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Ukraine-Russia war live: Major power plant destroyed as Kyiv has zero missiles to protect it, Zelensky says

A lack of air defence missiles prevented Ukraine from thwarting a Russian missile attack last week that destroyed the biggest power plant in the region around the capital Kyiv, president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has said.

Mr Zelensky’s comments, which follow repeated warnings from his government to its allies about scarce air defences, reflect the dire situation Ukraine finds itself in as Russia scales up strikes on its energy system.

"There were 11 missiles flying. We destroyed the first seven, and four (remaining) destroyed Trypillia. Why? Because there were zero missiles. We ran out of missiles to defend Trypillia," he said in the interview with PBS.

The Ukraine president previously warned that Ukraine has already had to make tough choices about what to protect and said his country could run out of defensive missiles entirely if Russian attacks continued apace.

Key Points

  • Zelensky: Major power plant destroyed as Kyiv had zero missiles to protect it

  • Attacks on Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant put the world at risk, says IAEA

  • Vital US aid impacting Ukraine’s defence against Putin’s troops, think tank warns

  • Zelensky and his Ukrainian commanders discuss war strategy

  • Ukraine uses UK-made Strom Shadow missiles to strike target deep in occupied territory

US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

15:50 , Matt Mathers

The US ambassador to Japan urged Tokyo on Tuesday to take a greater role in developing, producing and supplying weapons “to enhance our collective security” amid conflict in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere.

Ambassador Rahm Emanuel visited a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ F-35 fighter jet factory and stressed the importance of stronger defense industry cooperation between the allies. The United States alone can no longer supply all democracies, he said.

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The US ambassador to Japan says boosting arms industry ties is key to a stronger security alliance

Russia arrests man over car bombing of double agent in Moscow

15:30 , Matt Mathers

Russia’s FSB security service said on Tuesday it had detained a man it claimed had tried to kill an ex-employee of Ukraine’s main security service in Moscow last week with a car bomb on Kyiv’s orders.

A powerful explosion ripped through a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado belonging to Vasily Prozorov, a former Lieutenant-Colonel in Ukraine’s SBU security service, on 12 April, leaving Prozorov with wounds to his legs and arms.

Prozorov, who now lives in Russia, had told Russian state news agency RIA how he used his SBU position in Ukraine to pass sensitive information to Russian intelligence agencies from 2014 onwards for ideological reasons.

There was no immediate comment from Ukraine on Tuesday.

Editorial: The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

15:10 , Matt Mathers

One of the good decisions made by Michael Gove, who as housing and communities secretary was responsible for the Homes for Ukraine scheme when it was set up two years ago, was to allow the project to be driven from the bottom up.

The scheme was an expression of solidarity from the British people to the Ukrainian people, and the role of the British government, as Mr Gove saw it, was to enable and support it – but mainly to get out of the way.

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Editorial: The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

ICYMI: US citizen who was arrested in Moscow on drug charges appears in court

14:45 , Matt Mathers

A US citizen arrested on drug charges in Moscow amid soaring Russia-US tensions over Ukraine appeared in court on Monday.

Robert Woodland Romanov is facing charges of trafficking large amounts of illegal drugs as part of an organized group — a criminal offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

He was remanded into custody in January, and the trial began in the Ostankino District Court in late March. A new court hearing is scheduled for next week.

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US citizen who was arrested in Moscow on drug charges appears in court

15 Ukrainian civilians injured in Russian airstrike in Kherson

14:29 , Matt Mathers

Some 15 Ukrainian civilians have been injured in a Russian airstrike on the city of Beryslav in the Kherson Oblast region.

The region’s prosecutor’s office said the 15 suffered concussions following a strike that damaged residential buildings, shops, a pharmacy and other buildings at around 11:30 local time.

All 15 received medical treatment at the scene.

Zelensky signs new army mobilization law

14:00 , Matt Mathers

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky signed into law a bill overhauling army mobilization rules, according to the parliamentary website.

The law will come into force a month after it is officially published.

It obliges men to update their draft data with the authorities, boosts payments to those who volunteer, and adds new punishment for draft dodging.

