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OVER 60 bodies have been discovered in Kherson displaying signs of "torture," Ukraine's interior minister has claimed.

As Ukraine's troops retake the region, which was last week liberated from 8 months of Russian occupation, they are discovering the horrors left behind by Putin's bloodthirsty invasion.

"Now, 63 bodies have been discovered in Kherson region, but we must understand that the search has only just started so many more dungeons and burial places will be uncovered," said Denys Monastyrsky according to Interfax Ukraine news agency.

He added: "Investigators are currently examining them and setting down every instance of torture. Exhumations are also taking place of the bodies of those who were killed."

Meanwhile, NATO says Russia is still "to blame" for an "accidental" missile strike that killed two in Poland – as it was nlikely caused by Ukrainian defence systems responding to Putin's attacks.

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

  • Henry Moore

    Leaders hail grain initiative as deal is extended for another 120 days

    Charles Michel, President of the European Council, has hailed the extension of the Black Sea grain initiative.

    The deal will last for at least a further 120 days after all parties agreed to its extension.

    Mr Michel took to Twitter to say: "I welcome the extension of Black Sea Grain Initiative.

    "With 10 million tonnes of grain already exported under this initiative from #Ukraine this is good news for a world that badly needs access to grain and fertilisers."

  • Henry Moore

    Pictured: Razor wire fence installed by Poland

    Poland has installed an 8ft razor wire fence along its border with Russia following the horror missile blitz that sparked a NATO emergency.

    Soldiers laid miles of the 10ft-wide barbed fencing near Szyliny village close to the Russian enclave of Kalinigrad amid fears Moscow is about to provoke a migrant crisis to wreak havoc in the EU.

  • Henry Moore

    Evidence suggests missile that hit Poland was launched by Ukraine, Polish official reports

    A top Polish official has said all evidence suggests the missile to hit the NATO nation on Tuesday was of Ukrainian origin.

    The evidence "indicates that we are dealing with an S-300 missile launched by Ukrainian air defences," said Jacek Severa, the head of Poland's National Security Bureau, according to CNN.

    However, President Zelensky continues to deny the missile may have Ukrainian origin, as he calls for his experts to view the scene first.

  • Henry Moore

    Zelensky remains adamant the missile to hit Poland was not Ukrainian

    Speaking in his video address last night, President Zelensky continued to argue the missile to hit Poland on Tuesday was not Ukrainian, despite the US and Poland suggesting it was.

    The steadfast leader also called for Ukraine to be granted access to the missile site.

    He said: "The Ukrainian position is very transparent: we want to establish all the details, every fact.

    "That is why we need our experts to join the work of the international investigation and to get access to all the data available to our partners and to the site of the explosion."

  • Henry Moore

    The Ministry of Defence provides a look at the battlefield in Ukraine

    The British MoD has once again provided a look at the battlefield in Ukraine.

    The outlook of the map has changed in recent days, as Ukrainian forces push Putin's force back from the Dnipro river.

  • Henry Moore

    BREAKING: Black Sea grain initiative extended for 120 days

    The Black Sea grain deal, which allows Ukraine to export grain across the globe, has been extended for a further 120 days, Reuters reports.

    Hailing the extension, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: "I welcome the agreement by all parties to continue the Black Sea grain initiative to facilitate the safe navigation of export of grain, foodstuffs and fertilisers from Ukraine."

    The deal was set to end today, with fears Russia would refuse an extension.

  • Henry Moore

    Ukraine's chance of a quick victory is slim, claims top US official

    Despite recent victories for Ukraine, its chances of a quick military victory remain slim, a top US general has said.

    General Mark Milley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, told the Pentagon yesterday: "The probability of a Ukrainian military victory – defined as kicking the Russians out of all of Ukraine to include what they claim as Crimea – the probability of that happening anytime soon is not high, militarily.

    "Politically, there may be a political solution where, politically, the Russians withdraw. That’s possible,” he added.

    Mr Milley added that Putin's forces have failed at "every single one" of their objectives since entering Ukraine.

  • Henry Moore

    Russian losses continue to mount as the West condemns Putin's bombing campaign

    Russian losses have hit 83,110, according to the Kyiv Independent and Ukraine's Ministry of Defence.

