Russia Ukraine war LIVE – Putin's evil Russian forces have 'staged a MASSACRE' & are 'destroying all living things'

Russia Ukraine war LIVE – Putin's evil Russian forces have 'staged a MASSACRE' & are 'destroying all living things'

May 24, 2022

PRESIDENT Zelensky has claimed that Vladimir Putin's Russian forces "have staged a massacre" in the Donbas region and they "are trying to destroy all living things".

The claims were made during the Ukrainian's daily evening address.

According to Zelensky, the worst fighting situation today is in the Donbas area.

He said: "Bakhmut, Popasna, Severodonetsk – in this direction the occupiers have concentrated the most activity so far.

"They have staged a massacre there and are trying to destroy all living things. Literally. No one destroyed Donbas as the Russian military is doing now.

"But we have no alternative but to fight. To fight and win. To liberate our land and our people. Because the occupiers want to take away from us not just something, but everything we have. Including the right to life for Ukrainians."

Zelensky also called on Ukrainians to help the Armed Forces and help defend Ukraine's position on the international arena.

He said: "To win, we must – each and every one – work for this. In particular, those in the rear. Help the army. Protect the needs of our state in all international platforms to which you have access, in communication with foreign journalists, even just with your friends and acquaintances abroad."

Read our Ukraine war blog below for the latest rolling news and updates…

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukrainian forces will keep fighting in Donbas, western official says

    Ukraine’s forces will make the Russians “fight for every bit” of territory even if they are encircled by Moscow’s advance in the Donbas, western officials have said.

    Western officials said that, while superior Russian numbers meant they would eventually succeed in encircling the “Severodonetsk pocket”, that did not necessarily spell defeat for the Ukrainians.

    “I think this largely comes down to political will,” they said, in remarks reported by the PA news agency.

    “The Ukrainians don't want to give up any territory. They want to make the Russians fight for every bit of it.”

    They added: “Having those forces continue to fight, they are fulfilling an important military function, degrading the Russian capability to advance and creating time for the Ukrainian forces to continue to improve their defences elsewhere.

    “From a loss of life position, escaping might be desirable but from a military point of view and a political point of view the Ukrainians will intend to fight. We would expect them to fight for every bit of territory they can.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine’s Zelensky would meet Putin on end to war

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official he was willing to meet with a single issue on the agenda – to stop the war.

    Zelensky, addressing by video link an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, also said that arranging any sort of talks with Russia was becoming more difficult in the light of what he said was evidence Russian actions against civilians under occupation.

    He also said that any notion of recovering by force the Crimea peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014 would cause hundreds of thousands of casualties.

  • Milica Cosic

    Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's first war crimes trial

    A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was sentenced by a Ukrainian court yesterday to life in prison the maximum amid signs the Kremlin may hold trials of its own, particularly of the captured fighters who held out at Mariupols steel plant.

    In the first of what could be a multitude of war crimes trials inside Ukraine, Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was sentenced for the killing of a 62-year-old man who was shot in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war. Shishimarin, a captured member of a tank unit, apologized to the man's widow in court.

    His Ukraine-appointed defense attorney, Victor Ovsyanikov, argued his client had been unprepared for the violent military confrontation and mass casualties that Russian troops encountered when they invaded.

    He said he would appeal.

    Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating thousands of potential war crimes

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine First Lady says war 'horrors' will leave deep scars

    Ukraine's First Lady on Monday warned a WHO assembly that the impacts of Russia's war on healthcare and mental health could be felt for decades, as Russia said the forum had been politicised.

    "Russia's war has shown horrors we could not have imagined," Olena Zelenska said in a video address to World Health Assembly in Geneva, stressing in particular the consequences for mental health.

    "WHO is committed to protecting the most crucial human rights to life and health. Now they are both being violated in Ukraine," she said.

    "The consequences of this war unfortunately will remain for years and decades," said Zelenska.

