‘Who is ready to fight alongside us? I don’t see anyone. Everyone is afraid’: Ukraine’s Zelensky rages at NATO for leaving his countrymen ‘alone’ to fight Russia – with fears Kyiv will fall in 96 hours and scores killed on Day 1 of Europe’s new war
The Ukrainian capital of Kyiv is expected to fall to Russian forces within days and the country’s resistance effectively crippled, US security officials fear. Troops are already closing in on the seat of Ukrainian power after taking control of the strategic Chernobyl nuclear power plant today, and will seize it within 96 hours, three officials told Newsweek . They said Vladimir Putin plans to encircle forces in Kyiv and force them to either surrender or be destroyed by Sunday, and the leadership of Ukraine to fall in a week. A source close to the Ukrainian government said they agreed that Kyiv will be surrounded within 96 hours but believed the government will stay strong and not collapse. In a bid to thwart the imminent capture of the city, Emmanuel Macron spoke to Vladimir Putin tonight, who gave the French leader an ‘exhaustive’ explanation of his justification for war.
‘Go f*** yourselves’: The defiant final words of 13 brave Ukrainian soldiers defending Snake Island – just 40 miles from Romanian border in the Black Sea – before Russian navy opened fire and killed them all
The small contingent of soldiers, allegedly 13 in number, were posted on Snake Island (top right) in the Odesa region (map bottom right) and were defending the territory after Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. In a radio message, the soldiers were told by a sailor on board the vessel: ‘This is Russian warship. ‘[We] Suggest you lay down your weapons and surrender to avoid bloodshed and needless victims. Otherwise you will be shelled.’ However, the Ukrainian troops defiantly refused to give up the territory and instead replied with a defiant message of ‘go f*** yourselves’. Soon afterwards, all were killed in an aerial bombardment. Late on Thursday, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged the deaths of the soldiers. Pictured left: A video purporting to show a Ukrainian soldier on the island moments before it was hit by a shell.
Terrified Ukrainians seek refuge from Putin’s onslaught in Kharkiv subway: Children sleep with their parents on the tracks in haunting echoes of the Blitz
Terrified Ukrainians, including families with young children and pets, filled Kharkiv’s subway station following Russia’s early morning invasion on Thursday. Trains have all stopped within the metro station, which was built after World War II and designed to be used as a bomb shelter, as those seeking refuge were seen sheltering and sleeping inside subway cars. The scenes evoked haunting echoes of London during The Blitz in 1940 and 1941.
Ukraine has RETAKEN airport on outskirts of Kyiv from Russian special forces, claims defense minister, as President Zelensky says up to 60,000 enemy troops are currently on Ukrainian soil
Ukraine’s government on Thursday night (bottom right) said that Antonov Airport, in the town of Hostomel on the outskirts of Kyiv, had been retaken from Russian troops by Ukrainian forces. Footage from CNN (top right) showed the Russians at the airport attempting to cling on to the prized asset, but being repelled by Ukrainians. The Ukrainian National Guard (left) showed a photo of three grinning soldiers holding a bullet-ridden flag, which they said was a result of the fierce battle for the airport.
‘No one expected sanctions to prevent anything’: Biden’s baffling response after freezing all Kremlin assets in America, targeting four more banks: Says Putin wants to ‘re-establish Soviet Union’
President Joe Biden ocondemned Vladimir Putin for his invasion of the Ukraine and announced a series of new sanctions on Russian financial insitutitions that will have a ‘severe’ effect on economy
Biden warns Putin that the U.S. will be ‘involved’ if he moves into NATO countries as Ukraine hands out 10,000 assault rifles to citizens: President still insists he won’t send American forces into Kiev – but deploys 7,000 to Germany
President Joe Biden on Thursday warned Vladimir Putin that U.S. forces will defend NATO territory if he broadens his assault beyond Ukraine, and said he was ordering more troops to Europe.
Powerful Russians in Putin’s ‘inner circle’ who ‘pillage the state to enrich themselves’: Here are the oligarchs targeted in Biden’s new sanctions
The Russian elites targeted by Thursday’s sanctions round are either from prominent families close to Putin himself, or powerful leaders in the country’s financial sector, the administration said.
Republicans slam Biden for admitting he ‘knew’ about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine for months but still ‘did nothing’ and not sanctioning Putin personally is a ‘big mistake’
Republicans eviscerated President Biden for admitting he knew Vladimir Putin would launch the attack even with U.S. sanctions and for failing to sanction the Russian leader personally.
Barack Obama condemns Putin’s ‘brazen attack on the people of Ukraine’ and says he and Michele will pray for ‘all those who will bear the cost of a senseless war’
Former president Barack Obama – who held office when Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 – is condemning the Vladimir Putin-ordered invasion of Ukraine, calling it a ‘brazen attack on the people’
Trump’s deputy national security adviser says Putin can do ‘whatever he wants’ with oil at $100 a barrel and Russia was hamstrung when it was $40 under her administration
Donald Trump’s policy of energy independence kept Vladimir Putin in check, according to the former president’s Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland.