    These losses come as Russia continues its bombardment of Ukrainian infrastructure.

    The afternoon of November 15 saw the Kremlin fire up to 80 missiles at the under-siege nation, as it seeks to destroy its capacity to produce electricity this winter.

  • Henry Moore

    Rishi Sunak pins the blame on Russia for Poland missile strike

    Speaking in the House of Commons this morning, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak laid the blame for the missile strike in Poland firmly at the feet of Vladimir Putin.

    According to LBC's Theo Usherwood, he told MPs: "the blame belongs solely to Russia."

    While Russia did not launch the missile, the Ukrainian defence technology that struck Poland was forced to act due to a Russian bombardment.

    Mr Sunak went on to slam Russia's bombing campaign across Ukraine.

    "The aim [is] to cast the population into darkness and cold. Once again Russia has shown its barbarity and given the lie to any claim they are interested in peace," he said.

  • Henry Moore

    Four dead in attack on Zaporhizhzhia, reports claim

    According to Ukrainian officials, four people have died after a Russian attack on Zaporhizhzhia this morning.

    This comes after a new barrage of attacks on Ukraine's infrastructure this morning.

  • Henry Moore

    Kremlin fines google 21billion Rubles, Russian state media claims

    Russian state media outlet Interfax reported the Kremlin has taken Google to court over a 21billion Ruble fine placed on the search engine provider.

    The fine, according to Interfax, is for the “repeated refusal to remove inaccurate content related to a special operation [invasion] in Ukraine.”

    Russian courts found Google guilty but the tech company is yet to pay the cash.

  • Henry Moore

    Russia carried out attacks on Odesa and Dnipro this morning

    Russia has reportedly carried out a series of mass strikes on Odesa and Dnipro this morning, as the Kremlin continues to assault Ukrainian infrastructure.

    Speaking of these attacks, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, said: "The enemy thinks that he will weaken our defence with energy strikes and be able to strike in the back. This is a naive tactic of cowardly losers that we are ready for."

    Russia has been engaged in a campaign to destroy Ukraine's ability to produce power in recent weeks, attacking power stations across the country.

  • Henry Moore

    Russia launches 80 missiles in just one afternoon

    On November 15, Putin's forces launched up to 80 missiles in just one afternoon, mostly directed at Ukrainian infrastructure, according to the British Ministry of Defence.

    The intel reads: "Over the afternoon of 15 November, Russia carried out up to 80 long-range missile strikes, mostly against power infrastructure targets across Ukraine.

    "This is likely the largest number of strikes that Russia has conducted in a single day since the first week of the invasion.

    "Munitions were launched from air, sea and land-based platforms. Although a large proportion of missiles were successfully intercepted Ukraine is facing a significant decrease in the power available from its national grid.

    "This will impact upon civilian access to communications, heating and water supplies.

    "Continued strikes at this scale are drawing deeply upon Russia’s reserves of conventional cruise missiles, as degrading Ukrainian’s national infrastructure has become a key element of Russia’s strategic approach to the campaign."

  • Henry Moore

    George Bush hails Zelensky as a 'tough dude'

    Speaking at his Dallas institute, George Bush hailed the steadfast President of Ukraine, saying he believes the country can resist Russia's invasion with support from the United States.

    “Absolutely they can win, they’re winning,” the former US President said.

    “But they won’t win if the United States and the free world say it’s not worth it anymore.”

  • Henry Moore

    MI5 says 400 Russian spies have been ejected from European countries since the start of the war

    Ken McCallum, the Director General of MI5, has claimed that Russia had suffered a “strategic blow” after 400 spies were expelled from around Europe since the start of the war in Ukraine.

    The MI5 Chief added that the UK has refused 100 Russian diplomatic visa applications on national security grounds.

  • Louis Allwood

    What is Article 4 of NATO treaty?

    On NATO's website it states that Article 4 means "The Parties will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the Parties is threatened.

    "All NATO decisions are made by consensus, after discussion and consultation among member countries.

    "Consultation between member states is therefore at the heart of NATO since Allies are able to exchange views and information, and discuss issues prior to reaching agreement and taking action.

    "It also gives NATO an active role in preventive diplomacy by providing the means to help avoid military conflict."

