26 injured as Ukrainian councillor detonates grenades at meeting, police say

A Ukrainian councillor detonated two grenades at a village assembly and injured as much as 26 folks because it was livestreamed to Fb, in keeping with police.

A person was filmed standing close to a door and taking grenades out of his jacket earlier than tossing them onto the ground in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

Numerous explosions adopted, leaving the room crammed with smoke and our bodies on the bottom. It’s not clear why he carried out the assault.

Six individuals are in hospital with life-threatening accidents, in keeping with Ukrainian police. A police assertion mentioned: “In consequence, 26 folks have been wounded, six of whom are in a grave situation.”

It comes as Vladimir Putin’s forces are utilizing Ukrainian prisoners of struggle as human shields to advance on enemy positions, in keeping with a US assume tank.

The Institute for the Research of Struggle mentioned footage confirmed Russian troopers overlaying themselves behind Ukrainian POWs as they advance on Ukrainian positions close to Robotyne.

The prisoners within the video seem unarmed, whereas the Russian troopers drive them ahead at gunpoint, in keeping with the ISW.

Key Factors

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  • Putin says Ukraine counteroffensive was a failure

Ukraine shoots downs 30 Russian drones over 11 areas -air drive

08:35 , Tom Watling

Ukraine’s air defence and cell teams of drone hunters shot down 30 out of 31 Russian drones over 11 areas throughout the nation on Saturday, the air drive have mentioned.

A collection of explosions resounded all through the Ukrainian capital Kyiv as air defence models engaged Russian drones simply after midnight, native time.

“That is the sixth air assault on Kyiv for the reason that begin of the month,” mentioned Serhiy Popko, head of town’s navy administration.

“Tonight, after three days of ballistic threats, the enemy once more launched Shaheds on the capital. The drones attacked in teams, in waves, and from completely different instructions,” Mr Popko mentioned.

Ukraine places head of Russia’s Orthodox church on ‘needed’ listing

08:12 , Tom Watling

Officers in Ukraine have put the pinnacle of Russia’s Orthodox church, a pro-Kremlin determine who has supported Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the nation, on its “needed” listing.

Patriarch Kirill is now “a person in hiding from the our bodies of pre-trial investigation”, in keeping with a submit of Ukraine’s inside ministry’s needed listing. Kyiv’s safety companies accused him of stoking the struggle.

Ukraine places head of Russia’s Orthodox church on ‘needed’ listing

Ukrainians sift by means of wreckage after one other spherical of shelling

07:00 , Sam Rkaina

The aftermath of recent shelling in Yasynuvata (Yasinovataya), Russian-controlled Ukraine (AFP via Getty Images)

The aftermath of current shelling in Yasynuvata (Yasinovataya), Russian-controlled Ukraine (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Ukrainians sifting through the rubble (AFP via Getty Images)

Ukrainians sifting by means of the rubble (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Battle to get £43bn in EU help to Ukraine after Hungary’s Orban blocks it – and why it’s so vital

06:00 , Chris Stevenson

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has blocked a important €50bn (£43bn) EU monetary help package deal for Ukraine, throwing into doubt Europe’s persevering with help for Kyiv because it faces a troublesome winter battling Russia‘s forces.

A number of hours beforehand, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky had celebrated the EU lastly agreeing to open up membership talks, a deal which was achieved after Mr Orban agreed to depart the room when the remainder of the 26 nations voted. Nonetheless, Mr Orban instructed Hungarian state TV on Friday that he might nonetheless block the years-long strategy of Kyiv’s admittance to the bloc additional alongside the road if he believes it undermines Budapest’s pursuits.

“If we don’t need Ukraine to be a member of the European Union, then the Hungarian parliament votes it down. And till the difficulty will get to the parliaments, it’s a really, very lengthy course of, and as they counted and I did, there are about 75 events when the Hungarian authorities can cease this course of,” Mr Orban mentioned.

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The battle to ship £43bn in EU help to Ukraine after Hungary’s Orban blocked it

Ukraine troopers maintain service as Christmas approaches

05:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukrainian servicemen of the 72nd mechanized brigade light candles during the sacred liturgy before the upcoming Christmas at the frontline near Vuhledar, Ukraine (AP)

Ukrainian servicemen of the 72nd mechanized brigade mild candles through the sacred liturgy earlier than the upcoming Christmas on the frontline close to Vuhledar, Ukraine (AP)

Chaplain Ivan of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine reads a prayer for Ukrainian servicemen of the 72nd mechanized brigade (AP)

Chaplain Ivan of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine reads a prayer for Ukrainian servicemen of the 72nd mechanized brigade (AP)

A Ukrainian serviceman of the 72nd mechanized brigade lights a candle (AP)

A Ukrainian serviceman of the 72nd mechanized brigade lights a candle (AP)

Symbolic victory for Kyiv on EU membership – however the true headache over western help stays

04:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine’s destiny within the struggle towards Russia was within the arms of its allies on either side of the Atlantic this week – and the end result was one symbolic victory and one monumental headache.

Ukraine obtained a terrific morale enhance when the European Union voted to start membership talks with Kyiv at a summit in Brussels. That was a smack within the face for Russian president, Vladimir Putin, who on the identical day had tried to brag that all-important navy and monetary help for Ukraine was fading within the West.

The choice in Brussels got here after Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban left the room, taking his objections with him, whereas the settlement was sealed, seemingly having agreed to take action. In that means, he might say he had no half in it. Moldova was given a inexperienced mild on the similar time.

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A victory for Kyiv on EU membership – however the headache over Western help stays

Russian navy affiliated group carried out hack, Ukraine says

03:00 , Sam Rkaina

Kyivstar CEO Oleksandr Komarov mentioned on Thursday that the corporate may want a number of weeks to reinstate all its companies after the assault.

Tuesday’s assault on Kyivstar, which counts greater than half of Ukraine‘s inhabitants as cell subscribers, knocked out companies and broken IT infrastructure and air raid alert methods in a number of areas. Komarov mentioned buyer information was not compromised.

On Wednesday, a gaggle known as Solntsepyok, believed by Ukraine‘s safety service SBU to be affiliated with Russian navy intelligence, mentioned in a submit on the Telegram messenger app that it carried out the assault.

Kyivstar’s CEO mentioned the hackers used an worker’s compromised account for the assault however how precisely they bought entry to it’s being investigated.

Cellular service restored in Ukraine after cyberattack

02:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine‘s largest cell operator, hit by a mass cyberattack this week, mentioned on Friday that it had restored cell web all through Ukraine and restored worldwide roaming.

In an announcement on Fb, Kyivstar mentioned it was engaged on restoring SMS textual content messaging. The community, it mentioned, was working on all requirements, together with 4G.

“Which means that the standard of all communications will quickly enhance, even whether it is now working at diminished velocity,” the assertion mentioned.

“In some localities, there might nonetheless be short-term difficulties with communications. However our specialists are eliminating them shortly.”

