Russia-Ukraine war live updates: Putin forces ‘completely withdrawn’ from north as Kremlin admits ‘significant’ troop losses

Putin spokesperson claims Bucha’s atrocities were staged

According to British military intelligence, Russian troops have “completely withdrawn” from northern Ukraine as they prepare to be deployed on battlefields in the east.

In a new report, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said the troops that had occupied the northern parts of the country are now back in Belarus and Russia, with many of them expected to move east soon.

Since these troops need “significant replenishment,” their redeployment will take at least a week, the Defense Department said.

This comes after Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov admitted that Russia suffered “significant” troop losses in Ukraine.

Since the start of the war on February 24, Moscow has provided only a few updates on the death toll. The latter said 1,351 Russian soldiers had died in action. However, the Ukrainian military believes the actual number could be as high as 18,900.

Elsewhere, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the Ukrainian city of Borodyanka is “significantly more dire” than in nearby Bucha, where 320 bodies of civilians have been recovered.

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Writer calls for visa to be revoked for Ukraine after spending 11 hours on forms

A British writer who has welcomed four Ukrainian refugees into her home has urged the government to halt the visa process after it took her 11 hours to fill out the forms and nine days to bring the family to the UK.

Jane Finlay, 56, criticized the government after the difficulties it encountered in bringing a family of four women from Ukraine to the UK under the Homes for Ukraine programme.

Ms Finlay said that once she signed up for the scheme there was “no help” from the government in finding a family to live in, so she looked on Facebook where she connected with a woman named Nadia.

Nadia, whose last name has not been disclosed for security reasons, took refuge in the UK with her 16-year-old daughter, her sister-in-law and her 31-year-old niece after Russia unleashed a war with Ukraine on February 27.

Ms Finlay told the PA news agency: “It soon became clear that the application process [of the family scheme] was the only support we would get from the government.

“It’s really cynical on their behalf because there are really generous members of the British public trying to do something and the government has done absolutely nothing but set up this website where we register.

“I have a diploma, three of the family members have graduated and it still took us 11 hours to fill out the forms.”

Thomas KingsleyApr 8, 2022 08:23

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Russian troops completely withdrawn from northern Ukraine, British military intelligence reports

The Kremlin has completely withdrawn its troops from northern Ukraine, according to the latest report from British military intelligence.

The British Ministry of Defense said the soldiers are now in Belarus and Russia. Many of them will be diverted to the battlefields of eastern Ukraine, it added.

Because they need “significant replenishment,” the reshuffle will take at least a week, the Defense Department said.

Rory SullivanApr 8, 2022 07:58

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Ukraine continues with evacuation efforts

Ukraine is aiming to establish as many as 10 humanitarian corridors on Friday, the day after 4,676 civilians were evacuated from Ukrainian cities.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said the evacuation routes were all in southern and eastern Ukraine.

Detained civilians in Mariupol need private vehicles to flee the besieged city after buses failed to reach it. According to the mayor, more than 5,000 civilians were killed during the six-week siege.

Rory SullivanApr 8, 2022 07:47

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Three mass graves discovered in Bucha, says mayor

Three mass graves have been found in the Kiev suburb of Bucha after being recaptured from Russian troops, the mayor said.

Anatoly Fedoruk said 320 bodies had been recovered on Wednesday, adding that the death toll is likely to rise in the coming days.

Most of the victims had been shot, he said, with bodies “dumped like firewood” in communal graves.

This is because Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the situation in the nearby town of Borodyanka was “significantly more dire” than in Bucha.

Rory SullivanApr 8, 2022 07:40

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Russia admits ‘significant losses’ in Ukraine

As we mentioned in a previous post, Russia has admitted to having suffered “significant losses” in Ukraine.

Without specifying the number of Russian troops killed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said the losses were a “huge tragedy for us”.

Since the start of the war on February 24, Moscow has provided only a few updates on the death toll. The latter said 1,351 Russian soldiers had died in action.

However, the Ukrainian military believes the actual number could be as high as 18,900.

Rory SullivanApr 8, 2022 07:22

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EU considers €500 million to arm Ukraine

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has proposed a proposal to mobilize an additional EUR 500 million to provide Ukraine with weapons The Kiev Independent

In addition, the Canadian government announced Thursday that it will offer Ukraine up to $1 billion in new lending through the International Monetary Fund and provide an additional $500 million in military aid.

Arpan RaiApr 8, 2022 07:00

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Ukraine identifies 163 dead in Bucha

A total of 163 bodies of people killed by Russian soldiers in Bucha have been identified, the mayor of Ukraine’s Anatoliy Fedoruk said.

Officials had said they collected 320 bodies of killed Ukrainians after Russian troops left Bucha, but not before allegedly committing murders.

The mayor added that the number of bodies found in the city every day continues to grow, The Kyiv Independent reported.

Arpan RaiApr 8, 2022 06:53

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Former war crimes investigators on Ukraine war crimes: ‘A corpse talks if you ask the right questions’

A corpse can talk if you ask it the right questions, Ron Turnbull likes to say.

“These people were treated inhumanely and they will never be given a voice,” he said the independent† “Our job was to give them that voice and be able to determine how they were killed,” said the former Metropolitan Police officer.

Turnbull says it is “nonsense” to believe that the kind of murders the world has witnessed in Bucha were committed by Ukrainians on their own people.

Based on what he has seen of the incidents, does he believe they amount to war crimes?

“Without a doubt,” he says. “No doubt.”

Andrew Buncombe, chief US correspondent, reports here:

Arpan RaiApr 8, 2022 06:37

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Russia admits it suffered ‘significant losses’ after the invasion of Ukraine

Six weeks after launching a war, Russia has admitted it has suffered a “significant loss” of troops and that its offensive on the neighboring country has not progressed as desired by the Kremlin.

“We have significant losses in troops. It is a huge tragedy for us,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sky News on Thursday amid a steady push back from Ukraine.

Although Moscow has declined to release an exact number, Ukrainian authorities claim that at least 18,900 Russian soldiers have been killed in fighting on Thursday since the invasion began on February 24.

Arpan RaiApr 8, 2022 06:09

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Ukrainian leaders predict more horrific discoveries ahead

More horrific discoveries are likely to be made in the coming days as Russian troops withdraw from parts of Ukraine, the country’s leaders have predicted.

Several streets and towns in the war-torn country are now home to smashed buildings, wrecked cars covered in gray smoke and soot, and rising civilian casualties.

Despite a slump from Russia, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said the country is still vulnerable.

Grim images showed dozens of queues to receive bread, diapers and essential medicines from vans outside ruined schools that have now been converted into an aid distribution point.

Arpan RaiApr 8, 2022 05:59

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