Russia Ukraine latest news: Putin ‘forces troops with chronic health problems into battle’

Smoke fills the street after a Russian missile strike on a residential area in Kiev

Many Russian troops are forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire are likely to have suffered “particularly heavy casualties”, British defense experts say.

A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of Moscow’s mobilized reservists, according to the British Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often characterized by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.

An update to defense intelligence from the Defense Ministry suggests the Kremlin is likely to be concerned that an increasing number of families are willing to risk arrest for protesting the conditions their relatives face in war.

Earlier, the Defense Ministry said Russian reservists are being killed “in large numbers” in frontal attacks in Donetsk Oblast.

In the latest update, the Defense Ministry said: “Mobilized reservists have most likely suffered particularly heavy casualties after dedicating themselves to digging ambitious trenches while under artillery fire around the town of Svatove in Luhansk Oblast”.

Defense intelligence added that the suitability of Russian reservists has often been questionable and that the training and equipment they receive is “insufficient”.

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Warmonger Putin claims he “shares the pain” of soldiers’ mothers

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has claimed that he and other ministers “share the pain” of the mothers whose sons are fighting in Ukraine.

The Russian president, who oversaw the war from his luxury residence in Moscow, met with the mothers of the troops on Friday ahead of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday in November.

Some reports say about 100,000 have been killed or wounded in Putin’s bloody war, which he says is a “special military operation”.

Speaking to the women on Friday, he told the women: “I would like you to know that, that personally, and the entire leadership of the country, we share your pain.

“We understand that nothing can replace the loss of a son – especially for a mother,” he added, breathing heavily and clearing his throat frequently. “We share this pain.”

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 2:26 PM

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German lawmakers want to declare the 1930s famine in Ukraine a genocide

Lawmakers from Germany’s ruling coalition and opposition want to declare the Holodomor, the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932-33 under Soviet leader Josef Stalin, a genocide, according to a draft motion seen by Reuters.

The draft describes the attempts of the Soviet leadership to control and suppress peasants and Ukrainian culture and language through hunger and oppression. This “suggests from today’s perspective a historical-political classification as genocide. The German Bundestag agrees with this classification”.

According to reports in the German media, the draft will be discussed and adopted in the Lower House of the Bundestag next week.

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 1:59 PM

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Watch: Escaping from Mariupol with my family and my cat

Alona Zahreba is a 15-year-old Ukrainian who lived with her parents and her cat when the Russian troops invaded in 2022.

Alona’s family lives in Mariupol, one of the most fighting areas in Ukraine, and had to try to escape to survive, but just before they left, her cat Peaches went missing.

With the encouragement of producers Jim Lenz, Noah Berlow and John Chua, this is a short film about her cat’s rescue during the Russian invasion, exclusive to watch at Independent television.

Matt MathersNovember 25, 2022 1:40 PM

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ICYMI: NATO vows to help Ukraine ‘as long as it takes’

NATO is committed to helping Ukraine defend itself against Russia “for as long as it takes” and will help the war-ravaged country transform its armed forces into a modern army by Western standards, the alliance’s secretary general promised , Jens Stoltenberg, Friday.

Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Romania next week, Stoltenberg urged countries that so wish, individually or in groups, to continue supplying air defense systems and other weapons to Ukraine. NATO as an organization does not supply weapons.

“NATO will support Ukraine for as long as it takes. We will not back down,” said the former Norwegian prime minister. “The allies are providing unprecedented military support and I expect that foreign ministers will also agree to increase non-lethal support.”

Lorne Cook has the full report:

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 1:15 PM

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Zelensky: Europe must avoid division

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday called on Europeans to remain united against the Russian war as he addressed a conference in Lithuania.

“There is no split, there is no schism among Europeans and we must keep this. This is our number one mission this year,” Zelensky said via video link.

