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Ukraine war live: Putin ally Lukashenko says he warned Prigozhin to ‘beware’ of threats to his life

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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he warned Yevgeny Prigozhin of threats to his life when he marched Wagner’s mercenary chief into Moscow in June, before the plane crash in which he is believed to have died.

During the insurrection challenging Vladimir Putin’s rule in Russia, Lukashenko said he warned Prigozhin that he would “die” if he continued his march on Moscow, and said Prigozhin replied: “To hell – I will die. I will die.” “

He added that when Prigozhin and his right-hand man Dmitry Utkin, who was also listed as a passenger on the crashed Embraer Legacy 600, came to see him, he warned them: “Boys, watch out.”

This comes as the Kremlin has rejected allegations that it was behind the plane crash that supposedly killed Prigozhin, describing speculation in the West as a “total lie”.

Ukrainian Colonel-General Oleksandr Sersky, commander of the army’s ground forces, said Russia is regrouping its forces on the battle front in the Moscow-controlled eastern part of Ukraine in order to resume the offensive.

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The president of Belarus says he warned Wagner’s boss to beware of threats to his life

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said he had warned the chief of Wagner’s mercenaries, Yevgeny Prigozhin, to “beware” of threats to his life before the plane crash in which he is believed to have died.

Lukashenko said Prigozhin had twice dismissed concerns raised by the Belarusian leader about possible threats to his life.

Lukashenko said he warned Prigozhin during the rebellion that he would “die” if he continued his march on Moscow, and said Prigozhin replied: “Go to hell – I will die.” Then, Lukashenko said, when Prigozhin and his right-hand man, Dmitry Utkin, who was also listed as a passenger on the crashed Embraer Legacy 600, came to see him, he warned them both: “Boys, you’re watching.” Outside.”

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 06:04

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Boris: Putin “bandit” has committed the most heinous atrocity in our lives

The former prime minister described the downing of Wagner’s plane as a “violent liquidation” and claimed that Putin was “turning before our eyes into an Asian tyrant.”

“I can think of no other example of such ostentatious and unrestrained brutality by a world leader – not in our lifetime,” he said.

Boris Johnson called Vladimir Putin a “gangster”

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Sam RokinaAugust 26, 2023 at 09:45

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on Earth in the Battle of Robotyne

Defending Ukraine’s strategy this week, President Volodymyr Zelensky dismissed suggestions that his country’s forces were deployed too thin and reiterated his belief that Kiev would recapture all Ukrainian territory captured by Moscow.

He said two houses remain under Russian control in Robotyn: “We are fighting for them, and then we will have full control (of Ropotyn).”

Combat said that Ukrainian forces had now entered territory where there were only “Russian logistical” groups, and made it clear that he did not expect it to be so difficult to break through the Russian defenses.

He added, “We are going to liberate all our lands.”

Sam RokinaAugust 26, 2023 09:10

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Ukraine “pierces Russia’s most difficult lines of defense in the south”

A commander fighting in the south said that Ukrainian forces believed they had breached Russia’s toughest lines of defense in the south and would now be able to advance more quickly.

Kiev forces launched a counterattack in June, but well-prepared Russian defense lines, reinforced by minefields, slowed their advance south towards the Sea of ​​Azov.

On Wednesday, Ukrainian forces said they raised the national flag at the settlement of Ropotyn in the southern Zaporizhia region, about six miles south of the front-line town of Orekyev.

“We don’t stop here,” said the commander, who led some troops to Robotyn and uses the nom de guerre “Kombat.”

“After that we have (town) Berdyansk, and then some more. I immediately made it clear to my fighters: our target is not two robots, our target is (the sea of) Azov.”

Robotyn is located about 100 km from the port of Berdyansk on the shores of the Sea of ​​Azov, and 85 km from the strategic city of Melitopol. Russian forces occupy both regions after a large-scale invasion of Moscow in February last year.

Moscow has not confirmed that Ukraine has advanced in the field of Robotyne.

A member of the 47th Separate Mechanized Brigade shakes hands with a woman amid the Russian offensive in Ukraine, in Robotyn, Zaporizhia region

(47th Separate Mechanized Brigade/Handout via Reuters)

Sam RokinaAugust 26, 2023 at 08:38

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The British Ministry of Defense says that Putin’s forces are likely to step up attacks in eastern Ukraine soon

The British Ministry of Defense said that there is a realistic possibility that Russia will increase the intensity of its offensive efforts on the Kobyansk-Lyman axis during the next two months in the eastern part of Ukraine.

This will likely be the goal of advancing west to the Oskil River and creating a buffer zone around Luhansk Oblast, the ministry said in its latest intelligence update today.