  • Milica Cosic

    Putin will be ‘gone’ by end of this year, claims former head of MI6

    A former MI6 chief has predicted that Vladimir Putin could be out of power and in a long-term medical facility by next year.

    Speaking on the One Decision Podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the British Secret Intelligence service between 1999 and 2004, predicted: “I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023.

    “Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.”

    “That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup,” he suggested, adding that the secretary of the security council, Nikolai Patrushev might assume control upon Mr Putin’s departure.

    “If my thesis were fulfilled and Putin did disappear into a sanatorium, I think he’s the likely stand-in,” he said. “And of course the stand-in this scenario probably becomes permanent. I mean, you know there is no succession in the Russian leadership. They certainly don’t succession plan.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky hits out at west’s failure to protect Ukraine after Crimea annexation

    Volodymyr Zelensky has told world leaders that the west could have prevented Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine by taking tougher actions against the Kremlin following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, the Ukrainian president said many lives would have been saved if the west had imposed sanctions against Russia last autumn.

    Zelensky said: “Russia started its war against Ukraine back in 2014. We are grateful for this support [from the west] but if that happened, back then, immediately — that unity, that pressure on governments and on companies — would Russia have started this full-scale war?

    “Would it have brought all these losses upon Ukraine and upon the world? I’m sure the answer to this question is also no.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Russia to deploy nearly 50 Satan-2 nukes

    A PUTIN ally has bragged about how Russia is set to deploy almost 50 of its "unstoppable" Satan-2 nuke.

    Dmitry Rogozin's boast came as as he showed off a huge crater made in a test launch of the missile in a chilling warning to the West.

    Standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block, the 208 ton RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.

    The world-ending nuke can also carry 15 warheads and has the potential to obliterate an area the size of the UK in a single blast.

    In the latest in a series of attempted scaremongering by Russia, Putin crony Rogozin – head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – highlighted a 26ft deep hole made using the nuke without an atomic warhead at a training range in Kamchatka. 

    He said: "With a nuclear charge, such a crater at an enemy site will be well, very large and very deep – and radioactive. 

    “And not just one, but exactly as many as the most powerful nuclear missile in the world will deliver to the territory of a fierce enemy.

    “And we will soon have almost 50 such Sarmats [known in the West as Satan-2] on combat duty.

    “It remains only to advise the aggressors to talk more politely with Russia.”

    Rogozin announced almost 50 will be deployed by autumn.

    The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of 11,200 miles and can strike at targets at 15,880mph after flying in outer space or via the north or south poles. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Starbucks to exit Russia after nearly 15 years

    Starbucks Corp said on Monday it will exit the Russian market after nearly 15 years as the coffee chain joins McDonald's Corp in marking the end of the presence of some of the top Western brands in the country.

    McDonald's last week said it was selling its restaurants in Russia to its local licensee Alexander Govor to be rebranded under a new name, but will retain its trademarks.

    Seattle-based Starbucks has 130 stores in Russia, wholly owned and operated by its licensee Alshaya Group, with nearly 2,000 employees in the country.

    Starbucks did not provide details on the financial impact of the exit. McDonald's had said it would take a primarily non-cash charge of up to $1.4 billion.

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky tells Davos to send Ukraine weapons and apply more sanctions on Russia

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used the Davos summit on Monday to appeal for more weapons for his country and “maximum” sanctions against Moscow.

    “I believe there are still no such sanctions against Russia, and there should be,” Zelensky said by videolink.

    The hero leader called for an oil embargo on Russia, sanctions on all its banks and an end to all trade with the country.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine claims Putin ‘survived assassination attempt’

    VLADIMIR Putin has survived an assassination attempt after he was attacked during a trip, Ukraine has claimed.

    The country’s Chief of Defence Intelligence Kyrylo Budanov, said there was an “unsuccessful attempt” against the Russian President’s life at the start of the war against Ukraine. 

