Ukraine-Russia war LATEST: Bloodthirsty Putin issues CHILLING threat to Sweden as he aims 'to take back historic land' | The Sun

VLADIMIR Putin has issued a fresh chilling threat to Sweden as he compared himself to Russian tyrant Peter the Great and bragged about 'reclaiming' land in new footage.

Putin, referenced the Great Northern war which saw an anti-Sweden coalition led by Moscow during his talk to mark the 350th anniversary of Tsar Peter's birth.

Speaking to the audience with a smirk on his face, Putin said: "It seemed [Peter] was fighting with Sweden and seizing territories."

"He wasn't seizing anything! He was taking them back!" he added.

Referencing the Battle of Narva, he said: "Why did he go there? He went there to take it back and to strengthen it, that's what he was doing.

"It has fallen to us to take back and strengthen. And if we take these values as fundamental to our existence, we will prevail in the issues we are facing."

The news comes as Putin's 'brutal' battle for the key city of Severodonetsk will determine the fate of the Donbas region according to Volodymyr Zelensky.

Ukrainian forces were holding their positions in intense street fighting and under day and night shelling in Sievierodonetsk, officials said.

Russia pushes to control the bombed-out city, key to its objective of controlling eastern Ukraine.

Ukraine's Security Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said on Thursday the situation in Sievierodonetsk was "extremely complicated" and Russian forces were focusing all of their might in the area.

Read our Ukraine war live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin given ‘urgent medical help’ after being struck down by mystery illness

    Putin was given "urgent medical assistance" earlier this week after being struck down by a "sharp sickness", according to Kremlin insiders.

    Russia's president has reportedly been ordered by his doctors not to make any "lengthy" public appearances.

    Vlad is said to have fallen ill while talking to his military chiefs and suffered "sharp sickness, weakness and dizziness" as he got up from his desk after a 90-minute virtual session.

    The claims appeared on the General SVR channel on the messaging app Telegram, which is purportedly run by a Kremlin insider.

    It said that Putin "needed urgent medical assistance" from doctors.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin condemned

    Putin has been condemned by Kyiv for handing death sentence's to two British hero fighters, Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner after a show trial by a pro-Russian court in Ukraine.

    The two volunteers, were handed the death penalty by a pro-Russian military court in the separatist region of Donetsk.

    A Ukrainian foreign ministry spokesman has said the sentences should be considered null and void.

    Oleh Nikolenko told the Interfax Ukraine agency: "The so-called 'trial' of the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the occupied Ukrainian territories is worthless.

    "Such show trials put the interests of propaganda above the law and morality; they undermine the mechanisms for the return of prisoners of war. 

    "The Ukrainian Government will continue to make every effort to release all the defenders of Ukraine."

    He stressed that all foreign citizens fighting as part of Ukraine's armed forces should be considered Ukrainian military personnel, and protected as prisoners of war.

  • Louis Allwood

    Putin suffers TWO HUGE blows after Russian colonels killed

    VLADIMIR Putin has been hit by a huge blow as two colonels have been killed in Ukraine as the bloody war continues in Ukraine.

    One of the tow colonels that were killed was Russia's youngest to reach such a high rank.

    Aged only 36, Lt-Col Vadim Gerasimov, died during conflict in Ukraine, and was posthumously awarded a Hero of Russia – the country's highest honour – on Putin's orders

    The second high-ranked officer whose death was revealed today is Colonel Ruslan Shirin, a brigade commander.

    The deaths of the two high-ranking military figures mean the Kremlin has seen at least 52 colonels killed during the bloody conflict.

  • Milica Cosic

    UK 'deeply concerned' about death sentences

    The British government says it is deeply concerned that two U.K. nationals captured while fighting with the Ukrainian military have been sentenced to death.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnsons spokesman Jamie Davies said Thursday that under the Geneva Conventions prisoners of war are entitled to combatant immunity and shouldnt be exploited for political purposes.

    He said: We will continue to work with Ukrainian authorities to secure the release of any British nationals who were serving in the Ukrainian armed forces and are being held as prisoners of war.

    British Foreign Secretary Luz Truss tweeted: I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine. They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy."

  • Milica Cosic

    Abandoning Ukraine would be ‘morally repugnant’

    Abandoning Ukraine “would be morally repugnant” and we must continue to support the country “for as long as it takes” amid its war with Russia, Boris Johnson said yesterday in a speech.

