Ukraine: Putin terror as Kremlin launches nuclear-capable weapons in the Baltic

The Defence Ministry announced that Russian troops practised the simulated “electronic launches” of nuclear-capable Iskander mobile ballistic missile systems in the western enclave of Kaliningrad, in the Baltic Sea between Poland and Lithuania. Single and multiple strikes were practiced at targets imitating launchers of missile systems, airfields, protected infrastructure, military equipment and command posts of a mock enemy. During the drills, military units, which involved over 100 troops, are also said to have rehearsed “actions in conditions of radiation and chemical contamination”. No actual missiles were fired during the simulator tests.

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Emma Crabtree

Joe Biden rages at Ukraine intel leaks and says its an ’overstatement of our role’ in war

Joe Biden has expressed fury about leaks concerning US Intelligence sharing with Ukraine to his top national security officials. 

Last week the White House had to deny providing intelligence to Ukrainians in order to “kill Russian Generals”. 

Following the denial the US President spoke separately with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, CIA Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. 

He told them that it wasn’t helpful for information to become public about what the US was sharing with Ukraine, according to an official. 

Mr Biden also stressed that the leaks needed to stop. 

According to NBC, the US President told the officials that the leaks “distract from our objective”. 

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated this telling reporters that the President was “displeased” with the leaks and considered them “inaccurate”.

Ms Psaki declined to confirm calls between the President and national security officials regarding the leaks. 

However, she told reporters that Biden’s view “was that it was an overstatement of our role, an inaccurate statement, and also an understatement of the Ukrainians’ role and their leadership, and he does not, did not, (feel) they were constructive”.

Emma Crabtree

Putin’s mighty Victory Day parade demonstrated only Russia’s ‘shrunken power’

VLADIMIR PUTIN’S Victory Day parade was supposed to be a mighty show of military strength amid the conflict in Ukraine but much to Putin’s humiliation it only showed Russia’s “shrunken power”, Defence experts have said.

The annual parade honours the allied defeat of the Nazis in the Second World War is used by Russia to display its military might and to insight intimidation and fear into both Russians and the rest of the world.

UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace made a speech at the National Army Museum on Monday about the invasion of Ukraine, comparing the actions of the Russian forces to those of the Nazis.

The event on Monday consisted of a severely reduced display of both equipment and troops and lacked the 77 strong fly-past due to bad weather – even though Moscow had clear skies.

The scaled-back parade featured 1,000 less people with only 11,000 taking part this year, due to losses in Ukraine only 131 military vehicles were displayed compared to 234 in 2020.

Mr Wallace said: “The result is that whilst Russia have large amounts of artillery and armour that they like parading, they are unable to leverage them for combined arms manoeuvre and just resort to mass indiscriminate barrages.”

Mark MacKinnon, the senior international correspondent for The Globe tweeted about the parade: “With fewer soldiers and tanks – and a cancelled air force display – Russia’s Victory Day parade inadvertently shows off country’s shrunken power.”

Emma Crabtree

Russian troops WIPE OUT own unit in friendly fire fiasco as Army morale in tatters

Russian troops opened fire on their own soldiers in a ‘friendly’ fire fiasco, killing many colleagues and destroying valuable military hardware.

The incident took place in the Zaporizhzhya province on Sunday (May 8), as Vladimir Putin’s army continued to struggle in its quest to conquer Ukraine.

The Russian leader has seen his invasion of his western neighbour turn into a nightmare as his army comes up against fierce and brave resistance from Kyiv’s troops.

The Ukrainians have inflicted massive casualties on the invading Russian army, with some estimates suggesting as many as 25,000 of its troops have been killed in action.

And now it appears the Russians are not even safe from their own side, after coming under fire from some of their own units.

In a recent firefight, a number of Russian soldiers mistakenly used the deadly TOS-1A flamethrower against their own comrades.

Emma Crabtree

Orban defies VDL as EU sanctions would be ‘atomic bomb for Hungarian economy’

HUNGARY’S Prime Minister Viktor Orban has continued to defy the plan for further EU sanctions on Russia after claims they would be an “atomic bomb for [the] Hungarian economy”.

The Prime Minister has been engaged in talks with Ursula Von der Leyen over her plan to ban nearly all imports of Russian crude oil and processed fossil fuels which Hungary has declared it cannot support.

