Ukraine-Russia war LIVE – WW3 threats SPIKE as Germany sends tanks to Kyiv & Kremlin says it’s at war with NATO

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FEARS of World War 3 have spiked after the Kremlin said it’s at war with NATO as world leaders pledged to send more arms to Ukraine.

Germany has announced it will now send “Gepard” light tanks with anti-aircraft guns to the nation.

Marcel Dirsus, non-resident fellow at Kiel University’s Institute for Security Policy said: “The real significance of this decision lies not in the difference Gepards may make on the battlefield, but in the signal it sends.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has warned there is a “real” danger of a third world war breaking out after a day of apparent Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil.

Speaking on the 61st day of the war, during a state television broadcast, Lavrov was asked about the importance of avoiding World War III.

“I would not want to elevate those risks artificially. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it,” Lavrov replied, Reuters has reported.

Lavrov also said the continual deliveries of supplies and weaponry to Ukraine means the NATO alliance has positioned itself as “in essence engaged in war with Russia“.

He added: “These weapons will be a legitimate target for Russia’s military acting within the context of the special operation.”

Lavrov went on: “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy. War means war.”

Responding to Lavrov’s comments, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted they were a bluff to “scare the world off supporting Ukraine.”

Follow our Russia-Ukraine live blog below for up-to-the-minute updates…

  • Russia’s Gazprom to halt deliveries to Bulgaria

    Russia’s gas giant Gazprom has told Bulgaria that it will halt its shipments of Russian gas from Wednesday, the Bulgarian economy ministry announced late Tuesday.

    “Bulgargaz received a notification today, April 26, that natural gas supplies from Gazprom Export will be suspended starting April 27,” the ministry in the Balkan country, which is highly dependent on Russian gas, said in a statement.

    “The Bulgarian side has fully met its obligations and has made all payments required under its current contract in a timely manner, strictly and in accordance with its terms,” it added.

  • PM: Britain is ‘helping Ukrainians protect themselves’ as world unites

    The invasion of Ukraine has seen nations unite against the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

    He told TalkTV that Britain is “helping the Ukrainians to protect themselves in that conflict”.

    He said: “We do not want the crisis to escalate beyond Ukraine’s borders but the Ukrainians plainly – as James Heappey (the Armed Forces minister) has said – they have a right to defend themselves.

    “They are being attacked from within Russian territory.”

    Mr Johnson added: “You are going to see sympathetic countries giving the Ukrainians the assurances, the commitment, that go with more Nato-grade weapons, more training and sharing of intelligence.”

  • PM: Russian public ‘overwhelmingly’ back Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has “the political margin for manoeuvre within Russia” to be able to back down from the conflict in Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.

    The Russian public “overwhelmingly” back Mr Putin and he has the space to withdraw, according to Mr Johnson.

    He told TalkTV: “I would say that given the massive Russian backing for what he is doing, given the apparent obliviousness of the Russian media about what is really happening in Ukraine – the paradox is that Putin has far more political space to back down (and) to withdraw.”

    He could tell the Russian people that the military technical operation launched in Ukraine has been “accomplished”, it has been “technically a success” and they “had to go in to accomplish certain objectives”.

  • Mission to examine Chernobyl nuclear power plant

    According to reports the International Atomic Energy Authority has said it is launching a mission to Ukraine to examine the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

    The Chernobyl nuclear power plant was the scene of fierce fighting earlier in the war and raised fears of a major radiation leak.

    The team of safety experts are due to arrive on Tuesday at Chernobyl to deliver equipment, make assessments of radiation levels & help to restore safeguards and monitoring systems.

  • Labour calls for emergency food summit to deal with food security

    Labour shadow foreign secretary David Lammy called for an emergency global food summit to deal with the issue of food security linked to the war.

    He said: “We need to put food security at the heart of our strategy. Does the Foreign Secretary agree with Labour that Britain should work with the United Nations to organise an emergency global food summit to put this at the very top of the international agenda?

    “We need to secure commitments for action. The summit can be a focus for collaboration with major producers to increase supplies and meet growing needs.”

    He also called on the Government to back Labour’s call “for a new US-style law to target those who act as proxies for sanctioned individuals and organisations”.

    Mr Lammy also called on the Government to explore ideas “like a new UK-EU security pact”.

