Russia-Ukraine war – live: Kyiv launches mass drone assault on Putin’s forces on Crimea and southern Russia

Russia-Ukraine war – live: Kyiv launches mass drone assault on Putin’s forces on Crimea and southern Russia

Ukraine has launched a “mass” drone assault on Russian infrastructure and military targets in the Black Sea, Crimea and southern Russia, officials and Kyiv’s military said.

Ukraine’s military said its drones struck four oil refineries, radar stations and other military objects in Russia on Friday morning, as Russian officials reported a “mass” drone attack in Krasnodar and claimed to have shot down 70 drones over the Black Sea and Crimea.

It came as South Korea summoned Russia’s ambassador over the new pact signed by Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin during the latter’s visit to North Korea this week, which the Russian president said included a mutual defence clause.

Departing Pyongyang, Mr Putin claimed that Russia supplying weapons to nuclear-armed North Korea will reflect how the West is arming Ukraine.

But with the move having angered Seoul, Mr Putin simultaneously warned South Korea against making a “big mistake” if it decides to aid Ukraine with arms, threatening a “painful” response.

Key points

  • Kyiv launches mass drone assault on Putin’s forces in Crimea and southern Russia

  • US flags Putin weapons remark in North Korea as ‘incredibly concerning’

  • Washington to rush air defence interceptor missiles to Ukraine

  • New Russian-North Korean pact includes mutual defence clause, says Vladimir Putin

Russian guided bomb kills two in eastern Ukraine, prosecutors say

04:00 , Alexander Butler

A Russian guided bomb killed two people and wounded three in a residential area of the eastern Ukrainian town of Selydove on Friday, regional prosecutors said.

Five five-storey buildings and six private homes were damaged by the UMPB D-30 bomb in Selydove, about 14 km (nine miles) from the front line, the Donetsk region prosecutors said on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia, which began its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has dropped over 10,000 guided bombs since the start of the year, including over 3,200 in May alone, Ukrainian military spokesman Nazar Voloshyn said.

Ukraine captures Russian 'barn' tank modified against drone threat

03:00 , Alexander Butler

The Ukrainians call it a “barn” tank, a bizarre-looking Russian battlefield vehicle captured by Kyiv’s forces that shows how troops are trying to adapt to the constant threat of drone attacks.

The vehicle, built from a ramshackle, rusted T-62 tank, was modified to have a boxy metal shell as its exterior, a cage at its rear and electronic warfare devices attached to it, soldiers told Reuters after it was captured this week.

They say it was used to shuttle around food, ammunition and troops. Its canopy appeared aimed at protecting against drone attacks, particularly cheaply produced FPV (First-Person-View) drones, which are strapped with a munition and flown to their target by a pilot watching on a screen.

“It was created to defend from FPV drones and (drone bomb) drops. It’s an empty taxi for personnel with electronic warfare as its only defence,” Serhiy Misiura, a lieutenant colonel, said on an official Ukrainian army television station.

Nearly 28 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion, the use of drones by both sides has become ubiquitous on the battlefield, making it difficult to advance or operate safely.

“They clearly didn’t work hard on it. They hastily put it on and sent the tank to the frontline,” said Dmytro, a Ukrainian soldier who spoke to Reuters about the vehicle in the Donetsk region.

They said the vehicle was captured near Klishchiivka, a village gripped by fighting for months on end near the Russian-occupied city of Bakhmut.

Dmytro said getting in and out carrying equipment was difficult through its tiny hatch. Visibility was very limited and the stench inside was overwhelming.

Aerial drone footage shot by the Ukrainian military and published on June 17 showed the tank being captured in a wooded area along with a Russian crew. Kyiv’s forces then planted a Ukrainian flag on top of it.

