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Russian troops enter the second city of Kharkiv when a missile hits an oil refinery

Ukraine live: Russian troops enter second city of Kharkiv as missile hits oil refinery - Archyde (Author: Gardener)

KharkivPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Ukrainian cities have endured a night of heavy bombing while oil and gas facilities were hit by rockets. Ukrainian authorities say Russian troops have entered Ukraine's second city, Kharkiv, and fighting is raging in the streets. Fighting has also entered its fourth day in Kiev, when residents were awakened by air raid sirens and shells. Missile equipment Kiev's main airport, Boryspil International, and an oil depot were also blown up in Vasylkiv, some 25m west of Kiev. Residents were warned that the burning depot was giving off smoke and toxic fumes, and were urged to keep their windows closed and take cover. Russian missiles also hit a nuclear waste site on the outskirts of Kiev, sparking fears of people being exposed to radioactive materials could. 08:53 , Tammy Hughes The Ukrainian military has been directing ordinary people in its civilian resistance movement. People were asked to dismantle street signs, cut down trees to make movement impossible, actively use homemade incendiary devices and destroy major transportation hubs, and be more active at night or at dusk. 08:49 , Tammy Hughes footage allegedly filmed in the streets of Kharkiv. pic.twitter.com/rXcHmqp1NQ— Adam Gnych (@AdamGnych) February 27, 2022 Ukrainian troops capture a man they suspect of being a Russian agent in Kiev 08:32 , Tammy Hughes 07:54 , Tammy Hughes Harrowing images show the vast exodus from Lviv train station in western Ukraine as people flee the Russian invasion.Trains headed to safety in Poland, a NATO country.Witnesses said men under the age of 60 were prevented from boarding the trains and forced were to say goodbye to their families. Kiev wants all men to stay below retirement age and fight the Russians. 07:46 , Tammy Hughes Another column of Putin's milling machinery burns in Kharkiv! pic.twitter.com/VdGODN0OzB— olexander scherba🇺🇦 (@olex_scherba) February 27, 2022 7:45 am , Tammy Hughes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has rejected an offer from Russia for talks in Belarus. He said Minsk itself was complicit in the Russian invasion, but left the door open to negotiations elsewhere. The Kremlin on Sunday said its delegation was ready to meet Ukrainian officials in the Belarusian city of Gomel. 07:40 , Tammy Hughes Russian missiles have hit a nuclear waste site on the outskirts of Kiev, the Ukrainian State Nuclear Regulatory Agency of Ukraine has confirmed. The strike has raised fears that people could be exposed to radioactive material. 07:37 , Tammy Hughes There have been major explosions at oil and gas facilities in the Kyiv region and elsewhere in Ukraine. Here is a picture of a gas pipeline explosion in Kharkiv. West to cut off some Russian banks from Swift 07:25 , Tammy Hughes The EU and its allies have pledged to 'ensure selected Russian banks are removed from the Swift messaging system'. an EU diplomat said about 70% of the Russian banking market would be affected. The decision - which the French finance minister has dubbed a "financial nuclear weapon" because of the damage it would inflict on Russia's economy - will deal a blow to Russia's trade and make it harder for its companies to do business. Swift, a secure messaging network that enables fast cross-border payments, said it was preparing to implement the measures. 07:00 , Tammy Hughes Ukrainian authorities say Russian troops have entered Ukraine's second largest city, Kharkiv, and fighting is raging in the streets. Oleh Sinehubov, the head of Kharkiv regional administration, said Sunday that Ukrainian troops are fighting Russian troops in the city and urged civilians not to leave their homes. Shortly after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, Russian troops were closing in on Kharkiv, about 20 kilometers south of the border with Russia. But through Sunday they remained on the outskirts without attempting to enter the city while other forces rolled by and pushed their offensive deeper into Ukraine. Videos released on Ukrainian media and social networks showed Russian vehicles moving through Kharkiv and a light vehicle burning in the street. These are the best mortgage rates in your area

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Russian troops march into Kharkiv; West disconnects banks from Swift system - live

Ukrainian oil terminal and gas pipeline burn after reported attacks; Western allies agree to bar Russian banks from Swift. Follow the latest developments live (Author: Gardener)

