RUSSIA will further strengthen its armed forces as a devastating nuclear missile is nearly ready for use, Vladimir Putin warned today.

The 208-tonne RS-28 Sarmat missile – standing at the colossal height of a 14-storey tower block – is capable of striking targets at almost 16,000mph.

The world-ending nuke can carry 15 warheads and has the potential to obliterate an area the size of the UK in a single blast.

Speaking during televised comments on Tuesday, the Russian leader said: "We will continue to develop and strengthen our armed forces, taking into account potential military threats and risks,"

He added that Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles, capable of carrying 10 or more nuclear warheads and decoys, would be deployed for duty by the end of the year.

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  • Joseph Gamp

    Players and coaches in Ukraine & Russia may suspend contracts next term – FIFA

    Players and coaches registered to clubs in Ukraine and Russia have been granted the right to suspend their contracts for next season and move overseas.

    Football's world governing body FIFA had initially amended its rules on player registration in March to allow players and coaches to leave those countries, following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February.

    It has now extended those changes through to June 30, 2023.

    "These provisions give players and coaches the opportunity to train, play and receive a salary, while protecting Ukrainian clubs and facilitating the departure of foreign players and coaches from Russia," a FIFA statement said.

    The football authorities in Ukraine have held discussions with the national government with a view to resuming competitive men's and women's football from August.

    Russian national sides and clubs remain banned from FIFA and UEFA competitions, a decision which Russia is challenging in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

    However, the Russian Football Union remains a member association of both of those organisations.

    FIFA added in its statement on the extension of the special player registration: "FIFA also continues to condemn the ongoing use of force by Russia in Ukraine and calls for a rapid cessation of the war and a return to peace."

  • Joseph Gamp

    UK to impose more sanctions on Russia, says Liz Truss

    The government is determined to impose further sanctions on Russia, foreign minister Liz Truss said on Tuesday as she promised more support for Ukraine.

    "We are determined to provide more weapons, impose more sanctions and back Ukraine in pushing Russia out of their territory," Truss told parliament today.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Truss: UK is making sure it has armed forces 'ready'

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the UK is "making sure" it has an efficient armed forces "to be ready" as well as train allies, when asked if the military has the capability of fighting with allies to defeat Russia in battle.

    Labour MP Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) said: "The new head of the Army was very clear this week when he said that the UK must be capable of fighting alongside our allies and defeating Russia in battle.

    "So does the Foreign Secretary believe that our defence capability, which is a key arm of UK foreign policy, has all the resources it needs in order to do that?"

    Ms Truss said: "It is very true that we face a much more insecure Europe, and a much more insecure world.

    "And it is right that we are increasing defence spending, we are increasing our capabilities, particularly in areas like cyber, but we're also making sure that we have a fully trained and efficient armed services, not just to be ready, but also to make sure that we are training up Ukrainians for example, and helping our allies particularly in the eastern flank who face that direct threat from Russia."

  • Joseph Gamp

    Ukrainian refugees could fill EU job gaps

    Reports have suggested Ukrainians entering the UK as refugees are likely to face homelessness.

    After Brexit many EU natives in the UK left.

    This left a large gap in the job market and according to Reuters, the Ukrainians may be the ones to fill it.

    However, yesterday The Independent wrote about homelessness for refugees coming to the UK.

    It’s unclear whether both are equally likely, and what this means for Ukrainians in the UK.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia captures frontline Donbas village of Toshkivka

    Russian forces pushed deeper into Donbas Tuesday with Ukraine announcing the capture of the frontline village of Toshkivka near the twin cities of Severodonetsk and Lysychansk, the site of fierce weeks-long fighting.

    "As of today, according to our information, Toshkivka is controlled entirely by the Russians," Roman Vlasenko, the head of the Severodonetsk district told Ukrainian television, adding that the battle for Donbas is "now in full swing".

    Toshkivka, with a pre-war population of around 5,000 people, is approximately 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Severodonetsk, where Russian troops and have been battling for weeks against Kyiv's army.

    "The entirety of the Lugansk region is now the epicentre of fighting between Ukraine and the Russian army," he said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Joe Biden unlikely to visit Ukraine

    The President of the United States has played down reports that he would visit Ukraine during his trip to Europe.

    When asked if he would visit the nation, as Boris did earlier this week, he noted that it would be difficult.

     “That depends.” He said.

    He went on to say he did not want to “cause more difficulty for Ukrainians”.

  • Joseph Gamp

    China is now Russia’s biggest oil partner

    The West has implemented a host of sanctions against Russia.

    In response to Russia‘s invasion Ukraine, the West have imposed sanctions and demanded change.

    As a result, the cost of oil in the West, including the UK is rapidly increasing.

