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Boris Johnson has condemned the invasion as a ‘path of bloodshed and destruction’

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Russia has launched a ‘full-scale’ invasion of Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin ordered a ‘specialised military operation’ in the Donbas region late last night.

Explosions and air raid sirens were heard across the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv and other major cities following the announcement of the operation, with Putin saying in a televised address that the responsibility for bloodshed lies with the Ukrainian ‘regime’.

Putin also said his goal is to ‘demilitarise’ Ukraine rather than occupy, and warned other countries that any attempt to interfere with the Russian action would lead to ‘consequences they have never seen’.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned Putin’s ‘path of bloodshed and destruction’, and said in a statement that he had spoken to the Ukrainian president about the ‘next steps’. 

His statement on Twitter read: “I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine and I have spoken to President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps.

“President Putin has chosen a path of bloodshed and destruction by launching this unprovoked attack on Ukraine. The UK and our allies will respond decisively.”

But what exactly does this invasion mean for the UK? And will it really lead to a so-called ‘World War 3’? Here’s everything you need to know.

Why has Russia invaded Ukraine?

While the whole situation is massively complex, the invasion boils down to President Putin wanting to assert his power over Ukraine.

Putin wants the neighbouring country to be under the same control as they were both part of the Soviet Union in the 20th Century. 

Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, where rebels backed by President Putin seized big swathes of the east. They have fought Ukraine’s army ever since. 

Russia has also resisted Ukraine’s attempts to move towards both Nato and the EU, with Putin once calling Ukraine ‘a puppet of the West’ and saying it was ‘never a proper state’, according to The BBC.

How has the UK responded to the Ukrainian invasion?

Boris Johnson has made it clear that UK will not be sending troops to Ukraine if Russia launches a full-scale invasion – partly because Ukraine is not part of Nato – but will aid the European ally in different ways.

Throughout the last few weeks as Russian forces amassed the border, the UK responded by sending Ukraine ‘self-defence’ weapons.

These included anti-tank missiles that uses infrared guidance to hit tanks from the top and can be used against buildings and helicopters, and Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAW), which is launched on the shoulder and can be fired from confined spaces.

The UK is also providing intelligence to Ukraine, as are other Nato members.

Prior to this, Johnson attempted to engage Russia in ‘meaningful talks’ prior to the invasion, because ‘it’s far better to begin a discussion now than to have a catastrophe’.

When that failed, however, the government sanctioned five Russian banks and three ‘hit net wealth’ individuals. The Prime Minister is expected to announce more sanctions today.

The UK has sent a few military personnel to the nearby area, including around 350 Royal Marines from 45 Commando to Poland. 

According to Sky News, the UK are also helping Ukraine manage Russian cyber attacks, which could lead to many Ukrainian deaths if key infrastructure is taken over by Moscow.

Why is the UK getting involved?

While the UK is on the other side of Europe to Ukraine and is no longer part of the EU, it is still an integral member of Nato which has a strong partnership with Ukraine, even though the country isn’t an official member.

The West has made it very clear that, in line with Nato values, it will back Ukraine in its fight for sovereignty.

Boris Johnson is hosting an emergency COBRA meeting today about the offensive from Putin, and will be announcing further sanctions on Russia.


Man arrested after mum pushing pram stabbed and killed in broad daylight

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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Police have arrested a 25-year-old man wanted for the fatal stabbing of a woman while she was pushing her baby in a pram in Bradford.

Police have arrested a suspect, following the murder of Kulsuma Akter, 27. Akter was stabbed several times in the Westgate area of Bradford city centre on Saturday afternoon. 

The mother was rushed to hospital, where despite the best efforts of medics, she sadly succumbed to her injuries. Her baby was unharmed in the incident.

It has also emerged that suspect, Habibur Masum, was on bail for assaulting and threatening to kill her at the time of the attack.

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Masum was conditionally bailed by Manchester Magistrates’ Court in November, despite prosecutors objecting to his release, it is understood.

Court documents show Masum, whose address was listed as Oldham, Greater Manchester, was charged with assaulting Ms Akter on November 23rd and threatening to kill her on November 24th.

Both incidents are alleged to have happened in Greater Manchester. Police had previously confirmed the couple were known to each other but have not confirmed their relationship. 

