Ukraine war LIVE: Putin now funding Hezbollah in horror escalation in Middle East

Russia's Wagner Group is reportedly looking to offer air defence support to Hezbollah in Lebanon or the Iranian regime.

Hezbollah Radwan group have plans to invade Northern Israel

Russia's private military company, the Wagner Group is offering to strengthen the air defences of either Hezbollah, a designated terrorist group in Lebanon, or Iran, according to the US Government.

The White House has described this move as "unprecedented defence cooperation" between the two enemies of the United States.

According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby: "Our information… indicates that Wagner, at the direction of the Russian government, was preparing to provide an air defence capability to either Hezbollah or Iran."

The move has sparked alarm among conflict analysts some of whom believe Wagner's actions are a sign that Russia is willing to back any terrorist group or regime capable of attacking the West.

Ukraine commentator and X user @JayinKyiv wrote: "Russia is arming, financing, planning and sharing intelligence with ANY regime or terror group that is willing to wage war on the West."


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Wagner willing to sell Hezbollah air defences, according to US (Image: Getty)

Putin to address G20 summit

Vladimir Putin will deliver a video address to G20 members later today. Putin is expected to speak about Russia's position on the "deeply unstable world situation" during his speech. Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, and Germany are all members of the G20.

According to Russian state TV host Pavel Zarubin, who shared the event on his Telegram channel on Sunday, it is one of the few times in a long time that both Putin and Western leaders are present at the same event.

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Poisoning in Melitopol of Russia FSB

A poisoning at a fast food restaurant in the occupied city of Melitopol has reportedly killed three Russian FSB officers.

The three officers died in the hospital while a fourth remains in intensive care, according to KyivPost.

Heavy overnight air defence activity for both Russia and Ukriane

The air defence of Ukraine and Russia where reportedly busy last night with both sides claiming to have repelled overnight attacks.

Ukraine reports shooting down "all 14 Shahed (Iranian-made) drones" fired by Russian forces.

While the Russian Ministry of Defence claims to have thwarted a drone attack aimed at Crimea.The Russian MoD stated: "An attempt by the Kyiv regime to carry out a terrorist attack with aircraft-type UAVs on objects on the territory of the Russian Federation was prevented."

Good morning

Good morning from London. I’m Tim McNulty, I’ll be bringing you all the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. Please feel free to get in touch with me as I work if you have a story or tips to share! Your thoughts are always welcome.


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