Kyiv claims talks with Kremlin may collapse
Ukraine has claimed peace talks with Russia could collapse as Vladimir Putin’s troops continue with their invasion of the ex-Soviet state.
Interface quoted Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as telling Polish journalists: “The risks that the talks will end are high because of what they (the Russians) have left behind them, the impression that they have a playbook on murdering people.”
Russian troops kidnap paramedics on way to Mariupol bombing
The teenage daughter of one volunteer Yulia Paevska has revealed that she was kidnapped on her way to the besieged Ukrainian port city.
Anna-Sofia Puzanova told The Telegraph her mother had stopped to treat a wounded civilian when she was captured on March 16.
She said: “She was captured with her driver Serhiy, also a volunteer, driving an ambulance in a humanitarian corridor.
“I know that the Russian occupiers will torture them.
“Russian propaganda talks about her as a really dangerous woman, a killer, really violent, but that’s not true.
“She was not only saving the lives of our soldiers, our civilians.
“She was also fighting for my future and for Ukraine.”
Putin’s ‘middle finger’ to UN as Kyiv is bombed during visit from Secretary General
The Russian attacks on Kyiv in the presence of the UN Secretary-General are a symbol of Putin’s hatred towards international powers.
Russian military forces have confirmed a deliberate attack was made on the Ukraine capital of Kyiv during a visit from António Guterres.
Russian Defence spokesperson Igor Konashenkov announced, “high-precision, long-range air-based weapons of the Russian Aerospace Forces have destroyed the production buildings of the Artyom missile and space enterprise in Kyiv.”
The attack on Kyiv took place on Thursday as the United Nations Secretary-General met with President Zelensky to discuss the war.
Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of Kyiv, affirmed “what is also symbolic at this moment, the Secretary-General of the United Nations is in Kyiv.”
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Air raid alerts are reportedly going off in Kyiv
Juliia Mendel, ex-spokesperson of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has reported that there are air raid sirens going off in Ukraine.
Russia does not consider itself to be at war with NATO
Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s Foreign Minister, has said his country does not consider itself to be at war with NATO, according to Russian state news agency Ria.
Lavrov has also said Russia is not threatening anyone with nuclear war, but accuses Western nations of doing so.
He said: “This is our key position on which we base everything. The risks now are considerable.
“I would not want to elevate those risks artificially. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it.”
‘I just want to hug my mum’: Teenager pleads with Russia to release her kidnapped mother
Russia kidnapped paramedics who were saving survivors of the Mariupol theatre bombing, one of whom was Yulia Paevska.
Ms Paevska’s 19-year-old daughter told the Telegraph: “She was captured with her driver Serhiy, also a volunteer, driving an ambulance in a humanitarian corridor.
“Russian propaganda talks about her as a really dangerous woman, a killer, really violent, but that’s not true.”
Ms Paevska is on a list of prisoners of war the Ukrainian government is willing to swap for captured Russians, but the Kremlin is refusing.
Her daughter continued: “As a Ukrainian, I can’t even tell you how it feels, because after two months of war, you’re not emotional.
“I will be emotional after the war ends. I just want to give her a hug and ask her how she is.”
Mass grave discovered containing around 900 bodies
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview that a mass grave has been discovered near Kyiv.
He said: “Despite the fact that the Russians are covering their tracks, they found the grave again, where there were 900 people. This is in the Kyiv region.”
Russia ‘provoking actions’ in Moldova to shift NATO’s focus from Ukraine
Nicholas Williams, a former UK Ministry of Defence and NATO official has said that Russia is “provoking actions” in Moldova in an effort to “destabilise and broaden the area of concern for NATO.”
He said to Sky News: “My reading is the Russians are quietly but surely stimulating and provoking actions against the Western leaning authorities in that country.
“They want to destabilise and broaden the area of concern for NATO in order for NATO to shift their focus from Ukraine.”
Speaking on the UK’s announcement to send around 8,000 British soldiers to eastern Europe for military exercises, Mr Williams said the move was “intended to send a strong message”.
He added: “Troops will come back so it’s not a deployment in order to stay there and bolster NATO’s defences.
