- Russia calls Liz Truss a 'disgrace'known for 'catastrophic illiteracy'
- Rolling blackouts implemented across Ukraine
- Michael Clarke: War in Ukraine is entering a new phase - and something is going on in Kherson
- Vladimir Putin 'likely considering' withdrawal from parts of south
- Russian aircraft accidentally released a missile after interacting with RAF jet
- Putin's forces launch '300 strikes on Ukraine's power system in 10 days'
- EU and UK to impose sanctions on Iran over supply of drones
- Podcast:'They are killing civilians because they can't do anything on the battlefield'
- Live reporting by Megan Baynes and (earlier) Tom Gillespie. Updates from John Sparks in eastern Ukraine and Dominic Waghorn in Moscow
Russia plans to attack Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant next, says Zelenskyy
Russians are planning to attack the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, the Ukrainian president has said in his nightly address.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on the world to move quickly to prevent a disaster.
"According to our information, the aggregates and dam of the Kakhovka HPP were mined by Russian terrorists," he said in his nightly address to Ukraine.
"Now everyone in the world must act powerfully and quickly to prevent a new Russian terrorist attack. Destroying the dam would mean a large-scale disaster."
He added: "We must now all together - all Europeans, all world leaders, all international organizations - make it clear to the terrorist state that such a terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP will mean exactly the same as the use of weapons of mass destruction.
"The consequences for Russia should be corresponding."
He has also called on Switzerland to not remain neutral in the conflict, following talks with the President of Switzerland who arrived in Kyiv today.
"We also discussed the issue of compensation for damages caused to Ukraine by Russian terror. I am grateful that Russian assets worth $6.5 billion have already been frozen.
"This work must be continued.
"And this is something in which Switzerland must not remain morally neutral either.
"The possibilities of Switzerland to help with digitization in Ukraine and restoration of telecommunications systems in the liberated territories were discussed separately and substantively."
Blackouts in Ukraine as country deals with electricity shortage
Cars can be seen moving along a dark street during an electricity shortage as the country tries to ration energy.
Russia fails to attend UN meeting on human rights amid concern about 'state-developed poisons'
Russia has failed to attend a UN committee meeting examining the human rights situation in the country.
Russia was removed from the UN Human Rights Council earlier this year, following its invasion of Ukraine.
Experts from the United Nations Human Rights Committee (OHCHR) had been due to come face to face with the Russian delegates at a public meeting over two days but tomorrow's meeting has now been cancelled.
"I regret that the Russian Federation hasn’t sent a delegation to respond,” said Marcia VJ Kran of Canada, a member of the body, which consists of 18 independent experts who monitor implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by state parties.
“We observe a disturbing trend of legal action against politicians who criticise the government," said Kran.
"We also have a serious concern about the use of sophisticated, state-developed poisons to silence, punish and kill at least a dozen prominent dissidents, opposition leaders and activists in the past decade."
White House: Russia piloting Iranian drones for attacks on Ukraine
Russian military based in Crimea have been piloting Iranian drones for attacks on Ukraine, says John Kirby, a retired admiral who now serves as National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications at the White House.
He said Moscow has received dozens of Iranians so far and is likely to get more.
The US State Department says Iranian military personnel were on the ground in Crimea helping Russia with its drones.
The US has also stated it is concerned Russia may seek to acquire conventional weapons from Iran - including surface to air missiles.
Beth Rigby Interviews: Former Russian diplomat who defected at the start of the war
The West needs to stop giving "concessions" to Vladimir Putin, a former Russian diplomat who defected at the start of the war has told Sky News.
Boris Bondarev, who spoke to Sky's political editor Beth Rigby, said: "This nuclear game, so you know, first of all it's a psychological game it's like any blackmail. So, if you're confronted with blackmail, we have two options, either you surrender to this blackmailer, and you do whatever he wants from you.
"And you must understand that every time you give him some concessions, he will be emboldened and he will ask, he will demand for more and more and more, or you confront him and I think that will be the right thing to do, to confront him.
"Not to say we don't want escalation, but to tell him that if he wants this escalation, so be it."
When asked if Putin would resort to using nuclear weapons, he said: "Well, technically, I think yes. He can order to use them, and I don't think that there will be many generals or other military officers who say that 'no, we would not execute these orders' because it is like suicide or a war crime."
But he said Putin "already thinks he is waging the Third World War - to him it is about reshaping the map of the political world".
"He believes that he has too little influence on the map, too little power on the map that he is entitled to," he added.
