Ukraine-Russia war LIVE: Humiliated Putin battered as Kremlin troops 'evaporate' in Kyiv but genocide fears grow in east

Ukraine-Russia war LIVE: Humiliated Putin battered as Kremlin troops 'evaporate' in Kyiv but genocide fears grow in east

April 7, 2022

VLADIMIR Putin's troops have "evaporated" from the Kyiv region as Ukraine pushes Russa back – as fears of genocide in the east still loom.

US officials believe around 24,000 Russian troops have withdrawn from Kyiv.

But there are still fears Putin's forces are resupplying and could launch a new Ukraine deployment in the future.

Tens of thousands of Vladimir Putin’s troops are expected to storm the bitterly contested Donetsk and Luhansk in a face-saving onslaught.

Military chiefs fear far more atrocities are yet to be discovered as Russian troops are forced back.

They also claim Russia is facing a looming “military disaster” as units that received a battering in the first weeks of war are sent to the new front line.

A US defence official said on condition of anonymity: "The threat of (a) ground invasion (of Kyiv) is clearly gone for the moment… but it's not clear what their longer-range goals are,"

They added: "The troops leaving the area were withdrawing to Belarus and Russia to reconsolidate, but it was not clear how many would eventually be sent back to Ukraine."

Yesterday, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the Russian leader is "really only taking control of a small number of population centres" – and had hit none of the key goals of his Ukraine invasion.

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

  • Milica Cosic

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia taking measures against Google over YouTube 'fakes'

    Russia's communications watchdog said on Thursday it was taking punitive measures against Google.

    The measures include a ban on advertising the platform and its information resources, for allegedly violating Russian law.

    The Roskomnadzor watchdog accused YouTube, which has blocked Russian state-funded media globally from using its platform, of becoming "one of the key platforms spreading fakes (fake images) about the course of (Russia's) special military operation on the territory of Ukraine, discrediting the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation".

  • Joseph Gamp

    Oil giant Shell to lose $5bn after quitting Russia and offloading assets

    Oil giant Shell has confirmed it will take a hit of between 4 billion and 5 billion dollars (£3.1bn-£3.8bn) from offloading its Russian assets as the company pulls back from the country.

    Bosses said they will no longer buy oil on the so-called spot market but would continue to fulfil contracts on buying fuel from Russia that had been signed before its invasion of Ukraine.

    The company said: "Shell has not renewed longer-term contracts for Russian oil, and will only do so under explicit government direction, but we are legally obliged to take delivery of crude bought under contracts that were signed before the invasion."

    It added that the state of the global oil markets remains "volatile".

    Last month Shell's boss was forced to apologise after buying oil on the spot market from Russia at knock-down prices.

    The update on the cost of no longer doing business in Russia includes Shell quitting joint ventures with Gazprom.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia says it has launched four strikes on Ukrainian fuel storage facilities

    The Russian defence ministry said on Thursday its missiles had destroyed four fuel storage facilities in the Ukrainian cities of Mykolayiv, Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia and Chuhuiv overnight.

    The ministry said the facilities were used by Ukraine to supply its troops near the cities of Mykolaiv and Kharkiv and in the Donbas region in the far southeast.

    Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it called a special operation to degrade its southern neighbour's military capabilities and root out people it called dangerous nationalists.

    Ukrainian forces have mounted stiff resistance and the West has imposed sweeping sanctions in an effort to force Russia to withdraw its forces.

  • Joseph Gamp

    The mayor of Bucha recalls seeing people get shot

    The mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, has spoken about the allegations of war crimes by Russian forces in his town.

    Anatoliy Fedoruk recalled hiding in a building from Russian troops during their occupation and says he witnessed the killings and people being ‘brutally shot’.

    Speaking to the BBC’s Newshour programme he said: “Currently we know there were 320 peaceful civilians shot dead by Russian occupiers and this figure is getting bigger.”

