Russia Declares Open War on Ukraine And Launches Missles on Major Cities

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The death toll from a Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the east Ukrainian city of Dnipro has risen to 44, Dnipro mayor Borys Filatov has said.

“I am here. Already 44 dead,” Filatov wrote on Facebook, making clear he was visiting the scene of Saturday’s attack, Reuters reports.

Regional authorities said earlier on Tuesday that a child’s body was among the latest retrieved from the rubble
 

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Putin Ally Medvedev Warns NATO of Nuclear War if Russia is Defeated in Ukraine


Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, an ally of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, warned NATO on Thursday that the defeat of Russia in Ukraine could trigger a nuclear war.

Striking a similar tone at what he described as an anxious time for the country, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church said trying to destroy Russia would mean the end of the world.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Medvedev has repeatedly raised the threat of a nuclear apocalypse, but his admission now of the possibility of Russia's defeat indicates the level of Moscow's concern over increased Western weapons deliveries to Ukraine.

"The defeat of a nuclear power in a conventional war may trigger a nuclear war," Medvedev, who serves as deputy chairman of Putin's powerful security council, said in a post on Telegram.

"Nuclear powers have never lost major conflicts on which their fate depends," said Medvedev, who served as president from 2008 to 2012.

Medvedev said NATO and other defence leaders, due to meet at Ramstein Air Base in Germany on Friday to talk about strategy and support for the West's attempt to defeat Russia in Ukraine, should think about the risks of their policy.

Russia and the United States, by far the largest nuclear powers, hold around 90% of the world's nuclear warheads. Putin is the ultimate decision maker on the use of nuclear weapons.

Asked if Medvedev's remarks signified that Russia was escalating the crisis to a new level, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: "No, it absolutely does not mean that."

He said Medvedev's remarks were in full accordance with Russia's nuclear doctrine which allows for a nuclear strike after "aggression against the Russian Federation with conventional weapons when the very existence of the state is threatened".

While NATO has conventional military superiority over Russia, when it comes to nuclear weapons, Russia has nuclear superiority over the alliance in Europe.

Putin casts Russia's "special military operation" in Ukraine as an existential battle with an aggressive and arrogant West, and has said that Russia will use all available means to protect itself and its people.


"ALARMING TIME"

Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine has triggered one of the deadliest European conflicts since World War Two and the biggest confrontation between Moscow and the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

The United States and its allies have condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an imperial land grab, while Ukraine has vowed to fight until the last Russian soldier is ejected from its territory.

Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, said in a sermon: "We pray to the Lord that he bring the madmen to reason and help them understand that any desire to destroy Russia will mean the end of the world."

"Today is an alarming time," state news agency RIA quoted him as saying. "But we believe that the Lord will not leave Russian land."


NOT BACKING DOWN

Since a grim New Year's Eve message describing the West as Russia's true enemy in the war on Ukraine, Putin has sent several signals that Russia will not back down. He has despatched hypersonic missiles to the Atlantic and appointed his top general to run the war.

Putin said on Wednesday that Russia's powerful military-industrial complex was ramping up production and was one of the main reasons why his country would prevail in Ukraine.

Washington has not detailed in public what it would do if Putin ordered what would be the first use of nuclear weapons in war since the United States unleashed the first atomic bomb attacks on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns cautioned Putin's spy chief Sergei Naryshkin in November about the consequences of any use of nuclear weapons by Russia, U.S. officials said at the time.

Russia has 5,977 nuclear warheads while the United States has 5,428, China 350, France 290 and the United Kingdom 225, according to the Federation of American Scientists.

Medvedev, 57, who once presented himself as a reformer who was ready to work with the United States to liberalise Russia, has recast himself since the war as the most publicly hawkish member of Putin's circle.

He said that the nuclear risks of the Ukraine crisis should be obvious to any Western politicians who had "preserved at least some traces of intelligence".

 

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Ukraine’s victory is of “almost indescribable importance” Sweden’s prime minister, Ulf Kristersson, told a news conference today adding that Ukraine was fighting for the freedom of all of Europe.
 

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Berlin Agrees to Send German Leopard tanks to Ukraine, According to Reports as USA also Plants to Supply Abrams Tanks


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Good evening.

This is just from minutes ago.

Berlin has reportedly succumbed to huge international pressure and is planning to send German-manufactured tanks to Ukraine, according to media reports on Tuesday evening citing government sources.

It is reported to be planning to send a company of Leopard 2A6 battle tanks in conjunction with other partners, namely Scandinavian countries in possession of the units. Berlin is understood to have said it would give its permission for export licences for countries such as Finland, Sweden and Poland who have bought the tanks from Germany, allowing them to be sent to Ukraine.
Meanwhile the Biden administration is also finalizing plans to send US-made Abrams tanks to Ukraine and could make an announcement as soon as this week.
More updates soon.
 
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Austrian soldiers drive a Leopard tank during a military exercise in Grafenwoehr, Germany, in 2017.
 

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The German armored anti-aircraft vehicles use Swedish ammunition, and the Swedes have not authorized over 1000 rounds to be transferred.
 

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Good evening my friends and thank you for following our WW3 updates.

Plenty of war news today and It feels like a huge development in the war as it approaches nearly a year since Russia invaded Ukraine.

So let me offer you a quick recap of where things stand at the moment and what is still to come:


  • After weeks of intense pressure Germany has confirmed it will send 14 of its Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine
  • Other European countries which have the German-made tanks will also be allowed to send their vehicles to Ukraine after Germany granted permission to do so
  • German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country is one of Kyiv's leading supporters
  • President Zelensky thanked the German Chancellor during a phone call between the two leaders
  • Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described the decision as a "big step towards stopping Russia".
  • But, the Kremlin has branded the move "extremely dangerous"
  • US President Joe Biden will make an address on Ukraine at the White House at noon local time - that will be 17:00 here in the UK. He is widely expected to announce plans to send at least 30 of America's advanced combat vehicles to Ukraine
 

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Avdiivka today.

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Russia Planning 24 February Offensive, Ukrainian Defence Minister Says​


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Ukraine's defence minister has said Russia is preparing a major new offensive, and warned that it could begin as soon as 24 February.
Oleksii Reznikov said Moscow had amassed thousands of troops and could "try something" to mark the anniversary of the initial invasion last year.
The attack would also mark Russia's Defender of the Fatherland Day on 23 February, which celebrates the army.
Mr Reznikov said Moscow had mobilised some 500,000 troops for the offensive.

In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a general mobilisation of some 300,000 conscripted troops, which he said was necessary to ensure the country's "territorial integrity".
But Mr Reznikov suggested that the true figure recruited and deployed to Ukraine could be far higher.

"Officially they announced 300,000 but when we see the troops at the borders, according to our assessments it is much more," he told the French BFM network. The BBC cannot independently verify this figure.
Despite some heavy fighting in the eastern Donbas region, the war has entered something of a stalemate in recent months since Ukraine retook the southern city of Kherson.
With the exception of the Russian seizure of the town of Soledar, neither side has made major territorial advances.
But a Russian spring offensive - and a Ukrainian counter-offensive - has long been considered likely. The US-based Institute for the Study of War (ISW) recently said that Moscow could seek to "undertake a decisive action" and launch a "big offensive" in the east.
Mr Reznikov said Ukraine's commanders would seek to "stabilise the front and prepare for a counter-offensive" ahead of the rumoured Russian advance.
"I have faith that the year 2023 can be the year of military victory," he said, adding that Ukraine's forces "cannot lose the initiative" they have achieved in recent months.

 
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