According to Ukrainian officials, Russia attacked Ukraine with 16 Iranian-made Shahed Drones overnight. This attack comes just days after Moscow launched numerous missiles against critical infrastructure.
After night and day of constant bombardment, it seemed that the attack had ended at dawn. Residents managed to flee under calm skies, hiding from the elements.
All drones were destroyed, according to the Ukrainian military. Vitali Klitschko (the capital’s mayor) said that seven drones were targeting Kyiv. A building used for administrative purposes had been damaged.
According to the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces (GSUAF), Russia launched 85 missile strikes as well as 35 air strikes within the last 24 hours. Multiple rocket launch systems were used in 63 strikes.
Russia’s defense ministry claimed that it launched a “massive assault” on energy and military targets to disrupt Ukraine’s ability to repair equipment and move troops. Volodymyr Zelenskiy (the Ukrainian President) repelled most of the attacks on energy infrastructure.
According to Zelenskiy Odesa, Kherson and the capital of Kyiv were the most affected areas.
Zelenskiy said that this is nothing in comparison to what could have been.
Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s grid operator, said that Ukraine’s energy system deficit was the same as before Thursday’s terrorist attacks. According to Ukrenergo, the impact of the attack on Ukraine’s power system and operation was much less than the enemy expected.
Since October, Russia has been conducting near weekly drone strikes and missile attacks against Ukraine’s civil infrastructure. As winter draws near, millions are without heat and power. Russia claims that its goal is to reduce Ukraine’s fighting capability. Kyiv claims that the attacks aren’t military and are intended to harm civilians. This is a war crime.
Kyiv asserts that Iran supplies Moscow drones for its air attacks. Tehran refutes this.
Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration, stated that at most three people were killed in Russian shelling in an area bordering northern Chernihiv or eastern Kharkiv.
According to the Ukrainian military’s reports, Moscow’s forces also attacked 20 settlements close Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, where there is fierce fighting, and more than 25 settlements in the Zaporizhzhia or Kherson regions.
Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a videoconference. This was the most powerful leader of the planet that did not condemn Russia’s invasion.
Putin spoke with the Chinese leader for eight minutes in remarks broadcast on Russian state TV. Putin said that he was expecting a visit by his “dear friend”, Xi to Moscow in spring to “demonstrate to the world the closeness of Russian-Chinese relations”.
Putin stated that Putin wanted to increase military cooperation between the two countries, whose relations were becoming more crucial as a stabilizing factor.
Xi responded for two minutes and said that China was open to strengthening strategic cooperation with Russia despite the “difficulty” global situation.
Belarus, a Russian ally has summoned Ukraine’s ambassador to complain about an air defense missile that it claimed came from Ukraine and flew into Belarusian airspace on Thursday.
Alexander Volfovich, secretary of Belarus’s Security Council, stated to Sputnik Belarus, a Russian state-owned media that Kyiv was trying incite a conflict regionally by any means.
According to the Kremlin, it was concerned by the incident. Although the Ukrainian defense ministry claimed the incident was Russian provocation, it retained the right to protect its skies.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg called on NATO member countries for more weapons to Ukraine. Stoltenberg said that it was in their security interests to ensure Ukraine wins, and Putin doesn’t win. DPA, a German news agency, published this interview.
“We all know wars end at the negotiating table – and likely this war.” We also know that Ukraine’s military situation will affect the outcome of these negotiations.
The United States announced nearly $2 billion in additional military aid last week, which included the Patriot Air Defense System. This system protects against aircraft, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles.
Britain announced Friday it had provided Ukraine with more than 1000 metal detectors as well as 100 kits for clearing minefields and deactivating bombs. The defence minister Ben Wallace stated on Thursday that Britain would provide military assistance to Ukraine in the amount of PS2.3 billion pounds by 2023. This amount is the same as what it provided this year.
Putin stated that Russia invaded Ukraine during a “special military operation” on February 24th. It was done to counter Russian safety threats. The West allies and Ukraine call it an imperialist-style conquest warfare.
Tens of thousands of Ukrainian civilians were killed in cities that were destroyed by Russian forces. Both sides have lost thousands of troops.
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