Ukraine news LIVE: Mad Vladimir Putin threatens to RIP-UP Ukraine grain deal as despot insists Russia ‘will not lose’

VLADIMIR Putin has warned Europe he may RIP UP the crucial grain agreement Russia has with Ukraine.

Speaking at an economic conference in Vladivostok, Putin fueled fears of a military blockade in the Black Sea, as he stated he will speak with Turkey’s president about “limiting the destinations for grain exports.”

During his speech, the deranged despot accused Europe of “colonial” behaviour, as he falsely claimed that only 3% of the grain ships to leave Ukraine were sent to developing nations.

According to CNN, the number is closer to 27%.

These exports are crucial to the global food supply, and make up a large proportion of the developing world’s grain.

The bloodthirsty tyrant went on to say that Russia “won’t lose anything,” as its brutal invasion of Ukraine rages on.

These false claims come as Ukrainian military sources estimate Russia lost over 50,000 troops in the eight months since its invasion began.

Currently, Putin’s army is facing strong resistance in Kharkiv, where Ukrainian president Zelensky confirmed several key locations had been retaken.

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates…

  • Putin blames Ukraine for nuclear power plant damage

    In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Putin has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    “The IAEA are under pressure and cannot directly say that shelling comes from Ukrainian territory” he said on Wednesday.

    “We are controlling the station, our servicemen are stationed there. What, are we shooting at our own [men] or what? This is utter rubbish, it’s impossible to say otherwise.”

  • New iPhone still available to Russians, despite sanctions

    The new iPhone 14 will still be available for Russians to purchase, despite the plethora of trading sanctions currently placed on the country, according to a government official.

    “If consumers want to buy these phones, you’re welcome. They will have that chance,” Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told Russia’s RIA Novosti news agency.

    This comes despite Apple claiming to have stopped operations in the country.

  • A visual look at the current situation in Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence as provided a visual look at the current state of play in Ukraine.

    This comes as Ukraine’s president Zelensky announced the “good news” that his troops have taken key locations in Kharkiv.

    Meanwhile, fighting continues at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, as fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster grow.

  • Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant’s severed damage

    Russian troops seized control of Zaporizhzhia in early March, and their troops have been stationed there ever since.

    The Kremlin has denied responsibility for damage to the plant, blaming Kyiv for the shelling at the site.

    For its part, Kyiv blames Russia for heavy shelling and using the plant to hide its military equipment.

  • United States to commit $2 billion to Ukraine and surrounding allies

    The United State’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to announce a $2 billion scheme of aid for Ukraine and its surrounding allies today.

    Blinken made a surprise visit to Kyiv today, the third time he has visited since the conflict began.

    According to CNN, he “will announce that we are notifying Congress today of our intent to make a further $2 billion available in long-term investments under Foreign Military Financing to bolster the security of Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors; including both many of our NATO allies as well as other regional security partners who are most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.”

  • Xi Jinping to meet Putin next week

    CNN reports that the Chinese and Russian leaders are set to meet next week, amid ever-tightening bonds.

    This comes just days after the two nations took part in a joint military exercise.

    The pair are expected to meet at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

    This will mark the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face.

  • Belarus begins military exercise near Polish border

    The Russian ally-state has begun military exercises near the Polish border.

    The exercise will focus on “liberating territory temporarily seized by the enemy,” the Belarussian defence ministry said.

    Al Jazeera’s Gabriel Elizondo has reported Poland will be watching these events “very closely.”

  • Zelensky hails military success in Kharkiv

    Ukraine has reportedly taken several key locations in Kharkiv in recent days.

    The Ukrainian president announced the “good news” during his nightly address, but refused to elaborate on his army’s gains.

    Zelensky said he wanted to express “words of gratitude to the 25th Airborne Brigade, the 92nd separate Mechanized Brigade, and the 80th Air Assault Brigade for their bravery and heroism displayed during the execution of combat missions”.

  • US approves $675m in Ukrainian military aid

    The United States has approved a further $675m in military aid for Ukraine, according to US defence secretary Lloyd Austin.

    Austin praised Ukraine’s “demonstrable success” in resisting Putin’s invasion but claimed that Zelensky and his allies need to adapt as Europe prepares for a cold winter.

    Austin announced these investments at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

  • Russian gas giant releases chilling video

    Russian gas giant Gazprom has released a chilling video, depicting Europe “freezing to death” without Putin’s gas reserves.

    The two-minute video comes just days after it vowed to indefinitely keep natural gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shut off.

    In its eerie video titled “Winter will be big”, the Russian state-controlled natural gas supplier purports to show Europe “freezing over” in an “ice age” after Gazprom turned off its gas flow.

    The video shows aerial views of Western Europe’s capitals including Berlin, Paris, and London’s Shard all covered in white snow and freezing fog.

  • Putin threatens to completely shut off Europe’s gas if price cap is imposed

    Russian despot Vladimir Putin has threatened to completely shut off Europe’s gas supply if the EU goes ahead with its proposed price cap.

    Addressing a forum in Vladivostok, he said: “Will there be any political decisions that contradict the contracts? Yes, we just won’t fulfil them. We will not supply anything at all if it contradicts our interests.”

    Quoting a Russian fairy tale he added: “We would only have one thing left to do. As in the famous Russian fairy tale, we would sentence the wolf’s tail to be frozen.”

