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RUSSIAN rookie soldiers are reportedly terrified of life within their own army, according to harrowing new claims.

Following news that Vladimir Putin has mobilised the Russian army, many fresh recruits are finding themselves victims of a practice called “dedovshchina”, which involves rape, torture and theft.

Many soldiers serving in the Ukraine war are being forced to work as prostitutes, according to some reports.

General Sir Richard Shirreff, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, told The Sun: “It is a brutal army with no sense of honour or values and your chances of surviving any war in the Russian army are pretty low.”

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

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Ukrainian aid worker doesn't fear nuclear attack risk

    The worker said that if Russia did engage in nuclear war it would have "political destruction”.

    Dimko Zhluktenko, an aid worker based in Lviv, told the PA news agency that it would have no strategic effect for the Russians.

    She said: “Even if it were to happen, it wouldn’t have a massive effect,” the 23-year-old told the PA news agency.

    “If they do a tactical nuke strike, that will be pure terrorism and that will lead to the absolute destruction of Russia.

    “It wouldn’t grant any strategic advantage to Russian forces because they wouldn’t be able to advance to capture new territories.

    “And at the same time, politically they would be destroyed because they would most likely get strikes back and face total isolation from other nations.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Over half of anti-war protesters in Russia are women, report claims

    According to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info, over half of the protesters arrested in Russia were women.

    Wednesday saw 1,300 Russian arrested for protesting Putin’s draconian new mobilisation policy.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia has reached a 'dangerous moment' in it's invasion of Ukraine

    Josep Borrell, EU’s foreign policy chief, spoke out about Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats.

    He told BBC: “Certainly it’s a dangerous moment because the Russian army has been pushed into a corner, and Putin’s reaction – threatening to use nuclear arms – it’s very bad."

    A diplomatic solution that “preserves the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Ukraine must be reached, he added.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    What happens to Russians who refuse to serve in the military

    A new law has been passed in Russia telling people what will happen if they don't come when called.

    Russian soldiers who refuse to fight, desert, disobey or surrender to the enemy could now face up to 10 years behind bars, Russian media outlets reported.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia replaces it's highest ranking military general

    Dmitry Bulgakov was "relieved" of his post.

    It was revealed via Telegram today that the Army General will no longer be the deputy minister of defence.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Nigerian president says the UN prioritises certain global issues

    He was referencing the ongoing conflicts in Europe that were sparked firstly in 1915, and are still continuing in Ukraine today.

    Muhammadu Buhari said: Were we equally resolute during the tragedies of Syria, Libya, Yemen?

    "And didn’t the West return to 'business as usual' after wars in Congo and the Horn of Africa?

    "While condemning the invasion of Ukraine, do we give equal weight to fighting mercenaries who seek to destabilise the Sahel and threaten many other states in Africa?”

  • Matt Snape

    Iran claims it regrets Kyiv’s downgrading of ties following drone strike

    An Iranian ministry foreign spokesperson has said his country was regretful over Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties following a Russian drone strike.

    Al-Jazeera reports that ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani “advised” Ukraine to “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries”.

  • Matt Snape

    One person killed in Russian strike

    Al-Jazeera reports that Zaporizhzhia Governor Oleksandr Starukh confirmed the Russians attacked infrastructure facilities in the Dnieper river city, and one of the missiles smashed an apartment building, killing one person.

  • Matt Snape

    Al-Jazeera correspondent: Hard to know what’s happening with referendums

    Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo said: “There are no independent international election monitors. Their media is very tightly controlled … also it’s happening in a war zone.

    “So it’s very hard for people on the Russian side, or the Ukrainian side of the front lines to go back and forth to get a better sense of what is happening behind the Russian front lines where this voting is taking place.

    “With that said, Russia is claiming that voting is going ahead as planned. And there are some videos that Russia is putting out, showing what appears to be orderly voting taking place – but you’re also seeing videos from Telegram and other sources on social media that purport to show Russian-appointed officials going door to door with Russian military personnel knocking on people’s doors, forcing them to vote.”

  • Matt Snape

    Referendum voting proceeds in occupied regions

    Moscow-backed referendums are continuing in occupied Ukrainian areas.

    Election officials flanked by police officers lifted ballots to homes and established mobile polling stations in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south.

    Voting ends on Tuesday.

  • Matt Snape

    Iran’s embassy presence in Ukraine reduced due to Russian drone attacks

    Iran’s ambassador will have his credentials stripped because Russia has been using Iranian drones to initiate attacks, claims Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Al-Jazeera reports that eight Iranian drones were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

    ”Today the Russian army used Iranian drones for its attacks on Dnipropetrovsk region and Odesa. I instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strongly react to this fact,” Zelenskyy said in his address.

    “Six of these Iranian drones were downed by our air defences of the East and South commands. One more was brought to ground by air defences of the navy … And just now I am being told about the downing by air defences of the South command of another strike Iranian drone,” he said.

  • Matt Snape

    Putin not bluffing about nuclear weapons, claims EU

    The EU’s foreign policy chief has said the bloc must take Vladimir Putin’s nuclear weapons threat seriously.

