Breaking news of the war in Ukraine: Russia’s invasion could be the start of a third world war, says billionaire George Soros

President Zelensky meets US officials

The Russian invasion of Ukraine could have been the start of a third world war, billionaire George Soros has warned, saying “our civilization may not survive it”.

The 91-year-old financier told an audience in Davos that Mr Putin now believes the invasion of Ukraine was a mistake and the Russian president – who is dogged by rumors of ill health – is preparing to negotiate a truce.

As the siege entered its fourth month, the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused Russia of covering up its alleged failure in the war with “lies” saying that it was not fighting at full strength.

He claimed Russia lost nearly 30,000 Russian soldiers in the war and more than 200 planes from its fleet were shot down.

In his late-night speech, Zelenskyy urged the delivery of heavy weapons to Ukraine and pointed to the deteriorating situation in the south-eastern Donbass region.

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Significant shipments of Ukrainian grain could not be exported, claims UK

Russia’s invasion has indirectly weighed on grain prices around the world, Britain’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

“There has been no significant merchant shipping activity into or out of Odessa since the beginning of the war. Russia’s subsequent naval blockade of key Black Sea ports has discouraged the commercial shipping industry from operating in the region,” the Defense Ministry said in its latest intelligence update.

Officials said Ukraine’s “overland export mechanisms are highly unlikely to replace the lack of ship capacity caused by the Russian blockade.”

As a result, substantial stocks of Ukrainian grain remain in storage that cannot be exported, they said.

“The struggle has already indirectly put pressure on global grain prices. While the threat of Russia’s naval blockade continues to deter merchant shipping access to Ukrainian ports, the resulting supply shortages will further increase the price of many staples,” the intelligence update said.

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 6:38 am

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Twelve killed by Russian shelling in Donbass

At least 12 people were killed in shelling in the Donetsk region, the region’s regional governor said on Tuesday, as Donbass continued to reel under heavy fighting.

The governor of neighboring Luhansk, Serhii Haidai, said the separatist region was facing its “most difficult time” in eight years of conflict.

“The Russians are advancing in all directions at once. They brought over an insane number of fighters and equipment,” the governor said.

Declaring that Luhansk is becoming “like Mariupol,” Mr Haidai said, “The invaders are killing our cities and destroying everything around us.”

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 06:07

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Mariupol: 200 bodies found in rubble in basement

Ukrainian officials have confirmed the discovery of 200 bodies in a basement of an apartment building in Mariupol.

Officials said the stench enveloped the neighborhood as the bodies decomposed in the devastated city’s apartment building.

It’s not immediately clear when the bodies were discovered, but Petro Andyushchenko, an aide to the mayor, said the total number of victims found in the basement marked the incident as one of the deadliest known attacks in the conflict.

At least 21,000 people have been killed in Mariupol, Ukrainian authorities said, as they accused Moscow of secretly cremating the dead with mobile cremators and burying the dead in mass graves – which are still being discovered in parts of the country.

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 5:39 am

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Situation in Donbass “extremely difficult” – Zelenskyy

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged Ukraine to supply heavy weapons and said the south-eastern region of Donbass was deteriorating.

“Now the situation in Donbass is extremely difficult. In fact, all the strength that the Russian army has left was thrown there to attack. Lyman, Popasna, Severodonetsk, Sloviansk – the occupiers want to destroy everything there,” Mr. Zelenskyy said in a late-night speech.

He added: “But in the pauses in their conversations, we hear that they are well aware that this war makes no sense for Russia and that their army has no chance strategically.”

In search of more artillery, Zelenskyi said: “…but I keep emphasizing: the longer this war lasts, the greater the price of protecting freedom will be, not only for Ukraine, but for the whole free world.”

“Therefore, the supply of heavy weapons to Ukraine – MLRS, tanks, anti-ship and other weapons – is the best investment to maintain stability in the world and prevent many serious crises that Russia is still planning or has already provoked,” he said the Ukrainian leader said.

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 05:03

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Nearly 30,000 Russian soldiers killed in war with Ukraine – Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of covering up its alleged failure in the war with “lies” for not fighting at full strength as he announced the end of the three-month defense in his late-night address.

“Another totally inadequate statement was made today by Russia that they were allegedly intentionally “slowing down” the offensive. Well, after three months of searching for an explanation as to why they hadn’t managed to smash Ukraine in three days, they couldn’t come up with anything better than to claim that they allegedly planned it,” the Ukrainian president said .

He claimed Russia lost nearly 30,000 Russian soldiers in the war and more than 200 planes from its fleet were shot down.

“Thousands of lost Russian tanks, armored vehicles and other equipment. Russian rocket ammunition is almost completely depleted. And they want to cover it up with lies that they don’t fight with full force? Miserably. And the time will come when they will admit it themselves,” said Zelenskyy.

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 4:55 am

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Invading Ukraine could be the start of World War III, says billionaire Soros

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could mark the start of a third world war, and “civilization may not survive it,” said billionaire George Soros.

“The invasion may have been the start of World War III and our civilization may not survive it,” Mr Soros said while discussing the ongoing siege in Europe.

He warned that the best way to preserve a free society for Western nations is to defeat Vladimir Putin’s soldiers.

“The best and maybe only way to preserve our civilization is to defeat Putin as soon as possible. That’s the bottom line,” said the 91-year-old financier-turned-bogeyman of the extreme right in Davos.

He said he believes Mr Putin now believes the invasion of Ukraine was a mistake and that the Russian president – who has been dogged by rumors of ill health – is preparing to negotiate a truce.

“But the truce is unattainable because it cannot be trusted,” said the financier. “The weaker Putin gets, the more unpredictable he becomes.”

Joe Middleton has the full report here:

Arpan RaiMay 25, 2022 4:25 am

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US says 20 countries have promised advanced weapons to Ukraine

Nearly four dozen nations have pledged to offer Ukraine new weapons systems and other security support while its defense forces continue to crack down on Russian troops, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said.

Mr Austin announced the new arms transfers after a meeting of defense ministers from the 24-nation Ukraine Contact Group, where the group received a briefing from Ukraine’s Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov.

Speaking to reporters at the end of the meeting, Mr Austin said attendees “gained a sharper and shared sense of Ukraine’s priority requirements and the situation on the battlefield.”

Tom BatchelorMay 25, 2022 03:01

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Tom BatchelorMay 25, 2022 02:01

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Russia is facing default

On Wednesday, the United States blocked Russia’s last chance to repay its billions in debt to international investors.

This move makes a Russian default almost inevitable for the first time since the Bolshevik revolution.

The US Treasury Department said it has no plans to renew the license that allowed Russia to continue paying its debtors through American banks.

Since the first round of sanctions, the Treasury has licensed banks to process all dollar-denominated bond payments from Russia. This time slot expired at midnight on May 25th.

Tom BatchelorMay 25, 2022 1:01 am

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The commander of the Azov regiment lives in Russian-controlled territory, his wife says

The commander of the Azov regiment, Denys Prokopenko, lives in Russian-controlled territory, his wife said Tuesday after a brief phone call.

Kateryna Prokopenko said her husband asked her how she was, but the line went dead before he could say anything about himself.

She said the call was possible due to an agreement between the governments of Ukraine and Russia and thanks to the mediation of the Red Cross, which visited some of the Ukrainian fighters who surrendered.

Earlier this month, Russia announced its takeover of Mariupol with the surrender of militants holed up at the massive Azovstal Steelworks.

Tom Batchelor24 May 2022 23:55

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