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Ukraine news latest: Putin crony admits Ukraine gains in Kherson as Zelensky hails progress

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ONE of Vladimir Putin's new puppet rulers has admitted that Ukrainian forces have made new breakthroughs in the region where he has been placed in charge by the Kremlin.

Russian-installed official Vladimir Saldo confessed that the Ukrainian army had taken control of some settlements in the southern Kherson region.

Speaking on state television, Saldo said: "It's tense, let's put it that way."

Earlier, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky had declared his forces had liberated the small towns of Arkhanhelske and Myrolyubivka in the Kherson region.

Russia formally moved to annex four Ukrainian territories last week, including Kherson region, but none are fully under the control of Moscow's forces and Ukraine continues to advance in the south.

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

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russians continue to leave

    Putin invaded Ukraine at the beginning of the year.

    Many Russians aren't in support of the war anymore and have been leaving the country.

    It's reported that, for fear of being drafted, thousands of Russians have emigrated to other neighbouring countries.

    It's estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 Russians moved to Serbia this year due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia ‘could wage war in space’, head of the Armed Forces warns

    The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned Vladimir Putin could launch a devastating attack from space.

    Russia could attack GPS and communication satellites, cutting the UK off from the rest of the planet, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

    He added that a three-pronged attack using nuclear weapons and his sabotage submarines could defeat the West.

    “It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.

    Click here to read more.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Ukraine claims full control of Lyman

    Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of Lyman, the eastern logistics hub.

    This is Kyiv’s most significant battlefield gain in weeks and comes just days after Putin proclaimed the annexation of four regions covering nearly a fifth of Ukraine on Friday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    ‘Low-yield nuclear weapon’ threat

    Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine following the loss of Lyman.

    In a chilling message, he wrote: “In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, right up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.”

    Russia has the world’s largest atomic arsenal – including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be deployed against opposing armies.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Kremlin spokesperson - 'balance over emotions'

    On Monday, the Kremlin made clear that Putin is not making decisions out of fear.

    In recent months, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been referred to fearful and desperat, particluarly in recent weeks as Ukraine has managed to gain back territory.

    A Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, reportedly said on a call to reporters: "This is a very emotional moment. The heads of regions have the right to express their point of view

    "But even in difficult moments, emotions should be kept out of any kind of assessment. So we prefer to stick to balanced, objective assessments."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Zelenskyy remains determined

    The Ukrainian president took to the airwaves to declare success.

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a small clip over the weekend stating: "As of 12.30pm (09.30 GMT), Lyman is fully cleared."

    Donetsk was one of the key places that Russia took over, but the video showed Zelenskyy saying Ukraine had defeated Russia in that area and won it back.

    He continued: "Over the past week, the number of Ukrainian flags in Donbas has increased. There will be even more a week's time."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Former CIA director - 'Putin is desperate'

    This weekend saw the Russian president declare four annexed areas of Ukraine now part of Russia.

    A former CIA director has spoken about his views on the state of things in the East and referred to Putin as "desperate."

    David Petraeus, who served as Director of the CIA under Barack Obama, spoke to ABC saying: "Just to give you a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a Nato – a collective – effort that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea.

    "It can still get worse for Putin and for Russia. And even the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield won’t change this at all."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Heavy Russian losses again

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence have claimed that a further 500 Russian troops have been eliminated taking the total to over 60,000 now.

    There were also a further 23 tanks destroyed and another 26 armoured vehicles wiped out.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Mark Hamill made ambassador for Ukraine (2/2)

    The Star Wars star has spoken about the connection he and Ukraine president, Zelenskyy, formed.

    Hamill was made an ambassador to the United24 project, created as a way to get donations, by Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    Talking about the Zelenskyy to Laura Kuenssberg, Hamill said: "I was really fascinated with this man because he’s been absolutely heroic. And the Ukrainian people have been inspirational. He’s an amazing man.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Mark Hamill made ambassador for Ukraine (1/2)

    The Star Wars star has spoken about the connection he and Ukraine president, Zelenskyy, formed.

    Mark Hamill, 71, famed for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, talked to BBC's Laura Kuenssberg about the famous franchise and the war in Ukraine.

    He explained that there are clear parallels between the two: “[Zelenskiy] did reference the movies, and it’s not hard to understand why.

    “I mean, Star Wars was always a fairytale for children and fairytales are morality tales of good versus evil, where good is clearly defined, evil is clearly defined, and it’s not hard to extrapolate an evil empire with Russia invading a sovereign nation."

    When asked about more lethal weapons, he said: “Ukraine needs drones. They have some drones, but not nearly as many as the Russians.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine has powerful weapon on its side

    Ukrainian forces are using one of the most powerful weapons and it is making a big difference in the war.

    Zelensky’s forces are using the most powerful rifles ever made — the Snipex Alligator.

    It can fire a 14.5mm bullet over ranges of more than four miles.

    And the target is struck with almost 12 tons of energy — a force powerful enough to obliterate body armour.

