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The Russian, named only as Misha, surrendered to Ukrainian forces after his colleagues ran away and his commander threatened to shoot him. Viktor Andrusiv, an adviser to the head of Ukraine’s interior ministry, said: “A few days ago Misha called us. We passed the information to the military intelligence. They marked the place and he arrived. The drone checked that he was alone.” Earlier on Sunday, Liz Truss warned the Russian President that sanctions will remain in place until Russia fully withdraws its troops from Ukraine. The Foreign Secretary also said Moscow would have to give guarantees there would be no further acts of aggression towards its neighbour It comes as Dmitry Medvedev, a close Putin ally, appeared to contradict his own generals about Russia’s military aims in Ukraine. The deputy head of the Russian Security Council reiterated that Moscow’s key war aim was to “de-nazify” Ukraine – the Kremlin’s code for regime change.

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Russian soldiers (Generic) (Image: Getty)

Oliver Trapnell

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Thank you for staying with us tonight.

Here’s a reminder of tonight’s biggest stories.

– Famed Stalingrad tank division reduced to smoking wreckage

– Russian military leader admits war has failed on live TV as Putin’s grip on army unravels

– Ukraine poised to unleash deadly new weapon to rain hellfire on Putin’s troops and tanks

Oliver Trapnell

Famed Stalingrad tank division reduced to smoking wreckage

Russian forces have been humiliated as Ukraine secured a significant victory on Sunday after reclaiming a town from Russian occupation and sending a forceful message back to the Kremlin.

The victory saw the Ukrainian forces destroy the famed tanks from the infamous Stalingrad tank division.

The Russian 4th Guards tank division was lorded after defeating Nazi Germany’s advances to claim Soviet territory in what is known as the deadliest battle of the Second World War.

Expert on land warfare Jack Watling stated that the retaking of the town “demonstrates that the Ukrainians are able to counter-attack” and therefore “Russia can’t assume that once they hold ground they have secured it.”

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Millie Cooke

Joe Biden warns the ‘battle for democracy’ will be long

In a speech last night, Joe Biden called the war in Ukraine “a battle for democracy”.

But he warned: “This battle will not be won in days, or months either. We need to steel ourselves for a long fight ahead.”

Biden’s impassioned speech, which drew comparisons between the invasion of Ukraine and the horrors of the Second World War, was delivered at Warsaw’s Royal Castle before hundreds of Polish elected officials, students and US embassy staff, many holding American, Polish and Ukrainian flags.

Millie Cooke

Macron hits out at Biden after POTUS brands Putin ‘butcher’ – France chief plans new talks

Emmanuel Macron has distanced himself from Joe Biden’s allegation that Vladimir Putin is a “butcher” as the French president seeks fresh talks with Russia’s leader.

Mr Macron told French radio he could not use such words because the West should not be seeking to escalate the conflict. He said: “Our aim is to stop the war without fighting one.”

He added his next phone call with Putin, to seek backing for a French-Turkish and Greek humanitarian mission to evacuate the besieged city of Mariupol, could take place on Monday or Tuesday.

Millie Cooke

Russian military leader admits war has failed on live TV as Putin’s grip on army unravels

Russian military commander Igor Girkin, also known by his military alias Igor Strelkov, has admitted that Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine has backfired.

In an astonishing set of remarks on Russian television, the army veteran and former FSB officer confirmed that Ukraine has been successful in launching a fightback against Russia, saying: “Nowhere, in any direction, has strategic success been achieved, but only operational successes.

“Moreover, the enemy is relatively successful in mobilising and beginning to counterattack. This, of course, Konashenkov never mentions in his reports.”

Igor Girkin

Russian military commander Igor Girkin has admitted that the war in Ukraine has backfired (Image: OSN)

Millie Cooke

Putin’s public image in stark contrast to pre-war persona, experts claim

Putin’s public image is in stark contrast to his pre-war persona, experts have claimed.

Body language expert Erik Bucy from Texas Tech University said: “The contrast with the Vladimir Putin of five or 10 years ago, when he was much more energetic and erect, is stark.”

He added: “He appears hunched over with a sagging posture. He appears uncomfortable, perhaps incapable of holding himself erect. He frequently looks down and to the side, addressing the table and the floor and only rarely looking up at his subordinate.

“This is an aged, bloated, physically weakened version who appears to have come out of a long bout of isolation and perhaps physical illness.”

Millie Cooke

Ukraine poised to unleash deadly new weapon to rain hellfire on Putin’s troops and tanks

UKRAINE has been provided with a new US-made weapon capable of causing serious problems for Russian troops.

The Biden administration is reportedly about to supply the Ukrainian military with 100 units of the lightweight Switchblade missile system.

The Switchblade is a baguette-sized bomb with a six-mile range and the US shipment will cost around £600 million.

The missile setup can be carried in a backpack and unlike most missiles, does not need a target before being launched.

Ukraine poised to unleash deadly new weapon to rain hellfire on Putin’s troops and tanks

Millie Cooke

Ukraine ambassador fumes at German ‘solidarity concert’ with Russians

The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany has hit out at a “solidarity concert”, claiming it featured “only Russian soloists” and “no Ukrainians”.

Ambassador Andriy Melnyk refused to attend the event, which he described as “an affront”.

The concert, organised by German President Frank Walter Steinmeier, took place earlier today.

It was organised to “condemn the attack on Ukraine and send a signal of solidarity and the shared belief in the value of freedom and self-determination”, a statement said.

Millie Cooke

Ukrainians forced to drink sewage water as harrowing impact of Russian atrocities exposed

A Ukrainian MP and the co-chair of Ukraine’s UK friendship group has revealed that people are starving and being forced to drink sewage water across the country as Russian siege tactics continue to intensify.

