Ukraine news latest: Madman Vladimir Putin ‘not joking’ about nuclear war as Biden says world faces risk of ‘armageddon’

JOE Biden warned the world is facing nuclear “Armageddon” if Vladimir Putin uses his arsenal – and said the despot “isn’t joking”.

After Russia’s invasion eight months ago, Putin has made thinly veiled threats to use nuclear weapons if he feels he has run out of options in his bid to seize swaths of Ukrainian territory in the face of stiff resistance by Western-back Kyiv.

“We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis” in 1962, Biden said Thursday in New York, adding that “we’re trying to figure out what is Putin’s off-ramp”.

While experts say any nuclear attacks would likely be relatively small, Biden warned that even a tactical strike in a limited area would still risk triggering a wider conflagration.

Putin is “not joking when he talks about potential use of tactical nuclear weapons or biological or chemical weapons, because his military is, you might say, significantly underperforming,” he said.

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

  • UK’s MoD release latest intelligence update

    The UK’s Ministry Of Defence have released their latest intelligence update.

    The Ministry have claimed that “a large proportion of Ukraine’s military hardware” is made up of “re-purposed captured Russian equipment.”

    The MoD said: “Ukraine has likely captured at least 440 Russian Main Battle Tanks, and around 650 other armoured vehicles since the invasion. Over half of Ukraine’s currently fielded tank fleet potentially consists of captured vehicles.

    “The failure of Russian crews to destroy intact equipment before withdrawing or surrendering highlights their poor state of training and low levels of battle discipline.

    “With Russian formations under severe strain in several sectors and increasingly demoralised troops, Russia will likely continue to lose heavy weaponry.”

  • Pro Putin propagandist cries on TV after hitting out at Russians refusing to fight

    A pro-Putin propagandist has cried live on state TV after slamming Russian’s that have refused to fight as “a lost cause”.

    Boris Korchevnikov claimed some Russians are “decay & garbage” because they “don’t understand what this war is for”.

    “If you can’t change your attitude towards your country even then, you’re a lost cause, you’re nothing, you’re zero. No need to teach patriotism or love to mankind. You’re decay, you’re garbage,” he added.

  • US nukes could be deployed to Poland

    The United States could deploy nuclear weapons to Poland, the country’s president has said.

    Andrzej Duda said the NATO member wanted to be part of the alliance’s nuclear sharing scheme, as Russia warns of a military clash with America over its support for Ukraine.

    Britain and France are the two NATO nations with nuclear weapons but Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey all host US around 100 B-61 bombs under the scheme.

    “The problem, first of all, is that we don’t have nuclear weapons,” Duda said in an interview with the Gazeta Polska newspaper published on Wednesday.

    “There is always a potential opportunity to participate in nuclear sharing. The topic is open.”

  • Details emerge of of bodies exhumed in Kharkiv

    According to comments quoted by Interfax Ukraine, the deputy head of the National Police in Kharkiv has said that they have exhumed 534 bodies of civilians, including 19 children’s bodies, in territories liberated from Russian forces in the region.

    The deputy said there were also 226 women and 260 men exhumed as well as 29 individuals whose gender has not yet been established.

  • Ukrainians dodge shells

     Ukrainian defenders can be seen dodging a barrage of Russian shelling as they charge across fields to Kherson in cars.

    Ukrainian troops are continuing to make advances as Putin‘s battered troops are fleeing.

    After avoiding shell holes and destroyed Russian vehicles, soldiers jumped out of the armoured cars and pressed on with their blitz.

  • US nukes could be deployed to Poland

    The United States could deploy nuclear weapons to Poland, the country’s president has said.

    Andrzej Duda said the NATO member wanted to be part of the alliance’s nuclear sharing scheme, as Russia warns of a military clash with America over its support for Ukraine.

    Britain and France are the two NATO nations with nuclear weapons but Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and Turkey all host US around 100 B-61 bombs under the scheme.

    “The problem, first of all, is that we don’t have nuclear weapons,” Duda said in an interview with the Gazeta Polska newspaper published on Wednesday.

    “There is always a potential opportunity to participate in nuclear sharing. The topic is open.”

  • Russian troops face being encircled

    Thousands of Russian troops face being encircled on the west bank of the Dnipro after the only bridges across the four-mile-wide river were blitzed with US and UK supplied long-range rockets.

    Russian state media quoted pro-Moscow local official Kirill Stremousov as saying troops were “conducting a regrouping in order to gather their strength and deliver a retaliatory blow”.

    Russian troops are expected to fall back to the Inhulets river, just a few miles east of the city.

  • Russian soldiers surrender

    Russians cornered during Ukrainian’s lightning-paced counteroffensive have been filmed surrendering with a white flag flying from their tank.

    Incredible footage shows the vehicle heading to Ukrainian lines, as thousands are said to be throwing down their weapons in the face of Kyiv’s blitz and Russian continues to lose swathes of territory.

  • Luhansk governor claims Ukraine have re-captured six settlements

    Luhansk regional governor Serhiy Hayday has said that Ukraine has captured six settlements in the eastern region.

    Luhansk is one of four Ukrainian regions that Piutin annexed following “sham” referendums.

  • Could Ukraine take back Crimea?

    As Ukraine continues to blitz across the country, a senior US military official has said the country could retake Crimea – annexed by Russia in 2014 – if it continues to recapture territory at this pace.

    The source told the Telegraph: “The recapture of Crimea by Ukraine is now a distinct possibility and can no longer be discounted.

    “It is clear that Russia no longer has the ability or willpower to defend key positions, and if the Ukrainians succeed in their goal of recapturing Kherson, then there is a very real possibility that it will ultimately be able to recapture Crimea.”

