Ukraine-Russia LIVE: Putin arrests children in brutal protest clampdown -support crumbling

VLADIMIR Putin has taken to arresting children for participating in anti-war protests in Russia as support for the leader collapses, according to a rival politician.

Desperate Putin arresting protesting children - support collapses

Desperate Putin arresting protesting children – support collapses (Image: GETTY)

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Photos have been shared of primary school-aged children bundled into the back of a police van after taking part in the protests opposing the invasion of Ukraine. In the photos shared by opposition politician Ilya Yashin, the three children, who were reportedly going to lay flowers at the Ukrainian embassy, can be seen holding ‘No war’ banners dotted with Ukrainian flags and hearts. Despite the Kremlin’s zero-tolerance policy for dissent, Russians have turned up in their thousands to voice their opposition, risking jail and treason charges. More than 7,000 people have been arrested in 50 cities in Russia, according to OVD information.

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Russian soldiers ‘are just sent to kill and die,’ says Ukrainian President

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has slammed the Russian military for not understanding the spirit of the Ukrainian people, adding they are only “sent to kill and die”. 

The Ukraine leader, who confirmed he hadn’t seen his family for three days, said of Russian soldiers: “They have no idea what they [are] doing.

“They don’t know our streets. They don’t know this people. They don’t understand our philosophy. Our mentality, our aspirations, what kind of people here they have, they know nothing.

“They’re just sent to kill and die.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (Image: GETTY)

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Paratroopers storm military hospital in Kharkiv

Russian paratroopers stormed a military hospital in Kharkiv overnight as Vladimir Putin doubles down on his aggression. 

No troops were killed in the gunfight, according to Kharkiv Region Police Chief Volodymyr Tymoshko.

“Currently the situation near the hospital is under control, security has been strengthened,” he added.

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Belarus denies facilitating Russian invasion

Belarus said on Wednesday it had stepped up security at its western and southern borders as Russia invades neighbouring Ukraine.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko said on Tuesday that his country had no plans to join Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and dismissed Kyiv’s allegations that Russian troops were attacking Ukraine from Belarusian territory.

Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko (Image: GETTY)

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Attacks likely to ‘get worse’, warns Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has warned Russian attacks on Ukraine are likely to “get worse” as fighting enters its seventh day. 

He warned the escalation was likely to come as a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin realising that the invasion “is behind schedule considerably”. 

Speaking to Sky News, he said: “While we’ve seen some footage today of Russian forces in Kharkiv – potentially in the middle of the city – they don’t hold the city.

“They are taking casualties the Russians and they are finding it very slow going.

“What you’re seeing now is the heavy bombardments at night, they wont come into the cities as much they have… carpet bombed cities indiscriminately in some cases.

“They will slowly but surely try to surround the cities and either bypass them or bombard them.

“That is the reality and am afraid its going to get worse The Russian doctrine is to get harder and tougher.”

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Flames engulf Zhytomyr after brutal overnight airstrike

Horrifying footage has emerged of flames engulfing the northwestern city of Zhytomyr after air strikes were carried out by the Russian military overnight. 

The footage, shared by the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, shows firefighters struggling to contain the destruction as thick plumes of smoke rise from buildings.

Terrifying video shows the aftermath of the Zhytomyr air strike overnight. via State Emergency Service of Ukraine pic.twitter.com/gsHQwNp0ck

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Missiles strike two buildings in Kharkiv

Two buildings in Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, have been struck by missiles this morning.

Footage shows the attack in central Kharkiv which damaged the Karazin National University and an adjacent police building.

The windows in the buildings appear to have all been blown out. 

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Power lines cut in Mariupol as Russian troops attack

Electricity lines have been cut in the southeastern Ukrainian port city Mariupol as it comes under siege by Russian troops, according to a public official. 

In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Pavlo Kyrylenko, governor of the region, wrote: “Mariupol and Volnovakha [a city north of Mariupol] are ours!

“The two cities are under pressure from the enemy but they are holding on. In Mariupol, electricity lines have been cut and the city is without power.”

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‘Don’t let us be forgotten’ city of Mariupol under siege

The southeastern Ukrainian port city Mariupol is under siege from Russian soldiers as the war enters its seventh day. 

Telegraph foreign correspondent Roland Oliphant reportedly received a message from a Ukrainian soldier which read: “If anything happens don’t let us be forgotten. We are surrounded in Mariupol no way out.” 

Russian forces said they were committed to encircling the strategic Black Sea port to use it as a land corridor between Crimea and the Russian mainland.

Message from a Ukrainian solider:

If anything happens donu2019t let us be forgotten. We are surrounded in Mariupol no way out.

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6,000 Russian troops killed in first six days of war, says Ukraine

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced almost 6,000 Russian troops have been killed in the first six days of war. 

The Ukrainian leader added that Vladimir Putin can not win the war with the “bombs and strikes and rockets”, which have rained on Ukrainian cities in recent days.

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Primary school children arrested in protest, says opposition politician

Opposition politician Ilya Yashin has shared three photos that appear to show primary school-aged children being arrested for participating in an anti-war protest. 

The three children are holding banners dotted with Ukrainian flags and hearts as well as handfuls of flowers. 

They had reportedly been going to drop the flowers at the Ukrainian embassy. 

Mr Yashin captioned the photos: “Nothing out of the ordinary: just kids in paddy wagons behind an anti-war poster.

“This is Putin’s Russia, folks. You live here.”

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