Protesters taking to streets of Russia are warned they face TREASON charges: More than 1,700 are arrested as peace demonstrations erupt across the country sparking Putin crackdown
Pictures showed Russian police clamping down on anti war protesters in the Moscow and St. Petersburg, some of whom had to be physically carried away by officers in police uniform.
A nationwide mask mandate that’s been in place for the bulk of the pandemic will be largely lifted, according to a report. It’s not clear whether schools will be included in the change
More than 2,000 flights are canceled and 110MILLION Americans are under weather alerts as winter storm approaches: Up to six inches of snow is due in the Northeast including NYC through tomorrow
More than 2,000 flights have been canceled across the US and 110m are under weather alerts as a winter storm makes its way Northeast.
People’s Convoy reroutes after Arizona sees up to a foot of snow – but truckers insist they’ll still arrive on schedule in DC as they take COVID mandate protest to White House
The People’s Convoy was forced to revise its cross-country route due to inclement weather in Arizona. Parts of the state saw about a foot of snow Wednesday after a winter storm rolled through.
REVEALED: Russia’s mobile crematoriums designed to ‘evaporate’ dead soldiers and hide true scale of war – as distraught mothers say their sons were tricked into joining Putin’s army and told they were going to Ukraine for practice drills
The crematoriums have been deployed along with tanks and war jets. Their presence has been noted in the region for years, but they carry a grim new poignance now that all-out war has been declared. A haunting video of them shows they operate. The exterior of the trucks look like regular vehicles, but they contain hidden incinerators. Western leaders and defense experts say they may be used to incinerate the bodies of soldiers in an effort of hiding the true death toll of the war.
Isolated, paranoid, deluded. But Vladimir Putin isn’t a mad despot… he’s evil, writes the Russian President’s biographer Professor MARK GALEOTTI
MARK GALEOTTI: Vladimir Putin’s address announcing the Russian invasion of Ukraine was the stuff of nightmares. Within hours, bombs and missiles were raining down on Ukraine.
Xi Jinping is the ONLY person who can stop the catastrophe in Ukraine and China MUST bring ‘madman’ Vladimir Putin to heel, Peter Dutton warns
The Defence Minister hammered the Chinese leader for failing to exert pressure on Putin following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Putin will ‘decapitate’ the Ukrainian government in Kyiv and install his own: Pentagon issues grim predictions as they detail full-scale Russian assault with 160 missile strikes and 75 jets launched from Crimea to Belarus
The Pentagon said Russia’s movements mean that if intelligence reports are correct, the conflict could break into the bloodiest fight Europe’s seen since the second world war.
Biden administration EXPELS Russia’s second most senior diplomat in Washington in retaliation for Kremlin kicking out the U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission two weeks ago and after the full-blown Ukrainian invasion
The U.S. expelled from Washington Russia’s second-ranking diplomat in the U.S., Minister Counselor Sergey Trepelkov, a State Department official revealed Thursday.
‘This is what happens when America’s enemies see a weak and incompetent President’: Scores of Republicans join calls that Biden is ‘unfit’ and responsible for letting Putin invade Ukraine
As Vladimir Putin launched a bombing campaign of Ukraine, scores of Republicans unloaded on the leader they saw as the villain: President Joe Biden.
A sudden withdrawal, a fightback by Ukraine…or a nuclear clash with the West? From swift resolution to apocalypse, MARK ALMOND examines what might happen next following Russia’s invasion
MARK ALMOND, Director of the Crisis Research Institute, Oxford, runs through the options of where Putin’s ‘Blitzkrieg’ approach to the invasion of Ukraine might go next. He posits several options, including a sudden withdrawal. Other options include Ukraine in overrun, as Mr Almond writes that ‘indeed, US sources fear Kyiv could fall as early as Sunday’. He includes the possibility that Ukraine will fight back, as well as that Russia will push on beyond Ukraine and that ‘Putin could create a vast new Russian Empire’. Another option sees a nuclear clash with the West.
Can Ukraine stand up to Russia? Putin has 900,000 active troops – over FOUR times as many as Kiev – along with 13,000 tanks and 74 warships
President Vladimir Putin has the world’s fifth largest active military at his disposal, compared to Ukraine’s which sits in 22nd place.
John Kerry is slammed for saying he hopes Putin stays ‘on track’ to fight CLIMATE CHANGE as Russia prepared to invade Ukraine
President Biden’s climate envoy said frozen Russian land is ‘thawing’ and urged Putin to ‘help us to stay on track with respect to what we need to do for the climate.
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The saddest goodbye: Mothers and young children wave farewell to loved ones they are forced to leave behind as they flee Ukraine
Heart-rending pictures show women holding their babies and kissing their partners goodbye (pictured right) before boarding a bus out of Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine, on Thursday. One father, 28-year-old Vlad (left), could be seen handing his two-year-old son to mother Tatiana, 26, as she departed the capital city (bottom inset) that has been hit by airstrikes and swarmed by enemy forces. The images come as terrified Ukrainians are left scrambling for fuel, queuing for hours outside cash machines and piling into trains and cars in an attempt to flee. Petrol stations started rationing the amount each driver could buy while huge lines formed outside ATMs across the country despite bombs dropping. Russian troops swept into Ukraine in early morning raids on Thursday as President Vladimir Putin gave the green light for his forces to launch a ‘special military operation’.