    He said: “We can sit on the sidelines and allow a conversation between France and Berlin, or we can be part of that conversation. It must be vital to our own industry that we are part of that conversation.”

    Conservative Julian Lewis (New Forest East) said he would want the effect to be “to help stop Germany paying for Russia’s war effort as it is unfortunately at the moment”.

  • Putin tells UN he ‘has hope’ in Ukraine talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told the visiting UN chief Tuesday that he still had hope for negotiations to end the conflict in Ukraine.

    Putin told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who was visiting Moscow: “Despite the fact that the military operation is ongoing, we still hope that we will be able to reach agreements on the diplomatic track.

    “We are negotiating, we do not reject (talks),”

  • Benedict Cumberbatch gives update on housing Ukrainian refugees (2/2)

    “So I’ve been trying to help out with that financially in a couple of instances and working through a wonderful charity called Refugees At Home, which is a great gateway to the Government scheme, but also to offering further and wider support that’s needed for the psychological trauma that these people are suffering from, that they are coming into our homes with and that we’ll need further help with.

    “However gentle and generous and welcoming we are as hosts, we don’t have the skills of the mental health profession to necessarily deal with those.

    “I would urge people to seek out further help to bolster their efforts and people are doing an amazing amount.

    “It makes me very proud of our country and very proud of what we can be at our best as a human race.”

  • Benedict Cumberbatch gives update on housing Ukrainian refugees (1/2)

    Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about welcoming Ukrainian refugees into his home and being able to “give them some stability after the turmoil that they’ve experienced”.

    The 45-year-old has signed up for the Homes For Ukraine scheme, but said the family have not yet moved in and he is “monitoring their progress every day”.

    Speaking at a London photocall for his new film, Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, he said: “They’ve made it out of Ukraine (the family), but I’m monitoring their progress every day.

    “Sadly they’re undergoing some medical treatment at the moment – to say anything more about that would be an invasion of their privacy, and too much about when they’re coming and how that’s being managed would invade mine.

    “But I want to give them some stability after the turmoil that they’ve experienced, and that’s within my home.

    “And then, from outside, I’ve been trying to help other Ukrainian families and nationals that are UK citizens, to house their extended families en masse, which … is very costly.

  • Russia’s warning WW3 may break out

    RUSSIA’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has warned there is a “real” danger of a third world war breaking out after a day of apparent Ukrainian attacks on Russian soil.

    Speaking on the 61st day of the war, during a state television broadcast, Lavrov was asked about the importance of avoiding World War III.

    “I would not want to elevate those risks artificially. Many would like that. The danger is serious, real. And we must not underestimate it,” Lavrov replied, Reuters has reported.

    Lavrov also said the continual deliveries of supplies and weaponry to Ukraine means the NATO alliance has positioned itself as “in essence engaged in war with Russia“.

    In the interview, he warned: “These weapons will be a legitimate target for Russia’s military acting within the context of the special operation.”

    Lavrov went on: “NATO, in essence, is engaged in a war with Russia through a proxy and is arming that proxy.

    “War means war.”

    Responding to Lavrov’s comments, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba tweeted they were a bluff to “scare the world off supporting Ukraine.”

  • White House won’t rule out sanctions for Russia’s ‘secret first lady’

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied on Monday’s press briefing that the US was deliberately holding off on sanctioning the woman believed to be Putin’s girlfriend.

    Alina Kabaeva is a 38-year old Olympic gold medalist

    “We’re continuing to review sanctions,” Psaki said.

    “No-one is safe from our sanctions,” Psaki continued.

    “We’ve already of course sanctioned President Putin, but also his daughter and his closest cronies, and we will continue to review more,” she added.

  • Anonymous hacks over one MILLION Russian emails 

    Anonymous claims to have published over 1.1million emails taken from Russian fuel and energy industries.

    The emails are said to have been ‘stolen’ from a Russian firm called ALET.

    ALET works with Russian companies that specialize in fuel and energy.

    These companies handle important things like exports of coal and oil.

    Industries like this are crucial to the Russian economy.

    Popular Twitter account Anonymous TV tweeted: “JUST IN: #Anonymous hacked nearly 1.1 million emails (1.1 TB ) from ALET, a Russian customs broker for companies in the fuel and energy industries, handling exports and customs declarations for coal, crude oil, liquefied gases and petroleum products. #OpRussia #DDoSecrets.”