RussianUkrainian oil terminal and gas pipeline burn after reported attacks; Western allies agree to bar Russian banks from Swift. Advisor to the President of Ukraine Mikhail Podolyak has also responded to the Russian delegation's claim that it is "ready for talks" with Ukraine in Belarus. Podolyak said the Russian delegation arrived in Gomel, a city in south-east Belarus, and knew it was pointless. Volodymyr Zelenskyy denies Russian claims he is ready for talks in Belarus Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has responded to claims by the Russian delegation that he is "ready for talks" with Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov previously told reporters that the Russian delegation had arrived in Belarus for talks and was "now waiting for the Ukrainians". In a national address Sunday morning, Zelenskyy said he remains open to talks elsewhere that do not show aggression towards Ukraine. The Ukrainian president added that talks in Minsk would have been possible if Russia had not attacked Ukraine from Belarusian territory. Earlier we reported that the Ukrainian army said it shot down a “winged missile” launched at Kiev from a Belarusian Tu-22 aircraft this morning. Russian delegation says 'ready for talks' with Ukraine in Belarus The Russian delegation has reportedly arrived in Belarus for talks with Ukrainians, Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to Russia's RIA Novosti news agency. According to him, the delegation included representatives of the State Department, the Defense Ministry and other departments, including the Presidential Administration. "The Russian delegation is ready for talks and we are now waiting for the Ukrainians," said Peskov. Russian President Vladimir Putin made a short televised address this morning, his first public statement since Friday. Putin called Russia's invasion of Ukraine a "special operation in support of the people's republics of Donbass" and hailed the "heroism" of Russian special forces fighting in Ukraine. I pay special tribute to those who heroically performed their military duty during the special operation in support of the Donbass People's Republic these days.” The Ukrainian army said it shot down a “winged missile” this morning, launched by a Belarusian Tu-22 -plane was fired at Kiev. "The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a winged missile launched in the capital of Ukraine from the territory of the Republic of Belarus by a TU-22 aircraft a few minutes ago," Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said in a statement around 9 a.m. local time. "The Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine shot down a winged missile launched in the capital of Ukraine from the territory of the Republic of Belarus by a TU-22 aircraft a few minutes ago," Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valerii Zaluzhnyi said in a statement around 9 a.m. local time. "This is another war crime by the Russian Federation and Russia," he added. "This is another war crime by the Russian Federation and Russia," he added. According to reports, the Russian advance in Kharkiv is met with fierce resistance. Videos circulating on social and Ukrainian media showed images of military trucks cruising through the city early Sunday. Oleg Synegubov, head of the Kharkiv regional state administration, said in a Facebook announcement about an hour ago that light military vehicles "broke into the city". Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister, said there had been "heavy fighting" in the streets, alongside videos allegedly showing enemy armored cars on fire. Here's a quick snap of Ukraine's Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov praising his country for its resistance. But we didn't just confess, we confidently continue to fight with the Russian occupier! We showed the world - don't be afraid 🇷🇺, be strong and fight it off! pic.twitter.com/SlHhv6tGuz – Oleksii Reznikov (@oleksiireznikov) February 27, 2022 Airstrikes reportedly sounded again this morning in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. People should go to the nearest shelter. — The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 27, 2022 Russian troops have entered Kharkiv in northeastern Ukraine, an adviser to Ukraine's interior minister and other officials said. In a statement on his official Telegram account, Anton Gerashchenko said that there had been fighting in the city center and in the Hydropark area. “A group of special forces of the Russian Federation just entered the city through Alekseevka. On the street,” Gerashchenko said. Oleg Sinegubov, the chairman of the Kharkiv regional state administration, announced "a breakthrough in light equipment, including in the central part of the city," according to the Kyiv Independent. He urged local residents to stay in temporary shelters. Olga Tokariuk, a freelance correspondent in Kyiv, posted this morning on her Twitter a video of a tank burning in what is said to be Kharkiv. Popular American late-night live