Volodymyr Zelensky (AFP via Getty Images)
Volodymyr Zelensky (AFP via Getty Images)

Germany’s Scholz: I asked China’s Xi to pressure Russia to stop war

13:45 , Matt Mathers

German chancellor Olaf Scholz on Tuesday said he had asked Chinese president Xi Jinping to exert influence over Russia to end the war in Ukraine, adding that both leaders rejected attacks on nuclear facilities.

Speaking on the final day of his trip to China, Scholz also said China had agreed to open up beef and apple imports from Germany and facilitate pork imports.

Speaking on economic issues, Scholz said Europe wanted to reduce risks, intensify existing contacts and build new ones.

Germany’s Scholz: I asked China’s Xi to pressure Russia to stop war (AP)
Germany’s Scholz: I asked China’s Xi to pressure Russia to stop war (AP)

Russian blogger Ivleeva accused of ‘discrediting’ Russian army - court

13:30 , Matt Mathers

Russian blogger Anastasia Ivleeva, the organiser of a "Nearly Naked" party that caused a major scandal, has been charged with discrediting the Russian army, according to the Moscow court service.

Ivleeva has been charged with an administrative offence, which could lead to a fine, and the hearing has been set for 25 April, the court service said.

Anastasia Ivleeva (via REUTERS)
Anastasia Ivleeva (via REUTERS)

US house speaker says spending bills, including sanctions, to come Tuesday

13:09 , Matt Mathers

US house speaker Mike Johnson said spending legislation will be released later on Tuesday, as the house prepares to vote on four separate measures providing aid to Israel and Ukraine.

One of the bills will also include additional sanctions on Russia and Iran, Johnson told Fox News in an interview, and lawmakers are trying to include provisions to secure the US border.

ICYMI: Ukraine says it downs all nine drones launched by Russia

13:00 , Matt Mathers

Ukraine’s air defence systems destroyed all nine drones launched in a Russian attack, the air force said on Tuesday.

The aerial weapons were destroyed over several eastern and southern regions, Ukraine’s air force said on the Telegram messaging app.

ICYMI: Russia has so far lost 455,340 troops in war - Ukraine

12:40 , Matt Mathers

Russia has lost 455,340 troops in Ukraine since invading the country in February 2022, Ukraine has said.

Some 920 of those casualties occurred in the past day, according to a report by Ukraine’s general staff of the Armed Forces.

According to the report, Moscow has also lost 7,189 tanks, 13,809 armored fighting vehicles, 15,563 vehicles and fuel tanks, 11,609 artillery systems, 1,046 multiple launch rocket systems, 759 air defense systems, 347 airplanes, 325 helicopters, 9,277 drones, 26 ships and boats, and one submarine.

ICYMI: Three Ukrainians killed in past 24 hours

12:20 , Matt Mathers

Three people have been killed and eight others injured in Russian attacks over the past 24 hours, regional authorities have said.

Two men, aged 63 and 65, were reportedly killed, while two other men, aged 38 and 65, and two women, aged 63 and 66, were injured in an attack on Kharkiv Oblast, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

An attack on the city of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast killed one person and injured two other, regional governor Vadym Filashkin said.

Russian troops also reportedly attacked the Bakhmut, Kramatorsk and Pokrovsk districts, damaging 11 buildings, including three high-rise buildings, an infrastructure facility and an administrative building.

In full: On a China visit, the German chancellor says Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens global security

11:48 , Matt Mathers

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told Chinese leader Xi Jinping who hosted him in Beijing on Tuesday that Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine threatens global security, in an apparent call for China to apply greater pressure on its neighbor and close strategic partner to resolve the conflict.

Scholz also told Xi at their meeting that the use of nuclear weapons in the 2-year-old war should not even be threatened, German media reported. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned last month that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons if its sovereignty or independence is threatened, his latest such threat since invading Ukraine.

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On a China visit, the German chancellor says Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens global security

ICYMI: The US and UK restrict the trade of Russian-origin metals

11:30 , Matt Mathers

The US and UK will begin restricting the trade of new Russian-origin metals — including aluminum, copper and nickel — on global metal exchanges and in derivatives trading.