    However, in a bid to form other alliances and maintain international power, Russia have become China’s biggest oil supplier.

    Russia have been selling discounted crude oil to Beijing causing the imports into China to total nearly 8.42m tonnes last month, according to data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

    Saudi Arabia is now in second place with 7.82m tonnes.

  • Joseph Gamp

    EU clears path to granting Ukraine 'candidate status'

    EU officials said Tuesday that there was no opposition within the 27-nation bloc to granting war-torn Ukraine "candidate status", ahead of a summit expected to green-light the move.

    The bloc's executive arm last week proposed taking the symbolic first step to put Ukraine on the years-long path towards EU membership in a strong sign of support as Kyiv battles Russia's military onslaught.

    A two-day summit from Thursday looks set to approve the move to formally name Ukraine and neighbouring Moldova "candidates" to start negotiations on joining.

    "There is not a single country which makes problems with the proposal," said Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn at a meeting with EU counterparts in his country's capital.

    "We will show great unanimity."

    The EU is expected to impose conditions on Ukraine and Moldova over judicial reforms and tackling corruption, among other issues, before they could move on to formal entry negotiations.

    It would then take years — if not decades — of painstaking evaluations before Ukraine would get close to becoming an actual member.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Baltic states call for more EU funding to help cope with refugees

     The Baltic states on Tuesday asked for more financial support from the EU to handle Ukrainian refugees, the Lithuanian president's office said.

    "We must share the financial burden, which at the moment is unproportionally assigned to national budgets.

    "EU solidarity is very important to assure proper support to war refugees from Ukraine", Lithuania's president Gitanas Nauseda said in a statement.

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    British newspaper website blocked in Russia

    The website of newspaper The Telegraph has been blocked in Russia following a request from the prosecutor general, data from state communications regulator Roskomnadzor showed on Tuesday.

    Since sending troops into Ukraine in February, Russia has cracked down on media coverage of the conflict, introducing 15-year prison sentences for journalists who spread intentionally “fake” news about what it calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russia inflicting 'catastrophic destruction' on Lysychansk, says governor

    Ukraine said Tuesday that Russia was heavily shelling the eastern industrial city of Lysychansk in the Donbas region which has been the centre of intense fighting for weeks between Kyiv's army and Moscow's troops.

    "Fighting in the Severodonetsk industrial zone and catastrophic destruction in Lysychansk," the Lugansk regional governor Sergiy Gaiday said in a statement on social media.

    They added that Lysychansk had suffered from heavy Russian strikes over the previous day.

  • Joseph Gamp

    Russian television now broadcasting in Kherson, says army

    Russian television was now broadcasting in Ukraine's southern Kherson region, the Russian army said on Tuesday in an area where Moscow already introduced the ruble and began distributing Russian passports.

    The Russian armed forces have "reconfigured the last of the seven television towers in the Kherson region to broadcast Russian television channels" for free, it said.

    Bordering the Crimea peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014, the Kherson region was occupied by Russian forces in the days following the Kremlin's offensive in late February.

    Tuesday, one of the pro-Moscow officials in the region, Kirill Stremousov, said that the territory could join Russia "before the end of the year."

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    Fear of Russian spies rampant in Westminster

    In a shocking revelation, The Sun Online reported that as many as four Russian spies are operating in Westminster.

    Former Russian spy Boris Karpichkov, 62, said: “I know of four sleepers of Russian security services.

    “There are several Parliament-sponsored organisations operating in Westminster directly linked to Russian security service operations.” 

    This comes after a suspected Russian operative was arrested last week, under the Official Secrets Act as he attempted to leave the UK via Gatwick Airport.

    He was taken to Hammersmith Police Station accused of spying and sabotage that is “useful to an enemy state”.

    A source told The Sun: “The suspect is believed to have been in the UK spying on behalf of the Putin regime.

    “He was kept under observation and arrested as he arrived at Gatwick to try and fly out of the country.’’

  • henry moore

    Ukrainian refugees could fill EU job gaps

    Reports have suggested Ukrainians entering the UK as refugees are likely to face homelessness.

    After Brexit many EU natives in the UK left.

    This left a large gap in the job market and according to Reuters, the Ukrainians may be the ones to fill it.

    However, yesterday The Independent wrote about homelessness for refugees coming to the UK.

    It’s unclear whether both are equally likely, and what this means for Ukrainians in the UK.

  • henry moore

    Russia continues to lose troops, equipment and weapons

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a costly one, leading to huge losses in both personnel and equipment.

    According to the Kyiv Independent, the country lost almost 39,000 troops, 216 planes and 1,477 tanks.

