the world to ransom’ over food

    The UK’s foreign minister, Liz Truss, has accused Russia’s Vladimir Putin of holding “the world to ransom” over food.

    Speaking on a trip to Bosnia, she also accused the Russian leader of “weaponising hunger” across the world.

    Responding to a question about whether she supported lifting sanctions in exchange for grain exports from Ukraine, Truss replied: “It is completely appalling that Putin is trying to hold the world to ransom, and he is essentially weaponising hunger and lack of food amongst the poorest people around the world,.”

    She added: “We simply cannot allow this to happen. Putin needs to remove the blockade on Ukrainian grain.”

  • Russia says it has completed demining of Azov Sea port of Mariupol

    Ukraine’s defence ministry has said that Russian forces have completed removing mines in the Azov Sea port of Mariupol.

    Mines have been removed from the territory of the port and nearby waters, the ministry added in a statement.

    Russia said it had established full control of Mariupol last week after.

  • Scholz: Putin will only negotiate ‘when war victory impossible’

    Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz has said today that Russia will not win its war in Ukraine and the terms of any peace must not be dictated by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    “Putin will only seriously negotiate over peace if he realizes that he cannot break Ukraine‘s defenses,” Mr Scholz said in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    “There will be no dictated peace,” Scholz said.

    “Ukraine will not accept this and neither will we.”

  • Russia takes steps to bolster army & tighten grip on Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order today to fast track Russian citizenship for residents of parts of southern Ukraine largely held by his forces, while lawmakers in Moscow passed a bill to strengthen the stretched Russian army.

    Putins decree applying to the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions could allow Russia to strengthen its hold on territory that lies between eastern Ukraine, where Moscow-backed separatists occupy some areas, and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia seized in 2014.

  • Belarus' Lukashenko orders new military unit to patrol border with Ukraine

    Belarus leader Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday ordered the creation of a new military command for the south of country, bordering Ukraine, according to a video release.

    Belarus planned to deploy special operations troops in three areas near its southern border with Ukraine as Lukashenko talked up the role of Russian-made missiles in boosting the country's defences.

  • McDonald's Russia to reopen restaurants under a completely new brand

    McDonald's Russia said on Thursday it plans to reopen restaurants to the public from June 12 under a new brand that will be introduced separately, after the burger chain said it was selling to a local licensee.

    The fast-food company is selling its restaurants in Russia, exiting in opposition to Moscow's actions in Ukraine and ending more than three decades of the "Golden Arches" in the country

  • Ukraine should listen to US advice and give Russia territory

    Calls for Ukraine to cede territory to Russia to prevent a lengthy war should be "carefully studied", according to a Conservative former chancellor.

    Lord Lamont of Lerwick highlighted comments from former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the World Economic Forum this week, in which he advised Ukraine to allow Russia to keep control of Crimea, which was annexed in 2014.

    The veteran US statesman argued that this could prevent a long protracted war in the region.

    Lord Lamont told the House of Lords: "Has my noble friend read the speech of Henry Kissinger in Davos, where he advised attendees at the conference not to get swept up in the mood of the moment and suggested that negotiations to end the war had to begin in the next two months and I quote, 'before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not easily be contained'?

    "And he suggested that the starting point for the negotiations should be the pre-invasion de facto borders.

    "Would my noble friend agree that Dr Kissinger has a very distinguished record, is no woolly idealist, and is a hard-headed diplomat?

    "And however inconvenient it may be, shouldn't his advice be carefully studied?"

    Foreign Office minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon responded that, while "all wise words" need to be listened to, it is important that the "sovereignty and integrity of every nation" is protected.

  • Ukraine says Russia has shelled more than 40 towns in Donbas

    Russian forces shelled more than 40 towns in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, forcing Ukrainians to bury civilians killed in mass graves, as Tass news agency reported some 8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war in the provinces of Luhansk and Donetsk.

    “The occupiers shelled more than 40 towns in Donetsk and Luhansk region, destroying or damaging 47 civilian sites, including 38 homes and a school. As a result of this shelling five civilians died and 12 were wounded,” the Joint Task Force of Ukraine’s armed forces said on Facebook.

    It said 10 Russian attacks were repelled, four tanks and four drones destroyed, and 62 “enemy soldiers” killed.

    Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s office also said this morning that 11 high-rise buildings were destroyed in Sievierodonetsk, and eight in Lysychansk.

  • Launching of a Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group

    The Spanish-Argentine politician serving as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell Fontelles, has today said that there can be no 'impunity for war crimes'.

    Within this, he took to Twitter to announce that alongside the UK and US, they have launched a 'Atrocity Crimes Advisory Group'.

    He tweeted that the group will: "support Ukraine️’s Prosecutor General in bringing those responsible for atrocities committed as part of Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine to justice."

  • Kremlin: West is to blame Ukraine grain export problems

    The Kremlin has earlier today rejected U.S. and European Union claims that Russia had blocked grain exports from Ukraine, and accused the West of creating such a situation by imposing sanctions.

    "We categorically do not accept these accusations. On the contrary, we blame Western countries of taking actions that have led to this," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday.

    Moscow called for the West to remove the sanctions which it says are blocking grain exports from Ukraine.

  • Truss: Putin ‘holding the world to ransom’ over food

    The UK's foreign minister, Liz Truss, has accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of holding "the world to ransom" over food.

    Speaking on a trip to Bosnia, she also accused the Russian leader of “weaponising hunger” across the world.

    Responding to a question about whether she supported lifting sanctions in exchange for grain exports from Ukraine, Truss replied: “It is completely appalling that Putin is trying to hold the world to ransom, and he is essentially weaponising hunger and lack of food amongst the poorest people around the world,.”

    She added: “We simply cannot allow this to happen. Putin needs to remove the blockade on Ukrainian grain.”

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