All 27 EU countries must be in favour of Von der Leyen’s plan and both Hungary and Slovakia are blocking the sanctions as they are almost 100 percent reliant on Russian gas supplies.

On May 4, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said the ban would “obliterate” Hungary’s energy security.

Despite the President of the European Commission insisting that progress has been made in the talks with the Hungarian Prime Minister, it is clear that further negotiations will be needed.

On Twitter, Ms von der Leyen said: “This evening’s discussion with PM Viktor Orban was helpful to clarify issues related to sanctions and energy security. 

“We made progress, but further work is needed.”

The Foreign Minister responded to the talks on Monday saying: “We have made it clear that Hungary cannot support the sanctions package against Russia as long as it does not provide a solution for Hungary’s concerns.

“In its current form, the sanctions would be like an atomic bomb for Hungary’s economy.”

Emma Crabtree

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Francesca Edwards

Biden unhappy with intel leaks on Ukraine

President Joe Biden was not happy with leaks to news outlets in which U.S. intelligence appeared to take credit for helping Ukraine target a Russian ship and Russian generals in Ukraine, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“The president was displeased with the leaks. His view was that it was an overstatement of our role, an inaccurate statement and also an understatement of the Ukrainians’ role and their leadership and he did not feel they were constructive,” she said.

Francesca Edwards

Landmarks lit up in blue and yellow

Monuments across Europe have been lit up in the colours of the Ukrainan flag in solidarity with Ukraine. 

The Eiffel Tower in Paris and The Bradenburg Gate in Berlin are two of the landmarks illuminated in blue and yellow on Monday. 

It comes as Russia celebrate Victory Day, the 77th anniversary the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower (Image: Getty)

The Brandenburg Gate

The Bradenburg Gate (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Joe Biden signs bill to allow accelerated weapons programme in Ukraine

Joe Biden has signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022. 

The bill was approved by the House of Representatives at the end of April and will allow the Ukrainian military to receive weapons and resources under an accelerated programme. 

Ukrainan president Volodymyr Zelensky thanks Joe Biden in a tweet calling the signing  a “historic step”.

He added: “I am convinced that we will win together again. And we will defend democracy in Ukraine. And in Europe. Like 77 years ago.”

Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022

Joe Biden signs the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Three missiles hit Odesa

Three missiles have reportedly hit Odesa Oblast in southwest Ukraine. 

The news outlet, The Kyiv Independent cited the Ukrainian military’s Southern Operational Command saying a “Russian Tu-22 strategic bomber carried the Kinzhal hypersonic ballistic missiles that destroyed five buildings in the region” on Monday.

It added that two people were injured and rescuers have pulled a dog from the rubble.

Francesca Edwards

Ukrainians being moved against their will- Pentagon

The US has been some indications of Ukrainians being moved to Russia against their will, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby has said. 

He called the actions “unconscionable”.

Francesca Edwards

Ukraine remembers war journalist killed

People have paid their respects to a war reporter killed in Russian shelling. 

Around 100 people visited St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kyiv on Monday to say goodbye to the reporter killed in the Kharkiv region last week. 

He was a well-known journalist in Ukraine with President Volodymyr Zelensky paying tribute: “I’m sure you’ve seen his reports on Ukraine and Dom TV channels. You may have seen his comments, his posts. He has always been like that – with his own position. Patriotic and sincere. And always without vanity. And he was always among the bravest, among the first.

“He always worked in the hottest spots. Tried to bring true material. Powerful material.”

u26a1ufe0f Some 100 people came to St. Michael’s Cathedral in Kyiv on May 9 to say goodbye to esteemed war reporter Oleksandr Makhov.

Makhov joined Ukraineu2019s military when Russia began its invasion in February. He was killed near Izium, Kharkiv Oblast on May 4.

Photo: Oleg Petrasiuk pic.twitter.com/IH7T3bhyoA

u2014 The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 9, 2022

Francesca Edwards

Putin is primed to press nuclear button after tragedy of childhood abuse

Vladimir Putin is a “psychopath” who is hell-bent on “settling” accounts with the world to avenge the humiliations he suffered from bullying as a child, according to a neuroscientist. 

James Fallon is an American neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading authorities on psychopaths, criminals and dictators.

The neuroscientist claimed Ukrainians were now paying the price of Putin’s desire to avenge his past humiliations.