"But also we must understand very clearly that Putin and Russia are two different things. When Putin says that something is threatening Russia's interests or Russia's security he means only himself."
Beth Rigby Interviews will air tomorrow night and over the weekend.
UK sanctions Iran over supply of drones to Russia
The UK has officially sanctioned Iran for supplying Russia with Iranian-produced drones that were used to attack Ukraine just a few days ago.
The plans for sanctions were announced earlier today.
Among the three individuals being sanctioned is military officer Seyed Hojjatollah Qureishi, seen as the key negotiator in the drone deal.
Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri – the chairman of the armed forces general staff – and Brigadier General Saeed Aghajani – the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps – have also been sanctioned.
All three are subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban.
Shahed Aviation Industries – the Iranian manufacturer of the Shahed drones which have been used by Russia during its illegal invasion of Ukraine. Shahed Aviation Industries is subject to an asset freeze.
Foreign secretary James Cleverly said: "Iran’s support for Putin’s brutal and illegal war against Ukraine is deplorable. Today we are sanctioning those who have supplied the drones used by Russia to target Ukrainian civilians. This is clear evidence of Iran’s destabilising role in global security."
He said procuring these weapons shows Russia is turning to countries, such as Iran, out of desperation.
Open-source evidence has shown Russia’s own defence company and drone producer Kronshtadt has struggled to maintain production since they were sanctioned (24 March 2022), with fridges and dishwashers being cannibalised in order to create military equipment, and Soviet-era tanks sent to the front line as they strain to maintain their military equipment.
Putin critic says he could now be facing up to 30 years in prison
Jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said authorities have opened a new criminal case against him for promoting terrorism and extremism, potentially more than doubling his sentence.
Mr Navalny, the most prominent domestic critic of President Vladimir Putin, is already serving prison terms totalling more than 11 years for fraud, contempt of court and parole violations, all of which he rejects as trumped-up charges intended to silence him.
"I am a genius of the underworld. Professor Moriarty is no match for me," he said sarcastically in a Twitter post, comparing himself to the nemesis of Sherlock Holmes.
"You all thought I had been isolated in prison for two years, but it turns out I was actively committing crimes. Luckily, the Investigative Committee was vigilant and didn't miss a thing."
Mr Navalny said his lawyers estimated he could now face a cumulative sentence of around 30 years.
There was no immediate official confirmation of the new case from the Investigative Committee.
Flight tracking websites reveal more about interaction between RAF plane and Russian fighter jets
By Jack Taylor, data and forensics journalist
After a Russian jet released a missile "in the vicinity of" a Royal Air Force plane flying over the Black Sea on 29 September, flight tracking websites can reveal more about what happened that day.
The RAF Rivet Joint, a surveillance aircraft, first entered the airspace over the Black Sea at around 2.45pm UK time.
It then performed its routine patrol of the Black Sea, before flying back to the UK just after 5.30pm.
It was during this time that two Russian SU-27s are likely to have “interacted with” the flight, with one releasing a missile "in the vicinity of the flight". The Russian ministry of defence has called this a “technical malfunction” of the Russian jet.
The Rivet Joint wasn’t the only surveillance flight in the area at the time. A US Air Force Global Hawk, which is operated remotely and flies at high altitudes, had been patrolling the same area of the Black Sea for hours.
The Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet operate in the area. Whilst the details of the flights have not been released it is likely they were gathering intelligence on something out at sea.
Zelenskyy urges authors to write about the 'terrors' Russia has inflicted on Ukraine
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy has urged authors to write about the "terrors" inflicted on his country by Russian forces.
Mr Zelenskyy issued the call in a video address to the Frankfurt book fair.
He said: "Instead of importing culture, Russia imports death.
"So I ask you, please do everything to make people know about the terror that Russia brought to Ukraine.
"Knowledge is the answer. Books, documentary scripts, articles, reports – these are the answers."
Ukraine's first lady Olena Zelenska, Mr Zelenskyy's wife, is due to speak at a side event at the fair in person on Saturday.
Western-supplied weapons are finding their way onto black market, Russia claims
Russia has claimed Western-supplied weapons to Ukraine are finding their way onto the black market and then into the hands of extremist and criminal groups in the Middle East, central Africa and Asia.
Maria Zakharova, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, said NATO members have in total sent at least 700 artillery systems, 80,000 missile systems, 800,000 artillery shells and 90 million rounds of ammunition.
"A considerable part of these weapons have already entered, or will soon enter, the black market," Ms Zakharova told reporters in Moscow.
