Ukraine-Russia war – live: Moscow could annex more Ukrainian regions, says Medvedev

By Isaac M October 1, 2023

Zelensky says ‘Russian society has raised a second Hitler’ in attack on Putin

Russia’s former leader has warned Moscow could annex more of Ukraine a year on from when they first claimed four regions.

Dmitry Medvedev made the announcement to mark the anniversary of the Kremlin annexing Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaprizhzhia and Kherson oblasts – to declare them as part of Russia.

Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as the deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council said, as reported in RTE:“”The special military operation will continue until the complete destruction of the Nazi regime in Kyiv,” said Mr Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council.

“Victory will be ours. And there will be more new regions within Russia.”

The four regions remain occupied by Moscow but they do not have complete control of any of the regions and Russian troops face a tough Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Kyiv began its counteroffensive in early June to try to recapture territories seized by Russia, which still controls about 18% of the Ukrainian territory.

Ukraine reported advances in several directions and liberated over a dozen villages, but so far has not managed to retake any major cities.

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Grant Shapps to send UK troops to Ukraine

British troops will be sent to Ukraine for the first time as the defence secretary reveals plans for the UK to offer on-the-ground training and naval support in the Black Sea.

Grant Shapps told the Telegraph: “I was talking today about eventually getting the training brought closer and actually into Ukraine as well.

“Particularly in the west of the country, I think the opportunity now is to bring more things ‘in country’ – not just training, but also we’re seeing BAE [the UK defence firm], for example, move into manufacturing in country, for example.

“I’m keen to see other British companies do their bit as well by doing the same thing. So I think there will be a move to get more training and production in the country.”

He also shared the possibility of the British navy offering support in the Black Sea.

“We’ve seen in the last month or so, developments – really the first since 2014 in the Black Sea, in Crimea – and Britain is a naval nation so we can help and we can advise, particularly since the water is international water.

“It’s important that we don’t allow a situation to establish by default that somehow international shipping isn’t allowed in that water. So I think there’s a lot of places where Britain can help advise. [I] did discuss it with President Zelensky and many others this week,” Mr Shapps told the Telegraph.

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 23:54

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Russia is set to avoid a full ban from the 2024 Paralympics

The IPC wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, that members voted 74-65 against a motion to fully suspend Russia “for breaches of its constitutional membership obligations.” Thirteen more members abstained.

Another vote is scheduled later Friday on whether to “partially suspend” Russia. That could mean Russia sends competitors to the Paralympics but that they have to compete as neutral athletes without national symbols.

Similar votes were also planned concerning Russia ally Belarus.

Athletes from Russia and Belarus arrived at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing in March 2022, about a week after Russian troops invaded Ukraine. They were excluded a day before the opening ceremony.

Read the full report here

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 23:00

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How Cubans were recruited to fight for Russia

Men in a poverty stricken Cuban community have been seduced to fight for Russia through Whatsapp, report Reuters.

Yamidely Cervantes, a seamstress from the small town of La Fedreral tells Reuters of how her husband Enrique Gonzales, left their home for Russia.

According to the seamstress, her husband was struggling to make ends meet do decided to join the Russian army to fight against Ukraine, report Reuters.

The bricklayer was paid 200,000 roubles in pesos ($2,040) days after he left on July 19 and now his wife is enjoying their new bump in wealth with a new mobile phone, a refrigerator and a sewing machine, say Reuters.

The Cuban government say they had arrrested 17 people for their involvement in a human trafficking ring luring Cubans to fight for Russia.

The seamstress says her partner could not take another day below the breadline and told Reuters: “One day, he said to me, ‘Mami, I just can’t take it anymore’.”

According to the report, atleast three men have left the 100 metre dirt road where Ms Cervantes lives since June.

(Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 22:30

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How potential US government shutdown could affect Ukraine

But even if the Senate can rush to wrap up its work this weekend to pass the bill, which also includes money for Ukraine aid and U.S. disaster assistance, it won’t prevent an almost certain shutdown amid the chaos in the House. On Friday, a massive hard-right revolt left Speaker Kevin McCarthy‘s latest plan to collapse.

Read the full story about the Senate chaos here

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 22:00

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Just in – Ukrainian drone hits Russia

A Ukrainian drone attack in the southern Russian region of Bryansk injured one person and damaged windows and the roof of an administrative building, the region’s governor said.

The governor, Alexander Bogomaz, writing on the Telegram messaging app, said the incident occurred in the town of Trubchevsk. Bogomaz earlier reported that a village in the region had been shelled by Ukrainian forces, damaging three homes.

Representational : Exploding drones loaded with shells lay inside a hay barn on the front line in the outskirts of Kremmina, Ukraine

(AP)

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 21:30

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Moscow could annex more Ukrainian regions, says Medvedev

Russia’s former leader has warned that Moscow could annex more Ukrainian regions as the country marks one year since they claimed Donetsk, Lugansk and, Zaporizhia and Kherson last September.

Dmitry Medvedev, who serves as the deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council said to RTE: “”The special military operation will continue until the complete destruction of the Nazi regime in Kyiv,” said Mr Medvedev, who now serves as deputy chair of Russia’s Security Council.

“Victory will be ours. And there will be more new regions within Russia.”

Russia does not have total control of any of the annexed regions and they face a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Deputy head of Russia’s Security Council and chairman of the United Russia party Dmitry Medvedev, left

(Sputnik)

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 21:02

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Ukraine call for a minute of silence

The Ukrainian Ministry of Defence have called for everyone to partake in a moment of solidarity through one minute of silence tomorrow at 9am.

They shared on X that the first day of October will mark a new anniversary called ‘Day of Defenders’.

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 20:30

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ICYMI – Putin launches overnight drone and missile attacks on eastern and southern Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s forces launched overnight drone and missile attacks that targeted Ukraine’s eastern and southern parts as the war-hit country’s officials ordered the evacuation of an infrastructure site that was targeted.

Ukraine’s air force said Russia’s forces launched a swarm of Shahed drones from Crimea and the Black Sea in an overnight offensive on Saturday.

One of the strikes targeted an infrastructure site in the Vinnytsia region as the air force warned of the threat of ballistic missiles.

Authorities asked people to stay in shelters and said a general evacuation was not yet necessary apart from the immediate area where the strike occurred.

“At this time there is no need for a general evacuation, apart from the immediate area around the site of the hit,” said Vasyl Polishchuk, head of administration for the town of Kalynivka, according to the town’s website. Read the rest of the report here

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 20:00

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Ukraine say exact number of drones they have downed

The Ukrainian Minisitry of Defence claims they have downed 5000 Russian drones in post on X.

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 19:30

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‘Nearly all Ukrainian air defenses in Kharkiv region were destroyed in initial invasion’

The head of the Kharkiv garrison Serhii Melnyk says 90% of Ukrainian air defences in Kharkiv were destroyed in the first days of the full-scale invasion.

A Ukrainian minister, Anton Gerashchenko, shared an excerpt from an interview where he shares how the Russians ‘knew’ the precise coordinates of the air defence locations.

Lydia Patrick30 September 2023 19:00

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