June 24, 2024

Latest war between Ukraine and Russia: PM Wagner Prigozhin claims his troops won’t be fighting Putin’s war ‘for a while’

Bad damage to the Crimean Bridge after ‘multiple explosions’ early on

Wagner’s chief executive Yevgeny Prigozhin has been shown in a video claiming that his troops would not be fighting Russia’s war in Ukraine for the foreseeable future.

In the video, whose authenticity could not be verified immediately, a man whose voice and Russian sounded like the boss of the mercenary can be heard welcoming his men to Belarus.

“We fought honestly,” Prigozhin said, adding: “It’s a shame what’s going on at the front that we don’t need to be involved in.”

He continued: “And we may return to the SMO [special military operation in Ukraine] some time when we are sure we will not have to embarrass ourselves.”

This comes after the head of Britain’s MI6 foreign spy service, Richard Moore, said that Vladimir Putin is “clearly under pressure” following the attempted coup by the Wagner group in June.

Russia was evacuating thousands of people in the Crimean peninsula on Wednesday after a fire broke out at a military training base in the Kirovske district.

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Prigozhin Wagner says in a video that his mercenaries will not fight in Ukraine for a while

The Russian merceny leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was shown in a video welcoming his Wagner fighters to Belarus and telling them that they would no longer take part in the current war in Ukraine.

In the video, whose authenticity Reuters could not immediately verify, a man whose voice and Russian sounded like Prigozhin can be heard welcoming his men. His press service reposted the video on Telegram.

“Welcome ladies… Welcome to the soil of Belarus,” said Prigozhin. The video was recorded after nightfall and it was only possible to understand what Prigozhin’s profile looked like.

“We fought honestly,” said Prigozhin. “You’ve done a lot for Russia. It’s a shame what’s going on up front that we don’t need to be involved in.”

Prigozhin then tells his men to behave well towards the locals and orders them to train the Belarusian army and gather their strength for a “new journey to Africa.”

“And maybe we will return to the SMO (special military operation in Ukraine) at some point when we are sure that we will not be forced to embarrass ourselves,” said Prigozhin.

A man who looked like Dmitry Utkin, who helped find Wagner, spoke to the men there.

“This is not the end. This is just the beginning of the greatest work in the world that will be done very soon,” Utkin said, before switching to English. “And welcome to hell!”

Tara Cobham19 July 2023 15:11

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Russia is likely to attack civilian ships in the Black Sea, White House claims

The White House has warned that the Russian military is preparing for possible attacks on civilian shipping vessels in the Black Sea.

The warning comes days after Moscow suspended participation in the Black Sea Grain Market, which allowed grain exports from Ukraine.

Since leaving the agreement, Russia has already launched missile and drone attacks on Ukraine’s grain export ports in Odesa, destroying nearly 60,000 tons of grain.

“Our intelligence indicates that Russia has laid additional sea mines in the approaches to Ukrainian ports,” White House national security council spokesman Adam Hodge said in a statement.

“We believe this is a coordinated effort to justify attacks on civilian ships in the Black Sea and to blame Ukraine for these attacks.”

Alisha Rahman Sarkar20 July 2023 04:20

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Nine injured in Russian strike on Mykolaiv

At least nine people were injured in the Russian strike on the Ukrainian port city of Mykolaiv on Thursday, regional governor Vitaliy Kim said.

A three-story residential building was hit in the center of the city of Mykolaiv, the governor wrote on the Telegram.

According to Odesa administration spokesman Serhiy Bratchuk, two people were hospitalized after a strike on Odesa that damaged a building and caused a fire.

Alisha Rahman Sarkar20 July 2023 04:01

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Ireland will stand by Ukraine as long as it takes, Leo Varadkar promises

Ireland’s chief executive has pledged to stand by Ukraine as long as it takes after talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky on a visit to Kyiv.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visited the sites of the various atrocities committed in the early weeks of the Russian invasion, before meeting the Ukrainian leader in the capital.

After an engagement with the president, Mr Varadkar met with the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal and the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada parliament, Ruslan Stefanchuk.

