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Ukraine news latest: Putin demands ‘ceasefire’ but won’t ‘negotiate’ with annexed regions after sham referendum result

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VLADIMIR Putin has made calls for Ukraine to "sit down at the negotiating table" as the dictator tries to exit war on his "own terms".

After the sham referendum outcome on Friday saw the annexation of Kherson, Mariupol, Donetsk and Luhansk, a Russian political scientist has claimed the dictator wants to back out of the war as soon as possible.

Andrey Kortunov, leader of the Russian International Affairs Council in Moscow, said "President Putin wants to end this whole thing as fast as possible," despite Putin threatening nuclear action should Ukraine try to reclaim back the annexed regions.

Speaking to CNN, Andrey said: Russia cannot simply get to where it was, on the 24 February of this year, say, okay, you know, that's fine. Our mission is accomplished. So we go home... ...There should be something that can be presented to the public as a victory."

US presidential advisor Fiona Hill, also told the publication Putin has "acute urgency" that he was losing momentum, and is trying to exit the war the way he entered it, feeling as though he has not lost control.

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

  • Louis Allwood

    Bosnia holds general election amid 'worst political crisis' since 1992

    It is expected that up to 3.4 million people will vote in the tripartite presidency.

    Bosnia is formed of the Serb Republic and the Federation dominated by Bosniaks and Croats.

    Reuters reported that EUFOR, the European Union peacekeeping force has been increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    There are concerns that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spill over into the Western Balkans as Dodik is a up this year over concerns that instability emanating from Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spread to the Western Balkans.

    Dodik, the Serb member of the presidency who is running, is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and could encourage separatist movements if voted in.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia restricts access to popular streaming app

    It has been reported that SoundCloud has now been banned in Russia for sharing "false information".

    Reuters reported that “Roskomnadzor restricted access to the SoundCloud service in connection with placement of materials containing false information regarding the nature of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Low-yield nuclear weapon' threat

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

    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

    UK will acquire specialist ships to protect underwater pipes

    Ben Wallace says the government will receive two specialist ships to protect underwater infrastructure such as cables and pipelines, following the recent leaks on the Nord Stream.

    Speaking to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Ben Wallace referred to the "mysterious damage inflicted" last week.

    He said: "For that reason (the Nord Stream leaks), I can announce we recently committed to two specialist ships with the capability to keep our cables and pipelines safe.

    "The first multi-role survey ship for seabed warfare will be purchased by the end of this year, fitted out here in the UK and then operational before the end of next year.

    "The second ship will be built in the UK and we will plan to make sure it covers all our vulnerabilities."

  • Louis Allwood

    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.

  • 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

    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

    Ukrainian forces take part in UK-led training

    The UK's MoD have confirmed that Ukrainian troops have been taking part in UK-led training programmes.

    The training consists of battlefield skills that will help them survive the front line combat in Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine has powerful weapon on its side

    Ukrainian forces are using one of the most powerful weapons and it is making a big difference in the war.

    Zelensky's forces are using the most powerful rifles ever made — the Snipex Alligator.

    It can fire a 14.5mm bullet over ranges of more than four miles.

    And the target is struck with almost 12 tons of energy — a force powerful enough to obliterate body armour.

    The Ukrainian-made weapon, used against Russian troops and helicopters, can also penetrate vehicle armour over an inch thick at closer range.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian helicopter shot down

    This is the moment a Ukrainian soldier blasted a Russian helicopter out of the sky.

    The clip shared by Joint Forces Task Force of Ukraine, reportedly shows the chopper being downed on October 1, Pravda reports.

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky thanks neighbours for supporting NATO application

    Ukraine officially applied to become part of Nato - just moments after mad Putin vowed to use "any means" to defend the four Ukrainian regions illegally annexed to Russia.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky signed off the paperwork for fast-track membership to the alliance to "protect our entire community" following the tyrant's rambling speech.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine claims full control of Lyman

    Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of Lyman, the eastern logistics hub.

