Ukraine war update: Vladimir Putin’s Russian warplane accidentally bombs city of Belgorod

Putin visits Russian troops in Ukraine’s Kherson and Luhansk regions

A Russian supersonic fighter jet accidentally fired on its own city last night, causing a large explosion and damaging buildings.

“When a Sukhoi Su-34 Luftwaffe aircraft flew over the city of Belgorod, aviation munitions were accidentally shot down,” the Russian Defense Ministry said, according to the TASS news agency. It was not immediately clear what type of ammunition was being released from the jet.

Local authorities confirmed that two women were injured in the incident and some buildings were damaged.

The city of Belgorod is just east of the border with Ukraine and was previously hit by Russian misfires.

On the battlefield, a video was shared by Ukraine’s DaVinci Wolves battalion showing an armed struggle between its soldiers and Russian troops from trenches in Bakhmut.

The 11-minute video captures scenes from the bloody battle, in which bullets are fired into dug trenches as soldiers fire back at Russian positions.

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Ukraine war at the latest

* The US decision to provide Ukraine with 31 advanced M1A2 Abrams tanks will change the war but is not a silver bullet, US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Friday.

* Six German-made Leopard 2A4 tanks destined for Ukraine left Spain by ship, according to a naval surveillance website.

* Ukraine urged allies for long-range weapons, jets and ammunition as the US held a meeting at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on Friday to discuss increased support to repel the Russian invasion.

* Russia’s Defense Ministry said assault troops are fighting in the western parts of Bakhmut, the last part of the contested Ukrainian city still held by Kiev’s forces.

* Ukraine said Russian forces had made some progress in their fight over Bakhmut but the situation was under control.

Sam RkainaApril 22, 2023 08:10

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Minister: Ukraine will win the technology war

While Ukrainian and Russian troops are fighting conventional battles on the front lines, Europe’s first major war of the internet age has also sparked a technology war as both sides scramble for advantages with their drones and satellite communications.

While the two sides have kept pace with each other so far, Ukraine’s technology minister said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that he is confident his country has the motivation and capabilities to eventually outperform Russia in innovation.

Minister: Ukraine will win the technology war

While Ukrainian and Russian troops are fighting conventional battles on the front lines, Europe’s first major war of the internet age has also sparked a technology war as both sides scramble for advantages with their drones and satellite communications

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2023 6:00 am

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Zelensky says Kiev is preparing new units for the front

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address that Kiev is actively preparing new units that have not yet appeared on the front lines amid fierce fighting in Bakhmut.

Russia’s attack on Bakhmut relies heavily on the Wagner Group’s private army, whose commander Yevgeny Prigozhin on Friday expressed concern over a Ukrainian counterattack.

“Today we kill those who were trained in Ukraine, but those who come from Germany are technologically trained,” he said in an audio recording published on Telegram, an apparent reference to Ukrainians working in Germany in handling the ones provided by Abrams tanks are trained The United States.

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“The West handed over 230 tanks and 1,500 other armored vehicles. Even that is enough to put up serious resistance.”

Ukraine, he predicted, would strike when the ground hardened after spring rains.

“They will attack … they will come and try to tear us apart and we must resist,” he said.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2023 04:00

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The photo of a pregnant woman in the bombed Mariupol Maternity Hospital wins the World Press Photo Award

A heartbreaking photo of a pregnant woman in a bombed-out Mariupol maternity hospital won this year’s World Press Photo Award.

The winning photo shows 32-year-old Iryna Kalinina, an injured pregnant woman, being carried out of a maternity hospital damaged in a Russian airstrike in Mariupol in March last year.

Her baby – named Miron after the word for “peace” – was stillborn. The World Press Photo website said Kalinina died half an hour after birth.

my colleague Maroosha Muzaffar Reports:

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2023 02:00

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Six Leopard tanks left Spain en route to Ukraine

Six Leopard 2A4 tanks destined for Ukraine left Spain by ship on Friday, according to a naval surveillance website, which is part of Western military aid to Kiev’s fight against the Russian invasion.

