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Ukraine war news – UK army chief warns that Russia is still Britain’s deadliest enemy & dismisses Putin health fears

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HEAD of the UK’s armed forces, Sir Tony Radakin, has dismissed claims that Putin could be assassinated, while also issuing a stark warning that Russia remains Britain’s greatest enemy. 

Speaking to the BBC this morning, the army chief also noted that he believes Russia has ‘already lost’ the war in Ukraine, due to their slow progress and huge losses. 

“What you’re seeing is a Russia, if we focus on the Donbas, that is less than 10 per cent of the territory of Ukraine and we are approaching 150 days,” he told the BBC.

“Russia is struggling to take that territory, and it is struggling because of the courage and determination of the Ukrainian armed forces.” 

He went on to say that any hope that Putin is sick, or will be assasinated, in the coming months is “wishful thinking.”

Radakin was sure to warn Brits of Russia’s continuing threat, however, he said: “Its land forces are probably less of a threat in the short term because of that degradation, that depletion that we’re seeing with their struggle in Ukraine.

“But Russia continues to be a nuclear power, it’s got cyber capabilities, it’s got space capabilities, and it’s got particular programmes under water so it can threaten the underwater cables that allow the world’s information to transit around the whole globe.”

Read our Ukraine war live blog below for the latest up-to-date news…

  • World needs a ‘clear demand signal’ on what munitions Ukraine needs

    Kathy Warden, US chief executive of Northrop Grumman, has called for transparency and clarity on exactly what Ukraine needs to defend its boarders.

    The CEO made a warning that weapons built might not support a long war.

    According to the Financial Times, Kathy said: “The most important thing now is to get a clear demand signal on what the sustained commitment is and the level of draw down from those stockpiles is going to be.

    “I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’ve heard we’re running out, but if you do project forward that we’re going to want to sustain these levels if commitments for another couple of years – that’s certainly not what anyone had built stockpiles to accomodate.”

  • Inside Mariupol ruins: bodies are left in bins, residents forced to drink sewage, bones litter the streets

    As you walk through the devastated city, bodies and pieces of bodies are still strewn on the ground, amongst the debris and putrid stagnant water pools.

    Some residents are forced to drink sewage as there is little to no clean water, and bodies are now often left to rot in piles of rubbish rather than being buried in graves.

    And there is a chronic lack of medicines, with doctors being left with no choice but to amputate limbs to stop disease.

    It is estimated at least 90 per cent of the buildings in the city have either been destroyed or damaged – and at least 300,000 civilians have fled or been killed.

    “People you have known for many years, you can’t recognise them anymore,” Mariupol’s health director, Andriy Rempel, told The Sun Online.  

    “With so many bodies still lying in the streets, and the threat of cholera, these people can’t cope anymore.” 

    Click here to read more.

  • ITV news crew narrowly missed Russian shelling

    The frontline reporters and news crew had to make a dash for is while reporting on the war in Ukraine.

    Footage has emerged of the horror moment when Russian shells landed only 600 metres away from where they were set up.

    ITV’s crew were based with the Ukrainian army, who were testing Howitzers.

    Russian troops fired back, and can be heard getting closer during the TV report.

  • British prisoner forced to sing Russian anthem on state TV

    A British fighter has been captured by the Russian military, and is being sentenced to death.

    He was forced to sing the Russian national anthem in front of millions across Russia’s state television network.

    The 28 year old was forced to sing to a firing squad.

    Chillingly, US exile John Mark Dougan, a former American police officer who works for Russian propaganda outfit Sputnik International, told Aiden: “I have goosebumps, man. That was f***ing amazing.”

    Aslin replies: “Really?” Dougan goes on: “Absolutely. You’ve got the talent, man. On that note, dude, thanks. Amazing voice.”

  • Bodies of civilians are yet to be identified after Vinnytsia strike

    11 bodies, including two children were uncovered after the strike on Thursday.

    Speaking to Sky News, deputy head of office for President Zelenskiy said “more than 70 people are still in hospital,” and it is thought around 18 are still missing.

    The bodies discovered in the ongoing rescue operation are yet to be identified.

  • Russian forces ‘hiding behind civilians’ say Ukraine’s armed forces

    It has been reported that the Russian army are changing their tactics.

