Ukraine news LATEST: Vladimir Putin ‘fears for his LIFE’ as despot’s war ‘undermined’ by FAILURE to control Black Sea

VLADIMIR Putin “fears for his life” as his invasion of Ukraine is “undermined” by strategic failures on land and at sea, experts claim.

The only way to influence Putin is to ban Russians from entering the EU and thus cause national anger, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky has stated.

In an interview with the Washington Post, the inspirational leader outlined a number of ways to slow down Russian progress in Ukraine.

Mr Zelensky told the Washington Post: “This person has no other fear but the fear for his life.

“His life depends on whether he is threatened by his population or not. Nothing else is threatening to him.”

Meanwhile, the despot’s forces are struggling after a multitude of naval setbacks – including the sinking of its flagship Moskva, which Ukrainian forces hit with anti-ship missiles on 14 April.

Russian forces are also struggling because they have lost many of their jets and are no longer in control of the strategically-important Snake Island, according to the MoD.

The MoD said in a statement on Tuesday: “The surface vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast.” 

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

  • New graphic shows Russia’s progress in Ukraine

    As Russia continues its brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has released a new graphic to outline the situation.

    As things stand, reports suggest Russia has lost 43,900 troops since the start of the invasion.

    This comes as Russian forces continue to occupy Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, leading to fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster.

  • EU ban for Russians the only way to scare Putin, Zelensky claims

    The only way to influence Putin is to ban Russians from entering the EU and thus cause national anger, Ukraine’s president has stated.

    In an interview with the Washington Post, the inspirational leader outlined a number of ways to slow down Russian progress in Ukraine.

    “This person has no other fear but the fear for his life. His life depends on whether he is threatened by his population or not. Nothing else is threatening to him,” Zelensky told the Washington Post.

  • President Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘nuclear terrorism’

    The president of Ukraine has accused Putin of committing “nuclear terrorism” in a recent call with French President Emmanuel Macron.

    During the call, the two leaders reportedly discussed plans to remove Russian troops from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, as fears of a Chornobyl-style crisis rise.

    The inspirational Ukrainian leader also called for further sanctions on Putin, as he searches for ways to protect his country.

  • Ministry of Defence provides the latest update on the war in Ukraine

    Britain’s MoD has released a new update on the situation in Ukraine.

    The report reads: “The surface vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast.

    “This contrasts with heightened Russian naval activity in other seas, as is typical for this time of year.

    “The Black Sea Fleet continues to use long-range cruise missiles to support ground offensives but is currently struggling to exercise effective sea control. It has lost its flagship, MOSKVA; a significant portion of its naval aviation combat jets; & control of Snake Island.”

    The update concludes: “The Black Fleet’s currently limited effectiveness undermines Russia’s overall invasion strategy, in part because the amphibious threat to Odesa has now been largely neutralised. This means Ukraine can divert resources to press Russian ground forces elsewhere.”

  • UN wheat ship departs Ukraine

    A ship carrying wheat to the Horn of Africa left Odesa yesterday.

    The vessel is reportedly carrying 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat and marks another step in Ukraine’s efforts to resurrect its grain export industry.

    Russia and Ukraine combine to make up for 1/3 of the world’s wheat exports.

  • Austria declares neutrality as Russia bombards Ukraine

    As reported by Al Jazeera, Austria has committed to neutrality, despite Russia’s continued attempts to destroy Ukraine.

    This is a rare position in the current European climate, and will likely draw criticism from Ukraine’s allies.

    According to Al Jazeera, Austria has also called on Finland and Sweden to end their attempts to join NATO.

  • Estonia to remove Russian monument

    An iconic Soviet-era monument is set to be removed from the Estonian city of Narva, where 97% of the population speaks Russian.

    The T-34 tank in the city of Narva will be removed in the hope of avoiding “more hostility in society and tearing open old wounds.”

    Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has stated her government would not “afford Russia the opportunity to use the past to disturb the peace in Estonia”.

  • Putin claims Western nations want to extend ‘NATO-like system’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Western countries were seeking to extend a “NATO-like system” into the Asia-Pacific region.

    Delivering the welcome address at the Moscow international security conference, Putin said that the United States was trying to “drag out” the conflict in Ukraine.