A Ukrainian serviceman of the 22nd Separate Mechanised Brigade stands next to a Russian T-62 Soviet main battle tank crafted with anti-drone protection that was recently captured by his unit at an undisclosed location in Donetsk region, (REUTERS)
A Ukrainian serviceman of the 22nd Separate Mechanised Brigade stands next to a Russian T-62 Soviet main battle tank crafted with anti-drone protection that was recently captured by his unit at an undisclosed location in Donetsk region, (REUTERS)

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

02:00 , Alexander Butler

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Russian court sentences US soldier to nearly 4 years on theft charges

01:00 , Alexander Butler

Russian court sentences US soldier to nearly 4 years on theft charges

Russian interference in UK general election will likely ramp up dramatically

Saturday 22 June 2024 00:01 , Alexander Butler

Russian interference in UK election may ramp up dramatically, warns senior US senator

South Korea says it could supply arms to Ukraine after Russia signs ‘absurd’ deal with North Korea

Friday 21 June 2024 23:00 , Alexander Butler

South Korea could supply arms to Ukraine after Putin’s ‘absurd’ deal with North Korea

Russian glide bombs are obliterating front-line Ukraine towns

Friday 21 June 2024 22:00 , Alexander Butler

Russian glide bombs are obliterating front-line Ukraine towns. There’s more to come

Russian-American on trial after donating to charity for Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 21:00 , Alexander Butler

American Ksenia Karelina on trial after donating to charity for Ukraine

US will move Ukraine to front of line for air defense missile deliveries, White House says

Friday 21 June 2024 20:00 , Alexander Butler

White House will prioritize weapons for Ukraine after new Russia attack

A Ukrainian author turned soldier has a stark warning for the West: ‘Be prepared for war with Russia’

Friday 21 June 2024 19:00 , Alexander Butler

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

Taiwan says it is learning from Ukraine how a smaller country can stand up to invasion

Friday 21 June 2024 18:00 , Alexander Butler

Taiwan says it is learning from Ukraine how smaller country can stand up to invasion

Ukraine may fire US-provided missiles deeper into Russia in self-defense, Pentagon says

Friday 21 June 2024 17:00 , Alexander Butler

Ukraine’s military is allowed to use longer-range missiles provided by the U.S. to strike targets inside Russia across more than just the front lines near Kharkiv if Kyiv is acting in self-defense, the Pentagon said.

President Joe Biden initially loosened the restrictions on how Ukraine could use U.S.-provided munitions to give it another option to better defend the eastern city of Kharkiv from a relentless barrage of Russian missiles.

Since the beginning of Russia’s 2022 invasion, the U.S. had maintained a policy of not allowing Ukraine to use the weapons it provided to hit targets inside Russia for fear of further escalating the war.

Ukraine may fire US-provided missiles deeper into Russia in self-defense, Pentagon says

Russian politician says law needed to protect society from convicts who fought in Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 16:00 , Alexander Butler

A member of Russia’s lower house of parliament said law enforcement authorities need to do more to protect civilians from ex-convicts who have returned home from fighting in Ukraine.

Nina Ostanina, a Communist Party deputy who has been sanctioned by Western countries over Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine, told the gazeta.ru newspaper in an interview that violent crimes involving decommissioned soldiers “will be even more numerous” if authorities do not act.

Reports of Russian soldiers committing serious crimes including murder and rape after returning from Ukraine are widespread and have posed problems for the Kremlin, which portrays those fighting in its “special military operation” as heroes.

Murder rate among Russian soldiers returning from Ukraine surges

Putin says Russia will develop its nuclear arsenal to ‘preserve global balance of power'

Friday 21 June 2024 15:29 , Alexander Butler

President Vladimir Putin said Russia would keep developing its arsenal of nuclear weapons, the world’s largest, as a deterrent and would supply the army fighting in Ukraine with the latest weaponry and drones.

Putin was speaking in the Kremlin at a ceremony attended by graduates of military, police and intelligence service academies.

“We plan to further develop the nuclear triad as a guarantee of strategic deterrence and to preserve the balance of power in the world,” said Putin.