  • ‘Every chance’ Ukraine can ‘see Russians off’

    The UK’s armed forces minister, James Heappey, spoke to Sky News earlier and said there is “every chance” that the Ukrainians will see off the Russian invaders.

    Heappey told Sky News: “We’ll see a conflict between two forces that are much more evenly balanced, where the Ukrainians have the advantage of defensive positions that have been dug in and prepared over the last eight years and that’s going to make it an extraordinarily difficult nut for the Russians to crack.

    “And with all the support that the Ukrainians are getting from around the world, there’s every chance the Ukrainians can see them off.”

  • Putin & Erdogan discuss humanitarian corridors in Ukraine

    Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed Moscow’s efforts to ensure the safety of civilians during its military operation in Ukraine.

    According to a statement from the Kremlin, the two leaders talked about “efforts made by Russia on a constant basis to ensure safety of peaceful civilians, including the organisation of humanitarian corridors”.

  • Russian court hands Wikipedia owner additional fine

    A Russian court on Tuesday fined Wikipedia owner Wikimedia Foundation an additional 2 million roubles ($26,900) after an earlier penalty for not deleting articles Russia has demanded it remove, the TASS news agency reported.

    Russia has objected to articles that it says contain inaccurate information about what Moscow calls its special military operation in Ukraine.

  • Putin calls suspension of Olympic swimming champion ‘absurd’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the world swimming federation’s nine-month suspension of Russian Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov for attending a rally was “absurd”.

    The Russian leader added Russian and Belarusian athletes had faced discrimination based on their nationality.

    Swimming’s governing body FINA last week suspended Rylov for nine months for attending a rally in support of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine, a move that drew an angry reaction from the Kremlin and Russian sports officials.

  • My college Joe Gamp is now taking over the blog. He’ll be bringing you the latest news and updates until 10pm tonight.

    Before I log off, I’ll leave you with a summary of the news from this morning:

    • Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has warned there is a “real” danger of a third world war breaking out
    • Russian forces still blocking Ukrainians at Mariupol steel plant, according to Ukraine’s Armed Forces
    • Head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is in Moscow and will meet with both the Russian foreign minister and Vladimir Putin today
    • UK’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has announced today that Britain will send more ambulances and fire engines to Ukraine
      • Liz Truss has also said said the UK wants new international agreement to make the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war a “red line”.
    • Kyiv, Ukraine’s capital city, has imposed a nighttime curfew where civilians are being told not to walk the streets between 10pm and 5am this week 
    • Russian forces have set up a “concentration camp” in the city of Vovchansk, where civilians are being ‘tortured’ claims the Kharkiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office
  • Russian forces still blocking Ukrainians at Mariupol steel plant

    According to the latest update from Ukraine’s Armed Forces, its troops are still holed up alongside civilians at the Azovstal plant in the southern city of Mariupol.

    It said Russian soldiers are continuing to blockade the complex.

    This is where the last pocket of Ukrainian resistance in Mariupol remains, as the rest of the port city is now under Russian control.

    For context, over the weekend Ukrainian authorities said the plant was being “continuously attacked”.

  • Liz Truss sexual violence should be seen as the same as ‘use of chemical weapons’

    The UK’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has condemned the “appalling reports” on the use of rape by Russian forces.

    She told MPs that the UK was working to collect evidence to “make sure the perpetrators are brought to justice”.

    Liz Truss said the UK wants new international agreement to make the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war a “red line”, telling the Commons: “It needs to be regarded in the same way as the use of chemical weapons.”

  • ‘Russian expulsion of Swedish diplomats unjustified’

    Russia has decided to expel four Swedish diplomats, Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde said in a post on Twitter today.

    “The Russian action is unmotivated and disproportionate,” Linde said. “Sweden will respond in a suitable manner to Russia’s unjustified action.”

  • UN general secretary in Moscow

    The head of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, is in Moscow today to meet both the Russian foreign minister and Vladimir Putin.

    Earlier he spoke to Sergei Lavrov about the need for a ceasefire.

    Guterres said: “We are extremely interested in finding ways in order to create the conditions for effective dialogue, create the conditions for a ceasefire as soon as possible, create the conditions for a peaceful solution”, he told the foreign minister.