    In his speech, Mr Johnson said: “Putin has made a colossal strategic error, he has fundamentally misunderstood the psychology of his opponents and what Ukraine really is.

    “He will never succeed in subduing Ukraine and the sooner he comes to that understanding the better.

    “Nor should he be allowed the partial success of swallowing some of the country as he has done before and declaring a ceasefire.

    “He would be able to continue to twist the knife in the wound and the crocodile would simply come back for more and he would be able to claim his aggression and his violence had paid off.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Putin accused of holding Ukrainians in “torture chambers”

    VLADIMIR Putin's regime is holding Ukrainian activists, journalists and prisoners of war in “torture chambers”, a Kyiv official has claimed.

    According to The New York Post, around 600 Ukrainian civilians are being held in and around the Russian-occupied city of Kherson.

    Speaking at a media briefing, Tamila Tasheva, Kyiv’s representative to Crimea, said: “According to our information, in the Kherson region there are about 600 people who are in basements, in specially equipped rooms, in torture chambers.”

    Tasheva said roughly 300 of those being held were held in the city proper, with the other 300 held in nearby locations.

  • Milica Cosic

    Sentencing of British fighters is 'latest reminder of Putin's depravity'

    Former housing minister Robert Jenrick has said that the death sentence imposed on British fighter Aiden Aslin is "the latest reminder of the depravity" of Vladimir Putin's regime.

    The former Conservative minister has called for the Russian ambassador to the UK to be summoned to the Foreign Office.

    He said: "This disgusting Soviet-era style show trial is the latest reminder of the depravity of Putin's regime.

    "Russia should be clear, they cannot treat British citizens like this and get away with it.

    "Contrary to the Kremlin's propaganda, Aiden Aslin is not a mercenary. He has been living in Ukraine and serving in its armed forces before Russia's illegal invasion and as a prisoner of war is entitled to protection under the Geneva Convention."

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine minister: Kyiv in 'no danger' but prepared

    Ukraine's interior minister said yesterday there was no imminent risk of Russians marching on Kyiv, more than 100 days after Russia invaded, but the capital would not let its guard down.

    "There is no danger of an attack on Kyiv today," Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said.

    "There is no concentration of troops near the Belarusian border, but we understand that any scenarios are possible tomorrow," he told AFP, dressed in a black military sweater, a Ukrainian flag on its right sleeve.

    "Therefore, serious training is under way — preparation of the line of defence, training of troops who will remain" in Kyiv and around the city.

    The minister also said Russian air strikes could hit at any time.

    "Any place in Ukraine can be a target for rocket fire, including Kyiv," he said.

    Targets could even include "the government quarter" and "historic centre" of the capital, he added.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kyiv seeks to build military cemetery

    Officials in Kyiv have announced their plans to establish a military cemetery in the capital. This would be made to honour those killed in the war with Russia.

    The city council will ask Ukraine’s parliament to given the green light.

    It is planned to be built near the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial, and would be a good way to ensure “honorary burials of Ukraine’s defenders,” mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

  • Milica Cosic

    Premier League suspends TV deal with Russian broadcaster

    The Premier League has suspended its six-year deal with Russian broadcaster Match TV.

    The previous deal with Russian media group Rambler was suspended in March, and was reported to be worth £43million. It had been set in place to cover the next six seasons.

    But after Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the Premier League announced at its annual general meeting that the new deal has been put on hold.

  • Milica Cosic

    Finland plans to build barriers on its border with Russia

    Finland's government plans to amend border legislation to allow the building of barriers on its eastern frontier with Russia, it said yesterday.

    Finland, which is currently applying for membership in the Western military alliance NATO, has a history of wars with Russia.

    The Finnish government has rushed to strengthen border security as it fears Russia could attempt to put pressure on Finland by sending asylum seekers to its borders – as the European Union accused Belarus of doing at the end of last year when hundreds of migrants from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa got stuck on the Polish border.

    "Later on, the government will decide on border barriers to the critical zones on the eastern border, on the basis of the Finnish Border Guard's assessment," minister of internal affairs Krista Mikkonen said in a statement.

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky calls for Russia to be expelled from UN agriculture agency

    Zelensky has called for Russia to be expelled from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization.