Russian-American ballerina who was arrested on treason charges after $51 Ukraine donation faces closed-doors trial

Friday 21 June 2024 15:00 , Tom Watling

American Ksenia Karelina on trial after donating to charity for Ukraine

Russian glide bombs are obliterating front-line Ukraine towns. There’s more to come

Friday 21 June 2024 14:30 , Tom Watling

Russian glide bombs are obliterating front-line Ukraine towns. There’s more to come

Ukrainian fans watch on as their country plays

Friday 21 June 2024 14:00 , Tom Watling

A fan of Ukraine, seen wearing a floral headband and national flag of Ukraine, poses for a photo prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Slovakia and Ukraine in Dusseldorf (Getty Images)
A fan of Ukraine, seen wearing a floral headband and national flag of Ukraine, poses for a photo prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 group stage match between Slovakia and Ukraine in Dusseldorf (Getty Images)
A Ukraine fan attends the UEFA Euro 2024 Group E football match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf (AFP via Getty Images)
A Ukraine fan attends the UEFA Euro 2024 Group E football match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf (AFP via Getty Images)

Ukraine warms up for second Euros match in Duesseldorf

Friday 21 June 2024 13:33 , Tom Watling

Ukraine players including Ukraine’s forward Vladyslav Vanat warm up prior to the UEFA Euro 2024 Group E football match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany (AFP via Getty Images)
Ukraine players including Ukraine’s forward Vladyslav Vanat warm up prior to the UEFA Euro 2024 Group E football match between Slovakia and Ukraine at the Duesseldorf Arena in Duesseldorf, Germany (AFP via Getty Images)

A Ukrainian author turned soldier has a stark warning for the West: ‘Be prepared for war with Russia’

Friday 21 June 2024 13:00 , Tom Watling

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

Ukraine captures Russian 'barn' tank modified against drone threat

Friday 21 June 2024 12:45 , Tom Watling

The Ukrainians call it a “barn” tank, a bizarre-looking Russian battlefield vehicle captured by Kyiv’s forces that shows how troops are trying to adapt to the constant threat of drone attacks.

The vehicle, built from a ramshackle, rusted T-62 tank, was modified to have a boxy metal shell as its exterior, a cage at its rear and electronic warfare devices attached to it, soldiers told Reuters after it was captured this week.

They say it was used to shuttle around food, ammunition and troops. Its canopy appeared aimed at protecting against drone attacks, particularly cheaply produced FPV (First-Person-View) drones, which are strapped with a munition and flown to their target by a pilot watching on a screen.

“It was created to defend from FPV drones and (drone bomb) drops. It’s an empty taxi for personnel with electronic warfare as its only defence,” Serhiy Misiura, a lieutenant colonel, said on an official Ukrainian army television station.

Nearly 28 months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion, the use of drones by both sides has become ubiquitous on the battlefield, making it difficult to advance or operate safely.

“They clearly didn’t work hard on it. They hastily put it on and sent the tank to the frontline,” said Dmytro, a Ukrainian soldier who spoke to Reuters about the vehicle in the Donetsk region.

They said the vehicle was captured near Klishchiivka, a village gripped by fighting for months on end near the Russian-occupied city of Bakhmut.

Dmytro said getting in and out carrying equipment was difficult through its tiny hatch. Visibility was very limited and the stench inside was overwhelming.

Aerial drone footage shot by the Ukrainian military and published on June 17 showed the tank being captured in a wooded area along with a Russian crew. Kyiv’s forces then planted a Ukrainian flag on top of it.