  • Russians were ‘caught off guard’

    President Zelensky hails his troops for their lightening fast counter offensive after they ” liberated thousands of kilometers in the Kharkiv region”.

    He said: “The occupiers were caught off guard and became real suppliers of weapons for the Ukrainian army.”

  • Pro Putin propagandist cries on TV after hitting out at Russians refusing to fight

    A pro-Putin propagandist has cried live on state TV after slamming Russian’s that have refused to fight as “a lost cause”.

    Boris Korchevnikov claimed some Russians are “decay & garbage” because they “don’t understand what this war is for”.

    “If you can’t change your attitude towards your country even then, you’re a lost cause, you’re nothing, you’re zero. No need to teach patriotism or love to mankind. You’re decay, you’re garbage,” he added.

  • Russia face heavy losses again

    Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence have claimed that Russian forces have lost a further 330 troops taking the total number to 61,330.

    There have also been significant losses to armoured combat vehicles with a further 26 destroyed.

  • A day-by-day look at the ‘autumn offensive’

    Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine’s Minister of Defence has shared a video outlining the progress made by Zelensky’s army in recent weeks.

    “#UAarmy’s autumn offensive, day by day. While the “Russian parliament” is intoxicated from the futile attempts at annexation, our soldiers continue moving forward,” he said.

    As outlined in the video below, Ukraine has taken back large swathes of land in recent weeks, forcing Putin’s army back.

  • Ukraine could liberate Crimea within three weeks

    It is reported that Putin’s army is under collapse, and Ukraine could take advantage to bring Crimea back into its sovereignty.

    A three pronged assault has been outlined, explaining how Ukraine could win its seven month long war against Russia.

  • Russia hints ‘certain territories will be returned’

    Dmitry Pesko the Kremlin spokesperson has suggested that some territories within the four regions in Ukraine that Russia has annexed may be returned.

    According to Russian media group RBC reports Mr Peskov said: “Read the order. There is legal wording there. In general, of course, there we are talking about the territory in which the military-civilian administration operated at the time of admission [to Russia]. 

    “But I repeat once again: certain territories there will be returned , and we will continue to consult with the population that expresses a desire to live with Russia.”

  • Ukrainian troops advance 34 miles in to Kharkiv

    It has been reported that Ukraine’s counter attack has marched on by another 34 miles over the past fortnight.

    Russians have been pushed out of Kupiansk, a railway hub village, which has reportedly caused issues for Russians.

  • Deadly missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia city

    The strikes made earlier today killed one, and left seven in hospital.

    A three year old girl was one of the individuals injured in the blast.

  • Russian annexations are invalid, says the UN

    The UN nuclear watchdog has condemned Russias referendums on Ukrainian soil.

    Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said: “We are an international organization. We are guided by international law.

    “And as you know very well, you all know very well, annexations are not accepted under international law, the UN Charter, other instruments. So, this is very clear,”

  • UN’s watchdog says Zaporizhzhia is Ukrainian

    Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said he can “neither boycott or play along”.

    When asked whether he will boycott the process of Zaporizhzhia becoming Russian, he responded: “I can neither boycott nor play along.

    “I have to do the right things and the right thing in this case is first of all to look at the security, the safety and the wellbeing of the staff.”

  • CIA boss brands Putin ‘dangerous and reckless’

    If Russian President Vladimir Putin is cornered, he could become “dangerous and reckless,” said Bill Burns.

    Putin has “gotta be concerned, not just about what’s happening on the battlefield in Ukraine, [but] what’s happening at home and what’s happening internationally,” Burns told CBS.

    He went on to discuss China backing out of its previous “friendship without limits” pledge after denying Russia military aid.

  • Latest in Zaporizhzhia

    Ukrainian emergency services have said that three people have now died after missile strikes on a residential area in Zaporizhzhia today.

    The regional governor also confirmed that twelve others were injured and rescuers were still working hours afterwards to free those trapped under the rubble.

  • Putin admits heavy loses

    Vladimir Putin has seemingly admitted to Russia facing heavy losses, as Ukraine continues to regain more annexed territory.

    Speaking to a group of Russian teachers in a televised call, the bloodthirsty dictator said he hopes the situation in Ukraine’s annexed territories will “stabilise” in the coming weeks.

    This comes as Zelensky’s troops continue to claw back more and more of their land from Russia’s brutal annexation.

    According to the Ministry of Defence, the Ukrainian military began a new offensive operation in Kherson Oblast on 2 October 2022.

    This new offensive has seen Ukraine win back at least 20km since the start of this week, as Putin’s forces are once again pushed back.

  • Putin losing control

    A Kherson official that was given their position by Russia has suggested that Russia’s Defence Minister “should shoot himself” because of failures in the war.

    The rare outburst against Russian officials comes following Ukraine’s successful counteroffensive, which has seen forces recapture of multiple areas.

    During Kirill Stremousov’s four minute video he claims that the “generals and ministers” in Moscow are failing to understand the problems on the front line.

    Mr Stremousov said: “Indeed, many say: if they were a defence minister who had allowed such a state of affairs, they could, as officers, have shot themselves.”

    He added: “But you know the word ‘officer’ is an incomprehensible word for many.”

  • Russia hints ‘certain territories will be returned’

    Dmitry Pesko the Kremlin spokesperson has suggested that some territories within the four regions in Ukraine that Russia has annexed may be returned.

    According to Russian media group RBC reports Mr Peskov said: “Read the order. There is legal wording there. In general, of course, there we are talking about the territory in which the military-civilian administration operated at the time of admission [to Russia]. 

    “But I repeat once again: certain territories there will be returned , and we will continue to consult with the population that expresses a desire to live with Russia.”