    The Ukrainian-made weapon, used against Russian troops and helicopters, can also penetrate vehicle armour over an inch thick at closer range.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia ‘could wage war in space’, head of the Armed Forces warns

    The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned Vladimir Putin could launch a devastating attack from space.

    Russia could attack GPS and communication satellites, cutting the UK off from the rest of the planet, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

    He added that a three-pronged attack using nuclear weapons and his sabotage submarines could defeat the West.

    “It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukrainian forces take part in UK-led training

    The UK's MoD have confirmed that Ukrainian troops have been taking part in UK-led training programmes.

    The training consists of battlefield skills that will help them survive the front line combat in Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian helicopter shot down

    This is the moment a Ukrainian soldier blasted a Russian helicopter out of the sky.

    The clip shared by Joint Forces Task Force of Ukraine, reportedly shows the chopper being downed on October 1, Pravda reports.

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky thanks neighbours for supporting NATO application

    Ukraine officially applied to become part of Nato - just moments after mad Putin vowed to use "any means" to defend the four Ukrainian regions illegally annexed to Russia.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky signed off the paperwork for fast-track membership to the alliance to "protect our entire community" following the tyrant's rambling speech.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kidnap fears

    The chief of Europe’s largest nuclear plant is feared to have been kidnapped by Russian forces.

    Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom said Ihor Murashov was seized at about 4pm on Friday.

    It was after Vladimir Putin said he was annexing four Ukraine regions including Zaporizhzhia where the plant is based.

    Russia initially failed to acknowledge the kidnap of the plant director

    But yesterday Moscow told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Mr Murashov was detained to answer questions.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ministry of Defence latest update

    The MoD have claimed that Lyman would have been "undermanned" by Russian forces before being forced out.

    The MoD Tweeted: "On 1 October 2022 the Russian force in the Donetsk Oblast town of Lyman withdrew in the face of Ukrainian advances.

    "Lyman was likely being defended by undermanned elements of Russia’s Western and Central Military Districts as well as contingents of voluntarily mobilised reservists.

    "The force probably experienced heavy casualties as it withdrew along the only road out of the town still in Russian hands."

  • Louis Allwood

    Heavy Russian losses again

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence have claimed that a further 500 Russian troops have been eliminated taking the total to over 60,000 now.

    There were also a further 23 tanks destroyed and another 26 armoured vehicles wiped out.

  • Louis Allwood

    UK accuses Russia of killing its own citizens

    Russia’s expansion strategy has caused Moscow to kill “civilians it now claims are its own citizens,” according to the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

    The government department said Moscow is expending “strategically valuable military assets” in attempts to gain tactical advantage.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian authorities asked about Ukrainian nuclear plant head by UN watchdog

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated it wants information about the director-general of Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant whom was detained by a Russian patrol, reports Al-Jazeera.

    “We have contacted Russian authorities and are requesting clarifications,” a spokesperson for the IAEA, the United Nations nuclear watchdog, said in response to a query.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia ‘could wage war in space’, head of the Armed Forces warns

    The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned Vladimir Putin could launch a devastating attack from space.

    Russia could attack GPS and communication satellites, cutting the UK off from the rest of the planet, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

    He added that a three-pronged attack using nuclear weapons and his sabotage submarines could defeat the West.

    “It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    Bosnia holds general election amid 'worst political crisis' since 1992

    It is expected that up to 3.4 million people will vote in the tripartite presidency.

    Bosnia is formed of the Serb Republic and the Federation dominated by Bosniaks and Croats.

    Reuters reported that EUFOR, the European Union peacekeeping force has been increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    There are concerns that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spill over into the Western Balkans as Dodik is a up this year over concerns that instability emanating from Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spread to the Western Balkans.

    Dodik, the Serb member of the presidency who is running, is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and could encourage separatist movements if voted in.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia restricts access to popular streaming app

    It has been reported that SoundCloud has now been banned in Russia for sharing "false information".

    Reuters reported that “Roskomnadzor restricted access to the SoundCloud service in connection with placement of materials containing false information regarding the nature of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Low-yield nuclear weapon' threat

    Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia's Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine following the loss of Lyman.

    In a chilling message, he wrote: "In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, right up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons."

    Russia has the world's largest atomic arsenal - including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be deployed against opposing armies.

  • Louis Allwood

    UK will acquire specialist ships to protect underwater pipes

    Ben Wallace says the government will receive two specialist ships to protect underwater infrastructure such as cables and pipelines, following the recent leaks on the Nord Stream.

    Speaking to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Ben Wallace referred to the "mysterious damage inflicted" last week.

    He said: "For that reason (the Nord Stream leaks), I can announce we recently committed to two specialist ships with the capability to keep our cables and pipelines safe.

    "The first multi-role survey ship for seabed warfare will be purchased by the end of this year, fitted out here in the UK and then operational before the end of next year.

    "The second ship will be built in the UK and we will plan to make sure it covers all our vulnerabilities."

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