Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – Humiliated Putin has 'NO CHOICE' but back down to Kyiv after 'appalling miscalculations'
12th May 2022

VLADIMIR Putin has 'no choice' but to back down to Kyiv after his 'appaling miscalculations' the UK's armed forces minister has said.

James Heappey, the UK’s armed forces minister, stressed that we will be arming the Ukrainians in order to restore their 'territorial integrity'.

His comments highlighted how Putin’s invasion had so far largely been a spectacular failure.

Speaking on a visit to Uganda, Mr Heappey said: “Putin has miscalculated appallingly. The behaviour of him and his armed forces has only strengthened our resolve.

“We are determined that Putin will fail in his mission and Ukraine will get to end this on their terms, with the restoration of their territorial integrity.”

He added: “The UK is providing Ukraine with weapon systems with increasing range.

“We are arming the Ukrainians in order to restore their territorial integrity, we are arming the Ukrainians to recover their freedom, to re-discover and re-own their democracy.”

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia responds to Finland joining Nato

    Russia has said Finland's plan to join Nato is "definitely" a threat to itself.

    They have also said that the expansion of the military bloc will not make Europe or the world more stable.

    Speaking to reporters on a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the steps taken by Finland to join Nato were a cause for regret and a reason to impose a symmetrical response, Reuters news agency reports.

    He added Finland had taken "unfriendly steps" against Russia.

    Asked what form Russia's response would take, he said: "Everything will depend on how this… process of Nato expansion plays out, the extent to which military infrastructure moves closer to our borders."

  • Louis Allwood

    NATO Secretary General says Finland's membership would strengthen both parties

    NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the country's membership would strengthen both Nato and Finland itself.

    Stoltenberg said: "Should Finland decide to apply, they would be warmly welcomed into Nato, and the accession process would be smooth and swift."

    Stoltenberg adds: "Finland is one of Nato's closest partners, a mature democracy, a member of the European Union, and an important contributor to Euro-Atlantic security."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian ‘tank graveyard’

    Dramatic satellite images show a Russian Z tank "graveyard" littered with 52 vehicles that were blown up by Ukrainian troops in a single battle.

    The woefully unprepared Russian battalion was bombed to smithereens trying to cross the river Donets in Ukraine in another humiliating setback for Vladimir Putin's forces.

    The embarrassing news comes as Russian forces were forced back from the outskirts of the eastern city of Kharkiv.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the counteroffensive had "liberated" the country's second-biggest city and surrounding villages and given his troops a clear line to attack occupying forces in the strategic town of Izyum.

    "The occupiers are gradually being pushed away," Zelensky said as he hailed the effort of his "superhuman" forces.

    "I am grateful to all our defenders who are holding the line and demonstrating truly superhuman strength to drive out the army of invaders."

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky commends Finland

    President Volodymyr Zelensky has commended Finland for its "readiness to apply for Nato membership".

    Writing on social media just now, Zelensky said: "Had a phone conversation with President of Finland @niinisto. Commended the readiness of Finland to apply for NATO membership.

    "We also discussed Ukraine's European integration and Ukraine and Finland's defense interaction."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian tank blows up hurling turret 250ft into the air

    Shocking video captures the moment a Russian tank is reportedly blown up, sending its turret hurtling 250ft into the air following a Ukrainian missile strike.

    The captured dashcam footage, reportedly filmed in eastern Ukraine, shows Putin's war machine exploding in an enormous fireball as it drives along a road.

    In the clip filmed from a car driving behind the tank, a huge blast erupts shortly up the road, and what appears to be a tank turret goes flying into the sky.

    A number of figures, possibly Russian soldiers, are seen desperately scrambling for cover.

    It was filmed by the Chinese state media channel Phoenix TV, which shared a clip of its journalist's close encounter with the inferno on its YouTube channel.

  • Louis Allwood

    Denmark welcomes Finland's decision to join Nato

    A number of countries have started expressing support for Finland's move to join NATO.

    Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen says they will welcome Finland in Nato.

    She says the decision for Finland to join "will strengthen Nato and our common security."

    She added: "Denmark will do everything for a quick admission process after the formal application".

  • Louis Allwood

    Germany may be able to cope with gas boycott

    Economy Minister Robert Habeck has said Germany may be able to cope with a boycott of Russian gas imports.

    He told the WirtschaftsWoche weekly on Thursday that Berlin had stepped up efforts to reduce its reliance on Russian energy supplies.

    The minister said: "If we have full storage facilities at the turn of the year, if two of the four floating LNG (liquified natural gas) tankers we have leased are connected to the grid and if we make significant energy savings, we can to some extent get through the winter if Russian gas supplies collapse."

  • Milica Cosic

    Russia says it hit two ammunition depots in Ukraine's Chernihiv region

    Russia said on Thursday its forces hit two ammunition depots in the Chernihiv region of Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported, according to Reuters.

    The defence ministry also said Russia had destroyed a Ukrainian S-300 air defence missile system in the Kharkiv region and a radar station near the city of Odesa. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Finnish president: Must join NATO 'without delay'

    Finland's president and prime minister said on Thursday they were in favour of joining NATO and a formal decision would be taken this weekend, after Russia's war in Ukraine sparked a swift u-turn in opinion.

    "Finland must apply for NATO membership without delay," President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin said in a joint statement.

    Niinisto has often served as a mediator between Russia and the West.

    "NATO membership would strengthen Finland's security. As a member of NATO, Finland would strengthen the entire defence alliance," the statement said.

    A special committee will announce Finland's formal decision on a membership bid on Sunday, the statement added.

  • Milica Cosic

    Sweden & Finland considering Nato membership today

    Finland is expected to announce its intention to join Nato on Thursday with Sweden likely to follow soon.

    Nato allies expect Finland and Sweden to be granted membership quickly, five diplomats and officials told Reuters.

    In the wider Nordic region, Norway, Denmark and the three Baltic states are already Nato members.

    However, the addition of Finland and Sweden would probably anger Moscow, which says enlargement of the organisation is a direct threat to its own security.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine’s Eurovision entry make it to semi-final

    UKRAINE’S Eurovision entry Kalush Orchestra glided through their semi-final — ahead of Saturday’s main event which they are tipped to win.

    The rap group were among ten countries who qualified on Tuesday for the grand final, to be held at Turin’s Pala Olimpico.

    But not all members will be present as MC KylymMen — which means MC CarpetMan — is serving with the Territorial Defence Forces around Kyiv.

    He has been replaced in his costume by another dancer.

    Several of the band have already helped protect their nation from the Russian invasion and were pictured in combat gear before flying out to Italy.

    Kalush Orchestra and their song Stefania are the bookies’ favourites to win this year, with Ladbrokes giving them odds of 4/7, followed by Italy at 11/2 and the UK third at 6/1.

  • Milica Cosic

    UK: Ukraine keeps up counterattack to north of Kharkiv

    Britain's defence ministry has today published its latest intelligence.

    It has said that Ukrainian forces are keeping up a counterattack to the north of the second largest city of Kharkiv and recapturing several towns and villages toward the Russian border.

    Russia has reportedly withdrawn units from the area and the forces are likely to redeploy after replenishing the losses to the eastern bank of the Siverskyi Donets river, the British defence ministry said on Twitter.

  • Milica Cosic

    Poland's PM: Putin ‘more dangerous than Hitler or Stalin’

    Vladimir Putin is more dangerous than Adolf Hitler or Joseph Stalin, the Polish prime minister has warned.

    Poland’s leader Mateusz Morawiecki called for “de-Putinisation” in an article in The Telegraph. 

    He said Mr Putin’s dangeruous ideology is bolstered by “deadlier weapons” at his disposal and new media at his fingertips to spread his propaganda.

    “Putin is neither Hitler nor Stalin. Unfortunately, he is more dangerous,” he wrote.

