Ukraine news latest: Crimea bridge explodes as Russia blames ‘truck bomb’ & Kyiv warns this is ‘just the beginning’

RUSSIA ON Saturday opened a criminal probe into a blast that heavily damaged a vital bridge linking Moscow-annexed Crimea to the mainland, which it blamed on a car bomb.

Russia’s investigative committee said it had “initiated a criminal case in connection with the incident on the Crimean bridge,” adding that “a truck was blown up.

Meanwhile, a Ukrainian presidential advisor shared a message on Twitter after an explosion or fire on a crucial bridge linking Russia to Crimea, calling it “the beginning” but not directly claiming Ukrainian responsibility.

“Everything illegal must be destroyed, everything stolen must be returned to Ukraine, everything occupied by Russia must be expelled,” Mykhailo Podolyak wrote.

Images and videos on Twitter reveal a huge fire engulfing at least two railway carriages from a train on Putin’s pet project the Kerch bridge, along with significant amounts of black smoke, and one half of a collapsed road bridge that fell into the Kerch Strait.

The explosion took place at 6am on Saturday while a train was crossing the bridge.

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

  • Concerns UK’s internet has been planted with mines by Putin

    Russians may have jeopardised the UK’s undersea and power cables, resulting in drastic checks, it has been reported.

    Cuts to undersea cables could result in turmoil as such a move could paralyse global banking and eradicate trillions off economies.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has ordered a Type 23 frigate and the survey ship HMS Enterprise to confront potential threats.

    Click here to read more.

  • Ukraine using abandoned Russian equipment, as Putin’s troops flee the battlefield

    The British Ministry of Defence has reported that a “large” proportion of Ukraine’s weaponry and equipment is made up of abandoned Russian items.

    In a statement, the MoD said: “Re-purposed captured Russian equipment now makes up a large proportion of Ukraine’s military hardware.

    “Ukraine has likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion. Over half of Ukraine’s currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles.

    “The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

    “With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry.”

  • Kim Jong Un wishes Putin a happy birthday

    Vladimir Putin turned 70 yesterday and has only received one birthday message, that being from his ally and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    He said: “Today, Russia is reliably defending the dignity of the state and its fundamental interests from the challenges and threats by the US and its vassal forces. 

    “Such reality is unthinkable without your distinguished leadership and strong will.”

  • Russia begins to ‘prepare its society’ for nuclear war, Zelensky says

    Speaking to the BBC, President Zelensky of Ukraine has claimed Russia is preparing its society for nuclear war.

    “They begin to prepare their society. That’s very dangerous,” he said.

    However, he did cavitate that nuclear war is not yet close.

    He went on to say: “They are not ready to do it, to use it. But they begin to communicate. They don’t know whether they’ll use or not use it. I think it’s dangerous to even speak about it.”

  • The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit Russia next week

    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will make the journey to Russia next week.

    During the meeting, the nuclear expert will discuss setting up a safe zone around the Zaporizhzhia power plant, which is currently occupied by Russia.

    Both Russian and Ukrainian sources have claimed they will operate the plant in the wake of Putin’s annexation of the region.

  • The IMF donates $1.3billion to Ukraine

    President Zelensky has revealed in the tweet that the International Monetary Fund has donated a staggering $1.3bn to Ukraine, as it continues to resist Putin’s brutal invasion.

    In a tweet, the steadfast leader said: “The Executive Board of the IMF has just supported the provision of about $1.3 billion to Ukraine under the Rapid Financing Instrument.

    “The money will go to Ukraine today. Thanks @KGeorgieva and the IMF Executive Board for the support!”

  • Ukraine liberates 2,400 square kilometres in Kherson offensive

    Since the beginning of its offensive in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine has reportedly liberated 2,400 square kilometres of land.

    Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko added that Zelensky’s troops have evacuated over 22,000 civilians, 3,000 of which are children.