He said: “The fact is that he has this terrible past as an illegitimate child who, at least three sources have revealed to me, was constantly bullied from a very early age and even sexually abused.”

The professor continued: “The man is settling accounts with the world for what he suffered as a child.

“Now he is the bully. And bullies, like psychopaths, need victims.”

Francesca Edwards

Putin holds picture of his father during march

Vladimir Putin led Russia’s Imoortal Regiment march in Moscow earlier, holding a portrait of his father. 

The march marks Victory Day where people carry pictures of loved ones who served Russia in World War Two. 

Putin’s father, Vladimir Spiridonovich Putin was a war veteran. 

The Russian leader used Victory Day to inspire his arm fighting in Ukraine. 

“You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of World War Two. So that there is no place in the world for executioners, castigators and Nazis,” he said.

Vladimir Putin holds a portrait of his father during the Immortal Regiment

Vladimir Putin holds a portrait of his father during the Immortal Regiment (Image: Getty)

People carrying portraits of their relatives-veterans of WWII

People carrying portraits of their relatives-veterans of WWII (Image: Getty)

Francesca Edwards

Support for Finland joining NATO soars

Support for Finlandjoining NATO has jumped 76 percent, according to the latest polls. 

The latest poll by Finland’s public broadcaster YLE says it is up from 62 percent in March and 53 percent in February, 

Earlier today the UK defence secretary said Finland and Sweden joining the military alliance would not be “provocative”. 

The two nations joining the body has been a hot topic with a decision expected later this week.  

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said the two could be “welcomes with open areas” and could become members “quickly”.

Francesca Edwards

Charles Michel echo’s fears of food shortages

Charles Michel has echoed Volodymyr Zelensky warning of global food shortages. 

The President of the European Council spoke following his trip to Odesa on Monday. 

He wrote on Twitter: I saw silos full of grain, wheat and corn ready for export. This badly needed food is stranded because of the Russian war and blockade of Black seaports.

“Causing dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries. We need a global response.”

In a later tweet, he added that the EU “will not waver” in its support. 

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky said “immediate measures” must be taken to prevent a “food crisis in the world”.

In the port of #Odesa with @Denys_Shmyhal, I saw silos full of grain, wheat and corn ready for export.

This badly needed food is stranded because of the Russian war and blockade of Black sea ports. Causing dramatic consequences for vulnerable countries. We need a global response. pic.twitter.com/k8dz03d2Cj

u2014 Charles Michel (@eucopresident) May 9, 2022

Francesca Edwards

UN to hold special session on Ukraine

The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session this week following a call for a review of the situation in Ukraine.

Among at least 55 signatory countries to a letter requesting the meeting were Germany, Britain, Turkey, and the United States.

Kyiv called for the body to review the situation, including the situation in Mariupol.

Ukraine’s ambassador to the United Nations, Yevheniia Filipenko, wrote in a letter to the council’s president: “The current situation requires the urgent attention of the council in view of the recent reports of war crimes and large-scale violations in the town of Bucha and other liberated areas of the country and ongoing reports of mass casualties in the city of Mariupol,”

Francesca Edwards

Russian Ambassador doused in blood red paint as protesters mob him

Russian ambassador Sergey Andreyev was covered in blood-red paint as protesters surprised him during a visit to the Mausoleum of Soviet Soldiers in Warsaw.

He was paying tribute to fallen Soviet soldiers to mark Victory Day, but of the incident showed Andreyev trying to maintain his composure despite dripping in paint and protesters screaming at him over the invasion of Ukraine. 

Protestors could be seen holding Ukrainian flags and placards painted blue and yellow as they chanted “fascists” at the ambassador.

Poland: Russian ambassador doused in red paint by protesters

Francesca Edwards

EU plans to give opinion on Ukraine’s admission to EU ‘next month’

The European Commission will aim to deliver its opinion on Ukraine’s admission to the EU next month. 

President Ursula con der Leyen said Ukraine’s admission had been discussed between the G7 and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

She added: “Looking forward to receiving the answers to the EU membership questionnaire.”

Francesca Edwards

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Tara Fair

Zelensky warns of global food shortage

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned of a global food shortage dur to blocked wheat exports. 

Mr Zelensky wrote on Telegram: “It is important to prevent a food crisis in the world caused by Russia’s aggressive actions.”