    He went on to say: “There was a pregnant woman. Her husband was screaming, asking for them not to shoot her, but they just brutally shot her.

    “So he had to bury her on the sideroad and instead of a cross [he] put the number plate of his car.”

    Bucha is now back under Ukrainian control.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia facing expulsion

    The United Nations will hold a vote in New York on Thursday on whether to expel Russia from its Human Rights Council.

    Yesterday, Zelensky said how people had been shot in the street and in their homes “just for the pleasure” of the Russian soldiers.

    He repeated his claim that the actions of the Russians is much like that of the terrorist group, Islamic State.

    He also said that President Putin’s propaganda seeks to “export” his own hatred into other countries beyond Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Wave of measures will bring an end to the UK's imports of Russian energy'

    Foreign Sec Liz Truss hit Vladimir Putin’s cronies with new economic crackdown but stopped short of a total ban on buying gas.

    But ministers vowed to stop buying it “as soon as possible” as it emerged the EU has bought Russia gas worth €35 billion since the invasion.

    Britain also blocked the sale of technical equipment used to refine oil, in a bid to stop Moscow diverting its black gold profits into the war effort.

    Ms Truss said: "Our latest wave of measures will bring an end to the UK's imports of Russian energy and sanction yet more individuals and businesses, decimating Putin's war machine.

    "Together with our allies, we are showing the Russian elite that they cannot wash their hands of the atrocities committed on Putin's orders. We will not rest until Ukraine prevails."

  • Louis Allwood

    British embassy security guard charged with spying for Russia in Berlin

    A BRITISH security guard working has been charged with spying for the Russian state in Berlin.

    David Ballantyne Smith, 57, was extradited from Potsdam, Germany, after being charged with nine offences under the Act.

    The security guard was working at the British Embassy in Berlin, whenhe was arrested by German cops on August 10 last year.

    He is accused of spying for the Russian state in the alleged offences between October 2020 and August 2021.

    German officials extradited the Brit back to the UK today following his arrest and he will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow.

    The nine charges relate to the collection and communication of information useful to the Russian state.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Putin, and many of his cronies, hide their wealth, with family members'

    More now on why Putin’s secret daughters will be hit with sanctions.

    The US' decision is based on the belief that 'many of Putin's assets are hidden with family members'.

    A senior administration official said: "We believe that many of Putin's assets are hidden with family members, and that’s why we’re targeting them.

    "We have reason to believe that Putin, and many of his cronies, and the oligarchs, hide their wealth, hide their assets, with family members that place their assets and their wealth in the US financial system, and also many other parts of the world."

  • Louis Allwood

    New sanctions

    The UK has imposed sanctions on Sberbank, Russia's largest bank.

    It's also committed to ending all imports of Russian coal and oil by the end of 2022.

  • Louis Allwood

    Anonymous ‘leaks nearly a MILLION Russian state network emails’

    Hacking group Anonymous claims to have leaked more than 900,000 Russian state network emails in a major attack.

    The email addresses are associated with Russia's largest media corporation, that has been accused of spreading propaganda.

    The media company is known as the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK).

    VGTRK has been accused of spreading false information about the Ukraine war by multiple other media outlets and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

    The leaked emails have been shared with a journalist organization called the Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets).

    All the emails have also been also made public.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin’s ‘secret’ doctor and dancer daughters hit with sanctions

    VLADIMIR Putin's secret daughters will be hit with sanctions in wake of their tyrant father's horrific war crimes in Ukraine.

    Dr Maria Vorontsova, 36, a geneticist, and Dr Katerina Tikhonova, 34, a dancer-turned-mathematician, are being blackballed by EU leaders amid the Russian despot's continuing atrocities.

    The 67-year-old head of state has always tried to keep his offspring out of the limelight and has rarely ever discussed them.

    But their dad's denial has done little to keep them off the sanctions-hit list, with travel bans and asset freezes expected to come into force from Wednesday.

