VLADIMIR Putin is producing a new line of "powerful weapons of destruction" as Ukraine fights to liberate a city in the occupied south.

Russian ex-president and Putin mouthpiece Dmitry Medvedev has claimed the nation has ramped up production of "powerful" new-generation weapons as its war in Ukraine falters.

Speaking on Telegram, deluded Medvedev warned: "We are increasing production of the most powerful means of destruction. Including those based on new principles,"

"Our enemy dug in not only in the Kyiv province of our native Malorossiya," Medvedev said, using the term to describe territories of modern-day Ukraine that were part of the Russian Empire under the tsars. It is in Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and a whole number of other places that pledged allegiance to the Nazi."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces attacked occupied Melitopol, with the region's Russian-installed leader saying a missile attack killed two people and injured 10.

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

  • Joseph Gamp

    Cleverly: Ukraine peace talks can't be used as cover for Russian rearmament

    Any peace talks in Ukraine cannot be a fig-leaf for Russian rearmament, British foreign minister James Cleverly said on Sunday, adding that he had not seen any signs that Moscow would enter into negotiations in good faith.

    Cleverly said that, while Britain wanted to see peace talks "sooner rather than later", he reiterated that Ukraine should set the parameters for any negotiations that were held.

    "Any negotiations need to be real, they need to be meaningful, they can't just be a fig leaf for Russian rearmament and further recruitment of soldiers," Cleverly told Sky News.

    "I'm not really seeing anything coming from the Russian side that gives me confidence that Vladimir Putin is entering these talks in good faith. The wider rhetoric is still very confrontational."

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    Around 1.5m without power in Odesa after Russian drones smash energy facilities

    All non-critical infrastructure in the Ukrainian port of Odesa was without power after Russia used Iranian-made drones to hit two energy facilities, leaving 1.5 million people without power, officials said on Saturday.

    "The situation in the Odesa region is very difficult," President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address.

    "Unfortunately, the hits were critical, so it takes more than just time to restore electricity… It doesn't take hours, but a few days, unfortunately."

    Serhiy Bratchuk, spokesperson for Odesa's regional administration, said electricity for the city's population will be restored "in the coming days," while complete restoration of the networks may take two to three months.

    Bratchuk said an earlier Facebook post by the region's administration, advising some people to consider evacuating, was being investigated by Ukraine's security services as "an element of the hybrid war" by Russia.

    That post has since been deleted.

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    No plans to halt grain shipments after Odesa attack

    Traders have no plans to suspend grain shipments from Ukraine's Odesa Black Sea ports due to the latest Russian attack on the region's energy system, Agriculture Minister Mykola Solky said on Sunday.

    "There are problems, but none of the traders are talking about any suspension of shipments. Ports use alternative energy sources," Solsky told media this morning.

  • Shanine Bruder

    Ukrainian refugees have created a space where they can stay in touch with their community

    A new cultural centre in East Renfrewshire has opened up to give Ukrainian refugees a place to stay in touch with their community and traditions, the BBC reports.

    The Church of Scotland donated the space in church grounds in Clarkston, allowing the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) to use it to teach English, as well as for activities like art, music and cooking.

    More than 20,000 Ukrainians have found safety in Scotland under the government’s super sponsor scheme.

  • Shanine Bruder

    NATO chief warns conflict in Ukraine could become ‘a full-fledged war’ in Europe

    A top NATO official has warned the war in Ukraine could become a full-scale war with the west.

    “If things go wrong, they can go horribly wrong,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said.

    “It is a terrible war in Ukraine. It is also a war that can become a full-fledged war that spreads into a major war between NATO and Russia,” he said.

    “We are working on that every day to avoid that.”

  • Shanine Bruder

    Winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize blasts Putin’s invasion of Ukraine

    Oleksandra Matviichuk of Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties dismissed calls for a political compromise that would allow Russia to retain some of the illegally annexed Ukrainian territories.

    At the ceremony yesterday, she said: “Fighting for peace does not mean yielding to pressure of the aggressor, it means protecting people from its cruelty.

    “Peace cannot be reached by a country under attack laying down its arms. This would not be peace, but occupation.”

  • Shanine Bruder

    British Army providing Ukrainian recruits with extreme cold weather kits

    The British Army are providing Ukrainian recruits with kits specifically designed to combat the sub-zero temperatures the country is facing.