    Ukraine has seen great success with its offensive in Kherson, pushing Russian troops back and forcing them to abandon key posts.

  • Britain hits out at Russia’s call for a secret ballot

    Britain’s UN Ambassador, Barbara Woodward, has slammed Russia after it called for a secret ballot at the UN General Assembly next week.

    The UN is set to vote to condemn Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories, and Putin’s regime wants this vote to be anonymous.

    “To conduct a secret ballot on a General Assembly decision would go against decades of precedent and undermine the practices of the world’s most representative deliberative body”.

    “That is why we are requesting under rule 87b that a recorded vote should take place on the resolution,” she said.

  • Ukraine using abandoned Russian equipment, as Putin’s troops flee the battlefield

    The British Ministry of Defence has reported that a “large” proportion of Ukraine’s weaponry and equipment is made up of abandoned Russian items.

    In a statement, the MoD said: “Re-purposed captured Russian equipment now makes up a large proportion of Ukraine’s military hardware.

    “Ukraine has likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion. Over half of Ukraine’s currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles.

    “The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

    “With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry.”

  • Putin’s ally demands the Russian Defence Minister shoot himself

    General Sergei Shoigu has come under fire after experiencing a series of defeats on the battlefield and displaying a sluggish strategy.

    In a video shared on social media, Kirill Stremousov fumed: “A lot of people say that the defence minister, as an officer who let that happen, could shoot himself.

    “But you know what, the word ‘officer’ is not familiar for some people.”

  • Ukrainians dodge shells

    Ukrainian defenders can be seen dodging a barrage of Russian shelling as they charge across fields to Kherson in cars.

    Ukrainian troops are continuing to make advances as Putin‘s battered troops are fleeing.

    After avoiding shell holes and destroyed Russian vehicles, soldiers jumped out of the armoured cars and pressed on with their blitz.

  • Details emerge of bodies exhumed in Kharkiv

    According to comments quoted by Interfax Ukraine, the deputy head of the National Police in Kharkiv has said that they have exhumed 534 bodies of civilians, including 19 children’s bodies, in territories liberated from Russian forces in the region.

    The deputy said there were also 226 women and 260 men exhumed as well as 29 individuals whose gender has not yet been established.

  • Kim Jong Un wishes Putin a happy birthday

    Vladimir Putin turns 70 today, and has only received one birthday message from his ally and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

    He said: “Today, Russia is reliably defending the dignity of the state and its fundamental interests from the challenges and threats by the US and its vassal forces. 

    “Such reality is unthinkable without your distinguished leadership and strong will.”

  • Russia begins to ‘prepare its society’ for nuclear war, Zelensky says

    Speaking to the BBC, President Zelensky of Ukraine has claimed Russia is preparing its society for nuclear war.

    “They begin to prepare their society. That’s very dangerous,” he said.

    However, he did cavitate that nuclear war is not yet close.

    He went on to say: “They are not ready to do it, to use it. But they begin to communicate. They don’t know whether they’ll use or not use it. I think it’s dangerous to even speak about it.”

  • The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency to visit Russia next week

    The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, will make the journey to Russia next week.

    During the meeting, the nuclear expert will discuss setting up a safe zone around the Zaporizhzhia power plant, which is currently occupied by Russia.

    Both Russian and Ukrainian sources have claimed they will operate the plant in the wake of Putin’s annexation of the region.

  • The IMF donates $1.3billion to Ukraine

    President Zelensky has revealed in the tweet that the International Monetary Fund has donated a staggering $1.3bn to Ukraine, as it continues to resit Putin’s brutal invasion.

    In a tweet, the steadfast leader said: “The Executive Board of the IMF has just supported the provision of about $1.3 billion to Ukraine under the Rapid Financing Instrument.

    “The money will go to Ukraine today. Thanks @KGeorgieva and the IMF Executive Board for the support!”

  • Ukraine liberates 2,400 square kilometres in Kherson offensive

    Since the beginning of its offensive in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine has reportedly liberated 2,400 square kilometres of land.

