Nuclear weapons convoy sparks fears Putin could be preparing test to send ‘signal to the West’

These latest manoeuvres could signal an increasingly desperate Mr Putin’s willingness to escalate the war following a series of embarrassing defeats on the battlefield, including the loss of a key city in Donetsk and the most recent setbacks in the Kherson region. According to Pentagon officials, the US is considering how to respond to a … Read more

Volodymyr Zelensky hits back at Elon Musk after he tweets his ‘peace’ plan for Ukraine

Elon Musk has found himself embroiled in a row with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky after the billionaire suggested his own controversial peace plan to end the war with Russia. Mr Musk, the world’s richest person, proposed UN-supervised elections in four occupied regions that Moscow last week moved to annex after what it called referendums. The … Read more

Ramzan Kadyrov sends his teenage sons to fight for Vladimir Putin in Ukraine

“How are we supposed to liberate Zaporizhzhia – population 700,000 – when, if we’re being completely honest, we can’t say if the mobilisation is even going to help to turn the tide of the war? Things are not going so great right now.” Vladimir Solovyev, one of Russia’s most notorious propagandists who has made a … Read more

Royal Navy sends frigate to North Sea after Nord Stream ‘sabotage’

A Royal Navy frigate was on Monday night sent to the North Sea in a show of force after a suspected Russian attack on the Nord Stream pipeline. The Ministry of Defence said it was looking to reassure partners after the pipelines in the Nord Stream network burst in an act of suspected sabotage near … Read more

Russia fires another general as Ukraine forces continue to advance across two fronts

A sudden Ukrainian attack along the western bank of the Dnipro river liberated several settlements and raised fears on Russian war bloggers about a collapse on the Kherson front. Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces in the north east of the country advanced several miles after the Russians failed to establish a new defensive line following the fall … Read more

France becoming ‘irrelevant’ in Ukraine war and must bump up military aid, expert says

France has so far given 18 Caesar self-propelled artillery units, which are now feted along the Ukrainian front-line. That represents one quarter of France’s entire mobile artillery and military chiefs had warned it couldn’t give more without leaving it vulnerable in other regions like the Sahel. However, up to 12 are due to be pledged, … Read more

Vladimir Putin is making rash and secretive decisions in face of defeats, Kremlin insiders warn

There is little sincere support for the war in the Russian establishment, according to an executive at a major private company who knows Mikhail Mishustin, the Russian prime minister. “All these officials making comparisons with the Second World War in public are only doing what is expected of them. It’s their defence mechanism.  “There used … Read more

Why Putin would be a fool to go nuclear in Ukraine

With freedom to operate above Ukraine, Western air forces could do the same thing to the Russian army that they did to the Iraqi and Libyan armies: destroy pretty much every tank, armoured vehicle or artillery piece that dared show itself. This work, once the airspace was opened up by the various standoff cruise weapons, … Read more

Ukraine calls for support as Russia escalates use of Iranian ‘kamikaze’ drones

Israel has come under pressure to share its expertise on drone warfare with Ukrainian forces as Kyiv faces a new threat from Iranian drones sold to Russia. Ukraine’s ambassador to Israel complained this week that it “has not done enough” to provide air support, echoing a similar warning from President Volodymyr Zelensky.  Several letters to … Read more

Unleash nuclear weapons on Ukraine in wake of defeat in Lyman, Chechen warlord tells Putin

Senior Conservative MPs said the threat should be taken seriously.  Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader who is a candidate to be the next chair of the foreign affairs select committee, told The Telegraph: “He wouldn’t be saying this if he hadn’t been authorised by Putin.” He said that Russian military tactics had … Read more