He added: “Immediate measures must be taken to unblock Ukrainian ports for wheat exports.”

Ukraine and Russia are both substantial participants in world food production, representing 53 percent of global trade in sunflower oil and seeds, and 27 percent in wheat, according to the United Nations.

Tara Fair

West is ‘at war with Russia,’ says Lukashenko

The West is “at war with Russia” and supporting “Nazi ideas,” according to Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Speaking on Victory Day, he said: “Followers of the Nazis are obsessed with the idea of revenge, but they are not ready to fight openly against the heirs of the Soviet people.

“That’s why they are flooding Ukraine with weapons, waging war on memorials, symbols and veterans.”

Mr Lukashenko accused “Western elites” of elevating “Nazism to the rank of state ideology”.

He added: “It’s no secret that the whole Western world is at war with Russia in Ukraine.”

West is ‘at war with Russia,’ says Lukashenko (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Putin could still use ‘brutality’ to win the war

Vladimir Putin could still use “brutality” to win the war in Ukraine, the Defence Secretary has said.

Speaking at the Defence of Europe conference at King’s College London (KCL), Ben Wallace said Russia’s “battle-winning components” of technology, leadership and intelligence had all failed.

He said: “There is one component he still has in his back pocket, which we should really worry about, which is brutality.

“If you win your war by killing, murdering, raping, bombing civilian territories, breaching all human rights, all Geneva Conventions, corruption, and that becomes the battle-winning component, the message that sends around the world to other adversaries around the world is incredibly dangerous.

“That you don’t need to have all the best kit or the best training or appropriate rule of law, you just need to be able to be more brutal than the other person and more prepared to destroy everything in your path.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Best way out of war is if ‘Ukraine wins militarily,’ says UK ambassador

The best way to resolve the invasion is “if Ukraine wins militarily,” the country’s ambassador to the UK has said.

Vadym Prystaiko said: “If you allow yourself the idea that actually Russia can be defeated on the fields of war, you will allow yourself to think and find a way what to do.

“I guess the best way out of it is if Ukraine wins militarily.

“Maybe it would be even better for Russians themselves.”

Tara Fair

Britain says Russia will only have ‘dishonour and defeat’

British Defence Minister Ben Wallace has slammed the Russian Victory Day military parade in Moscow today. 

The Victory Day parade on May 9 is one of Russia’s most important national events which commemorates the Soviet sacrifice made in defeating Nazi Germany.

Mr Wallace said: “There can be no victory day, only dishonour and surely defeat in Ukraine.

“[Putin] must come to terms with how he’s lost in the long run, and he’s absolutely lost. Russia is not what it was.”

Russian Tornado-S multiple rocket launchers parade through Red Square (Image: GETTY)

Britain says Russia will only have ‘dishonour and defeat’ (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Senior Ukrainian Presidential adviser rejects Putin’s claim West was planning attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin told crowds gathered for Victory Day that the West had been “preparing for the invasion of our land, including Crimea”.

The crowds had gathered to watch the parade on Moscow’s Red Square marking the anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany in 1945.

Senior Ukrainian Presidential adviser, Mykhailo Podolyak: “NATO countries were not going to attack Russia. Ukraine did not plan to attack Crimea.”

Ceremonial soldiers parade during 77th anniversary of the Victory Day in Red Square in Moscow (Image: GETTY)

Ceremonial soldiers parade during 77th anniversary of the Victory Day in Red Square in Moscow (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Chilling portrait ‘Putin filled with Ukrainian blood’ shared in Moscow

Andrei Molodkin, a Russian conceptual artist, has shared his portrait of Putin “filled with Ukrainian blood” with onlookers at the Victory Day parade in Moscow. 

The ‘Putin filled with Ukrainian blood’ sculpture is made with acrylic and plexiglass and filled with the blood from eight Ukrainian soldiers. 

It is being shared digitally with onlookers in Moscow. 

The technology was produced at The Foundry, Mr Molodkin’s radical art production site.

It uses augmented reality (AR) and the video only appears if the phone is located in Moscow.

‘Putin filled with Ukrainian blood’ shared in Moscow (Image: ANDREI MOLODKIN)

Tara Fair

Russia’s ambassador to Poland targeted with red paint

The Russian ambassador to Poland was covered with red paint today by pro-Ukrainian demonstrators.