    On top of this the nation as lost 14 boats, 181 helicopters and 3588 APV.

  • henry moore

    Joe Biden unlikely to visit Ukraine, as war rages on

    The President of the United States has played down reports that he would visit Ukraine during his trip to Europe.

    When asked if he would visit the nation, as Boris did earlier this week, he noted that it would be difficult.

     “That depends.” He said.

    He went on to say he did not want to “cause more difficulty for Ukrainians”.

  • henry moore

    China is now Russia’s biggest oil partner

    The West have implemented a host of sanctions against Russia.

    In response to Russia‘s invasion Ukraine, the West have imposed sanctions and demanded change.

    As a result, the cost of oil in the West, including the UK is rapidly increasing.

    However, in a bid to form other alliances and maintain international power, Russia have become China’s biggest oil supplier.

    Russia have been selling discounted crude oil to Beijing causing the imports into China to total nearly 8.42m tonnes last month, according to data from the Chinese General Administration of Customs.

    Saudi Arabia is now in second place with 7.82m tonnes.

  • henry moore

    Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian grain is a ‘real war crime’, claims EU

    Since Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, it has been attempting to block the nation’s access to food, an unforgivable action according to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

    “It is inconceivable – one cannot imagine that millions of tonnes of wheat remain blocked in Ukraine while in the rest of the world people are suffering hunger,” Mr Borrell said.

    “We call on Russia to deblockade the [Ukrainian] ports.

    “This is a real war crime, so I cannot imagine that this will last much longer.”

    The top EU official went on to say that Russia will be held accountable for these crimes should they continue.

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    Eurovision 2023 should be held in Ukraine, Boris claims

    Boris Johnson has said Ukraine should host next year’s Eurovision song competition and that he hopes it will be able to do so, regardless of the ongoing war with Russia.

    The Guardian quoted the Prime Minister speaking to reporters at RAF Brize Norton after returning from an unannounced visit to Kyiv, which is where he said he believed it should be possible for the show to go ahead there.

    “The Ukrainians won the Eurovision song contest. I know we had a fantastic entry, I know we came second and I’d love it to be in this country,” he said.

  • henry moore

    Explosions reported in Ukrainian city of Odesa

    The Kyiv Independent, a local English-language news source, has reported that locals heard “several explosions” in Ukraine’s southern city of Odesa.

    While these reports are yet to be confirmed by officials, explosions could mean missile attacks from Russian forces, or Ukrainian troops shooting projectiles down.

    This comes as reports emerged for three Ukrainian fatalities at an oil rig hit by Russian forces.

  • henry moore

    NATO pledges to deploy military to eastern Europe

    There are already 40,000 troops mobilised in response to Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine.

    Germany has previously announced that it will strengthen engagement with Lithuania.

    France aims to increase its presence in Romania, where it plans to have deployed 1,000 troops by the end of 2022.

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    Russian losses as of June 20

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a costly one, leading to huge losses in both personnel and equipment.

    According to the Kyiv Independent, the country lost almost 39,000 troops, 216 planes and 1,477 tanks.

    On top of this the nation as lost 14 boats, 181 helicopters and 3588 APV.

  • henry moore

    Fear of Russian spies rampant in Westminster

    In a shocking revelation, The Sun Online reported that as many as four Russian spies are operating in Westminster.

    Former Russian spy Boris Karpichkov, 62, said: “I know of four sleepers of Russian security services.

    “There are several Parliament-sponsored organisations operating in Westminster directly linked to Russian security service operations.” 

    This comes after a suspected Russian operative was arrested last week, under the Official Secrets Act as he attempted to leave the UK via Gatwick Airport.

    He was taken to Hammersmith Police Station accused of spying and sabotage that is “useful to an enemy state”.

    A source told The Sun: “The suspect is believed to have been in the UK spying on behalf of the Putin regime.

    “He was kept under observation and arrested as he arrived at Gatwick to try and fly out of the country.’’

  • henry moore

    Ukrainian refugees could fill EU job gaps

    Reports have suggested Ukrainians entering the UK as refugees are likely to face homelessness.

    After Brexit many EU natives in the UK left.

    This left a large gap in the job market and according to Reuters, the Ukrainians may be the ones to fill it.

    However, yesterday The Independent wrote about homelessness for refugees coming to the UK.

    It’s unclear whether both are equally likely, and what this means for Ukrainians in the UK.

  • henry moore

    Russia continues to lose troops, equipment and weapons

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a costly one, leading to huge losses in both personnel and equipment.

    According to the Kyiv Independent, the country lost almost 39,000 troops, 216 planes and 1,477 tanks.

    On top of this the nation as lost 14 boats, 181 helicopters and 3588 APV.

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