    “Not so long ago, Poland engaged in an information war with Russia over the genesis of the Second World War. We won; but Putin achieved his goals. He infected the internet with millions of instances of fake news.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    Help those fleeing conflict with The Sun’s Ukraine Fund

    PICTURES of women and children fleeing the horror of Ukraine’s devastated towns and cities have moved Sun readers to tears.

    Many of you want to help the five million caught in the chaos — and now you can, by donating to The Sun’s Ukraine Fund.

    Give as little as £3 or as much as you can afford and every penny will be donated to the Red Cross on the ground helping women, children, the old, the infirm and the wounded.

    Donate here to help The Sun’s fund

    Or text to 70141 from UK mobiles

    £3 — text SUN£3
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    Texts cost your chosen donation amount (e.g. £5) +1 standard message (we receive 100%). For full T&Cs visit redcross.org.uk/mobile

    The Ukraine Crisis Appeal will support people in areas currently affected and those potentially affected in the future by the crisis.

    In the unlikely event that the British Red Cross raise more money than can be reasonably and efficiently spent, any surplus funds will be used to help them prepare for and respond to other humanitarian disasters anywhere in the world.

    For more information visit https://donate.redcross.org.uk/appeal/disaster-fund

  • Milica Cosic

    Moment Russian tank blows up

    SHOCKING video captures the moment a Russian tank is reportedly blown up, sending its turret hurtling 250ft into the air following a Ukrainian missile strike.

    The captured dashcam footage, reportedly filmed in eastern Ukraine, shows Putin's war machine exploding in an enormous fireball as it drives along a road.

    In the clip filmed from a car driving behind the tank, a huge blast erupts shortly up the road, and what appears to be a tank turret goes flying into the sky.

    A number of figures, possibly Russian soldiers, are seen desperately scrambling for cover.

    It was filmed by the Chinese state media channel Phoenix TV, which shared a clip of its journalist's close encounter with the inferno on its YouTube channel.

  • Milica Cosic

    EU's von der Leyen: Russia 'most direct threat to world order'

    Top European officials have today warned that Russia poses the "most direct threat" to world order and urged China to play a more constructive role on the international stage as they held talks in Tokyo.

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel are in Japan for talks that have touched on Russia's invasion of Ukraine but also growing concerns about China's role in Asia and beyond.

    Russia "is today the most direct threat to the world order with the barbaric war against Ukraine, and its worrying pact with China," von der Leyen said after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

    The annual summit comes with much of the international community rallying to pressure Moscow over Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russian spy boss compares US to German Nazi propaganda machine

    A Russian spy chief on Wednesday compared the U.S. State Department to the World War Two Nazi propaganda machine constructed by Joseph Goebbels, saying Washington had launched an anti-Russia messaging campaign across social media.

    Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s foreign intelligence agency (SVR), said the United States was encouraging the spreading of fake information on the popular Telegram messaging service in an attempt to “discredit” and “dehumanise Russia’s political and military leadership in the eyes of the Russian people”.

    In a statement published on the SVR website, Naryshkin said.”Their actions have a lot in common with the traditions of the Third Reich’s ministry of public education and propaganda and its head Joseph Goebbels,”

    Naryshkin provided no evidence to support the claims of a U.S.-backed information campaign.

    Russia regularly accuses the West of funding and supporting anti-Kremlin movements and has labelled dozens of independent human rights groups and media outlets in Russia “foreign agents” over recent years.

  • Milica Cosic

    Prisoners of war for wounded fighters offer

    Ukraine offered to release Russian prisoners of war in exchange for the safe evacuation of the badly injured fighters.

    Ukraine's troops are trapped inside a steel mill in the ruined city of Mariupol.

    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on Wednesday that negotiations were underway to release the injured fighters who are holed up in the last bastion of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol.

    She said there were different options, but “none of them is ideal".

  • Milica Cosic

    Russian governor says Ukrainian fire kills villager

    Firing from Ukraine killed one person and wounded seven in the Russian border village of Solokhi in the province of Belgorod, the regional governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, said today.

