Ukraine LIVE: Mystery over Kremlin ruse as daughter of ‘Putin’s Rasputin’ killed in Moscow

Putin's ally Alexander Dugin's daughter killed in car attack

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Russia has denied any link to the murder of Daria Dugina, while some suggest the move was made to give the Russian president a reason to retaliate or distract the public from the concerning number of Russian losses in Ukraine. The latest figures from Ukraine’s Armed Forces claim Russia’s losses have topped 45,200.

Another theory surrounding Ms Dugin’s death is that her father, a close ally to the Kremlin, was the intended target after an aggrieved Russian businessman paid for the assignation to send a message to the Kremlin over its war in Ukraine. Mr Dugin, who is sometimes referred to as “Putin’s brain” supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, losing his job as a department head at Moscow State University for calling on Russia to “kill, kill, kill” Ukraine’s leaders.

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Russia will try ‘something ugly’ this week, Zelensky warns

Volodymyr Zelensky is warning that Russia could do something “particularly ugly” this week.

In his nightly address the Ukrainian president voice his fears Russia could try something ahead of Ukraine’s independence day which also marks exactly six months since the war began.

“All of Ukraine’s partners have been informed about what the terrorist state can prepare for this week,” he added.

Zelensky also spoke on negotiations with Moscow, warning they would not continue if Russia follows through with plans to trial captures Mariupol defenders.

He said: “If this despicable show trial were to go ahead… this would be the line beyond which negotiations are no longer possible.

“There will be no more conversations. Our state has said everything.”

The latest Russian losses

Ukrainian forces announce the latest Russian military losses

The Ukrainian Defence forces have announced the latest Russian military losses. 

Estimates of military losses vary between sources. 

Ukrainian authorities say the calculation is complicated by high-intensity hostilities. 

Russian Losses: 

Personnel: 45,400

Tanks: 1,919

Armoured vehicles: 4,230 

Artillery systems: 1,032

Rocket systems: 266

Air defence systems: 145

Planes: 234 Helicopters: 198

Vehicles and duel tanks: 3,149

Ships/Mortar boats: 15

Cruise missiles: 194

Unmanned aircraft: 815

Special equipment: 99

Another Russian base up in smoke after explosion

A Russian ammunition base has gone up i  smoke after a huge explosion. 

Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev wrote on Telegram: “I am at the (Black Sea) Fleet’s headquarters now.

“A drone hit the roof here 25 minutes ago. Unfortunately, it was not downed. There are no casualties.”

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Good morning I’m Francesca Edwards, 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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