The announcement is meant to follow up on the Group of Seven nations’ commitment in February “to reduce Russia’s revenues from metals” as its invasion into Ukraine has dragged on for more than two years.

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The US and UK restrict the trade of Russian-origin metals

Thousands without power as strong winds and heavy rain damage energy infrastructure

11:20 , Matt Mathers

Strong winds and heavy rain have left thousands of people in Ukraine without power on Tuesday.

The adverse weather damaged electrical infrastructure, leaving four regions without power supply.

“Due to the bad weather, 173 settlements in four regions are without power supply,” Ukraine’s energy ministry said.

In Dnipropetrovsk, the worst affected area in central Ukraine, over 15,000 people in 96 towns and villages were cut off.

DTEK, one of the main energy providers, said its engineers had worked “all night and in the morning” to restore power to the region.

Ukraine’s ability to strike deep into Russian territory spooks military - MoD

11:05 , Matt Mathers

Read the Ministry of Defence’s latest intelligence update on the war in Ukraine below:

Kremlin dismisses France’s call for Olympic truce

10:50 , Matt Mathers

The Kremlin reacted coolly on Tuesday to French president Emmanuel Macron’s call for a truce in international conflicts during the Paris Olympics, saying Ukraine might use it as an opportunity to regroup and rearm.

Suspending armed conflicts under an "Olympic truce" is a longstanding tradition of the Games, and Macron said in an interview on Monday that he would work towards achieving one when Paris hosts the Olympics from 26 July to  11 August.

Asked about Macron’s comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that both president Vladimir Putin and the Russian military had "noticed that, as a rule, the Kyiv regime uses such ideas, such initiatives to try to regroup, to try to rearm, and so on and so forth. This, of course, significantly complicates the process of considering such initiatives."

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov (via REUTERS)
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov (via REUTERS)

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatens global security - German chancellor

10:30 , Matt Mathers

Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz told Chinese leader Xi Jinping who hosted him in Beijing on Tuesday that Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine threatens global security.

It was an apparent call for China to apply greater pressure on its neighbour and close strategic partner to resolve the conflict.

Mr Scholz also told Mr Xi at their meeting that the use of nuclear weapons in the two-year-old war should not even be threatened, German media reported.

Russian president Vladimir Putin warned last month that Russia is ready to use nuclear weapons if its sovereignty or independence is threatened, his latest such threat since invading Ukraine.

Mr Scholz told Mr Xi that Germany’s "core interests" were impacted by the war against Ukraine, which has threatened to spread into a regional conflict and has disrupted energy and global food supplies and other trade.

Russia’s actions "violate a principle of the United Nations Charter and the principle of the inviolability of national borders," Mr Scholz was quoted as saying by German media.

China has refused to criticise the invasion and has maintained ties with Russia. While China says it is not sending military aid to Moscow, it has provided it with an economic lifeline to help it cope with sanctions from the West.

Olaf Scholz (AP)
Olaf Scholz (AP)

US slaps sanctions on Belarus firms and individuals linked to Russian war machine

10:20 , Matt Mathers

The US has imposed sanctions on 12 Belarus businesses and 10 individuals with links to Russia’s war machine.

The Department of the Treasury said the sanctions included six revenue-generating state-owned enterprises and one entity and five individuals involved in facilitating transactions for a US-designated major Belarusian defense sector enterprise.

Five entities and five individuals involved in a global arms network doing business with a US-designated Belarusian defence firm were also sanctioned.

“The authoritarian Lukashenka regime continues to rely on revenue from its SOEs to fund its violent suppression of its citizens and to circumvent US sanctions,” Brian E Nelson, under secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

“We will continue to leverage our broad suite of tools to target Belarus’s extensive illicit facilitation networks and hold the regime accountable for its complicity in, and profiteering from, Russia’s unjust war in Ukraine.”

