The latest war between Russia and Ukraine: kyiv steps up drone attacks as NATO buys 1,000 Patriot missiles

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kyiv suffers the largest drone attack ever carried out by Russia that leaves five injured

Ukraine has launched a new volley of missile attacks in the Russian border town of Belgorod like a war in the sky between Kyiv and Vladimir PutinThe forces intensify.

The attacks are the latest in hundreds of drone and missile attacks comercialized by Russia and Ukraine in the last few days, after Moscow It launched one of its largest airstrikes in the nearly two years of war in late December.

On Tuesday, Russian forces also attacked the capital of kyiv and the eastern city of Kharkiv. At least 5 people died and more than 120 injured, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukraine fired 12 missiles in the early hours of Wednesday morning at Belgorod Oblast, a small region bordering northeastern Ukraine. They said all the missiles had been destroyed.

It comes as NATO announced it would help purchase up to 1,000 Patriot missiles so allies can better protect their territory as Russia steps up its air attack on Ukraine.

NATO’s Procurement and Support Agency said it will support a group of nations, including Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain, in purchasing the Patriots, which are used to defend against ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as enemy planes.

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Ukraine has no plan B to get more Western aid, official says

Ukraine’s top diplomat has admitted that kyiv has no backup plan for additional US military support that is currently blocked by Republican politicians.

Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s foreign minister, told CNN: “We don’t have a plan B. We rely on plan A.

“Ukraine will always fight with the resources given to it. And… what is given to Ukraine is not charity. “It is an investment in protecting NATO and protecting the prosperity of the American people.”

The US administration’s request for another $61bn (£53bn) in support for Ukraine has stalled in the US Congress, where Republicans say it must be accompanied by stricter immigration controls throughout of the border between the United States and Mexico.

Independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, one of the states bordering Mexico, said Wednesday that Senate negotiators were “getting closer” to a bipartisan border security deal, which Congress could combine with new emergency aid to Ukraine and Israel.

However, questions remain about the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which has been demanding Senate approval of a sweeping immigration and border security bill it passed last year.

A series of Russian missile attacks across Ukraine over the past week have also highlighted kyiv’s need for more air defenses.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba says there is no plan B for foreign military aid

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Tom WatlingJanuary 4, 2024 08:03

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These are some of the latest photographs from Ukraine.

1Below are some of the latest photographs from Ukraine.

Funeral workers lower a coffin into a grave during the funeral ceremony of Sviatoslav Romanchuk, a Ukrainian soldier, at the kyiv cemetery

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The head of Ukraine’s secret service, Lieutenant General Kyrylo Budanov, attended the release of Ukrainian soldiers during a prisoner of war exchange with Russia.

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Volunteers clear the rubble of a residential building severely damaged by the Russian attack in kyiv

(AP)

Tom WatlingJanuary 4, 2024 07:45

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Russia fires multiple drones and missiles at night

Russia fired two drones and three missiles into Ukrainian territory overnight, the Ukrainian air force reported.

In an update on Telegram this morning, the air force said two Iranian-made Shahed drones were fired from the southeast and intercepted in western Ukraine, near the town of Khmelnytskyi.

Three additional anti-aircraft guided missiles were fired at Kharkiv Oblast in the east and Donetsk Oblast (half of Donbas) in the southeast.

No casualties have yet been confirmed.

Tom WatlingJanuary 4, 2024 07:29

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Ukraine and Russia fire hundreds of missiles and drones in escalating air war

Russia has laid off more than 450 missiles and drones in Ukrainian civilian areas over the past week, killing more than 60 civilians and injuring hundreds more. Ukraine has fired dozens of drones and missiles over the Russian border and in return into Moscow-occupied Crimea, as the aerial duel between the two intensifies while the ground front lines remain deadlocked.

The British Ministry of Defense (MoD), in its latest intelligence update, suggested that Russia had committed a significant proportion of its stockpiled weapons to carry out the airstrikes. He added that Russia appears to have shifted from targeting critical energy infrastructure to Ukraine’s defense industry, seeking to reduce kyiv’s ability to fire missiles and drones. This is a recognition that the Kremlin A long war of attrition is expected both in the air and on the ground.

