Unleash nuclear weapons on Ukraine in wake of defeat in Lyman, Chechen warlord tells Putin

Senior Conservative MPs said the threat should be taken seriously.  Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader who is a candidate to be the next chair of the foreign affairs select committee, told The Telegraph: “He wouldn’t be saying this if he hadn’t been authorised by Putin.” He said that Russian military tactics had … Read more

Russia kidnaps head of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

The head of Ukraine’s occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station has been kidnapped by Russian forces, the state-owned company in charge of the plant said on Saturday. Ihor Murashov was abducted on his way from Europe’s largest nuclear plant to the town of Enerhodar on Friday afternoon, the head of Energoatom Petro Kotin said in a … Read more

Meet the mayor who liberated his mother – and his village – from Russian occupation

The soldiers were promptly evicted – although Mr Zadorenko says they took the oven, the television, and drinks cabinet with them. “I’m in charge around here. If any others give you trouble,” said the apologetic Russian commander, “just give them this password: Crimea five.” A month later, when an aggressive drunken soldier barged into her … Read more

Children’s magician on trial for raping or assaulting 27 boys and girls

A children’s magician is on trial for raping or assaulting 27 boys and girls after befriending their families and wowing them with his tricks as a means to find time alone with his victims. Parents and several victims attended the trial behind closed doors at the criminal court on Friday in Rennes, Brittany. Sébastien C, … Read more

Iranian woman pictured dining without a headscarf thrown in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s old jail

Iran has arrested a young woman who defied morality police by eating in a restaurant without wearing a hijab, in an image that went viral on social media and inspired thousands of anti-regime protesters. The photograph showed Donya Rad eating breakfast in a restaurant in Tehran, alongside a female friend who was also not wearing … Read more

Russia could carry out attacks in space, warns British Armed Forces head Tony Radakin

He cited the diplomatic response seen since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, with the majority of western nations “deploring” Mr Putin’s behaviour. “Countries are adjusting their energy policies so that they buy less energy from Russia this year and they will look to wean themselves off Russian energy in future years,” he said. “That’s important … Read more

Why Liz Truss is right to go to first meeting of Macron’s ‘shadow EU’

What on Earth is the Prime Minister doing getting enmeshed in one of Emmanuel Macron’s grand visions for Europe? Liz Truss joining the first meeting of the European Political Community (EPC) of EU and non-EU nations isn’t betraying Brexit –  it is common sense and good politics.  The French president’s pet project was dismissed by … Read more

Putin’s endgame is an act of military self-destruction

Standing in front of enormous Russian Federation flags and behind his little white podium yesterday, it was difficult to fathom what was going on in Vladimir Putin’s mind, behind his inscrutable facial demeanour. Announcing the annexation of four Ukrainian regions might be seen by some of his Russian faithful as something of a triumph or … Read more

Nato backs Ukraine to retake annexed territory after Putin boasts its citizens are now his ‘forever’

Kyiv instantly rejected Russia’s offer of peace talks, insisting it would not come to the negotiating table while Mr Putin was still in charge of Russia. In response to the annexations, Volodymyr Zelensky, Ukraine’s president, on Friday announced his country had formally applied for fast-track membership of Nato. “Today, here in Kyiv, in the heart … Read more

‘At least 12 dead’ as storm barrels inland to the Carolinas

But the death toll is expected to rise, with emergency services still responding to thousands of calls and Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis warning that water levels were likely to keep rising in what is “basically a 500-year flooding event”.  He said the full picture would become clearer in the coming days. US President Joe Biden said on … Read more