TV show Saturday Night Live paid a powerful tribute to Ukraine by opening the program with a song by Ukrainian Chorus Dumka from New York. "Prayer for Ukraine" performed by Ukrainian Chorus Dumka from New York pic.twitter.com/5pi2l1Olpx - Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) February 27, 2022 Ukrainians are waking up on the fourth day since the invasion of Russia and words of the Despite this, social media is dominating this morning. "It's another morning in Ukraine and Russia still can't advance in Kyiv," writes Illia Ponomarenko, defense reporter at the Kyiv Independent. "Even if we are attacked and everything around us is on fire, we keep working," the Ukrainian armed forces tweeted early Sunday. It's another morning in Ukraine and Russia still can't advance in Kiev 🇺🇦— Illia Ponomarenko (@IAPonomarenko) February 27, 2022 The sun has risen in Ukraine. It's the fourth day since Russia invaded. Russian war criminals have hit an oil depot near Kiev and a gas pipeline in Kharkiv with rockets, causing fire and environmental damage. Another rocket hit near a radioactive waste dump - Olga Tokariuk (@olgatokariuk) February 27, 2022 In case you missed it earlier, an impressive video posted to social media shows a Ukrainian citizen trying to stopping a Russian tank with his body weight. The moment, captured in Bakhmach in northern Ukraine, is among a series of acts of defiance captured on video showing unarmed Ukrainians confronting Russian soldiers. Reports of clashes with Russian saboteurs in the capital Kiev came in overnight from the Ukrainian media. The Kyiv Independent cites Mykola Povoroznyk, the first deputy head of the Kyiv city state administration, as confirming reports. ⚡️Kiev is under the control of Ukrainian military and territorial defense forces. Mykola Povoroznyk, first deputy head of the Kyiv city state administration, says there have been some clashes with saboteurs overnight. - The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) February 27, 2022 Meanwhile, protests in support of Ukraine continue around the world. From Sydney, Australia to London, UK and Vancouver, Canada, thousands have taken to city streets to demand more action from their governments to hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine. Protesters hold placards and flags during a rally against the war in Ukraine February 27 in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Diego Fedele/AAP Protesters hold placards and flags during a rally against the war in Ukraine in Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Diego Fedele/EPA The international banking system Swift has announced that it is preparing to implement new measures by Western nations targeting certain Russian banks in the coming days after Western allies agreed to Russia's access to the service to block. A statement said: "We are working with European authorities to understand the details of the companies subject to the new measures and we are preparing to comply with the legal instructions." The move comes after the US, Canada and key European countries, including Germany, have agreed to remove "selected Russian banks" from the Swift payments system. Sergei Aleksashenko, a former deputy chairman of Russia's central bank, said on Monday "there will be a catastrophe" in Russia's foreign exchange market. Michael Farr, chief executive of financial advisory firm Farr, Miller & Washington, said of the impact on global markets, "This could come as a surprise that won't be very well received if it means a slowdown in international trade," NBC News' foreign correspondent , Raf Sanchez, who is currently in Moscow, said his hotel asked him to "settle the bill early" because "they are not sure if credit cards will work once the SWIFT sanctions go into effect". My hotel in Moscow asked me to settle the bill early because they are unsure if credit cards will work once the SWIFT sanctions come into effect. — Raf Sanchez (@rafsanchez) February 26, 2022 Snake Island's defenders may still be alive, Ukraine's State border guards say Ukrainian soldiers defending a Black Sea island from air and sea bombardment -- reportedly a Officers aboard a Russian naval warship said to "fuck off" if ordered to surrender, Ukrainian officials say are still alive. Thirteen border guards were stationed on Snake Island, a 16-hectare Ukrainian-owned rocky island some 300 km west of Crimea when Russian troops bombed the island on Thursday. All 13 soldiers are believed to have died after refusing to surrender, Ukrainian officials said. However, in a recent statement, Ukraine's State Border Guard Service said: We firmly believe that all Ukrainian defenders of Zmiinyi (Snake) Island may be alive. After receiving information about their possible whereabouts, the DPSU, together with the Armed Forces of Ukraine, is conducting identification work on our soldiers.” If you missed our earlier report, you can read it below. See also: Ukrainian soldiers told Russian officer “go and fuck yourself” before dying on the island

