Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – Putin's 'FAILED advances' have left weakened forces having to 'merge and redeploy' in new blow

VLADIMIR Putin has suffered a new blow as FAILED advances have left weakened forces having to merge and redeploy, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The UK's Ministry of Defence gave their latest update on the war in Ukraine today.

Their Twitter account said in their daily briefing: "Russia hopes to rectify issues that have previously constrained its invasion by geographically concentrating combat power, shortening supply lines and simplifying command and control.

"Russia still faces considerable challenges. It has been forced to merge and redeploy depleted and disparate units from the failed advances in north-east Ukraine. Many of these units are likely suffering from weakened morale.

"Shortcomings in Russian tactical co-ordination remain. A lack of unit-level skills and inconsistent air support have left Russia unable to fully leverage its combat mass, despite localised improvements."

The news comes as Russian assassins were just "minutes away" from killing President Zelenskyy and his family, the Ukrainian leader has revealed.

The hero president spoke in detail of the imminent danger he was in as war broke out in Ukraine during the early days of the Russian invasion.

Zelensky, 44, said kill teams of Russian special forces were parachuted into Kyiv on the day of the invasion.

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Odesa airport hit by missile attack

    According to reports three loud explosions were heard across Odesa late this afternoon, coming from the south west of the city.

    Images on social media show smoke rising on the horizon.

    The head of the press centre for the southern defence forces put a message on social media saying that the runway of Odesa airport had been damaged as a result of the missile attack.

  • Louis Allwood

    Angelina Jolie visits Ukraine

    Angelina Jolie has been visiting Ukraine to meet children affected by the conflict.

    Jolie, who’s a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, met with orphaned and displaced children.

    She also met with those who have been evacuated from Mariupol as well as the Ukrainian volunteers and doctors caring for them.

    The actress also surprised people in a coffee shop in Lviv, western Ukraine.

    Footage posted on social media shows her waving at onlookers and signing autographs for fans.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian assassins were just 'minutes away' from Zelensky

    RUSSIAN assassins were just "minutes away" from killing President Zelenskyy and his family, the Ukrainian leader has revealed.

    The hero president spoke in detail of the imminent danger he was in as war broke out in Ukraine during the early days of the Russian invasion.

    Zelensky, 44, said kill teams of Russian special forces were parachuted into Kyiv on the day of the invasion.

    Armed with Kremlin orders to assassinate or capture him and his family, he claims the mercenaries made two attempts to storm the presidential compound while he was still holed up inside with his wife and two children, aged 17 and nine.

    In a video released just hours after the attempt on his life on February 25, Zelensky was filmed saying: "We're all here. Our military is here. Citizens in society are here.

    "We're all here defending our independence, our country, and it will stay this way."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian anti-tank mine capable of blasting 100ft into the air

    RUSSIA'S lethal anti-tank mine which can blast 100ft in the air and fire explosives from above has been seen in Ukraine for the first time.

    The so-called "smart-mine", which is triggered when its target gets within 100m, has never been used on the battlefield before.

    Russia's PTKM-1R top-attack mine launches itself into the air, scanning the ground for its target, and then firing an explosive slug from above.

    Armoured vehicle turrets have thinner plating, making them more vulnerable to attack.

    The mine, which is believed to have been introduced into service by Vladimir Putin's army in 2020, is similar to the US M-93 "Hornet" wide-area munition.

    It was reportedly discovered in Ukraine on April 26, in the latest sign of further military escalation in the conflict there, according to The Telegraph.

    A Russian anti-tank 'smart-mine' has been pictured in Ukraine for the first timeCredit: @blueboy1969/Twitter
  • Louis Allwood

    France promises to increase military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine

    France will step up military and humanitarian support to Ukraine, according to President Emmanuel Macron.

    The news comes after the French President had a conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Macron also reiterated his "strong concern" over Russia's bombing of Ukrainian cities and the "unbearable situation" in the southern port city of Mariupol.

  • Louis Allwood

    National Guard says video shows strikes on Russian convoy

    Ukraine's national guard has released footage appearing to show strikes being carried out against a Russian armoured military convoy.

    The strike has taken place near Izyum in eastern Ukraine.

    The video shows what the Ukraine National Guard said were tanks and armoured personnel carriers being hit.

  • Louis Allwood

    Dramatic moment two Russian tanks blasted by bombs

    This is the dramatic moment two Russian tanks were obliterated in a drone strike as Vladimir Putin loses more than 23,000 troops.

    Striking footage showed the devastation caused by the strike from what was believed to be Ukraine's 503rd Naval Infantry Battalion.

    In the clip the drone hangs in the air as it appears to eye up its Russian targets – understood to be Kurganets-25 tanks.

    It then drops the bombs, plummeting towards the oblivious war machine before a strike rips apart the tank in a massive inferno.

    It is unclear where the attack took place.

    The shocking footage of the strike was shared online by the editor of the OSINT Bunker Podcast.

    Two Russian tanks were obliterated in a Ukrainian drone strikeCredit: Twitter/@Osinttechnical
  • Louis Allwood

    Putin ‘to undergo cancer operation'

    Putin is set to undergo an operation for cancer and will hand over power to his hardline spy chief, a Kremlin insider has reportedly claimed.

