Ukraine news LIVE: Vladimir Putin branded a 'COWARD' as despot orders power grid attacks after forces take heavy losses | The Sun

Ukraine news LIVE: Vladimir Putin branded a 'COWARD' as despot orders power grid attacks after forces take heavy losses | The Sun

VLADIMIR PUTIN has been branded a coward as his twisted forces lashed out at civilian infrastructure after suffering heavy losses.

The retaliation by Russia — after losing significant territory in Ukraine’s northeast — targeted water facilities and a thermal power plant in Kharkiv, knocking out the power grid in the region and causing a complete blackout, officials said.

The Russian Ministry of Defence confirmed the retreat of Russian forces from both Izyum and Balakliya on Saturday.

In a statement published by state media outlet RIA Novosti the Ministry said: “It was decided to regroup the Russian troops stationed in the Balakleya and Izyum regions to step up efforts in the Donetsk direction.”

Volodymyr Zelensky also confirmed that has been a “total blackout” in Kharkiv and Donetsk.

The blackout has been caused by Russian “terrorists” that have attacked “critical infrastructure” in an attempt to “deprive people of light & heat”.

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

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky confirms 'total blackout' in Kharkiv and Donetsk

    President Zelensky has confirmed that there has been a "total blackout" in Kharkiv and Donetsk.

    The blackout has been caused by Russian "terrorists" that have attacked "critical infrastructure" in an attempt to "deprive people of light & heat".

  • Louis Allwood

    Sergey Lavrov sends warning

    Moscow have warned that the longer it takes to finish the war then the harder it will be to reach a deal.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “The longer the process is put off, the harder it'll be to make a deal.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Backup power line to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant restored

    The IAEA have confirmed that a backup power line to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant inside Ukraine has been restored.

    It is providing the external electricity it needs to cool its reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Sunday.

    The IAEA said on Twitter: “After yesterday’s restoration of [the] power line … #ZNPP operator this morning shut down its last operating reactor, which over past week had been providing ZNPP w/ required power after it was disconnected from grid."

  • Louis Allwood

    MoD latest intelligence update

    The UK's Ministry of Defence have released their latest intelligence update.

    They said: "Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant gains in the Kharkiv region.

    "Russia has likely withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the strategically important cities of Kupiansk and Izium.

    "On 07 September 2022, President Putin said that only 60,000 tonnes of the grain exported from Ukraine since August had been sent to developing countries, and that the majority had been delivered to EU states.

    "!Putin's claim is not true. According to UN figures, around 30% has been supplied to low and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    "Russia is pursuing a deliberate misinformation strategy as it seeks to deflect blame for food insecurity issues, discredit Ukraine and minimise opposition to its invasion."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia's invasion reaches its 200 day

    It has now been 200 days since Putin began his bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine.

    During that time, the democratic world has come together to condemn Putin's callus invasion.

    According to reports, Russia has lost over 50,000 troops in the 200 days since its campaign began, with discontent rife among Russian soldiers.

  • Louis Allwood

    President Zelensky hails the women fighting in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s steadfast President has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the women fighting in Ukraine.

    From his official Twitter account he said: “From the first day of the full-scale invasion, the war is no longer the women’s or men’s business. It is the business of the citizens. 5K Ukrainian women are defending Ukraine on the frontline.”

    He then shared a video that highlighted the 50,000 women enrolled in Ukraine’s military and the 5,000 fighting on the frontline.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukrainian forces hoist the flag in Kharkiv

    As Ukrainian troops continue to fight against Russia's bloodthirsty invasion, they are making significant gains in the region of Kharkiv.

    In recent days, Zelensky's troops have liberated town after town as they push Putin back.

    Below, a Ukrainian flag can be seen being raised in the village of Chkalovske.

  • Louis Allwood

    A visual look at Ukrainian gains in Kharkiv

    Over the last week, Ukrainian troops have taken back large sections of the Russian-occupied region of Kharkiv.

    According to Ukraine's President Zelensky, at least 30 settlements have been liberated.

    Russian troops have been pictured raising the white flag of surrender, as they retreat from the region.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin begins 'deliberate misinformation strategy'

    According to the Ministry of Defence, Putin has begun a misinformation campaign regarding the grain export situation in Ukraine.

    Their statement reads: "On 07 September 2022, President Putin said that only 60,000 tonnes of the grain exported from Ukraine since August had been sent to developing countries, and that the majority had been delivered to EU states.

    "Putin's claim is not true. According to UN figures, around 30% has been supplied to low and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    "Russia is pursuing a deliberate misinformation strategy as it seeks to deflect blame for food insecurity issues, discredit Ukraine and minimise opposition to its invasion."

  • Louis Allwood

    Russian losses mount as fighting continues in Kharkiv

    Putin's forces continue to face major losses as Ukraine pushes forward in Kharkiv.

    According to President Zelensky, Ukraine has liberated over 30 settlements in recent days.

    The Ukrainian military currently estimates total Russian losses at 52,650, with 400 in the last 24 hours.

  • Louis Allwood

    Ukraine makes 'significant' gains in Kharkiv, MoD reports

    The British Ministry of Defence's latest update has highlighted Ukraine's progress in Kharkiv.

    Russian forces are reportedly retreating from the area, as Zelensky's troops push on.

