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

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

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

Putin ‘highly unlikely’ to use nuclear weapons but is not rational, says Wallace

V ladimir Putin is “highly unlikely” to use nuclear weapons in the Ukraine conflict but he is not acting in a “rational” way, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has said. The Russian president has threatened to use “all the means at our disposal” if his country is threatened, seen as a sign that he could use … 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

Putin takes swipe at Giorgia Meloni by cutting off gas to Italy days after she backed Ukraine

Putin takes his first swipe at Giorgia Meloni by completely cutting off gas supplies to Italy just days after the right-wing leader backed Ukraine Italy reported that Russia’s Gazprom has suspended its gas supply until Monday The gas giant said that the delay is due to a transport issue in Austria However it follows Italy’s … 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

Putin’s endgame is an act of military self-destruction

Standing in front of enormous Russian Federation flags and behind his little white podium yesterday, it was difficult to fathom what was going on in Vladimir Putin’s mind, behind his inscrutable facial demeanour. Announcing the annexation of four Ukrainian regions might be seen by some of his Russian faithful as something of a triumph or … Read more

Nato backs Ukraine to retake annexed territory after Putin boasts its citizens are now his ‘forever’

Kyiv instantly rejected Russia’s offer of peace talks, insisting it would not come to the negotiating table while Mr Putin was still in charge of Russia. In response to the annexations, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, on Friday announced his country had formally applied for fast-track membership of Nato. “Today, here in Kyiv, in the heart … Read more