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The Observer's take on Russia's invasion of Ukraine

We must keep cool and advise wisely when confronting Vladimir Putin on the front line of democracy (Author: Gardener)

RussiaThe terrifying noise of gunshots, bombing raids and children's screams in the cities of Ukraine echoes across Europe. The full-scale Russian invasion that began last week is an unprovoked, heinous crime committed against the citizens of Ukraine, their sovereign democratic state and all the free peoples of the world. Reports so far indicate that Russia failed to secure the expected quick victory. Fierce street fighting in Kiev and other cities speaks to the bravery of the country's soldiers and ordinary Ukrainians determined to defend their country. But they are better equipped and armed. If a thwarted Kremlin orders its forces to step up attacks, a bloodbath among Ukrainian citizen fighters could ensue. At this moment of maximum danger, it is imperative that Vladimir Putin, Russia's President and sole architect of this needless calamity, institute an immediate ceasefire. Politically, at home, Putin's war is provoking widespread protests and unrest. Now is the time for cool heads and wise advice in western capitals. The longer the fighting continues, the greater the number of dead and maimed, the wider the political divide and the greater the prospect that this conflict could spill over into Poland and other neighboring countries. As NATO strengthens its eastern flank and tensions rise across the board, the risk of a confrontation between Russia and the Western alliance grows. Help is urgently needed for Ukrainian families, who are fleeing west in increasing numbers to avoid indiscriminate Russian attacks on civilian areas. Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova and Romania cannot face this terrible human crisis alone. Britain and all EU countries must be generous in offering aid and hopefully temporary asylum to Putin's victims. Western democracies are facing a moment of truth. Unless the world order created after 1945, which guarantees the sovereign right to national self-determination, the rule of law and basic human rights, is not effectively defended now, then no individual, people or state will be safe from malign forces in the future. Ukraine is the front line of democracy. Grandiose statements about epic turning points and historical turning points in world events are often made and just as often wrong. Europe has not seen anything like it since Soviet tanks rolled into Prague in the spring of 1968, and not even this grimly remembered horror offers an accurate analogy. Not since Hitler has Europe seen the leader of a great country behave in such a predatory manner. The attempted crushing -- in fact, the attempted obliteration -- of an independent state and its free-wheeling, multi-ethnic traditions by the stormtroopers of a delusional dictator is inevitably reminiscent of the Nazi era. How extraordinary, how hard to believe that Europe is thrown back into this dark place. Shock and outrage are palpable, not least in Russia, where 20 million people died fighting fascism. How much greater must be the bewilderment of the European generations born after 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. Unlike the baby boomers, they did not grow up in the shadow of nuclear Armageddon. How to explain that another hurt and angry little man - a despicable KGB throwback who daily mourns the fall of the Soviet Union - is now threatening them with nuclear annihilation? In a way, this moment has come since Putin savagely repressed Chechen separatists and leveled the city of Grozny in 1999-2000 without a thought for its residents. Putin may or may not be crazy. Violence is his only argument. He seems determined to turn Ukraine into a mere buffer run by a puppet regime. US reports that the Kremlin has a list of public figures to be imprisoned or assassinated are credible. If Putin succeeds, he will build an open-air prison with torture chambers akin to bewildered Belarus. Ukraine as an idea will cease to exist. The Ukrainian people, their leaders and their army know they are fighting for survival. They slowed the advance and caused real damage to Russian forces. There are many stories of extraordinary individual courage and sacrifice. All men aged 18 to 60 have been called to arms and they readily respond. Civilians lined up for guns and mixed Molotov cocktails to be thrown at Russian tanks. Putin will likely miss the irony. Despite this, logic and numbers suggest that the Ukrainians cannot indefinitely withstand a much stronger enemy. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy calls for Western military aid, while sympathetic Tory MPs propose a no-fly zone over Ukraine patrolled by British and NATO planes. There is also talk of arming a semi-permanent, irregular resistance force. As British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has said, a no-fly zone could lead to NATO clashes with Russian forces and a possible wider war. More broadly, the West, having insisted that NATO would not fight for a non-NATO country, has little choice but to stick to that position - even as the pressure mounts, which it certainly will to protect the besieged population of Ukraine. This situation practically guarantees that Putin's superior forces will prevail in the short term. It is not true to say, like Zelenskyy, that Ukraine stands alone. The outpouring of support for Kiev around the world is tremendous. Putin is cursed from all sides. The punitive measures taken against Russia by the US, UK, EU and other countries last week are unprecedented in scope. They will have little immediate impact. But as a concerted, collective exercise aimed at isolating, degrading, and ultimately impoverishing Russia's economy, finance, and Putin himself, it has no equal. Liberating Russia's oil and gas exports is wrong. It pays for the wars it wages and the backward policies it pursues. It keeps Putin in warm socks and luxury yachts. Of course, Europe itself pays a heavy price if Russian energy is shut off. But it's a price that has to be paid. It is to be welcomed that Germany appears to be close to banning Russian banks from the Swift payments system. These far-reaching sanctions and the UN vote make it official: Putin's Russia is a pariah state. If maintained and reinforced as they must be over time, sanctions could help bring down his corrupt regime. Putin obviously overdid it. This war, and the boundless political and economic damage it will inflict on Russia, may finally force a long overdue reckoning between the Russian people and their oppressive president - and bring the shameful Putin era to a grateful end. Britain showed a head start in lobbying the reluctant Germany and Italy over Swift, as well as in ensuring defensive arms reach the Ukrainian army. Promises by Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to finally clean up the Russian dirty-money laundromat in London and punish Putin's oligarch cronies are welcome if they are kept - although questions about Tory funding remain. The Ukraine crisis has undoubtedly given Johnson a boost. By playing the international statesman, he's sidestepped the mess he's wreaked at home for now. Meanwhile, it's heartening to see Keir Starmer's Labor back in the mainstream, four square kilometers behind NATO and defeating the pale ghosts of the Corbyn era. Unlike before the Iraq war, Western intelligence services' assessments of Russia's intentions have proven extremely accurate. However, it remains that post-Brexit Britain is a secondary player. US President Joe Biden says the invasion represents a complete rupture in Western ties with Russia. That rupture has serious repercussions that extend beyond Ukraine, including to Taiwan, which fears China may emulate Putin. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, vulnerable former Soviet republics and other Eastern European states also fear they could be next - if Putin succeeds. It is possible that the Ukraine crisis will shift the international balance of power and permanently reshape the security map of Europe. But that is a question of the future. Right now, as Johnson says, it is vital that Putin fails and is seen as a failure. Right now, today, Ukrainians are dying in a vicious Russian election war. Putin says he's ready to talk.

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Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Your 5 o'clock headlines from The Telegraph news team (Author: Gardener)

TelegraphWelcome to your morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a roundup of the top stories we're covering today. Sign up for our free Front Page newsletter to receive twice daily email briefings. Western leaders fear Vladimir Putin could launch devastating thermobaric missiles at Ukraine after fierce opposition slowed the Russian army's advance, The Telegraph can reveal. The Duke of Sussex has complained that he was not told the identities of those behind a decision to deny him police protection while in the UK, the High Court has heard. He is questioning the February 2020 decision by the Executive Committee for the Protection of Royalty and Public Figures (Ravec) to withdraw the police protection he and the Duchess of Sussex enjoyed as senior royals. The Tate Modern has been embroiled in a transgender rights row after promoting a short film about the definition of 'woman'. The gallery showed What is a woman? by Marin Håskjold, the Norwegian director, on Friday evening as part of an artists' evening. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted 40 access-related inspections in December but reported "no current problems". A film student died after being thrown from a balcony at a New Year's Eve party, a court heard when four men were found guilty of his murder. Read the full story. Read the full story. Read the full story. Read the full story. To receive such briefings by email twice a day, sign up for the Front Page newsletter here.

