News Ukraine-Russia war – Live: Russian soldiers ‘demoralized by heavy casualties and poor leadership’

Ukrainian top general says country is preparing for Russian invasion from north

Moscow has announced the creation of two “frontline creative brigades” tasked with boosting the morale of “fragile” troops deployed in Ukraine, according to the UK’s Ministry of Defense (MoD).

“The contingent will include opera singers, actors and circus performers,” the Ministry of Defense’s daily intelligence update said, citing Russian media reports, hoping to cheer up a nation fatigued by “high casualty rates” and “inadequate leadership” on the battlefield. The morale of soldiers.

Defense officials explained on Twitter: “Fragile morale is almost certainly still a significant weakness for much of Russia’s military.

“However, soldiers’ concerns centered on very high casualty rates, poor leadership, lack of equipment and ammunition, pay issues, and unclear objectives for the war. It is unlikely that the creative team’s efforts will fundamentally alleviate these concerns.”

In other news, a senior Ukrainian general warned of a possible new Russian offensive from the north.

Major General Andrey Kovalchuk said Ukraine was preparing for another round of attacks, adding that the country needed more military support to counter Vladimir Putin’s forces.


Russian actress and poet Vera Polozkova calls Putin ‘the main madman of the 21st century’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been dubbed “the main lunatic of the 21st century” by a leading Russian actress as his war on Ukraine enters its tenth month.

Vera Polozkova, 36, expressed her feelings of “insane pain and shame” over Russia’s self-declared special military operation in Ukraine and urged her countrymen to be ready to admit, repent and stand up for Moscow “crime” atonement.

Ms Polozkova made the remarks during an interview with prominent Russian journalist and YouTuber Yury Dud, known for his series of interviews with people who have criticized Putin for his brutal attacks on Ukraine.

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emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 17:30


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emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 17:00


Zelensky calls for global peace summit

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed a global peace summit this winter, and Kyiv wants to play a video ahead of the World Cup final in Qatar, although it seems unlikely that FIFA will allow it.

CNN Reports on Friday said Mr Zelensky had asked world football’s governing body, FIFA, to allow him to share a message of peace ahead of the final.

“We offered the world a peace package. Absolutely fair. We offered it because there can be no winners in wars, there can be no draws,” he said in a video message released by his office.

“I announced my initiative to hold a summit of the global peace formula this winter. The summit will unite all the nations of the world around the cause of global peace. Stadium stands empty after games, cities empty after wars,” he said.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 16:30


Zelensky asks international court to prosecute ‘all those who start wars’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for an international tribunal to prosecute “all those who started the war”.

“The Kremlin and those who helped the leadership wage war against Ukraine should be held accountable, including propagandists and strategists who ‘imposed’ their ideology on society,” Kyiv Independent newspaper quoted Mr Zelensky as saying.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 16:00


WATCH: NASA reports Russian capsule docked to ISS is leaking fluid

NASA reports Russian capsule docked to ISS is leaking fluid

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 15:30


Thousands cut off water, power in Ukraine after Russian missile strike

Russia launched a wave of missile strikes on Friday that hit at least four cities, including Kyiv, causing a nationwide blackout.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 15:00


Zelensky uses World Cup final to condemn war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky used the World Cup final to condemn the war.

“This World Cup has proved time and time again that different countries and different peoples can decide who is the strongest in a fair competition, not in a game of fire – on a green sports field, not a red field,” Zellen said. Mr. Ski spoke in English. The video statement was released hours before the final between Argentina and France in Qatar.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 14:30


Russian shelling targets Kherson city center

Russian troops shelled the center of Kherson, the main city where Russian soldiers retreated from Ukraine last month, in one of Moscow’s biggest setbacks on the Ukrainian battlefield.

Three people were wounded in Sunday’s attack, Presidential Deputy Chief of Staff Kirillo Tymoshenko said. The southern city and its surrounding areas have come under frequent attack since Russia withdrew its troops.

Three people were killed and six wounded in 54 Russian attacks using rockets, mortars and tank fire the previous day, regional governor Yaroslav Yanusevich said.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 14:00


Russian region shelled, 1 dead, 4 wounded, governor says

Shelling in southern Russia’s Belgorod region near the Ukrainian border killed one person and wounded four on Sunday, the region’s governor said.

“Our air defense system was activated over Belgorod and the Belgorod region,” Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said.

“Four people are known to have been injured. Medical teams are taking them to hospital,” he said.

A poultry farm was damaged and the windows of several residential buildings and cars were hit, he added.

three witnesses said Reuters A huge explosion was heard in the city on Sunday.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 13:30


Scholz opens first LPG terminal in Germany

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz inaugurated Germany’s first liquefied natural gas terminal on Saturday, touting the speed at which it became operational as a signal that Europe’s largest economy will remain strong.

Three senior government officials – Scholz, Economy Minister Robert Harbeck and Finance Minister Christian Lindner – attended the inauguration ceremony in Wilhelmshaven in the North Sea, signaling Germany’s interest in several new LNG The importance of the receiving station, which is being scrambled to build in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The terminals are part of a move to prevent an energy crunch that also includes temporarily restarting old oil-fired and coal-fired power stations and extending the life of Germany’s last three nuclear plants, which were supposed to close at the end of the year until April mid.

emily atkinsonDecember 18, 2022 at 13:00

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