    Zelensky said, as quoted by the AFP news agency: "There can't be any discussion on prolonging Russia's membership in the FAO. What is there for Russia to do if they are causing hunger for at least 400 million, or potentially more than a billion people?"

    Western nations have accused Russia of creating the risk of a global famine by blocking Black Sea ports.

  • Milica Cosic

    Russia's UN ambassador says forces will control Donbas 'soon' 

    Moscow's UN ambassador Vassily Nebenzia has told the BBC that Russia will gain control of Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk regions soon.

    He added Russia is making progress in the two regions, which comprise Donbas.

    He also dismissed comments about Moscow's operation stalling, or not moving as envisaged, saying "progress is being made".

    "Nobody promised to deliver it [victory] in three or seven days."

  • Milica Cosic

    Mariupol bodies are being removed found among the rubble

    Workers are removing bodies from the ruins of high-rise buildings in the devastated port city of Mariupol.

    According to an adviser to the city's mayor hundreds of bodies are being found.

    Petro Andryushchenko spoke on Telegram of an "unending caravan of death" in the occupied port city, where between 50 and 100 bodies per block of flats are being retrieved from under the rubble and transported to morgues.

    He added that the debris of about two-fifths of buildings have been searched by the occupying forces so far.

  • Milica Cosic

    'I wish it could be different'

    British fighter Aiden Aslin, along with Shaun Pinner was handed a death sentence today by a Russian-backed court.

    Speaking to reporters following his sentencing, he said: "I was hoping the sentence would be a lot fairer judging the circumstances in which I helped the investigation and also because I surrendered to the Donetsk People's Republic. 

    "I wish it could be different but God will be the one that will judge me when the time comes."

    Mr Aslin, 28, and Mr Pinner, 48, have been accused of being mercenaries, another Russian news agency said when they were captured in Mariupol in April. 

    A Moroccan national, Saaudun Brahim, has also reportedly been sentenced to death.

  • Milica Cosic

    Zelensky's adviser: 'Kremlin must understand the price of each bloody step'

    An adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has warned against "slacking sanctions" imposed on Russia.

    In a statement on Twitter, Mykhailo Podolyak wrote: "Attempts to 'legalise' occupied territories must receive a harsh sanctions response. 

    "Kremlin must understand the price of each bloody step."

  • Milica Cosic

    Ukraine minister: Kyiv in 'no danger' but prepared

    Ukraine's interior minister said today there was no imminent risk of Russians marching on Kyiv, ore than 100 days after Russia invaded, but the capital would not let its guard down.

    "There is no danger of an attack on Kyiv today," Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said.

    "There is no concentration of troops near the Belarusian border, but we understand that any scenarios are possible tomorrow," he told AFP, dressed in a black military sweater, a Ukrainian flag on its right sleeve.

    "Therefore, serious training is under way — preparation of the line of defence, training of troops who will remain" in Kyiv and around the city.

    The minister also said Russian air strikes could hit at any time.

    "Any place in Ukraine can be a target for rocket fire, including Kyiv," he said.

    Targets could even include "the government quarter" and "historic centre" of the capital, he added.

  • Milica Cosic

    Sentencing of British fighters is 'latest reminder of Putin's depravity'

    Former housing minister Robert Jenrick has said that the death sentence imposed on British fighter Aiden Aslin is "the latest reminder of the depravity" of Vladimir Putin's regime.

    The former Conservative minister has called for the Russian ambassador to the UK to be summoned to the Foreign Office.

    He said: "This disgusting Soviet-era style show trial is the latest reminder of the depravity of Putin's regime.

    "Russia should be clear, they cannot treat British citizens like this and get away with it.

    "Contrary to the Kremlin's propaganda, Aiden Aslin is not a mercenary. He has been living in Ukraine and serving in its armed forces before Russia's illegal invasion and as a prisoner of war is entitled to protection under the Geneva Convention."

  • Milica Cosic

    Putin: Russia will not suspend oil wells despite West's import ban

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Russian companies will not block off their oil wells despite the West's efforts to lessen its dependence on energy supplies from Moscow.

    The European Union agreed last month in principle to gradually cut 90% of its oil imports from Russia by the end of this year.

    Putin said the West will not be able to completely stop using Russian energy resources over next few years.

