Ukraine-Russia news live: Putin launches barrage of hypersonic missiles at Odesa

Russia fires hypersonic missiles at Odesa

Russia fired three hypersonic missiles at Odesa as part of a barrage on the major Black Sea port city, according to the Centre for Defence Strategies, a Ukrainian think tank tracking the war.

One person was killed and five were hurt in the barrage, which hit a shopping centre and a warehouse on Monday. The centre identified the weapons used as Kinzhal, or “Dagger”, hypersonic air-to-surface missiles.

The Kinzhal can fly at five times the speed of sound and has a range of 1,240 miles.

Meanhwile, Vladimir Putin has reportedly lost his 38th, 39th and 40th colonels in the Ukraine war, adding to Russia’s mounting losses in the conflict.

The death of the 40th, Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Blinov, was confirmed on Monday, when a photo emerged of his picture on a grave in Volgograd, southwestern Russia.

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Putin preparing for a long war, say US officials

Vladimir Putin appears to be preparing for a long war in Ukraine, top US intelligence officials said.

“The Russians aren’t winning and the Ukrainians aren’t winning and we’re at a bit of a stalemate here,” Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, the head of the Defence Intelligence Agency, said before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Russia, which calls the invasion “a special military operation,” poured more troops into Ukraine for a huge offensive last month in the eastern part of the country but its gains have been slow.

US Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, also appearing before the Armed Services Committee, said: “We assess President Putin is preparing for a prolonged conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas.”

She added that Mr Putin was counting on the Western resolve to weaken over time and as the conflict continued, there was concern about how it would develop in the coming months.

“Combined with the reality that Putin faces a mismatch between his ambitions and Russia’s current conventional military capabilities, likely means the next few months could see us moving along a more unpredictable and potentially escalatory trajectory,” she added.

Liam James10 May 2022 16:46

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Russia hiding number of war dead by reporting soldiers ‘missing’

Ukrainian officials have accused Russia of hiding its war losses by recording soldiers known to be dead as missing.

The Security Service of Ukraine also released an audio clip it claimed featured a Russian soldier telling his wife that the army was literally piling the bodies high in Donetsk.

“It’s not a morgue, it’s a dump,” he was reported to have said.

Figures for the number of Russians killed in the war vary. Ukraine claims 26,000 have died but western allies put the figure thousands lower.

Russia admitted to 1,500 losses back in March but Ukrainian officials recently released an audio clip they claimed featured a Russian soldier telling another thatthe true figure was more than 25,000.

Liam James10 May 2022 16:21

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Russia has lost 8 to 10 generals – US

Russia has lost between eight and 10 generals in the war in Ukraine, said Scott Berrier, the chief of US defence intelligence.

Military observers have remarked that Russia has been losing high-ranking military officials faster than expected.

Pentagon sources last week said the US was giving Ukraine information about Russian movements on the battlefield that Kyiv was using to find and kill Russian military generals.

Ukraine’s military has claimed to have killed 12 generals in nearly as many weeks of war. Russia has disputed the figure.

Liam James10 May 2022 15:51

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ICYMI: Ukraine death toll is ‘thousands higher’ than reported, says UN

The head of the United Nations human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine said on Tuesday that the death toll in Ukraine is “thousands higher” than official figures.

My colleague Charlene Rodrigues reports:

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 15:35

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Putin preparing for prolonged war in Ukraine – US spy chief

The United States believes that Russian president Vladimir Putin is preparing for a long conflict in Ukraine and a Russian victory in the Donbas in the east of the country might not end the war, US director of National Intelligence, Avril Haines, said on Tuesday.

“We assess president Putin is preparing for a prolonged conflict in Ukraine during which he still intends to achieve goals beyond the Donbas,” Haines told lawmakers.

She added that Putin was counting on the Western resolve to weaken over time.

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 15:17

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Truss hits out at ‘deliberate and malicious’ Russian cyber attack

The UK, US and EU have publicly blamed Russia for a cyberattack on communications company Viasat an hour before Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

The attack was aimed at the Ukrainian military but hit civilian internet users in Ukraine and central Europe.

