Ukraine-Russia war – live: US ‘to station nuclear weapons in UK’ amid Putin threat

The US is preparing to station nuclear weapons in the UK for the first time in more than a decade amid the growing threat from Russia.

Under the proposals, warheads three times as strong as the bomb which devastated Hiroshima would be based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, according to Pentagon documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

These set out plans for a “nuclear mission” to take place “imminently” at the base. The MoD said it would not confirm or deny the presence of nuclear weapons at any location.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin was accused of using Ukrainian prisoners of war as human shields on board a downed Russian military plane.

Khrystyna Hayovyshyn, Ukraine’s deputy ambassador to the UN, said it would be the first case of Russia using human shields on aircraft to cover for transportation of weaponry if it was confirmed PoWs were on board.

“Ukraine was not informed about the number of vehicles, roads and means of transportation of the captives. This alone may constitute intentional actions by Russia to endanger the lives and safety of the prisoners,” she added.

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Russian missiles hit industrial target in central Ukraine -governor

Russian missiles have struck an industrial site in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk, sparking a fire, the local governor has said.

Filip Pronin, governor of Poltava region, wrote on the Telegram messaging app that two Russian ballistic missiles have hit the target in the city.

Pictures posted online showed emergency crews battling a blaze, but Pronin provided no details of casualties.

Further southeast in Zaporizhzhia region, local governor Yuri Malashko said an infrastructure site had been hit in a drone attack. Emergency crews were at the site, but Malashko gave no details of damage or casualties.https://d-10279173173427589415.ampproject.net/2401122240000/frame.html

Tom Watling27 January 2024 22:34

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US nuclear weapons could be stationed in UK for first time in 15 years amid Russia threat

The US is preparing to station nuclear weapons in the UK for the first time in more than a decade amid a growing threat from Russia.

Under the proposals, warheads three times as strong as the bomb which devastated Hiroshima would be based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, according to Pentagon documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.

They set out plans for a “nuclear mission” to take place “imminently” at the base.

US nuclear weapons could be stationed in UK for first time in 15 years

Documents talk of a ‘nuclear mission’ that will take place imminently at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk, report says

Tom Watling27 January 2024 21:37

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Man dies after being detained in Russia’s Bashkortostan: rights group

A young man has died after being detained this month in Russia’s Bashkortostan region after it was jolted by a series of rare protests, a rights group said on Saturday.

OVD-Info, which reports on freedom of assembly in Russia, quoted a relative as saying that Rifat Dautov had not taken part in demonstrations called to denounce the jailing of an activist, Fail Alsynov, defending the local language and culture.

Dautov was detained briefly in Ufa, chief town of the region in Russia’s Urals mountains, on the day of a protest and later in a town to the south where he was taken away by a group of men identifying themselves as police.

Local authorities subsequently said he had died but granted his family no access to the morgue. OVD-Info quoted local media as saying Dautov fell ill while being transported to a courthouse and medics pronounced him dead.

Police used tear gas and batons to break up a demonstration in a small town in Bashkortostan to denounce the sentencing of activist Fail Alsynov to four years in a penal colony.

Tom Watling27 January 2024 21:01

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Putin looks to blame Ukraine for Russian military plane crash as Kyiv calls for international investigation

Russian President Vladimir Putin said a Russian military plane that crashed near the border with Ukraine on Wednesday was shot down by Ukrainian air defences, whether on purpose or by mistake.

Moscow accuses Kyiv of downing the Ilyushin Il-76 plane in Russia’s Belgorod region and killing 74 people on board, including 65 captured Ukrainian soldiers en route to be swapped for Russian PoWs. It has not presented proof.

Kyiv has neither confirmed nor denied that its forces downed the aircraft and said there is no proof of who was on board. It has challenged details of Moscow’s account and called for an international investigation.

Putin blames Ukraine for Russian military plane crash as Kyiv calls for investigation

Some 74 people were killed when a Russian Ilyushin Il-76 plane was downed close to Belgorod, a city in southwest Russia

Tom Watling27 January 2024 20:04

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Ukraine says there’s no evidence for Russia’s claim that dozens of POWs died in a plane crash

Officials in Ukraine said Russia has provided no credible evidence to back its claims that their own forces shot down a military transport plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war who were to be swapped for Russian POWs.

The Ukrainian agency that deals with prisoner exchanges said late Friday that Russian officials had “with great delay” provided it with a list of the 65 Ukrainians who Moscow said had died in the Wednesday plane crash in Russia’s Belgorod region.