“They will come back having learnt how to operate more closely with NATO allies.”
Bandaged British ‘mercenary’ captured in Ukraine paraded on Russian state TV
Andrew Hill, reportedly from Plymouth, was shown captured while being questioned by unidentified Russians, in a video released by the country’s defence ministry. It comes following reports of former British soldiers travelling to Ukraine to fight alongside the defending military.
The man, who appeared injured in a camouflage outfit, giving his name as Andrew Hill and speaking with a British accent.
In the footage, he can be seen with a bandage of some form around his head and blood on his right arm.
While being questioned, Mr Hill said: “I don’t have a rank […] I just know the foreign legion said I could help.”
The Russian Defense Ministry showed a video of a captured British citizen who allegedly fought on the side of the Ukrainian forces.
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Russian taking ‘colossal’ losses in eastern battle
Oleksiy Arestovych, a Ukrainian presidential adviser, has said that its army has taken heavy losses.
The Kremlin’s forces failed to take the capital and so shifted their efforts to fully capture the eastern Donbas region.
But casualties have not abated.
Mr Arestovych said: “We have serious losses, but the Russians’ losses are much much bigger … They have colossal losses.”
Similarly, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby has said Russia has “lost tanks, lost battles” and is “certainly a weaker military” than before February 24 full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
14-year-old Ukrainian weightlifting champion has been killed
A 14-year-old Ukrainian weightlifting champion and her mother have been killed y Russian shelling in Mariupol.
Alina Peregudova won gold medals at the under-17 National Women’s Championship last year and attended the Olympic weightlifting school for young people.
A Mariupol City Council spokesperson said: “Mariupol and the world will never forget Russia’s crime against humanity! You will not hide or justify them. Those who came to us with the war will be punished.”
Russian can nuke London in just over 3 minutes
An international relations expert, Samuel Ramani, has shared an image of a map that was broadcast on state-owned Russian television channel Rossiya-1.
It shows that a Russian Sarmat based in Kaliningrad can nuke Berlin in 106 seconds, Paris in 200 seconds and London in 202 seconds.
Germany reportedly considers sending howitzers to Ukraine
Germany is considering sending long-ranged howitzers [also known as artillery gun] to Ukraine, a security source told Reuters.
Germany has so far been slower than its western counterparts in sending arms but the move follows warnings by the Kremlin that Western arms supplies to Ukraine posed a threat to the security of the European continent “and provoke instability”.
Berlin is in talks with the Dutch government on delivering the Panzerhaubitze 2000 to Ukraine, the source said, referring to one of the most powerful artillery weapons in the Bundeswehr inventories that can hit targets at a distance of 40 km (25 miles).
Putin said there was ‘absolutely nothing wrong with Hitler’s foreign policy until March 1939’
James Sherr, a senior fellow at the Estonian foreign policy institute, told The Independent he recalled Mr Putin “very casually” declaring at a 2009 conference that there was “absolutely nothing wrong with Adolf Hitler’s foreign policy or anything he did until March 1939.”
That period refers to when the Nazis annexed the Czech parts of Bohemia and Moravia.
Mr Sherr said Hitler’s argument was that he was simply re-unifying historical German lands. He continued: “In the same way, Putin was now speaking about the unity of Russia and the Russian world.
“It was becoming clear that the doctrinal basis for Putin’s foreign policy was very similar to that earlier period of Hitler’s policy, where he said to Chamberlain and others, ‘I’m just taking what is ours historically.’”
US warns citizens against fighting in Ukraine after American killed
Reports have emerged in recent days about the death of Willy Joseph Cancel.
Mr Cancel’s mother told CNN her 22-year-old son was killed on Monday in Ukraine while working with a private military contractor, having traveled there in mid-March.
She said her son’s body had not yet been recovered and that he is survived by his wife and their child, who is not yet one-year-old.
She said: “They haven’t found his body. They are trying, the men that were with him, but it was either grab his body or get killed, but we would love for him to come back to us.”
Following the tragic news, the US Defence Department warned Americans going to Ukraine to join the fight against Putin’s invasion.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told CNN: “We continue to urge Americans not to go to Ukraine… this is an active war zone, this is not the place to be traveling to.”
