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ONE of Putin’s closest allies has reportedly been killed in a suspected “car bomb” as Ukrainian forces continue to fight Russia’s brutal invasion.

Bardin Artem Igorevich, who was placed in charge of the Ukrainian city of Berdyansk by the Kremlin, was reportedly killed in an explosion seen and heard across the city.

Footage showed Igorevich’s car ablaze, just moments after an explosion hit the city in Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia region.

Putin’s man was quickly rushed to hospital but later died of his wounds, according to Yaroslav Trofimov, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, quoting the Russian military regime in Zaporizhzhia.

While Ukraine is yet to take responsibility for the attack, reports suggest pro-Ukrainian forces were responsible.

This is just one of a number of targeted attacks in recent weeks, as the net tightens on Putin’s inner circle.

Former NATO chief Gary Tabach, now based in Kyiv, said Ukrainian forces were “hunting down” Kremlin sympathisers in the occupied territories.

He told The Sun Online: “Guys who betrayed Ukraine; some of the deputies, some of the leaders of Ukraine who ended up in Russia right now voluntarily, will be for the rest of their lives hunted down.

“Ukrainians have a very good imagination, they’re very innovative and are good at tracking them down.”

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

  • President Zelensky warns of ‘radiation catastrophe’

    The Ukrainian leader spoke ahead of the IAEA’s report on Zaporizhzhia.

    This stark warning came after the last working reactor shut down when a fire broke out, cutting it off from power lines.

    It is the sixth reactor, and the last remaining one, after number five was disconnected on Saturday due to shelling, it was reported.

    On Monday night, Zelenskyy said the shelling proves Russia did “not care what the IAEA will say”.

    “Again – already for the second time – because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” he said.

  • West hesitant to put Putin on trial, says Ukraine

    Ukraine is seeking an international trial against Russia for it’s invasion.

    Putin would be seen on trial for crimes of aggression, however the Ukrainian deputy head of Zelensky’s presidential administration, thinks the West is concerned about future connections with Russia.

    He told the Guardian: “It’s big politics. On the one hand, countries publicly condemn the aggression but on the other, they are putting their foot in the closing door on relations with Russia so that it doesn’t close completely.”

    “They are attempting to keep some space for diplomatic manoeuvres.

    “We know that agreements with Russia are not worth the paper they are written on,” he said.

  • Putin attends Russian military drills

    Evil tyrant Putin has today joined Russia’s military as they undertook drills in the country’s far east.

    The drills involved troops from China and other nations and exercises have been ongoing since last Thursday.

    The drills are intended to showcase growing defence ties between Russia and China.

    According to Russia’s defence ministry, 50,000 troops and over 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships are involved.

    The Vostok 2022 exercise is expected to run until Wednesday.

  • Sean Penn & Ben Stiller BANNED from Russia

    The two actors have been sanctioned from the Kremlin state for supporting Ukraine.

    It comes as 23 other US citizens have also been banned from Russia.

    Ben Stiller met President Zelensky back in June in Kyiv, and told the President, “you’re my hero”.

    At the time of the invasion, Sean Penn was filming a documentary in Ukraine, and had to flee across the boarder.

    The actor has been very vocal about supporting the Ukrainians.

  • Kremlin Jail conditions threaten prisoners health in tiny cell

    The Russian critic, Alexei Navalny, accused his Kremlin prison wardens of worsening the conditions and his health.

    He took to Twitter via is lawyers, to state that he had been put into a two by three metre cell.

    They wrote: “Suddenly, three weeks ago, they started to dramatically worsen his conditions, which actually poses an enormous threat to his health, because no normal person could spend a long time in that ‘special’ cell.”

  • UN’s nuclear agency to send two permanent members to Zaporizhzhia

    Officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency will be stationed at the Ukrainian power plant.

    The Russian claimed power plant, owned by Energoatom updated Telegram, that “it is expected that two experts will continue to work at the [plant] on a permanent basis.”

    This comes after the plant was cut off from the power grid once again on Friday last week.

  • Graduate helps Ukrainian refugees start business with new charity

    A University of Bristol graduate has founded a charity that can offer grants to help the refugees achieve their business dreams.

