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The UK has fast-tracked the manufacturing of laser power and radio waves weaponry

A significant energy plant close to Kyiv has been utterly destroyed by Russian strikes in a “terrifying” assault, an power firm mentioned.

Centrenergo chairman Andriy Hota mentioned Trypillya energy plant was hit by a number of drones – as a part of an assault which noticed 80 missiles and drones hit varied websites throughout Ukraine.

Mr Hota mentioned Thursday morning’s strikes destroyed “the transformer, the turbines, the generators. They destroyed 100 per cent”.

It comes because the UK fast-tracked the manufacturing of laser power and radio waves weaponry – often called Dragonfire – for potential use in Ukraine.

The Royal Navy and the Army are gearing up for testing The DragonFire system in preparation for operational deployment subsequent month.

The defence system makes use of a beam to hit and destroy targets on the pace of sunshine, and radio frequency hits taking out an adversary’s energy provides.

Up to 200,000 folks in Ukraine have been left with out energy on Thurday after greater than 40 Russian missile strikes and an equal variety of drone assaults hit areas of Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhia, Lviv, and Kyiv.


Major energy plant close to Kyiv utterly destroyed

A significant energy plant close to Kyiv has been utterly destroyed by Russian strikes in a “terrifying” assault, an power firm mentioned.

Centrenergo chairman Andriy Hota mentioned Trypillya energy plant was hit by a number of drones – as a part of an assault which noticed 80 missiles and drones hit varied websites throughout Ukraine.

Mr Hota mentioned Thursday morning’s strikes destroyed “the transformer, the turbines, the generators. They destroyed 100 per cent”.

Alexander Butler12 April 2024 07:51


British army laser may seem on entrance line in Ukraine to take down Russian drones

The system, which the Ministry of Defence holds is world-leading, is because of be operational in three years time. But defence secretary Grant Shapps holds that one couldn’t wait to get a system completely excellent in such harmful occasions, and getting them prepared for fight within the quickest time doable is the precedence.

Arpan Rai12 April 2024 07:18


US cyber company says Russian hackers used Microsoft entry to steal authorities emails

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency mentioned Russian government-backed hackers have used their entry to Microsoft’s e-mail system to steal correspondence between officers and the tech large, an emergency directive by the U.S. watchdog launched on Thursday confirmed.

In the directive dated April 2, the company warned that hackers have been exploiting authentication particulars shared by e-mail to attempt to break into Microsoft’s buyer programs, together with these of an unspecified variety of authorities businesses.

The warning that authorities businesses are being focused utilizing stolen Microsoft emails follows the corporate’s announcement in March that it was nonetheless wrestling with the intruders, which it nicknames “Midnight Blizzard.”

That disclosure, which set alarm bells ringing throughout the cybersecurity business, was adopted simply final week by a report from the U.S. Cyber Safety Review Board which mentioned {that a} separate hack – blamed on China – had been preventable, faulting the corporate for cybersecurity lapses and a deliberate lack of transparency.

CISA declined to call businesses which may have been affected.

Barney Davis12 April 2024 07:00


FBI frightened about terror assault after Russian live performance bloodbath

The FBI is anxious about the potential of an organised assault within the United States just like the one which killed scores of individuals at a Russian live performance corridor final month, the bureau’s director plans to inform a House of Representatives panel on Thursday.

“Looking back over my career in law enforcement, I’d be hard-pressed to think of a time where so many threats to our public safety and national security were so elevated all at once,” Christopher Wray is about to inform lawmakers at price range listening to on Thursday.

“But that is the case as I sit here today.”

The March 22 assault on a live performance corridor in a Moscow suburb killed no less than 144 folks, the deadliest in Russia in 20 years. A department of the Islamic State militant group claimed accountability, however Russian President Vladimir Putin, with out citing proof, has sought responsible Ukraine.

Crocus Hall bloodbath (AP)

Barney Davis12 April 2024 06:01


Russia’s glide bombs are devastating Ukraine’s border cities – however residents are digging in

The street is scarred by potholes and craters from shells, rockets and bombs – with mud in every single place, churned up by heavy army automobiles.

This is agricultural nation. In some fields Ukrainian troopers are constructing bunkers and defences of razor wire and concrete “dragon’s teeth” – to ensnare tanks. In others, tractors drive on freshly-ploughed soil for planting with wheat, sunflowers, rape seed and different crops.