    The Operational Command south have said that Russian soldiers are hiding behind the Ukrainian masses, so that Ukraine won’t air strike it’s own people.

  • Ukrainian women are seeking abortions in Poland

    Some women have faced rape from Russian soldiers, or the death of a spouse and are in need of abortions.

    In Poland, abortion is only allowed when a woman’s life or health is at risk.

    It is also persisted in cases of rape and incest. But activists have told Reuters it is extremely difficult to access an abortion on those legal grounds.

    More groups are protesting for abortions to not be criminalised and a group set up a hotline, the Foundation for Women and Family Planning (FEDERA).

    Reuters reported that: “FEDERA provides counselling and legal advice, and directs women to groups elsewhere in Europe that can send pills into Poland, or organise travel and accommodation to undergo an abortion in more liberal places like Germany or the Netherlands.”

  • Zelensky – Russia must be officially acknowledged as terrorist state

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has once again called for Russia to be officially acknowledged as a terrorist state,

    According to Independent.co.uk, he made the plea after a deadly strike in Vinnytsia killed at least 23 people.

    “This day once again proved that Russia must be officially recognized as a terrorist state. No other state in the world poses such a terrorist threat as Russia. No other state in the world allows itself to destroy peaceful cities and ordinary human life with cruise missiles and rocket artillery every day,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address on Thursday.

    He added: “Three children under the age of ten. And this, unfortunately, is not yet the final number. Debris clearance is ongoing. Dozens of people are listed as missing. Heavily wounded are among those hospitalised”.

  • Little Liza’s funeral after Vinnytsia bombing

    The four year old has been laid to rest after being killed by the shocking blasts from Russian missiles on Thursday.

    Liza Dmytrieva was buried in a crown of white flowers, in an open-casket ceremony on Sunday in central Ukraine. Her father wept over her, before they laid her to rest.

    She was buried alongside her favourite toys and teddy bears.

    Reportedly the priest who held the funeral burst into tears, telling guests “evil cannot win”.

    Her mother, Ilryna was unable to attend her daughter’s funeral, as she is in intensive care in hospital. She is unaware of her daughter’s funeral, as her family and doctors believe the heartbreak would “kill” her.

    Rest in peace to Liza and those killed in the strike.

    A woman carries a portrait of Liza, 4-year-old girl killed by Russian attack, during a funeral ceremony in Vinnytsia
    A woman carries a portrait of Liza, 4-year-old girl killed by Russian attack, during a funeral ceremony in VinnytsiaCredit: AP
  • Zelensky invites two PM frontrunners to Kyiv to hear their plan Putin

    Ukraine leader Volodymyr Zelensky is keen to hear whether the next resident of 10 Downing Street will maintain Boris Johnson’s solidarity.

    The hero president wants them to visit to “show their leadership on the world stage”.

    The invitation was extended by senior Ukraine MP Oleksii Goncharenko who was in London last week.

    He will be writing to Tory chairman Andrew Stephenson and backbenchers’ leader Sir Graham Brady urging them to get behind the move.

    Click here to read more.

  • Ukraine used to be the bread basket of the world

    The nation used to export around 4.5 million tonnes of agricultural produce.

    It supplied 12 per cent of the globe’s wheat, reported The Guardian.

  • Ukraine said to be mine contaminated, according to experts

    Anton Gershchenko shared images to his Twitter of sniffer dogs and diffused mines and bombs.

    The Advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, Anton Gershchenko, reveals that in just five months, Ukraine is one of the most land mine contaminated countries in the world.

  • Russia must be recognised as terrorist state, says Ukraine prosecutor general

    This year marks the eighth anniversary of Malaysian airline’s MH17 being downed over Donetsk in Ukraine.

    While Russia denied involvement, evidence from thorough investigations showed that an anti-aircraft missile launcher could have been at play, causing the deaths of 298 people.

    Iryna Venediktova Tweeted: “Russia must he recognised as a terrorist state.”

  • Brit fighting in Ukraine calls on Prime Minister Boris Johnson

    It is thought that John Harding is being held by pro-Russian separatists.

    He told TV cameras that he could be killed by the separatists.