A Ukrainian serviceman of the 22nd Separate Mechanised Brigade stands next to a Russian T-62 Soviet main battle tank crafted with anti-drone protection that was recently captured by his unit at an undisclosed location in Donetsk region, (REUTERS)
A Ukrainian serviceman of the 22nd Separate Mechanised Brigade stands next to a Russian T-62 Soviet main battle tank crafted with anti-drone protection that was recently captured by his unit at an undisclosed location in Donetsk region, (REUTERS)

Russian guided bomb kills two in eastern Ukraine, prosecutors say

Friday 21 June 2024 12:30 , Tom Watling

A Russian guided bomb killed two people and wounded three in a residential area of the eastern Ukrainian town of Selydove on Friday, regional prosecutors said.

Five five-storey buildings and six private homes were damaged by the UMPB D-30 bomb in Selydove, about 14 km (nine miles) from the front line, the Donetsk region prosecutors said on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia, which began its full-scale invasion in February 2022, has dropped over 10,000 guided bombs since the start of the year, including over 3,200 in May alone, Ukrainian military spokesman Nazar Voloshyn said.

Russia fires deputy defense minister jailed on bribery charges and extends his arrest

Friday 21 June 2024 12:15 , Tom Watling

Russia fires deputy defense minister jailed on bribery charges and extends his arrest

Russian soldier pictured on the frontline in Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 12:00 , Tom Watling

In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Friday, June 21, 2024, a Russian soldier operates a portable air defense missile at an undisclosed location in Ukraine (AP)
In this photo released by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service Friday, June 21, 2024, a Russian soldier operates a portable air defense missile at an undisclosed location in Ukraine (AP)
 (AP)
(AP)

Navigating through darkness: Ukraine’s emergency blackouts return after Russia pounds infrastructure

Friday 21 June 2024 11:40 , Tom Watling

Navigating through darkness: Ukraine’s emergency blackouts return after Russia pounds infrastructure

Ukrainian forces pictured near the frontline city of Chasiv Yar, eastern Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 11:20 , Tom Watling

Ukrainian forces have been pictured firing a 120 mm mortar near the frontline city of Chasiv Yar in eastern Ukraine.

The city has become one of Russia’s main targets over the past few months, with Ukrainian forces holding the east and southeastern outskirts despite extensive deployments of Kremlin troops.

Ukrainian servicemen of the 24th Mechanized Brigade named after King Danylo firing a 120 mm mortar at an undisclosed location near the front line city of Chasiv Yar, Donetsk region (EPA)
Ukrainian servicemen of the 24th Mechanized Brigade named after King Danylo firing a 120 mm mortar at an undisclosed location near the front line city of Chasiv Yar, Donetsk region (EPA)

US will move Ukraine to front of line for air defense missile deliveries, White House says

Friday 21 June 2024 11:07 , Tom Watling

White House will prioritize weapons for Ukraine after new Russia attack

Putin drives Kim Jong-un in luxury Russian-built limousine during North Korea visit

Friday 21 June 2024 10:32 , Andy Gregory

Ukraine accused of ‘mass’ drone attack in Russia’s Krasnodor region

Friday 21 June 2024 10:20 , Andy Gregory

Ukraine’s military launched a “mass” drone attack on southern Russia’s Krasnodar region, killing one person and targeting an oil refinery, among other sites, local officials said.

A worker in a boiler room was killed when drone debris crashed into it, regional governor Veniamin Kondratyev said.

Emergency officials said three municipalities came under attack. Fragments from one drone fell on a guest house in Temriuk district, but its residents were evacuated and there were no injuries.

Emergency crews were working at the sites of the attacks.

Ukraine strikes oil refineries and military objects in Russia, military says

Friday 21 June 2024 09:40 , Andy Gregory

Ukraine’s military said its drones struck four oil refineries, radar stations and other military objects in Russia in an attack on Friday morning.

“Unmanned aerial vehicles attacked the Afipsky, Ilsky, Krasnodar, and Astrakhan oil refineries,” the Ukrainian military said.

“Additionally, radar stations and electronic intelligence centres of the Russian invaders in the Bryansk region and the temporarily occupied Crimea were struck,” the statement said.

The Ukrainian military also said it struck drone storage and preparation sites in Russia’s Krasnodar region.

