Ukraine news latest: Desperate Putin trying to ‘deflect blame’ in Belarus as Russian frontline deaths approach 100,000

Britain’s Ministry of Defense has accused Vladimir Putin of “shifting the blame” because Russian losses have been put at around 100,000.

In a daily briefing, the MoD accused Putin of blaming other Russian officials for his bloody war.

The statement described a televised meeting between the dictator and senior Kremlin officials, saying: “This display is likely to heighten public discontent over Putin’s military failure, high casualty rates and deflect responsibility for the mobilization.

“The TV footage was probably designed to dispel rumors of General Gerasimov’s dismissal on social media.”

Ukrainian military sources reported 99,230 casualties as Putin’s bloody invasion entered its 300th day.

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest news…

  • Russian losses are closer to 100,000 when Putin bombs Kherson

    After yesterday’s violent Russian attacks in Kherson, the losses of Putin’s army continued to mount.

    According to Ukrainian military sources, Russian losses are 99,230.

    430 of these deaths are said to have occurred in the last 24 hours.

  • It has been reported that 450 children have died in the last 300 days

    According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner, 450 children have died since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022 – 300 days ago.

    Also, the data shows that 6,826 civilians were killed.

  • Iran has become one of Russia’s main military backers in Ukraine, says Ben Wallace

    UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said that Iran has become one of Russia’s main military backers during its invasion of Ukraine.

    In a statement in the Commons on the war in Ukraine, Mr Wallace said: ”We must not carry out reckless bombing of nuclear facilities. We need to hold their enablers accountable.

    ”Iran has become one of Russia’s main military backers. In exchange for supplying more than 300 kamikaze drones, Russia now plans to supply Iran with advanced military components, undermining both the Middle East and international security.

    ”We have to expose this deal. In fact, I have it right now”.

    Defense Secretary Ben Wallace briefed MPs in the House of Commons in London on the latest situation in Ukraine
    Defense Secretary Ben Wallace briefed MPs in the House of Commons in London on the latest situation in UkraineCredit: PA
  • Ukraine has been chosen as The Economists country of the year

    The Economist has announced the country they have chosen for the year 2022, and this year they have chosen to give the honor to Ukraine.

    The Economist said: ”This year, for the first time since we started naming countries of the year in 2013, the opportunity is clear. It can only be Ukraine”.

    Andriy Yerma, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, responded to the news and thanked the outlet for choosing his country.

  • The Russian drone strike on December 19 was the largest to date

    According to Ukrainian Air Force spokesman Yurii Ihnat, Russia’s December 19 drone strike was the largest to date.

    The attack began against Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, and Russia reportedly used 35 Iranian-made kamikaze drones.

  • Ukrainian MP says “Ukraine time” Christmas Campaign is an act of solidarity

    Ukrainian MP Lesia Vasylenko has shared a new Christmas campaign with her followers: she has called on those who can to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people.

    He said: ”On the darkest day of the year give an #hour for Ukraine. December 21, 20:00-21:00 turn off the festive lights, dim the light and give your thoughts to #Ukraine”.

  • Ukraine receives 200 million euros in aid from the Netherlands

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal today thanked the Netherlands for its support during the war.

    Taking to Twitter, Shymal wrote: ”Ukraine appreciates the support of its partners. Today we received another 200 million euros from the Dutch government to the IMF’s Managed Account.

    “Thank you to Prime Minister Mark Rutte @MinPres & @IMFNews for your support during the war. Together we will win.”

  • Ukraine’s state grid operator says it has a “significant” energy deficit

    Ukraine’s grid operator Ukrenergo has confirmed that Ukraine is facing a power shortage.

    The news comes after Russia carried out drone attacks and bombings against the country’s energy infrastructure in eastern Ukraine yesterday.

    According to Ukrenergo, it is currently meeting less than half of the electricity consumption needs of the residents of Kyiv.

  • Heavy shelling of Kherson was reported

    According to the Kyiv Independent, there has been heavy shelling in Kherson.

    The outlet quoted Yurii Sobolevskyi, deputy head of the Kherson Oblast Council, who reported that Russian troops are aggressively attacking the liberated area.

  • Today marks 300 days since the invasion of Ukraine began

    December 20, 2022 marks 300 days since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, the Defense of Ukraine wrote: ”300 days of resistance. 300 days of courage. 300 days of union. Ukraine is strong, nothing will break our spirit. we will win”.

  • Putin makes a rare admission about the “complicated” situation in Russian-occupied Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a rare admission of his country’s military challenges in the Ukraine war, the Telegraph reports.

    In a video message to Russian security services, Putin said the situation in the four Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine was “very complicated” and called on security agencies to step up efforts to identify “traitors, spies and defectors”.

    Putin’s message came a few hours before President Zelensky made a surprise visit to the city of Bakhmut today.