    Authorities in the area bordering Ukraine have accused Kyiv of a series of strikes, including a helicopter raid on a fuel depot. Kyiv, which has been fighting off a Russian invasion since February, has not claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Moscow describes its actions in Ukraine as a "special military operation".

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukrainian top prosecutor to hold first war crimes trial of captured Russian soldier

    UKRAINE'S top prosecutor has revealed plans for the first war crimes trial of a captured Russian soldier.

    Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said her office charged Sgt Vadin Shyshimarin, 21, in the killing of an unarmed 62-year-old civilian.

    The citizen was gunned down while riding a bicycle in February, four days into the war.

    Shyshimarin, who served with a tank unit, was accused of firing through a car window on the man in the north-eastern village of Chupakhivka.

    Ms Venediktova said the soldier could face up to 15 years in prison.

    She did not say when the trial would start.

    Ms Venediktova's office has been investigating more than 10,700 alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces, and has identified more than 600 suspects.

    Volodymyr Yavorskyy of the Center for Civil Liberties said the Ukrainian human rights group will be closely following Shyshimarin's trial to see if it is fair. “It’s very difficult to observe all the rules, norms and neutrality of the court proceedings in wartime,” he said.

  • Milica Cosic

    Good morning, Milica Cosic with you today. I'll be bringing you the latest news and updates on the Russia-Ukraine war.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin puts an end to hopes of peace

    Boris Johnson says it is a sad irony that EU leaders are being forced to discuss the best way to fortify shared defences.

    Speaking after signing historic pacts with Sweden and Finland on Wednesday the PM said: “When Europe celebrated VE day in 1945, a victory partly ensured by heroism of Russian people, we hoped peace on our continent would endure.”

    Putin’s bloodthirsty campaign against a sovereign nation has put an end to that hope, he says.

  • Joseph Gamp

    ‘Tyrant Putin is surrounded by gang of plotters on brink of toppling him’

    VLADIMIR Putin is being circled by “hardmen” who want him ousted over his terrible handling of the war in Ukraine, a former Nato commander has said.

    Sir James Everard, who served as Nato’s Deputy Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, said Putin was “in trouble” and running out to time to stop a coup against him.

    Speaking to The Sun Online, the Brit former squaddie, said: “Putin is in a terrible place. It was entirely of his own making.

    “There are hardmen in Russia who would have removed him if they had lost Ukraine to Nato and the EU.

    “He’s acted and now the whole thing has gone badly wrong and he is vulnerable again and he is in trouble.”

    It comes as Russia failed to achieve its military objective to have full control of the Donbass region in Ukraine by May 9.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Kharkiv governor urged residents to stay in shelters

    Governor Oleg Synegubov has said Kharkiv is under heavy fire and “fierce battles” are ongoing in the region.

    Synegubov said Russian troops have left behind “deadly traps” in the region and he urged residents to stay in shelters, rather than “rush to liberated settlements”.

    “The enemy is insidious and is doing everything to hurt as many civilian Ukrainians as possible,” he said on Telegram.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Putin is ‘weeks behind’ schedule

    VLADIMIR Putin is ‘weeks behind’ schedule and will look to escalate his attacks, becoming more ‘unpredictable’ as he prepares for a long war.

    According to a senior US defence official, Russian forces are several weeks behind where Vladimir Putin expected, after shifting the focus of military operations to Ukraine’s eastern Donbas.

    Speaking in a briefing call with reporters on Tuesday, the official said that Putin is “easily two weeks, or maybe even more, behind where he wanted to be in the east”.

    In the US, National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, said that Putin is now ‘preparing for a prolonged conflict’ in Ukraine.

    Avril said: “We assess President Putin is preparing for prolonged conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas.”

    “The uncertain nature of the battle, which is developing into a war of attrition, combined with the reality that Putin faces a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia’s current conventional military capabilities likely means the next few months could see us moving along a more unpredictable and potentially escalatory trajectory.”

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