Holly Evans20 July 2023 01:00

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MI6 spy chief in extraordinary call on Russian officials to turn Putin

It was a highly publicized recruitment drive by the head of MI6 – an open invitation for senior officials in the Russian security establishment to join those who feared Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Sir Richard Moore wanted to send a direct message to officials and politicians in Moscow: “You know the address – come and talk to us… our door is always open… our loyalty to our agents is for life… our eternal gratitude… Their secrets will always be safe with us.”

Holly Evans20 July 2023 00:00

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The video appears to show the Russian mercenary chief Prigozhin for the first time

A video released on Wednesday shows Russia’s mercenary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin appearing for the first time since leading a short-lived rebellion last month, and is seen telling his troops that they will spend some time in Belarus training their military before deploying to Africa.

Holly EvansJuly 19, 2023 23:00

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Moscow claims to return to the market for the Black Sea

President Putin stated Moscow’s position that he would return to the Black Sea grain market as soon as the West met his five main demands. As of Monday, Russia has pulled out of the market, allowing Ukraine to continue exporting grain to ease a global food crisis.

Of his five conditions, Putin included:

– Readmission of the Agricultural Bank of Russia (Rosselkhozbank) to the SWIFT payment system;

– resume the export of agricultural machinery and spare parts to Russia;

– ending restrictions on insurance and access to ports for Russian ships and cargo;

– restore the now damaged ammonia export pipeline from Togliatti in Russia to Odesa in Ukraine;

– unblocking the accounts and financial activities of Russian fertilizer companies.

“If all these conditions are met, which we agreed before – they are not something I thought now – but as soon as they are met, we will immediately return to the market,” Putin said.

Holly EvansJuly 19, 2023 22:00

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President Vladimir Putin has accused Western countries of using the expired Black Sea grain treaty for their own ends, after targeting the port city of Odesa for two nights.

However, he said that Russia would immediately return to the agreement if all its conditions were met.

On Monday, Moscow pulled out of the deal, under which it allowed Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports despite the war to ease a global food crisis/

He said a parallel memorandum signed at the same time, intended to facilitate its own grain and fertilizer exports in the face of Western sanctions imposed on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, had been ignored.

“First, fundamentally, the meaning of the grain treaty is of enormous humanitarian importance,” Putin said.

“The west has completely distorted and distorted this essence, and instead of helping countries that were in real need, the West used the grain market for political blackmail, and in addition … made it a tool to enrich transnational corporations, speculators in the global grain market.”

The port city of Odesa was the target of Russian airstrikes after the Black Sea market was cut off

(via REUTERS)

Holly EvansJuly 19, 2023 21:00

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US announces new $1.3 billion in military aid to Ukraine

The Pentagon announced a new $1.3 billion package of long-term military aid to Ukraine, including four air defense systems and an undisclosed number of drones.

The new aid comes on the heels of a meeting Tuesday by defense and military leaders from around the world to discuss ongoing efforts to give Ukraine the weapons it needs in its battle to retake territory seized by Russian forces.

The aid, which is being provided under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will include funding for four National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, or NASAMS, and their munitions, as well as Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade drones.

Unlike the presidential drawdown authority that the Pentagon has used repeatedly over the past 17 months to pull weapons from its own stockpiles and quickly ship them to Ukraine, the USAI-funded equipment could take a year or two to reach the battlefield.

As a result, this new package will do little to help Ukraine in its current aggression, but it will help protect its country in the future.

Holly Evans19 July 2023 20:08

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The Prime Minister of Ireland meets with a Ukrainian actor who was attacked in Dublin

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar had a meeting with an actress from Ukraine who was attacked in Dublin last month.

Oleksandr Hrekov was attacked in Dublin city center shortly after performing at the Abbey Theater in the city.

He was part of a theater company from Kyiv that traveled to Dublin to stage a production of Translation by the Irish playwright Brian Friel. The actor needed stitches in the hospital.

Mr Varadkar visited the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater company in Kyiv during his visit to the Ukrainian capital on Wednesday.

They sang a song for the Taoiseach before presenting him with a copy of Translations signed by the staff.

Mr Varadkar then spoke to Mr Hrekov, shaking his hand and inquiring about his well-being since the attack.

Leo Varadkar lights a candle at a memorial in Kyiv

(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA Wire)

Holly Evans19 July 2023 19:30

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