Putin is recruiting the elderly to fight his war in Ukraine (Image: GETTY)
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Video footage that emerged on YouTube earlier this month shows several individuals who appear to be middle-aged and elderly men preparing to fight in Ukraine. The recruits reportedly signed an agreement with DOSAAF (Russia’s volunteer corps) to undergo a short training programme before being sent to war.
News reporter Valeria Nikolaeva said: “All these people are united by one desire – to protect their family and homeland.
“Despite the lack of combat experience, they are still ready for anything.”
The volunteers are believed to be from the far east of Russia, close to the border with North Korea.
News that Russia is recruiting older volunteers from 5,000 miles out of the conflict in Ukraine matches up with recent analysis from Richard Moore, the head of Britain’s secret intelligence service MI6.
Mr Moore said he believes Moscow’s military is “running out of steam” and even said the invasion could be paused due to a lack of available recruits.
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9 mins ago13:53 Aliss Higham
Horror as Scotland base ‘prime target’ for ‘suicidal’ Russian nuclear attackScotland could be a prime target for a nuclear attack if Russia stages an all-out nuclear war, campaigners have warned.
The west coast of Scotland would be an obvious target in nuclear war due to the large nuclear presence in the area, according to anti-nuclear campaigners. Scotland is home to Her Majesty’s Naval Base, Clyde, the location of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles, which are situated at Faslane on the Gare Loch.
Duncan Macintosh, secretary of the Renfrewshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said this week: “It would be suicidal for the Russians [to attack Britain], it would be suicidal for the whole world. But if it were to happen, surely they’d be targeting Faslane. It’s terrible to think about.
A spokesman for Renfrewshire CND said: “The dangers of a nuclear apocalypse are greater today than ever.
“Only last week nuclear warheads were transported over the Erskine Bridge and down the M8 on their way to the South of England, endangering communities all along the way.
“It is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident with release of radioactive material.”
Scotland has the UK’s nuclear weapons at Faslane (Image: GETTY)
1 hour ago12:40 Aliss Higham
Putin doesn’t have ‘what he wants yet’An expert has said the coming months will be crucial in the Russian invasion of Ukraine, with the defenders having a chance to see off the Kremlin forces if Western help continues.
2 hours ago12:26 Aliss Higham
Why did Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine?Vladimir Putin started the invasion of his southwestern neighbour on February 24, 2022.
He told the Russian people his goal was to “demilitarise and de-Nazify Ukraine”.
Putin’s declared aim was to protect people subjected to what he called eight years of bullying and genocide by Ukraine’s government.
But this escalation came after years of rhetoric claiming that Ukraine rightfully belonged to Russia.
Putin also claimed the invasion was necessary to protect Russia from the possibility of Ukraine joining the Western defensive alliance NATO.
2 hours ago12:06 Aliss Higham
Regular grain shipments – if nothing ‘goes wrong’A senior official, speaking anonymously to the Reuters news agency, has said that they expect grain exports to start daily.
The deal was brokered last week and puts an end to months of zero exports from Ukraine’s reserves travelling across the Black Sea.
They said: “The plan is for a ship to leave every day.
“If nothing goes wrong, exports will be made via one ship a day for a while.”
2 hours ago11:44 Aliss Higham
Corbyn claims sending arms to Ukraine won’t helpThe former Labour leader has said war in Ukraine could be ongoing for years and arms donations will not help the situation.
Jeremy Corbyn says ‘we might be in for years’ of a war in Ukraine 3 hours ago11:04 Aliss Higham
Russia withdrawing troops from Dontesk – Ukraine handed opportunity.According to the latest assessment from the Institute for the Study of War, Russia’s withdrawal of troops from the northern Dontesk region could give Ukraine tge opportunity to launch a counteroffensive on the Izium axis.
The latest report reads: “The Russian withdrawal of some troops from northern Donetsk Oblast will deprive the Sloviansk effort of necessary combat power, in the same way that Russian forces neglected the Zaporizhia and Kherson Oblasts fronts during offensive operations in Luhansk Oblast.”
3 hours ago10:55 Aliss Higham
Ukraine investigating 752 cases of treasonUkraine’s state security service says it is investigating 752 cases of treason and collaboration with Russia.
A statement read: “An investigation is underway into more than 600 prosecutor’s office employees who crossed the border after February 24, 2022.