    Opora, was founded by Yegor Lanovenko, awarding up to £5,000 to refugees to start up their business.

    They are also offered business support, network contacts and ongoing mentoring to entrepreneurs, the BBC reported.

  • President Zelensky warns of ‘radiation catastrophe’

    The Ukrainian leader spoke ahead of the IAEA’s report on Zaporizhzhia.

    This stark warning came after the last working reactor shut down when a fire broke out, cutting it off from power lines.

    It is the sixth reactor, and the last remaining one, after number five was disconnected on Saturday due to shelling, it was reported.

    On Monday night, Zelenskyy said the shelling proves Russia did “not care what the IAEA will say”.

    “Again – already for the second time – because of Russian provocation, the Zaporizhzhia station was placed one step away from a radiation catastrophe,” he said.

  • Russia buying weapons from North Korea, says US intelligence

    It is thought that Russia is acquiring shells and rockets from the largely secretive communist state.

    A US intelligence source told the New York Times that “the Russian military continues to suffer from severe supply shortages in Ukraine, due in part to export controls and sanctions.”

    The US government previously discovered that Russia was purchasing Iranian drones.

  • Russia Ukraine latest

    • The International Atomic Energy Agency have said there is an “urgent need” for action at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.
    • The head of Ukrainian city Berdiansk, a Russian appointed official, has been injured after his car was blown up, the mayor’s office has said. 
    • Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, has said Europe is “reaping what it sowed” after Russia cut natural gas flows to the continent in retaliation.
    • A Russian navy task force has been shadowed by three Royal Navy warships after it was spotted in waters close to the UK.
  • Zelensky rings the bell remotely

    Zelensky remotely rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

    It comes as Ukraine appealed for billions of dollars in private investment to rebuild factories and industries destroyed by Russia.

    “Ukraine is the story of a future victory and a chance for you to invest now in projects worth hundreds of billions of dollars to share the victory with us,” he said.

  • UK’s Ministry of Defence latest update

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence have claimed that Ukraine’s offensive has continued.

    The Ministry said: “Ukrainian forces reported shooting down three Russian Orlan-10 tactical UAVs in a single day.

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    “In recent years, Russian doctrine has given an increasingly prominent role for UAVs, particularly to spot targets for its artillery to strike.

    ” UAVs can be vulnerable to both kinetic effects – where they are directly shot down – and to electronic jamming.

    “In the face of combat losses, it is likely that Russia is struggling to maintain stocks of UAVs, exacerbated by component shortages resulting from international sanctions.”

  • Russia have lost 350 personnel

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence have claimed that Russia have lost another 350 personnel taking the total number to 50,150.

    Another 25 armoured combat vehicles have also been destroyed as well as 9 tanks.

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  • A visual update on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    The Ministry of Defence has given Brits a look at the current state of play in Ukraine.

    This comes just days after Ukraine launched a seemingly successful offensive against their invaders, pushing Putin’s forces in the Kherson region back.

  • Putin has approved a new foreign policy doctrine

    VLADIMIR Putin has approved a new foreign policy doctrine based around the frightening concept of a “Russian World”.

    The 31-page “humanitarian policy”, published more than six months into the war in Ukraine, says Russia should “protect, safeguard and advance the traditions and ideals of the Russian World”.

    It is a notion that conservative ideologues have used to justify intervention abroad in support of Russian-speakers – and the reason used to launch the war in Ukraine.

    While presented as a kind of soft power strategy, it enshrines in official policy ideas around Russian politics and religion that some hardliners have used to justify Moscow’s occupation of parts of Ukraine and support for breakaway pro-Russian entities in the east of the country.

    The policy said: “The Russian Federation provides support to its compatriots living abroad in the fulfillment of their rights, to ensure the protection of their interests and the preservation of their Russian cultural identity.”

    It said that Russia’s ties with its compatriots abroad allowed it to “strengthen on the international stage its image as a democratic country striving for the creating of a multi-polar world.”

  • ‘Europe is actually reaping what it sowed’

    Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President, has said Europe is “reaping what it sowed” after Russia cut natural gas flows to the continent in retaliation.

    Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on Tuesday: “Europe is actually reaping what it sowed.”

    “Putin is using all his means and weapons, and the most important of these is natural gas. Unfortunately – we wouldn’t want this but – such a situation is developing in Europe,” Erdogan said.

    “I think Europe will experience serious problems this winter. We do not have such a problem,” he added.

  • Russian appointed official in ‘serious condition’ after car was blown up

    The head of Ukrainian city Berdiansk, a Russian appointed official, has been injured after his car was blown up, the mayor’s office has said. 

    Three other cars were damaged near the building of the civil-military administration. 

    According to reports, Artem Bardin is said to be in hospital in a severe condition.

  • IAEA say ‘urgent need’ for action

    The International Atomic Energy Agency have said there is an “urgent need” for action at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant.

    The report said the continued shelling could have caused “safety significant impacts, loss of lives and personnel injuries”.

    It warned the situation presented a “constant threat to nuclear safety and security”.

  • ‘Cutting-edge sensors and modern naval technology used’

    A Royal Navy spokesman said: “The frigates and their helicopters used an array of cutting-edge sensors and modern naval technology to keep close watch in the Celtic Sea and through the English Channel.”

    HMS Westminster’s commanding officer (CO) Commander Ed Moss-Ward said: “Maritime security in the sea areas around the UK is crucial to our prosperity and resilience.

    “The Royal Navy routinely responds to escort warships in UK territorial waters and the adjacent sea areas to ensure compliance with maritime law, to deter malign activity and to protect our national interests.

    “Escorting the Russian task group has demonstrated that the Royal Navy is committed to maintaining maritime security and to co-operating with our NATO allies.”

  • Royal Navy shadow Russian ship close to UK waters

    A Russian navy task force has been shadowed by three Royal Navy warships after it was spotted in waters close to the UK.

    The HMS Westminster, HMS Lancaster and HMS Richmond tracked Slava-class cruiser, Marshal Ustinov.

    The Russian ship is the sister ship of the ill-fated Moskva which sunk in the Black Sea in April.

  • Fears that Russia will go back on grain deal

    Russia’s commitment to a landmark grain deal struck with Ukraine has been questioned.

    The Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said there had been failings by the West to relax sanctions to make it easier for Russia to ship its agricultural products abroad.

    Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow: “Our Western colleagues are not doing what we were promised by the UN Secretary-General.”

    He added: “They are not taking decisions to remove the logistic sanctions that prevent the free access of Russian grain and fertilisers to world markets.”

  • Putin attends Russian military drills

    Evil tyrant Putin has today joined Russia’s military as they undertook drills in the country’s far east.

    The drills involved troops from China and other nations and exercises have been ongoing since last Thursday.

    The drills are intended to showcase growing defence ties between Russia and China.

    According to Russia’s defence ministry, 50,000 troops and over 5,000 weapons units, including 140 aircraft and 60 warships are involved.

    The Vostok 2022 exercise is expected to run until Wednesday.

  • West hesitant to put Putin on trial, says Ukraine

    Ukraine is seeking an international trial against Russia for it’s invasion.

    Putin would be seen on trial for crimes of aggression, however the Ukrainian deputy head of Zelensky’s presidential administration, thinks the West is concerned about future connections with Russia.

    He told the Guardian: “It’s big politics. On the one hand, countries publicly condemn the aggression but on the other, they are putting their foot in the closing door on relations with Russia so that it doesn’t close completely.”

    “They are attempting to keep some space for diplomatic manoeuvres.

    “We know that agreements with Russia are not worth the paper they are written on,” he said.

  • Sean Penn & Ben Stiller BANNED from Russia

    The two actors have been sanctioned from the Kremlin state for supporting Ukraine.

    It comes as 23 other US citizens have also been banned from Russia.

    Ben Stiller met President Zelensky back in June in Kyiv, and told the President, “you’re my hero”.

    At the time of the invasion, Sean Penn was filming a documentary in Ukraine, and had to flee across the boarder.

    The actor has been very vocal about supporting the Ukrainians.

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