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Two British volunteers captured are named
The two British nationals reportedly detained in Ukraine have been named.
Paul Urey and Dylan Healey were identified by UK non-profit organisation Pressidium Network.
The two were working to provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine when they were reportedly detained at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia.
A statement from Mr Urey’s mother said his family are “extremely worried”.
It added: “We know my son Paul and his friend who was a humanitarian aid volunteer in Ukraine has been captured by the Russians.
“He was out there on his own accord. We want everyone’s support to bring my son home and pray he is safe.
“My son Paul is also Type 1 Diabetic and needs his insulin
“We have asked the Presidium Network to help us and also the FCDO to help as well. We pray for him and hope he is safe.”
Russia taking ‘colossal losses’, says Ukraine
Russia has lost 23,000 troops since the invasion began, Ukraine’s armed forces has claimed.
In its latest estimates, the force claimed Russia has lost 187 planes, 155 helicopters, 1,695 vehicles, 986 tanks, and 435 artillery systems.
Russia has not confirmed the figures.
Ukraine recognised it is taking “serious losses” but Russia is taking “colossal losses” in the war.
Poland and Czech Republic to ask for more money to help refugees
Poland and the Czech Republic are asking the European Commission for more funds to help them deal with the influx of refugees fleeing Ukraine.
Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the two countries have agreed on a joint application for the funds.
More than five million people have fled Ukraine, with almost three million entering Poland.
Over five million people have fled Ukraine (Image: Getty)
Finland and Sweden read to deepen military ties
Finland and Sweden are ready to deepen military cooperation if security in the Baltic Sea region worsens, which could be in the form of joining NATO.
Finland’s foreign minister warned: “If our security environment becomes more challenging of course we can add bilateral planning … and it includes all sectors on military cooperation.”
The invasion of Ukraine has sparked both countries to review their security and consider joining the military alliance but neither has taken the step so far but both are expected to make a decision within the coming weeks.
Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde said they are “prepared to counter any possible Russian activities” but said they had not made a decision yet.
IN PICTURES: The aftermath of Russian strikes in Kyiv
As we have been reporting Kyiv has been hit by Russian missiles.
A journalist from the US-backed broadcaster Radio Liberty has been killed after the attack destroyed the bottom two floors of a residential building.
Works continue to clean up the rubble in the residential areas with Mayor Vitali Klitschko warning: “Kyiv is still a dangerous place and Kyiv is still the target of Russians, of course. The capital of Ukraine is the goal and they want to occupy it.”
The missiles hit the capital during a visit on Thursday by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksiy Reznikov called it “an attack on the security of the Secretary-General and on world security”.
One person has died from the strikes in Kyiv (Image: PA)
Local residents walk amid debris inside a damaged building following Russian strikes in Kyiv (Image: PA)
Russia unleashes hit-list of Brits fighting in Ukraine
A post on a pro-Putin Telegram channel, Rybar, reeled off the names of the British citizens to its nearly 400,000 subscribers.
The post claimed the Britons had joined the fight as part of the ‘International Legion’ set up by Volodymyr Zelensky, through which foreign nationals could stand alongside Ukrainian soldiers.
According to the Daily Mail, it said: “Now you know their names, dates of birth and ID numbers.”
The list’s authenticity has not been verified, and the channel hints it may have come from the office of Vitaliy Kim, the Governor of the Mykolayiv region of Ukraine.
Russia uses submarine missile strikes for first time
Russia has used a diesel submarine to strike Ukrainian military targets for the first time.
Moscow announced the use of its submarine fleet to hit targets with Kalibr cruise missiles.
A video showing a volley of missiles emerging from the sea was released.
This is the first time Russia’s military has used submarine strikes against Ukraine.
Germany ‘preparing’ for sudden gas cut as payment declined by Russia
The German Chancellor stressed it is impossible to predict Vladimir Putin’s behavior but warned: “You have to be prepared for that, and we were already prepared before the war started and we know what we have to do.”
This comes after the Kremlin turned down payment for gas in euros from a German state-controlled utility.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov previously warned: “Payment in proposer form will be the basis for the continuation of supply.
