Ukraine LIVE: 'Little progress' Putin stuck after 100% of staged troops deployed, US says

Putin could decide on ‘full mobilisation’ says US General

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The war enters its 13th day on Tuesday as the senior US defence official said Putin has utilised nearly all of the more than 150,000 forces placed outside Ukraine before the invasion began. The official added that Russian troops are “frustrated by a stiff Ukrainian resistance as well as their own internal challenges”.

They said: “It appears as though the Russians are increasing their use of long-range fires to supplement or to make up for the lack of ground movements that they have had and the lack of air superiority that they don’t enjoy.”

Ukraine has also claimed Russia forces are “demoralised” due to heavy losses. The Ukrainian armed forces daily update said the pace of advance from troops has “slowed significantly”.


Ukraine LIVE: 'Little progress' Putin stuck after 100% staged troop deployment – US report

Ukraine LIVE: ‘Little progress’ Putin stuck after 100% staged troop deployment – US report (Image: Getty)

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Ukraine claims Russia has lost more than 12,000 troops

The State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSCIP) has released an update on Russian military losses. 

It says the enemy losses have topped more than 12 thousand. 

This includes 303 tanks, 1036 armored vehicles and 56 launch rocket systems.

Russia has not released an update on its losses in a week, when it states it has lost 498 troops.  

The enemy’s losses. Operative information from General Headquarters.

– military personnel: more than 12 thousand people;

– tanks: 303;

– armored fighting vehicles: 1036;

– artillery systems: 120;

– multiple launch rocket systems: 56;

– units of air defense equipment: 27;

u2014 SSSCIP Ukraine (@dsszzi) March 8, 2022

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‘This will be Putin’s end’, says Ben Wallace

Ben Wallace said the invasion could be the end for Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia. 

He said the Russian President is a spent force in the world whatever happens in Ukraine.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme he said Putin “won’t break the people of Ukraine” and the “buck will eventually stop somewhere in the Kremlin”. 

He said: “This will be Putin’s end … and so it should be.

“It would be an impossible task to occupy such a people and a country.”

“No one will be taking his phone calls in the long term. He has exhausted his army, he’s responsible for thousands of Russian soldiers being killed, responsible for innocent people being killed … He is reducing his economy to zero … he has to take responsibility for that.”

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‘We need to do more’- Ben Wallace address situation in Calais

Ben Wallace has been doing the media rounds this morning where he acknowledges the UK needs to “do more” to address to situation in Calais. 

Hundreds of Ukrainians at Calais have been told they need to travel back to Paris or Brussels to apply for a visa where they face a lengthy wait, the BBC reported.

The Defence Secretary said: “We need to upscale it, I know that the Home Secretary has already doubled, or trebled in some cases, more people in different processing centres.

“We can do more, we will do more.”

He insisted the Government’s compassion was “huge” and would result in hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians coming to the UK.

“It’s not the case that we are only allowing 300 people in, it is the case that the system has not been quick enough, which is what we’re going to address.”

Ukraine begins evacuated civilians from cities and towns

As we reported earlier, humanitarian corridors appear to be open in Ukraine to allow people to evacuate major cities and towns. 

Ukrainian officials say they have begun evacuating civilians from the northeastern city of Sumy and the town of Irpin near the capital Kyiv. 

The Russian defence ministry said forces have introduced a “silent regime” from 7am GMT. 

Other humanitarian corridors proposed by Russia would travel through Russia or Belarus, something Ukrainian authorities have rejected. 

Evacuees stand under a bridge as they flee Irpin, near Kyiv

Evacuees stand under a bridge as they flee Irpin, near Kyiv (Image: Getty)

Putin threatens to cripple UK by cutting ALL European gas in ‘mirror’ response to EU

A top Russian official has threatened to pull the plug on Europe’s gas supplies after the EU’s plot to ban Russian energy imports was leaked. 

The EU is reportedly drafting up plans to permanently slash energy ties with Russia, which currently supplies it with 40 percent of its gas.

But Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak warned that Putin can hit the block where it hurts in a stark warning.

He told Russian state television: “European politicians need to honestly warn their citizens and consumers what to expect.

“If you want to reject energy supplies from Russia, go ahead. We are ready for it. We know where we could redirect the volumes to.”

Volodymyr Zelensky to speak to UK MPs in ‘historic address’

Volodymyr Zelensky will address the House of Commons later today in a “historic address”. 

The Ukrainian leader will appear via video link after Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle approves a request. 

Sir Lindsay said: “Every parliamentarian wants to hear directly from the president, who will be speaking to us live from Ukraine, so this is an important opportunity for the House.

“Thanks again to our incredible staff for working at pace to make this historic address possible.”

Boris Johnson is also due to hold talks with leaders of Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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Second wave of refugees will be more vulnerable, UN warns

The United Nations has warned that the second wave of refugees will be more “complex” as the most vulnerable flee Ukraine. 

The head of the UN refugee agency, Filippo Grandi told a news conference: “If the war continues we will start seeing people that have no resources and no connections.

“That will be a more complex situation to manage for European countries going forward, and there will need to be even more solidarity by everybody in Europe and beyond.”

According to the UN, more than 1.7 million people have fled Ukraine so far, escaping to neighbouring countries including Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, and Moldova. 

Ukrainians queue at Lviv train station to leave the country

Ukrainians queue at Lviv train station to leave the country (Image: Getty)

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83-year-old former Rugby star joins fight for Ukraine

The former President of the Ukrainian Rugby Union has signed up to fight for Ukraine at the age of 83. 

Giorgi Dzhangiraian is one of the thousands of Ukrainians fighting for their country.

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UK will back Poland if it send jets to Ukraine, says Wallace

The Defence Secretary said he would support Poland if it decided to donate fighter jets to Ukraine. 

The US has urged Poland to supply the Soviet-era planes, offering to provide replacement US jets instead.

Speaking to Sky News Ben Wallace the President of Poland has a “really big responsibility” on his shoulders. 

He added: “So, it’s not for me to second-guess their choice. But it is for me as a fellow Nato member to say I will stand by Poland.

“Poland will understand that the choices they make will not only directly help Ukraine, which is a good thing, but also may bring them into direct line of fire from countries such as Russia or Belarus.”

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (Image: Sky News)

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Russian troops holding fire to allow civilians to flee

Russian defence ministry claims forces have held fire in the cities of Chernihiv, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Mariupol to allow civilians to flee, according to Interfax news agency. 

Previous attempts to create humanitarian corridors have failed.

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Russian troops ‘demoralised’, says Ukraine

Ukrainian military and intelligence said Russian invasion continued but has “slowed significantly” in recent days. 

The force also said a second senior Russian commander, Major General Vitaly Gerasimov, first deputy commander of Russia’s 41st army, had been killed near the besieged city of Kharkiv. 

A statement added that Russian troops are “demoralised” due to heavy losses and “in general, the moral and psychological state of the enemy is low.”

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