    The Russian tyrant’s health has been source of considerable speculation amid reports that he is battling both abdominal cancer and Parkinson’s Disease.

    But now it has been reported that the 69-year-old Putin could soon vanish for as he goes under the knife with power transferred to Nikolai Patrushev.

    Shadowy Patrushev, 70, is seen as a key architect of the Ukraine war strategy and the man who convinced Putin that Kyiv was awash with neo-Nazis. 

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia repels Ukrainian plane entering its air space, Bryansk regional governor claims

    Russian air defence units repelled a Ukrainian warplane attempting to enter Russian airspace according to the Bryansk regional governor.

    Two shells hit an oil refinery in a region bordering Ukraine as a result and Alexander Bogomaz said the blast wave from the incident damaged parts of the oil terminal.

    It was not clear from his post on Telegram whether the blasts were a result of Russian air defence fire or came from missiles fired from the Ukrainian military plane.

  • Joseph Gamp

    People trapped at Mariupol steel works are fast running out of food and water

    The mayor of the besieged Ukrainian city of Mariupol says those hiding at a massive steel mill are running out of food, water and medicine.

    Vadym Boichenko described the situation at the Avozstal steel plant as dire. The steel mill is the last position held by Ukrainian fighters, who also are with civilians.

    The Soviet-era facility has a vast underground network of bunkers able to withstand airstrikes. But the situation has grown more extreme after the Russians dropped a series of so-called bunker buster bombs and unguided munitions.

    Locals who manage to leave Mariupol say it is hell, but when they leave this fortress, they say it is worse, Boichenko said, according to a translator. They are begging to get saved.

    He added: There, its not a matter of days, its a matter of hours.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia formally 'freezes' strategic stability dialogue with US

    Dialogue between Moscow and Washington on strategic stability is formally "frozen", the TASS news agency cited a Russian foreign ministry official as saying on Saturday.

    Vladimir Yermakov, head of nuclear non-proliferation and controls at the foreign ministry, told TASS those contacts could be resumed once what Russia calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine was complete.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Zelenskyy says Russia is trying to completely destroy Donbas

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of trying to destroy the Donbas and all who live there.

    He warned: "The constant brutal bombardments, the constant Russian strikes on infrastructure and residential areas show that Russia wants to empty this territory of all people.

    "Therefore, the defense of our land, the defense of our people, is literally a fight for life, he said late Friday in his nightly video address to the nation."

    The president also said the cities and towns of the Donbas will survive only if Ukraine remains standing.

    If the Russian invaders are able to realize their plans even partially, then they have enough artillery and aircraft to turn the entire Donbas into stones. As they did with Mariupol.

    Zelenskyy said Mariupol, once one of the most developed cities in the region, was now a Russian concentration camp among the ruins.

    In Kharkiv, a major city to the north, the situation was brutal but Ukrainian troops and intelligence agents have had important tactical successes, he said without elaborating.

    Kharkiv Mayor Ihor Terekhov said about 20% of the citys residential buildings have been so badly damaged that it will be impossible to restore them.

    Zelenskyy said rescuers were still going through the rubble in Kyiv after Thursdays missile strikes. He expressed his condolences to the family of Vira Hyrych, who was killed in the bombardment. He said she was the 23rd journalist killed in the war.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kharkiv targeted by more shelling as US slams Putin 'depravity'

    Ukraine's second city Kharkiv was hit by more deadly shelling on Saturday while Ukrainian forces made some gains in the surrounding region as Washington slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin's "depravity".

    Although Ukraine has retained control of Kharkiv, the city has been repeatedly battered by Moscow's forces and still faces daily attacks.

    One person was killed and five were injured in artillery and mortar strikes, Kharkiv's regional military administration said on Telegram.

    "The situation in the Kharkiv region is tough. But our military, our intelligence, have important tactical success," Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his latest televised address.

    Ukrainian forces said they had recaptured the village of Ruska Lozova, near Kharkiv, that had been occupied by Russian troops for two months and evacuated hundreds of civilians.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Help those fleeing conflict with The Sun’s Ukraine Fund

    PICTURES of women and children fleeing the horror of Ukraine’s devastated towns and cities have moved Sun readers to tears.

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    Give as little as £3 or as much as you can afford and every penny will be donated to the Red Cross on the ground helping women, children, the old, the infirm and the wounded.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Elon Musk gives solar panels to Ukraine

    Tesla owner Elon Musk has donated solar panels from his company, in order to provide power supply to medical facilities near Kyiv.

    The Ukrainian government said it received the panels today. They will be used at healthcare centres in Irpin and Borodyanka.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Five chilling ways Putin could turn Ukraine war NUCLEAR

    VLADIMIR Putin could turn the Ukraine war nuclear by dropping a bomb over the Black Sea or firing at a US target, a national security expert has said.

    Russia has already warned its shambolic invasion of Ukraine is likely to end in a nuclear world war with the Russian tyrant “more probable” to launch a nuke than accept defeat.