The attack came as he attempted to lay flowers at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers on ‘Victory Day’. 

The Russian ambassador to Poland was doused with red paint during an attempt to lay flowers at the cemetery of Soviet soldiers, Russian state agencies reported citing local correspondents. pic.twitter.com/H3wZ9u4jXC

u2014 Mary Ilyushina (@maryilyushina) May 9, 2022

Tara Fair

Putin shows military might in Victory Day parade

Russia is celebrating the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.

Putin looked over a scaled-back, muted parade in Moscow’s Red Square.

Fewer pieces of military hardware were on display compared to previous years, with the military fly-past cancelled due to bad weather.

MSTA-S self-propelled howitzers parade through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in (Image: GETTY)

Russian servicemen ride BTR-MDM Rakushka airborne armored personnel carriers (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Defence secretary accuses Putin of ‘mirroring the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago’

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said Vladimir Putin is “mirroring the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago” and dishonouring Russian soldiers who fought to defeat the Nazis.

In a speech on Russia’s Victory Day, the Defence Secretary said: “Really what President Putin wants is the Russian people and the world to be awed and intimidated by the ongoing memorial to militarism.

“I believe the ongoing und unprovoked conflict in Ukraine does nothing but dishonour those same soldiers.

“Russia’s general staff are failing and they know it.”

He added that Western countries are gathering information on potential war crimes in Ukraine, saying it will be used to “hold to account all those responsible for these atrocities”.

“We are watching and we are recording,” he said.

Tara Fair

‘You are fighting for the motherland’ Putin addresses troops in the Donbas region

Russian President Vladimir Putin directly addressed soldiers fighting in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Russia has pledged to “liberate” the Donbas from Ukrainian control after withdrawing from Kyiv. 

Putin said: “You are fighting for the Motherland, for its future, so that no one forgets the lessons of World War Two.

“So that there is no place in the world for executioners, castigators rs and Nazis.”

His speech included a minute of silence.

He continued: “The death of each one of our soldiers and officers is our shared grief and an irreparable loss for their friends and relatives.”

He went on to promise that the state would look after their children and families.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Image: GETTY)

A Russian T-72B3M tank parades through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Air raid sirens heard in Kyiv

Sirens can be heard ringing out in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. 

The news comes after four missiles were launched at the southern port city, Odesa. 

Odesa is strategically important because it connects Ukraine to the Black Sea. 

Air raid sirens in Kyiv as Russiau2019s Vladimir Putin commemorates annual Victory Day parade in Red Square in Moscow pic.twitter.com/Iy7Cn6kRn7

u2014 Deborah Haynes (@haynesdeborah) May 9, 2022

Tara Fair

Britain warns of Putin endgame as Russia poised to flaunt nuclear threat

Britain has launched an extraordinary threat at Russian President Vladimir Putin as the despot prepares to flaunt his nuclear threat.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is poised to tell Putin that he and his soldiers should meet the same humiliating destruction as the Nazis.

In a landmark speech on Monday, Mr Wallace is expected to say: “Through their invasion of Ukraine, Putin, his inner circle and generals are now mirroring the fascism and tyranny of 70 years ago, repeating the errors of last century’s totalitarian regimes.”

He will add: “Their fate must also, surely, eventually be the same.”

His stark warning comes on the same day as Putin will parade his nuclear arsenal through the streets of Moscow to mark Victory Day.

The Victory Day parade on May 9 is one of Russia’s most important national events which commemorates the Soviet sacrifice made in defeating Nazi Germany.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (Image: GETTY)

A RS-24 Yars strategic nuclear missile in the Victory Day military parade (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Russian military leaders ‘amoral and corrupt’, says Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace accused leaders of Russia’s armed forces of “amorality and corruption”.

He said: “I thought about the scale of the suffering across the Soviet Union, but also how the suffering was used then as it is now – to cover up the inadequacy of those ruling in safety and comfort from behind the Kremlin walls above and within the general staff nearby.

“Most Soviet conscripts hadn’t a chance. The suffering was often needless. In the absence of effective military leadership many of their best officers were purged by the NKVD (the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) for counter-revolutionary crimes.

“For barrier troops executed swathes of retreating soldiers, deemed unpatriotic for failing to press on in the face of unassailable odds.