    He told Ukrainian Pravda: “Putin was assassinated…

    “He was even attacked in the line of, as they say, representatives of the Caucasus not so long ago.

    “This is non-public information. Absolutely unsuccessful attempt, but it really took place… It was about 2 months ago.”

    “Once again, he was unsuccessful. There is no publicity about this event, but it took place. “

    The outlet said the full interview will be aired tomorrow.

    Read more here.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukrainian forces will keep fighting in Donbas, western official says

    Ukraine’s forces will make the Russians “fight for every bit” of territory even if they are encircled by Moscow’s advance in the Donbas, western officials have said.

    Western officials said that, while superior Russian numbers meant they would eventually succeed in encircling the “Severodonetsk pocket”, that did not necessarily spell defeat for the Ukrainians.

    “I think this largely comes down to political will,” they said, in remarks reported by the PA news agency.

    “The Ukrainians don't want to give up any territory. They want to make the Russians fight for every bit of it.”

    They added: “Having those forces continue to fight, they are fulfilling an important military function, degrading the Russian capability to advance and creating time for the Ukrainian forces to continue to improve their defences elsewhere.

    “From a loss of life position, escaping might be desirable but from a military point of view and a political point of view the Ukrainians will intend to fight. We would expect them to fight for every bit of territory they can.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine's Zelensky would meet Putin on end to war

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Sunday that Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin was the only Russian official he was willing to meet with a single issue on the agenda – to stop the war.

    Zelensky, addressing by video link an audience at the World Economic Forum in Davos, also said that arranging any sort of talks with Russia was becoming more difficult in the light of what he said was evidence Russian actions against civilians under occupation.

    He also said that any notion of recovering by force the Crimea peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014 would cause hundreds of thousands of casualties.

  • Milica Cosic

    Moment grimacing ‘cancer-riddled’ Putin sits hunched & twitches

    VLADIMIR Putin looked twitchy and hunched as rumours continue to swirl around his health.

    New footage shows Putin today having a meeting with his close ally Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

    Russia's mad tyrant was seated in a chair and once again appeared to looking uncomfortable.

    He was awkwardly perched on his chair and sat hunched forward in front of the cameras during the meeting in Sochi.

    His left foot appears to continuously move as he unnaturally pivots on his heel three times in less than one minute.

    The dictator also rubs his fingers together as his hands appear to twitch – flexing them and forcing his thumb into his palm.

    Vlad occasionally appears to grimace and gasp back his breaths – only further raising rumours and speculation about his health.

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky addresses World Economic Forum

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the
    World Economic Forum via live video and told participants how he wakes up every day to read the numbers of his people killed in the war in the last 24 hours.

    “Today,” he said, “we lost 87 people and the future of Ukraine will be without these 87 people”.

    President Zelensky urged for “maximum” sanctions against Russia, including an oil embargo and full withdrawal of foreign companies.

    Speaking through a translator, the Ukrainian president said: "This year the words 'turning point' appear to have become more than just a rhetorical figure of speech. This is really the moment when it is decided whether brute force will rule the world.”

    He went on: “Brute force does not discuss – it kills, as Russia does in Ukraine as we speak today.”

    “Instead of successful peaceful cities there’s only black ruins. Instead of normal trade there are seas full of mines and blocked ports. Instead of tourism there are closed skies and thousands of Russian bombs and cruise missiles.” He said: “This is what the world would look like if humanity misses this turning point.”

    Zelenskyy also praised his people’s courage. The war and the Ukrainian people’s resistance have stirred the unity of the democratic world and showed “that freedom must be fought for”, he said.

    The Ukrainian leader received a standing ovation.

  • Milica Cosic

    Russian sentenced to life in Ukraine's first war crimes trial

    A Russian soldier who pleaded guilty to killing a civilian was sentenced by a Ukrainian court today to life in prison the maximum amid signs the Kremlin may hold trials of its own, particularly of the captured fighters who held out at Mariupols steel plant.