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, in Saint Petersburg on January 29, 2024. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko attend a meeting of the Supreme State Council of the Union State of Russia and Belarus, in Saint Petersburg on January 29, 2024. (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ukraine ran out of missiles to protect power plant destroyed by Russia - Zelensky

10:07 , Matt Mathers

Russia was able to destroy a thermal power plant in Kyiv Oblast because Ukraine ran out of missiles to protect it, Volodymyr Zelensky has said.

The Ukrainian president made the comment in an interview with PBS NewsHour published on Wednesday.

“Why? Because there were zero missiles,” the Ukraine president told the outlet. “We have run out of all the missiles that protected the Trypillia TPP.”

Moscow forces destroyed the Trypillia thermal power plant during strikes on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure on 11 April.

Russia has so far lost 455,340 troops in war - Ukraine

09:45 , Matt Mathers

Russia has lost 455,340 troops in Ukraine since invading the country in February 2022, Ukraine has said.

Some 920 of those casualties occurred in the past day, according to a report by Ukraine’s general staff of the Armed Forces.

According to the report, Moscow has also lost 7,189 tanks, 13,809 armored fighting vehicles, 15,563 vehicles and fuel tanks, 11,609 artillery systems, 1,046 multiple launch rocket systems, 759 air defense systems, 347 airplanes, 325 helicopters, 9,277 drones, 26 ships and boats, and one submarine.

File photo: The gutted remains of a destroyed Russian tank lies at the frontline a few kilometers from Andriivka (AP)
File photo: The gutted remains of a destroyed Russian tank lies at the frontline a few kilometers from Andriivka (AP)

Three Ukrainians killed in past 24 hours

09:31 , Matt Mathers

Three people have been killed and eight others injured in Russian attacks over the past 24 hours, regional authorities have said.

Two men, aged 63 and 65, were reportedly killed, while two other men, aged 38 and 65, and two women, aged 63 and 66, were injured in an attack on Kharkiv Oblast, regional governor Oleh Syniehubov said.

An attack on the city of Krasnohorivka in Donetsk Oblast killed one person and injured two other, regional governor Vadym Filashkin said.

Russian troops also reportedly attacked the Bakhmut, Kramatorsk and Pokrovsk districts, damaging 11 buildings, including three high-rise buildings, an infrastructure facility and an administrative building.

File photo: Elderly women walk past a hostel destroyed during a missile attack in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)
File photo: Elderly women walk past a hostel destroyed during a missile attack in the town of Selydove, Donetsk region (AFP via Getty Images)

ICYMI: House passes legislation to punish Iran after weekend drone attack on Israel

09:15 , Matt Mathers

The House of Representatives passed a series of Iran-related bills on Monday evening with wide bipartisan support, a response to the attack on Saturday evening by Iranian forces against targets in Israel.

Among the legislation passed on Monday were bills aimed at expanding sanctions over Chinese firms that do business with Iran’s petroleum sector and provisions to direct US representatives at the IMF to oppose financial assistance to Iran. Another bill directed the president to submit reports to Congress on Iranian holdings and assets in the United States financial system.

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House passes legislation to punish Iran after weekend drone attack on Israel

In pictures: Nato’s operation Steadfast Defender 24

09:05 , Matt Mathers

Pictures posted by Britain’s Ministry of Defence show troops taking part in Nato’s operation Steadfast Defender 24.

Steadfast Defender 24 is Nato’s largest military exercise since the Cold War, involving 90,000 troops from all 32 allies.

The operation takes place from January to May 2024 and aims to demonstrate “Nato’s ability to defend every inch of its territory, and the commitment by Nato allies to protect each other from any threat.”

ICYMI: More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

08:54 , Matt Mathers

More civilians died across Ukraine Sunday as analysts warned that delays in U.S. military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

One man was Sunday killed after a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said.

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More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

Ukraine man’s torture case against Russians seeks justice in Argentina

08:45 , Matt Mathers

A Ukrainian man who alleges he was tortured by Russian occupying forces has filed a legal complaint halfway around the world in Argentina, an unusual bid to seek accountability for alleged war crimes at a time when prosecutors in Kyiv are overwhelmed.

In the filing, reported for the first time, the man accuses one named person, two identified by their call signs or military insignia, and others who are unnamed of using electrocution and unlawful imprisonment as forms of torture in mid to late 2022, the complaint seen by Reuters shows.

