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Ukraine news latest: Putin’s fresh defeat as Russian troops forced out of Lyman & tyrant told to take ‘drastic measures’

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VLADIMIR Putin is humiliated as his Russian forces have withdrawn from Lyman "because of the threat of encirclement" from Ukrainian troops.

Russia's Ministry of Defence confirmed the withdrawal "because of the threat of encirclement" and added that "troops have been withdrawn from Krasnyi Lyman to better positions," according to a report by RIA news agency.

Ukraine's Ministry of Defence have also uploaded a video to Twitter showing forces lifting the Ukrainian flag in Lyman with the caption "Ukrainian Air Assault Forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region."

Lyman, which is in the Donetsk region, had been a vital logistics and transport hub for Russian troops for months.

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

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

  • Matt Snape

    Liberated Ukrainian town reveals bodies of 436 innocents murdered in cold blood by Russians

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine has devastated the town of Izyum in particular.

    A burial site gave up 436 bodies last week, with Ukrainian officials suggesting these people were tortured and murdered.

    They added that the civilians had gunshot wounds and ropes bound round their hands.

    Social worker Tetyana Sterkhova, 60, says of the Russians: “They were like animals, nothing like human beings.”

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    Putin could be gone in three months, claims dictator’s former prime minister

    Vladimir Putin’s former prime minister claims he could be gone in three months, regardless of his nuclear threats.

    His grip on power is being jeopardised by “factors growing simultaneously”, Mikhail Kasyanov said.

    “I don’t think there is anyone in the circle of Putin who can make him leave,” Kasyanov said.

    “Mr Putin himself should come to this understanding. I think three factors growing simultaneously could lead Mr Putin to such a decision to somehow escape.”

    Click here to read more.

  • 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.

  • Boris Johnson brands Putin a ‘fraud and a disgrace’

    The former PM took to Twitter to slam Putin’s decision to annex 15% of Ukraine on Friday.

    “Vladimir Putin your speech is a fraud and a disgrace,” he said.

    “The world must never accept your sham referendums or your cruel and illegal attempt to colonise Ukraine. We stand with the people of Ukraine and will support them without flinching until their country is whole and free.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Boris Johnson brands Putin a ‘fraud and a disgrace’

    The former PM took to Twitter to slam Putin’s decision to annex 15% of Ukraine yesterday.

    “Vladimir Putin your speech is a fraud and a disgrace,” he said.

    “The world must never accept your sham referendums or your cruel and illegal attempt to colonise Ukraine. We stand with the people of Ukraine and will support them without flinching until their country is whole and free.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky vows to liberate Ukraine

    Following the formal annexation of 15% of his country yesterday, Zelensky vowed to liberate Ukraine.

    He said: “The entire territory of our country will be liberated from this enemy – the enemy not only of Ukraine, but also of life itself, humanity, law and truth.

    “Russia already knows this. It feels our power. It sees that it is here, in Ukraine, that we prove the strength of our values.”

  • Louis Allwood

    'The next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas'

    A Ukrainian military spokesperson said the capture of Lyman would allow Kyiv to advance into the Luhansk region.

    "Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas," he said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Lyman is a major setback

    The fall of Lyman is a major setback for Moscow after Putin declared four regions in Ukraine as part of Russia on Friday - including Donetsk, where Lyman is located.

    In the most serious escalation since the start of the war, the Russian leader said he would defend the stolen lands "with all our strength and all our means".

    But Ukraine and its Western allies branded Russia's move as illegal - and Kyiv vowed to continue liberating its land.

    Russia used Lyman as a logistics and transport hub for its operations in the north of the Donetsk region.

    And its fall is Ukraine's biggest battlefield gain since a lightning counteroffensive in the northeastern Kharkiv region last month.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Drastic measures should be taken'

    After Putin's major new defeat, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia's Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine.

    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

    Russia loses UN aviation council seat

    Russia failed to win enough votes to keep its seat on the UN's aviation agency's governing council.

    Russia, had a seat alongside the G7, China, Brazil and Australia, as "states of chief importance in air transport" on the International Civil Aviation Organization's council. 

  • Louis Allwood

    UK's Ministry of Defence latest update

    The UK's MoD have claimed that Russians are "killing civilians it now claims are its own citizens."

    The MoD said: "On 30 September 2022, Russian forces almost certainly struck a convoy south-east of the town of Zaporizhzhia. Local authorities report 25 civilians killed. The munition involved was likely a Russian long-range air defence missile being used in a ground attack role.

    "Russia’s stock of such missiles is highly likely limited and is a high-value resource designed to shoot down modern aircraft and incoming missiles, rather than for use against ground targets.

    "Its use in ground attack role has almost certainly been driven by overall munitions shortages, particularly longer-range precision missiles.

