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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...

  • 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.

    Click here to read more.

  • 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.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russian's celebrate after 'illegally' annexing four Ukrainian regions

    President Putin made an address to his nation, saying to his nation saying "welcome home".

    The dictator then commands Russian's in the Red Square in Moscow to cheer.

    Meanwhile, it has been reported that Ukrainian forces have reclaimed the city of Lyman, as Russian fighters retreat.

  • Matt Snape

    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.

  • Matt Snape

    ‘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.”

  • Matt Snape

    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.

  • Matt Snape

    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.

  • US will not be intimidated by reckless Putin, claims Biden

    The United States will not be intimidated by reckless threats after Vladimir Putin annexed four regions in Ukraine, claims US President Joe Biden.

    “America and its allies are not going to be intimidated,” President Biden said at the White House, according to the BBC.

    “America’s fully prepared, with our Nato allies, to defend every single inch of Nato territory,” he said, in reference to the Western security bloc.

    “Mr Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying: every inch.”

  • Body language expert is worried about Putin’s ‘squirming & spasming’

    Vladimir Putin appeared “nervous and isolated” as he announced his illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine, according to a body language expert.

    He “squirmed and spasmed”, revealing his “uncharacteristic, underlying nervousness” , argues Judi James.

    She added: “It is usually Putin’s stillness that makes his delivery so chilling, along with his cold, direct, challenging eye-stares, but neither were present for this speech, which could be the most important of his career and his life.

    “Putin today was a man with what would commonly be called ‘ants in his pants’, a leader whose body squirmed as he rocked from one foot to another, and a man whose facial muscles squirmed too, to suggest conflicting emotions plus some almost uncontrollable-looking micro-spasms.

    “He began in a more signature style, fixing his audience with his eyes and using a cocky-looking shoulder-roll to suggest an alpha presence.”

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  • Vladimir Putin issued stark nuclear war warning by NATO chief

    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.”

    Click here to read more.

  • 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.

  • 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."

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