“The work of detecting traitors during the war is a question of the security of our state.”
3 hours ago10:42 Aliss Higham
‘Humanitarian crisis’ on horizonA British refugee host has warned of a “humanitarian crisis” with Ukrainian refugees – watch now.
Ukraine: Refugee host warns of ‘humanitarian crisis’ in UK 4 hours ago10:28 Aliss Higham
Russia destroys HIMARS systems – Kremlin claimRussian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has claimed Russia has destroyed six US-made HIMARS missile systems since February.
Interfax reports that Mr Shoigu also said five anti-ship Harpoon missile launch systems had been destroyed in the same time period.
These claims have not been independently verified.
4 hours ago10:12 Aliss Higham
Putin and Lukashenko ‘deserve’ strikes argues politician – urges Moscow hitA former Ukraine Governor has said his country’s forces should launch preventative airstrikes into Russian territory.
Former governor of now occupied Luhansk Oblast George Tuka said: “I would very much like our American partners to stop tying us hand and foot with the demand not to shell the territory of Russia. In my opinion, the task of preventive strikes on military facilities located on the territory of both Russia and Belarus is a matter of the security of our country, and not just some political scaremongering.
“For a long time, both Russia and Belarus deserve to receive certain actions in return.”
Mr Tuka made an outlandish call to strike Russia directly, saying that he saw “no reason” why Ukraine should not strike Moscow.
He continued: “I see no reason why we should stop, that we should be stopped from doing so.”
Mr Tuka also called on Western allies to provide more weaponry to “open up new opportunities” for Ukrainian forces.
A former Ukrainian governor has said Ukraine should strike Russian territory (Image: GETTY)
4 hours ago09:57 Aliss Higham
UN Chief says world is ‘one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation’The United Nations’ secretary general, António Guterres, has said that a misunderstanding could result in nuclear destruction.
It comes as the USA, Britain and France urged Russia to stop “its dangerous nuclear rhetoric and behaviour”.
Today, humanity is just one misunderstanding, one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.
The Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is an opportunity to agree on the measures that will help avoid certain disaster. pic.twitter.com/Ht4mm7RFMj
u2014 Antu00f3nio Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 1, 2022 4 hours ago09:42 Aliss Higham
Zelensky warns Russia could challenge grain exportsGrain exports from Ukraine via the Black Sea have now resumed after months of deadlock.
But Ukraine President Zelensky has warned there should be “no illusions” over Russia potentially disrupted the renewed supply chain.
“The implementation of the initiative on the export of Ukrainian grain and other agricultural products from our ports in the Black Sea began today. The first vessel carrying 26,000 tons of corn left the port of Odesa.
As of now, it is too early to draw any conclusions and predict further events. But the port started working, the export traffic started, and this can be called the first positive signal that there is a chance to stop the spread of the food crisis in the world.
Currently, everything depends on the implementation of the security parameters of the initiative, which is the responsibility of the partners, primarily the United Nations and Turkey.
We cannot have the illusions that Russia will simply refrain from trying to disrupt Ukrainian exports.”
5 hours ago09:23 Aliss Higham
Ukraine MoD issues new Russian death tollUkraine’s Ministry of Defence has said 41,170 Russian troops have died so far in the conflict.
It also says Ukraine has destroyed more than 1,750 tanks, 4,014 armoured combat vehicles, 223 jets and 191 helicopters.
The claims have not yet been independently verified.
“Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!u2014
Let us do or die!”
Total combat losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Aug 2: pic.twitter.com/q3kmd4QVpX
u2014 Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) August 2, 2022 5 hours ago09:08 Aliss Higham
USA sending half a billion extra helpA $550 million package of support for Ukraine will “include more ammunition for the high mobility advanced rocket systems otherwise known as Himars, as well as ammunition” for artillery, national security council spokesman John Kirby said.
Since President Joe Biden took office to more than $8.8 billion has been sent to Ukraine in aid, according to the Pentagon.
The security assistance to Ukraine ud83cuddfaud83cudde6 continues, this time in the form of a $550m package including tens of thousands of rounds of artillery ammunition. We remain committed to providing Ukraine with the capabilities they need to defend their homeland. pic.twitter.com/NmKMAi5zTo
u2014 Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) August 1, 2022 5 hours ago08:57 Aliss Higham
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