Putin receives chilling victory message from closest ally

Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un have continued to strengthen ties between Russia and North Korea after a rare visit by North Korea’s dictator.

A month on from Kim’s visit to far-eastern Russia, the North Korean leader has exchanged letters with Putin.

The letter declared he was “very satisfied” with how the previous meeting with Putin in Russia had gone.

He pledged a desire to push North Korean-Russian relations to a “new height” and went on to wish Putin victory against “imperialist” efforts to “isolate and stifle Russia”.

This has been taken as a reference to Western moves to isolate Russia following Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.


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Ukraine spy chief claims Russia helped Hamas attack with drone tactics

Kyrylo Budanov claimed that Russia helped Hamas attack Israel by providing drone tactics and positioning its satellites over Israel.

He also accused Russia of providing intelligence to Iran and fuelling tensions in the Middle East.

He said: “Looking at the geography as a whole, we see several conflicts that may seem regional at first glance, apart from Ukraine. Yet they are all interconnected, with the same countries embroiled in these processes.”

Ukraine drone hits Russian city Bryansk

A Ukrainian drone attacked Bryansk, western Russia.

The drone reportedly crashed into a building, causing a massive fire to break out.

Bryansk is more than 400 km from Ukraine.

‘Boycott Hungary!’ Hungarian Foreign Minister arrives in Moscow for fifth visit

The Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó, shared on Facebook that he has arrived in Moscow — for the fifth time since the start of the Ukraine war.

“Arriving in Moscow. Cold weather is coming, energy security is in the spotlight again,” he shared.

Some people have called for the West to boycott Hungary in light of the trip.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government are known sceptics of EU support for Ukraine.

Since the start of the war, Budapest has refused to break ties with Moscow and has opposed NATO enlargement.

‘This is what Avdiivka looks like’ – videos show devastation as city turns into new flashpoint

Volunteer Denys Khrystov who brought aid to the people in the city of Avdiivka, which has turned into a flashpoint in the Ukraine War, has shared footage of the city’s devastation.

Russian air strikes kill two including an 11-year-old boy

The Donetsk Oblast Prosecutor’s Office has reported more civilian deaths this evening.

Air strikes on several settlements in the region have killed two people, including an 11-year-old boy, and injured seven.

Serbs in Ukraine form new pro-Russian sabotage group, Russian media claims

Russian media has reported the formation of a new sabotage group in Ukraine, made up of Serbians and Russians.

Serbian volunteer Bratislav Zivkovic is reportedly going to help Russia fight in the Donbas region.

Zivkovic is reported to have said: “At the moment, the Serbs are in Donetsk, we are forming a separate reconnaissance group. First, there will be a group, and then, God willing, a battalion. It will deal with both classical reconnaissance and drones.”

Ivana Stradner, research fellow at The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said: “This is insane and now the Serbian government should openly call this out if it’s disinformation.”

Occupied Sevastopol disrupted by Ukraine attacks from above

Air raid sirens were heard in the port city of Sevastopol, currently under Russian control.

All public transport, including on land and sea has been stopped.

Traffic on the Crimean bridge is also blocked.

It comes several weeks after Ukrainian bombing raids pummelled Russia’s Black Sea fleet, forcing it to withdraw.

NATO meet to discuss damage to a Baltic Sea gas pipeline – thought to be Putin attack

Jens Stoltenberg confirmed this evening that NATO Defence Ministers met today to address the damage to critical infrastructure in the Baltic Sea.

The NATO chief was likely talking about the recent shutdown of the Balticconnector gas pipeline between Ukraine allies Estonia and Finland.

Fears are rising that Russian sabotage was responsible for the shutdown, which was due to an unusual drop in pressure.

A likely explosion was detected on the same morning as the shutdown.


Avdiivka holding against Russian attack says Zelensky

Russian forces are embarked on a renewed effort to capture the eastern city of Avdiivka amid reports of attacks north and south in attempt to encircle Ukrainian positions.Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared on Thursday: “Avdiivka. We are holding our ground.

“It is Ukrainian courage and unity that will determine how this war will end. We must all remember this.”

100,000 Russia soldiers ‘unfit to fight’, says MoD

The Ministry of Defence’s latest intelligence briefing on the Ukraine war has declared the Russian military to be in the midst of a serious mental health crisis.

The MoD intelligence update, posted on X, read: “The Russian military is facing a mental health crisis. In December 2022, Russian psychologists identified approximately 100,000 military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Putin in firstforeign visit since the ICC warrant issues.

Putin is currently in Kyrgyzstan marking the Russian leader’s first visit abroad since the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him in March.Russian state media has aired footage showing Putin meeting his Kyrgyz counterpart Sadyr Japarov.Putin’s next foreign visit is expected to be China.

Ukraine report grain storage facility hit in Russian strike

Ukrainian officials have reported an overnight strike by Russian drones hit and damaged a grain storage facility in the southern port city of Odessa.

Natalia Humeniuk, a spokesperson for the southern military command, told an online briefing: “Unfortunately, there was a hit on port infrastructure. A grain storage facility was damaged, there is damage directly to the grain itself.”

Drone crater discovered by Romania near border with Ukraine

Romanian officials have declared a crater, believed to have been caused by a drone, has been found near the country’s border with Ukraine.The discovery follows Russian attacks on Ukrainian port infrastructure on Wednesday evening.

According to Reuters, The Romanian Defence Ministry said: “The ministry of national defence strongly condemns the attacks carried out by the Russian Federation against some objectives and elements of civil infrastructure in the Ukrainian ports on the Danube.”

Russian saboteur group intercepted on Sumy border says Ukraine

The Ukrainian has reported a Russian saboteur group was prevented from crossing over the northeastern border in the area of Sumy.Serhiy Naev, commander of the joint forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, declared on Telegram: “The saboteurs tried to cross the state border of Ukraine and intended to move further towards one of the civilian critical infrastructure facilities.”

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