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5 mins ago
Attacks on Russian airbases put Ukraine's new drone program in the spotlight
By im Lister, Josh Pennington, Maria Kostenko
A satellite image shows a general view of the Engels airbase, in Saratov, Russia, on December 4.
(Photo: Maxar Technologies/Reuters)
Explosions at two Russian airbases on Monday have focused attention on Ukraine's efforts to develop longer-range combat drones.
The Russian Defense Ministry claims the attacks were carried out by Ukrainian drones which it claims were shot down by Russian air defenses.
Images, both satellite and photographic, indicate that Russian military aircraft suffered some damage at one of the bases in the Ryazan region.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry has not offered any official comment on the explosions, and the Ukrainian government has not acknowledged adding long-range attack drones to its arsenal.
However, state arms manufacturer Ukroboronprom has indicated on several occasions in recent weeks that work on a new long-range drone is nearing completion.
6 mins ago
Russia says it will not withdraw from Zaporizhia nuclear power plant
By Tim Lister, Darya Tarasova
The Russian Foreign Ministry appears to have dealt a heavy blow to proposals by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to create a demilitarized zone around the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, occupied by Russian forces since March.
"There can be no talk of any withdrawal of the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant from Russian control or transfer of its control to some 'third party,'" Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said when asked by a news agency. Russian news about the situation of the plant.
"The plant is located on Russian territory and is fully controlled by Russia. We assume that only we can guarantee the physical and nuclear security of ZNPP."
The UN nuclear watchdog has not responded to the latest statements from Moscow.
Last week, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said he hoped to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine on protecting the plant before the end of the year.
18 minutes ago
Intense fighting in the corridor between Lisychansk and Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine, according to authorities
Fighting in eastern Ukraine continues to be concentrated in the Bakhmut area of Donetsk, according to Ukrainian officials.
Serhiy Hayday, head of the Luhansk regional military administration, told Ukrainian television that "the Donetsk sector is the most difficult, as the Russians are trying to capture Bakhmut, and all settlements from Lisychansk to Bakhmut are important to them."
Lisychansk is located in the neighboring Luhansk region and was captured by Russian forces in June.
Hayday said the Ukrainian military had destroyed a "large number of the occupiers' personnel and their equipment" in the town of Bilohorivka.
"Now they are trying to break through the defense line, as they plan to make an additional bridgehead to expand the offensive. There are round-the-clock attacks there, this territory is constantly being shelled. Six people remain in the village; they are it deals with elderly people who don't want to leave. It's hard to get people out who don't want to leave," the officer said.
In the midst of difficult weather conditions, Hayday stated that the "liberation of the Luhansk region is very difficult. However, there is something positive. Our troops are not far from Kreminna", a town located north of Lisychansk and occupied since spring. .
Meanwhile, Pavlo Kyrylenko, head of the Donetsk regional military administration, said that following the Russian missile attacks on parts of Donetsk on Monday, "emergency power cuts continue. Electrical engineers are powering the system with power sources. reserve. In general, the situation is stable. After the emergency cuts, the generators are turned on."
He said the situation around Bakhmut "is extremely tense."
"The enemy's claims that Bakhmut is taken and that they are on the outskirts of the city are not true," he said.
"Most of the people have evacuated Bakhmut. There are now about 12,000 residents in Bakhmut from 81,000 before the invasion. The enemy is trying to destroy the civilian population."
The Ukrainian army said the center of Bakhmut was hit, and an administrative building, a dormitory and a residential building were damaged.
Kyrylenko said that the Russians also shelled the city of Vuhledar, as well as Kurakhove and Hostre, a kindergarten, four skyscrapers and seven private houses were damaged.
20 minutes ago
Russia launches a new barrage of missiles against Ukraine
By Olga Voitovych, Tim Lister, Sana Noor Haq, Tara John, Sebastian Shukla
Investigators work near the bodies of local residents killed during the Russian missile attack on Zaporizhia, Ukraine, on December 5.
(Photo: Dmytro Smolienko/Reuters)
Russia launched a new barrage of missiles against Ukraine on Monday by accusing Kyiv of attacking military airfields inside its territory.
Dozens of missiles were fired by Russian forces into Ukraine, cutting off water and electricity supplies in some areas and killing at least one person in the Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih, and at least two people in Zaporizhia, according to local authorities. .
The remains of a missile also crossed the Ukrainian border and hit a town in Moldova.
The Ukrainian Air Force stated that more than 60 Russian missiles were intercepted.
However, some hit their targets and the shelling cut off access to water and electricity in Kryvyi Rih and the southern city of Odessa, following recent nationwide power outages due to Russian attacks on critical infrastructure.
Airfield attacks: The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine used drones to attack two Russian military airfields on Monday morning, adding that its air defenses intercepted the attacks "in the Saratov and Ryazan regions," according to a statement reported by the official Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
Pro-Russian bloggers have said the incidents were likely an act of sabotage by Ukraine, which has not confirmed attacking either airfield.
24 mins ago
Putin visits a key Crimean bridge damaged by a huge explosion in October
By Sebastian Shukla, Jack Guy
President Vladimir Putin, flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin (R), visits the Kerch Strait Bridge, also known as the Crimean Bridge, on December 5, 2022. (Photo by MIKHAIL METZEL/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images )
Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a visit to the Kerch Bridge, a key link between the annexed Crimean peninsula and mainland Russia that was partially destroyed by an explosion in October, according to Russian state media.
Photos and videos of the visit were released, including footage of Putin behind the wheel of a Mercedes sitting next to Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin.
In another video, Putin is seen walking across a section of the bridge.
An explosion hit a key bridge linking Crimea with Russia.
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In the video behind the wheel, Khusnullin tells Putin that "there was metal available for the parts of the bridge, so the metal was brought in to build these structures, and in two weeks all 1,214 tons were assembled and brought here."
This is an apparent reference to the damage caused to the bridge by the explosion on October 8.
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