Ukraine says it stopped another attack on Kyiv by a drone. On Wednesday, Ukraine claimed that its air defense system had successfully foiled a Russian attack on Kyiv by shooting down 13 inbound explosive-laden drones. However, the resulting debris damaged five buildings.
According to Vitali Klitschko, mayor of the capital, the daytime attack shook the Shevchenkivskyi area in the heart of Kyiv. No one was hurt, as far as anyone knows.
A significant drone attack on Kyiv, the Ukrainian military ministry tweeted. The Russian military only feels secure while attacking unarmed civilian cities.
Since October, Russia has utilized drones as part of its arsenal, along with rockets, missiles, mortars, and artillery, to attack power plants, water facilities, and other public utility installations to demoralize Ukrainians at the beginning of winter.
The latest incident resulted in damage to an administrative building and four residential structures, according to Serhii Popko, head of Kyiv city administration, who reported the damage via Telegram.
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One explosion ripped a massive hole in the roof of a three-story tax office building in the Shevchenkivskyi area and shattered windows in surrounding buildings and parked cars.
Ukraine claims it has had growing success in taking down Russian drones, intercepting over 60 of 70 hits in a barrage on December 5. Despite this, Ukraine has urgently requested more advanced air defense equipment from its Western allies.
On Tuesday, U.S. officials indicated they planned to approve deploying a Patriot missile battery to Ukraine, the most advanced surface-to-air missile system the West has delivered to the Kyiv government during Russia’s 10-month conflict against Ukraine.
Since Russia is utilizing drones in its conflict with Ukraine, the European Union has increased its sanctions against Iran this week.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian officials also reported finding proof that children were tortured in formerly Russian-occupied territory.
Human rights commissioner Dmytro Lubinets claimed that areas of Ukraine retaken from Russian forces contained “torture cells for youngsters” who had been accused of resistance. “The cynicism of the Russian Federation knows no bounds,” he declared.
According to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, 64 Ukrainian soldiers who fought in the eastern Donetsk and Luhansk areas were part of a prisoner swap between Ukraine and Russia.
In a tweet, Andriy Yermak revealed that Suede Murekezi, an American, was involved in the trade.
In July, it was claimed by both the New York Times and the Washington Post that Murekezi had served in the United States Air Force before relocating to Ukraine. Murekezi’s brother said he was wrongfully accused of participating in pro-Ukrainian rallies after being detained in June by pro-Russian soldiers in the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson.
consequences for the environment
Earlier on Wednesday, Zelenskyy encouraged New Zealand to help develop support for a peace proposal involving attention to Russia’s war’s environmental repercussions.
According to Zelenskyy’s video presentation to the New Zealand parliament, Russian strikes have poisoned rivers, flooded coal mines, and destroyed chemical installations. Mines and explosive munitions are reported to have contaminated 174,000 square kilometers of Ukrainian territory, he claimed.
It is possible to restore the shattered economy and infrastructure. “It takes years,” Zelenskyy remarked. If nature is destroyed, it cannot be restored. Like a lost life, a ruined world cannot be rebuilt.
After two conferences garnered over $1 billion in aid commitments for Ukraine from over 70 countries and institutions, Zelenskyy thanked them in his Tuesday night video address to Ukrainians.
Russia’s recent bombings have damaged Ukrainian infrastructure, leaving millions without access to running water and electricity, but this aid will help fix those problems. Investment in the energy industry is expected to total around $400 million.
French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna told reporters following the Paris talks, “We cannot leave [Ukrainians] alone faced with winter, faced with their enemy, which is aiming to inflict hardships.”
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told reporters that the fresh funding “is a significant signal. It proves that the whole of the civilized world is supporting Ukraine.”
The leaders of the Group of Seven top industrialized nations promised Monday to fulfill Ukraine’s urgent requirements for military and defense equipment, which prompted the gathering.