Putin puts nuclear deterrents on high alert as ‘enraged’ president ‘stands to lose 50,000 troops’ in battle for Ukraine – Reuters

VLADIMIR Putin has put Russian nuclear forces on high alert that he would be willing to lose 50,000 troops to capture Ukraine.

The Russian tyrant is said to be “furious” that his forces were unable to subdue the Ukrainians and blamed Western sanctions for the move.

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Vladimir Putin does well despite Russian setbacks in UkraineCredit: Company
Smoke rises from an oil depot in Vasylkiv, about 25m west of Kiev, after a Russian missile attack
Smoke rises from an oil depot in Vasylkiv, about 25m west of Kiev, after a Russian missile attackCredit: EPA

In an address on state television, Putin claimed aggressive statements by NATO leaders and economic sanctions against Moscow had forced his hand.

He said he had now ordered his military command to put Russian deterrent forces – a reference to units that include nuclear weapons – on high alert.

He said that “not only are Western countries taking hostile measures” such as “illegal sanctions”, but that “senior officials of the main NATO countries allow themselves to make aggressive statements towards our country. “.

“I order to switch the Russian deterrent forces to a special regime of duty,” Putin said.


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As Russian forces falter, disturbing new evidence has emerged about the amount of blood Putin is willing to shed in his quest to conquer Ukraine.

Intelligence chiefs have said he is ready for 50,000 of his soldiers to be sacrificed in the war, reports the Mirror.

The grim prediction comes as the Russian Health Ministry prepares for a massive medical emergency.

Authorities are looking for doctors with a number of specialties from across Russia to come forward, according to ITN.

Medical organizations must be ready “to quickly get involved in activities aimed at saving lives and preserving the health of people in Russia”, the ministry insisted.

In a speech marking the annual special operations forces day, Putin put on a brave face.

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He said there should be “special gratitude to those who are heroically carrying out their military duty these days during the special operation to assist the people’s republics of Donbas”.

The Russian leader was referring to the two dissident Russian-speaking enclaves in Ukraine which he recognized as independent countries.

Shells rained down across the country after the invasion in the early hours of Thursday – as the battle for the capital, Kiev, stretched into a fourth day.

The city woke up to more air raid sirens after missile attacks turned the skies orange during what Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called a “brutal” night.

And Ukrainian forces are battling Russian invaders on the streets of Kharkiv and maintaining “full control”, according to local commanders.

In another setback for Putin, a Russian special forces convoy of Chechen fighters was destroyed.

The column, comprising 56 tanks, was wiped out near Hostomel, northeast of the city, reports the Kyiv Independent.

The Russian province of Chechnya is ruled by the brutal Ramzan Kadyrov, 45, a close ally of Vladimir Putin.

The dead included General Magomed Tushaev, commander of the Chechen National Guard’s 141st motorized regiment, according to Ukraine’s Interfax news agency.

The Chechen soldiers are known as “hunters” and each of them is said to have received a set of cards with senior Ukrainian officials whom Moscow wants to kill.

Special forces were pictured training in a Ukrainian forest as they took part in Islamic prayer rituals ahead of their deployment to the frontline.

As his forces meet stiff resistance from Ukrainians defending their homeland, the Kremlin strongman must be “furious” at the lack of progress, a former NATO defense chief has said.

“Putin is furious, he thought the whole war would be easy and everything would be done in 1-4 days,” tweeted Riho Terras, who is also the former commander of the Estonian Armed Forces.

He said Ukrainian intelligence believed the Russians had no “tactical plan” to deal with a retaliating enemy.

“The Russians are reeling from the fierce resistance they encountered,” Terras said.

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The sky above Kiev glowed orange as loud bangs were heard
The sky above Kiev glowed orange as loud bangs were heard
An explosion was also seen in the city of Kharkiv after a gas pipeline exploded
An explosion was also seen in the city of Kharkiv after a gas pipeline exploded1 credit: East2West
Chechen general Magomed Tushaev was killed by Ukrainian forces
Chechen general Magomed Tushaev was killed by Ukrainian forcesCredit: KADYROV_95
Smoke rises over Kiev on Sunday morning
Smoke rises over Kiev on Sunday morningCredit: Getty

Mr Zelenksyy’s Russian troops are “attacking everything” – including ambulances – and areas where there are no military bases.

He also dismissed talks in Belarus which he said “might have been possible” had Russia not attacked Ukraine from the country’s territory.

Previously, terrified civilians had been told to take shelter in subways and basements after dark.

Missile kit Kyiv’s main airport, Boryspil International and an oil depot also exploded in Vasylkiv, about 25 m west of Kyiv.

Residents were warned that the burning depot was emitting smoke and toxic fumes and were asked to keep their windows closed and to take shelter.

Russian missiles also hit a nuclear waste storage site on the outskirts of Kiev, the Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate confirmed.

People were told not to turn on lights in their homes and to stay away from windows for fear of flying shards of glass.

There were widespread fears that the Russian military would intensify its efforts to seize Kiev this weekend, targeting business enterprises in a bid to destroy Ukrainian morale.

A city-wide curfew is being enforced in the capital as authorities hunt down “sabotage and reconnaissance groups”, the Kyiv mayor has said.

As midnight struck across the war-torn country, civilians and soldiers were told to fall back before the “imminent” attack.

It marks the dawn of a fourth day of fighting as Ukrainian heroes and civilians scramble to repel the Russian invaders.

It comes after a day of fighting during which Russian troops failed to capture the capital.

The official death toll in Ukraine stands at 198, including three children.

And at least 17 of them were civilians, killed in an explosion.

The Ukrainian government insisted the Russians were not advancing with some 3,500 dead.

The UK Ministry of Defense tweeted in an intelligence update that Russian troops appear to be in decline, suffering from “logistical challenges” and heavy Ukrainian resistance.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed that Russian troops were wounded and captured by Ukrainian forces.

And Putin is said to have banned some social media from the country, in a “likely” attempt to hide the gruesome details of the Russian invasion from his own people.

Prime Minister’s adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said: “We are hitting the enemy around Kiev. The enemy does not move for the moment. »

Chechnya's dreaded special forces "hunters" photographed before traveling to Ukraine
Chechnya’s feared special forces ‘hunters’ pictured before heading to UkraineCredit: Reuters
Troops reportedly tasked with killing senior Ukrainian officials
Troops reportedly tasked with killing senior Ukrainian officialsCredit: Reuters
The sky turned orange after the explosions
The sky turned orange after the explosionsCredit: Twitter/Trey Yingst
A Ukrainian soldier stands in the charred remains of a battlefield
A Ukrainian soldier stands in the charred remains of a battlefieldCredit: EPA
A refugee child covers her face after crossing the Romanian border
A refugee child covers her face after crossing the Romanian borderCredit: AP
A building destroyed after being hit by a missile
A building destroyed after being hit by a missileCredit: PA
Volunteers making Molotov cocktails in the basement of a bomb shelter earlier today
Volunteers making Molotov cocktails in the basement of a bomb shelter earlier todayCredit: Getty

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Putin puts nuclear deterrents on high alert as ‘enraged’ president ‘stands to lose 50,000 troops’ in battle for Ukraine – Reuters

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