Putin, first world Leader to congratulate King Charles 111, on his succession as King of England.

The Russian President VLADIMIR Putin was the first head of state to greet King Charles III on his official succession to the throne.

In a brief greeting on behalf of the Kremlin, Putin extended to King Charles his “sincere congratulations.

He wished him luck, good health, and all the best, saying, Your Majesty.

Since its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, Russia has been engaged in a proxy war with the United Kingdom and the West.

Charles officially became king of England on Saturday at a meeting of the Accession Council, led by Penny Mordaunt, in St. James’s Palace. He will succeed his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday at the age of 96.

Several meetings between Putin and King Charles have taken place, including during the Russian leader’s state visit to Britain in 2003.

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Russian soldiers left half of their equipment behind as they withdrew so quickly, Zelensky.

A Ukrainian official reports that Russian soldiers are fleeing so quickly as a counteroffensive by Ukraine retakes large areas of land that they are leaving “half of their equipment” behind.

Significant gains made by Ukrainian forces in the east of the country have compelled Russia to withdraw troops from the area in order to prevent being besieged as the war entered its 200th day on Sunday.

According to Anton Gerashchenko, a consultant at the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs, Russian soldiers have retreated so quickly that they have left a sizable number of weaponry behind.

Gerashchenko posted a video on Twitter that appeared to show a Russian tank that had been abandoned in Izyum, a significant Russian military installation in the Kharkiv region. 

Russian soldiers left half of their equipment behind as they fled so quickly.

I’ll be marking my jokes for a while, He annotated the video footage. Russian soldiers left half of their equipment behind as they withdrew so quickly.

Since September 6, Ukrainian forces have reclaimed more than 3,000 square kilometers of land, according to a report released on Saturday by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in the United States.

According to the ISW, Russian forces are “hurriedly fleeing” the area to avoid being surrounded in the city of Izyum, which Ukrainian forces will likely soon take control of if they haven’t already.

The Donbas region of eastern Ukraine is where two separatist regions have been declared sovereign by Russia. 

Volodymyr Zelensky, the president of Ukraine, praised the armed forces in a video message posted on the Telegram platform on Saturday night.

Zelensky also made fun of Russia for removing troops, claiming that the Russian army was showing its back, which is what it does best.

In the end, their decision to flee was the right one. The occupiers are not and never will be welcome in Ukraine said he.

Zelensky posted a video of Ukrainian soldiers raising the flag over Chkalovske, a town they had taken back from the Russians during the counteroffensive, on Sunday.

Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister of Ukraine, praised the developments as extremely encouraging on Saturday and commended NATO countries for their generous donations of several weaponry, notably the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System.

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Queens funeral casket arrives Edinburgh, mourners seen line up in street.

Queen Elizabeth’s coffin arrived in Edinburgh on Sunday (Sep 11) after a six-hour journey from her summer home in the Scottish Highlands, past tens of thousands of mourners lining the route, many in sombre silence, some applauding and others in tears.

At the end of its slow journey through picturesque Scottish countryside, villages, small towns and cities, soldiers wearing kilts carried the coffin to the throne room of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Elizabeth’s official Scottish residence, where it will remain overnight.

In an emotional tribute to his mother on Friday, the queen’s eldest son and the new monarch, King Charles, said she had begun a last great journey to join Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years who died last year.

Earlier, the hearse carrying the oak coffin emerged from the gates of Balmoral Castle, where she died on Thursday aged 96, at the start of the drive to the Scottish capital.

Her coffin was draped in the Royal Standard of Scotland with a wreath on top made of flowers taken from the Balmoral estate including sweet peas, one of Elizabeth’s favourites.

Crowds, fifteen deep in places, massed in the centre of Edinburgh to greet the cortege as it made its way to Holyroodhouse, where it was met by a military guard of honour.

The queen’s daughter Anne, flanked by the queen’s younger sons, Princes Andrew and Edward, curtsied as the coffin was carried inside by soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

There was no way I could miss this. I would regret it for the rest of my life, said Eilidh Mackintosh, 62, who left her home at 6am to be sure of a good view among the large crowds on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Rachel Lindsay, 24, was left in tears as the coffin passed. It’s just very sad, she said. I don’t think we expected it to ever happen. I just thought she’d live forever. I didn’t think it was real until I saw it.

The journey from Balmoral was the first of a series of events leading up to the state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London on Sep 19.

Her death has drawn tears, sadness and warm tributes, not just from the queen’s own close family and many in Britain, but also from around the globe – reflecting her presence on the world stage for seven decades.

Wherever the cortege went, people lined the road or stopped their cars to get out and watch. At one point, it passed a guard of honour formed by dozens of tractors lined up in adjacent fields by farmers.

Many watched silently in bright sunshine. Some threw flowers into the road. For others, the emotion of the moment moved them to tears.

It’s just very, very sad. I’m happy I was here to say our goodbyes, said Elizabeth Alexander, 69, who was born on the day the queen was crowned in 1953.

Many thousands are continuing to gather at the royal palaces across Britain, bringing bouquet after bouquet of flowers.

In Green Park near London’s Buckingham Palace, where some of the tributes are being taken, long lines of bouquets snake around the park allowing mourners to read the tributes.

Other well-wishers have attached their messages of condolence to trees.

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Armed robbers attack and vandalize bank in Kogi state.

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One dead and two others injured in a Russian rocket attack.

Russian rocket fire targeted at Ukraine’s northeastern city of Kharkiv on Saturday evening, killed at least one person and damaged many houses.

According to Ukraine’s second biggest city’s mayor, Ihor Terekhov, the attacks targeted the western neighborhood of Kholodnohirsk and destroyed many residences.

Regional Governor Oleh Synehubov stated that missiles fired from an MLRS system killed one person and injured two more.

In recent days, Ukraine’s military has launched a massive counter-offensive in the nearby Kharkiv area, recapturing dozens of towns and villages from Russia in a fast mechanized assault. Synehubov had stated that Russia had increased its shelling of the city in retaliation.

According to the state-run news service Tass, residents in Russian-controlled areas of the Kharkiv region were instructed to flee to Russia.

Vitaly Ganchev, the area’s Russian-installed administrator, allegedly stated that doing so would “save lives.

It comes after the Russian defense ministry said that it was withdrawing soldiers from two major towns in the region as Ukrainian troops advanced rapidly.

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