This is the moment Vladimir Putin warns that Ukraine ‘has no future’ while sipping champagne at a Kremlin awards ceremony for troops as fears are growing that Western support for Kyiv is fading.
In footage posted to X, the Russian president assured attendees Russia’s defence plans were ‘working more and more competently’, with the country’s arms industry allegedly producing ‘several times more’.
He claimed that meanwhile Ukraine was running out of weapons. ‘They don’t have their own foundations,’ Putin added.
‘When you don’t have your own foundations, you don’t have your own ideology, you don’t have your own industry, you don’t have your own money.
‘You don’t have anything that’s your own. Then you don’t have a future, but we have a future.’
In footage posted to X, the Russian president claimed that Ukraine was running out of weapons. ‘They don’t have their own foundations,’ he added
Putin assured attendees at the awards ceremony for troops that Ukraine didn’t ‘have a future’ (file image)
But the Russian leader that despite the increased weapon production, Russia still doesn’t have ‘enough of everything’.
This comes after first lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska warned the world will ‘let Ukrainians die’ if they do not continue their support as the war with Russia comes towards the end of its second year.
Speaking with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg, Ms Zelenska said the world cannot ‘get tired’ of the conflict – as a US deal to secure more financial aid appears increasingly out of reach.
The impasse is deepening in Congress despite dire warnings from the White House about the consequences of inaction as Republicans insist on pairing the funding with changes to America’s immigration and border policies.
Support for further financial support for Ukraine is dwindling amongst Republicans, as the White House warns a failure to provide more aid by the end of the year could be catastrophic for Ukrainians.
Ukraine is facing particularly tough conditions on the battlefield as winter brings freezing temperatures and poor weather to follow a summer counter-offensive that did not achieve as much as was hoped
Speaking with the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg in an interview to be broadcast on Sunday, Ms Zelenska said the world cannot ‘get tired’ of the conflict
A Ukrainian T-64 tank is pictured as Ukrainian soldiers face increasingly tough conditions as winter arrives
Ms Zelenska has now said a slowdown in aid represents a ‘mortal danger’ and that it is a matter of life and death.
The Ukrainian first lady said: ‘We really need the help. In simple words, we cannot get tired of this situation, because if we do, we die.
‘And if the world gets tired, they will simply let us die.’
‘It hurts us greatly to see the signs that the passionate willingness to help may fade. It is a matter of life for us. Therefore, it hurts to see that.’
Ukraine is facing particularly tough conditions on the battlefield as winter brings freezing temperatures and poor weather to follow a summer counter-offensive that did not achieve as much as was hoped.
A spokesperson for Putin’s foreign ministry on Friday threatened strikes against other NATO countries as the Kremlin warned a nuclear war is closer than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Maria Zakharova – spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry – warned the West that the advanced F-16 fighters delivered to Ukraine will be a fair target for Russia if they are based in NATO countries.
She said that the fourth-generation fighter jets could be based in Poland, Slovakia and Romania, meaning NATO is ‘getting deeper’ into the Ukrainian conflict.