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Ukraine LIVE: Zelensky hits jackpot with new fighter jets to crush Putin after US steps in

The Daily Express - By OLIVIA STRINGER, FRANCESCA EDWARDS 19:45, Tue, Jun 21, 2022, | UPDATED: 19:47, Tue, Jun 21, 2022

VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY has been given 12 fighter jets in the latest blow to Vladimir Putin.

Russia: Ammunition depot destroyed by Ukraine

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Slovakia presented the Ukrainian Air Force with a dozen MiG-29 Jets to help in the fight against Russian forces. Reports suggest the planes will be delivered after Poland and Czechia agreed to protect Slovak air space until the country receives its F-16s from the US. It comes as Luhansk Governor Serhit Haidai said around 500 civilians are sheltering in the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk. He said the situation is a "sheer catastrophe" as Russian turns the area "into ruins".

 Zelensky hits jackpot with new fighter jet deal to hit Putin as US steps in

Zelensky hits jackpot with new fighter jet deal to hit Putin as US steps in (Image: GETTY)

KEY EVENTS

  • Ukraine gave 12 fighters jets16:50
  • Panic as NATO on brink of entering the war - ex-general urges Putin to send nukes13:42
  • 'We will use them' Putin's mask slips over nuclear weapons in an extraordinary threat
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  • in 4 hours19:45 Francesca Edwards

Zelensky invites Micheál Martin to Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelensky has invited Taoiseach Micheál Martin on his first visit to Ukraine.

The Ukrainian President spoke to Mr. Martin over the phone where he thanked Ireland for its "active support" in Ukraine's bid for EU membership.

Mr. Martin said he was "delighted" to speak to Zelensky adding: "We are, and will be, with Ukraine every step of the way".

in 3 hours 19:24 Francesca Edwards

NATO warned 'prepare to defend weakest point'

NATO has been warned that it must pay closer attention to the Suwalki Gap, a 40-mile-long strip of border between Lithuania and Poland but flanked by Russia and Belarus, a potential invasion corridor for Vladimir Putin.

Around 40 miles (65 kilometers) long, the stretch of land is considered high risk if Russia decided to move into Belarus, or even station troops in the country as it did in Belarus' south at the beginning of the Ukraine war.

John R Deni, a research professor at the US Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute and a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, recently wrote an analysis piece for Foreign Policy in which he warned that "NATO Must Prepare to Defend Its Weakest Point — the Suwalki Corridor."

in 3 hours 18:58 Francesca Edwards

Russia captures several more settlements

Russian forces have captured several settlements near the cities of Lysychansk and Sieverodonetsk, the regional governor said.

"Unfortunately, the enemy threw at it huge amounts of armaments and soldiers and captured Toshkivka," Serhiy Gaidai said.

Russian-backed separatist forces in Ukraine claimed on Monday to have taken Toshkivka.

Russian and Ukraine forces have been fighting for weeks for control of Sievierodonetsk.

Ukraine's general staff said in its daily report that Russian forces had also captured the settlements of Pidlisne and Myrna Dolyna, located to the south of Lysychansk.

in 2 hours18:25 Francesca Edwards

Putin ' weaponizing food', says White House

Russian President Vladimir Putin is weaponizing food by blocking s grain exports and President Joe Biden is examining options on how to get the grain out, the White House said.

"President Putin is, no kidding, weaponizing food. Let's just call it what it is, he's weaponizing food," John Kirby, a White House national security spokesperson, told reporters.

in 2 hours18:00 Francesca Edwards

Boris holds urgent talks with Erdogan on the Black Sea crisis

Boris Johnson has held urgent talks with Turkey's President over the Black Sea crisis.

The Prime Minister spoke with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday about Russia’s blockade of Ukraine exports from the Black Sea.

However, Mr. Johnson also told Mr. Erdoğan the UK stands behind Finland and Sweden’s plans to join NATO, despite Turkey’s opposition to the countries joining the military bloc.

A statement from the Government said the two leaders "agreed on the importance of ending Russia's war of aggression and restoring Ukrainian sovereignty."