Drone hits Ilsky oil refinery in Russia’s Krasnodar region

Friday 21 June 2024 09:26 , Andy Gregory

A drone has hit the Ilsky oil refinery in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, injuring at least two people and causing a small fire, local authorities said.

Ukraine has been systematically targeting Russian energy infrastructure to try to disrupt Russia’s economy and its ability to fund its military effort, and its military said on Friday it had hit four oil refineries and military objects in Russia.

The Ilsky refinery is one of the main fuel producers in southern Russia, with a capacity to refine 6.6 million tonnes of crude (132,000 barrels per day) a year.

The head of the local district, Andrei Doroshevsky, said the fire had been put out, adding: “This night, the civilian infrastructure of our region was subjected to a massive attack by the criminal Kyiv regime.”

Watch: Putin waves goodbye to Kim Jong-un through window of private jet as he departs North Korea

Friday 21 June 2024 08:55 , Andy Gregory

South Korea summons Russia ambassador over North Korea pact

Friday 21 June 2024 08:39 , Andy Gregory

South Korea’s foreign ministry has summoned the Russian ambassador in protest of the pact between Moscow and North Korea signed in Pyongyang this week.

First vice foreign minister Kim Hong-kyun conveyed Seoul’s stance on the pact and military cooperation between Russia and North Korea to Georgy Zinoviev, the top Russian envoy to Seoul, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

Mr Kim told Mr Zinoviev that Russia’s military support for North Korea harms South Korea’s security and would inevitably have a “negative impact” on relations between Seoul and Moscow. He also urged Russia to “act responsibly,” according to the ministry.

South Korean National Security Adviser Chang Ho-jin said on Thursday that Seoul would review the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine in response to the landmark pact.

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

Friday 21 June 2024 08:00 , Andy Gregory

A junkyard of burnt cars. Shattered glass and shell fragments. Bodies lining the streets.

This is Oleksandr Mykhed’s language of war. This is the language of Ukrainians. This is, he says, what we should be ready for: “Because this might happen in your country, and you’d better be prepared for that.”

Mykhed – one of Ukraine’s most prolific authors – is in London promoting his tenth book, The Language of War. His once floppy blonde hair is gone, shaved into a military-style buzz cut instead; it is a nod to his second job, the one he did not choose.

My colleague Tom Watling has more in this report:

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

Russia says it downed 70 Ukrainian drones over Black Sea, Crimea

Friday 21 June 2024 07:25 , Arpan Rai

Russian air defences downed 70 Ukrainian drones over the Black Sea and Crimea overnight, the Russian defence ministry has claimed via the RIA news agency this morning.

The ministry also said Russian forces destroyed six Ukrainian sea drones in the Black Sea.

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Friday 21 June 2024 07:00 , Alexander Butler

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Ukraine’s use of US-given weapons in Russia not limited to near Kharkiv, Pentagon says

Friday 21 June 2024 06:53 , Arpan Rai

Ukraine can use US-supplied weapons to hit Russian forces that are firing on Ukrainian troops anywhere across the border into Russia and not just in Russian territory near Ukraine’s Kharkiv region, the Pentagon said yesterday.

Last month, president Joe Biden quietly authorised Kyiv to launch US-supplied weapons at military targets inside Russia.

But officials said at the time that Biden’s decision applied only to targets inside Russia near the border with Ukraine‘s eastern Kharkiv region.

Pentagon spokesperson Air Force Major General Patrick Ryder told reporters that while there had been no change in policy, Ukraine’s use of weapons against Russian troops was not limited to near Kharkiv on the Russian side.

“The ability to be able to fire back when fired upon is really what this policy is focused on... as we see Russian forces firing across the border, the ability for Ukraine to fire back at those ground forces using US-provided munitions,” Ryder said.

“It’s self-defense and so it makes sense for them to be able to do that,” he added.