“Fear and sycophancy dictated behaviours then, and today’s Russian armed forces still carry that Soviet imprint – the imprint of amorality and corruption.”

Russian military leaders ‘amoral and corrupt’, says Ben Wallace (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Four ‘high precision’ missiles hit Odesa

Four high-precision Onyx missiles, fired from the Russian-controlled Crimea peninsula, have struck the Odesa area in southern Ukraine.

Odesa is strategically important for Russia because capturing it would allow Russia to cut Ukraine off from the Black Sea. 

The attack comes as Russians celebrate Victory Day in Moscow. 

Tara Fair

Putin celebrates ‘triumph’ over Nazi Germany

President Vladimir Putin has hailed the Soviet Union’s “triumph” over Nazi Germany.

He says it was an “unprecedented feat of heroism” and that Russia must ensure the “horror of a global war will never be repeated”.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said it is Russia that is staging a “bloody re-enactment of Nazism” in Ukraine.

Russian honour guards march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Image: GETTY)

Russian servicemen march on Red Square during the Victory Day military parade (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Putin makes rare admission of Russian military losses

Vladimir Putin has made a rare acknowledgment of Russian military losses in Ukraine. 

The Kremlin has consistently given lower estimates of Russian military losses than international bodies. 

Putin held a minute of silence for the fallen soldiers. 

Sky News journalist Mark Austin said: “Apart from his usual nonsense justification for the war, the most interesting thing about Putin’s speech is the acknowledgment of the sacrifice and death and injury it is costing.”

Apart from his usual nonsense justification for the war, the most interesting thing about Putinu2019s speech is the acknowledgment of the sacrifice and death and injury it is costing . #Putin

u2014 Mark Austin (@markaustintv) May 9, 2022

Tara Fair

Moscow celebrates Victory Day

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes to soldiers as he is driven along Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022.

Russia is celebrating the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu salutes to soldiers as he is driven along Red Square (Image: GETTY)

Russian servicemen shout during the Victory Day military parade at Red Square (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Putin congratulates veterans on day of ‘great victory’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated veterans on the day of “great victory”. 

He is speaking at the Victory Day parade in Moscow. 

Putin said it was up to them to keep the memory of those who defeated Nazism alive. 

He went on to say Russian soldiers and Donbas volunteers were fighting for their motherland. 

Putin congratulates veterans on day of ‘great victory’ (Image: GETTY)

Tara Fair

Vladimir Putin delivers Victory Day speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin has delivered his Victory Day speech.

He compared the fight in Donbas to the fight against the Nazis.

He said the West was gearing up to harm Russia and the “special operation” in Ukraine was a preventative measure.

He claims American veterans wanted to come to Moscow to watch the parade but were prohibited from doing so. 

Vladimir Putin delivers Victory Day speech (Image: SKY NEWS )

Tara Fair

‘Ukraine will not give anyone a single piece of our land’: Zelensky gives Victory Day address

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said Ukraine will celebrate two Victory Days after it defeats Russia. 

The Ukrainian president shared the video of himself walking through Kyiv’s main street.

He said Ukraine will “not give anyone a single piece of our land”.

Referring to victory over Nazi Germany in the Second World War, he said: “We won then. We will win now too!”

Mr Zelenskyy added that Ukraine will soon see two victory days.

‘We will win,’ says President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeated his belief that Ukraine will be victorious over Russia. 

Speaking as Russia marks its victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, President Zelensky has said his country was fighting for a new victory and would win its war with Russia.

He said: “The road to it is difficult, but we have no doubt that we will win.”

‘We will win,’ says President Zelensky (Image: GETTY)

Russia ‘revealed shortcomings’ using ‘less reliable’ and ‘ageing’ weapons

Russia has revealed its “shortcomings” using “ageing” weapons, according to the latest intelligence report from the British Ministry of Defence. 

Russia’s stockpile of precision-guided munitions has been “heavily depleted” during the war, the MoD said.

“This has forced the use of readily available but ageing munitions that are less reliable, less accurate and more easily intercepted.”

It said the war has “revealed shortcomings” in Russia’s ability to conduct a large number of precision strikes.

It added: “Russia has subjected Ukraine’s towns and cities to intense and indiscriminate bombardments with little or no regard for civilian casualties.”

u2014 Ministry of Defence ud83cuddecud83cudde7 (@DefenceHQ) May 9, 2022

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