    In the first of what could be a multitude of war crimes trials inside Ukraine, Russian Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin, 21, was sentenced for the killing of a 62-year-old man who was shot in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war. Shishimarin, a captured member of a tank unit, apologized to the man's widow in court.

    His Ukraine-appointed defense attorney, Victor Ovsyanikov, argued his client had been unprepared for the violent military confrontation and mass casualties that Russian troops encountered when they invaded.

    He said he would appeal.

    Ukrainian prosecutors are investigating thousands of potential war crimes

  • Milica Cosic

    Russians organise 'tour' of destroyed theatre

    Ukraine's foreign ministry has claimed that Russian forces have organised a "tour" of a theatre that was destroyed in an airstrike. 

    Sharing a video on Twitter, the ministry described the theatre as the place where "hundreds of Ukrainians" died. 

    Russia's defence ministry denied the claim. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Biden: ‘He (Zelensky) has left his mark on history’:

    Joe Biden has hailed Volodymyr Zelensky as having “left his mark on history and proved to the world that Ukraine will long endure”, as both leaders were included in Time magazine’s list of the most influential people of 2022.

    The US president wrote: “Each time we speak, I hear in President Zelensky’s voice the relentless determination of a man who believes profoundly in his duty to his people, and lives up daily to the solemn responsibility of leading his nation through this dark and difficult hour."

    Mr Biden also said that “the nations of the free world, inspired by the example of President Zelensky, are more united, more determined, and more purposeful than at any point in recent memory”, adding that Mr Zelensky has proven that Ukraine’s “people will ultimately realise the democratic future they have long desired”.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine First Lady says war 'horrors' will leave deep scars

    Ukraine's First Lady on Monday warned a WHO assembly that the impacts of Russia's war on healthcare and mental health could be felt for decades, as Russia said the forum had been politicised.

    "Russia's war has shown horrors we could not have imagined," Olena Zelenska said in a video address to World Health Assembly in Geneva, stressing in particular the consequences for mental health.

    "WHO is committed to protecting the most crucial human rights to life and health. Now they are both being violated in Ukraine," she said.

    "The consequences of this war unfortunately will remain for years and decades," said Zelenska.

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine's former president calls for more pressure on Putin

    Ukraine's former president Petro Poroshenko spoke to Sky's Sarah-Jane Mee this afternoon. 

    He called for greater pressure to be placed on Vladimir Putin, to push him "to stop killing Ukrainian women, Ukrainian children and Ukrainian elderly people" and for him to "stop this war". 

    He added that he is "very appreciative" of the leadership of US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Boris Johnson. 

    "This is extremely important now to have a coordinated policy," Mr Poroshenko said. 

  • Milica Cosic

    Putin will be ‘gone’ by end of this year, claims former head of MI6

    A former MI6 chief has predicted that Vladimir Putin could be out of power and in a long-term medical facility by next year.

    Speaking on the One Decision Podcast, Sir Richard Dearlove, who led the British Secret Intelligence service between 1999 and 2004, predicted: “I’m really going to stick my neck out. I think he’ll be gone by 2023.

    “Probably into the sanatorium, from which he will not emerge as the leader of Russia.”

    “That’s a way to sort of move things on without a coup,” he suggested, adding that the secretary of the security council, Nikolai Patrushev might assume control upon Mr Putin’s departure.

    “If my thesis were fulfilled and Putin did disappear into a sanatorium, I think he’s the likely stand-in,” he said. “And of course the stand-in this scenario probably becomes permanent. I mean, you know there is no succession in the Russian leadership. They certainly don’t succession plan.”

  • Milica Cosic

    UK and Lithuania boost defence collaboration amid fears of Russian aggression

    Britain and Lithuania signed a joint declaration today to boost defence and security collaboration, stepping up London's support of nations that fear Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop at Ukraine in trying to redraw Europe's borders.