    The tyrant also said US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month had been “a thoroughly planned provocation”.

  • Russia claims to have ‘intercepted’ British spy plane

    Russia has claimed to have “intercepted” a British spy plane as it allegedly crossed into Putin’s airspace and near a hypersonic missile base.

    The RAF aircraft is said to have been chased off after Moscow scrambled a MiG-31BM fighter to force it away from the Arctic.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said the Brit plane was “intercepted” over the Barents Sea, near the main base of the Navy’s Northern Fleet.

    Speaking of the alleged incursion, MP Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee of the Russian lower house of parliament and leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), said: “A reconnaissance aircraft violated Russia’s state border near Cape Svyatoy Nos.

    “It looks like those who issue such absurd and provocative orders have forgotten how a British destroyer intruded into Russia’s territorial waters to be stopped by our border guards.

    “The inviolability of Russian borders is a fundamental principle, which should not be tested. 

    “I am convinced that a response to any intrusions will be adequately harsh.”

  • One dead, eight injured as Russia shells Kharkiv

    According to the regional governor, one person has been left dead following a Russian bombardment of the city of Kharkiv.

    Reports suggest that this is one of Russia’s most brutal attacks in the region to date.

    Houses and roads have been destroyed, while eight people were injured.

  • New graphic shows Russia’s progress in Ukraine

    As Russia continues its brutal invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Defence has released a new graphic to outline the situation.

    As things stand, reports suggest Russia has lost 43,900 troops since the start of the invasion.

    This comes as Russian forces continue to occupy Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, leading to fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster.

  • President Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘nuclear terrorism’

    The President of Ukraine has accused Putin of committing “nuclear terrorism” in a recent call with French President Emmanuel Macron.

    During the call, the two leaders reportedly discussed plans to remove Russian troops from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, as fears of a Chornobyl-style crisis rise.

    The inspirational Ukrainian leader also called for further sanctions on Putin, as he searches for ways to protect his country.

  • EU ban for Russians the only way to scare Putin, Zelensky claims

    The only way to influence Putin is to ban Russians from entering the EU and thus cause national anger, Ukraine’s president has stated.

    In an interview with the Washington Post, the inspirational leader outlined a number of ways to slow down Russian progress in Ukraine.

    “This person has no other fear but the fear for his life. His life depends on whether he is threatened by his population or not. Nothing else is threatening to him,” Zelensky told the Washington Post.

  • Ministry of Defence provides the latest update on the war in Ukraine

    Britain’s MoD has released a new update on the situation in Ukraine.

    The report reads: “The surface vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast.

    “This contrasts with heightened Russian naval activity in other seas, as is typical for this time of year.

    “The Black Sea Fleet continues to use long-range cruise missiles to support ground offensives but is currently struggling to exercise effective sea control. It has lost its flagship, MOSKVA; a significant portion of its naval aviation combat jets; & control of Snake Island.”

    The update concludes: “The Black Fleet’s currently limited effectiveness undermines Russia’s overall invasion strategy, in part because the amphibious threat to Odesa has now been largely neutralised. This means Ukraine can divert resources to press Russian ground forces elsewhere.”

  • UN wheat ship departs Ukraine

    A ship carrying wheat to the Horn of Africa left Odesa today.

    The vessel is reportedly carrying 23,000 metric tonnes of wheat and marks another step in Ukraine’s efforts to resurrect its grain export industry.

    Russia and Ukraine combine to make up for 1/3 of the world’s wheat exports.

  • Austria declares neutrality as Russia bombards Ukraine

    As reported by Al Jazeera, Austria has committed to neutrality, despite Russia’s continued attempts to destroy Ukraine.

    This is a rare position in the current European climate, and will likely draw criticism from Ukraine’s allies.

    According to Al Jazeera, Austria has also called on Finland and Sweden to end their attempts to join NATO.

  • Estonia to remove Russian monument

    An iconic Soviet-era monument is set to be removed from the Estonian city of Narva, where 97% of the population speaks Russian.

    The T-34 tank in the city of Narva will be removed in the hope of avoiding “more hostility in society and tearing open old wounds.”

    Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has stated her government would not “afford Russia the opportunity to use the past to disturb the peace in Estonia”.