    The pair are said to have been thrown into the firing line due to the exposure of the horrors in Bucha and across Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    The mayor of Bucha recalls seeing people get shot

    The mayor of Bucha, Anatoliy Fedoruk, has spoken about the allegations of war crimes by Russian forces in his town.

    Anatoliy Fedoruk recalled hiding in a building from Russian troops during their occupation and says he witnessed the killings and people being 'brutally shot'.

    Speaking to the BBC's Newshour programme he said: "Currently we know there were 320 peaceful civilians shot dead by Russian occupiers and this figure is getting bigger."

    He went on to say: "There was a pregnant woman. Her husband was screaming, asking for them not to shoot her, but they just brutally shot her.

    "So he had to bury her on the sideroad and instead of a cross [he] put the number plate of his car."

    Bucha is now back under Ukrainian control.

  • Louis Allwood

    Borodyanka horrors

    Borodyanka has been reduced to little more than a wasteland amid fears the death toll could be "worse than Bucha" after terrifying Russian airstrikes buried civilians beneath endless mountains of rubble.

    The small town just north-west of the capital was one of the first areas to be decimated after Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine on February 24.

    Russian jets tore across the town, unleashing bombs from above as several apartment blocks crumbled – burying the dozens of people taking shelter in their apartments.

    More than 200 people are feared dead following the cruel shelling attacks according to acting mayor Gerogii Yerko, as heartbreaking pictures show distraught residents weeping as they walked through the destruction.

    Haunting drone footage reveals the sheer level of destruction in the one-street town with piles of debris surrounding the burnt-out remains of apartment blocks where people once lived.

  • Louis Allwood

    Hungary PM asks for ceasefire

    Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, says he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin at length earlier today.

    During their conversation he reportedly asked the Russian leader to put in place a ceasefire in Ukraine.

    He told a news conference that he'd invited Putin for peace talks in Hungary.

    He says Putin's response was "positive, but with conditions", but gave no further detail.

  • Louis Allwood

    'We need to be prepared' for the conflict to last a long time

    Jens Stoltenberg, Nato's secretary general, is speaking in Brussels, where foreign ministers from the security alliance are gathering.

    He said: "We have seen no indication that President Putin has changed his ambition to control the whole of Ukraine and rewrite the international order."

    He went on to say that the conflict in Ukraine may take a long time "and we need to be prepared for that".

  • Louis Allwood

    The Butcher at centre of probe

    The Butcher, Lt Col Azatbek Omurbekov, is now at the centre of a probe into the rape, pillage and murder of hundreds of Ukrainians.

    International law states a military commander is responsible for any war crimes committed by his troops.

    Volunteers group Tretya Sila said: "In Bucha, there was a military unit 51460 from the village of Knyaze-Volkonskoye, Khabarovsk region. 

    "Soon all these murderers, rapists and looters will be known by name."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian butchers knocked on door to ‘liberate us’ then executed my husband

    Russian troops allegedly executed a Ukrainian woman's husband in front of her, after knocking on her door and claiming they were there as liberators.

    The distraught wife from Bucha claimed Putin's soldiers gave her three minutes to get out of the house following the killing, meaning she was forced to leave her husband's dead body in the street.

    Iryna Abramov, 48, told Ukraine's Ministry of Culture that she was in her house in the town on the outskirts of Kyiv with her husband Oleg and her elderly father when the Russian soldiers arrived.

    Bucha, recently reclaimed by Ukrainian troops, was allegedly the scene of war crimes after at least 300 Ukrainian civilians were found dead in the town.

    Iryna said Russian forces stormed her home on March 5 and dragged her husband, 40, into the street.

    According to a translation of the interview posted on social media, the Russian troops first told Iryna: "We are the liberators. We have come to liberate you."

  • Louis Allwood

    Bucha attacks appeared 'premeditated'

    The attacks in Bucha on Ukrainian civilians appear to be 'premeditated' by Russian forces a US senior defence official has said.

