Ukraine war latest: Putin ‘wants to destroy our lives’ Terrorised medics at hospital bombarded by shelling speak out

A UKRAINIAN hospital left in ruins due to constant Russian shelling has reopened its doors to try to help injured civilians.

One doctor, Dimitry Fedorenko, spent the first three months of the war against Ukraine sleeping on the floor of his own office in fear of Russian attacks.

The head of anaesthesiology at Mykolaiv hospital told the Guardian of one fateful night when his hospital came under fire from a barrage of missiles and flames.

Fedorenko recalled: “That was a terrible night,“very scary one for all of us, with a huge intake.”

“They are destroying hospitals, the university; schools that are empty during summer, the port and shipyards,” he said of the strikes.

“They want to destroy the fabric of our lives. They hit an oil refinery just in front of my house; even the firefighters’ training centre was hit.”

One brave paramedic, Anatoly Sobolevskiy, also said: “The army medics are in the trenches, and they usually do the primary evacuations.

“Though sometimes we have a military situation ourselves, in the red zone just near here, and find ourselves right on the frontline.”

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  • Victor Orban pays respects to Gorbachev as Putin misses funeral

    Vladimir Putin was absent at former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral on Saturday, but Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban attended the event in Moscow, Sky News reports.

  • ‘We’re not scared of Russia’, claims Ukraine’s defence ministry

    Ukraine’s defence ministry has reiterated the nation is not “Russophobic”, and instead it has “Russo-go-homia”.

    Its recent provocative tweet also claims that Russia’s army is crumbling.

  • Councils brace for uptake in homeless Ukrainian refugees

    The government has no plans for its continued Homes for Ukraine scheme despite councils preparing for an uptake of homeless refugees.

    Many local authorities fear Ukrainian families will be left homeless when the six-month arrangements end.

    61 percent of councils told The Independent during a snap-shot survey of 64 local authorities that they were concerned about an increasing number of Ukrainians presenting as homeless or being at risk of homelessness in the coming months. 

  • MOD: Ukrainian army scoring ‘tactical surprise’ in renewed offensive operations

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence said in its latest intelligence update that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been conducting fresh offensive operations in the south of Ukraine since August 29.

    One element of this offensive is a continuous advance on a broad front west of the Dnipro River, concentrating on three axes within Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast, it added.

    “The operation has limited immediate objectives, but Ukraine’s forces have likely achieved a degree of tactical surprise; exploiting poor logistics, administration and leadership in the Russian armed forces.”

  • Two experts to remain at Zaporizhzhia plant despite intense shelling

    Rafael Grossi, the head of a United Nations inspections team, said six International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) staff members remain at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

    This is despite intense shelling in the area, according to The Independent.

    Mr Grossi led a 14-person mission there recently.

  • UN experts at nuclear plant are being provided ‘misinformation’, claims Ukraine

    UN experts that have gone to analyse the damage at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station are being provided “misinformation” by Moscow, Ukraine claims.

    The experts are reportedly being “manipulated” by Russia whilst visiting Europe’s biggest nuclear power plant.

  • Gazprom shutting gas flows will trigger shortages, claims expert

    Russian energy giant Gazprom’s latest move to halt gas flows could spark mass shortages across the continent, experts claim.

    The dependence on Russian gas has left the West in a vulnerable position while stubbornly supporting Ukraine in the bloody conflict, with half of EU states already being impacted by gas shortages.

  • Putin’s false propaganda claims

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rare public appearance in front of selected high-achieving students was not short of false claims.

    As he addressed the room of children aged between nine and 12, his legs twitched.

    His ranting speech offered a twisted version of history and repeated the line that Russia and Ukraine should be one country.

  • Russia suffers significant losses

    Putin’s army has lost almost 50,000 troops since the Ukraine war began, according to reports.

    Roughly 48,700 Russians have died since the outset of the conflict.

    “We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”
    GA Douglas MacArthur.

    Total combat losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Sep 2: pic.twitter.com/kWDgUnp5PV

    — Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) September 2, 2022

  • MOD: Ukrainian army scoring ‘tactical surprise’ in renewed offensive operations

    The UK’s Ministry of Defence said in its latest intelligence update that the Ukrainian Armed Forces have been conducting fresh offensive operations in the south of Ukraine since August 29.

    One element of this offensive is a continuous advance on a broad front west of the Dnipro River, concentrating on three axes within Russian-occupied Kherson Oblast, it added.

    “The operation has limited immediate objectives, but Ukraine’s forces have likely achieved a degree of tactical surprise; exploiting poor logistics, administration and leadership in the Russian armed forces.”

  • Red cross calls for fighting to end at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

    As Russia continues to shell the area near the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the Red Cross has called for the fighting to end.

    “In the event of a nuclear leak, it will be difficult if not impossible to provide humanitarian assistance … and this is why fighting should stop.

