World: Putin's crony dubbed 'the chef' sends 'bloodied sledgehammer' to EU

Luke's Last F-16 Squadron Sends Its Block 25 Vipers To The Boneyard

  Luke's Last F-16 Squadron Sends Its Block 25 Vipers To The Boneyard What will soon be Luke Air Force Base’s last F-16 unit, the 309th Fighter Squadron “Wild Ducks,” has now bid farewell to its oldest Vipers.Today, just one F-16 unit has a long-term future at Luke and it has just revealed a remarkable new paint scheme to honor the fact. The 309th Fighter Squadron (FS), the “Wild Ducks,” also celebrates its 80th anniversary this year, and it will be the very last F-16 operator within the 56th FW after the joint U.S.-Singapore F-16C/D unit — the 425th FS — relocates away from Luke in 2023. You can read much more about the overall status of Luke operations here.

The sledgehammer covered with fake blood was carried in a violin briefcase (Picture: e2w) © Provided by Metro The sledgehammer covered with fake blood was carried in a violin briefcase (Picture: e2w)

The Kremlin-linked boss of the brutal Wagner Group claims to have sent a bloodied sledgehammer to the European Parliament.

Vladimir Putin’s close confidant Yevgeny Prigozhin was responding to a vote to declare Russia a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ and his mercenaries a ‘terrorist group’.

Smeared with artificial blood, the metal weapon bears the logo and the name of the Russian private military company, and was delivered in a violin case.

The oligarch has used the war in Ukraine to establish himself in Russian politics, after his company first appeared in the country in 2014, where it participated in the annexation of Crimea.

A former economic advisor to the Russian government breaks down the telltale signs that a recent anti-America rally in Moscow was staged by Russian authorities

  A former economic advisor to the Russian government breaks down the telltale signs that a recent anti-America rally in Moscow was staged by Russian authorities Anders Åslund says the Moscow rally was full of paid protesters and shows the Kremlin is running out of ideas.But no facet of the 39-year-old's life has put her in the international spotlight more than her long-rumored, never-confirmed relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Friday.

His sickening stunt relates to a video of a former mercenary who was executed with a sledgehammer blow to the head after changing sides during the invasion.

The man, who gave his name as Yevgenny Nuzhin, was shown with his head taped to a brick wall.

Anti-Western and hyper macho, Putin’s appeal in Southeast Asia

  Anti-Western and hyper macho, Putin’s appeal in Southeast Asia Soviet-era nostalgia and anti-Western sentiment fuel online support for Russia’s Vladimir Putin and his war on Ukraine.In Southeast Asia, a region dominated for decades by “strongman” political leaders and where nostalgia for the Soviet Union persists in some quarters, Russian President Vladimir Putin has a strong following among social media users who are sympathetic to his invasion of Ukraine and find his macho self-image appealing.

The 55-year-old claimed he was abducted in Kyiv in October and came around in a cellar.

‘I got hit over the head and lost consciousness and came around in this cellar,’ he said. ‘They told me I was to be tried.’

Moments after, an unidentified man behind Mr Nuzhin smashed a sledgehammer into the side of his head and neck.

The tied-up victim can be seen collapsing onto the floor as the man delivers yet another blow to his head.

The video was posted on a Telegram channel, previously connected with the Wagner Group, under the title ‘The hammer of revenge’.

Asked to comment, Mr Prigozhin said in remarks released by his spokesperson that the video should be called ‘A dog receives a dog’s death’.

Visitors gather outside PMC Wagner Centre during the official opening of the office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia (Picture: Reuters) © Provided by Metro Visitors gather outside PMC Wagner Centre during the official opening of the office block in Saint Petersburg, Russia (Picture: Reuters)

The oligarch posted about the sledgehammer, which he wants to be presented to MEPs.

Vladimir Putin in a tight spot with losses: Ukrainian official believes he is currently 'fighting for his life'

  Vladimir Putin in a tight spot with losses: Ukrainian official believes he is currently 'fighting for his life' A Ukrainian official believes that ‘Vladimir Putin is very afraid because he knows there is no forgiveness in Russia for tsars who lose wars’.In an interview for The Times, the Ukrainian official said that Vladimir Putin suffered a serious psychological blow after Ukraine liberated the city of Kherson.

He said: ‘I don’t know what law the European Parliament is guided by.

‘But according to our legislation, from today we declare the European Parliament dissolved.’

The sledgehammer was given by his lawyer to a representative of a pro-Russia channel CYBER FRONT Z supposedly to be sent to Strasbourg.

It is yet unclear if his so-called ‘gift’ has been received by MEPs, but the video was circulated on social media as the European Parliament’s website was hit by a cyberattack by a pro-Kremlin group.

President Roberta Metsola said on Twitter yesterday: ‘The European Parliament is under a sophisticated cyberattack.

‘A pro-Kremlin group has claimed responsibility. Our IT experts are pushing back against it and are protecting our systems.

‘This, after we proclaimed Russia as a State-sponsor of terrorism. My response: #SlavaUkraini’.

The popular hashtag, which has seen a rise in popularity since February, translates to ‘glory to Ukraine’.

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at [email protected].

For more stories like this, check our news page.

Get your need-to-know latest news, feel-good stories, analysis and more by signing up to Metro's News Updates newsletter

The West Is Overestimating Putin's Fear of Losing Power, Researcher Warns .
One expert said history has shown that leaders have the ability to retain their power even after facing "humiliating defeat."One researcher warns that even if Putin were to lose the war, it might not signal the end of his presidency.

See also