"Now the world community is facing this."
Ms Zakharova did not say what evidence her assertion was based on.
"The NATO military cargos are ending up in the hands of terrorists, extremists and criminal groups in the Middle East, central Africa and southeast Asia," Ms Zakharova added.
Russia has long warned that weapons destined for Ukraine could find their way into the hands of criminals, though without providing details of where the weapons might be ending up.
Western leaders say they want to help Ukraine defeat Russia, though US President Joe Biden has sought to prevent a direct NATO-Russia confrontation.
Relations between the two countries became hostile after the 2014 Ukrainian revolution, which was followed by Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, and the war in Donbas, in which Russia backed the separatist fighters of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic.Is Russia retreating from Kyiv? ›
Amid heavy losses and little progress in the offensive, Russia withdrew its forces from Kyiv. Ukrainian forces subsequently retook control over Russian-occupied areas in the oblast in April 2022.Is the Ukraine part of nato? ›
Some 69% of Ukrainians want to join NATO, according to a June 2017 poll by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, compared to 28% support in 2012 when Yanukovych was in power. On 30 September 2022, Ukraine formally applied to join NATO, following Russia's annexation of Southern and Eastern Ukraine.How much of Ukraine is claimed by Russia? ›
Before 2022, Russia occupied 42,000 km2 (16,000 sq mi) of Ukrainian territory (Crimea, Donetsk, Luhansk), and occupied an additional 119,000 km2 (46,000 sq mi) in its full-scale invasion by March 2022, a total of 161,000 km2 (62,000 sq mi) or almost 27% of Ukraine's total territory.Why is Ukraine important to the world? ›
Ukraine is an important breadbasket, producing around half of the world's sunflower oil. According to the USDA , Ukraine accounts for 15% of global trade in corn and 10% of of global wheat trade. The conflict has cut off such exports, with Russia continuing to blockade grain at Ukraine's Black Sea ports.Why is Ukraine important to the United States? ›
The United States reaffirms its unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, extending to its territorial waters. The U.S.-Ukraine relationship serves as a cornerstone for security, democracy, and human rights in Ukraine and the broader region.Why has the Russian army failed in Ukraine? ›
Russia has failed to achieve most of its objectives in Ukraine because of poor military planning, significant logistical problems, low combat readiness, and other deficiencies, which undermined Russian military effectiveness.How far from Kyiv are Russian troops? ›
Ukraine's military forces Russian troops east of Kyiv back 55 km from city center.Why does NATO not help Ukraine? ›
Why are Nato countries not sending troops? Article 5 of Nato's charter obliges countries to come to the defence of a fellow Nato member if attacked, but since Ukraine is not part of Nato, its member countries have stopped short of sending troops on to its territory.Is Poland part of NATO? ›
Poland is part of NATO, founded in 1949 to protect Western Europe against a Soviet attack. After the Cold War, the alliance expanded to include former Soviet allies, including Poland, which joined the alliance in 1999.
And it's a staggering figure as well. According to the Dutch warfare research group Oryx, Russia has lost 1,450 tanks since the war began, nearly 900 of which have been damaged or destroyed. The rest were abandoned by the Russians, and many of those ultimately have since been captured by the Ukrainians.How many troops has Russia lost in the Ukraine war? ›
U.S. officials have said that Russia has lost between 60,000 and 80,000 troops in its misguided war on Ukraine. A soldier watches Ukrainian artillerymen fire an M109 tracked self-propelled howitzer at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 12, 2022.Which country has given the most help to Ukraine? ›
The United States has by far provided the most military assistance to Ukraine, more than every other country combined.Does the US depend on Ukraine for anything? ›
In 2019, of the $1.3 billion in U.S. imports from Ukraine, the top commodity sectors were Base metals (59.0%), Agriculture products (12.0%), and Machinery and Mechanical Appliances (9.5%).What is Ukraine's greatest natural resource? ›
Coal is by far the most abundant of the deposits in Russian-controlled parts of Ukraine. The approximately 30 billion tons of hard coal deposits there have an estimated commercial value of $11.9 trillion, SecDev estimates.Who is richer Russia or Ukraine? ›
GDP Data for Russia and Ukraine
Though Russia's economy is about ten times larger than Ukraine's in terms of GDP, Ukraine's GDP grew 70.8% from 2015 to 2020 while Russia's advanced only 8.8% in that same time frame.