Kyivstar’s Dutch-based guardian firm Veon Ltd. had in an earlier assertion introduced the resumption of companies.

 (AFP via Getty Images)

(AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Explosions resound in Kyiv, air defence models have interaction Russian drones

01:00 , Sam Rkaina

Explosions resounded by means of the Ukrainian capital early on Saturday as air defence models engaged Russian drones, witnesses HAVE mentioned.

Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko mentioned the anti-aircraft models had gone into motion as teams of drones flew close to town. There have been no quick experiences of casualties or severe injury.

The witnesses reported a collection of loud blasts simply after midnight. They mentioned air raid sirens went off on the japanese financial institution of the Dnipro River, however on the alternative financial institution police warned residents of the air raid alert by means of loudspeakers.

After an preliminary set of explosions, air defence models once more went into operation on the Dnipro’s japanese financial institution. Klitschko mentioned anti-aircraft exercise was targeted on the Darnytskyi district east of the river.

Macron ‘nonetheless open to dialogue’ with Putin

00:01 , Sam Rkaina

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned on Friday he would nonetheless think about speaking to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin if it helps create a sustainable peace between Ukraine and Russia.

Mr Macron and Mr Putin loved a very good working relationship earlier than Russia invaded its neighbour in February 2022. Within the weeks previous the beginning of hostilities, Mr Macron’s diplomatic efforts didn’t cease the struggle however he then saved open a line of communication with the Russian president for months.

Their diplomatic and private hyperlinks deteriorated badly because the struggle dragged on. Earlier this 12 months, Mr Macron weighed the opportunity of stripping Mr Putin of France’s highest medal of honour.

Mr Putin was requested on Thursday throughout his year-end information convention by a journalist from the French channel TF1 about his views on France and Mr Macron.

Mr Putin mentioned: “Sooner or later the French president stopped the connection with us. We didn’t do it, I didn’t. He did. If there’s curiosity, we’re prepared. If not, we’ll cope.”

Talking in Brussels on the finish of a summit the place EU leaders determined to open membership negotiations with war-torn Ukraine, Mr Macron mentioned he remained open to dialogue with Mr Putin on discovering a peaceable answer if the Russian chief reaches out to him.

“I didn’t begin the struggle unilaterally, breaking the treaties I’d agreed to. And it wasn’t France that determined to commit struggle crimes within the north of Ukraine, making discussions just about unattainable,” Mr Macron mentioned. “Nicely, we’ve to be severe, so I’ve a quite simple place. I haven’t modified my quantity.”

Ukraine indicators ‘dozens’ of joint manufacturing offers with Western defence companies

Friday 15 December 2023 23:05 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine has agreed dozens of contracts for joint manufacturing or know-how exchanges with Western companions, Kyiv mentioned on Friday, because it strives to cut back its dependence on navy provides from the West and to spice up home output.

The trouble to ramp up manufacturing at dwelling has change into critically vital as the way forward for large-scale navy help from america and European Union seems extra unsure and Western stockpiles have change into extra depleted.

“Now we have dozens of latest contracts between corporations on joint manufacturing or know-how alternate,” Ukraine‘s Defence Minister Rustem Umerov mentioned in a Fb submit.

He pointed to a world defence business discussion board hosted by Kyiv in September with greater than 250 Western weapons producers, adopted by a joint Ukraine-U.S. defence convention in Washington in December.

“We signed a memorandum with america on joint manufacturing and technical information sharing,” Umerov mentioned.

Recap: Dozens injured as council member in Ukraine units of grenades in assembly

Friday 15 December 2023 22:10 , Sam Rkaina

A village council member in western Ukraine detonated three hand grenades throughout a gathering Friday, critically injuring himself and at the least two dozen different folks, authorities mentioned.

A video posted on social media confirmed a person coming into a room the place the village council of Keretsky was assembly to debate and approve the neighborhood’s funds.

The person, who was preliminary recognized as Serhii Batryn, a council member who belongs to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the Individuals occasion, took three grenades from his pockets, eliminated the pins and threw the weapons on the ground in entrance of him.

Thranscarpathian area police mentioned in an official assertion that 26 folks have been injured, six of them critically. The person who set off the grenades suffered grave accidents and medics labored to save lots of his life, police mentioned.

There was no quick phrase on a potential motive or if the assault was someway linked to Russia’s struggle in Ukraine.

EU vows Ukraine to get help regardless of veto by Hungary’s Orban

Friday 15 December 2023 21:30 , Sam Rkaina

European Union leaders expressed confidence on Friday that they might clear a big package deal of help for Ukraine early in 2024, regardless of a veto by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

All 27 EU states besides Hungary agreed on Thursday to start out accession talks with Ukraine regardless of its invasion by Russia, bypassing Orban’s grievances by getting him to depart the room.

However they might not overcome his resistance to revamping the EU funds to channel 50 billion euros ($55 billion) to Kyiv and supply additional cash for different duties equivalent to managing migration.

Kyiv is reliant on international help as Russia’s struggle in Ukraine rages on, and U.S. President Joe Biden has to date been unable to get a $60 billion package deal for Kyiv by means of Congress.

EU leaders, who would like a deal backed by all members but additionally have a plan B, are anticipated to revisit the difficulty at an emergency summit on the finish of January or early in February.

“We’re working very exhausting to have an settlement by 27 member states,” European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen mentioned, including: “However I believe it’s now additionally essential to work on potential options to have an operational answer in case that an settlement by 27, so unanimity, isn’t potential.”

Russian forces ‘destroy 26 Ukrainian drones’ over Crimea

Friday 15 December 2023 20:26 , Sam Rkaina

Russian anti-aircraft models destroyed 26 Ukrainian drones over the Crimean peninsula on Friday, the Russian Defence Ministry mentioned on Telegram.

A ministry assertion mentioned the interceptions occurred between 8.30 and 10.30pm.

Extra on this as we get it.

Orban threatens to place the brakes on Ukraine’s EU bid

Friday 15 December 2023 19:34 , Sam Rkaina

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned Friday his nation may have loads of alternatives sooner or later to interrupt Ukraine‘s strategy of becoming a member of the European Union, a day after the right-wing chief’s gorgeous turnaround allowed an EU summit to maneuver ahead on bringing the war-torn nation into the bloc.

In an interview Friday with Hungarian state radio, Orban mentioned that EU leaders instructed him he would “lose nothing” by dropping his veto since he’d have probabilities sooner or later to dam Ukraine‘s accession if he selected to — one thing he vowed to do if it appeared Hungary’s pursuits have been in danger.

“Their decisive argument was that Hungary loses nothing, provided that the ultimate phrase on Ukraine‘s membership must be given by the nationwide parliaments, 27 parliaments, together with the Hungarian one,” Orban mentioned.

