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Ukraine news LATEST: Vladimir Putin’s bloodthirsty Russian forces slay heroic Brit volunteer medic on war frontline

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Ukraine news LATEST: Vladimir Putin’s bloodthirsty Russian forces slay heroic Brit volunteer medic on war frontline


CRAIG Stanley Mackintosh, 48, was reportedly killed in an ambush while serving as a volunteer medic for Ukraine.

The landscape gardener from Norfolk is believed to have been shot in the neck near the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv while attempting to save a Ukrainian fighter.

Mackintosh had always dreamed of joining the British army, but an inoperable cist near his brain meant he failed a medical examination to join up.

When news of Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion of Ukraine broke, the Norfolk-native took the opportunity to help the under-siege nation.

Mr Mackintosh is survived by two daughters and two step-daughters.

Taking to Facebook, his sister said he had “died in action saving lives as a true hero”.

She added: “He told us this would be his ‘last hurrah’ before ‘coming back to Blighty to be a gardener’ in October.

“It had always been his dream to serve in the armed forces, and watching the conflict unfold and seeing the devastation, he decided he wanted to go out to help people.

“Craig was the kind of person who would see a difficult situation and try to make someone laugh. He was a real morale booster and very funny.

“He was well-known and well-loved and earned the respect of entire villages – all he wanted to do was to help people.”

His family are currently asking for donations in order to cover the costs of bringing his body home, which is set to cost £4,100.

Read our Ukraine-Russia blog below for the latest updates…

  • Jailed Putin critic Navalny locked in ‘isolation closet’ 

    Jailed Kremlin arch-critic Alexei Navalny has been locked away in solitary confinement a day after his team published the names of 200 “warmongers” who they claim should be sanctioned.

    Speaking from his cell in the strict regime maximum security colony at Melekhovo, Navalny claimed Vladimir Putin is desperate to silence him, as he is angry the defiant list was made public.

    “I’m back in the SHU [Special Housing Unit],” Navalny wrote in an update on his Facebook profile.

    “They let me out Sunday night, and Monday afternoon they locked me up again, making no secret of the fact that I won’t be getting out of this hole again.

    “The SHU is obviously a hellish closet and is utterly unpleasant.”

    Putin’s foe said he had initially been locked away for three, then five, then seven days, and expects to remain cooped up in isolation for another 15 days because he is considered to be “too politically active for a prisoner”.

  • EU will ‘suspend agreement with Russia that eases visa issuance’

    The European Union will suspend an agreement with Russia that eases visa issuance but there will not be a blanket visa ban imposed as there is no unanimity on that, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook on Wednesday.

    He said Hungary, along with some other member states, opposed a Russian visa ban at a meeting of EU ministers in Prague.

    He said: “There won’t be a general blanket visa ban imposed for Russian citizens.”

    Adding: “Several member states have raised their voice against this, including myself.”

  • UK to donate minehunter drones to help clear Ukrainian coastline

    The Ukrainian military will also be taught how to use the state-of-the-art mine-hunting vehicles over the next few months.

    According to the Government website, the UK will send undersea six mine-hunting drones to clear the Ukrainian coastline.

    It can dive up to 100 metres to detect mines so that the Ukrainian Navy can destroy them.

  • Putin to give a statement on Gorbachev’s passing

    The Russian dictator is reportedly set to give a statement in the coming days expressing his sadness at the passing of former Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Interfax news agency that Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed “his deepest condolences” on Mikhail Gorbachev’s death.

    “Tomorrow (today) he will send a telegram of condolences to his family and friends.”

  • Russian gas deliveries to Europe halted

    Russian gas deliveries to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline have been halted today, energy operator Entsog has said.

    According to Russian energy giant Gazprom, gas will not be delivered until 1 AM GMT on September 3 due to maintenance work.

    This pause in supply comes at a time when European gas prices are skyrocketing and is likely to cause more tension between Russia and the West.

  • A visual look at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: August 31

    The Ministry of Defence has provided a visual look at the current situation in Ukraine.

    This comes just days after Ukraine launched a seemingly successful offensive against their invaders, pushing Putin’s forces in the Kherson region back.

    The war in Ukraine is nearing its 200th day, with estimates placing Russian losses at almost 48,000.

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of shelling town by Europe’s largest nuclear power plant

    Kyiv has accused Russian forces of shelling the town near Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, as the IAEA begins its investigation into the facility.

    “The Russian army is shelling Enerhodar,” said Yevhen Yevtushenko, head of Nikopol district military administration.

    14 nuclear experts are said to have arrived in Kyiv yesterday, ready to begin their study of the power plant.  

  • Putin ‘grips table & chews his lip’ during meeting as rumours of failing health continue to spread

    Images of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin “tightly gripping his desk during a meeting with one of his trusted generals” has sparked further rumours regarding the despot’s health.

