DESPERATE residents trapped in a destroyed Ukrainian city have resorted to drinking radiator water & eating stray DOGS, a report claims.
Mariupol has been under intense attack from Russia for the last three weeks with Ukrainian resistance fighters pushing back against Putin’s forces.
However, the situation for residents trapped by ongoing fighting has become unbearable, according to a new report from the FT.
Reporter Guy Chanzan says the situation has gotten so bad that people are resorting to eating dogs and drinking water from any source they can find – because streams have been contaminated by rotten corpses.
Chazan wrote: “In the besieged city of Mariupol, scene of the heaviest fighting in Russia’s three-week war on Ukraine, people are now so hungry they are killing stray dogs for food.
The reporter also wrote how “witnesses depicted post-apocalyptic scenes of stray dogs eating the remains of bombing victims who lay unburied on the street”.
He added: “Russia’s medieval-style siege of Mariupol also left its residents facing an acute shortage of both food and water. With no gas, they cook food on campfires made from broken furniture in the courtyards of their houses.”
Mariupol, which has been the scene of some of the country’s most intense fighting, has seen 2,400 residents of the city killed since Russia launched its invasion.
Some 400,000 people have also been left displaced by Russia’s brutal advance.
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Russia ‘must adhere to the UN Charter’ demands UK and India
Russia must adhere to the United Nations Charter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during a call on Tuesday, according to a readout provided by Johnson’s office.
“The pair agreed that Ukraines integrity and territorial sovereignty must be respected,” a statement issued by Downing Street following the call said.
Russia needed to adhere to the UN Charter, the leaders said, and both agreed that respect for international law was the only way to ensure global peace and prosperity.”
Johnson also said both countries needed to intensify efforts to promote peace and de-escalation in the region.
Ukraine electricity supplies not affected by power plant occupations
Ukraine is not experiencing an electricity deficit despite the seizure of two nuclear power plants by Russian forces and the conflict damaging some thermal power infrastructure, Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said on Tuesday.
Speaking on national television, he said Ukraine had enough thermal coal stocks and was still receiving imports.
Lomachenko refuses to leave Ukrainian front line
Heroic boxing star Vasyl Lomachenko has decided to keep fighting on the Ukrainian front line after turning down a world title bout to face George Kambosos Jr.
The three-weight world champion, 34, is one of a number of Ukrainian sporting icons that have joined the fight to defend their nation following Russia’s invasion.
And the two-time Olympic gold medallist is refusing to leave the country as he has elected to keep fighting on the battlefield instead of in the boxing ring.
It was reported last week how Lomachenko’s team were looking to pull him out of Ukraine so he can prepare for a showdown against unbeaten Australian ace Kambosos Jr in June.
But the lightweight contest will have to wait with Kambosos Jr tweeting Lomachenko to ‘stay safe’ as he paid his respect to his rival.
UN calls for an end to ‘absurd war’
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged an end to the “absurd war” started by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine one month ago.
Guterres warned the conflict is “going nowhere, fast” and that the Ukrainian people are “enduring a living hell.”
He said during a press conference: “Continuing the war in Ukraine is morally unacceptable, politically indefensible & militarily nonsensical.”
Labour calls on Government to ramp up sanctions
Sir Keir Starmer has called on the Government to “ramp up” sanctions on Russia to “cripple” its ability to function as a country.
The Labour leader said Western powers needed to continue their support for Ukraine, including supplying more military equipment, while avoiding direct conflict with Russia.
“Everybody understands why every step has to be taken to prevent this escalating into a direct Nato on Russia conflict,” he told BBC Radio 4’s The World At One.
“That is why we need to provide more military support, that’s why sanctions have to be ramped up again further and faster and that’s why we need to have a stronger, more compassionate humanitarian response.
“What we need to do is to continue to provide that level of support, continue to support the Ukrainians, and ramp up those sanctions which need to go beyond just isolating Russia. They have to cripple its ability to function.”
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At least 117 children killed in invasion
Since the start of Russia’s invasion at least 117 children have been killed and more than 155 others injured in the country.
These figures have been reported by the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.
It says most of the fatalities have been reported in or around the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.
Prosecutors also say they have recorded 548 instances where schools and other educational facilities were hit by missiles, 72 of which they say were “completely destroyed”.
Unexploded missile sits in Ukrainian families’ kitchen
AN unexploded Russian missile got lodged in the kitchen of a Ukrainian family’s home after smashing through the roof.
Footage shows the huge rocket wedged in the corner of the room after miraculously only causing damage to the ceiling and sink at a house in the besieged city of Kharkiv.
The clip, shared on TikTok with almost 3million views, shows someone walking into the house where the giant missile can be seen stuck in the unit.
Aside from a little debris on the floor where the missile smashed through the ceiling, there appears to be no other damage to the home as it, fortunately, failed to explode.
A further video shared by @pd05763 appears to show members of a Ukrainian bomb disposal unit inspecting the rocket as one of them moves it with his hand.
Ukraine’s government previously shared a picture of the unexploded missile, tweeting: “Imagine, it was Sunday morning and you were sleeping with your kids,” as it called again for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over the country.