“I made it clear that we are going to not hesitate for a second if the monetary and financial penalties of this unhealthy choice might be paid by the Hungarians. Those that made this choice ought to be those who pay,” he mentioned. “If crucial, we’ll slam the brakes.”

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban at the EU summit in Brussels (AFP via Getty Images)

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban on the EU summit in Brussels (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Heavy combating continues round Marinka, MoD says

Friday 15 December 2023 18:15 , Alexander Butler

The ministry of defence has launched its newest replace on the state of affairs in Ukraine and mentioned it was extremely unlikely Russian forces would make a breakthrough.

Posting on X the MoD mentioned that heavy combating was persevering with round Marinka, with Russian forces “probably additional diminished the small pockets of Ukrainian managed territory”.

It added that regardless of “incremental advances” it was “extremely unlikely” Moscow’s forces would make a major breakthrough within the sector.

Pope condemns ‘whirlwind of violence’ towards youngsters in Ukraine, Gaza and Yemen

Friday 15 December 2023 17:15 , Alexander Butler

Pope Francis has denounced the deaths of 1000’s of youngsters brought on by spates of violence within the Gaza Strip, Ukraine and Yemen.

The top of the Catholic Church condemned a “whirlwind of violence” that has led to “greater than 500” youngsters’s deaths in Ukraine.

Francis mentioned: “Their reminiscence leads us to be ourselves lights for the world, to the touch the hearts of many individuals, particularly those that can cease the whirlwind of violence.”

Pope Francis denounced violence in Ukraine, Gaza and Yemen (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Pope Francis denounced violence in Ukraine, Gaza and Yemen (Copyright 2023 The Related Press. All rights reserved)

Watch: Second Ukrainian politician detonates grenade throughout council assembly

Friday 15 December 2023 16:15 , Alexander Butler

Russia congratulates Hungary for blocking EU monetary help

Friday 15 December 2023 15:15 , Alexander Butler

The Kremlin has welcomed Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban’s choice to veto £43 billion in EU funding for Ukraine.

“Hungary, in distinction to many European international locations, firmly defends its pursuits, which impresses us,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned.

It comes after Hungary blocked a the huge EU help package deal for Ukraine simply hours after an settlement was reached to start out Kyiv’s membership talks with the bloc.

Leaders of 26 EU international locations endorsed the plan, which might help Kyiv’s funds between 2024 and 2027, however Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban was towards the choice, which requires unanimous approval of all 27 EU member states.

The Kremlin welcomed Hungary’s decision to block a £43billion EU aid package for Ukraine (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

The Kremlin welcomed Hungary’s choice to dam a £43billion EU help package deal for Ukraine (Copyright 2023 The Related Press. All rights reserved)

Biden urges Erdogan to approve Sweden becoming a member of NATO

Friday 15 December 2023 14:15 , Alexander Butler

Joe Biden and Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned Sweden’s utility to affix the NATO alliance in a cellphone name on Thursday.

The White Home mentioned President Biden and President Erdogan mentioned “the significance of welcoming Sweden as an ally as quickly as potential and additional enhancing” Turkey’s “interoperability” with NATO.

Mr Erdogan’s senior international coverage adviser, mentioned that there have been nonetheless some points that must be “ironed out” for Sweden’s bid to be ratified by the Turkish parliament.

He mentioned the perfect state of affairs could be for Washington to maneuver ahead with the sale of F-16 jets Turkey has requested to purchase, concurrently.

Ukrainian councillor injures 26 folks with two grenades, police say

Friday 15 December 2023 13:20 , Alexander Butler

A Ukrainian councillor detonated two grenades at a village assembly and injured as much as 26 folks, in keeping with police.

A person was filmed standing close to a door and taking grenades out of his jacket, earlier than tossing them onto the ground in Transcarpathia, Ukraine.

Numerous explosions adopted, leaving the room crammed with smoke and our bodies on the bottom. It’s not clear why he carried out the assault.

A Ukrainian councillor detonated two grenades at a meeting (grenade circled in red) (Ukraine National Police)

A Ukrainian councillor detonated two grenades at a gathering (grenade circled in purple) (Ukraine Nationwide Police)

A number of explosions followed, leaving the room filled with smoke and bodies on the ground (Ukraine National Police)

Numerous explosions adopted, leaving the room crammed with smoke and our bodies on the bottom (Ukraine Nationwide Police)

Russia claims membership talks with Ukraine might ‘destabilise’ EU

Friday 15 December 2023 13:15 , Alexander Butler

Russia has mentioned the EU’s choice to open membership talks with Ukraine and Moldova was politicised and will destabilise the bloc.

“Negotiations to affix the EU can final for years or many years,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned.

“The EU has at all times had strict standards for accession and it’s apparent that in the meanwhile neither Ukraine nor Moldova meets these standards.

“It’s clear that that is a fully politicised choice, the EU’s want to exhibit help for these international locations.

“However such new members might destabilise the EU, and since we stay on the identical continent because the EU, we, after all, are carefully watching this.”

Putin’s forces use ‘Ukrainian troopers as human shields’

Friday 15 December 2023 12:16 , Alexander Butler

Vladimir Putin’s forces are utilizing Ukrainian prisoners of struggle as human shields to advance on enemy positions, in keeping with a US assume tank.

The Institute for the Research of Struggle mentioned footage confirmed Russian troopers overlaying themselves behind Ukrainian POWs as they advance on Ukrainian positions close to Robotyne.

The prisoners within the video seem unarmed, whereas the Russian troopers drive them ahead at gunpoint, in keeping with the ISW.

US welcomes choice to start negotiations on Ukraine becoming a member of EU

Friday 15 December 2023 12:00 , Alexander Butler

The EU’s choice to start negotiations on the accession of Ukraine and Moldova is a “highly effective affirmation” of their respective “European future” and a “historic second” for Europe, State Division spokesperson

“We welcome the European Council vote on EU enlargement and congratulate Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina on a historic step towards their EU aspirations. T

“America strongly helps enlargement and potential candidates on their EU paths,” Matthew Miller mentioned on X.

US warned of confrontation between Russia and NATO if it lets Putin win in Ukraine

Friday 15 December 2023 11:49 , Alexander Butler

America might pay a “a lot greater value” than most individuals think about if they permit Russia to win in Ukraine, a US assume tank warned.

The Institute for the Research of Struggle mentioned the US must deploy “a large portion of its floor forces” and “numerous stealth plane” to Japanese Europe to ensure safety if Russian gained in Ukraine.

“Your complete endeavor will break the bank, and the price will final so long as the Russian risk continues—doubtlessly indefinitely,” the ISW mentioned

“Serving to Ukraine hold the traces the place they’re by means of steady Western navy help is way extra advantageous and cheaper for america than permitting Ukraine to lose.”

Ramaswamy says japanese Ukrainians don’t thoughts Russian occupation

Friday 15 December 2023 11:00 , Alexander Butler

Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has claimed that Ukrainians within the japanese a part of the nation don’t thoughts Russian occupation.

