The Russian navy “fought off” a drone attack on the port of Sevastopol in Crimea, annexed by Moscow, early Wednesday morning, the governor of the Kremlin-backed city claimed.
The peninsula, which was occupied by Russia in 2014 and is home to Moscow’s Black Sea Fleet, has been hit by a string of drone strikes since the Kremlin’s offensive in Ukraine began.
“In total, three objects were destroyed,” Mikhail Razbodzaev, the governor of Russia-installed Sevastopol, told Telegram.
He said the sailors had shot the drone with “small arms” and that “the air defenses were working as well.”
The drone strike came less than a week after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Crimea, and Ukraine said a Russian cruise missile was destroyed in an explosion in Crimea, but blamed the incident. Denied.
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Footage shows Russian strikes on residential areas
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has shared footage of what he says Russian missiles hit an apartment building in Zaporizhia, southeastern Ukraine.
“Residential areas where civilians and children live are being set on fire,” Zelensky said, adding that the situation in the country would not be “another day.”
“The world needs greater unity and determination to defeat Russian terrorism faster and save lives,” he wrote on Twitter.
Poland denounces ‘dangerous’ Russia-China ‘axis’
Poland’s prime minister on Wednesday branded the China-Russia alliance “dangerous” after Chinese leader Xi Jinping ended a three-day visit to Moscow.
“The Chinese president’s visit to Moscow makes us uneasy. This China-Moscow axis is dangerous,” Mateusz Morawiecki told reporters after welcoming Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Warsaw. Told.
President Xi Jinping left Russia on Wednesday following a summit with President Vladimir Putin, welcoming a “new era” in bilateral relations and showing solidarity with the West.
Poland, one of Ukraine’s closest allies, has warned of growing cooperation between China and Russia.
“We are trying to convince China not to support Russia’s aggressive international policy,” Morawiecki told reporters.
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The Ministry of Defense has released a Defense Intelligence Agency update on the situation in Ukraine.
Zaporizhia under attack
Zaporizhia is under attack, according to Andriy Yermak, secretary general of the Ukrainian president’s office.
“Russians are barging Zaporizhia. Houses and Kortitsia Island are under enemy fire,” he wrote on Twitter.
Kortytsia is the largest island on the Dnieper and lies within the boundaries of the city of Zaporizhia.
Zaporizhia is a partially occupied area that the Kremlin claimed to have annexed last year.
Four dead in Russian strike
According to Ukrainian state broadcaster Saspirun, four people were killed in overnight Russian airstrikes against Ruzhshchiv in the Kiev region.
Seven more people, including children, were injured in the attack.
Suspilne wrote for her Telegram channel:
“The number of people killed in a drone attack on Ruzhshchiv in the Kiev region has increased to four,” said the chief of the regional police. of men have been recovered.”
Ruzhshchiv is located south of the capital, on the right bank of the Dnieper, and has a population of about 7,000.
Analysis: Putin had little to gain from Xi’s visit other than a pompous ceremony
After all, Xi Jinping’s vaunted visit to Moscow was little more than a photo opportunity. Roland Oliphant wrote:.
The ceremony was spectacular in the Kremlin’s glittering halls, but a joint statement he made with Vladimir Putin suggests the leaders haven’t made much progress.
There were no big announcements about Ukraine. Neither China’s diplomatic maneuvers regarding peace talks nor the shocking announcement of military assistance from Beijing come as a surprise.
Read Rowland’s analysis of the vaunted visit of Xi Jinping to Moscow here.
US rejects Chinese mediation over Ukraine
The US said it did not believe China could be an impartial mediator between Moscow and Kiev over the war in Ukraine.
This was the United States’ most direct criticism yet of China’s aim to become a mediator to end the war.
“I don’t think China can reasonably be considered fair,” White House National Security Council (NSC) spokesman John Kirby said at a news conference.
He said despite China’s refraining from criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the West’s mounting sanctions on Moscow’s energy industry, and the Kremlin’s depletion of funds to pay for the war. He pointed out that he continues to buy Russian oil.
Kirby also added that China “continues to parrot Russian propaganda”, blaming Russia for the war, which it feels threatened and has given pro-Western Ukraine strong support for years, to the United States and others. Claims to be in Western countries. justify aggression.
Slovakia offered discounted US helicopters after sending jets to Ukraine
The US has offered to sell 12 Bell AH-1Z Viper helicopters to Slovakia at a two-thirds discount after Bratislava has sent decommissioned MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine, Defense Minister Jaroslav Nad said. Stated.
Nad said the government still needs to approve the deal, which will pay $340 million for a package worth more than $1 billion.
In a Facebook post, Nad said the deal was offered under the U.S. Foreign Military Financing Program.
The Bell AH-1Z Viper is an upgraded version of the Cobra attack helicopter that has been in service with the US military since the Vietnam War. Despite its age, it is still a very powerful attack helicopter and can carry a wide variety of missiles and rockets.
School badly damaged in deadly Russian drone attack
A drone strike that killed three people in the Kiev region hit a high school about 50 miles south of the capital, a source with the Ukrainian emergency service said.
The attack “partially destroyed” two floors of two student residences and a building used for study, sources said.
The fire, which covered more than 3,200 square feet of the school, was extinguished before 7 a.m. local time, emergency services said.
Three killed in Russian drone strike in Kiev region
Authorities said three people were killed and seven injured in a nighttime Russian drone strike in the Kiev region.
“A drone attack at night in the Kiev region resulted in damage to a civilian site and a fire,” the regional military administration said in a telegram, without giving details, including the location of the attack.
Russia ‘likely to lose momentum on Bakhmut’
British military intelligence believes it is likely that the Russian offensive against the town of Bahmut has lost the limited momentum it has gained so far.
This may be happening because “some Russian Defense Ministry units have been reassigned to other departments,” the Ministry of Defense tweeted in a regular bulletin.
Ukrainian forces on Tuesday repulsed a Russian attempt to advance into the center of the small eastern city of Bakhmut.