The German-made Leopard tanks and armored personnel carriers were loaded onto a cargo ship, witnesses told Reuters. The ship will go to Poland, and the hardware will be transferred to Ukraine, which is expected to launch a counter-offensive in the spring. It was unclear when the equipment would arrive.

Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles said this month that Spain would send 10 Leopard 2A4 tanks. The military is repairing the remaining four. Spain has also trained 40 tank crew members and 15 mechanics.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2023 00:00

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Aftermath of blast as Russian warplane accidentally fires into town near Ukraine

Aftermath of blast as Russian warplane accidentally fires into town near Ukraine

A Russian warplane accidentally fired a gun at the city of Belgorod, Russia near Ukraine late Thursday, April 20, causing an explosion and damaging buildings. Local authorities reported a large explosion in the city, which is just across the border from Ukraine. The regional governor said two women were injured when a Sukhoi Su-34 Air Force plane accidentally fired aerial munitions. The Su-34 is a supersonic fighter-bomber. Video footage from the site showed piles of concrete on the street, several damaged cars and a building with broken windows. One shot showed what appeared to be an upside-down car on the roof of a store. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

Emily AtkinsonApril 21, 2023 10:00 p.m

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Watch: All NATO members agree that Ukraine will join, says Stoltenberg

All NATO members agree that Ukraine will join, says Stoltenberg

Emily AtkinsonApril 21, 2023 8:00 p.m

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Abrams tanks will make difference in Ukraine war but not silver bullet, US general says

The US decision to provide Ukraine with 31 advanced M1A2 Abrams tanks will change the war but is not a silver bullet, US Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Friday.

Milley’s comments came as the United States announced that Abrams tanks will arrive in Germany in the coming weeks to train Ukrainians.

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“I’m biased, but I think the M1 tank is the best tank in the world… I think that when the M1 tank is delivered, it will make a difference,” said Milley, the top US general, after a meeting of Ukraine’s allies at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany.

“But I also want to warn that there is no silver bullet in war.”

Emily AtkinsonApril 21, 2023 7:00 p.m

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Russian official warns of ‘uncontrollable’ arms race

A Russian official on Friday warned of an “uncontrollable” arms race by several nuclear powers, the state news agency RIA said.

“Basically, we are witnessing a missile arms race with consequences that are difficult to predict. Tens of billions of dollars are invested in improving missile technology. This process is taking on an uncontrollable character,” Ambassador at large Grigory Mashkov was quoted as saying.

RIA said Mashkov referred to China’s rapid expansion of its missile systems and the nuclear capabilities of Israel, India and Pakistan in a magazine interview.

Nuclear scientists said in January that the “doomsday clock” – a fictional measure of the risk of human extinction – is ticking closer to midnight than ever before as a result of rising nuclear tensions since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Russia has claimed four regions of Ukraine as its own territory and placed them under its nuclear umbrella, which most countries at the United Nations have condemned as illegal. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly said that Russia will use all means at its disposal to defend its “territorial integrity”.

In February, Putin announced that Moscow would suspend the New START treaty with the United States, which limits the deployment of nuclear warheads by both sides, and said Washington was trying to inflict a “strategic defeat” on Russia in Ukraine.

Earlier, RIA quoted Russia’s Foreign Ministry as saying that a “vacuum” in strategic stability could emerge once New START expires in 2026. It was not clear whether this was a statement from the ministry or a comment from Mashkov’s interview.

RIA also quoted the ministry as saying Moscow needs to build up its tactical missile capabilities, including in its Kaliningrad region, which borders NATO members Poland and Lithuania.

Emily AtkinsonApr 21, 2023 6:11 p.m

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Analysis: How “Putin’s Koch” and his Wagner Group cronies benefit from conflicts around the world

They’ve drawn the most attention in eastern Ukraine, but it seems wherever war breaks out – from Syria to Sudan – this group of mercenaries is profiting from the bloodshed. Now, leader Yevgeny Prigozhin’s split with the Kremlin could make them even more dangerous. writes World Affairs Editor Kim Sengupta.

Emily AtkinsonApril 21, 2023 5:00 p.m

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Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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