The biotech CEO instructed a CNN city corridor in Iowa that he would give Russia some concessions to finish its unprovoked assault on Ukraine.

Mr Ramaswamy instructed the viewers of GOP voters he was assured he might get Vladimir Putin to just accept his peace plan, which might contain Russia chopping itself off from China militarily.

Ramaswamy says japanese Ukrainians don’t thoughts Russian occupation

Progressives warn Biden about utilizing immigrants as a ‘bargaining chip’ for Ukraine

Friday 15 December 2023 10:00 , Alexander Butler

And identical to that, the primary 12 months of the 118th Congress got here to a detailed. With no help to Ukraine on the horizon, no help to Israel, no potential breakthrough negotiations on spending payments and no help to Gaza, the Republican-controlled Home of Representatives rewarded itself by leaving for the vacations, The Unbiased’s Washington correspondent Eric Garcia writes.

Progressives warn Biden about utilizing immigrants as a ‘bargaining chip’ for Ukraine

Hungary blocks £43bn EU funding for Ukraine hours after Kyiv membership talks settlement

Friday 15 December 2023 09:35 , Alexander Butler

Hungary has blocked a large £43bn EU help package deal for Ukraine simply hours after an settlement was reached to start out membership talks with Kyiv.

The nation’s prime minister Viktor Orban mentioned he had vetoed the additional cash for Ukraine and would come again to the difficulty subsequent 12 months after “correct preparation”.

Leaders of 26 EU international locations endorsed the plan, which might help Kyiv’s funds between 2024 and 2027, however Mr Orban was towards the choice, which requires unanimous approval of all 27 EU member states.

Mr Orban introduced the veto on social media. He wrote on X: “Abstract of the nightshift: veto for the additional cash to Ukraine. We are going to come again to the difficulty subsequent 12 months within the #EUCO after correct preparation.”

Hungarian PM Orban blocks £43bn of EU funding for Ukraine

Alexei Navalny’s whereabouts nonetheless unknown, ally says

Friday 15 December 2023 09:00 , Alexander Butler

Officers from Russia’s jail authority instructed a courtroom on Friday that jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was now not within the penal colony the place he had been serving his sentence however they didn’t clarify the place he had gone, an ally mentioned.

Lawyer Vyacheslav Gimadi wrote on the X social community that it has been 10 days since these near the politician misplaced monitor of his whereabouts.

One other Navalny ally, Kira Yarmysh, cited the authorities as saying Navalny had left the penal colony on 11 December. Mr Navalny is a high-profile critic of Putin, and has been imprisoned since 2022.

Ukraine’s air drive shoots down 14 Russian drones in a single day

Friday 15 December 2023 07:48 , Alexander Butler

Ukraine’s air drive says it has shot down 14 drones fired by Russia in a single day.

“All 14 enemy drones have been shot down by cell hearth teams of the Air Power and Defence Forces of Ukraine inside Mykolaiv, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi and Poltava areas,” the air drive wrote on the Telegram app.

Spanish prime minister says EU inexperienced mild to Ukraine membership is ‘historic’ day

Friday 15 December 2023 07:00 , Sam Rkaina

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez mentioned on Thursday the EU choice to present the inexperienced mild to Ukraine membership was a ‘historic day’.

“Immediately is a historic day for Europe,” Sanchez posted on the social media X.

“I wish to congratulate Ukraine and Moldova on the choice of the European Council to start out negotiations for his or her accession to the EU.”

“We additionally welcome the popularity of Georgia’s candidate standing and the progress of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives for a European Council in Brussels (EPA)

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez arrives for a European Council in Brussels (EPA)

‘Three Kinzhals launched from three fighter jets’

Friday 15 December 2023 05:00 , Sam Rkaina

The Air Power mentioned on the Telegram messaging app that Russian forces used three Kinzhals launched from three fighter jets in Russia’s central Tula area, and that its anti-aircraft missile unit shot down one of many missiles within the Kyiv area.

“In fact, we don’t touch upon the results of hits/non-hits by enemy missiles within the Khmelnytskyi area,” it added.

Native authorities mentioned earlier that emergency companies have been working on the two crash websites, however no accidents or injury have been recorded.

In a single day, Russia launched 42 drones and 6 missiles at Ukraine, with 11 folks injured and buildings and warehouses broken by falling particles. The Ukrainian navy mentioned it destroyed 41 drones.

Russian missile strikes proceed

Friday 15 December 2023 04:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine‘s Air Power mentioned Russian MiG-31K fighter jets carrying Kinzhal hypersonic missiles struck targets in central Ukraine simply 10 minutes after their takeoff from Savasleyka airbase sparked a nationwide alert on Thursday.

The Air Power mentioned it shot down one Kinzhal missile over Kyiv area, whereas one other two hit Starokostiantyniv district, location of an air base in Khmelnytskyi area west of Kyiv that has been repeatedly attacked through the 21-month-old struggle.

Kyiv regional governor Ruslan Kravchenko mentioned no casualties have been reported, nor injury to important and civilian infrastructure, after explosions have been heard by a Reuters correspondent close to the capital.

Firefighters working on the remains of houses in the Donetsk region (EPA)

Firefighters engaged on the stays of homes within the Donetsk area (EPA)

Different EU candidates and their success charges

Friday 15 December 2023 03:00 , Sam Rkaina

Turkey utilized for membership in 1987, obtained candidate standing in 1999, and needed to wait till 2005 to start out talks for precise entry.

Solely considered one of greater than 30 negotiating “chapters” has been accomplished within the years since, and the entire course of is at a standstill because of numerous disputes.

A number of international locations within the Balkans in the meantime have change into discouraged by the bloc’s failure to stay as much as its lofty membership guarantees.

North Macedonia submitted its entry bid in 2004. Even after subsequently altering its title to settle a longstanding dispute with EU member Greece, the nation remains to be ready for membership talks to start as a result of Bulgaria, one other member, threw up a hurdle associated to ethnicity and language.

Bosnia stays suffering from ethnic divisions that make reform an nearly unattainable problem. The fee mentioned final month that it ought to solely begin membership talks after extra progress is made. It expressed concern concerning the justice system and different rights failures within the Bosnian Serb a part of the nation.

Serbia and Kosovo refuse to normalize their relations, and stand final within the EU’s line.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German chancellor Olaf Scholz (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German chancellor Olaf Scholz (Sean Gallup/Getty Pictures)

Why Ukraine’s membership journey is rocky

Friday 15 December 2023 02:00 , Sam Rkaina

EU officers had mentioned talks couldn’t formally start till Ukraine addresses a number of points together with corruption, lobbying issues, and restrictions which may forestall nationwide minorities from finding out and studying in their very own language.

Whereas EU officers say Ukraine has made progress on these points in current months, it nonetheless has an extended technique to go.

Each EU nation has steadily agreed to help Ukraine‘s bid — besides Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Putin’s best ally inside the EU. Orban maintains that Ukraine isn’t able to even begin speaking about EU membership.