    “The scenario could be a massive incident, and … there is very little anyone can do to mitigate the dire consequences of this.

    “It is therefore time to stop playing with fire and instead take concrete measures to protect this facility, and others like it, from military operations,” he said. “The slightest miscalculation could trigger devastation that we will regret for decades.”

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  • Ukraine offers Germany support in energy supplies

    The war torn nation has offered to sell Germany any surplus energy it has.

    News agency DPA reported that Ukraine may have extra reserves to sell to Germany.

    It already supplies Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Poland.

  • Turkish President Erdogan speaks to Putin

    Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to Vladimir Putin on the phone on Saturday.

    According to Reuters, Mr Erdogan discussed grain exports to Ukraine and said his nation could be a facilitator around the Zaporizhzhia plant.

    The pair will meet later this month in Uzbekistan.

  • Ukraine’s power plant disconnected from external power

    The power plant in Ukraine is the largest in Europe.

    Russian controlled nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhia, was disconnected to its last external power line, reports say.

    However, it is still able to run electricity through a reserve line that survived shelling in the area.

  • Olena Zelenska: While the Uk ‘counts pennies’, Ukraine ‘counts casualties’

    The Ukrainian first lady told BBC’s Laura Kuenssburg that if allies withhold aid, the Ukrainian death toll will be great.

    Olena spoke with Laura from Kyiv, for Sunday with Laura Kuessburg.

    She said: “I understand the situation is very tough.

    “But let me recall that at the time of the Covid-19 epidemic, and it’s still with us, when there were price hikes, Ukraine was affected as well.

    “The prices are going up in Ukraine as well. But in addition our people get killed.

    “So when you start counting pennies on your bank account or in your pocket, we do the same and count our casualties.”

  • Russia suffers significant losses

    Putin’s army has lost almost 50,000 troops since the Ukraine war began, according to reports.

    Roughly 48,700 Russians have died since the outset of the conflict.

    “We are not retreating – we are advancing in another direction.”
    GA Douglas MacArthur.

    Total combat losses of the enemy from Feb 24 to Sep 2: pic.twitter.com/kWDgUnp5PV

    — Defense of Ukraine (@DefenceU) September 2, 2022

  • Councils brace for uptake in homeless Ukrainian refugees

    The government has no plans for its continued Homes for Ukraine scheme despite councils preparing for an uptake of homeless refugees.

    Many local authorities fear Ukrainian families will be left homeless when the six-month arrangements end.

    61 percent of councils told The Independent during a snap-shot survey of 64 local authorities that they were concerned about an increasing number of Ukrainians presenting as homeless or being at risk of homelessness in the coming months. 

  • Victor Orban pays respects to Gorbachev as Putin misses funeral

    Vladimir Putin was absent at former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s funeral today.

    Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban attended the event in Moscow, Sky News reports.

  • Children injured in explosion accident

    A grenade launcher went off in an ammunition show.

    Reportedly the grenade launcher accidentally went off.

    It happened at a museum in Chernihiv.

    The reports are yet to be confirmed.

  • Explosions reported in south Ukraine

    The explosions were heard along the south coast of Ukraine.

    It was heard near an airfield, close to Melitopol.

    Reportedly Russian military were setting up military hardware there.

  • Gazprom to increase gas to EU via Ukraine

    The Russian energy mogul has said today that it will increase gas shipments.

    On Friday, Gazprom made an announcement, that it will not be restarting Germany’s Nord Stream 1.

    Instead, it will ship 42.7 million cubic metres of natural gas through Ukraine, Reuters reports.

  • Two experts to remain at Zaporizhzhia plant despite intense shelling

    Rafael Grossi, the head of a United Nations inspections team, said six International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) staff members remain at Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear plant.

    This is despite intense shelling in the area, according to The Independent.

    Mr Grossi led a 14-person mission there recently.

  • Putin ally’s ‘chess game with death’ warning to the West

    The US and its allies have tried to break up Russia and such attempts could lead to doomsday, former Russian President and Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

    Sky News reports that he advised the West that an attempt to push Russia towards collapse would amount to a “chess game with death”.

    He alleged that some in the West would like to “take advantage of the military conflict in Ukraine to push our country to a new twist of disintegration, do everything to paralyse Russia’s state institutions and deprive the country of efficient controls, as happened in 1991”. 

  • Putin ally’s ‘chess game with death’ warning to the West

    The US and its allies have tried to break up Russia and such attempts could lead to doomsday, former Russian President and Putin ally Dmitry Medvedev has warned.

    Sky News reports that he advised the West that an attempt to push Russia towards collapse would amount to a “chess game with death”.

    He alleged that some in the West would like to “take advantage of the military conflict in Ukraine to push our country to a new twist of disintegration, do everything to paralyse Russia’s state institutions and deprive the country of efficient controls, as happened in 1991”. 

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