    Deputy Head of the President’s Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko reported added that Zelensky’s troops have evacuated over 22,000 civilians, 3,000 of which are children.

    Ukraine has seen great success with its offensive in Kherson, pushing Russian troops back and forcing them to abandon key posts.

  • Britain hits out at Russia’s call for a secret ballot

    Britain’s UN Ambassador, Barbara Woodward, has slammed Russia after it called for a secret ballot at the UN General Assembly next week.

    The UN is set to vote to condemn Russia’s annexation of four Ukrainian territories, and Putin’s regime wants this vote to be anonymous.

    “To conduct a secret ballot on a General Assembly decision would go against decades of precedent and undermine the practices of the world’s most representative deliberative body”.

    “That is why we are requesting under rule 87b that a recorded vote should take place on the resolution,” she said.

  • Ukraine using abandoned Russian equipment, as Putin’s troops flee the battlefield

    The British Ministry of Defence has reported that a “large” proportion of Ukraine’s weaponry and equipment is made up of abandoned Russian items.

    In a statement, the MoD said: “Re-purposed captured Russian equipment now makes up a large proportion of Ukraine’s military hardware.

    “Ukraine has likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion. Over half of Ukraine’s currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles.

    “The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

    “With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry.”

  • Putin ally demands the Russian Defence Minister shoot himself

    General Sergei Shoigu has come under fire after experiencing a series of defeats on the battlefield and displaying a sluggish strategy.

    In a video shared on social media, Kirill Stremousov fumed: “A lot of people say that the defence minister, as an officer who let that happen, could shoot himself.

    “But you know what, the word ‘officer’ is not familiar for some people.”

  • Ukrainians dodge shells

     Ukrainian defenders can be seen dodging a barrage of Russian shelling as they charge across fields to Kherson in cars.

    Ukrainian troops are continuing to make advances as Putin‘s battered troops are fleeing.

    After avoiding shell holes and destroyed Russian vehicles, soldiers jumped out of the armoured cars and pressed on with their blitz.

  • Details emerge of of bodies exhumed in Kharkiv

    According to comments quoted by Interfax Ukraine, the deputy head of the National Police in Kharkiv has said that they have exhumed 534 bodies of civilians, including 19 children’s bodies, in territories liberated from Russian forces in the region.

    The deputy said there were also 226 women and 260 men exhumed as well as 29 individuals whose gender has not yet been established.

  • US nukes could be deployed to Poland

    The United States could deploy nuclear weapons to Poland, the country’s president has said.

    Andrzej Duda said the NATO member wanted to be part of the alliance’s nuclear sharing scheme, as Russia warns of a military clash with America over its support for Ukraine.

    Britain and France are the two NATO nations with nuclear weapons but Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey all host US around 100 B-61 bombs under the scheme.

    “The problem, first of all, is that we don’t have nuclear weapons,” Duda said in an interview with the Gazeta Polska newspaper published on Wednesday.

    “There is always a potential opportunity to participate in nuclear sharing. The topic is open.”

  • Pro Putin propagandist cries on TV after hitting out at Russians refusing to fight

    A pro-Putin propagandist has cried live on state TV after slamming Russian’s that have refused to fight as “a lost cause”.

    Boris Korchevnikov claimed some Russians are “decay & garbage” because they “don’t understand what this war is for”.

    “If you can’t change your attitude towards your country even then, you’re a lost cause, you’re nothing, you’re zero. No need to teach patriotism or love to mankind. You’re decay, you’re garbage,” he added.

  • UK’s MoD release latest intelligence update

    The UK’s Ministry Of Defence have released their latest intelligence update.

    The Ministry have claimed that “a large proportion of Ukraine’s military hardware” is made up of “re-purposed captured Russian equipment.”

    The MoD said: “Ukraine has likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion. Over half of Ukraine’s currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles.

    “The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

    “With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry.”

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