In a shock transfer, Orban stepped apart Thursday and abstained from the vote to permit Ukraine‘s membership talks to start. It’s only a starting, and plenty of steps stay.

Debt crises, waves of migration and Brexit had all contributed to the bloc’s skittishness towards increasing its ranks in recent times. So, too, did the expansion of Euro-skeptic political forces in lots of member international locations.

However the urgency created by Russia’s invasion and Ukraine‘s request for expedited consideration upended the EU’s go-slow strategy to including new members, and reversed years of ‘’enlargement fatigue.”

Thursday’s choice additionally has an impression on different would-be members, who really feel the EU is displaying favoritism.

Why becoming a member of EU issues to Ukraine

Friday 15 December 2023 01:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine is considered one of a number of international locations which have lengthy needed to affix the EU, seeing it as a path to wealth and stability. Whereas the EU isn’t a navy alliance like NATO, membership within the bloc is seen by some as a rampart towards Russian affect.

Ukraine formally utilized for EU accession lower than per week after Russia invaded in February 2022. The capital Kyiv confronted the specter of seize, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s authorities confronted the specter of collapse.

The beginning of membership talks lower than two years later is just one step in an extended journey. But it surely sends a robust sign of solidarity with Ukraine simply as U.S. help for Ukraine‘s navy is faltering and a Ukrainian counteroffensive is stalled — and as Putin seems more and more emboldened.

Ukraine's President Zelensky visits Germany (EPA)

Ukraine’s President Zelensky visits Germany (EPA)

How do you be a part of the EU?

Thursday 14 December 2023 23:59 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine bought a inexperienced mild Thursday to start out sped-up talks on becoming a member of the European Union.

That’s an enormous enhance for war-ravaged Ukraine and a loud message to Vladimir Putin – however it might be years and even many years earlier than the nation truly turns into a member of the EU.

Right here’s a have a look at what Thursday’s choice means, and why becoming a member of the EU is very vital, and particularly exhausting, for Ukraine.

EU HISTORY AND HOW DO YOU JOIN?The European Union was born after World Struggle II as a buying and selling bloc with a daring ambition: to forestall one other struggle between Germany and France. The six founding members have been Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Since then, the EU has steadily expanded to include 27 democratic nations, many from the previous communist bloc in Japanese Europe, impressed by the concept financial and political integration amongst nations is the easiest way to advertise prosperity and peace.

This notably led to the creation of the shared euro foreign money in 1999, the continent’s open borders, and trailblazing guidelines to cut back carbon emissions and regulate tech giants.

To affix the EU, candidate international locations should undergo a prolonged course of to align their legal guidelines and requirements with these of the EU, and present that their establishments and economies meet democratic norms. Launching accession talks requires approval by consensus from the 27 EU nations.

US Senate to vote on Ukraine funding, border safety subsequent week

Thursday 14 December 2023 23:00 , Sam Rkaina

The U.S. Senate will vote on navy help for Ukraine and Israel subsequent week as negotiations proceed over adjustments to U.S. border safety coverage that might be tied to the funding, Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer mentioned on Thursday.

The Senate will delay its vacation break, which had been as a result of begin Friday, and convene Monday to present negotiators time to succeed in an settlement, Schumer mentioned.

“A lot hangs on our success,” Schumer mentioned. “We all know the world is watching.”

Democratic President Joe Biden has been urging lawmakers to cross a supplemental help package deal to supply $50 billion in new safety to Ukraine because it fights Russia, in addition to $14 billion for Israel because it wages struggle towards Hamas in Gaza.

Republican Home of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson, in addition to Republicans within the Democratic-majority Senate, have repeatedly mentioned they’ll solely vote for that help whether it is paired with new controls for the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ukraine shoots down hypersonic Kinzhal missile over Kyiv

Thursday 14 December 2023 22:00 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine‘s air drive shot down a hypersonic Kinzhal missile over Kyiv on Thursday, a spokesman mentioned.

Responding to a query about an explosion heard in Kyiv, Air Power spokesman Yuriy Ihnat mentioned: “Anti-aircraft missile protection methods have been at work.

“One missile was shot down.”

Putin confronted by important textual content messages beamed on display at year-end information convention

Thursday 14 December 2023 21:19 , Sam Rkaina

Throughout the 4 hours of a marathon end-of-year press convention, Vladimir Putin provided a well-known mixture of threats and jibes towards Western nations as he tried to color a rosy image of Russian life.

Nonetheless, he was confronted by criticism from peculiar Russians when textual content messages have been beamed in entrance of him in an obvious gaffe.

Having cancelled the standard annual occasion final 12 months, this was the primary held for the reason that Russian president launched his struggle nearly two years in the past.

Mr Putin mentioned “there’ll solely be peace in Ukraine once we obtain our goals” – basically forcing Kyiv into submission. It’s a risk that Russia has repeated whereas Ukraine’s forces have put up a stout defence of their territory.

With Mr Putin having just lately introduced he’s working for the presidency once more in March 2024, he needed to be seen to be backing his struggle machine, though even he let slip that any Russian features in Ukraine have been “modest”; Kremlin-speak for the truth that there was little motion on the frontlines in current months.

The closely stage-managed information convention was watched by hundreds of thousands throughout Russia. Strange residents submitted questions alongside these from journalists, and Russian media mentioned at the least 2 million have been despatched prematurely, with some being proven on a display on the venue, even when they weren’t answered by Mr Putin. That led to some awkward messages for the president.

Important textual content messages beamed on display in entrance of Putin at year-end information convention

Hungary says Ukraine isn’t ready

Thursday 14 December 2023 20:15 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine badly wants help from its Western allies in its almost two-year struggle towards Russia’s invasion. Its counter-offensive has didn’t make main features and the Biden administration has to date been unable to get a $60 billion help package deal for Ukraine by means of the U.S. Congress.

European Fee chief Ursula von der Leyen mentioned it was “a strategic choice and a day that can stay engraved within the historical past of our Union.”

Orban had very completely different phrases to explain the choice.

“Hungary’s stance is evident, Ukraine isn’t ready for us to start out talks on EU membership,” he mentioned, calling the choice to start out talks “irrational” and “inappropriate.”

“However 26 member states have been adamant that this choice have to be made so Hungary determined that if 26 determine so, they need to go on their very own path and Hungary doesn’t want to take part on this unhealthy choice,” he mentioned.

French president Emmanuel Macron talks to Viktor Orban at the sidelines of the EU summit on Thursday (REUTERS)

French president Emmanuel Macron talks to Viktor Orban on the sidelines of the EU summit on Thursday (REUTERS)

Talks prone to take years

Thursday 14 December 2023 19:30 , Sam Rkaina

Ukraine, which has a inhabitants of 44 million and is geographically larger than any EU member, presents some distinctive challenges for admission to the 27-member bloc.