    The report said: "Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant gains in the Kharkiv region.

    "Russia has likely withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the strategically important cities of Kupiansk and Izium."

  • Louis Allwood

    Izium now in Ukrainian hands

    The key city of Izium is now in Ukrainian hands and they are now just 50 miles from the Russian border as Moscow’s troops desperately withdraw in a bid to hold onto the land they captured.

    “I think it’s the beginning of the end for Russian occupants,” a 25-year-old Ukrainian soldier named Marty told the Telegraph.

    “They were literally running from their positions, leaving their stuff and heading to the occupied territories. I think more significant gains are coming.”

  • Louis Allwood

    Russia abandon weapons

    Images show Vladimir Putin’s forces have run away leaving tanks and other kit behind in the face of the onslaught leading some attackers to believe they’re seeing the “beginning of the end” of the war.

  • Louis Allwood

    Zelensky confirms 'total blackout' in Kharkiv and Donetsk

    President Zelensky has confirmed that there has been a "total blackout" in Kharkiv and Donetsk.

    The blackout has been caused by Russian "terrorists" that have attacked "critical infrastructure" in an attempt to "deprive people of light & heat".

  • Louis Allwood

    President Zelensky hails the women fighting in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s steadfast President has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the women fighting in Ukraine.

    From his official Twitter account he said: “From the first day of the full-scale invasion, the war is no longer the women’s or men’s business. It is the business of the citizens. 5K Ukrainian women are defending Ukraine on the frontline.”

    He then shared a video that highlighted the 50,000 women enrolled in Ukraine’s military and the 5,000 fighting on the frontline.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Dozens of villages and towns have been liberated' in the Kharkiv region

    Ukraine’s Defence Ministry shared the following tweet, after the 130th battalion made it to Hoptivka near the Russian border.

  • Louis Allwood

    'Further 400 Russian troops eliminated'

    Putin’s forces continue to face major losses as Ukraine pushes forward in Kharkiv.

    According to President Zelensky, Ukraine has liberated over 30 settlements in recent days.

    The Ukrainian military currently estimates total Russian losses at 52,650, with 400 in the last 24 hours.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sergey Lavrov sends warning

    Moscow have warned that the longer it takes to finish the war then the harder it will be to reach a deal.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said: “The longer the process is put off, the harder it'll be to make a deal.”

  • Louis Allwood

    'Superhuman endurance'

    Ukraine's Ministry of Defence praise the 'superhuman endurance' of the Ukrainian people.

    It has now been 200 days since Putin began his bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine.

  • Louis Allwood

    This is the moment Russian tank flees in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence have released footage showing the moment a Russian tank cowardly flees during combat.

    The tank is finally brought to a dramatic stop when it slams into a tree.

  • Louis Allwood

    Backup power line to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant restored

    The IAEA have confirmed that a backup power line to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant inside Ukraine has been restored.

    It is providing the external electricity it needs to cool its reactors, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Sunday.

    The IAEA said on Twitter: “After yesterday’s restoration of [the] power line … #ZNPP operator this morning shut down its last operating reactor, which over past week had been providing ZNPP w/ required power after it was disconnected from grid."

  • Louis Allwood

    MoD latest intelligence update

    The UK's Ministry of Defence have released their latest intelligence update.

    They said: "Over the last 24 hours, Ukrainian forces have continued to make significant gains in the Kharkiv region.

    "Russia has likely withdrawn units from the area, but fighting continues around the strategically important cities of Kupiansk and Izium.

    "On 07 September 2022, President Putin said that only 60,000 tonnes of the grain exported from Ukraine since August had been sent to developing countries, and that the majority had been delivered to EU states.

    "!Putin's claim is not true. According to UN figures, around 30% has been supplied to low and middle-income countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

    "Russia is pursuing a deliberate misinformation strategy as it seeks to deflect blame for food insecurity issues, discredit Ukraine and minimise opposition to its invasion."

  • Henry Moore

    Russia's invasion reaches its 200 day

    It has now been 200 days since Putin began his bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine.

    During that time, the democratic world has come together to condemn Putin's callus invasion.

    According to reports, Russia has lost over 50,000 troops in the 200 days since its campaign began, with discontent rife among Russian soldiers.

  • Henry Moore

    Final reactor at Europe's largest nuclear power station shut down

    Power unit six at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was shut down completely in the early hours of this morning.

    According to Ukraine's national energy operator, Energoatom, the choice was made to transfer the reactor to its "safest state."

    “A decision was made to shut down power unit No 6 and transfer it to the safest state – cold shutdown,” it said on Telegram.

    This comes as fears of a nuclear disaster continue to rise as fighting rages on around the plant.

    Over the last weeks, both Ukraine and Russia have accused each other of damaging the plant.

  • Henry Moore

    President Zelensky hails the women fighting in Ukraine

    Ukraine’s steadfast President has taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the women fighting in Ukraine.

    From his official Twitter account he said: “From the first day of the full-scale invasion, the war is no longer the women’s or men’s business. It is the business of the citizens. 5K Ukrainian women are defending Ukraine on the frontline.”

    He then shared a video that highlighted the 50,000 women enrolled in Ukraine’s military and the 5,000 fighting on the frontline.

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