  • Latest update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    The Ministry of Defence has provided another look at the recent happenings in Ukraine.

    The statement reads: “In Kherson Oblast, Ukrainian brigades continue to conduct offensive operations. Ukraine has probably destroyed a military pontoon bridge at Darivka, which Russian forces had deployed after the nearby road bridge was severely damaged.

    “The Darivka crossing is one of the main routes between the northern and southern sectors of Russia’s military presence along the Dnipro river.

    “Ukraine’s systematic precision targeting of vulnerable crossing points likely continues to impose pressure on Russian forces as they attempt to contain Ukrainian attacks: it slows their ability to deploy operational reserves and resupply materiel from the east.”

  • Russian losses continue to rise as brutal invasion rages on

    Russian losses have surpassed 50,000, as Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion reaches its eighth month.

    Specifically, the Ukrainian Armed Forces report that Russia has lost 51,250 soldiers since the war began.

    On top of this, reports show Russia has lost 239 planes and 2,112 tanks.

  • US to meet allies in Germany for military support talks

    A new host of talks will be held to discuss how Ukraine’s military can be further supported in its fight against the Russian invasion.

    The talk will commence tomorrow, and will include NATO security boss Jens Stoltenberg, with ministers and chiefs from 40 different countries.

    Attendees will look at stocks from the different countries and agree what can be sourced for Ukraine’s war effort.

    The US Secretary of Defence landed at Ramstein Air Base today in Germany, ahead of the meeting.

  • Signs of ‘possible unspeakable torture’ inflicted on body of British aid worker

    The body of Paul Urey has been returned to the UK, after he died in Russian prison.

    Paul Urey, 45, was captured by Russian backed separatists in the now self proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

    He died in July this year of “illness” and “stress”.

    Mr Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister said Urey’s body had shown signs of “possible unspeakable torture,” Sky News reported.

  • Ukrainian letter “Ї” becomes resistance symbol

    The letter has become a symbol of protest in Mariupol.

    Euromaidan Press reported that people are painting the letter “Ї” on the streets, on public monuments too.

    It is reported that this letter is not present in the Russian language.

    Photos have been shared of the letter painted on roads in the Russian occupied Mariupol.

  • Ukranian forces take Kharviv villages, says Zelensky

    The President gave no further details about how the settlements were reclaimed, but did say he had “good news”.

    In his Wednesday night address, President Zelensky said: “Now is not the right time to name those settlements where the Ukrainian flag is returned.”

  • President Zelensky warns of ‘radiation catastrophe’

    The Ukrainian leader spoke ahead of the IAEA’s report on Zaporizhzhia.

    This stark warning came after the last working reactor shut down when a fire broke out, cutting it off from power lines.

    It is the sixth reactor, and the last remaining one, after number five was disconnected on Saturday due to shelling, it was reported.

    On Monday night, Zelenskyy said the shelling proves Russia did “not care what the IAEA will say”.

    “Again – already for the second time – because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” he said.

  • ‘On the verge of a humanitarian disaster’

    The mayor of Enerhodar has warned that parts of the region are now on the verge of humanitarian disaster.

    Enerhodar is in Zaporizhzhia, and home to Europe’s largest power plant.

    After “numerous shellings” on the city, Dmytro Orlov said two areas are still without electricity .

    He said: “Taking into account that there has been no household gas in this part of the city for several months, people here suffer the most from the consequences of provocations and are actually on the verge of a humanitarian disaster.”

  • Russian gas giant releases chilling video

    Russian gas giant Gazprom has released a chilling video, depicting Europe “freezing to death” without Putin’s gas reserves.

    The two-minute video comes just days after it vowed to indefinitely keep natural gas supplies to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline shut off.

    In its eerie video titled “Winter will be big”, the Russian state-controlled natural gas supplier purports to show Europe “freezing over” in an “ice age” after Gazprom turned off its gas flow.

    The video shows aerial views of Western Europe’s capitals including Berlin, Paris, and London’s Shard all covered in white snow and freezing fog.

  • Graduate helps Ukrainian refugees start business with new charity

    A University of Bristol graduate has founded a charity that can offer grants to help the refugees achieve their business dreams.

    Opora, was founded by Yegor Lanovenko, awarding up to £5,000 to refugees to start up their business.

    They are also offered business support, network contacts and ongoing mentoring to entrepreneurs, the BBC reported.

  • Putin once again accuses Ukraine of shelling Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

    In what is becoming somewhat of a trend, Putin has accused Ukraine of shelling the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    “The IAEA are under pressure and cannot directly say that shelling comes from Ukrainian territory” he said on Wednesday.

    “We are controlling the station, our servicemen are stationed there. What, are we shooting at our own [men] or what? This is utter rubbish, it’s impossible to say otherwise.”

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  • IAEA calls for nuclear safety zone

    The UN’s nuclear safety body has called for a “nuclear safety zone” around Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

    The body hopes this would work “to prevent a nuclear accident arising from physical damage caused by military means.”

    This comes as the IAEA accuses Russia of using the Zaporizhzhia plant as a shield against Ukrainian forces.

  • Xi Jinping to meet Putin next week

    CNN reports that the Chinese and Russian leaders are set to meet next week, amid ever-tightening bonds.

    This comes just days after the two nations took part in a joint military exercise.

    The pair are expected to meet at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit.

    This will mark the first time the two leaders have met face-to-face.

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