In intense diplomacy on the matter, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz met with Orban earlier than the summit, alongside von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel.

The European Fee on Wednesday restored Hungary’s entry to as much as 10.2 billion euros in refunds for financial initiatives after discovering it had fulfilled circumstances on the independence of its judiciary.

Talks will proceed on the summit on the bloc’s multi-annual funds framework.

Michel mentioned the European Council had additionally selected Thursday to open accession negotiations with Moldova.

He went on to say the summit granted EU candidate standing to Georgia and would additionally advance an EU bid by one other hopeful – Bosnia – as soon as it reaches “the required diploma of compliance” with standards.

Hungarian PM Orban determined no to make use of his veto energy on Ukraine accession talks

Thursday 14 December 2023 19:00 , Sam Rkaina

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban determined to not use his veto energy on Ukraine accession talks throughout a European Union leaders summit on Thursday, Eire’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar instructed reporters after the assembly.

“Prime Minister Orban made his case very strongly. He disagrees with this choice and he’s not altering his opinion, however basically determined to not use the veto energy,” Varadkar mentioned.

Requested about Orban’s function within the vote, Varadkar added: “He was not within the room”.

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels (REUTERS)

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban attends a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels (REUTERS)

Zelensky calls EU choice to open accession talks ‘a victory’

Thursday 14 December 2023 18:32 , Sam Rkaina

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hailed an settlement by European Union leaders on Thursday to open membership talks with Kyiv as “a victory” for his nation and Europe.

“This can be a victory for Ukraine,” he wrote on X. “A victory for all of Europe. A victory that motivates, evokes, and strengthens.

European Council president Charles Michel known as it “a transparent sign of hope for his or her folks and our continent”.

The choice was introduced at a summit gathering leaders of the 27 EU international locations.

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Thursday 14 December 2023 18:18 , Sam Rkaina

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to open membership talks with Ukraine, one thing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for weeks had vowed to dam.

There was no quick remark from Hungary after the chairman of the summit, European Council President Charles Michel, mentioned: “The European Council has determined to open accession negotiations with Ukraine & Moldova.”

He went on to say the summit granted EU candidate standing to Georgia and would additionally advance an EU bid by one other hopeful – Bosnia – as soon as it reaches “the required diploma of compliance” with standards.

“This can be a victory for Ukraine. A victory for all of Europe. A victory that motivates, evokes, and strengthens,” mentioned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Earlier within the day because the 27 EU leaders gathered for his or her final summit of the 12 months, Orban insisted that the EU mustn’t begin membership talks with Ukraine.

Orban was a lone hold-out on the summit, going down at a important time for Kyiv in its struggle towards Russia’s invasion.

Russia-linked hackers declare cyberattack on Ukraine’s cell networks: ‘Be ready’

Thursday 14 December 2023 16:30 , Tom Watling

A hacking group allegedly linked to Russian navy intelligence carried out a cyberattack on Ukraine’s largest cell community operator offline, officers in Kyiv’s cyber defence company mentioned.

Ukraine’s Kyivstar, which gives mobile and web companies to 24.3 million cell subscribers and over 1.1 million dwelling web customers, got here below a lethal cyberattack on Tuesday. It silenced air raid alerts in some components of Ukraine at a time Russia began firing ballistic missiles on civilian areas, worn out companies, and broken IT infrastructure.

Russia-linked hackers declare cyberattack on Ukraine’s cell networks: ‘Be ready’

High Ukraine advisor calls on Western allies to ‘cease dwelling illusions’

Thursday 14 December 2023 16:04 , Tom Watling

A prime Ukrainian advisor has known as on Kyiv’s western allies to “cease dwelling illusions” as additional help seems unsure.

Ukraine touts ambitions for chip manufacturing, AI development

Thursday 14 December 2023 15:31 , Tom Watling

Ukraine set out ambitions on Thursday to develop high-tech industries, proposing future state help for the creation of a chipmaking business and to construct up synthetic intelligence.

The plan, dubbed Win 2030, comes greater than 21 months into an all-out struggle with Russia that the Ukrainian military’s commander-in-chief has mentioned requires Kyiv to make a technological breakthrough.

The concepts have been laid out by Digital Transformation Minister Mykhailo Fedorov and his deputy, Valeria Ionan, at a presentation in a closely-guarded basement in central Kyiv.

The occasion was additionally attended by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, who confused the significance of technological innovation to attaining victory.

“With out innovation, I’m deeply satisfied our victory is feasible, however will take for much longer,” Mr Shmyhal mentioned.

Putin questions Olympic guidelines for impartial Russian athletes at Paris Video games

Thursday 14 December 2023 15:00 , Tom Watling

Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned the Worldwide Olympic Committee guidelines mandating Russian athletes compete on the Paris Olympics as neutrals.

Putin additionally indicated on Thursday that Russia has but to take a closing choice on whether or not its rivals will participate subsequent 12 months.

The IOC rejected a blanket ban final week when it confirmed Russians might be allowed to compete below the title of Particular person Impartial Athletes.

Putin questions Olympic guidelines for impartial Russian athletes at Paris Video games

Explosions close to Kyiv after air drive warns of Russian missile assault

Thursday 14 December 2023 14:13 , Tom Watling

The sound of explosions was heard by a Reuters correspondent close to Ukraine‘s capital, Kyiv, after the air drive warned of an incoming Russian missile risk.

Putin takes body-double query from an AI-generated ‘resident’ of St Petersburg

Thursday 14 December 2023 13:45 , Tom Watling

That is the second Vladimir Putin takes a query from an AI-generated “resident of St Petersburg” who asks the Russian chief whether it is true he has a lot of physique doubles.

Putin responds and states: “I’ve determined the one one who seems like me and speaks with my voice ought to be me.”

The alternate occurred as Putin held his first main information convention in two years, for the reason that begin of the Ukraine struggle.

Through the information convention, Putin inadvertently steered that greater than 300,000 Russian troopers have died or been closely wounded in Ukraine.

Putin takes body-double query from an AI-generated ‘resident’ of St Petersburg

Estonia proclaims new navy package deal for Ukraine

Thursday 14 December 2023 13:15 , Tom Watling

The Estonian ministry of defence has introduced a brand new navy package deal for Ukraine.

The package deal is value €80 million and can embrace anti-tank Javelin missiles.

Estonia has given the most important share of its GDP to Ukraine by way of navy help out of any of Kyiv’s western allies, in keeping with the Kiel Institute.

Putin says he hopes for prisoner swap for western journalist Gershkovich however talks are ‘not easy’

Thursday 14 December 2023 12:45 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin, requested on Thursday a couple of potential prisoner swap for the Wall Road Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and US Marine veteran Paul Whelan, mentioned that he hoped an settlement could be reached, however that the US needed to take heed to Russia’s circumstances.

