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

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

Allies to help Norway patrol platforms at sea after ‘sabotage’ – POLITICO

Norway’s allies will help patrol the country’s oil and gas platforms at sea after Western countries declared leaks in the Nord Stream gas pipelines a likely act of sabotage, Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre said. “We’re in a dialogue with our allies regarding increased presence in the Norwegian (offshore) sector and have said yes 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

Russia kidnaps head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

The head of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station has been kidnapped by Russian forces, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday. Ihor Murashov was abducted on his way from Europe’s largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar on Friday afternoon, the head of Energoatom Petro Kotin said in a … Read more

Meet the mayor who liberated his mother – and his village – from Russian occupation

The soldiers were promptly evicted – although Mr Zadorenko says they took the oven, the television, and drinks cabinet with them. “I’m in charge around here. If any others give you trouble,” said the apologetic Russian commander, “just give them this password: Crimea five.” A month later, when an aggressive drunken soldier barged into her … Read more

Russia could carry out attacks in space, warns British Armed Forces head Tony Radakin

He cited the diplomatic response seen since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, with the majority of western nations “deploring” Mr Putin’s behaviour. “Countries are adjusting their energy policies so that they buy less energy from Russia this year and they will look to wean themselves off Russian energy in future years,” he said. “That’s important … Read more

Brexit Britain wants to host big European political summit – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Times must be hard in London: Brexit Britain wants to rejoin Europe’s political community. According to three officials present at a meeting on Thursday, the United Kingdom told its European partners that Prime Minister Liz Truss is not only willing to attend the first gathering of the European … Read more

Putin to sign off land grab after ‘sham’ referendums

The Kremlin-backed leaders of four Russian occupied regions of Ukraine were in Moscow on Thursday after calling for President Vladimir Putin to formally annex the territories into Russia. The Moscow-installed heads of Ukraine’s Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions claimed residents backed the move in hastily organised votes that the West says were a sham. “I am already … Read more