    In a rare public appearance, Putin spoke with the director of the Russian National Guard, Viktor Zolotov, 68, to discuss the state of Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.

    Zolotov can be heard saying Ukrainians are welcoming the Russian invasion, despite all reports to the contrary.

    Click here to see the unsettling images of the bloodthirsty leader.

  • Zelensky offers Russia’s troops a stark warning

    As Ukraine prepares an offensive across its entire front, President Zelensky has one word of advice for Putin’s men.

    “Go home.”

    “If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,” he said in his nightly address.

    “Ukraine is taking back its own land.”

  • Putin intent on undoing Gorbachev’s work, Johnson claims

    Boris Johnson has paid tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, who has died aged 91.

    Boris hailed the former Soviet Premier but suggested Russia’s current leader is intent on undoing the positive work done under Gorbachev.

    “What I worry about today is that the current leadership in Moscow is intent on undoing the good Gorbachev did and is intent on a revenge-driven attempt to recreate that Soviet Empire,” he said.

    “And you are seeing that in Ukraine. That is the tragedy [and] something I think Gorbachev would have thought was unthinkable, unwarranted and irrational.”

  • An update on the war in Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence has provided a new update on Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

    The statement reads: “Ukrainian armoured forces have continued to assault Russia’s Southern Grouping of Forces on several axes across the south of the country since Monday.

    “Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences.

    “In line with its doctrine, Russia will likely now attempt to plug the gaps in its line using pre-designated mobile reserve units. These will likely include some of those from the Eastern Grouping of Forces.

    “Russia continues to expedite attempts to generate new reinforcements for Ukraine. Volunteer battalions of the new 3rd Army Corps had departed their home base near Moscow by 24 August, highly likely for onward deployment to Ukraine.

    “The operational effectiveness of these units is not known. The 3rd Army Corps is highly likely short of personnel and these troops have had limited training.”

  • An update on the war in Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence has provided a new update on Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.

    The statement reads: “Ukrainian armoured forces have continued to assault Russia’s Southern Grouping of Forces on several axes across the south of the country since Monday.

    “Ukrainian formations have pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defences.

    “In line with its doctrine, Russia will likely now attempt to plug the gaps in its line using pre-designated mobile reserve units. These will likely include some of those from the Eastern Grouping of Forces.

    “Russia continues to expedite attempts to generate new reinforcements for Ukraine. Volunteer battalions of the new 3rd Army Corps had departed their home base near Moscow by 24 August, highly likely for onward deployment to Ukraine.

    “The operational effectiveness of these units is not known. The 3rd Army Corps is highly likely short of personnel and these troops have had limited training.”

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency begins investigation into Europe’s largest nuclear power station

    As fears of a Chornobyl-style disaster at Europe’s largest nuclear power plant continue to grow, the International Atomic Energy Agency has begun its mission in Ukraine.

    CNN reports that 14 experts have arrived in the wartorn country, in order to examine Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant.

    Russia has refused to demilitarise the area.

  • Ukrainian ‘traitor’ MP ‘assassinated’ alongside wife whose throat was slit by ‘hit squad’

    Oleksiy Kovalyov, 33, was blasted with a pump action shotgun alongside his wife, who was stabbed to death, becoming the sixth Ukrainian accused of collaborating to be assassinated by a hit squad.

    Koyalyov had been deemed a traitor after defecting to Putin’s side.

    A popular Telegram channel run by Ukrainian journalist Andrei Tsaplienko confirmed: “The traitor, collaborator and former People’s Deputy Oleksiy Kovalyov was shot dead in his own house.

    “The occupiers have begun intensive searches and document checks. Be careful, Ukrainians.”

  • Russian troops ‘flee the frontline’ along trenches as Ukraine vows to drive them back

    This is the humiliating moment Russian troops fled the frontline along a maze of trenches as Ukraine vowed to push them back to the border.

    The embarrassing footage comes as Ukrainian defenders launched their much-anticipated counterattack in occupied Kherson overnight.

    According to officials, Ukrainian troops have broken through the first line of Russian defences in the southern city and would not stop until the invaders were driven back into Russia.

    “We will push them to the border. To our border, the line of which has not changed. The invaders know it well,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

    “If they want to survive, it is time for the Russian military to flee.”

  • Europe struggles with gas prices

    Gas prices were already high before the Ukraine war as demand soared after the lifting of Covid restrictions.

    But prices skyrocketed after the invasion because Russia is one of the world’s biggest producers.

    Continental Europe is heavily reliant in Russian gas imports, leading to fears of winter blackouts, rationing and factory closures in Germany.

    Only a tiny fraction of Britain’s gas comes directly from Russia.

    But the UK relies more on gas for generating electricity than European neighbours because it has less nuclear and renewable energy.