Requested concerning the two males’s circumstances by a New York Instances reporter (cited under) at his annual press convention, Putin mentioned: “We need to attain an settlement, and these agreements have to be mutually acceptable and should go well with each events.”

He mentioned Russia had ongoing contacts with america over the difficulty.

“It’s not easy, I can’t go into particulars now, however typically, it appears to me that we communicate a language that’s comprehensible to one another. I hope we’ll discover a answer. However, I repeat, the American facet should hear us and make an applicable choice, one which fits the Russian facet.”

It comes as a Moscow courtroom, throughout Putin’s convention, upheld a ruling to carry Mr Gershkovich in detention till 30 January.

Russia arrested Moscow correspondent Mr Gershkovich on prices of spying in March. Mr Gershkovich, the Wall Road Journal, and the White Home have all denied that he’s a spy, or works for the US authorities.

Marine veteran Paul Whelan was arrested in 2018, convicted of spying for the US in 2020 and sentenced to 16 years in jail. Whelan and the US authorities each deny the costs.

The US authorities considers each males to be wrongfully detained. The State Division mentioned on 5 December that Russia had in current weeks rejected a considerable new proposal for his or her launch.

Japan scrambles jets as Russia and China conduct air drive patrol

Thursday 14 December 2023 12:12 , Tom Watling

Japan has scrambled fighter jets as Russia and China introduced it was conducting a joint patrol over the Sea of Japan and the East China Sea.

A press release from the Russian ministry of defence (MoD) mentioned strategic missile carriers from the Kremlin flew alongside Chinese language Hun-6k strategic bombers earlier at the moment.

The Japanese MoD mentioned that they had deployed fighter jets to observe the state of affairs.

A press release from Russia learn: “Fighter air cowl was offered alongside your complete route of joint patrol by Su-35s of the Russian Aerospace Forces and Su-30/Jian 11b of the Chinese language Air Power.

“Through the execution of their missions , the plane of each international locations acted strictly in accordance with the provisions of worldwide regulation. There have been no violations of the airspace of international states.”

You possibly can see footage of an idential patrol from November 2022 under.

European Union is sorely examined to maintain its guarantees to Ukraine intact

Thursday 14 December 2023 11:44 , Tom Watling

European Union leaders struggled firstly of a two-day summit Thursday to maintain their two most basic guarantees to Ukraine at struggle intact — to present it the cash and wherewithal to stave off the Russian invasion and keep its hope that at some point will probably be in a position to be a part of the rich bloc.

European Union is sorely examined to maintain its guarantees to Ukraine intact

Putin blames his invasion of Ukraine on ‘creeping’ NATO

Thursday 14 December 2023 11:06 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has issued up to date feedback on his oft-made declare that NATO and the allied West compelled him to invade Ukraine.

He mentioned: “The unbridled want to creep in direction of our borders, taking Ukraine into NATO, all this led to this tragedy. Plus the bloody occasions in Donbass for eight years – all this led to the tragedy that we at the moment are experiencing. They compelled us into these actions…

“What america conceived and arranged, Europe stands and silently watches, or performs and sings together with them there. Nicely how can we construct relations with them?”

“When inside adjustments occur (in america), after they begin respecting different folks, different international locations, after they begin searching for compromise as a substitute of making an attempt to resolve their points with sanctions and navy intervention, then the basic circumstances might be in place to revive fully-fledged relations. Up to now, such circumstances will not be in place, however we’re prepared for that.”

Listed below are Putin’s full feedback on peace negotiations with Ukraine

Thursday 14 December 2023 10:54 , Tom Watling

At his annual information convention, the Russian autocrat mentioned: “There might be peace once we obtain our targets. Let’s return to those targets: they haven’t modified. I’ll remind you of what we talked about then: the denazification of Ukraine, its demilitarisation, its impartial standing.

“As for demilitarisation, in the event that they don’t need to come to an settlement, then we’re compelled to take different measures, together with navy ones.

“Or we’ll agree on sure phrases. By the best way we agreed on these in talks in Istanbul. However then these agreements have been scrapped. However we agreed on this. There are different prospects – both attain an settlement or resolve it by drive. That is what we’ll try for.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, (AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks throughout his annual information convention in Moscow, (AP)

Putin: 617,000 Russian troops are presently combating in Ukraine

Thursday 14 December 2023 10:36 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has claimed that greater than 600,000 Russian troops are presently combating in Ukraine.

He didn’t present any proof. Such figures appear prone to be an overstimate.

Reside: Putin holds first annual information convention since begin of Ukraine struggle

Thursday 14 December 2023 10:26 , Tom Watling

Watch Vladimir Putin’s information convention stay right here with translation.

Putin admits Russian frontline features are ‘modest’

Thursday 14 December 2023 10:19 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has claimed that Russia forces are “bettering their place” all alongside the 600–mile frontline – however added that the features are “modest”.

In Kremlin doublespeak, such an admission is stark.

“Nearly alongside your complete line of contact, our armed forces, let’s say modestly, are bettering their place,” Putin mentioned.

“Nearly everyone seems to be in an energetic stage of motion, and the state of affairs of our troops is bettering all through.”

Russian forces have gained about 0.08 p.c of Ukrainian territory in 2023. They’ve misplaced tens of 1000’s of troopers within the course of, in keeping with US estimates.

Putin admitted that Russian gains on the front were ‘modest’, which amounts to a rare admission of failure (EPA)

Putin admitted that Russian features on the entrance have been ‘modest’, which quantities to a uncommon admission of failure (EPA)

Putin requested why his ‘actuality differs from ours’

Thursday 14 December 2023 10:12 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has been requested “why does your actuality differ from ours” throughout his information convention, although it seems he has determined to not reply that query.

A big blue display is presently displaying questions from a pool of greater than 2 million from journalists and the Russian public.

One query that has simply appeared on the display requested: “Why does your actuality differ from ours?”

One other requested: “Mr President, when will the true Russia appear to be the one on TV?”

Putin doesn’t seem to have answered both.

The questions are a reference to the distinction between Russian state media, which is closely censored by the Kremlin, and on-line sources of data, that are much less regulated.

In accordance with Russian state media, the struggle in Ukraine has been an excellent success; much less censored retailers on-line, on Telegram and different platforms, are extra sincere, although they nonetheless bear some extent of censorship.

Questions from the Russian public come through on a large blue screen in front of Putin (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Questions from the Russian public come by means of on a big blue display in entrance of Putin (POOL/AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

Putin says Ukraine counteroffensive was a failure

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:52 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has alleged that Ukraine is “simply sending their males out to be destroyed” in a swipe at their summer time counteroffensive.

He mentioned: “The enemy introduced an enormous counteroffensive. none of it labored anyplace. I don’t even know why they do that. They’re simply sending their males out to be destroyed. It’s a one-way ticket.”

His feedback come as 1000’s of Russians have been wounded or killed after being thrown right into a fruitless assault on the japanese Ukrainian metropolis of Avdiivka over the previous two months.