Despite claims that Russia is scaling back its military ambitions in Ukraine,  Lesia Vasylenko said “people are actually starving without food, and drinking sewage water.”

The desperate measures that people are taking to survive means that “there are diseases going on in these areas”, she said. 

Lesia Vasylenko

Lesia Vasylenko

A Ukrainian MP has revealed that people are being forced to drink sewage water across Ukraine (Image: GB NEWS)

John Varga

Xi loses patience with Putin as China pulls plug on £380m deal in blow to Russian economy

XI JINPING appears to have lost patience with Vladimir Putin, after a Chinese energy company cancelled a $500million (£380million) investment in Russia.

The decision will come as a huge blow to the Russian President, who had been counting on Beijing’s assistance in overcoming Western sanctions. China’s president has up until now been a staunch supporter and key ally of the Russian strongman in his fight to take on the West. Prior to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the two leaders met in Beijing ahead of the Winter Olympics, where they reaffirmed their commitment to one another.

In a joint statement both Xi and Putin declared there were “no limits” between Moscow and Beijing.

However, there are signs that Beijing may be re-evaluating its relationship with Moscow.

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John Varga

Putin trying to divide Ukraine along similar lines to North and South Korea

Vladimir Putin wants to split Ukraine into two, to create a North and South Korea equivalent on its doorstep, according to Ukraine’s military intelligence chief.

Last week, the Kremlin suggested it was scaling back its goals for Ukraine and would focus on “liberating” the Donbas.

Now a local leader in the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic has said the region could soon hold a referendum on joining Russia, just as happened in Crimea after Russia seized the Ukrainian peninsula in 2014.

Kyrylo Budanov, the head of Ukrainian military intelligence, claimed Moscow was trying to divide the country on lines similar to North and South Korea.

He wrote in a statement: “”In fact, it is an attempt to create North and South Korea in Ukraine.

He predicted Ukraine’s army would push back Russian forces.

“In addition, the season of a total Ukrainian guerrilla safari will soon begin.

“Then there will be one relevant scenario left for the Russians, how to survive.”

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin wants to split Ukraine into two (Image: Getty)

John Varga

New images show capture of Russian soldiers near Sumy

VIDEO footage posted on social media apears to show the capture of Russian soldiers after a shoot out near Sumy, in north-eastern Ukraine.

The images show a tank firing a round, as well as Ukrainian soldiers shooting at their enemy.

Later captured Russian soldiers are filmed lying face down on the ground with their hands stretched out before them.

John Varga

Russian soldier heaps humiliation on Putin as he trdes in tank for £7,500 and Ukrainian citizenship

VLADIMIR Putin suffered further humiliation after a Russian soldier traded in his tank for £7,500 and Ukrainian citizenship.

The Russian, named only as Misha, surrendered to Ukrainian forces after his colleagues ran away and his commander threatened to shoot him.

Viktor Andrusiv, an adviser to the head of Ukraine’s interior ministry, said: “A few days ago Misha called us.

“We passed the information to the military intelligence.

“They marked the place and he arrived.

“The drone checked that he was alone.”

John Varga

‘Unpredictable’ Donald Trump was ‘dangerous enemy’ to Putin, says expert -‘Was a strength’

DONALD TRUMP would have made a “very dangerous enemy” for Vladimir Putin, a political commentator has told EXPRESS.co.uk, warning the invasion of Ukraine may not have happened under such an “unpredictable leader”.

As Putin’s war has now entered its second month, Russia’s forces have reportedly been on the retreat into eastern Ukraine after Moscow claimed its “main objectives” of the first stage had “generally been accomplished”.

However, Simon Dolan, political commentator and Author of “Trump: The Hidden Halo”, believes the invasion may not have even happened in the first place had Donald Trump been voted in for a second term.

Slamming the Biden administration, Mr Dolan said the US has been much weaker on the world stage since Trump lost the presidency.

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John Varga

New images show HUGE Russian advance on Izyum

New satellite images show Russian forces advancing on the strategically important city of Izyum in eastern Ukraine.

The city is situated on the Donets River in Kharkiv Oblast and is roughly 120 kilometres southeast of Kharkiv.

If the Russians capture the city, it could enable them to cut off Ukrainian forces in the east of the country.

The new photos show a Russian tank company north of Izyum as well as tanks on the road south of the city.

In addition, self-propelled artillery were also spotted northeast of Izyum.

The images were posted to Twitter by George Barros, a leading researcher for the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

He wrote: “We received new Maxar satellite imagery that confirmed our standing @TheStudyofWar assessment for Russian advances near Izyum. Sharing some geolocated positions.”

We received new Maxar satellite imagery that confirmed our standing @TheStudyofWar assessment for Russian advances near Izyum. Sharing some geolocated positions.

Tank company in revetments north of Izyum.

Location: 49.215, 37.279

image: @Maxar pic.twitter.com/qN1Bw88gim

u2014 George Barros (@georgewbarros) March 26, 2022

John Varga

Putin in major admission West’s attempt to isolate Russia has been ‘partially effective’

VLADIMIR PUTIN has been forced to admit the West’s attempt to isolate Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine has been at least “partially effective”.

Just over a month after Vladimir Putin launched the invasion of his neighbouring country, the Kremlin has been forced to admit it was surprised by the level of sanctions imposed against it and that it had been cut off from parts of the world.

But it warned the damage of splitting further from the West was limited for Russia, given the opportunity to forge stronger relations with other nations.

The Kremlin this week accepted efforts to isolate Russia had been “partially effective”, according to Reuters.

But it added they would eventually fail due to the other partnerships Moscow can further establish.

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