Near the neighborhood of Krasnopillya, about 40km (25 miles) from Sumy, a soldier mentioned a glide bomb dropped by a Russian aircraft had killed a civilian a couple of days earlier. He suggested: “Don’t listen to music in your car. Pay attention to any sounds because there’s everything flying around in the air here – Russian drones, planes, artillery. Yesterday a [glide] bomb landed close by and left a crater two metres deep.”

Arpan Rai12 April 2024 05:26


‘A battle for democracy’: Ukraine bishop urges UK and US to maintain supporting struggle in opposition to Russia

The bishop for Ukraine in London has urged the UK and the US to “honour their pledges” and never overlook that Ukraine is preventing Russia to save lots of the “rule of law and democracy”.

Two years in the past, Russia launched a devastating full-scale invasion of Ukraine, capturing practically 1 / 4 of the nation and displacing greater than 10 million folks. There at the moment are no less than six million Ukrainian refugees in Europe, together with round 250,000 within the UK.

“This is not just a battle for Ukraine,” the Catholic bishop advised The Independent. “It is the battle for rule of law, democracy and freedoms that we have all taken advantage of. That we stand to lose.

Barney Davis12 April 2024 05:00


Ukraine passes controversial mobilisation bill to boost troop numbers

Ukraine’s parliament has passed a controversial mobilisation bill as it seeks more troops to fight against Vladimir Putin’s invading forces – after a general said that Russian soldiers outnumbered Kyiv’s by up to ten times on the battlefield in the east.

The legislation, which must be signed by president Volodymyr Zelensky before it becomes law, is seen as crucial for Ukraine to address what military analysts say are major manpower problems.

Arpan Rai12 April 2024 04:33


IAEA chief says Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant attacks risk dangerous shift in war

Drone attacks on the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine must stop as they could pose “a new and gravely dangerous” stage within the conflict, the chief of the UN nuclear watchdog mentioned.

Drones attacked Zaporizhzhia, Europe’s largest nuclear energy plant, on Sunday, within the worst such incident since November 2022. Nuclear security was not compromised, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mentioned.

“The most recent attacks… have shifted us into an acutely consequential juncture in this war,” IAEA director basic Rafael Grossi advised his company’s 35-nation board of governors.

He known as on the board to “unanimously to support the role of the IAEA in monitoring” ideas geared toward stopping an accident on the plant, together with that it not be attacked.

Since no draft resolutions have been submitted to the Board assembly, it’s prone to boil all the way down to an alternate of statements by the international locations convening behind closed doorways in Vienna.

“We are meeting today, and I will meet with the UN Security Council next week, because it is of paramount importance to ensure these reckless attacks do not mark the beginning of a new and gravely dangerous front of the war,” Mr Grossi mentioned, including: “Strikes must cease.”

Moscow and Kyiv have repeatedly accused each other of concentrating on the plant since Russia seized it weeks after it invaded Ukraine. Both international locations requested an emergency assembly of the IAEA’s Board quickly after Sunday’s assault.

Arpan Rai12 April 2024 04:22


Putin mocks deliberate Ukraine convention

Vladimir Putin mocked a scheduled spherical of Ukraine peace talks in Switzerland, warning that Moscow is not going to settle for any enforced plans that ignore its pursuits. Switzerland’s authorities is internet hosting a high-level worldwide convention in June to assist chart a path towards peace in Ukraine after greater than two years of preventing, and expressed hope that Russia may be part of within the peace course of sometime. Mr Putin charged that Russia hadn’t been invited to affix June’s talks, whereas pointing at Swiss recognition {that a} peace course of can’t occur with out Russia. “They aren’t inviting us there,” Mr Putin mentioned. “Moreover, they think there is nothing for us to do there, but at the same time they say that’s it’s impossible to decide anything without us. It would have been funny if it weren’t so sad.” Russia has dismissed Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s peace formulation requiring Moscow to tug again its troops, pay compensation to Ukraine and face a world tribunal for its motion. Speaking throughout Thursday’s assembly with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko in Moscow, Mr Putin mentioned that Russia is open for negotiations, however won’t ever settle for “any schemes that have nothing to do with reality.”

Arpan Rai12 April 2024 04:13


Kremlin says any talks on Ukraine with out Russia are meaningless

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned on Thursday that any negotiations on Ukraine with out Russia have been meaningless.

“We have repeatedly said that negotiations without Russia were meaningless… President Putin has repeatedly emphasized that we remain open to the negotiation process,” Peskov mentioned.

The Swiss authorities will host a two-day high-level convention in June geared toward attaining peace in Ukraine, it mentioned on Wednesday, though Russia has made clear it is not going to participate within the initiative.

Barney Davis12 April 2024 04:00