Ukraine-Russia war live: Kyiv ‘destroys’ Black Sea ship as Putin’s troops advance along ‘entire frontline’

By Isaac M February 14, 2024

Ukrainian forces destroy large Russian landing ship in Black Sea

Ukrainian forces have destroyed a large Russian military ship off the occupied peninsula of Crimea, Kyiv‘s military has said.

A Ukrainian news outlet published several videos showing a column of smoke rising over the sea off the southern coast of Crimea, as well as helicopters flying over the sea.

“The Ukrainian Armed Forces, together with the Defence Ministry’s intelligence unit, destroyed the Tsezar Kunikov large landing ship,” the military said. “It was in Ukrainian territorial waters near Alupka at the time of the hit.”

It comes as the Ukrainian military warned that Vladimir Putin’s troops have advanced along the “entire front line” in Ukraine as Kyiv was forced to switch to defensive operations, the country’s military warned.

The newly-appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel-General Oleksandr Syrskyi, said the situation was “difficult” and his focus was now to exhaust the Russian advance.

“At this time, the situation can be assessed as difficult. The enemy is now advancing along almost the entire front line, and we have moved from offensive operations to conducting a defensive operation,” Syrskyi told German TV channel ZDF.

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Ukraine says it has sunk another Russian warship in Black Sea drone attack – in fresh blow to Putin’s forces

The Ukrainian intelligence services (GUR) posted a video said to show multiple naval drones attacking the 90-person, 113m-long Caesar Kunikov Ropucha-class landing ship in the early hours of Wednesday. It is another embarrassing blow for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Black Sea fleet, and a significant success for Ukraine

Tom Watling14 February 2024 14:30

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Putin creates new ‘fake news’ law to fund Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law Wednesday that will allow authorities to confiscate money, valuables and other assets from people convicted of spreading “deliberately false information” about the country’s military.

The bill sailed through the lower and upper houses of the Russian parliament, and was unanimously endorsed by the upper house last week.

The speaker of the lower house, Vyacheslav Volodin, said the measure includes harsher punishment for “traitors who sling mud at our country and our troops” and would “strip those scoundrels of honorary titles, confiscate their assets, money and other valuables.”

Tom Watling14 February 2024 14:00

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Lloyd Austin cancels trip to Nato and Ukraine meetings as he remains hospitalised

Tom Watling14 February 2024 13:30

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Child and pregnant woman killed in Russian strike on hospital near frontline

An overnight Russian attack on the town of Selydove in the eastern Donetsk region struck a medical facility and a residential building, killing a child and a pregnant woman, Ukrainian Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko has said on social media.

Three other children were wounded, he said. Selydove is just 16 miles from the front line.

“The occupiers attacked the hospital around one in the morning,” Mr Klymenko wrote. “The main impact was on the maternity ward. In total, there were almost 200 people in the institution at that time, and dozens of patients were in serious condition. They were evacuated to other medical facilities in the region.”

Nine Ukrainian civilians were killed and at least 25 people wounded by Russian shelling over the previous 24 hours, the president’s office said Wednesday.

A view shows a hospital destroyed in a Russian missile attack, in Selydove, Donetsk region

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Rescuers work at a hospital in the aftermath of what Ukrainian officials say was a Russian missile attack in Selydove

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Tom Watling14 February 2024 13:00

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NATO chief says US needs allies after Trump suggests abandoning laggards

The Nato secretary general has said that Europe has increased its spending on defence and the United States needs allies, days after former US President Donald Trump suggested that Washington might not protect countries that did not spend enough.

“I expect 18 allies to spend 2 per cent of their GDP on defence this year,” Jens Stoltenberg said at a news conference in Brussels, adding overall military spending was set for another record year after two years of Russia’s full-fledged war against Ukraine.

The number was higher than last year, when 11 of NATO’s 31 members were expected to reach the agreed target.

Mr Trump shocked Europeans on Saturday by implying that he would encourage Russia “to do whatever the hell they want” to NATO allies who did not spend enough.

Addressing journalists’ questions linked to the controversy around Mr Trump’s comments ahead of a NATO ministers’ meeting, Mr Stoltenberg said the United States knew how important the defence alliance is for its own security.

“The United States have never fought a war alone,” he said.

“The criticism we hear is not about NATO, it is about NATO allies not spending enough on NATO,” he added, saying the new hike in military spending by European allies was proof this message had been heard.

Nato chief Jens Stoltenberg talks during a Pre-ministerial press conference before a Defence Ministers’ meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the Nato headquarters

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Tom Watling14 February 2024 12:30

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What’s inside US Senate’s $95 billion bill to aid Ukraine and Israel and counter China

The Senate early Tuesday passed an emergency spending package that would provide military aid to Ukraine and Israel; replenish U.S. weapons systems; and provide food, water, and other humanitarian aid to civilians in Gaza.

The Senate jettisoned from the package a bipartisan effort to boost immigration enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border after most Republican senators, following the lead of former President Donald Trump, deemed the bipartisan proposal inadequate. Abandoning the border proposal brought the price tag of the bill down to about $95.3 billion.

Tom Watling14 February 2024 12:00

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Netherlands joins coalition to supply Ukraine with advanced drones

The Netherlands is joining a military coalition with allies including Britain that will supply Ukraine with advanced drone technology and bolster its offensive capabilities in the war against Russia, the Dutch defence minister said.

The pledge from the Netherlands comes in addition to F-16 fighter jets, artillery, ammunition and air defence systems provided by the Dutch to Kyiv.

For the Netherlands, there may be additional costs on top of 2 billion euros earmarked already for 2024, Dutch Defence Minister Kasja Ollongren told Reuters in an interview ahead of two days of NATO defence minister meetings in Brussels starting on Wednesday.

“We know of course that drones are very important in this war,” Ollongren said. “That’s why we are joining the drone coalition that Ukraine has started together with Latvia, together with other countries, to make sure that we do just that – increase production, use the latest technology and to provide exactly what Ukraine needs.”

Ukraine‘s Defence Ministry announced Britain’s participation last month.

A Ukrainian soldier installs an electronic warfare system to quell Russian drones at the front line, near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine

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Tom Watling14 February 2024 11:30

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The race to save Ukraine from Russia’s ‘tea bags’ and ‘cucumbers’

As the radio crackles with enemy communications that are hard to decipher, one Russian command rings out clear: “Brew five Chinese tea bags on 38 orange.”

A Ukrainian soldier known on the battlefield as Mikhass is able to quickly decode the gibberish. It means: Prepare five Beijing-made artillery shells and fire them on a specific Ukrainian position in the Serebryansky Forest, which forms the front line in the country’s restive northeast.

Tom Watling14 February 2024 11:00

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Footage shows the moment Ukrainian naval drones attack Russian warship

Footage published by Ukraine’s military intelligence services has shown the moment multiple Ukrainian naval drones struck a Russian warship in the early hours of this morning.

Ukrainian forces destroy large Russian landing ship in Black Sea

Tom Watling14 February 2024 10:30

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Kremlin declines to comment on Ukraine’s claim to have sunk Black Sea warship

The Kremlin on Wednesday has declined to comment on a statement by the Ukrainian military that its forces had sunk the Russian Navy’s Tsezar Kunikov landing ship close to the Russian-controlled Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea.

Tom Watling14 February 2024 09:57

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