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absolute power has blinded Russia's new tsar

The dictator's absolute power has given him delusions about the rightness of his actions. The democratic world must destroy him (Author: Gardener)

RussiaIn June 2005, during a visit by a US business delegation to St. Petersburg, President Putin noticed a Super Bowl diamond ring worn by Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots soccer team. Three months later, during a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in New York, curators took an exhibit – a vodka-filled glass replica of a Kalashnikov gun – from a display case. According to his biographer Masha Gessen, Putin nodded to one of his guards, who simply reached over and pocketed the piece. Such petty theft pales in comparison to the use of radioactive and chemical weapons on British soil to inflict as painful a death as possible on suspected traitors like Alexander Litvinenko and Sergei Skripal, not to mention unleashing an unprovoked war in Europe. Putin is a self-proclaimed thug who, according to one biographer, took pleasure in describing the street fights of his youth, highlighting his aggression, vindictiveness and difficulty controlling his temper. This core personality found a congenial home in the KGB, serving his beloved Soviet empire. His collapse in 1989 was a very emotional and painful humiliation for him, and Putin has replaced the emotional security that the KGB and Soviet empire gave him with the Russian Orthodox Church. In 2016, he unveiled a statue of St. Vladimir, a 10th-century founding saint of Russia. The Roman emperor Julius Caesar made himself a demigod and had statues erected of himself while he was still alive. However, Putin's runaway behavior goes far beyond the impulses of his core personality. One of us (Owen) defined the diagnostic criteria for a gross personality distortion caused by extreme power called Hubris Syndrome. His traits include narcissism, grandiosity, a blending of personal interests with those of the nation, impaired judgment, reduced risk awareness, and widespread contempt for others. Putin's contempt, even for his closest advisers, was revealed Monday at a meeting with his Security Council in the Kremlin's St. Ekaterina Hall. When his foreign intelligence chief Sergey Naryshkin said he would “support” recognizing Ukraine's separatist regions, Putin barked, “Will support or support. Anyone around the world watching these scenes would conclude that Putin does not condone discussion, let alone disagreement. Absolute power completely transforms the human brain, but it is the delusional certainty in the correctness of one's views and the resultant risk blindness that makes it so dangerous in a world leader. Putin has systematically destroyed all the checks and balances that used to exist in Russia, even under his beloved communist rule. The Politburo, which functioned as a collective after Stalin's death in 1953, has disappeared; the Duma to control Putin's power is gone. President Xi of China has more limitations on his personal power than Putin. But it took him time to systematically dismantle these antidotes to his lust for power. One of us (Owen) met Putin during his state visit to Britain in 2003 at the state banquet and then at a meeting hosted by BP, which, with Putin's approval, increased its investments in Russia. At the time, Owen was CEO of Yukos International, a division of the former Russian oil company Yukos. It was still a period of great hope for the Russian Federation, economically and politically, before Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the head of Yukos, was arrested on Putin's orders and imprisoned for ten years. Putin took his time and initially seemed open to criticism, and even after two terms in office he resigned in favor of Dmitry Medvedev as president, something unthinkable today such changes in his brain brought on by too much power. What we see today is a further deterioration in Putin's character and judgment after his two years of extraordinary isolation caused by his fear of catching Covid. The changing contours of Putin's face resemble those of a man receiving high doses of steroids, which can impair immunity. But power is as powerful a brain-alterer as any drug, and Putin is in a dangerous state of mind because of it. His religiosity and sense of spiritual mission, combined with his jaded perception of risk and contempt for any adviser who might contradict him or warn him, means he cannot be viewed as a fully rational actor, like anyone who would endure his rambling and emotional speech tracked on Monday. But Putin now has under his total control armed forces that are better equipped than Russia has been since the last few years of Leonid Brezhnev's rule. The Russian Armed Forces have a renewed confidence with their new equipment. The only antidote to contempt is strength, and the democratic world must be strong or it will be destroyed. And in Roman times Julius Caesar, having made himself a demigod, encountered Brutus. President Putin may be filled with anger and contempt - but he is also filled with fear. Ian Robertson is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin and author of How Confidence Works: The New Science of Self-Belief (Penguin, 2021). He is the author of Riddle, Mystery, Enigma: Two Hundred Years of British-Russian Relations (2021) “I thought Putin was a new breed of leader, but he's a madman. War is a proven tactic for Putin, a tsar in everything but names

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Premier League result, full time standings and reaction tonight

Everton vs Man City LIVE: Premier League result, final standings and reaction tonight - Relive all the action as City climb six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League with a narrow 1-0 win at Goodison Park table brought (Author: Gardener)

