Ukraine news LATEST – Hellbent Vladimir Putin ‘planning deadly new assault’ as Russian forces gather in south

BRITISH Defence Intelligence claims Putin has brutally sacked “at least six” top commanders, with Russian losses continuing to grow.

The Ministry of Defence’s statement said a slew of commanders have been dismissed as Putin rages at their failures.

Specifically, the report claims: “The poor performance of Russia’s armed forces during its invasion of Ukraine has been costly for Russia’s military leadership, highly likely resulting in the dismissal of at least six Russian commanders since the start of hostilities in February 2022.

“The commanders of Russia’s Eastern and Western Military Districts have highly likely lost their commands. General-Colonel Aleksandr Chayko was dismissed as Commander of the Eastern Military District in May 2022.

“General-Colonel Aleksandr Zhuravlev, who has commanded the Western Military District since 2018, was absent from Russia’s Navy Day in St Petersburg on 31 July 2022 and has highly likely been replaced by General-Lieutenant Vladimir Kochetkov.

“General Aleksandr Vladimirovich Dvornikov has subsequently been removed after been given overall command of the operation in Ukraine, and General Sergei Surovikin has assumed command of the Southern Grouping of Forces from General Gennady Valeryevich Zhidko.”

The report concludes: “These dismissals are compounded by at least 10 Russian Generals killed on the battlefield in Ukraine. The cumulative effect on consistency of command is likely contributing to Russian tactical and operational difficulties.”

This comes as Ukrainian military officials report that Russia has lost at least 42,000 troops since the start of the conflict.

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

  • Sweden joins UK in training Ukrainian troops

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced today that Sweden will join the nations training Ukrainian troops in their battle against Putin’s Russia.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace hailed the decision.

    Sweden will provide “valuable expertise” according to the MP, as the democratic world seeks peaceful means to support Ukraine.

  • Pope hails signs of ‘peace’ as first grain ship leaves Ukraine

    Pope Francis believes peace could be on the horizon, as the first grain ship leave Ukraine’s Odesa port.

    The ship left on Saturday, a result of intensive discussions between Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

    “This step shows that it is possible to dialogue and achieve concrete results, which benefit everyone. Therefore, this event can be seen as a sign of hope, and I sincerely hope that, following this path, we can put an end to the fighting and arrive at a just and lasting peace,” the Pope said.

  • Ukraine’s military demolished six ammunition depots

    Ukraine’s military has successfully demolished six ammunition depots in southern Ukraine, reported The Kyiv Independent.

    It tweeted: “Operational Command ‘South’ said it killed 79 Russian troops and destroyed four tanks, two howitzers, an artillery installation, a radar station, and 22 armored and military vehicles on August 5.”

    According to the report, Ukrainian troops also reportedly attacked two Russian control points and one command post.

  • Europe fears as Turkey strengthens ties with Russia

    The Financial Times has reported that leaders across Europe are fearful of Russia’s increasing ties with Turkey.

    According to the publication, one EU official said:  “I would not rule out any negative actions [if] Turkey gets too close to Russia.”

    This comes as Russia and Turkey agreed to expand cooperation on trade and energy.

  • Explosions reported across Ukraine

    Vinnytsia, Kirovohrad and Kremenchuk have all reported explosions.

    This comes the MoD revealed today that Putin has brutally sacked six of his top generals.

    Meanwhile, Sweden has joined Ukraine’s allies in aiding in the training of Ukrainian troops.

  • Ukraine is investigating a staggering 26,000 war crimes

    According to the Kyiv Independent, Russia is being investigated for a shocking 26,000 war crimes.

    Yuriy Bilousov, head of the war crimes department, told media that 135 people are under investigation, while only 15 have been arrested.

    The remaining 120 remain free.

  • Putin threatens Europe with Nuclear meltdown

    Russian troops are reportedly using shooting artillery “adjacent to Zaporizhzhia power station” to blast targets across the River Dnieper in southern Ukraine.

    The United Nations has urged Russia and Ukraine to allow experts to visit the complex. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the situation is getting more alarming daily. Grossi called the current situation “extremely grave and dangerous”. 

    He said: “Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated . . . in a place where active war is ongoing.

    “I have been insisting from day one that we have to be able to go there to perform safety and security evaluation, to do repairs and assist as we already did in Chernobyl.”

  • Russia has killed over 1,000 civilians and 50 children in Kharkiv Oblast, official claims

    Russian forces have killed over 1,000 civilians and 50 children during their invasion of Kharkiv, Oleksandr Filchakov, head of the regional prosecutor’s office.

    On top of that, Russia has destroyed over 7,000 sites in the city and region, 2,800 apartment buildings, almost 1,800 residential buildings.

    This comes as Putin brutally sacked six of his highest generals, as Russia continues to fail in its mission.

  • Ukraine in for a ‘long, bitter winter’ claims top British general

    Ukraine is set for a difficult winter, Sir Richard Barrons has warned.

    The country should expect a “long, bitter winter” as Putin continues his brutal invasion.

  • Inside Russia’s staggering nuclear stockpile

    According to a top US military general, the world is closer than ever to all-out nuclear Armageddon.

    Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting the Japanese city of Hiroshoma on the 77th anniversary of the first atomic bomb attack to sound the alarm.

    The military boss claimed that “humanity is playing with a loaded gun.”

    In the same week, one the UK’s top officials also warned that Putin would not be afraid to utilise his nuclear stockpile should he lose the war in Ukraine.

  • Sweden joins UK in training Ukrainian troops

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced today that Sweden will join the nations training Ukrainian troops in their battle against Putin’s Russia.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace hailed the decision.