The man, who asked not to be identified by Reuters because of fears for his family who are still in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, filed the complaint with the Federal Court in Buenos Aires on Monday against the people who he says tortured him, the officials who ran the detention center in southern Ukraine where he says he was held, and his superior at work who he accuses of facilitating the abuse.

"I was detained at work. Then they tortured me. They used electric shocks," he told Reuters in an interview in a Buenos Aires apartment ahead of the filing.

"It was incredibly painful, so I lost consciousness. I was lucky to survive. Many people are still there."

Reuters was unable to independently confirm specifics of the victim’s account.

The Russian defense ministry on Monday declined to comment. Moscow denies committing war crimes in Ukraine and has dismissed previous International Criminal Court war crimes arrest warrants as part of a biased Western campaign to discredit Russia.

ICYMI: Ukraine uses UK Storm Shadow missile to hit target deep in occupied territory

08:29 , Matt Mathers

Ukraine used British-made Storm Shadow cruise missiles to hit a Russian military headquarters deep inside the occupied city of Luhansk in country’s east.

A military source told Sky News the missile was launched from a Ukrainian aircraft and hit a command base for Russian ground troops on Saturday.

“This strike furthers Ukraine’s campaign to liberate the Luhansk region from the Russian Federation’s illegal invasion and ensure that Russia is not able to advance further into Ukraine,” the source said.

Ukraine says it downs all nine drones launched by Russia

08:05 , Matt Mathers

Ukraine’s air defence systems destroyed all nine drones launched in a Russian attack, the air force said on Tuesday.

The aerial weapons were destroyed over several eastern and southern regions, Ukraine’s air force said on the Telegram messaging app.

House Speaker Mike Johnson pushes towards a vote on aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan

08:00 , Arpan Rai

The House has yet to take up supplemental funding legislation for Israel and Ukraine passed by the Senate in February.

Instead, Speaker Mike Johnson told Republicans at their conference meeting on Monday that he would split the legislation into multiple parts, allowing both the portions dealing with Israel and Ukraine’s militaries to stand alone.

MrJohnson is pushing toward action this week on aid for Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan, unveiling an elaborate plan yesterday to break the package into separate votes to squeeze through the House’s political divides on foreign policy.Facing an outright rebellion from conservatives fiercely opposed to aiding Ukraine, the Republican speaker’s move on the foreign aid package was a potentially watershed moment, the first significant action on the bill after more than two months of delay. But Johnson’s intention to hold four separate votes on parts of the package also left it open to being significantly altered from the $95bn aid package the Senate passed in February.It’s unclear if the House could end up with a package that is similar to the Senate’s bill or something significantly different, which could complicate the months-long, painstaking effort to get Congress to approve military funding for Ukraine.“We will let the House work its will,” Johnson told reporters.

Ukraine Russia trade blames over attacks on Zaporizhzhia

07:39 , Arpan Rai

Ukraine and its allies again blamed Russia for dangers at the site of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant on Monday, with the US saying, “Russia does not care about these risks” amid reports of attack on the facility.

“If it did, it would not continue to forcibly control the plant,” US deputy ambassador Robert Wood told the Security Council.

Russia, for its part, said Ukraine was to blame for the attacks.

“The IAEA’s report does not pinpoint which side is behind the attacks,” Russia’s UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said. “We know full well who it is.”

“Over the last few months, such attacks not only resumed,” the official said, “they significantly intensified.”

Zaporizhzhia sits in Russian-controlled territory in southeastern Ukraine and has six nuclear reactors.

Fears of a nuclear catastrophe have been at the forefront since Russian troops occupied the plant shortly after invading in February 2022.

Continued fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces — as well as the tense supply situation at the plant — have raised the specter of a disaster.

Ukraine says it downs all nine Russian drones overnight

07:07 , Arpan Rai

Ukraine’s air defence systems destroyed all nine drones launched in a Russian attack, the air force said today.

The aerial weapons were destroyed over several eastern and southern regions, Ukraine’s air force said on the Telegram channel.

