Ukraine-Russia war – live: Mourners visit dead Wagner chief Prigozhin’s grave as Moscow threatens further annex

By Isaac M October 1, 2023

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

Dozens of mourners hailed Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prighozin as a “patriot” who defended Russian interests abroad.

At his grave in St Petersburg, his mother, Violetta, and his son, Pavel, laid flowers. Supporters waved the black flags of Wagner which sport a skull and the motto “Blood, Honour, Motherland, Courage”.

“He can be criticized for certain events, but he was a patriot who defended the motherland’s interests on different continents,” Wagner’s recruitment arm said in a statement on Telegram.

It comes as Russia’s former leader Dmitry Medvedev warned Moscow could annex more of Ukraine a year on from when they first claimed Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson.

”The special military operation will continue until the complete destruction of the Nazi regime in Kyiv. Victory will be ours. And there will be more new regions within Russia,” Mr Medvedev said.

The four regions remain occupied by Moscow but it does not have complete control of any of the regions as Russian troops face Ukraine’s counteroffensive.

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Russian casualties near 250 in a day

Close to 250 of Vladimir Putin’s soldiers have been killed or injured in southern Ukraine in the past 24 hours, a Ukrainian military commander said.

Ukraine’s authorities said the casualties occurred on Saturday in Tavria, a village in southern Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia, just 23km from the major town of Tokmak, where Ukrainian forces are looking to advance for a strategic territorial advantage.

“Over the last day, the enemy lost 248 people (84 dead, 163 wounded and one captured),” Brigadier General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, who is in-charge of the strategic and operational group of forces in Tavriia, said in his Telegram channel on Sunday.

Tara Cobham1 October 2023 08:35

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Ukrainian drone hits Russian helicopter base, reports suggest

A Ukrainian drone might have struck a helicopter base in Russia’s Sochi, according to reports. This strike came after social video video showed a drone hitting an aircraft factory in Smolensk.

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 17:00

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Britain to send RAF Typhoon jets to Poland

Britain will send RAF Typhoon jets to Poland, Defence Minister Grant Shapps said. The typhoo is an “agile multi-role combat aircraft” used for air policing, peace support and high-intensity conflict, according to the RAF.

Typhoon jets from RAF Lossiemouth have returned from deployment to Estonia (Jane Barlow/PA)

(PA Wire)

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 16:45

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EU foreign policy chief promises more support for Ukraine

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Kyiv on Sunday that Ukraine needed more military aid and he promised ongoing EU support.

“Ukraine needs more capabilities & needs them faster,” he said in a statement posted on X, formerly

Josep Borrell said promised ‘long-term’ security commitments for Ukraine

(via REUTERS)

Twitter. He said he had discussed “continuous EU military assistance” during his first in-person meeting with Defence Minister Rustem Umerov.

“We are preparing long-term security commitments for Ukraine,” Borrell added.

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 16:30

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Russian propagandist calls for ‘nuclear ultimatum’

A Russian propagandist called for a ‘nuclear ultimatum’ after she claimed a Ukrainian drone fell in front of her family home.

“Tonight, an attack drone fell right in front of our family home in Adler, where I and my mother grew up, and where my relatives and their small children still live,” Margarita Simonyan said.

“The goals are ever further away, the stakes are ever higher, the nuclear ultimatum becomes increasingly uncontested.”

(REUTERS)

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 16:15

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Slovakia’s pro-Russian party set to begin coalition talks

Slovakia’s pro-Russian and anti-liberal election winner Robert Fico is set to begin coalition talks to form a government likely to join Hungary in opposing the European Union’s military aid for Ukraine.

The 59-year-old former prime minister’s party scored nearly 23 per cent in a recent poll, earning the president’s nod to start talks to replace a government that has been backing Kyiv against Russia’s invasion.

(Getty Images)

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 16:00

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Russia paints sillouhete bombers

Russia is painting the silhouettes of bombers on the tarmac of an airbase, satellite imagery suggests.

Two-dimensional decoy Tu-95MS ‘Bear H’ planes have been seen at the Engels Air Base, thought to be painted directly onto the airstrip or otherwise made of a low profile material such as tarpaulin, according to The War Zone.

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 15:45

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Mourners visit Prigozhin’s grave 40 days after his death

Dozens of mourners hailed Wagner mercenary chief Yevgeny Prighozin as a “patriot” who defended Russian interests abroad.

At his grave in St Petersburg, his mother, Violetta, and his son, Pavel, laid flowers. Supporters waved the black flags of Wagner which sport a skull and the motto “Blood, Honour, Motherland, Courage”.

A woman mourns next to a makeshift memorial for Yevgeny Prigozhin

(REUTERS)

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 15:27

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Ukrainian photographer killed on the frontline in Donetsk

A Ukrainian photographer has been killed on the frontline in Donetsk, the country’s parliament has said.

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, the Ukrainian parliament said: “Photographer Volodymyr Myroniuk, call sign ‘John’, died at the front near Kurdyumivka, Donetsk region.

“The Committee on Freedom of Speech expresses its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased!”

Alexander Butler1 October 2023 13:48

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Nato deploys surveillance jets to Lithuania

NATO has deployed surveillance jets to Lithuania to monitor Russian activity near its border with the Baltic states, the organisation said.

Writing on X, formerly Twitter, it said: “The AWACS surveillance jets will fly missions to monitor Russian military activity near the Alliance’s borders and can detect aircraft and missiles hundreds of kilometres away, making them a key early warning capability for NATO.”

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