Germany is one of the most dependent countries on Russian gas in the entire bloc, with around a third of Russia’s gas accounting for its total supplies.
British war crimes experts to help in Ukraine
The UK will send war crimes experts to Ukraine to help with investigations into Russian atrocities, Liz Truss has announced.
They will support Ukraine’s government in Kyiv to gather evidence and prosecute war crimes.
The team is due to arrive in Poland early next month to see how they can assist.
Colleague announces producers death found in rubble
A producer of Radio Free Europe has been killed in Russia’s missile strikes in Kyiv, a colleague has announced.
Journalist Olga Tokariuk announced the death of Vira Hyrych on Twitter “as a result of Russian stroke on a residential block”.
She added: “Her body was found under the rubble in the morning. Other friend’s flat was damaged. It hits close to home”.
Yesterday’s Russian missile strike on Kyiv killed my colleague from the media. Vira Hyrych, a producer at @RFERL, died as a result of Russian strike on a residential block. Her body was found under the rubble in the morning. Other friend’s flat was damaged. It hits close to home
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Russia says missiles hit Kyiv rocket plant
Russia has confirmed it struck a production facility with “high-precision long-range air-based weapons” in Kyiv.
The defence ministry said: “The armed forces of the Russian Federation continue the special military operation in Ukraine,” the defence ministry said.
“High-precision long-range air-based weapons destroyed the production facilities of the Artem rocket and space industry enterprise in the city of Kyiv.”
Ukrainian rescue workers recovered a body from the rubble of a building hit after claiming two missiles struck Kyiv as the head of the United Nations visited the capital.
100 civilians killed in Kyiv so far, mayor reports
Russia’s war has killed 100 civilians in Kyiv, including four children, the mayor has confirmed.
Vitali Klitschko said around 435 civilians have been wounded in Ukraine’s capital since the war began more than two months ago.
Russia said on Friday it has destroyed the production facilities of a space-rocket plant in Kyiv with high precision long-range missiles.
It continued with the narrative that forces are carrying out a “special military operation” in Ukraine.
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8,000 British soldiers to join NATO military exercises
Around 8,000 British soldiers are set to be sent to Eastern Europe to join NATO troops for military exercises aimed at “deterring Russian aggression”.
The deployment is one of the largest since the Cold War and sees troops placed in countries including Finland and Northern Macedonia.
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the “show of solidarity and strength” will see servicemen and women work alongside the likes of Denmark, Iceland, and Norway.
Mr Wallace added: “The security of Europe has never been more important.
“These exercises will see our troops join forces with allies and partners across NATO and the Joint Expeditionary Force in a show of solidarity and strength in one of the largest shared deployments since the Cold War.”
Civilian evacuation from Mariupol steel plant planned
Ukraine is hoping to evacuate civilians holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said an “operation is planned” but gave no further details.
Mariupol City Council said about 100,000 residents across the city are in “mortal danger” because of heavy Russian shelling and unsanitary conditions.
They also described a “catastrophic” shortage of drinking water and food.
The Azovstal Steel and Iron Works facility (Image: Getty)
Putin plotting to steal food from war zone
Russia is plotting to steal food from war zones in Ukraine to fill shelves to ease the chaos caused by the mass sanctions to hit the Kremlin.
Sanctions against Russia have sparked mass shortages but in a now-deleted statement, politician Vladislav Zyryanov revealed the Kremlin wanted to take food from southern Ukraine for its own.
He said they want to “increase the volume of supplies for domestic Russian consumers by moving food from other southern [Ukrainian] regions taken under its control”.
Zyryanov said the move was “economically justified, given the withdrawal of many suppliers of seeds and fertilisers from the Russian market”.
Two British volunteers captured by Russian forces
Two British volunteers have reportedly been captured by the Russian military.
Non-profit organisation Presidium Network said the two men had been detained at a checkpoint south of Zaporizhzhia in southern Ukraine.
The volunteers were working to provide humanitarian aid in Ukraine.
Tarde minster Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the foreign office is doing “all it can to support and identify these two people”.
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