“Russian planners almost certainly recognize the growing importance of relative defense industrial capacity as they prepare for a long war,” the Defense Ministry said.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 07:00

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Russian poet receives 7-year prison sentence for reciting verses against the war in Ukraine

A Russian poet was sentenced to 7 years in prison for reciting verses against the Russian war in Ukrainea harsh punishment that comes during a relentless Kremlin repression of dissent.

MoscowThe Tverskoi District Court convicted Artyom Kagardin of making calls that undermined national security and incited hatred, in connection with the reading of his anti-war poems during a street performance in central Moscow in September 2022.

Yegor Shtovba, who participated in the event and recited Kagardin’s verses, was sentenced to five and a half years on the same charges.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 06:00

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Russia and Ukraine star in important exchange of prisoners of war after mediation by the United Arab Emirates

Ukraine and Russia on Wednesday announced their first prisoner-of-war exchange in nearly five months, with more than 200 freed by each side after what both said was a complex negotiation involving mediation by the United Arab Emirates.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said Ukraine had handed over 248 servicemen. kyiv said it had brought home 230 people – 224 soldiers and six civilians – in what it said was the largest troop exchange documented so far.

The UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs acknowledged its role, saying in a statement that the exchange was possible thanks to its “strong friendly relations” with both Moscow and kyiv.

He offered both greater humanitarian efforts and the search for a peaceful solution to the war.

A video released by Ukrainian authorities showed returning prisoners dressed in the country’s blue and yellow flag emerging from a bus, singing the national anthem and shouting the patriotic greeting “Glory to Ukraine.”

Most, but not all, appeared to be in good health. . A returnee shouted: “We are home! You didn’t forget us!

The Russian Defense Ministry released a similar video of uniformed prisoners returning to Belgorod on buses. “I’ll be home in five hours, generally speaking, it will be a pleasure,” said an anonymous man.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 05:00

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Ukraine focuses its sights on the Russian border region, seeking to generate discontent

The Russian military said Wednesday it shot down 12 Ukrainian missiles over Russia’s southern Belgorod region on the border with Russia. Ukraineas kyiv forces seek to embarrass Russian president Vladimir Putin and refutes his argument that life in Russia is going on normally despite the 22 months of war.

Belgorod Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said the situation in the regional capital, also called Belgorod, “remains tense.” The city came under two rounds of shelling on Wednesday morning, Gladkov wrote on Telegram.

“The air defense systems worked,” he said, promising more details about possible damage after surveying the area later in the day. Wednesday was a national holiday in Russia.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 04:00

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Russia has fired 500 missiles and drones at Ukraine in just five days, Zelensky tells Sunak

“I spoke to UK Prime Minister @RishiSunak on Russiakeep going Air terror against Ukrainian cities.. Over the past five days, the enemy has launched at least 500 missiles and drones into Ukraine,” Zelensky said Tuesday night while thanking the United Kingdom for its “substantial and comprehensive assistance in Strengthening Ukraine’s air defenseparticularly with radars, advanced anti-drone systems and missiles.”

The Ukrainian president said he and Sunak discussed greater defense cooperation, focusing especially on air defense and long-range capabilities.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 03:00

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EU targets world’s largest diamond miner as part of war sanctions on Russia

He European The union imposed sanctions on the world’s largest diamond mining company and its chief executive on Wednesday as part of what it called its “unwavering commitment” to Ukraine in the war against Russia.

The move targeted Alrosa, which accounts for around 90% of Russia’s diamond production, and CEO Pavel Marinychev. EU headquarters said the company “constitutes an important part of an economic sector that provides substantial revenue” to Moscow.

It means that Alrosa’s assets in Europe will be frozen and that EU citizens and companies will not be able to make funds available to the company. Marinychev, who was appointed CEO last May for three years, also faces a travel ban to Europe.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 02:00

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NATO to help buy 1,000 Patriot missiles to defend allies as Russia steps up airstrike on Ukraine

NATO announced Wednesday that it would help purchase up to 1,000 Patriot missiles so allies can better protect their territory. Russia intensifies its air attack Ukraine.

NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency said it will support a group of nations, including Germany, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain, in purchasing the Patriotswhich are used to defend against ballistic and cruise missiles, as well as enemy aircraft.

According to industry sources, the value of the contract could be around $5.5 billion.

Maryam Zakir-HussainJanuary 4, 2024 01:00



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