    Britain said the declaration would build on the defence cooperation the countries share as Nato allies and would increase resistance to threats, including from Russia and China. It gave no further details.

    "The UK and Lithuania are two countries which believe in freedom and sovereignty, and who stand up to authoritarian regimes in Europe and across the world," British foreign minister Liz Truss said in a statement.

    "We stand together with Ukraine in the face of Russia’s illegal, barbaric war."

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky hits out at west’s failure to protect Ukraine after Crimea annexation

    Volodymyr Zelensky has told world leaders that the west could have prevented Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine by taking tougher actions against the Kremlin following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum at Davos, the Ukrainian president said many lives would have been saved if the west had imposed sanctions against Russia last autumn.

    Zelensky said: “Russia started its war against Ukraine back in 2014. We are grateful for this support [from the west] but if that happened, back then, immediately — that unity, that pressure on governments and on companies — would Russia have started this full-scale war?

    “Would it have brought all these losses upon Ukraine and upon the world? I’m sure the answer to this question is also no.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Starbucks to exit Russia after nearly 15 years

    Starbucks Corp said on Monday it will exit the Russian market after nearly 15 years as the coffee chain joins McDonald's Corp in marking the end of the presence of some of the top Western brands in the country.

    McDonald's last week said it was selling its restaurants in Russia to its local licensee Alexander Govor to be rebranded under a new name, but will retain its trademarks.

    Seattle-based Starbucks has 130 stores in Russia, wholly owned and operated by its licensee Alshaya Group, with nearly 2,000 employees in the country.

    Starbucks did not provide details on the financial impact of the exit. McDonald's had said it would take a primarily non-cash charge of up to $1.4 billion.

  • Milica Cosic

    Russia to deploy nearly 50 Satan-2 nukes

    A PUTIN ally has bragged about how Russia is set to deploy almost 50 of its "unstoppable" Satan-2 nuke.

    Dmitry Rogozin's boast came as as he showed off a huge crater made in a test launch of the missile in a chilling warning to the West.

    Standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block, the 208 ton RS-28 Sarmat missile is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.

    The world-ending nuke can also carry 15 warheads and has the potential to obliterate an area the size of the UK in a single blast.

    In the latest in a series of attempted scaremongering by Russia, Putin crony Rogozin – head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos – highlighted a 26ft deep hole made using the nuke without an atomic warhead at a training range in Kamchatka. 

    He said: "With a nuclear charge, such a crater at an enemy site will be well, very large and very deep – and radioactive. 

    “And not just one, but exactly as many as the most powerful nuclear missile in the world will deliver to the territory of a fierce enemy.

    “And we will soon have almost 50 such Sarmats [known in the West as Satan-2] on combat duty.

    “It remains only to advise the aggressors to talk more politely with Russia.”

    Rogozin announced almost 50 will be deployed by autumn.

    The intercontinental ballistic missile has a range of 11,200 miles and can strike at targets at 15,880mph after flying in outer space or via the north or south poles. 

    Putin crony Dmitry Rogozin showed off a crater caused by the Satan 2 nuke in a bid to scare the WestCredit: East2West
    The terrifying nuke can strike targets at almost 16,000mphCredit: East2West
  • Milica Cosic

    Putin's protection

    It has been claimed that the Russian leader has escaped four assassination attempts in the past making him resort to having his own sniper squad tasked with keeping him alive.

    Putin was said to travel everywhere with the elite shoot-to-kill sniper unit.

    The crack-shot snipers have one very important job which is to locate other shooters and "take them out" before they get the chance to pull the trigger on Putin.

    The Russian President is said to have become obsessed with the idea someone is out to get him, which makes him seek protection in his isolated bunker.

    Putin's army of minions hired to protect him are the only ones allowed close enough, as he obsesses over assassination plots.

    The distrustful despot even employs a team of people to taste his food before he eats it, convinced he could be poisoned.

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