  • Putin claims Western nations want to extend ‘NATO-like system’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Western countries were seeking to extend a “NATO-like system” into the Asia-Pacific region.

    Delivering the welcome address at the Moscow international security conference, Putin said that the United States was trying to “drag out” the conflict in Ukraine.

    The tyrant also said US Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan earlier this month had been “a thoroughly planned provocation”.

  • Russia claims to have ‘intercepted’ British spy plane

    Russia has claimed to have “intercepted” a British spy plane as it allegedly crossed into Putin’s airspace and near a hypersonic missile base.

    The RAF aircraft is said to have been chased off after Moscow scrambled a MiG-31BM fighter to force it away from the Arctic.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said the Brit plane was “intercepted” over the Barents Sea, near the main base of the Navy’s Northern Fleet.

    Speaking of the alleged incursion, MP Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the international committee of the Russian lower house of parliament and leader of the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), said: “A reconnaissance aircraft violated Russia’s state border near Cape Svyatoy Nos.

    “It looks like those who issue such absurd and provocative orders have forgotten how a British destroyer intruded into Russia’s territorial waters to be stopped by our border guards.

    “The inviolability of Russian borders is a fundamental principle, which should not be tested. 

    “I am convinced that a response to any intrusions will be adequately harsh.”

  • President Zelenskyy accuses Russia of ‘nuclear terrorism’

    The President of Ukraine has accused Putin of committing “nuclear terrorism” in a recent call with French President Emmanuel Macron.

    During the call, the two leaders reportedly discussed plans to remove Russian troops from Europe’s largest nuclear power station, as fears of a Chornobyl-style crisis rise.

    The inspirational Ukrainian leader also called for further sanctions on Putin, as he searches for ways to protect his country.

  • Railway attacked in Kursk Oblast

    A railway line in Russia has been blown up, reports The Kyiv Independent.

    Those who committed the attack are yet to be identified.

    This comes as massive explosions and fires hit a military depot in Russia-annexed Crimea, forcing more than 3,000 people to evacuate.

  • Putin and Kim Jong-un set to unite pariah nations against the ‘hostile’ West

    Putin and Kim Jong-un have penned letters to each other, promising to unite their countries against the democratic West.

    The concerning kinship has stoked fear among security agencies who fear their alliance could result in disastrous consequences.

    In the letter, the pair promised to “expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts”.

    This comes just weeks after Kim took aim at the new government in Korea’s southern counterpart, warning he could “annihilate” President Yoon Suk Yeol.

  • Putin declares Russian weapons are ‘significantly superior’ to the West’s arsenal

    Russia’s despotic dictator has declared his country has superior weaponry to the West, as he attempts to court countries in Asia, Africa and South America.

    Speaking of Russian weapons, Putin said: “Many of them are years, or maybe decades ahead of their foreign counterparts, and in terms of tactical and technical characteristics they are significantly superior to them.”

    The Russian leader was speaking at an arms conference just outside of Moscow.

  • Russian army details ‘munitions explosion’ at Crimea depot

    Munitions exploded during a fire at an arms depot in Russian-annexed Crimea on Tuesday, the Russian defence ministry said.

    The ministry said the inferno began around 6:15 am local time (0315 GMT) at a military storage site near the village of Mayskoye in the Dzhankoi district.

    In a statement released through Russian news agencies, the ministry also said the fire likely caused ammunition to detonate.

  • Ministry of Defence provides the latest update on the war in Ukraine

    Britain’s MoD has released a new update on the situation in Ukraine.

    The report reads: “The surface vessels of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet continue to pursue an extremely defensive posture, with patrols generally limited to waters within sight of the Crimean coast.

    “This contrasts with heightened Russian naval activity in other seas, as is typical for this time of year.

    “The Black Sea Fleet continues to use long-range cruise missiles to support ground offensives but is currently struggling to exercise effective sea control. It has lost its flagship, MOSKVA; a significant portion of its naval aviation combat jets; & control of Snake Island.”

    The update concludes: “The Black Fleet’s currently limited effectiveness undermines Russia’s overall invasion strategy, in part because the amphibious threat to Odesa has now been largely neutralised. This means Ukraine can divert resources to press Russian ground forces elsewhere.”

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