  • Russia bans entry to 55 military and political officials from Canada

    Russia has banned entry to 55 military and political officials from Canada in a tit-for-tat move, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

    It said the decision was taken in response to sanctions from Canada against Russian nationals.

  • Putin burns gas while families face crippling energy bill hikes

    Satellite pictures revealed Vladimir Putin is burning £8.4million of unused gas every day – while families face crippling energy bill hikes.

    Massive orange flames are seen shooting into the sky at a natural gas plant after Russia shut the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Europe.

    International gas prices rocketed after Russia invaded Ukraine, and spiked again after it shut off the undersea pipeline.

    Households across Europe face potential blackouts and energy rationing, while today the UK price cap almost doubled.

  • Russia considers doubling fines for ‘LGBT propaganda’

    Russia is considering doubling fines for exposing children to what it calls “LGBT propaganda” and making any event or act seen as promoting homosexuality an administrative offence, the text of proposed new legislation made public on Wednesday showed.

    Russia’s existing “gay propaganda” law, passed in 2013, bans any person or entity from promoting homosexual relationships to children, though lawmakers argued in July the law should be extended to include adults as well.

    Lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said: “Currently, liability only applies to LGBT propaganda among children. My colleagues on the committee and I would like to extend it to any propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations, regardless of age.”

  • Zelensky tells Russians to run for their lives

    Ukrainian President Zelensky has urged Russian soldiers to flee for their lives after his forces launched an offensive to retake southern Ukraine.

    But Moscow said it had repulsed the attack and inflicted heavy losses on Kyiv’s troops.

    Ukraine said on Monday its ground forces had gone on the offensive in the south for the first time after a long period of striking Russian supply lines, in particular bridges across the strategically-important River Dnipro, and ammunition dumps.

    “If they want to survive, it’s time for the Russian military to run away. Go home,” Zelensky said in a late night address.

  • Putin’s warped commander urges tyrant to ‘wipe out the British Isles’

    VLADIMIR Putin’s warped commander, Andrey Gurulyov, has urged the mad tyrant that he needs to “wipe out the British Isles” to win the war in Ukraine.

    The Mirror reports how Andrey Gurulyov said on Russian TV that it would be the fastest way of defeating Ukraine.

    On Russian TV, the lieutenant general said: “To serious things – London understands there is no defence against [Russian] hypersonic missiles.

    “They understand, too, that the main target isn’t Germany or France – but the British Isles.”

    Gurulyov added: “It is the closest target, it’s a nice target, which would allow [us] to change the outcome of this conflict [in Ukraine].

    “So by completely wiping out the British Isles, I think we’ll finish this story.”

    It comes as Putin has once again slashed Europe’s access to Russian gas, fueling fears the energy crisis will worsen as winter approaches.

    The Kremlin’s energy firm Gazprom has informed French energy companies that from today it is reducing gas deliveries due to a contractual disagreement.

  • Jailed Putin critic Navalny locked in ‘isolation closet’ 

    Jailed Kremlin arch-critic Alexei Navalny has been locked away in solitary confinement a day after his team published the names of 200 “warmongers” who they claim should be sanctioned.

    Speaking from his cell in the strict regime maximum security colony at Melekhovo, Navalny claimed Vladimir Putin is desperate to silence him, as he is angry the defiant list was made public.

    “I’m back in the SHU [Special Housing Unit],” Navalny wrote in an update on his Facebook profile.

    “They let me out Sunday night, and Monday afternoon they locked me up again, making no secret of the fact that I won’t be getting out of this hole again.

    “The SHU is obviously a hellish closet and is utterly unpleasant.”

    Putin’s foe said he had initially been locked away for three, then five, then seven days, and expects to remain cooped up in isolation for another 15 days because he is considered to be “too politically active for a prisoner”.

  • EU will ‘suspend agreement with Russia that eases visa issuance’

    The European Union will suspend an agreement with Russia that eases visa issuance but there will not be a blanket visa ban imposed as there is no unanimity on that, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Facebook on Wednesday.

    He said Hungary, along with some other member states, opposed a Russian visa ban at a meeting of EU ministers in Prague.

    He said: “There won’t be a general blanket visa ban imposed for Russian citizens.”

    Adding: “Several member states have raised their voice against this, including myself.”

  • Russia faces severe losses again

    Russia has lost a total of 47,900 personnel according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence.

    A further 350 Russian troops were eliminated according to reports along with 20 tanks and 18 armoured vehicles.

  • UK to donate minehunter drones to help clear Ukrainian coastline

    The Ukrainian military will also be taught how to use the state-of-the-art mine-hunting vehicles over the next few months.

    According to the Government website, the UK will send undersea six mine-hunting drones to clear the Ukrainian coastline.

    It can dive up to 100 metres to detect mines so that the Ukrainian Navy can destroy them.





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