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

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

Why the fundamentals of war haven’t changed

The reality, of course, is that ‘tactical’ nuclear weapons do not exist – they are all strategic weapons – and, as such, come under the doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction which ably governed the nuclear relationship between the superpowers during the Cold War. Putin won’t use a nuclear weapon, because he can’t be sure that … Read more

Britain runs low on ammo as Ukraine bombards Kremlin forces

As she prepared to address the United Nations, Liz Truss last week committed the UK to spending at least £2.3bn next year on military aid to help Ukraine repel Kremlin forces. The promise came as Vladimir Putin sought to mobilise 300,000 reservists in hope sheer numbers can overcome the combination of Ukrainian determination and Western … Read more

How Mohammad bin Salman could use the Ukraine war to make a diplomatic comeback

He added: “It is a first-step diplomatic win for MbS [Mohammad bin Salman], though he will hope to capitalise upon it further by supporting efforts to bring a negotiated settlement to the Ukraine war. However, brokering the prisoner swap is not about to change popular perceptions of MbS.” In recent weeks, Saudi Arabia has intensified … Read more

1,400 arrested across Russia for protesting against Putin’s mobilisation

Western experts have predicted that Vladimir Putin’s new troop mobilisation will prolong the war but not change the balance on the ground. They have warned against downplaying the Russian president’s renewed nuclear threat. Putin announced the call-up of 300,000 reservists – more than the nearly 200,000 mustered to invade Ukraine in February – after his troops … Read more

Putin to address nation as he prepares to annex more of Ukraine

Vladimir Putin will only give up his “imperial ambitions” that risk destroying Ukraine and Russia if he recognises he cannot win the war, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday. Mr Scholz, speaking in his first address United Nations General Assembly, said: “This is why we will not accept any peace dictated by Russia and this is why Ukraine must be … Read more

Russians ‘in a panic’, says Zelensky as counter-offensive advances

Taiwan is “proud” of its efforts to help Ukraine in the country’s struggle to defend itself, President Tsai Ing-wen told a conference in New York. Ukraine’s plight has won broad sympathy in Taiwan, where many see parallels between Ukraine’s situation and the threat Taipei’s government says it faces from China, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan … Read more