Trial of US ballerina accused of treason begins in Russia

Friday 21 June 2024 06:00 , Alexander Butler

The trial of US ballerina Ksenia Karelina, 33, who was accused of high treason after sending a meagre $51.80 to a Ukrainian charity, has begun in western Russia today.

The 33-year-old, originally from Yekaterinburg but who moved to the US, sent money to the Ukrainian foundation Razom for Ukraine on the third day of the war in 2022. When she then visited her family at the start of this year in Russia, she was detained.

The press service of the Sverdlovsk Regional Court reported that Karelina “initiatively carried out a transfer of funds in the interests of one of the Ukrainian organizations, which were subsequently sent for the acquisition of tactical medicine items, equipment, weapons and ammunition by the Armed Forces of Ukraine”.

Judge Andrei Mineev, who is also considering the case of jailed US journalist Evan Gershkovich, closed the trial to the press.

You can read more about the case here.

Zelensky lists measures to preserve Ukraine’s energy system

Friday 21 June 2024 05:25 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky announced a set of measures to protect Ukraine’s energy system, including protection for plants coming under Russian fire and the development of alternative renewable energy sources.

“Life in Ukraine must be preserved and that includes in particular energy security,” the Ukrainian president said in his nightly video address.

Mr Zelensky outlined plans to minimise the effects of such attacks, including a programme of developing solar energy and energy storage facilities and a schedule for critical infrastructure sites to come up with alternative energy sources.

The work, he said, must be completed before winter and the increased energy demand associated with the change in seasons.

Mr Zelensky said the government would “continue to work on creating new energy generation and new decentralised energy capacities”. Also planned was “the construction of new balanced and manoeuvrable capacities for energy”.

“This process is quite challenging in wartime conditions, but we must implement it just as we have already implemented many difficulty projects,” he said.

And work was proceeding, Mr Zelensky said, on measures to protect existing energy sites.

Russia pounded Ukraine’s energy system in the first winter of the war, launched in February 2022, and renewed its assault on energy targets last March as Ukraine was running low on stocks of Western air defence missiles.

Drone and missile strikes have knocked out half of energy generating capacity since March, according to official accounts.

Attacks yesterday overnight hit four regions and cut power to more than 218,000 consumers, the Energy Ministry said.

South Korea says it could supply arms to Ukraine after Russia signs ‘absurd’ deal with North Korea

Friday 21 June 2024 05:00 , Alexander Butler

South Korea could supply arms to Ukraine after Putin’s ‘absurd’ deal with North Korea

US says Putin remarks about possible weapons for North Korea ‘incredibly concerning’

Friday 21 June 2024 04:59 , Arpan Rai

Vladimir Putin’s remarks that Russia may supply weapons for North Korea after signing a defence pact with Pyongyang are “incredibly concerning,” US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.

Putin suggested after a visit to North Korea this week that such weapons supplies to the isolated nuclear-armed country would be a mirror response to the Western arming of Ukraine.

He also warned that US ally South Korea would be making “a big mistake” if it decided to supply arms to Ukraine, and that Moscow would respond to such a move in a way that would be painful for Seoul.

“It is incredibly concerning,” Miller told a news briefing when asked about Putin’s remarks about possible arms supplies to North Korea.

“It would destabilise the Korean Peninsula, of course, and potentially... depending on the type of weapons they provide, might violate UN Security Council resolutions that Russia itself has supported.”

The treaty signed by Putin and Kim on Wednesday commits each side to provide immediate military assistance to the other in the event of armed aggression against either one of them.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby called it a cause of concern but no surprise. He said Russia’s need for such foreign assistance was a sign of desperation.

“We’ve been talking about this and warning about a burgeoning defence relationship between these two countries now for many months through a series of downgraded intelligence that we’ve put out there,” he said.

“Obviously it’s something we’ve taken seriously.”

Kirby said the US also believed the Russia-North Korea pact would also be a concern to China, which the United States has urged to do more to reign in Pyongyang.