(AFP via Getty Images)

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 12:39 PM

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Putin ‘forces troops with chronic health problems into battle’

Many Russian troops are forced to serve in Ukraine with “serious” health problems, while those forced to build trenches under fire are likely to have suffered “particularly heavy casualties”, British defense experts say.

A number of “common themes” emerge in the experience of Moscow’s mobilized reservists, according to the British Ministry of Defense (MoD), with their deployment often characterized by “inadequate” training and personal equipment.

An update to defense intelligence from the Defense Ministry suggests the Kremlin is likely to be concerned that an increasing number of families are willing to risk arrest for protesting the conditions their relatives face in war.

Most mobilized reservists have served before, it says, with “numerous examples” suggesting it is highly likely their medical status has not been “adequately assessed.”

“Many are forced to serve with serious, chronic health conditions,” the update states.

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 11:31 AM

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Several killed in Russian bombing of Kherson

Kherson came under the heaviest bombardment on Thursday since Ukrainian forces retook the southern city two weeks ago.

The barrage of missiles killed four people outside a coffee shop and a woman was also killed next to her home, witnesses said, speaking to Associated Press reporters.

Hospitals without power and water are also dealing with the horrific after-effects of increasing Russian strikes.

They hit residential and commercial buildings on Thursday, setting some on fire, blowing ash into the air and shattering glass in the streets.

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 10:09 AM

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NATO – we will not shy away from support for Ukraine

NATO has reiterated its support for Ukraine, which has made major gains in recent weeks around Kherson, a regional economic center.

Jens Stoltenberg, NATO’s secretary general, said the military alliance “will not back down” in its efforts to provide Kiev with non-lethal aid.

“NATO will support Ukraine for as long as it takes,” he said.

“We will not back down,” he told reporters in Brussels on Friday ahead of a meeting of the alliance’s foreign ministers in Bucharest next week.

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 9:53 AM

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Warmonger Putin to meet soldiers’ mothers

Warmonger Vladimir Putin has insisted he has no regrets for unleashing his bloody conflict in Ukraine as he prepares to meet the mothers of soldiers whose lives he risked on the front lines.

So far, up to 100,000 Russian troops and reservists have been killed or wounded in the illegal war, which Putin says is a “special military operation” to end what he claims — without evidence — genocide against ethnic Russians in the country .

Russian resident Vladimir Putin (Mikhail Metzel/AP/PA)

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The war in Ukraine has killed and wounded tens of thousands of soldiers on both sides, according to the United States, and the Russian invasion has sparked the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

“On the eve of Mother’s Day, which is celebrated in Russia on the last Sunday of November, Vladimir Putin will meet the mothers of soldiers participating in the special military operation,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

Matt MathersNov 25, 2022 9:28 AM

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Kiev residents in survival mode as Putin removes power

Residents of the bombed capital of Ukraine grabbed empty bottles in search of water and thronged cafes for power and heat on Thursday. They defiantly switched to survival mode after new Russian missile strikes had plunged the city and much of the country into darkness a day earlier.

In scenes that are hard to believe in a sophisticated city of 3 million, some Kiev residents resorted to collecting rainwater from downspouts while repair crews worked to reconnect supplies.

Friends and relatives exchanged messages to find out who had electricity and water restored. Some had one but not the other. The previous day’s airstrike on Ukraine’s power grid left many with neither.

Cafes in Kiev that, by a small miracle, had both quickly become oases of comfort on Thursday. Oleksiy Rashchupkin, a 39-year-old investment banker, woke up to find that the water had been reconnected to his third-floor flat, but the power was not connected.

His freezer defrosted in the blackout, leaving a puddle on his floor.

So he got into a taxi and crossed the Dnieper River from the left bank to the right bank, to a café he had noticed had remained open after previous Russian attacks.

Sure, hot drinks and hot food were served and the music and wifi were on. “I’m here because there’s heating, coffee and light,” he said. “Here is life.”

Kiev residents fill plastic bottles at a water pump in a park in Kiev

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Maryam Zakir-HusseinNov 25, 2022 8:55 AM

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