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Ukraine news latest: Russia ‘in trouble’ as Putin’s army pushed back 25 miles in one day in the Kherson region

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UKRAINIAN soldiers celebrate the triumph of making creeping advances into Russian "annexed" territory, pushing Kremlin forces back.

Advances have been made along the Dnipro river, by Ukrainian forces, which means Russia is "now in trouble" said Rob Lee, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute think tank.

He took to Twitter to discuss the Russian bloggers who have announced that Kremlin forces have been pushed as far back as 25 miles in just one day, he wrote on Twitter: "When this many Russian channels are sounding the alarm, it usually means they’re in trouble."

It is thought that this win could lead to a huge victory, if President Zelensky's army can continue their advance, and encircle Russian soldiers, trapping them along the Dnipro river away from their supplies.

Ukraine's President Zelensky announced that the military had reclaimed Arkhanhelske and Myrolyubivka in Kherson, after informing the world the Lyman had been returned to Ukraine, reported the Independent.

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest updates...

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Mark Hamill made ambassador for Ukraine (1/2)

    The Star Wars star has spoken about the connection he and Ukraine president, Zelenskyy, formed.

    Mark Hamill, 71, famed for playing Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, talked to BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg about the famous franchise and the war in Ukraine.

    He explained that there are clear parallels between the two: “[Zelenskiy] did reference the movies, and it’s not hard to understand why.

    “I mean, Star Wars was always a fairytale for children and fairytales are morality tales of good versus evil, where good is clearly defined, evil is clearly defined, and it’s not hard to extrapolate an evil empire with Russia invading a sovereign nation.”

    When asked about more lethal weapons, he said: “Ukraine needs drones. They have some drones, but not nearly as many as the Russians.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Mark Hamill made ambassador for Ukraine (2/2)

    The Star Wars star has spoken about the connection he and Ukraine president, Zelenskyy, formed.

    Hamill was made an ambassador to the United24 project, created as a way to get donations, by Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    Talking about the Zelenskyy to Laura Kuenssberg, Hamill said: “I was really fascinated with this man because he’s been absolutely heroic. And the Ukrainian people have been inspirational. He’s an amazing man.”

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Ukrainian forces take part in UK-led training

    The UK’s MoD have confirmed that Ukrainian troops have been taking part in UK-led training programmes.

    The training consists of battlefield skills that will help them survive the front line combat in Ukraine.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Kidnap fears

    The chief of Europe’s largest nuclear plant is feared to have been kidnapped by Russian forces.

    Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom said Ihor Murashov was seized at about 4pm on Friday.

    It was after Vladimir Putin said he was annexing four Ukraine regions including Zaporizhzhia where the plant is based.

    Russia initially failed to acknowledge the kidnap of the plant director

    But yesterday Moscow told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Mr Murashov was detained to answer questions.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    ‘The next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas’

    A Ukrainian military spokesperson said the capture of Lyman would allow Kyiv to advance into the Luhansk region.

    “Lyman is important because it is the next step towards the liberation of the Ukrainian Donbas,” he said.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    No new Russian troops recorded in Ukraine

    Us intelligence has reportedly announced that there have been no new Russia soldiers deployed in Ukraine despite Putin's draft.

    A military official told Reuters: "Broadly speaking, we've seen relatively small numbers (of Russian reinforcements) ... but nothing large-scale at this stage of the game".

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Refugee leaves UK after Brit boyfriend dumps her

    Sofiia Karkadym's boyfriend ditched her after dumping his ex wife to be with Sofiia, who is now heading home to Ukraine.

    She was heart broken when Tony Garnett ditched her, so is going back to Ukraine.

    “I am going back to Ukraine because of the situation with me and Tony here in England," Sofiia told The Sun.

    “I need some support from my family and because I have not seen them for six months. I need to go for myself and to look after myself."

    Credit: Louis Wood
  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    ‘Low-yield nuclear weapon’ threat

    Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine following the loss of Lyman.

    In a chilling message, he wrote: “In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, right up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.”

    Russia has the world’s largest atomic arsenal – including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be deployed against opposing armies.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    President Zelensky slams Elon Musk in witty Tweet

    Elon Musk has come under fire for not being supportive to Ukraine as he made a peace deal proposal for Ukraine and Russia.

    In a Tweet, he wrote: "Ukraine-Russia Peace:

    • Redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision. Russia leaves if that is will of the people.
    • Crimea formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake).
    • Water supply to Crimea assured.
    • Ukraine remains neutral."

    He gave the option for people to vote "yes" or "no" to his idea.

    Zelensky clapped back with his own poll, asking people "Which Elon Musk do you like more?"

    "One who supports Ukraine" or "One who supports Russia".

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Partisan group kills top officials, wiping out tanks in transit

    Ukrainian partisans took out a train full of Russian tanks, and killed Russian military officials in a slew of strikes.

    Russian officials are at risk of assassination from Ukrainian fighters.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia ‘could wage war in space’, head of the Armed Forces warns

    The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned Vladimir Putin could launch a devastating attack from space.

    Russia could attack GPS and communication satellites, cutting the UK off from the rest of the planet, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

    He added that a three-pronged attack using nuclear weapons and his sabotage submarines could defeat the West.

    “It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    83% of Ukrainians want NATO membership

    Ukraine's President Zelensky is pushing for a NATO membership to protect Ukraine from further Russian invasions.

    A poll of 2,000 respondents by Rating Group shows that 83 per cent of Ukrainians want to join NATO, it has been reported.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov says he will send his teenage sons to fight in Ukraine

    The claim comes just two days after he said that Russia should send use a low-yield nuclear weapon to Ukraine.

