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Ukraine war latest: ‘No return’ for Russians who leave EU to fight, as queues to flee Kremlin country hit 10 kilometres

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RUSSIANS who plan on returning to the Kremlin state to fight for the Butcher of Mariupol have been warned not to come back to the EU.

"There is no return for those who go," vowed Eerik-Niiles Kross, an Estonian politician, and former chief of intelligence as he told of how  "crimes against peace is a criminal offence under Estonian law."

He said Estonian residents who chose to fight for the Kremlin will be immediately "banned" but if Russians living in Estonia decide to resist Putin's draft they will have "all legal protection and will not let Russia to force anyone."

Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and Poland, have also decided to ban Russian tourists while the EU halted all flights from Russia to member nations.

Huge queues were reported near the south Russian border, with some even ditching their cars as they flee Putin's draft of 300,000 soldiers to fight in the Ukraine war.

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

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    700 protestors DETAINED in Russia over forced mobilisation

    It has been reported that locals are angry that those who do not meet the conscription criteria are being sent to war.

    One man wrote: “Mobilise yourself, you lice-infested rat,” in Khabarovsk, and was detained.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia accuses Ukraine of 'kamikaze drone' attack on Zapporizhzhia

    The Kremlin ministry of defence today accused Ukrainian fighters of attacking the Ukrainian Zapporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    It is also claimed that the Russians shot down the drones, however all of these reports are unverified, and Ukraine is yet to reply.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Putin eases citizenship laws for foreigners in the military

    The Russian dictator has eased the laws for those joining the Russian military.

    Foreigners can now apply for citizenship without presenting a residence permit.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    'My family were forced to vote at gunpoint'

    The Russians have been accused of entering Ukrainians homes in the annexed regions and forcing them to vote.

    "Armed gunmen watch you," said a Ukrainian journalist @maksymeristavi.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Bodies of mutilated victims discovered in Ukraine

    Ukraine has confirmed that victims of Russian torturers have been mutilated so badly that it is difficult to tell what gender they were.

    They are among 430 bodies that have now been exhumed after Putin’s troops retreated from the city of Izyum following a Ukrainian advance.

    Shocking evidence has emerged of torture chambers alongside the graves.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia replaces it’s highest ranking military general

    Dmitry Bulgakov was “relieved” of his post.

    It was revealed via Telegram today that the Army General will no longer be the deputy minister of defence.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russian troops 'torturing' new recruits

    It is estimated that 300,000 Russians could be conscripted into Russia's army as the Kremlin continues it's invasion of Ukraine.

    Horror reports have been made of new troops being "raped and tortured".

    "Dedovshchina" involves barbaric initiation rituals, said Former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, General Sir Richard Shirreff.

    He told The Sun: "It is a brutal army with no sense of honour or values and your chances of surviving any war in the Russian army are pretty low," reported The Sun.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Iran claims it regrets Kyiv’s downgrading of ties following drone strike

    An Iranian ministry foreign spokesperson has said his country was regretful over Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties following a Russian drone strike.

    Al-Jazeera reports that ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani “advised” Ukraine to “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries”.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    China calls on Russia and Ukraine to stop 'crisis spilling over'

    The Chinese foreign minister made the UN address asking the two nations to avoid letting the invasion from affecting developing nations.

    Wang Yi said: “China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis.

    "The pressing priority is to facilitate talks for peace,” Wang said.

    “The fundamental solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture,” he added.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia vows 'full protection' over invaded territory

    Foreign Minister Lavrov said the areas which have now been annexed and are currently having referendums will have "full protection."

    The comments were made at a news conference in New York City.

    Referendums are being held, and remaining Ukrainians in the war torn regions are being forced to vote, some having armed Russian soldiers turning up to their doorsteps.

    He said: “Following those referendums, Russia of course will respect the expression of the will of those people who for many long years have been suffering from the abuses of the neo-Nazi regime,” Lavrov told reporters after addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

    When asked if Russia would have grounds for using nuclear weapons to defend annexed regions of Ukraine, Lavrov said Russian territory, including territory “further enshrined” in Russia’s constitution in the future, “is under the full protection of the state”.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    UN investigators claim war crimes have been committed

    UN investigators have said that war crimes have been committed in the Ukraine conflict.

    They claim that this is due to Russian bombings of civilians areas, numerous executions, torture and horrific sexual violence.

    The head of a high-level Commission of Inquiry told the UN Human Rights Council: “Based on the evidence gathered by the Commission, it has concluded that war crimes have been committed in Ukraine.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Dmytro Kuleba meets with China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has met with China’s counterpart Wang Yi.

