Russia shoots down Ukrainian “drones” and bombs infrastructure in Kyiv
Yesterday, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that five Ukrainian drones had been shot down over the Black Sea and Crimea, while Kyiv reported that infrastructure facilities in the city had been bombed, while Ukrainian authorities warned of airstrikes across the country.
A Defense Ministry spokesman confirmed that Russian forces have made progress in Donetsk, repelling Ukrainian attacks in the city and also attacking Ukrainian armed groups in Zaporizhia.
And on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Russian-controlled Crimea peninsula was attacked by drones while Russian forces there were “on alert,” Moscow-appointed authorities said.
This comes after Ukrainian authorities yesterday warned of airstrikes across the country, while the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported explosions in several regions in the south and south-east of the country, citing local channels on the messaging app Telegram.
And Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced that infrastructure facilities in the city were bombed after a series of explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital.
The mayor wrote on Telegram: “The enemy launches rocket attacks on vital infrastructure in the city of Kyiv. Remain in shelters until air alert ends,” with no further details.
After a series of explosions, according to agency correspondents, electricity was cut off in northern and central Kyiv.
For his part, Zelenskyy said after the strikes that “the enemy has decided again to try to resort to terrorism and assassination to achieve what it has been unable to achieve for nine months, and it will not be able to achieve it”.
“The ongoing attacks on health and energy infrastructure mean that hundreds of hospitals and public health facilities are no longer fully operational,” Hans Kluge, the organization’s director for Europe, told reporters.
Russia has systematically attacked Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, causing severe damage ahead of the winter season.
On the other hand, the Ukrainian security services announced yesterday that they had seized “pro-Russian publications” and money and interrogated dozens in a raid on several Orthodox monasteries.
On Tuesday, security services raided the capital’s most prominent monastery, Kyiv, where the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church resides, on suspicion of having links with Russia. The Kremlin condemned the raids, viewing them as a new chapter in Kiev’s “war” against the Russian Church.
Britain announced its intention to provide Ukraine with helicopters for the first time since the outbreak of war.
The Ministry of Defense in London said 10 crews of Ukrainian military and engineers underwent a six-week training program in the UK as part of the “first helicopter force granted by the UK to Ukraine”.
This comes at a time when the European Parliament decided yesterday to designate Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying that military strikes carried out by Moscow on civilian targets such as energy infrastructure, hospitals, schools and shelters in Ukraine violate international law.
The move is largely symbolic as the EU has no legal framework to support it. At the same time, the bloc imposed unprecedented sanctions on Russia over its war against Ukraine.
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