    Joseph Cirincione, a distinguished fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft in Washington, D.C, has now revealed five chilling ways Putin could unleash nuclear weapons on the world.

    Speaking on Bill Press Pods, he warned the Russian dictator could initially fire nukes into the Black Sea as a “demonstration shot” before using nuclear weapons on targets in Ukraine.

    And in a worrying worst case scenario, Mr Cirincione said Putin could fire at Nato targets or even the United States.

    Read more here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    People hiding in Avozstal steel plant running out of essentials

    The mayor of Mariupol has said that those hiding at the Avozstal steel works are running out of food, water and medicine.

    “Locals who manage to leave Mariupol say it is hell, but when they leave this fortress, they say it is worse,” Vadym Boichenko said, according to a translator.

    “They are begging to get saved.”

    He added: “There, it’s not a matter of days, it’s a matter of hours.”

    “We hope there’s a slight touch of humanity in the enemy”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia expects trade with China to reach $200bn by 2024

    Russia's foreign ministry says it expects trade with China to reach $200 billion by 2024, the Interfax news agency reported.

    The ministry said Chinese companies must be wary of the risk secondary sanctions pose.

    Interfax also quotes the ministry as saying Beijing was ready to expand its cooperation with Moscow.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia claims to have hit nearly 400 Ukrainian targets overnight

    Russia claims that its artillery units had struck 389 Ukrainian targets overnight into Saturday.

    They say the total includes 35 control points, 15 arms and ammunition depots, and several areas where Ukrainian troops and equipment were concentrated.

    Russia's defence ministry said that its missiles had also hit four ammunition and fuel depots.

    The report cannot be immediately verified.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Ukraine says Russia has stolen 'several hundred thousand tonnes' of grain

    Russian forces have stolen "several hundred thousand tonnes" of grain in the areas of Ukraine they occupy, Ukraine's deputy agriculture minister said on Saturday.

    Speaking to Ukrainian national TV, Taras Vysotskiy expressed concern that most of what he said was 1.5 million tonnes of grain stored in occupied territory could also be stolen by Russian forces.

    Ukraine's foreign ministry accused Russia on Thursday of stealing grain in territory it has occupied, an act it said increased the threat to global food security.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia says Ukraine shelling has hit Bryansk oil terminal – reports

    Russian air defences prevented a Ukrainian aircraft from entering the Bryansk region this mroning Russian news outlets reported citing the region's governor.

    They added that as a result, shelling hit parts of an oil terminal and adjacent territory.

    "There are no victims," RIA news agency cited the governor, Alexander Bogomaz, as saying.

    He added that a logistics building at the terminal was damaged.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kyiv strikes show Russia intends to continue Ukraine offensive

    A top Ukrainian political analyst said yesterday that missile strikes on Kyiv signal Russia’s intention to keep fighting.

    Volodymyr Fesenko, the head of Kyiv’s Penta Center think tank, said Thursday’s strike on the capital while UN secretary general Antonio Guterres was visiting indicated the Kremlin’s intention to continue its attacks.

    "Russia is sending a clear signal about its intention to continue the war despite the international pressure,” Fesenko told The Associated Press.

    “With this missile strike, the Kremlin is sending a warning to all international structures and organizations trying to influence or contain Russia‘s aggressive military plans.

    “While Russia has so far failed to score any significant gains in Ukraine, it intends to continue its offensive and keep striking cities with missiles.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine: Attack on Kyiv was Putin's 'middle finger' to UN

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has accused Russia of trying to humiliate the United Nations by raining missiles on Kyiv during a visit to the city by the U.N. chief.

    The bombardment came barely an hour after Zelensky held a news conference with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who toured some of the destruction in and around Kyiv and condemned attacks on civilians.

    "This says a lot about Russias true attitude toward global institutions, about attempts of the Russian leadership to humiliate the U.N. and everything the organization represents," Zelenskyy said late Thursday in his nightly video address to the nation.

    Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said the attack was Russian President "Vladimir Putin's way of giving his middle finger" to Guterres.

  • Milica Cosic

    Warning that West must ‘prepare for war with Russia’

    THE West must prepare for a “worst case” war with Russia after Vladimir Putin’s growing threats to attack, a former Nato chief warned yesterday.

    It comes as a propaganda video showed a Russian sub launching a volley of cruise missiles from underwater in a fresh blitz on Ukraine.

    The footage shows a series of Kalibr long-range rockets emerging from the Black Sea and streaking into the sky.

    It is the first time Russia has reported using its submarine fleet to attack Ukraine.

    Yesterday Russian state TV broadcast a chilling map claiming to show how fast a Sarmat ICBM could strike from the Kaliningrad enclave in the Baltic.

    It gleefully warns Berlin can be nuked in 106 seconds, Paris in 200 seconds and London in 202 seconds.

  • Milica Cosic

    Images show British man being questioned by Russian forces 

    A still image from a video taken was released yesterday showing a British man, who stated his name was Andrew Hill, being questioned by unidentified Russian forces.

    The footage from Russian Defence Ministry's footage was shot at an unknown location after 'Hill' was captured in Ukraine.

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