Putin critic sent to penal colony for 9 years
POISONED Putin critic Alexei Navalny was handed nine years in a penal colony today after being found guilty of “cooked up” fraud charges.
The brave Kremlin nemesis – who is already behind bars and banned from standing in elections – was convicted of large-scale embezzlement and contempt after a trial widely seen as a sham.
Navalny, 45, defiantly quoted TV crime drama The Wire after the sentence was handed down by a regime-friendly judge.
He said on Twitter: “Nine years. Well, as the characters of my favorite TV series The Wire used to say: ‘You only do two days. That’s the day you go in and the day you come out.
“I even had a T-shirt with this slogan, but the prison authorities confiscated it.”
He also repeated his call for Russians to take action saying: “Don’t be idle. This toad sitting on an oil pipe will not overthrow itself.”
Chelsea in crisis
The Government could yet seize Chelsea, but even if a deal is agreed there would be questions around the proceeds.
Government officials have already said Abramovich would not receive a penny for the sale given his links to Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin and the alleged origins of his wealth.
The sanctions saw Abramovich’s London property portfolio – worth an estimated £200 million – seized, preventing him from accessing his homes.
All his assets including the clubs bank cards were also frozen – Chelsea have also been banned from taking part in the summer transfer window.
Chelsea are now haemorrhaging millions of pounds per week on wages and cannot earn money.
Saudi bid for Chelsea likely to be rejected by Rishi Sunak
Chelsea could yet end up in administration as the highest remaining bid from outside the US and Europe is likely to be from the Saudi Media Group.
The Saudis have reportedly tabled a whopping £2.66bn offer – but Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who is overseeing the process – is likely to turn it down.
This is in light of the ferocious backlash following the takeover of Newcastle United by an investment fund linked to nation’s rulers.
Chelsea face administration & points deduction as Abramovich ‘refuses bids’
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich could plunge his crisis-gripped club into administration – if he ‘refuses’ to flog it to a country that has sanctioned Russian oligarchs, it has been claimed.
The billionaire could influence the club’s sale despite having had all his assets seized by the British Government, according to The Mail on Sunday.
If Chelsea were forced into administration it would see them hit with a nine-point deduction, putting their top four and Champions League hopes in jeopardy.
Abramovich – who has owned Chelsea since 2003 – has hired The Raine Group to flog the West London club.
He reportedly has the power to veto bids from potential buyers in the United States and Britain, the sources claimed.
Abramovich’s yacht blocked by anti war protesters
UKRAINIANS have tried to stop Roman Abramovich’s super yacht from docking in Turkey in an anti-war protest.
The group were seen in a dinghy carrying their country’s yellow and blue flag with the words ‘No War’ written on it.
It’s not clear if Abramovich himself was on the 460-foot yacht My Solaris when it docked in Bodrum on Monday afternoon.
The Chelsea owner, worth a cool £10bn, was sanctioned by the UK government as part of attempts to crackdown on wealthy Russians with assets in the UK
The protesters were a team of young yachtsmen from the Black Sea city of Odessa, Nexta TV reports.
Their action ended when local police arrived and the yacht was able to dock in the port at the Turkish yacht.
‘Glory to Ukraine’
Air raid sirens wail across the city several times each day.
Many shops, restaurants and bars are still open, albeit operating under curfew.
Many premises are keen to show patriotism and support for those at the front line.
A sign at the Kebab House says: “Today for defenders of Ukraine we are cooking free doner kebabs. Glory to Ukraine.”
Some 200,000 refugees are crammed into every available space in the city, from restaurant floors, to sports stadiums and church crypts.
How Lviv’s citizens are preparing
Armed soldiers are on the streets in increasing numbers and citizens are mobilising.
In a hipster-style arts venue, Taras Maselko, 36, from Pravda Brewery, shows me the 2,000 petrol bombs made for Kurko’s fighters.
Taras told me: “Normally we have festivals here and there’s a kindergarten, now we’re making weapons of war.
“Molotov cocktails can stop a tank if you hit them in the right place.”
In a workshop nearby, workers are making T-shirts bearing the legend: “Russian military ship go f*** yourself.”
The phrase — uttered by a Ukrainian soldier on a Black Sea island when asked to surrender by the Russian Navy — is a popular slogan.
War comes to Lviv
Until last week this western Ukrainian city had been unscathed.
That changed on Friday when a barrage of six Russian cruise missiles were fired at Lviv from the Black Sea.
Two were intercepted but the others slammed into a maintenance site near the Lviv airport used to repair Ukraine’s MiG fighter jets.
Earlier last week, Russian missiles struck a training base to the west of Lviv, killing 35 and wounding dozens.
It served notice to Lviv’s 700,000-population that the war could be heading this way.
Since then, queues have grown longer at the city’s gun shop.
Many here are also on the lookout for Russian agents.
‘I’ll shout ‘God save the Queen’ when I fire Brit-donated weapon’, Ukrainian commander reveals
BATTLE-hardened commander Lt Col Valeriy Kurko sips his coffee and praises the tank-busting weaponry donated from Britain.
He says of the shoulder-fired NLAW — Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon: “If I get to press the button I would shout God Save the Queen!”