US to rush air defence interceptor missiles to Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 04:33 , Arpan Rai

The White House will rush delivery of air defence interceptor missiles to Ukraine by redirecting planned shipments to other allied nations, as Washington scrambles to counter increased Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure.

National security spokesperson John Kirby said the US had taken the “difficult but necessary decision to reprioritise near-term planned deliveries of foreign military sales to other countries,” though he wouldn’t say which nations would be affected or how many.

“Right now, we know that Ukraine urgently needs these additional capabilities,” Mr Kirby said on a call with reporters, adding, “Obviously more is needed, and it’s needed now.”

The announcement comes after president Joe Biden, during last week’s Group of Seven meeting in Italy, suggested such action might be necessary, saying, “We’ve let it be known for those countries that are expecting, from us, air defence systems in the future, that they’re going to have to wait.”

“Everything we have is going to go to Ukraine until their needs are met,” Biden said. “And then we will make good on the commitments we made to other countries.”

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

Friday 21 June 2024 04:10 , Arpan Rai

A junkyard of burnt cars. Shattered glass and shell fragments. Bodies lining the streets.

This is Oleksandr Mykhed’s language of war. This is the language of Ukrainians. This is, he says, what we should be ready for: “Because this might happen in your country, and you’d better be prepared for that.”

Mykhed – one of Ukraine’s most prolific authors – is in London promoting his tenth book, The Language of War. His once floppy blonde hair is gone, shaved into a military-style buzz cut instead; it is a nod to his second job, the one he did not choose.

Mykhed, 36, enlisted in the military as soon as the full-scale invasion began. Though he had no previous experience, he was told he would be a mortar battery ammunition man. “You will pass grenades to the loader, carry a box of grenades and the mortar itself,” the enlistment officer said to him, after he asked what he meant by “mortar man”.

Tom Watling speaks to him:

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

US will move Ukraine to front of line for air defense missile deliveries, White House says

Friday 21 June 2024 04:00 , Alexander Butler

White House will prioritize weapons for Ukraine after new Russia attack

‘Mass’ drone attack in Russia’s Krasnodar region

Friday 21 June 2024 03:59 , Arpan Rai

Ukraine’s military launched a “mass” drone attack on southern Russia’s Krasnodar region, but there were no casualties or damage, local Russian officials said this morning.

As a result of the attack, three municipalities came under attack, emergency officials said. Fragments from one drone fell on a guest house in Temriuk district, but its residents were evacuated and there were no injuries.

Emergency crews were working at the sites of the attacks.

Russia hammers Ukraine's power grid again and Kyiv's drones target enemy oil depots

Friday 21 June 2024 03:41 , Arpan Rai

Russia resumed its aerial pounding of Ukraine’s power grid and Kyiv’s forces again targeted Russian oil facilities with cross-border drone strikes, officials said yesterday.

In its seventh major attack on Ukrainian power plants since Moscow intensified energy infrastructure attacks three months ago, Russia fired nine missiles and 27 Shahed drones at energy facilities and critical infrastructure in central and eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian air force said.

The attack hit power structures in the Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv and Vinnytsia regions of Ukraine, according to national power company Ukrenergo.

Air defences intercepted all the drones and five cruise missiles, the Ukrainian air force said.

With no major changes reported along the 1,000km (600 mile) frontline, where a recent push by the Kremlin’s forces in eastern and northeastern Ukraine has made only incremental gains, both sides in the war have taken aim at distant infrastructure targets.

Russia hammers Ukraine's power grid again and Kyiv's drones target enemy oil depots

A Ukrainian author turned soldier has a stark warning for the West: ‘Be prepared for war with Russia’

Friday 21 June 2024 03:00 , Alexander Butler

Ajunkyard of burned cars. Shattered glass and shell fragments. Bodies lining the streets.