tonightPhil Foden's late goal and Everton denied a penalty by VAR for an apparent Rodri handball was enough for Manchester City to secure a 1-0 win and take their lead at the top of the Premier League table to six points to restore. Phil Foden's late goal and Everton denied a penalty by VAR for an apparent Rodri handball was enough for Manchester City to secure a 1-0 win and take their lead at the top of the Premier League table to six points to restore. City were frustrated by the Toffees for much of the evening at Goodison Park but began to turn things around in the second half as they sought a winner. City were frustrated by the Toffees for much of the evening at Goodison Park but began to turn things around in the second half as they sought a winner. Jordan Pickford made a series of impressive saves against the likes of Foden, John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva, but eventually the England goalkeeper's resistance was broken when Bernardo's low cross was deflected into the six-yard box by Mason Holgate and Foden carried the ball along 82 minutes played home. Jordan Pickford made a series of impressive saves against the likes of Foden, John Stones, Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva, but eventually the England goalkeeper's resistance was broken when Bernardo's low cross was deflected into the six-yard box by Mason Holgate and Foden carried the ball along 82 minutes played home. Everton certainly looked like they had a golden opportunity to equalize as the ball bounced up shortly afterwards and hit Rodris arm in his own box, but after a lengthy review VAR decided it wasn't a penalty and City were able to breathe again. Everton certainly looked like they had a golden opportunity to equalize as the ball bounced up shortly afterwards and hit Rodris arm in his own box, but after a lengthy review VAR decided it wasn't a penalty and City were able to breathe again. Not long ago Pep Guardiola's men looked like champions-elect but brilliant form from Liverpool combined with a surprise City draw at Southampton and an even more shocking home loss to Spurs means the title race is on again. Not long ago Pep Guardiola's men looked like champions-elect but brilliant form from Liverpool combined with a surprise City draw at Southampton and an even more shocking home loss to Spurs means the title race is on again. But with Liverpool in Sunday's Carabao Cup final, Guardiola's troops got back on track to take a six-point lead over the Reds at the top of the Premier League table, although Everton are now 17th and precariously just above the drop zone is positioned. But with Liverpool in Sunday's Carabao Cup final, Guardiola's troops got back on track to take a six-point lead over the Reds at the top of the Premier League table, although Everton are now 17th and precariously just above the drop zone is positioned. Christian Eriksen returns but Brentford's 10-man slump continues with an 18-31 loss to Newcastle. Michael Jones With just over 52 minutes played in sun-drenched west London, Brentford's 10-man side were expecting a 2-0 defeat that will have big repercussions for them Premier League survivor Christian Eriksen emerged from the shadows after the last eight months of his life. If the horrifying images of his collapse last summer were already banished from Eriksen's mind, they remained unscathed for those lucky enough to witness the midfielder's return here. It was a moment unimaginable back then, when the meaninglessness of a football game was so harshly put into perspective, and one that felt no less amazing now as Eriksen raced onto the pitch and raced past the memories that threatened to define him. Amid all the emotions surrounding his return, there was a residual sense of concern that could not be erased until this moment. Every time the ball landed at Eriksen's feet and his mere presence restored urgency to Brentford's ailing attack, it was no longer a matter of miracles but simply a matter of putting the game on the line - the return to normalcy he had longed for most. Christian Eriksen returns but Brentford's slump continues with 17-10 defeat by Newcastle , Karl Matchett It may still be the case that Manchester United have come back since the 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road which led to the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick's interim led, having lost just one appointment but draws like these are slowly dashed hopes of a place in next season's Champions League. Solskjaer's conquerors Watford, themselves under new management, will celebrate this goalless draw at Old Trafford, even if the point does little to help Roy Hodgson's side fight relegation. If he decides against it, that might be best for everyone involved. United remain fourth, two points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal but have played three more games. Even if the subsequent trip to Anfield is postponed due to the FA Cup quarter-finals, as seems likely, Rangnick is entering a crucial phase.

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'It's been a tough ride' - USMNT ace Pulisic is perfectly equipped to jumpstart Chelsea's career at Wembley

USMNT ace Christian Pulisic endured his worst moment in a Chelsea shirt at the famous arena, but the American winger is in fine form ahead of Sunday's Carabao Cup final against Liverpool (Author: Gardener)

ChelseaChristian Pulisic's best run as a Chelsea player ended with a badly damaged hamstring at Wembley Stadium as Arsenal won 2-1 in the 2020 FA Cup Final. The USA international had opened the scoring behind closed doors in that competition, and had five goals and four assists in the 11 games that immediately followed the "Project Restart" when football resumed after its pandemic-enforced suspension. The injury he sustained disrupted the momentum Pulisic had been building but there are increasing signs the American is back on steam. Indeed, it is the 23-year-old's turn in Saturday's Carabao Cup final after Liverpool recently came back to prominence under Thomas Tuchel. Pulisic spent the entirety of Chelsea's Club World Cup semifinals against Al Hilal on the bench but was brought on as a substitute after just half an hour through an injury to Mason Mount and played a further 90 minutes as the Blues beat Palmeiras 2-1 Renewal. After a positive performance in Abu Dhabi, Pulisic started the next two games, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Lille in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 at Stamford Bridge. This series of games couldn't have come at a better time for Pulisic. After a difficult period as a centre-forward due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Chelsea squad, the winger sat on the bench for most of the winter. He started big games against Liverpool and Man City but still seemed far from establishing himself in a competitive front line, having scored just two goals in all competitions before January. S. Men's national team for final round of World Cup qualifiers. "Sometimes it's a lot," Pulisic told reporters. "When I come into the national team, I'm like, 'How are things going with Chelsea? I definitely have a lot on my mind with these guys and just enjoy football in general." However, he was back in the doldrums after being left out against Al Hilal, admitting in an interview with ESPN: "I was very ready to play. I played again and again, different positions, kind of moved around. "It's been a rough time for me personally, to be honest, and I'm just trying to get back into a rhythm, to get into the flow of things." "You're not always going to get along best or whatever, but I think we had a good enough relationship where we could achieve things together and I could play sometimes," he explained. His dejected tone was certainly understandable given he had played fewer minutes than any other Blues forward at the time. Even after the start against Lille he is ahead of Timo Werner in time, but lags behind Romelu Lukaku, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech. Of course, it's also annoying that he wasn't always allowed to play in his preferred position. During this hot phase after "Project Restart" Pulisic was used on the left wing. However, recent injuries to Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech have opened the door for Pulisic again. "After his performance in the Club World Cup final, Christian deserved to stay with the team," Tuchel told Chelsea's Fifth Stand App. Pulisic is certainly not the only striker to have struggled under Tuchel this season, with Werner, Romelu Lukaku and Kai Havertz all having low scorers. The American still has a long way to go to reach the influence of forwards at both Liverpool and Manchester City and show himself capable of tackling a Chelsea title challenge. However, he is fully fit, on form, back on the starting line-up and now has the perfect chance to use Wembley to regain the momentum he lost at the same spot two years ago.