The burly warrior, 51, may need all his fighting prowess.
For if Belarus enters the war from the north or Russian forces head west it’s Kurko and his men — based here in Lviv — who they will run into.
Kurko, the commander of the 103rd brigade of the Territorial Defence Force, added: “I’m ready to fight for my homeland and to defend our territory.”
The Sun Says: Nato must back Ukraine unwaveringly with our words, sanctions and weapons
THE West must not give Putin an inch, any more than the Allies did Hitler, The Sun’s editorial page read today.
That means backing Ukraine’s President Zelensky all the way in his refusal to surrender – and giving him every tool to defeat this heinous enemy.
Read the full Sun Says column by clicking here.
Googlebox star slams Homes for Ukraine scheme
GOGGLEBOX star Mica Ven has criticised the UK government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The scheme allows UK residents to sponsor and offer accommodation to Ukrainians fleeing the war for a minimum of six months.
In return hosts will receive a £350-a-month tax-free payment.
Reality star Mica questioned why similar schemes weren’t set up during other conflicts.
She said to partner Marcus during Friday night’s episode: “Not being funny, this isn’t the first refugee situation, you know what I mean?
“How come only now there’s incentives to encourage people to help refugees?”
She clarified that she hadn’t meant to discredit the scheme but wanted highlight other humanitarian crises and victims.
Why is Russia invading Ukraine?
Russian President Vladimir Putin had previously stated that Russia had no plans to attack Ukraine, and, in December 2021, armed forces chief Valery Gerasimov even denounced reports of an impending invasion as a lie.
He said that more than 95 per cent of Moscow’s ground-based strategic nuclear forces are “kept in constant readiness for combat use”.
These statements were overturned on February 24, 2022, when he launched an invasion into Ukraine.
Putin is believed to want to reclaim many territories lost at the fall of the Soviet Union.
He first made inroads into Ukraine back in 2014 when Russian troops illegally annexed the Crimea peninsula – sparking international condemnation.
Conflict has raged in Eastern Ukraine ever since as Putin backed-rebels began fighting against the Ukrainian government in the disputed Donbas region.
And on February 21, 2022, Putin signed a decree recognising the Donetsk and Luhansk rebel republic.
Weeks earlier, British nationals were told to leave Ukraine while commercial routes were still open as tensions in the region rose.
The vulnerable groups of women are said to have been targeted in the areas around Kyiv, in Bucha and Irpin.
Maria Mezentseva, Ukrainian MP for Servant of the People Party, added: “The ladies who were raped and suffered sexual violence, some of them were also hanged.
“These are the facts we are gathering for evidence on war crimes and to take to the ECHR.”
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba previously alleged there have been reports of Putin’s soldiers sexually assaulting Ukrainian women.
He told a briefing at Chatham House: “We have numerous cases of, unfortunately, when Russian soldiers rape women in the Ukrainian cities.”
Russian troops ‘raping women and killing families’
Russian troops are allegedly raping women and slaughtering families hiding in their basements as they rampage through Ukrainian cities.
Anastasia Taran, 30, has accused Putin’s brutal soldiers of raping women in the Russian-occupied city of Irpin – which has been under attack from Russia’s invading forces for nearly a month.
Ukraine’s foreign minister previously confirmed there had been reports of Putin’s soldiers sexually assaulting Ukrainian women.
Anastasia said Russian troops have been storming basements and shooting terrified families as fierce fighting continues in Irpin.
The former waitress, who has lived in the Kyiv suburb for four years, said: “Irpin is hell. There are plenty of Russian soldiers out there who just shoot people who enter private homes and, at best, just kick people out of their homes.
“They rape women and the dead are just being dumped. They open the basements where people are hiding and shoot them.”
Pro-Stalin general was involved in Litvinenko murder
In 2006 it was claimed that Bortnikov was involved in the operation to assassinate Alexander Litvinenko.
Former KGB spy Litvinenko had defected to the UK, where he worked to expose the corrupt practices of the Kremlin before he was poisoned with polonium.
Bortnikov has also been criticised for being too pro-Stalin.
He came under fire in 2017 from more than 30 academics who claimed that he was legitimising the mass purges carried out under Joseph Stalin known as the Great Terror.
At the time, he said archives show that “a significant part” of the criminal cases of those killed “had an objective side to them”.
He said he did not want to “whitewash anyone” but pointed to “links of coup plotters to foreign security agencies”.
Who is Alexander Bortnikov?
Alexander Bortnikov is the current director of Russia’s FSB – making him one of the most powerful people in Russia and as an influential member of Putin’s inner circle.
Like Putin, he is a former officer of the KGB and first met Putin while the pair were stationed together in Leningrad – now Saint Petersburg – in the 1970s.
Since stepping into the might role in 2008, the terrifying spymaster is said to have turned the FSB into the “punishing sword” of Putin’s regime.
The organisation is both the brain and the heart of Putin’s government and behaves like a “state within the state”, according to the Dossier Center.
Not long after Putin was appointed acting president, Bortnikov was first made head of Russia’s Economic Security Service, wielding huge power and leverage.
He is also one of a small handful of people in Russia to earn the rank of Army General.