    "On the same day, President Putin signed annexation agreements for Zaporizhzhia and other parts of occupied Ukraine.

    "Russia is expending strategically valuable military assets in attempts to achieve tactical advantage and in the process is killing civilians it now claims are its own citizens."

  • Louis Allwood

    Nord Stream 2 leak 'appears to have stopped'

    The Danish energy agency has said the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea appears to have stopped leaking. 

    The agency said on Twitter on Saturday that "The Nord Stream 2 AG company has informed the Danish Energy Agency that a stable pressure now appears to have been achieved on the NS2 A pipeline.

    "This thus indicates that the blow-off of gas has been completed on this pipeline."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian airbase chaos

    Russian firefighters are currently tackling a large fire at the Belbek military airbase in Crimea.

    According to the Russian-appointed head of occupied Sevastopol, "an emergency situation occurred at the Belbek airfield," The Kyiv Independent reports.

    However officials say a plane skidded off a runway and caught fire according to reports.

  • Louis Allwood

    Twenty killed after civilian convoy hit by shelling

    Ukraine's security service said the "cruel" attack happened in a "grey zone" between Russian-controlled and Ukrainian-controlled territory in the east of the country.

    Seven vehicles were hit in the shelling between occupied Svatove in Luhansk region and Ukrainian-held Kupiansk which Kyiv recaptured last month, the security service said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia launched 'massive fire strikes'

    Russia's Defence Ministry has said it inflicted serious losses on Ukrainian troops after unleashing "massive fire strikes".

    Despite this the Russians were forced to pull out of the city of Lyman.

    The Ministry said in a statement: "Despite the losses suffered, the enemy, having a significant superiority in forces and means, introduced reserves and continued the offensive in this direction." 

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia issued stark warning

    Russia has been issued a stark nuclear war warning by NATO in what appears to be the most frightening part of this war so far.

    NATO chief Jans Stoltenberg said Putin has brought the world on the verge of nuclear Armageddon.

    “Putin has mobilised hundreds of thousands of more troops, engaged in irresponsible nuclear sabre rattling and now illegally annexed more Ukrainian territory,” Stoltenberg said in a press conference.

    “Together, this represents the most serious escalation since the start of the war.

    “NATO reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine flag seen waving in Lyman

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence have also uploaded a video to Twitter showing forces lifting the Ukrainian flag in Lyman with the caption "Ukrainian Air Assault Forces are entering Lyman, Donetsk region."

    There are also some claims from Russian's "admitting" that they have already lost the control of Lyman.

    Some Russian military commentators have posted messages on their Telegram channels saying that the Ukrainian army have either "already captured or, at a minimum, entered Lyman" according to reports.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukrainian forces enter Lyman according to Ukrainian spokesperson

    Serhii Cherevatyi has said on TV that Ukrainian forces have entered the eastern town of Lyman.

    The spokesperson has confirmed the news after it was recently announced that Ukrainian troops had surrounded the town.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia faces heavy losses

    Russian forces have lost a further 530 troops according to Ukraine's Ministry of Defence.

    This has taken the total losses to 59,610 for the Russian army.

    There was also a further 18 vehicles and fuel tanks eliminated.

  • 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.

  • Footage of Ukrainian troops raising flag in Lyman

    Ukraine's troops raised the blue and yellow flag above the Lyman entrance sign on the outskirts of the city.

    Kyiv’s armed forces are currently battling Russian soldiers for control over the strategically important eastern Ukrainian town.

  • Ukrainian troops close to taking back Lyman

    Ukrainian forces have encircled Russia’s army around the strategically important eastern town of Lyman, a Ukrainian spokesperson said on Saturday.

    Serhii Cherevatyi, spokesperson for Ukraine’s eastern forces, said: “Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas. It is an opportunity to go further to Kreminna and Sievierodonetsk, and it is psychologically very important.”

  • ‘We may be facing a nuclear apocalypse’, claims Ukrainian commentator

    Ukrainian citizens fear Russia may launch a nuclear strike against their country, Kyiv resident Oksana Koshel told Sky News’ Ukraine War Diaries.

    There are fears the war is about to enter a new phase following Moscow’s decision to annex four regions in Ukraine.

    "Over these past couple of days, talks of a nuclear danger have gone up to unprecedented levels," explains Oksana in the latest edition of the Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast.

    "So, different information sources are publishing instructions on what to do and how to behave - it seems unthinkable that we might be facing like a nuclear apocalypse in the coming days, months or even years to come.

    "It’s just unfathomable."

  • 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.

  • World Bank will provide $530m in support to Ukraine

    The World Bank has said it will provide $530m in support to Ukraine, bringing the total aid by the institution to $13bn.

    According to Guardian Online, the UK will provide $500m and Denmark will add $30m.

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