    In a video he uploaded to Telegram, he said:

    "Minor age should not interfere with the training of the defenders of our Motherland.

    "The grandchildren of the First President of the Chechen Republic, Hero of Russia Akhmat-Khadzhi Kadyrov - Akhmat, Eli and Adam are 16, 15 and 14 years old respectively.

    "But their military training began a long time ago, almost from an early age. It's not enough just to know how to shoot," Sky News reported.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russians continue to leave

    Putin invaded Ukraine at the beginning of the year.

    Many Russians aren’t in support of the war anymore and have been leaving the country.

    It’s reported that, for fear of being drafted, thousands of Russians have emigrated to other neighbouring countries.

    It’s estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 Russians moved to Serbia this year due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia doesn't have control over regions it 'annexed'

    Putin announced the annexation of four Ukrainian regions, but the rest of the world doesn't accept it as a legitimate decision.

    Kyiv's military have managed to enter Kherson, with Russian military spokespersons admitting that Ukrainian tanks were "superior".

    Ukraine is yet to confirm the gains of control in Kherson, but this could be a glimmer of hope that it is ready to claim back the stolen territory reported the Guardian.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Kidnap fears

    The chief of Europe’s largest nuclear plant is feared to have been kidnapped by Russian forces.

    Ukraine’s state nuclear firm Energoatom said Ihor Murashov was seized at about 4pm on Friday.

    It was after Vladimir Putin said he was annexing four Ukraine regions including Zaporizhzhia where the plant is based.

    Russia initially failed to acknowledge the kidnap of the plant director

    But yesterday Moscow told the International Atomic Energy Agency that Mr Murashov was detained to answer questions.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Putin left embarrassed by Ukraine

    On Friday, Putin declared four regions of Ukraine parts of Russia.

    One of the areas Putin claimed to be part of Russia was the eastern city of Lyman.

    On Saturday, less than 24 hours after Putin's declaration, Ukrainian troops could be see raising their national flag in Lyman performing a victory dance.

    Russia's ministry of defence then admitted its soldiers had retreated claiming the reason was that they had been “withdrawn to more advantageous lines.”

    Putin had said in his speech on Friday that the area was Russia's "forever."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russians continue to leave

    Putin invaded Ukraine at the beginning of the year.

    Many Russians aren't in support of the war anymore and have been leaving the country.

    It's reported that, for fear of being drafted, thousands of Russians have emigrated to other neighbouring countries.

    It's estimated that between 30,000 and 50,000 Russians moved to Serbia this year due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Russia ‘could wage war in space’, head of the Armed Forces warns

    The head of Britain’s Armed Forces has warned Vladimir Putin could launch a devastating attack from space.

    Russia could attack GPS and communication satellites, cutting the UK off from the rest of the planet, said Admiral Sir Tony Radakin.

    He added that a three-pronged attack using nuclear weapons and his sabotage submarines could defeat the West.

    “It has capabilities in space. We saw an example of that at the tail end of last year, when Russia exploded an object in space which created immense debris,” Sir Tony said.

    Click here to read more.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Ukraine claims full control of Lyman

    Ukraine on Sunday claimed full control of Lyman, the eastern logistics hub.

    This is Kyiv’s most significant battlefield gain in weeks and comes just days after Putin proclaimed the annexation of four regions covering nearly a fifth of Ukraine on Friday.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    ‘Low-yield nuclear weapon’ threat

    Ramzan Kadyrov, head of Russia’s Chechen region, said Moscow should now consider using a low-yield nuclear weapon in Ukraine following the loss of Lyman.

    In a chilling message, he wrote: “In my personal opinion, more drastic measures should be taken, right up to the declaration of martial law in the border areas and the use of low-yield nuclear weapons.”

    Russia has the world’s largest atomic arsenal – including low-yield tactical nuclear weapons designed to be deployed against opposing armies.

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Kremlin spokesperson - 'balance over emotions'

    On Monday, the Kremlin made clear that Putin is not making decisions out of fear.

    In recent months, the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has been referred to fearful and desperat, particluarly in recent weeks as Ukraine has managed to gain back territory.

    A Kremlin spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, reportedly said on a call to reporters: "This is a very emotional moment. The heads of regions have the right to express their point of view

    "But even in difficult moments, emotions should be kept out of any kind of assessment. So we prefer to stick to balanced, objective assessments."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Zelenskyy remains determined

    The Ukrainian president took to the airwaves to declare success.

    Volodymyr Zelenskyy shared a small clip over the weekend stating: "As of 12.30pm (09.30 GMT), Lyman is fully cleared."

    Donetsk was one of the key places that Russia took over, but the video showed Zelenskyy saying Ukraine had defeated Russia in that area and won it back.

    He continued: "Over the past week, the number of Ukrainian flags in Donbas has increased. There will be even more a week's time."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Former CIA director - 'Putin is desperate'

    This weekend saw the Russian president declare four annexed areas of Ukraine now part of Russia.

    A former CIA director has spoken about his views on the state of things in the East and referred to Putin as "desperate."

    David Petraeus, who served as Director of the CIA under Barack Obama, spoke to ABC saying: "Just to give you a hypothetical, we would respond by leading a Nato – a collective – effort that would take out every Russian conventional force that we can see and identify on the battlefield in Ukraine and also in Crimea and every ship in the Black Sea.

    "It can still get worse for Putin and for Russia. And even the use of tactical nuclear weapons on the battlefield won’t change this at all."

  • Ije Teunissen-Oligboh

    Heavy Russian losses again

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence have claimed that a further 500 Russian troops have been eliminated taking the total to over 60,000 now.

    There were also a further 23 tanks destroyed and another 26 armoured vehicles wiped out.

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