    The Ministry of Defence shared a clip yesterday showing a number of kits being prepared and handed out as Ukrainian recruits continue to fight against Russia’s invasion.

    According to the MoD, 12,000 sleeping kits, 7000 normal cold weather kits, 150 heated tents and 25,000 extreme cold weather kits have been provided.

  • Shanine Bruder

    Sunak and Zelensky discuss latest Russian strikes

    Rishi Sunak and Volodymyr Zelensky discussed Russia’s latest attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure in a phone call on Friday.

    The two leaders spoke amid a series of Russian strikes on Ukraine’s energy facilities and other key infrastructure as the Kremlin said it is up to the Ukrainian president to end the war.

    Downing Street said that Mr Zelensky, whose wife visited London last month, “thanked the UK for its crucial support to help restore power through the supply of generators”.

    Mr Sunak also made a surprise visit to Kyiv to meet with President Zelensky in November.

  • Shanine Bruder

    Boris: We can help end Ukraine war in 2023

    Boris Johnson has urged western countries to “look urgently” at what more they can do to support Ukraine in the hopes of ending the war against Russia as soon as next year.

    The former prime minister, who was hailed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a key ally in the country’s fight against Russia, used an article in the Wall Street Journal to argue that ending the war as soon as possible is “in everyone’s interest, including Russia”.

    He said that while the significant financial commitment to Ukraine is “painful” during a period of budgetary constraints, “time is money, and the longer this goes on the more we will all end up paying in military support”.

    Mr Johnson has remained a vocal supporter of Ukrainian efforts since leaving office in September.

    His successor Rishi Sunak, who visited Kyiv last month, has pledged to continue UK backing for Ukraine.

  • Shanine Bruder

    47,000 Russian war crimes recorded in Ukraine since February 24

    The Kyiv Independent reported yesterday that the Ukrainian police authorities have recorded 47,000 Russian war crimes since February.

    They cited the Head of the National Police Ihor Klymenko who added that this number includes torture, rape, and murder of civilians committed by Russian troops.

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    All you need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

    Everything you need to know about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine…

    • Why is Russia invading Ukraine?
    • Will the UK go to war?
    • How can I join the Ukraine foreign legion?
    • What can I do to help Ukraine?
    • Who is Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky?
    • How much gas does the UK get from Russia?
    • Is Russia a part of Nato?
    • Does Russia have nuclear weapons?
    • Why is Ukraine not in Nato?
    • How big is the Russian army?
    • What is Article 5 of the Nato treaty?
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    • When will the Russia-Ukraine war end?

    Iran has become one of Russia’s top military backers since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to MoD

    According to an update provided by the Ministry of Defence yesterday, Iran has become one of Russia’s top military backers since the invasion of Ukraine began.

    The Ministry of Defence added: ”Iran’s support to the Russian military is likely to grow in the coming months: Russia is attempting to obtain more weapons, including hundreds of ballistic missiles.

    ”In return Russia is highly likely offering Iran an unprecedented level of military and technical support that is transforming their defence relationship.

    ”Russia has highly likely expended a large proportion of its stock of its own SS-26 Iskander short range ballistic missiles, which carry a 500kg warhead up to 500km.

    ”Russia succeeds in bringing a large number of Iranian ballistic missiles into service, it will likely use them to continue and expand its campaign of strikes against Ukraine’s critical national infrastructure.”

    Russia has lost over 93,000 troops

    Russian forces have lost a further 370 troops as of December 10, taking the total number of losses to over 93,000, according to Ukraine.

    Russian forces also lost a further three tanks taking the total to 2,940.

    Olena Zelenska says Ukraine are doing 'everything possible' to help children during Russia's invasion

    Taking to Twitter this evening, The First Lady of Ukraine announced that more than 30 Ukrainian children have been welcomed at Gen.Сamp in Spain.

    The camp provides a space for the children to undergo a unique rehabilitation programme in an attempt to return them a sense of security and safety after witnessing the repercussions of Putin's war.

    Zelenska said: ''This is what their loved ones would have wanted. Now we are the ones who will do it.''

    Russian drone strikes leave 1.5 million without power

    More than 1.5 million people in Ukraine’s southern Odesa region are without power after Russian drone strikes on energy infrastructure, president Volodymyr Zelensky said in a video address today.