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Bielsa stands firm despite increasing criticism and rumors of departure

Here are tonight's Leeds United headlines including the latest information on Marcelo Bielsa's future (Author: Gardener)

BielsaLeeds United news, Marcelo Bielsa stands firm despite mounting criticism and exit rumors Here are tonight's Leeds United headlines including the latest on Marcelo Bielsa's future Leeds United fans hold a banner of Marcelo Bielsa during the game against Spurs today high. Get the latest Leeds United news straight to your inbox every day - sign up for free email updatesSomething went wrong, please try again later. Bielsa reportedly on the verge of sacking Marcelo Bielsa's time as manager of Leeds United could reportedly be coming to an end after a string of poor results. Criticism has been mounting following today's 4-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at Elland Road, with the team now conceding goals in four straight games. As a result, the Athletic have reported that Bielsa's position is in serious doubt as American Jesse Marsch, who last managed RB Leipzig before he was sacked, is a likely replacement. The Athletic's Phil Hay also tweeted today: "Marcelo Bielsa is on the cusp of leaving Leeds United after a 4-0 defeat by Spurs. Jesse Marsch is a prime candidate to replace him.” Leeds have conceded 60 goals in the Premier League this season – more than any other team and already six more than last season with 12 games remaining. Tottenham Hotspur's fourth goal at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon was Leeds' 20th conceded in February - a Premier League record for a single month. Marcelo Bielsa has defended his tactics and said he was still the man for the job as he faced the media after his team suffered another heavy loss. Los Blancos are on the brink of a relegation battle after failing to win any of their last six games and many viewers are starting to wonder if continuing with the same tactics is a good idea. After today's 4-0 defeat by Spurs, Bielsa was asked if he should change tactics, if the players were still with him and if he was the right person to save Leeds United from relegation. The biggest moment, however, came when he was asked if he was still confident he had the ideas and ability to turn Leeds around this season, to which Bielsa said: "Of course." Reacting to tonight's result, he also said: "Obviously it's not just this game but a series of results. Get the latest Leeds United news, transfer rumours, injury updates and analysis of what's next for the side from Marcelo Bielsa arrives Pascal Struijk says game plan stays the same despite renewed beating Pascal Struijk said Leeds United need to improve but will stick to their current approach despite beating Tottenham Hotspur 4-0.Marcelo Bielsa's side have in just five Playing Conceded 20 goals, an average of four per game Further questions about his future at Elland Road Asked if the Whites need to change their approach to games, Struijk said: "It's difficult [to keep playing like this] but we believe that's what we have to stick to, we just have to improve and keep going The small squad is to blame for the lack of fit players: "Now it's 'but, but' rather than pointing out problems, short term and more worryingly, long term for the next man." Collymore also added that Bielsa had been naïve about what is required of a Premier League team.

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Ronaldo fails to save United; Wild title race takes an 'incompetent' turn - PL wrap

'Out of pace': Ronaldo fails to save United; Wild title race takes an 'incompetent' turn - PL wrap (Author: Gardener)