Biden tells American oil companies not to ‘exploit’ the Ukrainian invasion and insists he will do ‘everything he can’ to make sure gas prices don’t skyrocket at home
Russian troops have poured into Ukraine by land, air and sea. Ukraine said 57 of its citizens have been killed so far and more than 160 wounded as explosions wrack the country’s major cities.
Mitch McConnell says the Afghanistan withdrawal was ‘an invitation to autocrats to make a move’ because it was a sign ‘America was in retreat and could not be depended on’ in searing rebuke of Biden’s global status
As Biden prepared to update the American people on a new sanctions package aimed at Russia on Thursday afternoon, McConnell urged him to levy the harshest possible penalties on Putin.
‘Put sunflower seeds in your pockets so they grow on Ukraine soil when you DIE’: Moment defiant woman bravely confronts heavily armed Russian troops
The woman shouted at two of the invaders: ‘What the f*** are you doing in our land?’ while one of the embarrassed soldiers in Henichesk, a port city on the sea of Azov, tried to calm her. She walked away, then called back: ‘You should put sunflower seeds in your pockets so that they will grow on Ukranian land after you die.’ The incident came as protesters in Moscow voiced their support for Ukraine as they chanted ‘there is no war’ outside Pushkinskaya Metro station in the Russian capital.
Escaping Kiev: Shaken American families flee Ukraine for Romania on buses arranged by ex-US military volunteers – but THOUSANDS are still stranded after Biden told them: You’re on your own
Fourteen Americans fled Ukraine on a mini-bus this morning that was arranged by Army and Navy veteran Bryan Stern, who rescued dozens from Afghanistan last year after they were stranded.
How ‘despot’ with dreams of recreating the Soviet Union spun a false narrative he was ‘ridding Ukraine of neo-Nazis’ to start his long-planned war… that the West has been ‘ignoring’ for YEARS
Russian President Vladimir Putin ignored international condemnation and sanctions to press ahead with the invasion of Ukraine this morning.
More than 150 senior Russian officials sign open letter condemning Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as ‘an unprecedented atrocity’ and warn of ‘catastrophic consequences’
The deputies said they were ‘convinced’ Russian citizens do not back the war and blamed Putin ‘personally’ for ordering an invasion, warning it will lead to ‘catastrophic consequences’.
Putin’s innocent victims: Son weeps over body of his father killed as bloodied Ukrainians stagger through rubble in horrifying images from city bombed by Putin
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Russia today launched all-out war against Ukraine with simultaneous attacks coming from south, east and north, by land and by air. And shelling in Kharkiv has killed a boy in an apartment block, Ukrainian authorities say. Other civilians were also injured and some others are believed to have died. Missiles and bombs rained from the sky, tanks rolled across the border, troops parachuted down on eastern regions and explosions were seen across the country after Vladimir Putin gave the order to attack. The Russian Defense Ministry said it was not targeting cities, but using precision weapons and claimed that ‘there is no threat to civilian population.’ Yet Luhansk, Sumy, Kharkiv and Chernihiv in the east of Ukraine all reported coming under attack, with blasts also reported in the west – in Zhytomyr and Lviv, close to the border with Poland. And extraordinary video footage showed what appeared to be a cruise missile slamming into Ivano-Frankivsk airport, also in the west. An apartment block in Kharkiv was struck, causing civilian casualties.
Republicans demand answers from Biden over how he will evacuate ‘23,000 Americans’ stranded in Ukraine after shambolic Afghanistan withdrawal
Republican Senators Bill Hagerty and Marsha Blackburn on Thursday sent a letter to the Secretary of Defense and State Secretary Blinken demanding answers.
How Putin rains down death on Ukraine: The thermonuclear-capable Kalibr cruise missile Russia is using to strike targets
The missile being used is believed to be the Kalibr, a long-range cruise missile developed by Russia as a rival to the American-made Tomahawk.
‘Heart-wrenchingly human’: Ukraine’s President Zelensky is heaped with praise after warning Putin hours before invasion that his troops would ‘see our faces and not our backs’
Mr Zelensky had warned Vladimir Putin in his overnight address that his countrymen would not flee in the face of a Russian invasion. His stirring words were met with praise on social media today.
Will China bail out Putin? Fears Beijing could take on the West by stepping in to buy Russian gas and oil and limit impact of financial sanctions
China could buy more Russian energy and lend Moscow cash to help Vladimir Putin weather the storm of sanctions imposed by the West over the Ukraine crisis, experts have predicted.
Children are less like to spread Coronavirus because they only release a quarter of virus particles compared to adults, according to study
A German research team from the University of Berlin found that children emit less of the virus when the breathe, sing or speak, and around an even amount of the particles when they shout.
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