Russia Last war in Ukraine: Putin fears for life after Kherson withdrawal, says Kyiv aide

Ukraine tells civilians from recently liberated areas to leave before winter

President Vladimir Putin fears for his life after his crushing defeat in Kherson, which saw Ukrainian forces attempt to regain control of the key city from Russian occupation, a Kiev official has said.

Kherson, a Black Sea port in the Ukrainian region of the same name, was surrendered to Kiev last week. It was a major blow to the Russian offensive and to Moscow’s support, including state broadcasters, as it was the first and only regional capital to be taken by Putin’s forces.

“[Putin] is very afraid because in Russia there is no forgiveness for tsars who lose wars,” said Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff. The Telegraph.

“He is now fighting for his life. If he loses the war, at least in the minds of the Russians, it will be the end. The end of him as a political figure. And possibly in a physical sense.”

It follows news that a newborn baby was killed in a Russian missile strike on a maternity hospital in Zaporizhzhia, regional governor Oleksandr Starukh said today.

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Putin fears for life after Kherson’s withdrawal, says Kiev aide

President Vladimir Putin fears for his life after his crushing defeat in Kherson, which saw Ukrainian forces attempt to regain control of the key city from Russian occupation, a Kiev official has said.

Kherson, a Black Sea port in the Ukrainian region of the same name, was surrendered to Kiev last week. It was a major blow to the Russian offensive and to Moscow’s support, including state broadcasters, as it was the first and only regional capital to be taken by Putin’s forces.

“[Putin] is very afraid because in Russia there is no forgiveness for tsars who lose wars,” said Oleksiy Arestovich, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff. The Telegraph.

“He is now fighting for his life. If he loses the war, at least in the minds of the Russians, it will be the end. The end of him as a political figure. And possibly in a physical sense.”

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 9:40 AM

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Watch: Viktor Orbán wears a scarf that appears to show Ukrainian territory as part of Hungary

Viktor Orbán wears a scarf that appears to show Ukrainian territory as part of Hungary

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 9:20 AM

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In photos: rescue operation underway in the destroyed maternity ward of Zaporizhzhia

Now more about the alleged Russian missile attack on a maternity ward in a hospital in Vilniansk, Zaporizhzhia, where rescue operations are underway.

Earlier, regional governor Oleksandr Starukh reported that a newborn baby had been killed in the strike. Images show that at least one doctor was rescued from the rubble.

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Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 09:00

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Ukraine to receive three Sea King helicopters, reports say

Britain will supply Ukraine with three former Sea King helicopters, the BBC reports

The broadcaster said the first of three UK-made anti-submarine warfare helicopters, styled after the twin-engine US Sikorsky S-61 helicopter, has already arrived in Ukraine.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 8:40 AM

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More than 85,000 Russian soldiers ‘killed in Ukraine’

According to Kiev figures, an estimated 85,410 Russian soldiers have been killed since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine on February 24.

This would increase the total number of Moscow personnel losses by 410 troops as of Tuesday.

The data shared by the Armed Forces of Ukraine cannot be independently verified.

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 8:20 AM

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Russia has labeled Ukraine as ‘godless’ and ‘immoral’ for raiding the monastery

A Russian foreign ministry official has characterized Ukraine as “godless”, “savage” and “immoral” over the raid on an old Orthodox Christian monastery in Kiev.

Ukraine’s SBU security service and police raided the 1,000-year-old Kyiv Pechersk Lavra complex – or Kyiv Monastery of the Caves – early Tuesday morning as part of operations to counter alleged “subversive activities of Russian special services” to go, the SBU said.

The site is a Ukrainian cultural treasure and the headquarters of the Russian-backed wing of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate.

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This morning, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said there was no justification for the raid and compared the “Kiev regime” to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine whose name in Russian is often associated with immoral chaos, chaos and revelry.

“This is just some kind of totally godless bacchanalia. There is no justification or explanation for this. And that is not possible,” said Ms. Zakharova Sputnik radio.

“This is another part of the absolutely immoral and wild actions of the Kiev regime.”

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 8:00 AM

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Newborn baby killed in Russian attack on Zaporizhia maternity ward

A Russian missile struck a maternity ward in the Zaporizhzhia city of Vilniansk early Wednesday morning, the region’s governor said.

A newborn baby was killed in the attack, Oleksandr Starukh added.

“Grief fills our hearts,” he said.

Mr Staruk shared a series of images of the destruction via the Kiev independent:

Emily AtkinsonNovember 23, 2022 7:40 AM

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Putin says Russia is ready to boost fertilizer exports

Russia is poised to increase its fertilizer exports, the TASS news agency has quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying.

Moscow is urging the West to ease sanctions, which Moscow says are hampering Russia’s ability to move fertilizers and agricultural products around the world, and which Moscow says are exacerbating a global food crisis.

Emily AtkinsonNov 23, 2022 7:19 AM

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Russia has probably exhausted its supply of Iranian drones – MoD

The British Ministry of Defense says Russia is likely to have almost exhausted its current stockpile of Iranian drones and will likely look for supplies.

No drone strikes have been made public since about November 17.

“Since September, Russia has probably launched hundreds of Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) against Ukraine.

This was a mix of one-way attack (OWA) UAVs and more traditional reusable armed systems,” the Department of Defense said today in its latest intelligence update.

It added that Russian armed forces have largely used these weapons against tactical military targets and the Ukrainian power grid.

“Recently, however, Russian commanders probably also wanted UAVs of Iranian origin to prioritize medical facilities as opportunities, and attack with guided munitions if identified,” the ministry said.

The ministry said it is likely that Russia devised the UAV campaign to “compensate for its severe shortage of cruise missiles, but the approach has met with limited success”.

Most of the launched UAVs have been neutralized by Ukraine, it added.

“No OWA UAV strikes have been made public since approximately Nov. 17, 2022. Russia is likely to have nearly exhausted its current stockpile, but will likely look for supplies.”

Russia is likely to procure UAVs from abroad faster than it can produce new cruise missiles domestically, the Defense Ministry claimed.

Arpan RaiNov 23, 2022 7:01 AM

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Britain is sending helicopters to Ukraine ‘for the first time’ since the start of the war

The British Ministry of Defense has announced that it will send helicopters to Ukraine for the first time since the start of the war.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said it is the first time a piloted aircraft has been sent to the war-torn country since the Russian invasion in February this year.

The Ministry of Defense’s military assistance to Ukraine includes three former Sea King helicopters, the first of which has already arrived in Ukraine.

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Arpan RaiNov 23, 2022 06:52

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