This drawdown will bring the total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented level of approximately $19.3 billion since the beginning of the Administration.How much money has the US sent to Ukraine so far? ›
To meet Ukraine's evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities. In total, the United States has committed more than $18.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021.What weapons is the US sending to Ukraine? ›
And the Pentagon has said it will deliver the first two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine in the coming weeks, providing Kyiv with a weapon that it has pressed for since earlier this year. The systems will provide medium- to long-range defences against Russian missile attacks.Who has the strongest military in the world? ›
Who has the most powerful military? According to Statista, the most powerful military in the world is the United States military. Statista uses an index with 50 different factors such as military might to budget to give each country a score.
With a rapidly ageing population, Russia lacks young recruits. The low standard of living in much of the country produces troops unfamiliar with much modern technology.Why is Russia losing so many tanks? ›
No, Russia's accelerating tank losses are the result of leadership and morale problems more than they are any technological imbalance on the battlefield. Half of the tanks the Russians have written off since early September were abandoned by their crews and seized by the Ukrainians.How many tanks does Russia have left? ›
In theory Russia has thousands of tanks waiting in giant warehouses and vehicles parks which can be reactivated. According to the Military Balance 2021, quoted in Kyiv Independent, Russia has over 10,000 battle tanks in storage, mainly T-72s and T-80s.Do the Ukraine have tanks? ›
In 2022, it's still one of the better tanks Ukraine has access to—especially with the improved optics Czech technicians are set to install. The Ukrainian armed forces began Russia's wider war on Ukraine with around 2,500 tanks in active service or storage, around a third of which were various models of T-72.What percentage of Ukraine is Russia's army? ›
Russia Has Committed 75 Percent Of Its Total Military To Ukraine According To U.S. Defense Official | National Review.What did the ghost of Kyiv fly? ›
The claim that a MiG-29 pilot of nicknamed the "Ghost of Kyiv" who won six air fights in the skies of Kyiv appeared during the first 30 hours of the invasion. The six planes were reported as two Su-35s, two Su-25s, an Su-27, and an enemy MiG-29.Do Ukrainians want to be part of Russia? ›
The data are clear: the Ukrainian people in any free and fair referendum would vote overwhelmingly against joining Russia, including those living in Ukraine's east and south.Why is Kyiv so important to Russia? ›
Kiev: the birthplace of Russia
Moscow's ruling establishment feels so emotional because the first Russian state called Kievan Rus was established in Kiev 12 centuries ago. Even the name of Russia originated in the name of this loose confederation of Eastern Slavic, Baltic and Finnic nations.
Since Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO has helped to reform Ukraine's armed forces and defence institutions, including with equipment and financial support.Does NATO assist Ukraine? ›
Wider cooperation. Since 2014, in the wake of Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea, NATO-Ukraine cooperation has been intensified in critical areas. Since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine starting in February 2022, NATO and Allies have provided unprecedented levels of support to Ukraine.
NATO Allies are providing unprecedented support. And today, Allies made additional pledges to NATO's Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine. This will fund urgent non-lethal support, including fuel and generators. Helping Ukraine to address the consequences of Russia's strikes against their power grid.How strong is NATO? ›
The combined total of Nato military personnel currently exceeds 5.4 million – around four times as many as Russia, according to Statista. It has about five times as many aircraft, four times as many armoured vehicles and three times as many military ships.Why is Japan not part of NATO? ›
As the name “North Atlantic Treaty Organization” suggests, NATO is essentially a treaty organization for nations in the North Atlantic region. Located on the rim of the Pacific, Japan is not eligible to join NATO because of its geographical location.What are the 7 countries in NATO? ›
Which countries are in NATO? In addition to the United States and Canada, 10 other countries became part of NATO in 1949: Belgium, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and Britain.Why is Austria not in NATO? ›
Austria is bound to neutrality by the 1955 Austrian State Treaty and its constitution, which prohibits entry into military alliances and the establishment of foreign military bases on Austrian territory.What is required of a country to join NATO? ›
Countries aspiring to join NATO have to demonstrate that they are in a position to further the principles of the 1949 Washington Treaty and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area.Who is Poland allies with? ›
Since 1989, Polish–American relations have been strong and Poland is one of the chief European allies of the United States, being part of both NATO and the European Union.How many tanks and helicopters has Russia lost in Ukraine? ›
In a Defence Intelligence update, the Ministry iof Defence said that there have “been at least 23 verified losses of Russia's Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopter in Ukraine since the invasion”.Why Russia loses so many tanks in Ukraine? ›
Russia has reportedly lost more than 650 tanks and about 3,000 other armored vehicles and heavy equipment so far in its invasion of Ukraine. Experts put the losses down to the advanced anti-tank weapons given to Ukraine by Western countries, poor strategy, low morale, and important design flaws.Can Russia run out of tanks? ›
In all, Russia has at least 2,000 potentially restorable tanks, meaning it will not run out during its war in Ukraine – even if it has to roll back its relics from the early 1960s.
