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VLADIMIR Putin wants "only death and destruction” as Russian forces targeted infrastructure sites in Kyiv with early morning airstrikes.

Several reports of Russian strikes on critical infrastructure across Ukraine have emerged this morning, including the capital Kyiv, as Vladimir Putin continues to double down on the Ukraine war.

A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman wrote on Twitter: “Morning starts with air defence sirens all across Ukraine. Russian missiles hit energy infrastructure in Kyiv and other cities, causing electricity and water outages,”

“Russia is not interested in peace talks, nor in global food security. Putin’s only goal is death and destruction.”

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest updates…

  • Henry Moore

    80% of Kyiv without water following Russian missile strikes

    Following the bombing of Kyiv this morning, 80% of residents have been left without water, according to water supply company Kyivvodokanal.

    At least 55 missiles were launched at Ukraine this morning, severely damaging infrastructure across the country.

    City officials are urging residents to stock up on water using public pumps.

  • Henry Moore

    Ukraine’s first lady calls on the world to unite behind Ukraine

    Appearing via video link to thousands of protesters at a rally in Prague, Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady, pleaded with the world to support Ukraine.

    “We will not let Russia drag us or the whole world into darkness,” she said.

    “Darkness will never win. As long as people don’t close their eyes to war, our light will never go out.”

  • Henry Moore

    Russian losses mount as Putin bombards Ukraine

    Russian losses have hit 71,820, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Defence.

    This comes as the Kremlin continued its brutal bombing campaign across Ukraine this morning.

    Missiles hit Kyiv and several other cities, cutting off power throughout the country.

  • Henry Moore

    In pictures: This morning's brutal bombing of Kyiv

    Ukraine's capital was hit with Russian missiles this morning, destroying energy infrastructure and forcing residents underground.

  • Henry Moore

    55 missiles hit Ukraine in one morning

    According to the Ukrainian airforce, Russia has hit the country with at least 55 missiles this morning alone.

    These attacks hit Kyiv, Kharkiv and Zaporizhzhia, the home of Europe's largest nuclear power station, among other locations.

    This brutal bombing campaign is focused on destroying energy infrastructure across the country.

  • Henry Moore

    Ukraine to start emergency power cuts today

    Following the brutal Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure this morning, the country's government is set to implement emergency power cuts, reports the Kyiv Independent.

    Russia sent a series of missiles to Ukrainian city's this morning, mainly targeting critical energy infrastructure.

    This has become a key element of Putin's tactics in recent weeks, as he looks to destroy Ukraine's electricity potential ahead of a freezing winter.

  • Henry Moore

    Turkey confirms talks will continue to end Black Sea grain chaos

    Turkey's President has confirmed peace talks will continue today, as the country looks to find a solution to Russia's suspension of the UN-brokered Black Sea grain initiative.

    “Even if Russia behaves hesitantly because it didn’t receive the same benefits, we will continue decisively our efforts to serve humanity,” Reuters reports Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a speech.

    Ukrainian grain is delivered across the world via the Black Sea, with much of it going to impoverished nations.

  • Henry Moore

    Russian strikes hit Kharkiv

    This morning, Russian missiles hit the city of Kharkiv cutting off energy for thousands of residents.

    "After the morning arrivals, the situation in Kharkiv is rather complicated," wrote Ihor Terekhov, mayor of Kharkiv, on Telegram.

    "The blow fell on a critical infrastructure facility, as a result of which the subway and ground electric transport were de-energised. At the moment, we have managed to launch the Kholodnogorsko-Zavodskaya line, and we have replaced trolleybuses and trams with buses.

    "There are also problems with water supply, but power engineers and our public utilities are doing everything possible to resume water supply to the homes of Kharkiv residents as soon as possible. All services are working to restore the normal life support of Kharkiv.

    "Together we will stand and win."

  • Henry Moore

    Kyiv hit with Russian attacks this morning

    Sirens have rung out across Ukraine's capital this morning, as Russia launched a series of missile attacks at Kyiv.

    A Kyiv power station was reportedly hit during these raids, cutting the power to 350,000 apartments, according to city Mayor Vitali Klitschko.

    "Power engineers are working to restore electricity supply after damage to an energy facility that powers about 350,000 apartments in Kyiv," he said on Telegram.

    "Specialists, together with other emergency services and authorities are doing everything possible to stabilise the situation as soon as possible."

    One fatality has been reported thus far.

  • Henry Moore

    Ukraine destroys 40 Iranian drones in one week

    Over the last week, Ukraine has shot down at least 40 Iranian drones as the under-siege nation looks to fight off Putin’s advances, Zelensky has said.

    In his nightly address, the steadfast president said: “During the week – from Saturday to Saturday – more than 40 Iranian strike drones, a significant number of Russian missiles, six attack helicopters of the occupiers, several of their planes were shot down…

    “Such a result means hundreds of Ukrainian lives saved, dozens of critical infrastructure objects saved.”

  • Henry Moore

    'Several thousand' Russian reservists deployed in Ukraine without weapons, MoD reports

    The British Ministry of Defence has revealed its latest intel on the situation in Ukraine.

    Its statement said: "Russia has deployed several thousand newly mobilised reservists to the front line in Ukraine since mid-October. In many cases they are poorly equipped.

    "In September, Russian officers were concerned that some recently mobilised reservists were arriving in Ukraine without weapons.

    "Open source images suggest that those rifles which have been issued to mobilised reservists are typically AKMs, a weapon first introduced in 1959. Many are likely in barely usable condition following poor storage.

    "AKM fires 7.62mm ammunition while Russia’s regular combat units are mostly armed with 5.45mm AK-74M or AK-12 rifles.

    "The integration of reservists with contract soldiers and combat veterans in Ukraine will mean Russian logisticians will have to push two types of small arms ammunition to front line positions, rather than one.