    "As far as refusal from our energy resources is concerned, this is unlikely for the next few years, while it's not clear, what will happen during those few years.

    "That's why, no one will pour cement into the wells," Putin told a televised meeting with young entrepreneurs.

  • Milica Cosic

    USA: Ukraine forces need deliberate training on new rocket system

    Ukraine wants new Himars artillery from the United States on the battlefield now. However, the Pentagon is stressing the need for comprehensive training to make sure the long-range precision rocket systems are used effectively.

    Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley said on Wednesday that while four of the Himars systems were being prepared for Ukraine, training was focused on building one platoon at a time to operate them.

    Himars is a "very sophisticated long-range system," Milley told reporters.

    "We have to certify these guys to make sure that they know how to use the system properly."

    He said the Pentagon is coordinating closely with the Ukrainian military on preparing the teams to operate Himars — an agile, wheels-based unit that can fire 227 mm precision-guided munitions up to 80 kilometers (50 miles).

    "What we decided to do, in coordination with the Ukrainians, was to build one platoon at a time," Milley said, noting that they will have a battery in a few weeks, and that the program will build up from there.

    "We have got to start this thing with a program that is rational and deliberate," Milley said.

    "It would do no good just to throw these weapon systems into the battle. You've got to be trained on it in order to get the maximum use of the weapons."

    "If they use it properly, effectively, they'll have a very, very good effect on the battlefield," Milley added of Himars.

  • Milica Cosic

    Kyiv seeks to build military cemetery

    Officials in Kyiv have announced their plans to establish a military cemetery in the capital. This would be made to honour those killed in the war with Russia.

    The city council will ask Ukraine’s parliament to given the green light.

    It is planned to be built near the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial, and would be a good way to ensure “honorary burials of Ukraine’s defenders,” mayor Vitali Klitschko said.

  • Milica Cosic

    'Russia energy revenues may be higher now than before'

    Russia may be getting more revenue from its fossil fuel sales now than before its invasion of Ukraine.

    This is as global price increases offset the impact of import bans, U.S. energy security envoy Amos Hochstein told lawmakers during a hearing today.

  • Milica Cosic

    UK 'deeply concerned' about death sentences

    The British government says it is deeply concerned that two U.K. nationals captured while fighting with the Ukrainian military have been sentenced to death.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnsons spokesman Jamie Davies said Thursday that under the Geneva Conventions prisoners of war are entitled to combatant immunity and shouldnt be exploited for political purposes.

    He said: We will continue to work with Ukrainian authorities to secure the release of any British nationals who were serving in the Ukrainian armed forces and are being held as prisoners of war.

    British Foreign Secretary Luz Truss tweeted: I utterly condemn the sentencing of Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner held by Russian proxies in eastern Ukraine. They are prisoners of war. This is a sham judgment with absolutely no legitimacy."

    Brit fighters Aiden Aslin, left, and Shaun Pinner, right, have been sentenced to death
  • Milica Cosic

    Abandoning Ukraine would be ‘morally repugnant’

    Abandoning Ukraine “would be morally repugnant” and we must continue to support the country “for as long as it takes” amid its war with Russia, Boris Johnson said today in a speech.

    In his speech, Mr Johnson said: “Putin has made a colossal strategic error, he has fundamentally misunderstood the psychology of his opponents and what Ukraine really is.

    “He will never succeed in subduing Ukraine and the sooner he comes to that understanding the better.

    “Nor should he be allowed the partial success of swallowing some of the country as he has done before and declaring a ceasefire.

    “He would be able to continue to twist the knife in the wound and the crocodile would simply come back for more and he would be able to claim his aggression and his violence had paid off.”

  • Milica Cosic

    Russia: no agreement reached with Turkey on Ukrainian grain sale

    The Kremlin said today that no agreement had been reached to sell grain from Ukraine to Turkey- but that work on a deal was continuing.

    Moscow denies stealing the grain but the United States says there are credible reports that Russia is "pilfering" it.

    Yevgeny Balitsky, a Russian-installed official in charge of Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia region, said this week that grain had been transported from there to Crimea, en route to the Middle East.

    Asked if any deal had been reached to sell this grain to Turkey or a Middle Eastern country, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said: "So far no agreements have been reached, work is continuing."

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