Ukrainian military soldiers fire from the MT-12 or 2A29 gun 'Rapira' is a Soviet smoothbore 100-mm anti-tank gun on 7 December in Avdiivka, Ukraine (Getty Images)

Ukrainian navy troopers hearth from the MT-12 or 2A29 gun ‘Rapira’ is a Soviet smoothbore 100-mm anti-tank gun on 7 December in Avdiivka, Ukraine (Getty Pictures)

Putin claims Russia have been compelled to start out struggle with Ukraine

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:45 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has claimed that Russia was compelled to start out the “particular navy operation” in Ukraine.

Reciting Kremlin favourites, he steered NATO had encroached upon Russia, that the 2 revolutions in Ukraine have been staged, and that European leaders are intentionally making an attempt to steal away Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin attends annual special televised question-and-answer session (Anadolu via Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin attends annual particular televised question-and-answer session (Anadolu by way of Getty Pictures)

Putin addresses troopers allegedly combating in Ukraine, tells them of significance of patriotism

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:38 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has addressed a gaggle of troopers allegedly skyping in from the frontline in Ukraine concerning the significance of patriotism.

He mentioned: “They are saying wars are gained not by fighters however by college academics. And monks. And that’s right. Educating folks within the spirit of patriotism is critically vital and we’re already beginning to do that.”

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:34 , Tom Watling

Beneath are a number of the newest photographs popping out of Gostinyy Dvor, the exhibition corridor in Moscow, close to the Kremlin, the place Vladimir Putin is holding his first main information convention for the reason that begin of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin is fitted with a microphone ahead of the conference (AP)

Vladimir Putin is fitted with a microphone forward of the convention (AP)

Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow (AP)

Vladimir Putin speaks throughout his annual information convention in Moscow (AP)

Dozens of journalists gather in Moscow for Putin’s conference (via REUTERS)

Dozens of journalists collect in Moscow for Putin’s convention (by way of REUTERS)

Putin says there may be ‘no want’ for one more mobilisation

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:30 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has mentioned “there isn’t any want” for one more mobilisation as a result of there are already almost half 1,000,000 males within the Russian navy.

He was requested immediately if there could be one other spherical of mobilisation.

Tens of 1000’s of Russian males of combating age fled the nation within the quick aftermath of the partial mobilisation final September.

Putin says targets for Ukraine takeover ‘haven’t modified’

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:26 , Tom Watling

Putin says there might be peace with Ukraine “solely once we obtain our targets … and people targets haven’t modified”.

He’s referring to the whole takeover of Ukraine.

His feedback come amid wider US calls amongst Republicans for a ceasefire settlement between Ukraine and Russia, saying that that’s the solely technique to “cease the killing”, as JD Vance, the Ohio senator, mentioned.

Putin ‘Direct Line’ assembly will get underway

Thursday 14 December 2023 09:11 , Tom Watling

Vladimir Putin has arrived for his “Direct Line” tackle, footage has proven.

He’ll spend the subsequent three hours answering questions put to him by journalists and the Russian public.

What is going on in Brussels at the moment? European leaders meet with Zelensky

Thursday 14 December 2023 08:50 , Tom Watling

The 27 leaders of the European Union will meet with Volodymr Zelensky at the moment for a two-day summit.

On the agenda might be three predominant subjects: an settlement to start out talks on Ukraine’s formal accession to the bloc; discovering consensus to cross £46 billion in monetary help to Kyiv to prop up its financial system in 2024; and attaining help for an EU navy package deal to Ukraine value as much as €20bn (£17bn).

All 27 members should agree for any of the three pledges to be made.

The chance of success in any of the three areas seems troublesome – however it isn’t unattainable.

The important thing might be in pacifying Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who has mentioned he intends to dam Ukraine’s accession plans and the EU’s monetary help package deal to Ukraine. Hungary has refused to produce weapons to Ukraine for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion.

However the EU in a single day unblocked €10bn in funds it had beforehand withheld from Hungary over its failure to fight state corruption, amongst different points, to encourage Mr Orban to return round.

An extra €21 billion stays frozen; Mr Orban could leverage his veto energy to win extra of these funds.

Mr Zelensky, who was pictured talking intently to Mr Orban in Argentina over the weekend, has accused Hungary of working with Russia. Mr Orban stays on pleasant phrases with Putin, assembly the chief in Beijing in October.

“If there isn’t any optimistic information [in Brussels], this can imply that Putin vetoed this choice,” the Ukrainian chief warned yesterday.

Relating to the navy proposal, it has run into heavy resistance from the EU’s largest monetary contributor Germany, which has argued international locations ought to now concentrate on offering bilateral (one-to-one) navy help to Ukraine.

Diplomats say the 20 billion determine is nearly actually lifeless however international locations are debating whether or not to pledge within the summit declaration at the least €5 billion.

A worker puts the final touches on a display of flags of EU member states ahead of a European Council in Brussels (EPA)

A employee places the ultimate touches on a show of flags of EU member states forward of a European Council in Brussels (EPA)

Russia assaults south Ukraine with 42 drones and missiles, killing 1, Ukraine says

Thursday 14 December 2023 08:26 , Tom Watling

Russia launched 42 drones and 6 missiles at Ukraine’s southern areas in a single day with air defences destroying 41 drones, however missiles killed one civilian, Ukrainian navy has mentioned.

“The defenders of the sky managed to shoot down 41 out of 42 Shahed-136/131 assault drones. The overwhelming majority of them have been shot down in Odesa area,” Ukrainian Air Power mentioned on Telegram.

The Ukrainian navy mentioned wreckage of downed drones broken greater than a dozen buildings within the southern metropolis of Odesa and 11 civilians, together with three youngsters, have been injured.

Emergency companies mentioned that in an in a single day missile strike on the neighbouring Kherson area, one individual was killed and a medical facility, non-public home and storage have been destroyed.

Firefighters in Odesa attend the aftermath of a Russian drone strike (Telegram / Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine)

Firefighters in Odesa attend the aftermath of a Russian drone strike (Telegram / Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine)

Listed below are a number of the newest photographs from Ukraine and Russia

Thursday 14 December 2023 07:48 , Tom Watling

Beneath are a number of the newest photographs from Ukraine and Russia.

Russian journalists are seen queueing up in the snow for Vladimir Putin’s Moscow speech (Telegram)

Russian journalists are seen queueing up within the snow for Vladimir Putin’s Moscow speech (Telegram)

A building in Odessa, southern Ukraine, is destroyed by a Russian drone overnight (Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine / Telegram)

A constructing in Odessa, southern Ukraine, is destroyed by a Russian drone in a single day (Defence Forces of Southern Ukraine / Telegram)

A dog sits in the snow next to a Ukrainian tank crew in a position near to the town of Bakhmut (AFP via Getty Images)

A canine sits within the snow subsequent to a Ukrainian tank crew able close to to the city of Bakhmut (AFP by way of Getty Pictures)

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