Masum attended a hearing on November, 27th 2023, where he pleaded not guilty to both offences and was ordered not to contact Ms Akter, it is understood.

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His bail conditions also prevented him from contacting a second person, or visiting a particular address.

Greater Manchester Police has said it is supporting West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing murder investigation.

Both forces have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog over previous contact with Masum and Ms Akter.

Detective Superintendent Jude Holmes, from GMP Oldham district, said: “We share the shock and concern that our communities feel in the wake of this tragic incident, and our thoughts are with Kulsuma Akter’s family at this truly distressing time.

“Habibur Masum is wanted by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of murder. Due to his links to Greater Manchester, we have our specialist officers following several lines of enquiry to locate him.

“I urge members of the public to remain vigilant, and if you have any information on his whereabouts, call 999 as a matter of urgency.

“Due to previous police contact with Habibur Masum and Kulsuma Akter, Greater Manchester Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder. A 23-year-old man was also arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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Hunt for murder suspect after mum pushing pram killed in broad daylight

It is not clear whether is Masum is armed as police warn not to approach him

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Police are searching for a man from Oldham after a mum was stabbed to death in Bradford while pushing her baby in a pram.

Habibur Masum, 25, is wanted over the attack which took place in the Westgate area of Bradford at 3.21pm on Saturday (April 6th).

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to hospital where she sadly died of her injuries, West Yorkshire Police said.

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The force also confirmed the baby was not harmed in the attack as the public is warned not to approach Masum.

It is understood Masum was known to the victim although police have not confirmed their relationship at this time. A knife was found at the scene but it is unclear if he is armed.

Masum was pictured on CCTV wearing a grey hooded, zip-up coat with three large horizontal lines of grey, white and black on it, grey tracksuit bottoms with a black logo and burgundy trainers. 

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A witness also reported seeing him wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up shortly after the incident on Westgate, at the junction with Drewton Road.

Masum is from Oldham and is believed to have links to Burnley and Chester. He is described as an Asian man, of slim build.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “We have had significant resources following up a number of lines of inquiry to locate Habibur Masum but at this time his whereabouts are unknown.

“I would urge anyone who does see him not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.”

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She said the death of such a young woman in the ‘most awful circumstances’ will ‘understandably cause concern in the local community’.

Detective Chief Inspector Atkinson Added: “I would like to reassure the wider public that we are working tirelessly to investigate this horrendous crime and bring the person responsible to justice.

“To help us with this we are urging anyone who was in the area who may have dashcam footage or seen or heard something, however small it may seem, to please come forward.

“A scene remains in place which includes some road closures and I thank the public for their patience while we conduct our enquiries.”

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Man arrested in murder investigation after human torso found in Salford nature reserve

A man in his 20s is being questioned by police

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a human torso was found wrapped in plastic in a nature reserve in Salford.

As detectives continue to investigate the discovery of human remains found by a passerby on Thursday, April 4th, a man in his 20s from Salford was taken into custody on Saturday evening for questioning, Greater Manchester Police say.

DNA testing is being carried out to determine the identity of the victim, who is believed to be a male ‘likely to be aged older than 40’ and ‘has only been deceased for a matter of days’, officers say.

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GMP says it is conducting a thorough search of the area by utilising local officers and specialist branches including search dogs and assistance from underwater search teams, to help comb the site.

The force says although it has ‘not found anything else that is of interest to the investigation’, ‘work will not stop’ until it is certain the area has been thoroughly searched.

Chief Superintendent Tony Creely, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “The arrest we made yesterday evening is an important step for our investigation, but we must keep an open mind and a big part of this is speaking to anyone who may have crucial information.

“As we continue to work in the area, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their concern and cooperation so far, and we are mindful this is a disturbing incident for the local community, but I can assure you that since we were made aware, we’ve been pursuing every single line of enquiry to help us find out what has happened.

“I cannot stress the importance of people contacting us with information if they know anything at all. You may have information that you don’t feel is of importance, but it could be to us, please pass it on, it could be the key piece of information we need to progress this investigation.”

Anyone who thinks they may have witnessed something suspicious in the Kersal Dale area over the last few days is urged to call GMP on 101 and quoting log number 2695 of April, 4th 2024.

A dedicated portal for anyone to submit images or video footage which could help police can be found HERE.


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