Ukraine says there’s no evidence for Russia’s claim that dozens of POWs died in a plane crash

Officials in Ukraine say Russia has provided no credible evidence to back its claims that their own forces shot down a military transport plane carrying Ukrainian prisoners of war who were to be swapped for Russian POWs

Tom Watling27 January 2024 19:43

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Oscar-nominated Mstyslav Chernov: This is not for me, this is for the Ukrainian people of Mariupol

The Independent sat down with Ukrainian war photographer Mstyslav Chernov, who has just been nominated for an Oscar for his documentary 20 Days in Mariupol.

Oscar-nominated Mstyslav Chernov: This is not for me, this is for Mariupol

Ukrainian documentary 20 Days in Mariupol has been nominated for Best documentary feature film at the 2024 Academy Awards

Tom Watling27 January 2024 19:00

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Russia’s Putin derides ‘Russophobia’ in Europe at World War Two memorial

Russian President Vladimir Putin has castigated Europe for “Russophobia” and criticised the Baltic States over human rights at the unveiling of a World War Two memorial.

Since he sent Russian troops into Ukraine nearly two years ago, Putin has been making comparisons with the fight against the Nazis in order to rally his nation.

“The regime in Kyiv exalts Hitler’s accomplices, the SS men … In a number of European countries, Russophobia is promoted as state policy,” Putin said in the Leningrad region for the 80th anniversary of the end of the Nazi siege.

The Germans’ aims then were to steal the Soviet Union’s resources and eliminate its people, he said.

Ukraine, which was part of the Soviet Union and itself suffered devastation at the hands of Hitler’s forces, rejects comparisons as spurious pretexts for a war of conquest.

In his speech, Putin also lambasted the Baltic States over human rights. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – ruled from Moscow during the Cold War but now members of the European Union and NATO military alliance – have been among the strongest critics of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“In the Baltic states, tens of thousands of people are declared subhuman, deprived of their most basic rights, and subjected to persecution,” Putin said, referring to migration crackdowns. Moscow has repeatedly accused the Baltic nations of xenophobia and treating Russian minorities as “second-class”.

Tom Watling27 January 2024 18:30

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ICYMI: Britons face call-up to fight in the armed forces if UK goes to war with Russia, top army chief warns

Britain must be prepared to form a “citizen army” of tens of thousands in the event of war with countries such as Russia, the head of the army has warned in an ominous intervention.

General Sir Patrick Sanders said that his forces, including all reserves, would not be large enough to defend the country if there was a war, and it was now essential for Britain to lay the foundations for “national mobilisation”.

Speaking at a conference on armoured warfare in southwest London, Gen Sanders said that within three years Britain should be able to increase its army to 120,000, including regular soldiers, reserves and a “strategic reserve” group – which is understood to mean retired troops who have been recalled.

Full report:

Britons face call-up to armed forces if UK goes to war with Russia, army chief says

British men and women should be prepared for a “whole-of-nation undertaking” if Nato goes to war with Russia, warns the head of the British army

Matt Mathers27 January 2024 18:00

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ICYMI: Nazi crimes will never be forgotten – Zelensky

Nazi crimes “will never be forgotten”, Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky has said in a Holocaust Memorial Day message.

“The manmade disaster that claimed the lives of millions of innocent people.

“Six million Jews were killed…Every new generation must learn the truth about the Holocaust. Human life must remain the highest value for all nations in the world.”https://d-10279173173427589415.ampproject.net/2401122240000/frame.html

Matt Mathers27 January 2024 17:00

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Is the West really looking at a Third World War?

The chief of the general staff and head of the army, General Sir Patrick Sanders, has given a valedictory address in which he describes the current population of the UK as a “pre-war generation”, and one that must now get ready to take “preparatory steps to enable placing our societies on a war footing”.

A “national mobilisation” against Vladimir Putin’s Russia is the sort of language that would have been unthinkable, if not alarmist or satirical, only a few years ago, but the full-scale invasion of Ukraine and a consistently bellicose stance from the Kremlin has suddenly made such notions mainstream.

As the head of Britain’s army says the nation must prepare for conflict on a global scale, Sean O’Grady asks if he is right:

Is the West really looking at a Third World War?

As the head of Britain’s army says the nation must prepare for conflict on a global scale, Sean O’Grady asks if he is right

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