The USA will continue to support Ukraine, says secretary of state

06:30 , Holly Evans

The US secretary of state has assured Ukraine and its allies surrounding the Black Sea they could depend on his country’s support to make the region more secure.

Anthony Blinken emphasised the importance of investing in the region’s security to ensure peace and freedom across Europe.

Addressing the attendees of the Second Black Sea Security Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria, he said: “Putin believed that Ukraine’s neighbours in the region would be divided, but he was wrong.

“The United States will continue to support Ukraine both so it can defend itself today and stand on its feet.”

Russia illegally annexed the Crimean Peninsula, on the northern coast of the Black Sea, in 2014, and it has served as a key hub supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine border the Black Sea.

Cameron explains why Ukraine cannot get UK’s assistance in downing missiles and drones

05:58 , Arpan Rai

David Cameron has said Ukraine cannot get assistance from the UK in shooting down drones and missiles, like Israel did over the weekend, over fears of a direct war with Russia.

“I think the difficulty with what you suggest is if you want to avoid an escalation in terms of a wider European war, I think the one thing you do need to avoid is NATO troops directly engaging Russian troops. That would be a danger of escalation,” the foreign secretary said in an interview with LBC.

Lord Camerom was answering a question on why the Royal Air Force could not shoot down drones over Ukraine.

He added that jets are not always the ideal option to down missiles and drones since air defence systems work better, which the West has shared with Ukraine.

The foreign secretary added that Ukraine has a significant need for air defence systems, especially the Patriot air defence missile system, which the UK cannot provide.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

05:30 , Holly Evans

One of the good decisions made by Michael Gove, who as housing and communities secretary was responsible for the Homes for Ukraine scheme when it was set up two years ago, was to allow the project to be driven from the bottom up.

The scheme was an expression of solidarity from the British people to the Ukrainian people, and the role of the British government, as Mr Gove saw it, was to enable and support it – but mainly to get out of the way.

It was, and remains, an overwhelming success. More than 180,000 visas have been issued to Ukrainian refugees through the sponsorship route. The problems with the scheme, exclusively reported by The Independent, in no way undermine the policy in principle – on the contrary, they argue for improved safeguards in order to ensure continuing high levels of public support for it.

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Editorial: The Homes for Ukraine scheme is bold and right but must be better run

Vital US aid impacting Ukraine’s defence against Putin’s troops, think tank warns

05:23 , Arpan Rai

Ukraine’s defence will be “catastrophically difficult” without western military assistance, a US-based think-tank monitoring the war has said.

“Ukrainian officials continue to warn that US security assistance is vital to Ukrainian forces’ ability to defend against current and future Russian offensive operations forecasted to begin in late spring and summer,” the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said yesterday.

It cited Ukrainian Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GUR) Head Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov who said that Ukrainian forces are preparing to repel a future Russian major offensive expected in late May or the beginning of June but noted that this will be “catastrophically difficult” without Western military assistance.

“ISW continues to assess that Russian forces are currently capitalising on Ukrainian material shortages resulting from the lack of US security assistance to make marginal tactical advances but that future Russian assaults may be able to achieve more significant and threatening gains, particularly west of Bakhmut, should the US continue to withhold assistance to Ukraine,” the think tank said.

Zelensky compares Ukraine war with Middle East conflict

04:53 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky has lauded what he described as “unity” in helping Israel defend against Iranian air attacks last weekend as he called on Kyiv's allies to show the same unity they displayed in helping Israel fend off Iranian drone and missile attacks.

He pointed out the help Israel received from the US, the UK and other nations despite not being a Nato nation.

“Israel is not a member of Nato... and no one was drawn into the war,” he said.

“They simply helped save lives. Shaheds (drones) in the skies of Ukraine sound just like in the skies of the Middle East. Ballistics strike the same everywhere if not shot down,” Mr Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president, pleading for more western aid and assistance, has called for “political will”, especially from the United States, where an aid package remains blocked in Congress.

In what has continued to drag on since November last year, US House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson is expected to decide this week on how to handle president Joe Biden’s request for billions of dollars in security assistance for Ukraine and other US allies.