    Zelensky said the situation “remains very difficult” in several frontline cities in eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk provinces.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Zelensky thanks Norwegian partners for providing $100 million to help restore power

      President Zelensky has taken to Twitter this evening to show his gratitude to Ukraine's Norwegian partners, as they provide the country with crucial help.

      He wrote: ''We are grateful to our Norwegian partners for providing NOK 1 billion – that's $100 million – for the restoration of our infrastructure after the Russian strikes, primarily the power supply system. I am sure that with such friends we will return power to every Ukrainian home.

      The help comes after Russia's bombardment of attacks have left many across Ukraine without power this winter.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Banksy to sell 50 ‘unique’ screenprints for Ukraine

      Banksy has revealed they have made 50 screenprints which will be sold to raise funds for a charity supporting the people of Ukraine.

      The anonymous graffiti artist announced the project with the Legacy of War Foundation on Instagram, who will be using the £5,000 from each sale to purchase vehicles to evacuate citizens from the war-torn country and provide heating to communities facing a difficult winter.

      Each print is signed and numbered and depicts a white mouse scratching out the word “fragile” which is branded across a piece of a cardboard box.

      The charity noted that each print is “unique” as during the production process, Banksy attacks each one with a sharpened pizza cutter to create the scratching effect.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Over 13,000 Ukrainian children ‘illegally deported’ to Russia, report claims

      According to a new Ukrainian report, over 13,000 children have been taken from their homes and moved to Russia since Putin’s brutal invasion began.

      This heartbreaking data, revealed by Daria Herasymchuk, Ukraine’s presidential advisor for children’s rights and rehabilitation, comes just days after the Kyiv government announced over 440 children had died during the conflict.

      “And this, unfortunately, is not the final figure,” she said.

      “We still have to learn about at least tens of thousands of Ukrainian children who were stolen by the Russian authorities.”

    • Shanine Bruder

      US approves new round of funding for Ukraine

      The United States has agreed a new $275million aid package for Ukraine.

      This round of funding will include “weapons, artillery rounds, and equipment to help Ukraine strengthen its air defence”, according to the Pentagon.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Ukraine hits Russian base injuring 150 of Putin's soldiers

      According to the Kyiv Independent, Ukraine has hit a Russian base in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, injuring 150 Russian soldiers.

      They cited the General Staff who reported on December 10 that Ukrainian forces struck a concentration of Russian troops in the temporarily occupied part of Zaporizhzhia Oblast.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Germany is providing Ukraine with 470 electricity generators 

      The Federal Technical Assistance Agency has today announced that it will provide Ukraine with 470 electric generators of different power classes.

      The cost of this is estimated at 19.5 million euros.

      150 generators are already in the country.

    • Shanine Bruder

      Missile strike threats on Ukraine's infrastructure remains in the future, according to the Armed Forces of Ukraine

      On December 10, the Armed Forces of Ukraine addressed the current situation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

      A spokesperson for the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Shtupun said: During the day, the enemy carried out 15 airstrikes, and also carried out more than 15 MLRS attacks.

      ''The threat of the enemy launching missile strikes on the objects of the energy system and critical infrastructure throughout the territory of Ukraine remains in the future.''

    • Shanine Bruder

      No casualties confirmed after Russian shelling hit a maternity ward today

      The Defence of Ukraine have confirmed that there were no casualties involved in today's shelling on a maternity ward at a hospital in Kherson.

      It comes after Russia hit the building just a few hours ago.

    • Shanine Bruder

      In pictures: Moscow turns entire city of Bakhmut to 'burnt ruins'

      Russian forces have “destroyed” the eastern Ukrainian city of Bakhmut according to President Volodymyr Zelensky.

      Ukraine’s military reported missile, rocket and airstrikes in multiple parts of the country.

      Credit: Reuters
      Credit: Reuters
      Credit: Reuters
    • Shanine Bruder

      Ukrainian refugees have created a space where they can stay in touch with their community

      A new cultural centre in East Renfrewshire has opened up to give Ukrainian refugees a place to stay in touch with their community and traditions, the BBC reports.

      The Church of Scotland donated the space in church grounds in Clarkston, allowing the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) to use it to teach English, as well as for activities like art, music and cooking.

      More than 20,000 Ukrainians have found safety in Scotland under the government's super sponsor scheme.

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