This is Oleksandr Mykhed’s language of war. This is the language of Ukrainians. This is, he says, what we should be ready for: “Because this might happen in your country, and you’d better be prepared for that.”

Mykhed – one of Ukraine’s most prolific authors – is in London promoting his tenth book, The Language of War. His once floppy blonde hair is gone, shaved into a military-style buzz cut instead; it is a nod to his second job, the one he did not choose.

Ukrainian author and soldier warns the West: ‘War is coming to you’

US to reprioritise missiles for Ukraine, White House says

Friday 21 June 2024 02:00 , Alexander Butler

The US will reprioritise planned deliveries of foreign military sales of Patriot and other missiles to go to Ukraine, which is in “desperate need” of more air defense capabilities amid its ongoing war with Russia, the White House said.

Putin says South Korea would be making ‘a big mistake’ if it supplies arms to Ukraine

Friday 21 June 2024 01:00 , Alexander Butler

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that South Korea would be making “a big mistake” if it decides to supply arms to Ukraine and that Seoul had nothing to worry about when it came to a mutual defence pact between Moscow and North Korea.

Putin, who said Moscow would respond to any such move by South Korea, was speaking to reporters in Vietnam at the end of a two-day trip to Asia. He held talks in North Korea a day earlier.

Yonhap news reported earlier on Thursday that South Korea would review the possibility of supplying weapons to Ukraine, after the leaders of North Korea and Russia signed a pact pledging mutual defence in the event of war.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte wins race to head Nato

Friday 21 June 2024 00:01 , Alexander Butler

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is set to become the next Nato chief after his only rival dropped out of the leadership race.

Mr Rutte will become the secretary-general of the alliance in October after Romanian president Klaus Iohannis withdrew from the contest.

The 57-year-old has been one of the driving forces behind Europe’s military support for Ukraine since Russia’s 2022 invasion, and says defeat on the battlefield for Moscow is vital to secure peace in Europe.

He will replace Norway’s former prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, who has run the US-led military alliance since 2014 and had his term extended four times.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is set to become the next Nato chief in October (REUTERS)
Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is set to become the next Nato chief in October (REUTERS)

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Thursday 20 June 2024 23:00 , Alexander Butler

What's known, and not known, about the partnership agreement signed by Russia and North Korea

Pictured: Ukrainian solider launches reconnaissance drone

Thursday 20 June 2024 22:00 , Alexander Butler

A Ukrainian soldier launches a mid-range reconnaissance drone for flying over Russian troop positions (REUTERS)
A Ukrainian soldier launches a mid-range reconnaissance drone for flying over Russian troop positions (REUTERS)

Zelenkyy thanks Romania for 'bolstering air shield'

Thursday 20 June 2024 21:00 , Alexander Butler

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has said Romania’s decision to provide his country with two Patriot air defence systems will strengthen security in Ukraine and throughout Europe.

“This crucial contribution will bolster our air shield and help us better protect our people and critical infrastructure from Russian air terror,” the Ukrainian president said on X.

The Patriot, which stands for Phased Array Tracking Radar for Intercept on Target, is a surface-to-air missile defence system.

The Putin-Kim bromance is a dangerous liaison

Thursday 20 June 2024 20:00 , Alexander Butler

The Putin-Kim bromance is a dangerous liaison

Russian interference in UK general election will likely ramp up dramatically, warns senior US senator

Thursday 20 June 2024 19:00 , Alexander Butler

Russian interference in the UK general election will likely “ramp up dramatically” over the next fortnight, the chair of the United States senate intelligence committee has warned.

Washington has witnessed “egregious efforts” by Moscow to interfere in the democratic process across the globe, similar to those alleged in the 2016 US presidential election, said Mark Warner.

The senior senator, who is regularly briefed on secret US intelligence, said he had been closely monitoring the situation in the UK, adding: “I think the next big test of the state of play will be the British elections in a few weeks.”

Russian interference in UK election may ramp up dramatically, warns senior US senator