    John was reportedly captured in May.

  • Ukrainian airline plane carrying munitions crashes

    The cargo plane carrying munitions from Serbia to Bangladesh crashed in northern Greece.

    There are no survivors from the wreckage.

    Reportedly residents saw the aircraft catch fire, and heard explosions two hours after the initial crash.

    It crash landed in a farm near Kavala.

  • Russia has ‘already lost the Ukraine war’ UK army chief claims

    Russia will fail in its attempts to invade Ukraine Head of the Armed forces Sir Tony Radakin told the BBC this morning.

    “What you’re seeing is a Russia, if we focus on the Donbas, that is less than 10 per cent of the territory of Ukraine and we are approaching 150 days,’ he told the BBC,” he said.

    “Russia is struggling to take that territory, and it is struggling because of the courage and determination of the Ukrainian armed forces.”

  • Bodies of civilians are yet to be identified after Vinnytsia strike

    11 bodies, including two children were uncovered after the strike yesterday.

    Speaking to Sky News, deputy head of office for President Zelenskiy said “more than 70 people are still in hospital,” and it is thought around 18 are still missing.

    The bodies discovered in the ongoing rescue operation are yet to be identified.

  • Ukrainian plane carrying mines crashes in Greece

    A Ukrainian plane has crashed over Greece, reports claim.

    The plane was travelling from Serbia and crashed in Kavala, Greece, causing widespread speculation as to what it where it was heading.

    All 8 members of plane’s crew were killed in the crash.

  • Ukraine proves western dominance is ending, claims former PM Tony Blair

    In a recent lecture, Tony Blair has argued that Russia’s war in Ukraine proves we entering a period of western decline.

    He believes that China is instead rising to become the world’s biggest super power.

    “We are coming to the end of Western political and economic dominance,” he said during a lecture in Ditchley Park, west London.

    “The world is going to be at least bipolar and possibly multipolar,” Blair said. “The biggest geopolitical change of this century will come from China, not Russia.”

  • Russian losses as of July 17

    Russia has lost over 38,000 troops to date, a new report has claimed.

    On top of this, the nation continues to leak equipment and resources.

    As of today, Russia has lost 220 planes, as well as 1,677 tanks, all costing millions to replace.

  • Three killed in missile attack on Ukrainian city of Dnipro

    Roughly three people have been killed and 15 injured in a missile attack on the Ukrainian city of Dnipro, Governor Valentyn Reznychenko said.

    “The rockets hit an industrial plant and a busy street next to it,” Mr Rezynchenko said on his Facebook page.

    Sky News reports he said: “The Russian attack took the lives of three people, another 15 were injured. We are determining the extent of the destruction.”

  • Russian missiles hit Pokrovsk

    The local police have confirmed that a barrage of missiles have hit the region of Pokrovsk.

    “The enemy hit civilians twice with Iskander-M ballistic missiles. At least 27 houses were damaged. The police documented a Russian war crime,” the press service said.

  • In pictures: Ukrainian choir joins the Rolling Stones in Vienna

    In heartwarming scenes, a choir consisting of young Ukrainians performed in front of thousands during a Rolling Stones concert on Saturday.

    Fans were touched by the emotional gesture, with one writing: “Incredible night. Fu**ing ride. Best Stones show ever seen. Keep on rolling guys. It´s only rock´n´roll but I like it 24/7.”

    The choir performed a number of songs, including “can’t always get what you want”, and even joined the band for the encore.

  • War could be ‘prolonged’ if UK keeps supplying Ukraine with weapons

    Andrei Kelin told Sky News that weapons are being used to bomb civilians in the Donbas region.

    He said: “The conflict will end and may end pretty soon because the UK will understand that there is no possibility to win over Russia.

    “The conflict will be prolonged in the UK will continue to supply arms, which are now being used also for shelling cities and civillian people in Donbas and in other areas.”

  • Russia ‘evacuates’ over 5,000 Ukrainian children in a single day

    Yesterday, Russian officials claimed to have “evacuated” 30,000 Ukrainians to Russia, including 5,000 children.

    This was done against the will of the Ukrainian government.

    This occurred in a single day, with the total number of those forced to move to Russia unknown.





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