Boris holds urgent talks with Erdogan on Black Sea crisis

Boris holds urgent talks with Erdogan on the Black Sea crisis (Image: Getty)

in an hour of 17:40 Francesca Edwards

Four-way meeting to be held to discuss Black Sea grain corridor in Russia

Turkey's military delegation will travel to Russia this week to discuss details of a possible safe sea corridor in the Black Sea to export Ukrainian grain, according to Turkish presidency sources.

Russia's TASS agency confirmed plans for the talks citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Ankara has so far held talks with Moscow and the U.N. on the planned corridor but has said any final agreement would require all parties to meet in Istanbul, where Turkey says the plan's implementation would be monitored.

Sources said a four-way meeting would be held between Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, and the UN.

in 55 mins 17:07 Francesca Edwards

Russia captures settlement

Russian forces captured the settlement of Toshkivka southeast of the embattled city of Lysychansk in the Luhansk region, its governor said on Tuesday.

"Unfortunately, the enemy threw at it huge amounts of armament and soldiers, and captured Thskivka," governor Serhiy Gaidai told Ukraine's national broadcaster.

Russian heavy artillery is shelling Lysychansk intensively, but Ukrainian forces are holding the ground there, he added.

in 38 mins16:50 Francesca Edwards

Ukraine given 12 fighter jets

Ukraine has been given 12 MiG-29 fighter jets from Slovakia to help fight Russian forces.

Reports suggest the planes will be delivered after Poland and Czechia agree to protect Slovak air space until the country receives its F-16s from the US.

in 24 mins16:36 Francesca Edwards

IN PICTURES: The latest from Donetsk

Heavy fighting is now focused in eastern Ukraine with heavy Russian shelling and missile attacks destroying towns and cities.

A damaged building after recent shelling

A damaged building after recent shelling (Image: Getty)

Debris litters the area after a projectile and subsequent fire destroyed a warehouse building

Debris litters the area after a projectile and subsequent fire destroyed a warehouse building (Image: Getty)

4 mins ago16:08 Francesca Edwards

Zelensky discusses speaking to European leaders ahead of the summit

Volodymyr Zelensky has been speaking to European leaders ahead of the EU summit later this week.

EU leaders will consider whether to grant Ukraine candidate status at the summit.

On Tuesday Ukrainian president confirmed he has spoken to Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Portugals Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Prime Minister of Slovakia Eduard Heger, and President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda.

24 mins ago15:48 Francesca Edwards

'More chatter' about Putin's health, say, officials

There is "more chatter" about Vladimir Putin's health and "more speculation" about who will replace him in Russia, Western officials have said.

The 2024 presidential election "is certainly looking more interesting than it perhaps was six months ago," the officials said.

However, there does not appear to be an "immediate threat" to the Russian president's position from the elite or the general population, they said, even as an estimated 20,000 Russian troops have been killed in the Ukraine war.

While there will be political consequences for the way Mr Putin is damaging Russia's standing in the world and its economy, they are not likely to happen this year or "in a way that helps Ukraine", they said.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin (Image: Getty)

40 mins ago15:32 Francesca Edwards

Russia suffers 'significant losses' on Snake Island

Russian forces have suffered "significant losses" on Snake Island, according to Ukraine's Operations Command South.

It comes after a Ukrainian strike on the island in the Black Sea.

Russia has occupied the island since the invasion began at the end of February.

56 mins ago15:16 Francesca Edwards

US Attorney General visits Ukraine

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland will visit Ukraine on Tuesday to discuss efforts to identify, arrest and prosecute those involved in war crimes and other atrocities committed during Russia's invasion, a Justice Department official said.

Garland will meet with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova, the official said.

Garland said: "I'm here to express the unwavering support of the United States for the people of Ukraine in the midst of the unprovoked and unjust Russian invasion."

"The United States is sending an unmistakable message. There is no place to hide. We will, we and our partners will pursue every avenue available to make sure that those who are responsible for these atrocities are held accountable," he added.

1 hour ago15:05 Francesca Edwards

Good afternoon

Good afternoon I'm Francesca Edwards, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine for the next eight hours. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.

Email: francesca.edwards@reachplc.com - Twitter: @FrankieLEdwards

2 hours ago14:32 Olivia Stringer

Putin ‘stealing Ukrainian farmer's grain’ to 'starve world’s poorest'

Russian soldiers have been accused of stealing Ukrainian framers' crops and selling them to Crimean buyers at 90 percent discounted prices.