    Josep Borrell told the BBC's Lyse Doucet: "Certainly it's a dangerous moment because the Russian army has been pushed into a corner, and Putin's reaction - threatening using nuclear arms - it's very bad.”

  • Matt Snape

    Russian rookies ‘prostituted, raped and tortured’ by own troops

    Russian soldiers fear troops in their own army as they are sent to the frontline to combat brave Ukrainian fighters.

    Many underpaid Russian troops have been prostituted, according to reports.

    “Dedovshchina” involves rape, torture and theft.

    Some soldiers have resorted to killing themselves.

    Click here to read more.

  • Matt Snape

    How are Russian conscripts trying to get out of fighting war?

    Marriage and registering to become carers for elderly children are two of the methods Russian conscripts are using to get out of fighting the Ukrainian war.

    “How to break your arm” has become the most frequently searched question on Google.

    Meanwhile, many Russians are attempting to flee the country.

    Click here to

  • Matt Snape

    Alcohol sparks fights between Putin’s conscripts

    Drunken Russian conscripts have been filmed fighting and falling asleep on buses amid Vladimir Putin’s desperate mobilisation.

    Alcohol-induced recruits are seen fighting next to a bus taking them to a training camp, according to one clip.

    A recruiter who tried to break up the fight even gets shoved over himself.

    Click here to view the clips.  

  • Matt Snape

    Bodies of mutilated victims discovered in Ukraine

    Ukraine has confirmed that victims of Russian torturers have been mutilated so badly that it is difficult to tell what gender they were.

    They are among 430 bodies that have now been exhumed after Putin’s troops retreated from the city of Izyum following a Ukrainian advance.

    Shocking evidence has emerged of torture chambers alongside the graves.

    Click here to read more.

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky has said Russia 'hates freedom'

    Ukraine's President Zelensky has said that "the world sees" that Russia attacks "freedom, respect and life" as Putin continues to launch attacks on Ukrainians.

    President Zelensky said: "Russia caused a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine as it hates freedom.

    "But the world sees what Russia attacks & what Ukraine defends. Freedom, respect & life."

  • Louis Allwood

    Dmytro Kuleba meets with China's Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Ukraine's Minister of Foreign Affairs has met with China's counterpart Wang Yi.

    They discussed relations between the countries and China reaffirmed their "respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity".

    Dmytro Kuleba also said how China spoke of its "rejection of the use of force as a means of resolving differences".

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speak on phone

    Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have spoken over the phone following the prisoner of war swap.

    They expressed their satisfaction over the deal between Moscow and Kyiv, the Kremlin said Friday.

    During a phone call the Kremlin said they had "satisfaction in connection with the transfer to Saudi Arabia of foreign citizen prisoners of war... that took place with the personal mediation of the crown prince."

  • Louis Allwood

    Over half of anti-war protesters in Russia are women, report claims

    According to the independent monitoring group OVD-Info, over half of the protesters arrested in Russia were women.

    Wednesday saw 1,300 Russian arrested for protesting Putin’s draconian new mobilisation policy.

  • Louis Allwood

    UN investigators claim war crimes have been committed

    UN investigators have said that war crimes have been committed in the Ukraine conflict.

    They claim that this is due to Russian bombings of civilians areas, numerous executions, torture and horrific sexual violence.

    The head of a high-level Commission of Inquiry told the UN Human Rights Council: "Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine."

  • Louis Allwood

    ‘Ukrainian suicide drone’ washes up on beach

    A vessel widely believed to be a Ukrainian suicide drone has washed up near to a Russian naval base.

    The vessel was found in Omega Bay, by the port of Sevastopol, which is home to Vladimir Putin's Black Sea fleet.

    The drone is thought to be among several donated to Ukraine by the United States in bid to help turn the tables on the large Russian navy.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine release latest figures on Russia's losses

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence claim that a further 550 troops have been eliminated.

    They claims that a further 18 tanks and 20 armoured combat vehicles have been destroyed.

  • Louis Allwood

    UK's Ministry of Defence intelligence update

    Fighting is ongoing as Ukrainian forces continue their counter-offensive, pushing back Russian forces.

    The Ministry said: "In the last three days, Ukrainian forces have secured bridgeheads on the east bank of the Oskil River in Kharkiv Oblast.

    "Russia has attempted to integrate the Oskil into a consolidated defensive line following its forces' withdrawals earlier in the month.

    "To the south, in Donetsk Oblast, fighting is ongoing as Ukrainian forces assault the town of Lyman, east of the Siverskyy Donets River, which Russia captured in May."

  • Louis Allwood

    President Zelensky thanks Saudi leadership following POW release

    Yesterday, over 200 POWs were released by the Russian government, including five Brits, with the Saudi government reportedly playing a huge role in the agreement.

    Zelensky took to Twitter yesterday to thank Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the “facilitation in the release of foreign citizens.”

    This week, members of the UN security council met to discuss Putin’s recent declaration.