    This is Kyiv's most significant battlefield gain in weeks and comes just days after Putin proclaimed the annexation of four regions covering nearly a fifth of Ukraine on Friday.

  • Louis Allwood

    Kidnap fears

    The chief of Europe’s largest nuclear plant is feared to have been kidnapped by Russian forces.

    Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom said Ihor Murashov was seized at about 4pm on Friday.

    It was after Vladimir Putin said he was annexing four Ukraine regions including Zaporizhzhia where the plant is based.

    Russia initially failed to acknowledge the kidnap of the plant director

    But yesterday Moscow told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Mr Murashov was detained to answer questions.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ministry of Defence latest update

    The MoD have claimed that Lyman would have been "undermanned" by Russian forces before being forced out.

    The MoD Tweeted: "On 1 October 2022 the Russian force in the Donetsk Oblast town of Lyman withdrew in the face of Ukrainian advances.

    "Lyman was likely being defended by undermanned elements of Russia’s Western and Central Military Districts as well as contingents of voluntarily mobilised reservists.

    "The force probably experienced heavy casualties as it withdrew along the only road out of the town still in Russian hands."

  • Louis Allwood

    Heavy Russian losses again

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence have claimed that a further 500 Russian troops have been eliminated taking the total to over 60,000 now.

    There were also a further 23 tanks destroyed and another 26 armoured vehicles wiped out.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    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.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    European leaders publicly condemn Russian annexations of Ukraine

    15 per cent of Ukrainian territory has been taken by Russia, through illegal referendums.

    Leaders of nine NATO nations have come forward to slam the "sham" referendums in Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia.

    Presidents from Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia have spoken in unison.

    In a joint statement from NATO, the presidents said they refuse to "stay silent in the face of the blatant violation of international law by the Russian Federation”.

    “We reiterate our support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    “We do not recognise and will never recognise Russian attempts to annex any Ukrainian territory," AFP reports.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    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.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Ukraine's full control of Lyman

    The logistics hub at Lyman has been reclaimed by the Ukrainian army.

    “As of 1230 (0930 GMT), Lyman is fully cleared,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy announced via Telegram.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Boris Johnson brands Putin a ‘fraud and a disgrace’

    The former PM took to Twitter to slam Putin’s decision to annex 15 per cent 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.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    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.

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  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Bosnia holds general election amid 'worst political crisis' since 1992

    It is expected that up to 3.4 million people will vote in the tripartite presidency.

    Bosnia is formed of the Serb Republic and the Federation dominated by Bosniaks and Croats.

    Reuters reported that EUFOR, the European Union peacekeeping force has been increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

    There are concerns that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spill over into the Western Balkans as Dodik is a up this year over concerns that instability emanating from Russia's invasion of Ukraine could spread to the Western Balkans.

    Dodik, the Serb member of the presidency who is running, is a vocal supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin and could encourage separatist movements if voted in.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia restricts access to popular streaming app

    It has been reported that SoundCloud has now been banned in Russia for sharing "false information".

    Reuters reported that “Roskomnadzor restricted access to the SoundCloud service in connection with placement of materials containing false information regarding the nature of the special military operation on the territory of Ukraine."

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    US Defence Secretary 'very encouraged' by Ukrainian progress of Lyman

    The Defence Secretary, Lloyd Austin spoke to a news conference, that Russia had to send troops south west as Ukraine forces reclaimed the city.

    Reuters reported that Austin said: We’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing right now.

    "Without those routes, it will be more difficult. So it presents a sort of a dilemma for the Russians going forward."

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Ukraine poised to take back Crimea

    The region was annexed by Russia in 2014, but the Ukrainians are determined to reunite.

    Tamila Tavesha, the top representative for Crimea said: “This is moment X.

    Right now everything is happening in a way that it feels inevitable,” said Tasheva.

    “It may not happen tomorrow, but I think it will be much quicker than I thought a year ago.”

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