Ukrainian officials have reported a new wave of Russian missile attacks across the country as Moscow seeks to disrupt Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure. Explosions were reported in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih.
Russia’s latest wave of airstrikes has destroyed homes in the south and knocked out power in the north. Two people were reported killed in firing in Zaporizhia.
A missile strike in Odessa knocked out power at pumping stations and left the entire city without water, according to the local water company. Power has been cut in parts of the city and several boilers and pumping stations have been disconnected, officials in Crivey Rih said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said air defenses had shot down most of the Russian missiles fired at his country on Monday and energy workers were already restoring power.
Later, officials said 60 of the 70 rockets fired into Ukraine were intercepted.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” The deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, Kirill Tymoshenko, wrote in a telegram that officials called for people to take shelter and air raid sirens sounded across the country.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the latest attacks “a reminder of Putin’s brutality.”
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There have been reports of explosions at two Russian airbases
Explosions rocked two military airfields in western Russia on Monday, killing three people and injuring several others.
Two planes were reportedly damaged in the explosion at the Engels air base near Saratov, 860 kilometers (534 miles) southeast of the Russian capital Moscow. According to Russian news agencies, the base is reportedly home to T-95 strategic bombers. This is the type of aircraft used by Russia in its rocket attacks on energy infrastructure in Ukraine.
The Saratov facility is located deep in Russia, about 1,000 kilometers east of Ukraine’s capital Kyiv. According to pictures and reports on social media, the explosion was significant.
Around the same time, a gasoline truck exploded on a runway in the Ryazan region south of Moscow. No information was available on the cause of the explosion in Ryazan, which recorded three deaths.
The Ryazan base has long-range flight tankers that help refuel the bombers in the air.
Putin runs across the Kerch bridge for the first time since the explosion
Russian leader Vladimir Putin drove across the Kerch Bridge when the explosion destroyed the main bridge connecting Russia to Crimea October.
Putin drove his Mercedes across the bridge and spoke about repairs with Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khuznulin, who is in charge of an exchange project that was broadcast on Russian television.
The president also spoke to workers involved in restoring a 12-mile (19-kilometer) bridge used by Russia to move military equipment into Ukraine.
Putin also stressed the need to build a highway along the Azov coast to connect Crimea with regions in southern Russia, the Kremlin said.
Russia has blamed last month’s bombing of the bridge on Ukrainian military intelligence, which has since destroyed several Ukrainian energy facilities and other key infrastructure.
Zelensky says Ukrainian air defenses have shot down most of the Russian missiles
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that most of the Russian missiles fired at Ukraine on Monday were shot down by Ukrainian Air Defense Forces. Power workers had already started work to restore power supply, he added.
Russia has carried out the latest wave of airstrikes in Ukraine, destroying homes in the south, cutting power in the north and killing at least two people, Ukrainian officials said.
New Barrage of Russian Missiles Targets Utilities
Ukrainian officials A new wave of Russian missile attacks has been reported across the country as Moscow seeks to disrupt Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure.
EExplosions were reported in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Krivi Rih.
A A missile strike in Odessa cut power to pumping stations and left the entire city without water, the local water company said.
OOfficials in Kryvyi Rih said, “Electricity has been cut in parts of the city, and several boilers and pumping stations have been disconnected.”
Air raid sirens sounded across the country and authorities urged people to take shelter.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Deputy Head of the Office of the Ukrainian President Kirill Tymoshenko wrote in a telegram.
Western price ceiling for Russian oil came into effect
A price cap on Russian oil agreed by the European Union, G7 and Australia came into force. The measure aims to limit Russia’s revenue as punishment for its occupation of Ukraine, while ensuring Moscow supplies the global market.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded that the move would help destabilize the world energy market. He also said that it will not affect Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.
The cap came into effect alongside an EU ban on shipping Russian crude oil. It comes months after the US and Canada imposed sanctions.
Russia is the world’s second-largest crude exporter and is likely to find new buyers with no market price cap.
UK says Russia flies very few planes
UK ministry Defense says the number of Russian warplanes flying over Ukraine has dropped significantly in recent months.
Ministry says Russian aircraft may now fly tens of thousands of missions per day, up from 300 missions per day in March 2022.
UK experts say The reduction in sorties may be the result of at least three factors – the continued high threat from Ukrainian air defenses, limitations in flying time available to Russian aircraft, and poor weather conditions.
Russia has now lost more than 60 fixed-wing aircraft in the conflict.
Russia’s ground attack tactics rely mainly on visual identification and unguided weapons, the ministry said. The Russian Air Force will continue some ground attack operations through bad winter weather.
Ukraine held trade talks with the neutral UAE
The United Arab Emirates and Ukraine have announced talks on a bilateral trade agreement, which is expected to be concluded by the middle of next year.
The Gulf Arab state has sought to remain neutral in the Russia-Ukraine war despite pressure from the West to do more on Gulf oil producers to isolate Moscow. UAE calls for diplomacy to resolve conflict
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