    The White House official said: “Just looking at the imagery – when you see individuals with their hands tied behind their backs and evidence of being shot in the head, that certainly appears to be premeditated."

  • Louis Allwood

    UK sanctions

    Russia's largest bank was also slapped with an asset freeze while British businesses were banned from investing in the nation, and will soon also ban imports of iron and steel.

    Another eight oligarchs were sanctioned, bringing the total to 82, with assets worth more than £170 billion frozen.

  • Louis Allwood

    US will impose new sanctions

    The US will impose new sanctions on Russia which target their biggest financial institution and its biggest private lender.

    President Joe Biden said the measures would "raise the economic pressure on Putin".

    He said: "First the United States will impose full blocking sanctions on Sberbank, by far the largest financial institution in Russia and Alfa Bank, its largest private bank.

    "We're locking down any accounts, any funds that those banks hold in the United States. They'll not be able to touch any of their money, they'll not be able to do any business here.

    "And second, I'm going to sign an executive order, going to ban any new US investment in Russia, more than 600 private sector companies."

  • Louis Allwood

    European Commission President sets out new sanctions

    Ursula von der Leyen has set out proposals for new sanctions targeting Russia’s economy.

    Her six measures include:

    1. An import ban on coal from Russia
    2. A full transaction ban on four key Russian banks
    3. A ban on Russian ships and Russian-operated ships from accessing EU ports
    4. Further bans on exports such as transportation equipment
    5. New import bans on products including seafood, liquor, and wood
    6. Additional targeted measures which include halting financial support for Russian public bodies
  • Louis Allwood

    Mayor reveals girls are cutting hair short to avoid rapist Russian troops

    A UKRAINIAN mayor wept as she revealed how girls are cutting their hair short to avoid rapist Russian troops.

    Maryna Beschastna is the deputy mayor of Ivankiv which has only just been reconnected with the outside world after 35 days of Russian occupation.

    Maryna broke down in tears as she recounted how two teenage girls were raped by barbaric Russian troops, reports ITV.

    The deputy mayor said: “There was a case in one village, two sister were raped… girls of 15 and 16… children.

    “Women were pulled by their hair out of their basements, so that they could abuse them.

    "Girls started cutting their hair short to be less attractive, so no one looks at them anymore.”

    The sick attacks come after Putin's "Butcher of Bucha" oversaw the rape and genocide of Ukrainians.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian mom in US ‘strangled son, 8, to death as she was paranoid over Ukraine war’

    A RUSSIAN mother strangled her eight-year-old son to death and threatened to kill the rest of her family in a rageful and paranoid state caused by the Ukraine war, officials say.

    Natalia Aleksandrovna Hitchcock, 41, said that her murdered son, Oliver, would have been "better off dead" rather than "abused" by the Russian government.

    Hitchcock has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide after killing little Oliver and attempting to drown her older son days before, according to the Sheboygan Falls Police Department in Wisconsin.

    On March 30, 2022, police responded to a 911 call from the boys' father.

    Officers arrived to find the lifeless body of the strangled boy and immediately transported him to the hospital.

    The older son, 11, found his unconscious brother on the floor in the family's Wisconsin apartment while "his mother was on the bed with a big knife," authorities said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia and Ukraine latest

    • Vladimir Putin's secret daughters have been hit with sanctions  in the wake of their tyrant father's horrific war crimes in Ukraine.
    • Russian death squads slaughtered civilians and even stopped rescuers from saving screaming victims.
    • Putin's 'butcher of Bucha' who 'oversaw rape & genocide' was blessed by priest
    • Ukraine's president compares Putin's savage troops to ISIS monsters
    • Moment Russian army vehicles 'fire on cyclist' in town rocked by war crimes
    • Russia shamelessly claims BRITAIN 'staged' Putin's genocide in Bucha
    • Moscow will face 'maximum sanctions' following war crimes, warns Foreign Secretary Truss

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