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Ukraine-Russia war live: Putin’s forces lose 1,000 soldiers in 24 hours on frontline, says Ukrainian military

Moscow has lost around 556,650 of its troops to fatalities and injuries on Ukrainian battlefield, according to Kyiv’s armed forces

Arpan Rai,Tom Watling
Friday 12 July 2024 12:15
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Russian forces have lost 1,030 soldiers killed and wounded in the past 24 hours on the war frontline in Ukraine, the Ukrainian military has said. The losses for Vladimir Putin’s troops include 48 artillery systems and 23 armoured combat vehicles, said the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s estimates of Russia’s losses since the full-scale invasion began in February 2022 find that Moscow has lost at least 556,650 of its troops to fatalities and injuries on Ukrainian battlefield.

This comes as Volodymyr Zelensky has urged his Nato allies in Washington to lift restrictions on its use of long-range weapons against targets in Russia, saying that would be “game-changer” in its war with Moscow.

Mr Zelensky’s cabinet chief Andriy Yermak told a public forum Russia had no restrictions on its use of weapons and it would be “a real game-changer” if Ukraine‘s allies could lift all limits on the use of those they supply to Ukraine.

Meanwhile, British-supplied missiles can be used by Ukraine to strike targets inside Russia, the UK has told Mr Zelensky.

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Kremlin says Orban did not tell Putin of plans to meet Trump

The Kremlin has said that Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban did not tell Russian president Vladimir Putin of his plans to meet with former US President Donald Trump, and Putin did not convey any message to Trump via Orban.

Mr Orban last week visited Russia for talks with Putin amid a flurry of travel to Ukraine and China, before this week meeting Trump in Florida.

Tom Watling12 July 2024 12:15
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Former Ukraine army chief becomes UK ambassador

The former commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian armed forces has become the country’s ambassador to the UK.

Valerii Zaluzhnyi confirmed his appointment in a message on Telegram this morning.

“The victory of Ukraine in the war with the Russian aggressor remains the main priority of my activity and the activity of the Embassy,” he said.

He posted a picture with foreign office official Victoria Busby as he handed over his credentials for the job.

Mr Zaluzhnyi was fired by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky in February this year in a move that many saw as political, as the former general enjoyed considerably more public popularity than Mr Zelensky.

Valery Zaluzhnyi is pictured with foreign office official Victoria Busby in the Ukrainian embassy
Valery Zaluzhnyi is pictured with foreign office official Victoria Busby in the Ukrainian embassy (Telegram )

Tom Watling12 July 2024 11:45
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Ukrainian air force says it downs 5 cruise missiles, 11 drones launched by Russia

Ukrainian air force said it shot down all five cruise missiles and 11 out of 19 drones launched by Russia in a statement on Friday.

Russia’s main target was the town of Starokostiantyniv, important Ukrainian air base and a frequent target of Moscow’s strikes, it added in the statement.

Tom Watling12 July 2024 11:15
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Keir Starmer defends Joe Biden’s Nato leadership after Zelensky gaffe

Starmer defends Biden’s Nato leadership after Zelensky gaffe

Joe Biden mistakenly called Ukraine’s Volodymyr Zelensky ‘President Putin’ at a Nato summit event

Tom Watling12 July 2024 10:45
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Ukraine's top prosecutor wants ICC to prosecute Kyiv hospital attack

Ukraine‘s top prosecutor has called for the International Criminal Court to prosecute Russia over a missile strike on a children’s hospital in Kyiv earlier this week.

Ukraine‘s capital suffered on Monday one of its worst days of airstrikes since the start of Russia’s war, and attacks across the country killed at least 44 people including two adults at Okhmatdyt children’s hospital, Ukrainian officials have said.

“For the sake of international justice, cases like the intentional attack on the biggest child hospital in Kyiv (are) worth lifting to the ICC,” Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin told Reuters late on Thursday in an interview in The Hague, where the ICC is based.

Moscow denies attacking the hospital and has blamed Ukrainian anti-missile fire for the hit on the clinic, which is one of Europe’s largest and treats patients with serious conditions such as cancer and kidney disease.

Tom Watling12 July 2024 10:15
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We have some photos from the frontline

Below we have some photos from the frontline published by the Russian ministry of defence.

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on July 12, 2024, Russian soldiers operate a Supercam drone in an undisclosed location
In this photo taken from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on July 12, 2024, Russian soldiers operate a Supercam drone in an undisclosed location (AP)
This photo made from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on July 12, 2024, shows FAB-500 bombs being dropped by a Russian Su-34 bomber in an undisclosed location
This photo made from video released by the Russian Defense Ministry on July 12, 2024, shows FAB-500 bombs being dropped by a Russian Su-34 bomber in an undisclosed location (AP)
Tom Watling12 July 2024 09:43
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Healey warns of ‘a decade or more’ of Russian aggression

Defence secretary John Healey has warned that the west is facing “a decade or more of growing aggression” Vladimir Putin’s Russia as Labour seeks to drawn Britain closer into EU defence arrangements.

The new defence secretary was speaking to journalists at the Nato summit in Washington DC after a series of meetings with the other 31 allies and Ukraine.

Mr Healey has committed to UK £3 billion of aid to Ukraine for the war to be transferred within the first 100 days of the government.

Healey warns of ‘decade or more’ of Russian aggression as he pushes EU military deal

Defence secretary John Healey has pledged to get £3 billion of aid to Ukraine in the first 100 days as he warns of “a decade or more” of Russian aggression

Alexander Butler12 July 2024 09:23
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Details of US aid package

Alexander Butler12 July 2024 09:19
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Hungary will not support Nato becoming an ‘anti-China’ bloc

Nato must not become an “anti-China” bloc amid rising tensions between the Western alliance and Beijing, Hungary has warned.

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto said Nato should avoid tension with China after it condemned Beijing for “enabling” Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

It comes after Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban - who has consistently delayed EU military aid to Ukraine - made a surprise visit to Beijing after similar trips to Moscow and Kyiv to discuss an immediate ceasefire.

“Nato is a defence alliance. We cannot organise it into an anti-China bloc,” Mr Szijjarto said when asked about Nato’s presence in the Indo-Pacific.

Hungary will not support Nato becoming an ‘anti-China’ bloc

It comes after Nato issued its strongest ever condemnation of China as a ‘decisive enabler’ of Putin’s war in Ukraine

Alexander Butler12 July 2024 08:30
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Ukrainian air force says it downs 5 cruise missiles, 11 drones launched by Russia

The Ukrainian air force said it shot down all five cruise missiles and 11 out of 19 drones launched by Russia in a statement on Friday.

Russia’s main target was the town of Starokostiantyniv, important Ukrainian air base and a frequent target of Moscow’s strikes, it added in the statement.

Alexander Butler12 July 2024 07:34

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