A report from Ukraine's ministry of defense found that Russian soldiers had forced farmers into giving “70 percent of the harvest to buyers from Crimea at a price of about 10 percent retail”.

In April, Ukraine’s agriculture minister Mykola Solskyi said he had heard of this happening across the country.

He said: "I personally hear this from many silo owners in the occupied territory.

“This is outright robbery. And this is happening everywhere in occupied territory.”

2 hours ago14:07 Olivia Stringer

What is the Donbas?

The Donbas region of Ukraine refers to the old coal and steel-producing areas in the east.

The regions, Luhansk and Donetsk, run from outside Mariupol in the south all the way to the northern border.

Russia formally recognizes these breakaway areas as independent from Ukraine.

Russian forces seized more than a third of the area after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Donbas is predominantly Russian-speaking and Putin has repeatedly spoken about "liberating" it completely.

Despite sharing a language, these areas are no longer pro-Russian.

Defence specialist Konrad Muzyka, head of Rochan Consulting, said: "Mariupol was one of the most pro-Russian cities in Ukraine and to level it is beyond my comprehension."

What is the Donbas?

What is the Donbas? (Image: Getty)

3 hours ago13:42 Olivia Stringer

Panic as NATO on brink of entering the war - ex-general urges Putin to send nukes

Putin's ex-general has urged the Russian leader to send nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad and to start a war with NATO after a member state blocked goods from entering the Russian enclave.

Retired Russian General Evgeny Buzhinsky's remarks came after Lithuania blocked deliveries of coal, metals, construction materials and advanced technology from mainland Russia to Kaliningrad.

Mr Buzhinsky told Russian state TV: "We need to demonstratively move nuclear weapons to Kaliningrad... We've got to do something. We've got to strengthen our military presence at the border with Lithuania as we did in December last year, and January this year at the border with Ukraine.

"Tell the Americans, first via confidential channels, that they are playing with fire.

"You guys will actually play to the point that Russia won't stop, because this is a threat to our national security, an attempt on our sovereign territory. The world will feel it. Ukrainian grain will feel like a joke compared to our decisive steps."

Pro-Putin TV anchor Yevgeny Popov then asked: "In other words, this is a war with NATO?"

Mr Buzhinsky responded: "Yes - what else do we do? Otherwise, they'll simply strangle us. We can't stop, otherwise, they'll deprive us of Kaliningrad."

3 hours ago13:13 Olivia Stringer

UK to impose more sanctions on Russia, says Truss

The UK will impose more sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said.

Addressing Parliament, she said: "We are determined to provide more weapons, impose more sanctions and back Ukraine in pushing Russia out of their territory."

UK to impose more sanctions on Russia, says Truss

UK to impose more sanctions on Russia, says Truss (Image: Getty)

4 hours ago12:40 Olivia Stringer

Ukrainian snipers wipe out 300 Russian troops as Putin's forces left quaking

Ukrainian snipers in the Azov battalion claim they have killed 300 Russian troops since the start of the war.

One member of the group, who works as part of a sniper team piloting a reconnaissance drone said: “I joined Azov because it’s the best unit now in Ukraine, they are the most highly motivated.

“We don’t have any ideology, as the Russian propaganda says.

“We’re just typical soldiers protecting our homeland.”

However, the battalion say they need more weapons with one member saying: “Our soldiers are growing in motivation and proficiency, but we need more long-range weapons to support their efforts.”

Ukrainian snipers wipe out 300 Russian troops as Putin's forces left quaking

Ukrainian snipers wipe out 300 Russian troops as Putin's forces left quaking (Image: Getty)4 hours ago11:48 Olivia Stringer

How have Vladimir Putin’s aims changed since the start of the invasion?

Vladimir Putin’s aims have shifted since the invasion began February 24, 2022.

His initial aim was to overrun Ukraine and depose its government.

The Russian leader claimed this was a preventative measure to prevent Ukraine from joining the Western defensive alliance NATO.

After a month of failures, he abandoned his bid to capture the capital Kyiv and turned his ambitions to “liberating the Donbas region” in Ukraine's east and south.

How have Vladimir Putin’s aims changed since the start of the invasion?

How have Vladimir Putin’s aims changed since the start of the invasion? (Image: Getty)

5 hours ago11:24 Olivia Stringer


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