Number of military personnel in NATO countries in 2022 (in 1,000s)
|Characteristic||Number of military personnel in thousands|
As per the army population, Russia has 142,320,790 soldiers while The US has 334,998,398 soldiers. The available manpower is 69,737,187 with Russia and 147,399,295 with the United States. This means the US army is at rank 3 while the Russian army is at Rank 9 in 2022.What is the size of the US military? ›
Ukraine has received more than 230 Warsaw Pact-designed tanks from Poland and the Czech Republic. Ukraine's armed forces have been using T-72s for decades and have maintenance and spare parts capabilities, in addition to trained crew.Does Ukraine have nuclear weapons? ›
The warheads were removed from Ukraine by 1996 and disassembled in Russia. Despite Russia's subsequent and internationally disputed annexation of Crimea in 2014, Ukraine reaffirmed its 1994 decision to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear-weapon state.Is Germany sending military aid to Ukraine? ›
Last week, Germany sent another batch of special purpose vehicles for the Ukrainian military. This is said in a statement published on the website of the German government.What percent of Ukraine is Russian? ›
However, while they are Russian speakers, most identify themselves as Ukrainian. Indeed, in Donetsk ethnic Ukrainians make up 56.9 %, and ethnic Russians 38.2 % of the population.How much of Ukraine has left? ›
Approximately one-quarter of the country's total population had left their homes in Ukraine by 20 March. 90% of Ukrainian refugees are women and children, while most Ukrainian men age 18 to 60 are banned from leaving the country.How much did United States give Ukraine? ›
$625 Million in Additional U.S. Military Assistance for Ukraine.How much has been given to Ukraine? ›
Since January 2021, the United States has committed more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. The equipment the United States provides has changed as the Russian invasion has continued. Originally, the U.S. provided anti-armor and antiaircraft munitions, including the Javelin and Stinger systems.
Ukraine never had an independent nuclear weapons arsenal, or control over these weapons, but agreed to remove former Soviet weapons stationed on its territory. In 1992, Ukraine signed the Lisbon Protocol and it joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as a non-nuclear weapon state in 1994.What is the most common race in Ukraine? ›
Overall, 77.8% of Ukraine's population self-identified as ethnically Ukrainian and 17.3% as ethnically Russian. Several other ethnic groups amounted to less than one percent of the country's population each – for example, Crimean Tatars 0.5%; Bulgarians 0.4%; Hungarians 0.3%; Jews 0.2%; Roma 0.1%.How many tanks does Russia have? ›
According to the Military Balance 2021, quoted in Kyiv Independent, Russia has over 10,000 battle tanks in storage, mainly T-72s and T-80s.Will UK take Ukrainian refugees? ›
There are multiple Ukraine sponsorship government schemes in place in the UK that allow people to take in, host, house and provide homes for refugees from Ukraine. The UK Homes for Ukraine scheme is a sponsorship scheme that allows people and businesses in the UK to offer homes for Ukrainian refugees.Is Norway accepting Ukrainian refugees? ›
Norway has introduced temporary, collective protection for refugees from Ukraine.How much do Ukrainian refugees get in UK? ›
If you have arrived through the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, your local council will provide you with £200 per guest, which you do not need to pay back. You need to contact your local council to claim this payment. If you are unsure who your local council is, you can search for it using find your local council.How much U.S. military aid does Ukraine give? ›
This drawdown will bring the total U.S. military assistance for Ukraine to an unprecedented level of approximately $19.3 billion since the beginning of the Administration.What weapons is U.S. sending to Ukraine? ›
And the Pentagon has said it will deliver the first two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to Ukraine in the coming weeks, providing Kyiv with a weapon that it has pressed for since earlier this year. The systems will provide medium- to long-range defences against Russian missile attacks.What weapons did U.S. give Ukraine? ›
- High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition. ...
- 1,500 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles. ...
- 155mm Howitzers. ...
- 105mm Howitzers. ...
- 120mm mortar systems. ...
- National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS); ...
- Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems.
That is why France, which is strongly committed to protecting heritage in conflict areas, is working alongside all of its European and international partners to safeguard Ukrainian heritage.