Ukraine news live: Putin’s aides ‘afraid to tell him the truth’ as ​​Russian soldiers ‘walk away from Chernobyl’

US intelligence says Putin was ‘misled’ by Russian military after Ukraine setbacks

Vladimir Putin’s advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth” about his invasion of Ukraine, the head of British spy agency GCHQ has said.

In a rare public address during a visit to Australia, Sir Jeremy Fleming is set to say the Russian president made a “strategic miscalculation” in launching the invasion.

He will say: “We have seen Russian soldiers – low in weapons and low in morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft. And while we think Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what is going on and the extent of these misjudgments should be crystal clear to the regime.

Meanwhile, Russian troops have reportedly started to withdraw from the Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine to head towards Belarus.

A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some Russian troops were leaving from near the Chernobyl power plant, but it was unclear whether the departing troops were leaving the area. exclusion around the plant or surrounding towns.

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Ukraine at ‘turning point’ in war with Russia, says Zelensky

The war in Ukraine has reached a “turning point”, President Volodymyr Zelensky told his US counterpart Joe Biden as he sought more help to fight the Russian invasion.

“If we really fight together for freedom and for the defense of democracy, then we have the right to demand help in this difficult turning point. Tanks, planes, artillery systems. Freedom should not be armed worse than tyranny,” Zelensky said in his evening speech.

Mr. Zelensky also thanked the United States for an additional $500 million in aid announced on Wednesday.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 04:58

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Russia could target countries that oppose it, says British intelligence chief

The effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are spilling over to neighboring countries and Vladimir Putin is now looking to target countries that opposed Moscow’s actions, British spy chief Jeremy Fleming said on Thursday.

“Through the National Cyber ​​Security Center, which is part of GCHQ, we have seen a sustained Russian intent to disrupt Ukrainian government and military systems. We have seen what looks like a flurry of activity affecting the neighboring countries,” Fleming said.

He added: “And we have certainly seen indications suggesting that Russian cyber actors are looking for targets in countries that oppose their actions.”

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 04:45

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Half of Irpin destroyed by Russia, mayor says

The suburb of Irpin in Kyiv is half-demolished after weeks of attacks by Russian troops, Mayor Oleksander Markushyn said in a televised address.

“50% of the city and its critical infrastructure have been destroyed and the rubble has not yet been cleared,” the mayor said.

Recaptured by Ukrainian forces this week, the suburb has seen some of the deadliest attacks on the wider capital region and is now disconnected from electricity and water, with pipelines and cables damaged after the shelling by Russian forces.

Frequent shelling and artillery had shaken the ground and air in Irpin, as Ukrainians evacuating it confirmed reports of heavy shelling.

Those who had access to Irpin this week saw Ukrainian forces patrolling an abandoned ghost town of crumbling buildings, with the bodies of an old man and a woman lying in the streets.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 04:19

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Ukraine regains control of 3 Russian villages

Ukrainian troops have regained control of a cluster of three villages in southeastern Zaporizka Oblast – Orlove, Zahradivka and Kochubeyivka – reported The Kyiv Independent this morning.

This was claimed earlier in an update from the Ukrainian military for Wednesday.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:42

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The invasion of Ukraine has become Putin’s personal war

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has become Vladimir Putin’s personal war, British intelligence chief Jeremy Fleming said in a key speech, adding that the cost is being paid by people in both countries.

“All of this is on top of the strategic miscalculation that our leaders warned Putin would be. This has become his personal war, the cost of which is being paid by innocent people in Ukraine and, increasingly, by Ordinary Russians too,” Fleming said in his remarks.

He added that Mr. Putin got exactly what he was trying to avoid.

“The great irony is, of course, that by his actions Putin has won himself exactly what he was trying to avoid – a Ukraine with a renewed sense of nationhood, a more united NATO than ever, and a global coalition of nations that condemn his actions,” he said.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:25

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Putin’s Plan B has more barbarism, says UK spy chief

Jeremy Fleming gave a rare speech on global security in Canberra on Thursday and said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s scripted plan was failing and his next move would be more barbaric.

“Believe it or not, it has only been 36 days since Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked and premeditated attack on Ukraine. It was shocking in every sense of the word. But it was not surprising. We have seen this strategy before. We have seen the intelligence picture being built,” said the head of Britain’s spy service.

“And now we see Putin trying to follow through on his plan. But it is a failure. And his plan B was more barbarism against civilians and cities,” he said.

Stating that Mr Putin “massively misjudged the situation”, the GCHQ director said: “It is clear that he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people. He underestimated the strength of the coalition that his actions would galvanize. He underestimated the economic consequences of the sanctions regime.

“He overestimated the capabilities of his army to secure a quick victory. We have seen Russian soldiers – low on weapons and low on morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft,” Mr Fleming said in his remarks.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:17

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Russian troops ‘move away’ from Chernobyl

Russian troops have begun withdrawing from Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine as Vladimir Putin’s force repositions, reports say.

A US official told the AFP news agency that Russian soldiers were “moving away from the Chernobyl facility and heading towards Belarus”.

“We think they are leaving, I can’t tell you they are all gone,” they added.

Lamiat Sabin has the story.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 01:20

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UK intelligence agency says Putin ‘massively misjudged’ Ukraine

Britain’s spy chief Sir Jeremy Fleming will use a rare public address in Australia on Thursday to describe the performance of demoralized Russian soldiers – from shooting down their own aircraft and sabotaging their own equipment to refusing to carry out orders.

The pre-published text of his remarks published in UK media outlets Sky News and The Guardian claims that Russian cyber attackers are ‘looking for targets’ beyond Ukraine in countries that oppose Putin’s invasion .

He is expected to add that mercenaries from the private Wagner military group are preparing to send more people to fight in Ukraine, which Putin would likely use as “cannon fodder” to limit military casualties.

“We have seen Russian soldiers – strapped for weapons and morale – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own aircraft,” his comments read.

“And while we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, what is going on and the extent of these misjudgments should be crystal clear to the regime,” the comments continued.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 01:00

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Watch: US intelligence says Putin feels ‘misled’ by Russian military after Ukraine setbacks

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the administration had “information” about the split between Putin and his advisers, but did not present the evidence underlying the allegation.

“We believe that Putin is misinformed by his advisers about the poor performance of the Russian military and how the Russian economy is crippled by sanctions, because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth,” he said. she told House’s daily White Briefing.

“So it’s increasingly clear that Putin’s war was a strategic mistake, which left Russia weaker in the long run and increasingly isolated on the world stage.”

US intelligence says Putin was ‘misled’ by Russian military after Ukraine setbacks

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 12:40 a.m.

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Animals in Ukrainian zoos threatened with starvation

Animals in zoos and parks face starvation as Russia prolongs its attack on Ukraine, according to the country’s conservationists.

Fighting and destruction have devastated areas near beleaguered Mariupol and Odessa on the southern coast, where several wildlife reserves and attractions are struggling to keep their animals alive.

Jane Dalton has the story.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 12:20 a.m.

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