Russia-Ukraine war live: Kyiv captures ‘25 Russian soldiers’ in past week as Moscow builds huge defensive line

By Isaac M February 13, 2024

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fires top general

Ukrainian troops have captured up to 25 Russian soldiers in the past week as the Kremlin builds a 19-mile metal defensive line behind occupied territory.

General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi said around half of the troops were captured on Sunday, with the majority taken in the Zaporizhzhia region.

It comes as Ukrainian open-source intelligence tracker claimed that Russia was building a 19-mile mega metal defensive line behind the frontline in occupied territory.

Blogger DeepState said the defensive line is made up of around 2,100 train carriages and has been slowly built up since July 2023. It has been nicknamed the “tsarist train”.

“It can be considered a separate line of defence,” DeepState wrote. “It is extremely difficult to damage, move or blow a 30-kilometre mass of metal.”

Meanwhile, Ukraine will produce thousands of long-range drones capable of deep strikes hitting Moscow and St Petersburg, Kyiv’s digital minister has said.

Mykhailo Fedorov, who has championed Ukraine’s wartime drone industry, said they already have up to 10 companies making drones that can reach hundreds of miles into Russian territory.

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NATO leader says Trump puts allies at risks by saying Russia can ‘do whatever the hell they want’

Alexander Butler12 February 2024 17:59

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Trump is dangerously wrong about Nato – and if he wins he’ll hang us out to dry

Alexander Butler12 February 2024 16:15

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Ukraine captures ‘25 Russian soldiers’

Ukrainian troops have captured up to 25 Russian soldiers in the past week as the Kremlin builds a 19-mile metal defensive line behind occupied territory.

General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi said around half of the troops were captured on Sunday, with the majority taken in the Zaporizhzhia region.

Alexander Butler12 February 2024 15:36

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‘No alternative’ to Nato, Poland and France say

There is “no alternative” to the EU, Nato and transatlantic cooperation, Poland’s prime minister and the French president said.

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said France and Poland must “become strong” and ready to defend their own borders and allies outside the EU.

It comes after US presidential candidate Donald Trump sparked outrage after suggesting he would encourage Putin to invade Nato allies who do not meet their 2 per cent of GDP spending commitment to the organisation.

“There is no alternative to the EU, NATO, transatlantic cooperation. Europe must become a safe continent, and this means that the European Union, France and Poland must become strong and ready to defend their own borders and to defend and support our allies and friends from outside the Union,” Tusk said in a joint statement with French President Emmanuel Macron.

There is ‘no alternative’ to Nato, the EU and transatlantic cooperation, Polish prime minister Donald Tusk said

(EPA)

Alexander Butler12 February 2024 14:45

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UK foreign secretary slams Trump’s ‘unsensible’ Nato comment

Donald Trump’s suggestion that he would not defend Nato allies who do not meet defence spending commitments was “not a sensible approach”, Lord David Cameron has said.

Speaking to reporters as he visited East Kilbride, Scotland, the Foreign Secretary said: “I am a very strong supporter of Nato.

“It is what helps to keep us safe and that is so essential in this world where we have seen Putin’s terrible illegal invasion of Ukraine.

“And actually Nato this year has got stronger, with Sweden and Finland joining. Of course we want all countries like us to spend 2 per cent (of GDP), but I think what was said was not a sensible approach.”

Lord Cameron said Donald Trump’s Nato comment was ‘not a sensible approach’

(PA Wire)

Alexander Butler12 February 2024 14:15

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Historian Tom Holland debunks Putin’s claims after Tucker Carlson interview

The former Fox News host interviewed the Russian President, who started with a long diatribe on Russian history and its relationship with Ukraine, during the two-hour interview, which aired on Thursday (8 February).

Speaking on The Rest Is History podcast, released on Friday (9 February), historian Tom Holland debunked the claims Putin made, saying he came up with “facts” that were “so clearly wrong, that everyone knows they are wrong”.

Historian Tom Holland debunks Putin’s claims after Tucker Carlson interview

Historian Tom Holland has debunked Vladimir Putin’s claims he made during his much-anticipated interview with Tucker Carlson. The former Fox News host interviewed the Russian President, who started with a long diatribe on Russian history and its relationship with Ukraine, during the two-hour interview, which aired on Thursday (8 February). Speaking on The Rest Is History podcast, released on Friday (9 February), historian Tom Holland debunked the claims Putin made, saying he came up with “facts” that were “so clearly wrong, that everyone knows they are wrong”.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 13:45

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Tucker Carlson says anyone who thinks Putin will relinquish Crimea is a ‘lunatic’

Carlson spoke with Mr Putin in a widely-criticised interview on his X/Twitter show.

Following the interview, Carlson noted that Crimea was in Russian possession prior to the current war in Ukraine — Russia annexed Crime in 2014 — and said the prospect of Mr Putin returning the region was out of the question.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 13:15

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Russia using Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites in war against Ukraine, claims Kyiv

Russian soldiers are using Elon Musk’s Starlink terminals to connect to satellite internet service on the frontlines in Ukraine, Kyiv’s intelligence service has claimed.

The report came days after a US military publication published a photo provided by a Ukrainian source purporting to show a Starlink terminal on the frontline. It was captured in a video by a Ukrainian drone participating in a strike on a Russian position on the frontline.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 12:45

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Poland to make quality checks on all grain shipments from Ukraine, minister says

Poland plans to start quality checks on all grain shipments from Ukraine, Deputy Agriculture Minister Michal Kolodziejczak said on Monday as Polish farmers continued nationwide protests against EU policies, including allowing cheap grain imports from Ukraine.

Farmers started blocking roads and border crossings with Ukraine on Friday, kicking off a month-long general strike to protest against EU policies and a lack of government action to protect their livelihoods.

Representatives of Poland’s new pro-European government have said they understand the challenges farmers are facing and that help for Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion could not come at the expense of Polish farmers.

“Today … I will request that all grain transports that are exported and have an embargo imposed on them be examined in Poland,” Kolodziejczak told state news agency PAP.

When such grain reaches Germany and, after examination, turns out to be of poor quality, he said, “99 per cent of the time it returns to Poland as European grain” and not to Ukraine.

Farmers in France, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Spain and Germany have been protesting against constraints placed on them by EU measures to tackle climate change, as well as rising costs and what they say is unfair competition from abroad.

Polish farmers have been particularly vocal about the impact of cheap food imports from neighbouring Ukraine.

Polish Deputy Minister of Agriculture Michal Kolodziejczak (C) meets farmers blocking a national road in Borki, Lublin Voivodeship, Poland, 09 February 2024.

(EPA)

Tom Watling12 February 2024 12:10

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Ukraine says Russian forces obtaining Starlink terminals via third countries

Russian forces are obtaining Starlink terminals illicitly from third countries and they are increasing their use on the front line, the Ukrainian military spy agency’s spokesperson told Reuters on Monday, without explaining how he knew.

Andriy Yusov, the military official, also said that work was underway to counter Russia’s use of the terminals in occupied parts of Ukraine as the full-scale war with Russia nears the two-year mark.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 11:39

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