  • Louis Allwood

    'We will defend the right of territorial integrity until the job is done'

    James Cleverly added that the UK will send a message "to every other potential aggressor".

    Mr Cleverly said: "I spoke in the past about the need for strategic endurance, recognising that we must send the message not just now about Putin, but to every other potential aggressor around the world, that we will defend the UN Charter and we will defend international humanitarian law.

    "We will defend the right of territorial integrity, and we will defend it until the job is done."

  • Louis Allwood

    'Prime Minister immediately called President Duda of Poland'

    The UK's Foreign Secretary told the Commons that he immediately contacted his Polish counterpart to express the "sympathy and solidarity" of the UK.

    Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Cleverly said: "At approximately 19:00 last night there were missile explosions in a village in eastern Poland, approximately four miles from the border with Ukraine, killing two civilians and wounding four during an extended Russian bombardment of Ukrainian territory.

    "As soon as I received the report I contacted my Polish counterpart to express the sympathy and solidarity of the UK and I’m sure the whole House will share that sentiment and also to offer practical support.

    "The Prime Minister immediately called President Duda of Poland to covey the UK’s condolences for the tragic loss of civilian life, and to assure him of our unwavering support to a steadfast NATO ally."

  • Louis Allwood

    James Cleverly says 'Russia ultimately responsible'

    The foreign secretary contacted his Polish counterpart and offered "practical support".

    He added that the "UK have assured Poland of our unwavering support to our NATO ally"

    He commended Poland's "calm response to the situation".

  • Louis Allwood

    'Germany stands close to our NATO partner Poland'

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke to Polish President Andrzej Duda.

    During their chat, Scholz expressed his condolences over the incident, a government spokesman says.

    Spokesman Steffen Hebestreit Tweeted: "The @Bundeskanzler just phoned Polish President Duda and expressed his condolences.

    "Poland will closely investigate the circumstances of the incident in which two citizens died last night.

    "Germany stands close to our NATO partner Poland."

  • Louis Allwood

    Kremlin fines google 21billion Rubles, Russian state media claims

    Russian state media outlet Interfax reported the Kremlin has taken Google to court over a 21billion Ruble fine placed on the search engine provider.

    The fine, according to Interfax, is for the "repeated refusal to remove inaccurate content related to a special operation [invasion] in Ukraine."

    Russian courts found Google guilty but the tech company is yet to pay the cash.

  • Louis Allwood

    Missile ‘very likely’ to be from Ukrainian air defences – Polish President

    Polish President Andrzej Duda said today the missile that hit Poland was “very likely” to have come from Ukraine’s air defences.

    Throughout yesterday morning, a series of reports have emerged to suggest this missile strike was an accident, rather than a purposeful provocation by the Kremlin.

    Joe Biden echoed these sentiments saying it is “unlikely” the missile came from Russia.

  • Louis Allwood

    Sweden announces new aid package for Ukraine

    Sweden has announced a new aid package worth £241million for Ukraine.

    This comes as the nation faces a historically difficult winter following Putin's campaign to destroy the country's infrastructure.

    Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine's Minister of Defence, took to Twitter to hail this new package.

    He confirmed the deal will supply Ukraine with air defence systems, vehicles and winter equipment.

  • Louis Allwood

    Britain still 'establish the facts' regarding Poland missile Ben Wallace says

    The UK's Defence Minister has said the country is still "trying to establish the facts" regarding the missile that hit Poland.

    "We’re all trying to establish the facts, the international community is working together," Mr Wallace said.

    "I think the Polish prime minister has been pretty clear that we will progress once we know exactly what’s happened.

    "The obvious point is that missiles were flying around yesterday because Russia was firing over 80 missiles into Ukraine, hitting civilian locations, inevitably killing innocent civilians. That is because of Russia’s direct aggression on that state."

  • Louis Allwood

    Germany offers to patrol Polish airspace

    Germany has offered to patrol Polish airspace, following the missile that struck a village in eastern Poland yesterday.

    "As an immediate reaction to the incident in Poland, we will offer to strengthen air policing with combat air patrols over its airspace with German Eurofighters," German Defence Ministry spokesperson Christian Thiels said at a press conference. 

    "The mission could begin as early as tomorrow, if Poland desired," he went on to say.  

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