UnitedRalf Rangnick, Manchester United interim manager, said he had done his job after the Red Devils missed a number of chances to draw 0-0 at home to Watford and further valuable points in the fight for a top-four finish to lose in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Phil Foden scored eight minutes from time as Manchester City came away with a controversial 1-0 win at relegation-threatened Everton and extended a six-point lead at the top of the Premier League. United dominated from start to finish but paid the price for Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga not being clinical in front of goal. The Red Devils stayed fourth but were just two points clear of Arsenal, who have three games to go. Watch the world's best soccer players with beIN SPORTS on Kayo every week. Try it for free > “Our job as coaches is to help the team create enough chances. The number of clear chances we had today had to be enough to win a game like this,” said Rangnick. A 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, when the sides last met in November, was the final straw for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's time as United manager. United have lost just once in open play in 20 games since then, but nine of those games were drawn as a star-studded squad still struggled to live up to expectations. Following speculation about Ronaldo's potential to take over as captain from Harry Maguire, Fernandes took the armband when the England centre-back was dropped on the bench. Fernandes could have scored a hat-trick before half-time when he shot too close to Ben Foster in a one-on-one, missing a close-range volley and then heading over goal after Ronaldo appeared to have been fouled by Foster in the box. Watch Chelsea v Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final live with beIN SPORTS on Kayo – Monday 28 February 3:30pm. Ronaldo has netted just once in ten games with the 37-year-old once again unable to play the hero. Elanga was United's savior with a late equalizer to salvage a 1-1 draw after a disappointing performance at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 midweek. As a reward, the Swedish teenager received a start ahead of Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. Sancho and Rashford came on as substitutes in the closing stages and the former came close with an effort that faltered just too late as the game went into injury time. But Watford could have even nabbed a memorable double against United when Ismaila Sarr fired a shot just wide in the final act of the game. A tie puts Roy Hodgson's men on three safety points in 19th place. Man City's first league defeat since last October's weekend at Tottenham has reignited the title race and it looked like they were on the verge of dropping points again until Foden pounced to punish a mistake by Michael Keane. Everton then refrained from strong demands for a stolen penalty after a VAR check over a Rodri handball. "I have a three-year-old daughter at home who could tell you that's a penalty," said an irate Frank Lampard after the game. “I'm not joking, I don't want to take it lightly because we're in a position where we're fighting at the bottom of the table and Manchester City are fighting to win the league. Lampard's men are now just a point above the relegation zone but there was hope for the Toffees in a fighting display that pushed the champions to the limit. Elsewhere, Christian Eriksen made an emotional return to football eight months after suffering cardiac arrest, with Premier League players and fans showing their support for beleaguered Ukraine. Brentford manager Thomas Frank brought on Danish playmaker Eriksen after 52 minutes, whose side were 2-0 down at home to Newcastle after goals from Joelinton and Joseph Willock. It was the first competitive appearance for the 30-year-old former Tottenham and Inter Milan playmaker since collapsing on the pitch during the opening Euro 2020 game against Finland in June. Eriksen was fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator but was unable to continue his career at Italian champions Inter because ICDs are not allowed in Serie A. The midfielder received a standing ovation from the crowd and both groups of players at Brentford Community Stadium as he made his entrance. But he couldn't influence the result as Newcastle's 2-0 win lifted them above Brentford, who are now just three points above the relegation zone. "If you take the result with you, I'm a happy man," Eriksen told Sky Sports. I've spoken to him every day for the past few weeks. He just said, 'Good luck and have fun with the game.'” Ukraine team-mates Everton's Vitalii Mykolenko and Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko embraced before the late kick-off at Goodison Park, where both came on as a substitute. Both teams wore the colors of the Ukrainian flag ahead of the game and Zinchenko broke down in tears as the crowd unveiled banners, including one reading 'We stand with Ukraine' following Russia's invasion of the country. Earlier, the Manchester United and Watford players stood together with a sign that read 'Peace' in six languages ​​ahead of their game at Old Trafford. The visitors, who had lost four of their last five league games, were 3-0 up at half-time with goals from Matt Doherty, new signing Dejan Kulusevski and Harry Kane. A late Son Heung-min strike after a precise pass from Kane ended the defeat at Elland Road. The result brightened the mood of Spurs boss Conte, who on Friday insisted he was committed to his job after comments following the midweek defeat at Burnley cast doubt on his future at the club. "We had to show great will and determination in every game from start to finish and we saw that today," the Italian told the BBC. My teams have to be strong.” Matty Cash put Aston Villa ahead in Brighton and raised his shirt to deliver a message to Poland international Tomasz Kedziora, who plays his club football for Dynamo Kyiv in Ukraine, and Ollie Watkins scored 2 :0.

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe believes the fight for survival will go to the end

The Magpies travel to London unbeaten in six league games. (Author: Gardener)

NewcastleEddie Howe has warned Newcastle the fight to survive in the Premier League will go to the end. The Magpies have given their hopes of avoiding relegation a big boost in recent weeks with a six-game unbeaten run, including three wins, which has lifted them out of the drop zone. Howe, whose men travel to Brentford on Saturday, said: "It will go to the end of the season in terms of the relegation battle. In my opinion, the fight to stay up in the league will come to nothing. “From our side we have to mind our own business and that means winning games consistently or scoring points consistently and trying to push ourselves and stay away from danger. It's the toughest league in the world for a reason and we have to fight for every point. Newcastle will sit two points above the drop zone and if they knew they would nudge the win they would nudge the Bees, who have picked up just a single point from their last seven league games, to slip into the quagmire. They provided opposition in Howe's first game as head coach of the Magpies in November when Allan Saint-Maximin denied victory with a late equalizer on a frustrating afternoon in Tyneside for the 44-year-old as he looked on from afar after the Test was positive for Covid-19. He said: "That was one of the worst 90 minutes - or 95 minutes - of my football life because I was powerless to control such an important game." Howe said: "We felt it was the quickest way to get him fit to do so he's in a very good place mentally and he's keen to return." If the return of Saint-Maximin were to give his team a boost, the presence of Christian Eriksen in the Brentford squad after his recovery from cardiac arrest at the Put a smile on the faces of the entire football family during his Euro 2020 appearance for Denmark. Howe said: "It would be great to see him back on a football pitch. "But it's definitely great to see him fit and healthy and enjoying football again."

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