Intelligence from the UK and US indicated Moscow was behind a series of cyber incidents in the run-up to the invasion.

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has assessed that Russian military intelligence was almost certainly involved in the January 13 attacks on Ukrainian government websites and the deployment of Whispergate destructive malware.

The NCSC also assesses it is almost certain Russia was responsible for the subsequent cyberattack affecting Viasat on February 24 as Moscow’s forces prepared to invade.

Foreign secretary Liz Truss said: “This is clear and shocking evidence of a deliberate and malicious attack by Russia against Ukraine which had significant consequences on ordinary people and businesses in Ukraine and across Europe.

“We will continue to call out Russia’s malign behaviour and unprovoked aggression across land, sea and cyberspace, and ensure it faces severe consequences.”

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 15:13

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Boris Johnson to visit Finland and Sweden ahead of decisions on Nato membership

Boris Johnson is to fly to Finland and Sweden to discuss the Nordic countries’ ambitions to apply for membership of Nato.

Our politics editor Andrew Woodcock reports:

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 14:59

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Watch: Ukraine destroys Putin’s ‘Raptor’ parade boat

Earlier, Ukraine said it destroyed a Russian “parade boat” used by Vladimir Putin to inspect naval fleets.

Below is footage which Ukraine says shows the moment the boat was struck.

The Raptor-class patrol vessel was targeted by a laser-guided bomb dropped from a Ukraine-operated Bayraktar TB2 drone near Snake Island in the Black Sea on 8 May, the Ukrainian ministry of defence said.

Ukraine’s armed forces claim to have destroyed Putin’s ‘Raptor’ parade boat

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 14:30

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UK Home Office ‘misleading’ Ukraine refugees

Groups bringing legal action against the government over “unreasonable” Homes for Ukraine delays have accused it of misleading refugees, UK sponsors and MPs over the progress of visa applications.

Would-be hosts have sent a legal letter to the Home Office over “unexpected, unexplained and unreasonable” delays in processing hundreds of visa applications made in March.

They suggest either the Home Office may be prioritising more recent, simpler applications to “boost” the numbers, and then “boast” about these, or that the policy is “just so incoherent and disorganised” that there is no pretence of processing claims chronologically.

Other areas of concern include MPs being told visas in certain cases have been granted when this is not the case, and sponsors being told cases will be expedited when they have not been.

They also say there are cases where visas and permission-to-travel letters have been granted, but refugees have not been informed or the documents have not been sent or made available to collect.

On Friday the groups sent a pre-action letter informing the Home Office and Government Legal Department they may apply for a judicial review of the policies.

When the legal action was initially announced earlier last week, the Government said it had streamlined the visa system, simplified forms and boosted staff numbers, and it is now “processing visas as quickly as they come in”.

The letter, shared with the PA news agency, says hundreds of mothers with young children are stuck in a “Home Office limbo”, at risk of homelessness and terrified for the male relatives they have left behind.

It reads: “No reasonable Secretary of State could operate a visa policy in such a manner, whereby applications are considered in a random and arbitrary manner, where MPs are misled by the Home Office, where visas are granted but the applicants are not told this, where the ‘helpline’ has no information on applications and progress, where cases are supposedly ‘expedited’ but instead languish, or where notification is sent that visas have been granted, but they remain unavailable at the relevant Visa Application Centre.”

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 14:15

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Ukraine ‘destroys Putin parade boat’ with laser-guided bomb off Snake Island

A Russian “parade boat” used by Vladimir Putin to inspect naval fleets has been destroyed, Ukraine’s armed forces has claimed.

The Raptor-class patrol vessel was targeted by a laser-guided bomb dropped from a Ukraine-operated Bayraktar TB2 drone near Snake Island in the Black Sea on 8 May, the Ukrainian ministry of defence said.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley reports:

Matt Mathers10 May 2022 14:00