    "This will likely further complicate Russia’s already strained logistics systems."

  • Henry Moore

    In pictures: Stunning images show tanks battle in Ukraine

    These images, taken on Friday, October 28, show Howitzers of the 53rd Mechanized Brigade firing towards Russian strongholds in Bakhmut, Donetsk.

    Donetsk is one of the four illegally occupied regions in Ukraine, following Putin’s brutal annexation of the areas several weeks ago.

  • Louis Allwood

    Krasna Bridge detonated by Russia

    Russia detonated the Krasna Bridge in the eastern Luhansk region yesterday according to a Ukrainian official.

    The decision to destroy the bridge was a strategic one in order to hamper Ukrainian forces.

    Serhiy Haidai, the Luhansk regional governor, said Russian forces are "afraid" that the Ukrainians are "very close".

  • Louis Allwood

    Liz Truss feared Putin's nuke test would blow radiation to UK

    Liz Truss' fears were so severe that she reportedly considered plans to roll out a Cold War-era nuclear attack information campaign.

    A source told The Mail on Sunday: "Liz was obsessed with the prevailing wind.

    "We found her watching the weather forecasts with unusual interest."

  • Louis Allwood

    Airline will start using Russian airspace

    Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways has announced that it will be resuming travel over Russian airspace after a pause due to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. 

    "The Polar Route provides a safe, direct and the fastest flight experience to our customers travelling from the East Coast of North America to Hong Kong," the airline said.

  • Louis Allwood

    Nord Stream attack to be raised at Security Council by Russia

    Russia said it will bring up the blasts with the UN.

    “The Russian side intends to draw the attention of the international community, in particular through the UN Security Council, to the series of terrorist attacks against Russia in the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea, including the involvement of Great Britain,” Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Telegram.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin ‘uses three body doubles'

    Major General Kyrylo Budanov, Ukraine's head of military intelligence has claimed Russian President Vladimir Putin has been using three body doubles, who have had plastic surgery to resemble him.

    This suggestion comes amid growing claims Putin is suffering a number of illnesses including Parkinson's and cancer.

    In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Budanov claimed Ukrainian secret services had detected Putin body doubles standing in for him on a number of "special occasions" in the past, but this had become "usual practice" now.

    "We know specifically about three people that keep appearing, but how many there are, we don't know," Budanow said.

    "They all had plastic surgery to look alike."

  • Louis Allwood

    'We have not seen any signs of condemnation'

    Russia's defence ministry said Ukraine attacked its Black Sea Fleet near Sevastopol on Saturday.

    Anatoly Antonov, the Russian ambassador to the US, said on Telegram: "Washington's reaction to the terrorist attack on the port of Sevastopol is truly outrageous.

    "We have not seen any signs of condemnation of the reckless actions by the Kyiv regime."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia suffers heavy losses as nearly 1,000 troops killed

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence have claimed that Russian forces have suffered severe losses within the past 24 hours as it is claimed that 950 soldiers were killed.

    The Ministry also claims that Russia lost a further 52 tanks in combat taking the total number to 5,453.

  • Louis Allwood

    Joe Biden slams Putin for halting grain exports

    US President Joe Biden called Russia's move to halt Ukraine Black Sea grain exports "purely outrageous".

    He added that it would increase starvation, while the Secretary of State accused Russia of weaponising food.

    Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement: "Any act by Russia to disrupt these critical grain exports is essentially a statement that people and families around the world should pay more for food or go hungry."

  • Louis Allwood

    MoD hit back at Russia's Royal Navy claims

    The UK's Ministry of Defence have hit back at Russia's false claims that the Royal Navy blew up the Nord Stream pipe line saying it's a distraction "from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine".

    Vladimir Putin's Russian Ministry said: "According to available information, representatives of this unit of the British Navy took part in the planning, provision and implementation of a terrorist attack in the Baltic Sea on September 26 this year – blowing up the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines."

    The allegations have been described as lies on an “epic scale” by the UK's MoD.

    The UK's Ministry said: "To detract from their disastrous handling of the illegal invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Ministry of Defence is resorting to peddling false claims of an epic scale.

    "This invented story, says more about arguments going on inside the Russian Government than it does about the west."

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky slams Putin

    Ukraine's steadfast president Volodymyr Zelensky slammed the "crazy" Kremlin for sending Russian troops "to their deaths."

    “This is where the craziness of the Russian command is most evident. Day after day, for months, they are driving people to their deaths there, concentrating the highest level of artillery strikes,” Mr Zelensky said in his nightly address.

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia using 'mobilised reservists'

    Russia is using “mobilised reservists” in its battle on the Dnipro River due to "extremely low" manpower, British intelligence suggests.

    Madman Vladimir Putin is reportedly sending these “poorly trained” soldiers to their deaths, as he desperately attempts to hold onto land in the region.

    According to the MoD, Russia will need to recruit “higher quality” soldiers if it hopes to secure the location.

  • Henry Moore

    Krasna Bridge detonated by Russia

    Russia detonated the Krasna Bridge in the eastern Luhansk region yesterday according to a Ukrainian official.

    The decision to destroy the bridge was a strategic one in order to hamper Ukrainian forces.

    Serhiy Haidai, the Luhansk regional governor, said Russian forces are “afraid” that the Ukrainians are “very close”.

  • Henry Moore

    EU to work with UN in resolving grain crisis

    Josep Borrell Fontelles, the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has revealed he is working with the UN in order to resolve the crisis in the Black Sea.

    Over the weekend, Russia pulled out of the grain agreement brokered by the UN earlier this year.

    Thousands of tonnes of grain will go undelivered as long as the Kremlin's suspension is in place.

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