Ukraine news live: Putin’s aides ‘afraid to tell him the truth’ as ​​Russian forces ‘exit Chernobyl’

US intelligence claims Putin was “misled” by the Russian military after backlash in Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s advisers are “afraid to tell him the truth” about his pending invasion of Ukraine, says the head of Britain’s spy agency GCHQ.

In a rare public address during a visit to Australia, Sir Jeremy Fleming is expected to say that the Russian president made a “strategic misjudgment” in launching the invasion.

He will say: “We have seen Russian soldiers – without weapons or morals – refusing to obey orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own planes. And while we believe that Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, the regime needs to be clear about what is going on and the extent of these miscalculations.”

Meanwhile, Russia’s troops have reportedly begun withdrawing from Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear power plant to advance towards Belarus.

A US official said on condition of anonymity that some Russian troops were leaving near the Chernobyl power plant, but it was not clear if the withdrawing troops would leave the exclusion zone around the power plant or the surrounding towns.

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Ukraine regains control of 3 villages from Russia

Ukrainian troops have regained control of a group of three villages in southeastern Zaporizka Oblast – Orlove, Zahradivka and Kochubeyivka The Kiev Independent this morning.

This was previously claimed in an update from the Ukrainian military on Wednesday.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:42

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The invasion of Ukraine has become Putin’s personal war – British spy chief

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has become Vladimir Putin’s personal war, British intelligence chief Jeremy Fleming said in a key speech, adding that the costs would be borne by the people of both countries.

“It all adds up to the strategic miscalculation that our leaders have warned Putin about. It has become his personal war, the cost of which will be borne by innocent people in Ukraine and, increasingly, by ordinary Russians,” Mr. Fleming said in his address.

He added that Mr Putin brought upon himself exactly what he was trying to avoid.

“The great irony, of course, is that by acting, Putin has brought upon himself exactly what he was trying to avoid – a Ukraine with a renewed sense of nationality, a more united NATO than ever, and a global coalition of nations that will support his actions judge,” he said.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:25

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Putin’s Plan B is more barbaric, says British spy chief

Jeremy Fleming delivered a rare global security speech in Canberra on Thursday, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plan is failing and his next move will be more barbaric.

“Believe it or not, it has only been 36 days since Vladimir Putin launched an unprovoked and premeditated attack on Ukraine. It was shocking in every sense of the word. But it wasn’t surprising. We’ve seen this strategy before. We’ve seen the intelligence picture build up,” the British spy chief said.

“And we are now seeing how Putin is trying to impose his plan. But it fails. And his plan B was more barbarism against civilians and cities,” he said.

The GCHQ director stated that Mr. Putin “massively misjudged the situation,” the GCHQ director said: “It is clear that he misjudged the resistance of the Ukrainian people. He underestimated the strength of the coalition his actions would shake up. He underestimated the economic consequences of the sanctions regime.”

“He overestimated his military’s ability to win a quick victory. We have seen Russian soldiers – without weapons or morals – refusing to carry out orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own plane,” Mr Fleming said in his address.

Arpan RaiMarch 31, 2022 03:17

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Russian troops leave Chernobyl

Russia’s troops have reportedly begun withdrawing from Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear site in Ukraine, while Vladimir Putin’s forces are being repositioned.

A US official told AFP that Russian soldiers are “leaving the Chernobyl facility and moving to Belarus.”

“We think they’re leaving, I can’t tell you they’re all gone,” they added.

Lamiat Sabin has the story.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 1:20 am

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British intelligence says Putin “massively misjudged” Ukraine.

British spy chief Sir Jeremy Fleming will give a rare public speech in Australia on Thursday to detail the behavior of demoralized Russian soldiers – from shooting down their own planes to sabotaging their own equipment and refusing to obey orders.

The pre-release text of his remarks, released to British media Sky News and The Guardian, claims that Russia’s cyber-attackers are “looking for targets” beyond Ukraine, in countries opposing Putin’s invasion.

He is expected to add that mercenaries from the Wagner private military group are preparing to send larger numbers of soldiers to Ukraine, which Putin would likely use as “cannon fodder” to limit military casualties.

“We have seen Russian soldiers – without weapons or morals – refusing to obey orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own planes,” he said in his comments.

“And while we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, the regime needs to be clear about what is happening and the extent of these miscalculations,” the comments continued.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 01:00

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Observe: US intelligence agencies claim Putin feels ‘misled’ by Russian military after backlash in Ukraine.

White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said the administration had “information” about the split between Putin and his advisers but had not provided the evidence underlying the claim.

“We believe that Putin is being misinformed by his advisers about how poorly the Russian military is performing and how sanctions are crippling the Russian economy because his senior advisers are too afraid to tell him the truth,” she told White House’s daily briefing.

“Thus, it is becoming increasingly clear that Putin’s war was a strategic mistake that has weakened Russia over the long term and increasingly isolated it on the world stage.”

US intelligence claims Putin was “misled” by the Russian military after backlash in Ukraine

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 00:40

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Ukrainian zoo animals at risk of starvation

Animals in zoos and parks are at risk of starvation as Russia extends its attack on Ukraine, conservationists in the country say.

Fighting and destruction have devastated areas near besieged Mariupol and Odessa on the south coast, where several reserves and animal attractions are struggling to keep their animals alive.

Jane Dalton has the story.

Justin VallejoMarch 31, 2022 00:20

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Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine continue after no progress in Turkey

Russia and Ukraine will resume peace talks online on Friday (April 1) after face-to-face negotiations in Turkey ended.

Russian and Ukrainian delegations held talks in Turkey

(Turkish Presidency via AP)

Ukraine’s chief negotiator, David Arakhamia, said in an online post that Ukraine had suggested that the two countries’ leaders should meet.

But Russia responded by saying more work needed to be done on a draft treaty, Mr Arakhamia said.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said peace talks between Ukraine and Russia would continue, “but at the moment there are only words, nothing concrete”.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said there were no signs of a change in Russia’s position.

Meanwhile, Ramzan Kadyrov – the head of Russia’s Chechen Republic – said Moscow would not make concessions in the war with Ukraine.

Lamiat SabinMarch 30, 2022 23:59

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Putin’s army ‘defies orders and sabotage equipment’ – GCHQ

Vladimir Putin’s troops are refusing to follow orders and are “sabotaging their own equipment” as morale among them is low, according to the head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency.

Sir Jeremy Fleming is expected to say in a rare public address during a visit to Australia that the Russian president made a “strategic miscalculation” in launching the invasion of Ukraine.

Sir Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ

(Joe Giddens/PA)

He is said to say: “We have seen Russian soldiers – without weapons or morals – refusing to obey orders, sabotaging their own equipment and even accidentally shooting down their own planes.

“And while we believe Putin’s advisers are afraid to tell him the truth, the regime needs to be clear about what is going on and the extent of these miscalculations.

“It all adds up to the strategic miscalculation that Western leaders have warned Putin about. It has become his personal war, the cost of which will be borne by innocent people in Ukraine and, increasingly, by ordinary Russians.”

He will also warn China not to “align too closely with Russia” amid the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Lamiat SabinMarch 30, 2022 11:30 p.m

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‘Only words’ at peace talks as Zelenskyy expects Donbass attacks

Peace talks between Ukraine and Russia are continuing, “but at the moment there are only words, nothing concrete,” said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

In a televised address, the Ukrainian President also said his armed forces are preparing for new attacks by Russia in the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine.

Archive photo by Volodymyr Zelensky

(via REUTERS)

Lamiat SabinMarch 30, 2022 11:00 p.m

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