As Ukraine continues to make incremental gains in the south, Russian doctrine indicates that it will attempt to regain the initiative by returning to the offensive at the operational level. The Defense Ministry said that one possible area for this is the Kobyansk Lyman.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 07:18

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Kiev: Russia will resume its offensive in eastern Ukraine after regrouping

Ukrainian Colonel-General Oleksandr Sersky, commander of the ground forces of the Russian army, said that Russia is regrouping its forces in the eastern part of Ukraine controlled by Moscow in order to resume the offensive.

Colonel General Sersky said in his telegram: “After a month of fierce fighting and heavy losses in the Kobyansk and Liman directions, the enemy is regrouping its forces and means, and at the same time expelling the newly formed brigades and divisions from the territory of the Russian Federation.” channel.

He said that the main goal of these measures is “to raise the level of combat potential and the resumption of active offensive operations.”

The commander-in-chief did not provide details of the Russian regrouping but said the forces continued heavy artillery, mortar and air strikes.

“Under these circumstances, we must immediately take all measures to strengthen our defenses on threatened lines and advance wherever possible,” said the general.

Russia captured Kobyansk, which had a pre-war population of about 27,000, in the early days of the February 2022 invasion, before Ukrainian forces regained it in a lightning attack last September that embarrassed Moscow.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 at 06:50

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The Kremlin denies any role in the plane crash that may have killed Prigozhin

Today, Friday, the Kremlin rejected allegations that it was behind a plane crash that supposedly killed the mercenary leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin.

“At the moment, of course, there is a lot of speculation about the plane crash and the tragic deaths of the plane’s passengers, including Yevgeny Prigozhin,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

“Of course, in the West these speculations are put forward under a certain angle, and they are all a complete lie.”

The 62-year-old former convict and mercenary chief was listed among those on board.

Vladimir Putin on Thursday mourned Prigozhin, whose savage fighters in Ukraine, Africa and Syria were feared even as suspicions grew that the Russian leader was behind the incident that many see as an assassination.

An initial US intelligence assessment concluded that the plane was brought down as a result of a deliberate explosion.

One of the US and Western officials describing the assessment said it concluded Prigozhin was “likely” a target and that the blast was consistent with Putin’s “long history of trying to silence his critics”.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 05:27

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The UK says Prigozhin’s possible death could destabilize his private army

LONDON (Reuters) – The supposed death of Russian mercenary leader Yevgeny Prigozhin in a plane crash could destabilize the Wagner Group, the British Ministry of Defense said, whose savage fighters feared for their presence in Ukraine, Africa and Syria staged a brief but shocking insurgency in Russia.

“It is very likely that he is already dead,” the British ministry wrote. However, she indicated that “it is known that he exercises exceptional security measures.”

Prigozhin’s death would almost certainly have a severely destabilizing effect on the Wagner Group. “His personal qualities of hyperactivity, exceptional daring, desire for results and extreme brutality permeated Wagner and are unlikely to be matched by any successor,” the ministry wrote in a statement.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 05:05

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Russia shoots down a drone near Moscow and suspends its flights

Russia reported a new drone attack on Moscow in the early hours of this morning, forcing authorities to temporarily close all three major airports serving the capital.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that air defense systems shot down a drone over the Istra district of the Moscow region. The area is located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) west of the Kremlin.

And the TASS news agency reported that three major airports in Moscow, Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo, also suspended flights for two hours yesterday.

Air attacks on Moscow and other Russian-controlled territories have intensified in recent weeks, including the interception of 42 drones over Russian-controlled Crimea on Friday — one of the largest reported air attacks since the war began.

Russia blamed Ukraine for Friday’s attack and all previous attacks, which intensified after two drones were destroyed over the Kremlin in early May.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 04:20

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Ukraine says it attacked a Russian military base in the annexed Crimea

Ukrainian intelligence officials say the country has successfully attacked a Russian military base deep in its annexed Crimea, with residents reporting casualties, explosions and road closures.

Ukrainian intelligence officials said the attack hit Russia’s 126th Coastal Defense Brigade stationed in Perevalnoye, a town more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Ukrainian-controlled territory.

“We confirm that there was a strike,” said Andrei Yusov, a spokesman for the GUR, according to Ukrainian media. La Liga. Net.

Russia announced one of the largest coordinated Ukrainian airstrikes to date over Russian-controlled territory, but said its air defense systems shot down all 42 drones attacking Crimea before they could hit their targets.

The head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, Kirillo Budanov, said of Friday’s strike: “People – not only in mainland Ukraine but also in Crimea – should remember and believe that our victory and liberation is not far off.”

The territory illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 saw local residents of Perevalnoye confirm that there were explosions from the military base, and indicated that there were casualties.

Perevalnoye residents reported, in their posts on the messaging app Telegram, that they heard explosions from the military base and reported casualties.

He added, “Two people died at the shooting range, and one of them was taken to the hospital in serious condition. “This is information from above, from the shooting range,” said a user named Abdel Hoss, whose profile picture shows a man in camouflage.

Urban RayAugust 26, 2023 at 03:55

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