    They discussed relations between the countries and China reaffirmed their “respect for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

    Dmytro Kuleba also said how China spoke of its “rejection of the use of force as a means of resolving differences”.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Putin eases citizenship laws for foreigners in the military

    The Russian dictator has eased the laws for those joining the Russian military.

    Foreigners can now apply for citizenship without presenting a residence permit.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    700 protestors DETAINED in Russia over forced mobilisation

    It has been reported that locals are angry that those who do not meet the conscription criteria are being sent to war.

    One man wrote: “Mobilise yourself, you lice-infested rat,” in Khabarovsk, and was detained.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Bodies of mutilated victims discovered in Ukraine

    Ukraine has confirmed that victims of Russian torturers have been mutilated so badly that it is difficult to tell what gender they were.

    They are among 430 bodies that have now been exhumed after Putin’s troops retreated from the city of Izyum following a Ukrainian advance.

    Shocking evidence has emerged of torture chambers alongside the graves.

    Click here to read more.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Russia replaces it’s highest ranking military general

    Dmitry Bulgakov was “relieved” of his post.

    It was revealed via Telegram today that the Army General will no longer be the deputy minister of defence.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Nigerian president says the UN prioritises certain global issues

    He was referencing the ongoing conflicts in Europe that were sparked firstly in 1915, and are still continuing in Ukraine today.

    Muhammadu Buhari said: Were we equally resolute during the tragedies of Syria, Libya, Yemen?

    “And didn’t the West return to ‘business as usual’ after wars in Congo and the Horn of Africa?

    “While condemning the invasion of Ukraine, do we give equal weight to fighting mercenaries who seek to destabilise the Sahel and threaten many other states in Africa?”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Iran claims it regrets Kyiv’s downgrading of ties following drone strike

    An Iranian ministry foreign spokesperson has said his country was regretful over Ukraine’s decision to downgrade diplomatic ties following a Russian drone strike.

    Al-Jazeera reports that ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani “advised” Ukraine to “refrain from being influenced by third parties who seek to destroy relations between the two countries”.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Al-Jazeera correspondent: Hard to know what’s happening with referendums

    Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo said: “There are no independent international election monitors. Their media is very tightly controlled … also it’s happening in a war zone.

    “So it’s very hard for people on the Russian side, or the Ukrainian side of the front lines to go back and forth to get a better sense of what is happening behind the Russian front lines where this voting is taking place.

    “With that said, Russia is claiming that voting is going ahead as planned. And there are some videos that Russia is putting out, showing what appears to be orderly voting taking place – but you’re also seeing videos from Telegram and other sources on social media that purport to show Russian-appointed officials going door to door with Russian military personnel knocking on people’s doors, forcing them to vote.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Referendum voting proceeds in occupied regions

    Moscow-backed referendums are continuing in occupied Ukrainian areas.

    Election officials flanked by police officers lifted ballots to homes and established mobile polling stations in the eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions and Kherson and Zaporizhzhia in the south.

    Voting ends on Tuesday.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Iran’s embassy presence in Ukraine reduced due to Russian drone attacks

    Iran’s ambassador will have his credentials stripped because Russia has been using Iranian drones to initiate attacks, claims Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    Al-Jazeera reports that eight Iranian drones were shot down by Ukrainian forces.

    ”Today the Russian army used Iranian drones for its attacks on Dnipropetrovsk region and Odesa. I instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strongly react to this fact,” Zelenskyy said in his address.

    “Six of these Iranian drones were downed by our air defences of the East and South commands. One more was brought to ground by air defences of the navy … And just now I am being told about the downing by air defences of the South command of another strike Iranian drone,” he said.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Ukrainian special forces fully disguised for combat

    The specialist soldiers were covered in foliage, leaves and branches to hide their silhouetes.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Zelensky hits out at Russia, declaring it ‘hates freedom’

    Ukraine’s President Zelensky has said that “the world sees” that Russia attacks “freedom, respect and life” as Putin continues to launch attacks on Ukrainians.

    President Zelensky said: “Russia caused a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine as it hates freedom.

    “But the world sees what Russia attacks & what Ukraine defends. Freedom, respect & life.”

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    What happens to the Russians refusing to serve in the military

    A new law has been passed in Russia telling people what will happen if they don’t come when called.

    Russian soldiers who refuse to fight, desert, disobey or surrender to the enemy could now face up to 10 years behind bars, Russian media outlets reported.

  • Lauren Cole-Lomas

    Bodies of mutilated victims discovered in Ukraine

    Ukraine has confirmed that victims of Russian torturers have been mutilated so badly that it is difficult to tell what gender they were.

    They are among 430 bodies that have now been exhumed after Putin’s troops retreated from the city of Izyum following a Ukrainian advance.

    Shocking evidence has emerged of torture chambers alongside the graves.

    Click here to read more.

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