    Sweden will provide “valuable expertise” according to the MP, as the democratic world seeks peaceful means to support Ukraine.

  • Pope hails signs of ‘peace’ as first grain ship leaves Ukraine

    Pope Francis believes peace could be on the horizon, as the first grain ship leave Ukraine’s Odesa port.

    The ship left yesterday, a result of intensive discussions between Ukraine, Russia and the EU.

    “This step shows that it is possible to dialogue and achieve concrete results, which benefit everyone. Therefore, this event can be seen as a sign of hope, and I sincerely hope that, following this path, we can put an end to the fighting and arrive at a just and lasting peace,” the Pope said.

  • Ukraine’s military demolished six ammunition depots

    Ukraine’s military has successfully demolished six ammunition depots in southern Ukraine, reported The Kyiv Independent.

    It tweeted: “Operational Command ‘South’ said it killed 79 Russian troops and destroyed four tanks, two howitzers, an artillery installation, a radar station, and 22 armored and military vehicles on August 5.”

    According to the report, Ukrainian troops also reportedly attacked two Russian control points and one command post.

  • Europe fears as Turkey strengthens ties with Russia

    The Financial Times has reported that leaders across Europe are fearful of Russia’s increasing ties with Turkey.

    According to the publication, one EU official said:  “I would not rule out any negative actions [if] Turkey gets too close to Russia.”

    This comes as Russia and Turkey agreed to expand cooperation on trade and energy.

  • Explosions reported across Ukraine

    Vinnytsia, Kirovohrad and Kremenchuk have all reported explosions.

    This comes the MoD revealed today that Putin has brutally sacked six of his top generals.

    Meanwhile, Sweden has joined Ukraine’s allies in aiding in the training of Ukrainian troops.

  • Ukraine is investigating a staggering 26,000 war crimes

    According to the Kyiv Independent, Russia is being investigated for a shocking 26,000 war crimes.

    Yuriy Bilousov, head of the war crimes department, told media that 135 people are under investigation, while only 15 have been arrested.

    The remaining 120 remain free.

  • Putin threatens Europe with Nuclear meltdown

    Russian troops are reportedly using shooting artillery “adjacent to Zaporizhzhia power station” to blast targets across the River Dnieper in southern Ukraine.

    The United Nations has urged Russia and Ukraine to allow experts to visit the complex. Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the situation is getting more alarming daily. Grossi called the current situation “extremely grave and dangerous”. 

    He said: “Every principle of nuclear safety has been violated . . . in a place where active war is ongoing.

    “I have been insisting from day one that we have to be able to go there to perform safety and security evaluation, to do repairs and assist as we already did in Chernobyl.”

  • Russia has killed over 1,000 civilians and 50 children in Kharkiv Oblast, official claims

    Russian forces have killed over 1,000 civilians and 50 children during their invasion of Kharkiv, Oleksandr Filchakov, head of the regional prosecutor’s office.

    On top of that, Russia has destroyed over 7,000 sites in the city and region, 2,800 apartment buildings, almost 1,800 residential buildings.

    This comes as Putin brutally sacked six of his highest generals, as Russia continues to fail in its mission.

  • Ukraine in for a ‘long, bitter winter’ claims top British general

    Ukraine is set for a difficult winter, Sir Richard Barrons has warned.

    The country should expect a “long, bitter winter” as Putin continues his brutal invasion.

  • Top British general warns that Putin is not afraid to use nukes

    Sir Richard Barrons warned the Russian tyrant is “likely” to use tactical nuclear weapons if he faces being driven back in Ukraine.

    “It would be the first use of nuclear weapons for 77 years, breaking an enormous taboo, but this is not inconceivable to Russians if the ends justify it in their eyes,” he wrote in The Sunday Times.

    Sir Richard added: “A broader Ukrainian offensive and mobilisation expected as soon as next spring could lead to battlefield successes and the liberation of land seized by Russia.

    “This might create other risks.

    “If Putin senses defeat, will he be tempted to use tactical nuclear weapons to change reality on the battlefield?”

  • War about to enter a ‘new phase’

    Russian forces are gathering in the south, according to British intelligence.

    The Military of Defence said: “Russia’s war on Ukraine is about to enter a new phase, with the heaviest fighting shifting to a roughly 350 kilometre frontline stretching south west from near Zarporizhzhia to Kherson, paralleling the Dnieper River.

  • MoD provides update on the war in Ukraine

    At least six Russian commanders been dismissed as Putin rages at his army’s failures, according to the Ministry of Defence.

  • Russian losses as of August 7

    Russia continue to lose masses of troops as their brutal invasion of Ukraine continues.

    The county has lost over 42,200 troops.

    On top of that, 223 planes and 1,805 tanks have been lost, according to Ukraine’s military.

  • International Atomic Energy Agency slams Russia’s attack on Nuclear base

    The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has slammed Putin for stationing troops next to a nuclear power plant.

    “I’m extremely concerned by the shelling yesterday at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, which underlines the very real risk of a nuclear disaster that could threaten public health and the environment in Ukraine and beyond,” Rafael Mariano Grossi said in a statement.

    He went on to say that the Russian forces are “playing with fire” as Europe begins to fear nuclear crisis.

  • Sweden joins UK in training Ukrainian troops

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence announced today that Sweden will join the nations training Ukrainian troops in their battle against Putin’s Russia.

    Defence Secretary Ben Wallace hailed the decision.

    Sweden will provide “valuable expertise” according to the MP, as the democratic world seeks peaceful means to support Ukraine.

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