    The head of the UN is due to meet Vladimir Putin later today.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meet in Moscow, Russia, April 26, 2022. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres meet in Moscow, Russia, April 26, 2022. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERSCredit: Reuters
  • UK to send more ambulances to Ukraine

    The UK’s foreign secretary, Liz Truss, has just announced that Britain will send more ambulances and fire engines to Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, she wrote that she – alongside the Prime Minister – has decided that the UK is ‘funding frontline medical expertise’ to Ukraine.

  • U.N. expecting 8.3m refugees from Ukraine this year

    The U.N. refugee agency is expecting some 8.3 million people to flee Ukraine this year, revising up its previous projection, a spokesperson told a news briefing today, reports Reuters.

    Shabia Mantoo said that more than 12.7 million people had fled their homes since Russia invaded Ukraine two months ago, including 7.7 million people displaced internally and more than 5 million who have fled over borders.

  • Ukrainian MP calls for more weapons to be sent

    Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko has called for countries to send more weapons to her country, tweeting: “We say again and again: weapon, weapons, weapons! We need weapons to keep standing and defending the values of humankind.”

    The message comes after a meeting has been planned at the Ramstein air base today, which will see defence ministers and defence chiefs of a large number of nations meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine.

  • ‘My bathroom is the last bit of my flat Putin hasn’t blitzed’

    A GRAN trapped near Ukraine’s front line has been forced to sleep on a chair in her bathroom as it is the only room in her bomb-blitzed flat protected from shelling.

    Vera Hurovaya and hubby Vladimir Krupenya live in the last block of flats left on the edge of Kharkiv.

    Neighbours have fled the Saltivka district, a wasteland due to non-stop Russian bombardments.

    But Vera, 73, and Vlad, 83, have nowhere to go. The exhausted pair told The Sun they had slept on wooden stools in the cramped, candlelit bathroom since Vladimir Putin’s troops invaded on February 24.

    Their besieged home overlooking no-man’s land is just 2½ miles from Russia’s positions.

    They cannot even lie in their bath as they keep it full of water for drinking, cooking and washing as the taps rarely work.

    And they are too frail to make the life-or-death dash to an underground shelter as rockets, missiles and tank bombardments crash in day and night.

    Their heartwrenching tale came as Russian forces blasted five railway stations in central and western Ukraine hours after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken travelled by rail to capital Kyiv.

    Read the article in full here.

    Vera sleeps on a wooden stool in the cramped in her cramped, candlelit bathroom after Putin destroyed the rest of her homeCredit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
    Vera sleeps on a wooden stool in the cramped in her cramped, candlelit bathroom after Putin destroyed the rest of her homeCredit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
    Vera and her husband Vladimir live in the last block of flats on the devastated edge of KharkivCredit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
    Vera and her husband Vladimir live in the last block of flats on the devastated edge of KharkivCredit: Peter Jordan Commissioned by The Sun
  • Mum of captured Brit slams Facebook for refusing to take disturbing video down

    THE mum of captured British soldier Aiden Aslin slammed Facebook for refusing to take down disturbing video of him being taunted with the death penalty.

    Aiden, 28, was taken prisoner during the siege of Mariupol after volunteering to fight alongside the Ukrainian Army.

    British journalist Graham Phillips released a video showing PoW Aiden bruised and bloodied.

    It has been removed by YouTube but is still available on Facebook and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

    Aiden’s mum Angie Wood has pleaded with the social media giant to remove it.

    She told TalkTV: “Facebook hasn’t responded to hundreds of people who’ve reported it. It shouldn’t be allowed. It’s a propaganda video.”

    She described Phillips — who used to work for the Russia Today TV channel — as “sick” and said he should be prosecuted for war crimes when he returns to the UK.

    She added: “He’s getting paid while promoting it on to Facebook — and making money out of people who are suffering.”

    British 'journalist' Graham Phillips released a disturbing video showing PoW Aiden bruised and bloodied
    British ‘journalist’ Graham Phillips released a disturbing video showing PoW Aiden bruised and bloodied
    Aiden's mum Angie Wood pleaded with Facebook to remove the sick video while appearing on TalkTV
    Aiden’s mum Angie Wood pleaded with Facebook to remove the sick video while appearing on TalkTV

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