More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

04:30 , Holly Evans

More civilians died across Ukraine on Sunday as analysts warned that delays in U.S. military assistance would see Kyiv struggle to fight off Russian offensives.

One man was killed after a Russian drone hit the truck he was driving in the Sumy region, the local prosecutor’s office said.

Officials in the Kharkiv region also said that they had retrieved the bodies of a 61-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man killed by a Russian strike the previous day. Ten Russian Shahed-type drones were shot down over the Kharkiv region overnight, the Ukrainian Air Force.

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More civilians die in Ukraine as a think tank warns delays in US aid will hamper Kyiv's forces

Zelensky and his Ukrainian commanders discuss war strategy, ammunition supplies

04:29 , Arpan Rai

Volodymyr Zelensky met Ukrainian commanders as he considered action on the frontline of the 25-month-old war against Russia and the acquisition of weaponry from Kyiv’s allies.

The Ukrainian president, speaking in his nightly address, mentioned the meeting and said there are three sectors where Ukraine’s forces face difficult situations in standing against Russian onslaughts: Chasiv Yar, west of the destroyed Russian-held town of Bakhmut in the east and Pokrovsk and Kupiansk, further west and north.

Mr Zelensky said reports were presented on supplying arms and electronic warfare systems and ways to protect infrastructure hit for weeks by Russian missile and drone attacks.

The leaders also discussed intelligence reports on new Russian offensives that he has predicted will also soon take place.

“This is about what we must prepare for – all forms of enemy action,” Mr Zelensky said. “It is clear that the madness in the Kremlin is still strong and the occupiers will try to intensify their advances. We will respond.”

Russian forces have made small advances in recent weeks, securing control of villages in eastern Donetsk region since recapturing the key town of Avdiivka in February.

IAEA warns that attacks on a nuclear plant in Russian-controlled Ukraine put the world at risk

04:10 , Arpan Rai

Russia and Ukraine traded blame before the United Nations Security Council for the attacks on Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said have put the world “dangerously close to a nuclear accident.”

Without attributing blame, IAEA director general Rafael Mariano Grossi said his agency has been able to confirm three attacks against the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant since 7 April.

“These reckless attacks must cease immediately,” he told the Security Council. “Though, fortunately, they have not led to a radiological incident this time, they significantly increase the risk … where nuclear safety is already compromised.”

IAEA warns that attacks on a nuclear plant in Russian-controlled Ukraine put the world at risk

Ukraine's foreign minister says Israel's response to an Iranian aerial attack shows what Kyiv needs

03:30 , Holly Evans

The success of Israel and its allies in largely thwarting a massive Iranian missile and drone attack shows what Ukraine could achieve against Russian aerial barrages if it had more support from its partners, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Monday.

A recent Russian aerial campaign targeting Ukraine’s energy infrastructure and other targets has wrought extensive damage, and Ukrainian officials have pleaded with the country’s Western allies to provide more air defense systems as the war stretches into its third year.

Israel’s defense system, with assistance from the U.S. and Britain — countries that are also supporting Ukraine’s war effort — is credited with preventing serious damage or casualties in Sunday’s attack by Iran using more than 300 drones and missiles.

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Ukraine's foreign minister says Israel's response to an Iranian aerial attack shows what Kyiv needs

Iran’s strikes have changed the conversation on Ukraine and Israel aid in Congress

02:30 , Holly Evans

On Monday, both Democrats and Republicans gathered to condemn the weekend’s new development in the Middle East: a sizable drone and missile attack launched by Iran against Israeli targets.

Saturday’s attack by Iran refreshed the importance of the geopolitical consequences of Israel’s war in Gaza for Washington and led to a flurry of activity in the lower chamber, where Republican leaders have teed up a series of bills and resolutions in response.

The first pieces of legislation are set to pass the chamber Monday evening. They deal with a range of issues, including directing US representatives at both the IMF and World Bank to oppose financial assistance to Iran and tightening sanctions against Chinese firms known to do business with Iran’s energy sector.

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Iran’s strikes have changed the conversation on Ukraine and Israel in Congress