  • Ukraine has released about 54% of the maximum territory that was seized by Russia

    According to a report issued by the Ministry of Defense, Ukraine has released about 54% of the maximum extra territory seized by Russia since February 24, 2022.

    The Defense Ministry added: “Russia now controls about 18% of internationally recognized areas of Ukraine, including the Russian-controlled regions of Donbas and Crimea, since 2014.”

  • Zelensky shouts during his visit to Bakhmut

    After his visit to Bakhmut this morning, President Zelensky described the city’s soldiers as brave, strong and courageous.

    In the telegram, Zelenskyy wrote: “Fortress Bakhmut. Our people. Unconquered enemies. Who, by their courage, prove that we will endure and not give up what is ours.

    “Ukraine is proud of you. I’m proud of you! Thank you for the courage, resistance and strength shown in repelling the enemy’s attacks.’

  • In pictures: Zelensky visits Bakhmut troops

    As we previously reported, President Zelensky visited the city of Bakhmut in Donetsk today.

    Now, the stalwart leader has shared footage of himself meeting with Ukrainian troops stationed in the besieged city.

    Bakhmut has seen some of the fiercest fighting since the start of Russia’s invasion, often described as the “epicenter” of Putin’s war.

  • Kyiv faces “critical” energy crisis

    Authorities in Kiev have warned that the Ukrainian capital is facing a “critical” situation after the Russian bombings.

    “The electricity supply situation remains critical,” Kyiv Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram.

    “I want to emphasize that with each enemy bombardment, the complexity and duration of repairs increases.”

    According to the governor, 80% of the region is without power.

  • The Russia-Ukraine pipeline has exploded in a huge explosion

    A massive explosion hit the Urengoi-Pomary-Uzhhorod gas pipeline connecting Russia and Ukraine last night, RBC news reported.

    The explosion occurred near the city of Kazan in the Chuvash Republic of Russia.

    Three people were reportedly killed in the blast, local officials and the TASS news agency said.

  • Russia attacks more energy infrastructure overnight

    Russia launched a new wave of attacks against Ukrainian energy facilities overnight, Naftogaz energy company said.

    “Enemy missiles hit one of the facilities in the Kharkiv region. A large fire broke out at the site, which is being extinguished,” the company said in a statement.

    There were no victims.

  • Who controls what in Ukraine?

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine entered its 300th day on Tuesday, with Putin’s army losing nearly 100,000 soldiers.

    The battles continue on the front line, with a fierce battle in Donetsk.

    Taking to Twitter, the British Ministry of Defense has shared an overview of the current state of the conflict.

  • EU chief condemns Iran’s aid to Russia

    Josep Borrell denounced Iran’s aid to Russia in a tweet this morning.

    The EU foreign policy chief tweeted: “Much needed meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian in Jordan as Iran-EU relations deteriorate.

    “He stressed the need to immediately end military aid to Russia and internal repression of Iran. We must agree to keep communication open and restore the JCPOA based on the Vienna negotiations.”

    It comes after reports of Iranian drones being used to attack civilians in Ukraine.

  • Zelensky travels to Bakhmut on a surprise visit

    Today, President Zelensky traveled to the city of Bakhmut, Donetsk.

    Bakhmut has been described as the epicenter of the conflict in Ukraine, where some of the bloodiest fighting has taken place.

    Mr. Zelensky has already left the city.

  • Russian losses are closer to 100,000 when Putin bombs Kherson

    After yesterday’s violent Russian attacks in Kherson, the losses of Putin’s army continued to mount.

    According to Ukrainian military sources, Russian losses are 99,230.

    430 of these deaths are said to have occurred in the last 24 hours.

  • Putin says people in annexed areas ‘rely on Russia’s protection’

    Putin singled out those who work in the “new regions of Russia”.

    “The people who live there, the citizens of Russia, trust you, your protection,” he said.

    Putin also said that “maximum calmness, concentration of force” is needed in Russian counterintelligence operations.

    “It is necessary to strictly suppress the actions of foreign intelligence services, to quickly identify traitors, spies and saboteurs,” he added.

  • Putin says that the situation in the annexed regions is “very difficult”.

    Putin said the military situation in the four regions of Ukraine illegally annexed by Russia is “very difficult”.

    “The situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions is very difficult,” Putin said, according to Reuters.

    It comes as Russia faces strong resistance from Ukrainian forces.

  • In pictures: Residents of Kiev forced underground as Russia bombs Ukraine

    Russia fired a new wave of missiles into Ukraine over the weekend, forcing residents of Kiev to seek safety in the city’s metro system.

  • Two dead Russia hit Kherson 42 times in one day

    Moscow launched a new wave of attacks yesterday against the liberated city of Kherson.

    On December 19 alone, more than 40 missiles were launched, and the attacks left two people dead.

    Three people were also injured, according to the regional governor.

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