SUDDEN DEATH OF A RUSSIAN OLIGARCH
Dmitry Zelenov died following a fall down the stairs in Antibes, in the Alpes-Maritimes. A 50-year-old Russian real estate tycoon, he was visiting friends. The sudden death of this oligarch is added to a dozen others since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.
Power cuts hit kyiv and ten regions of Ukraine on Monday after a new wave of drone attacks launched by Russia, the Ukrainian national operator Ukrenergo announced on Monday.
“All night, enemy drones were trying to hit energy sites”, leading to “a difficult situation for the energy system” and “electricity cuts” in Kyiv and ten other regions of the country, Ukrenergo said on Telegram.
The Russian army said on Monday that it shot down four American-made HARM missiles over its territory, in the sky of the Belgorod region bordering Ukraine, where Moscow has been carrying out an offensive since February.
“Four American HARM anti-radar missiles were shot down in the airspace of the Belgorod region,” the Russian Defense Ministry said in its daily report published on Telegram, without further details.
RUSSIAN MISSILE STOCKPILES
According to Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Danilov, Russia has missiles for “3-4 more massive attacks on Ukraine before it runs out of supplies”, reports the Kyiv Independent. “They have already exceeded the limit (on the number of rockets) which, according to the regulations, they should have respected,” the minister said.
18 OUT OF 23 DRONES INTERCEPTED IN kyiv
A total of 23 Iranian suicide bombers were launched into kyiv overnight, 18 of which were intercepted. Another 12 drones were launched over the rest of the country, all intercepted. Attacks that caused damage to civilian residents, but also to critical infrastructure. The explanations of our special correspondent in kyiv, Solène Rioux.
Ukraine: new drone attack on kyivSource : TF1 News
MOSCOW WARNS ATHENS
Russia’s permanent representative in Crimea, Georgy Muratov, has warned Greece against transferring Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, saying it would be an “irrational display of hostility towards the Russia “, reports Euroactiv.
PUTIN’S “AVANGARD” MISSILE
Russia is preparing to deploy nuclear missiles, known as “Avangard”, which are said to be unstoppable, due to their ability to change course. Benjamin Cruard tells us more about this intercontinental missile, which worries Westerners.
Putin releases “Avangard” missilesSource : TF1 News
Russian forces shelled the center of Kherson. Ukrainian strikes on the Russian region of Belgorod left one dead and eight injured. A look back at the highlights of the past 24 hours.
During the night from Sunday to Monday, several air alerts were heard in kyiv. Nine “enemy” drones have already been shot down, military authorities said. At least two people were injured, and “critical infrastructure” was targeted.
The Russian paramilitary group Wagner is still playing a major role in the fighting around Bakhmout in the Donetsk region (eastern Ukraine), estimates the British Ministry of Defense in its daily update. In recent months, the group has developed offensive tactics to take advantage of the large number of poorly trained convicts it has recruited, the ministry notes.
They are given a very precise individual plan of attack, which they must follow to the letter, with little support. If they deviate from the plan without authorization, they are threatened with summary execution, specifies the Information. Brutal tactics, which aim to retain Wagner’s few assets, namely experienced commanders and armored vehicles, at the expense of the more readily available convict recruits, which the organization considers “expendable”.
The Ukrainian Air Force claims to have shot down 30 of the 35 suicide drones that night. “The drones were launched from the coast of the Sea of Azov”, located in the south-east of Ukraine, specifies the army.
“On the night of December 18-19, 2022, Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with Iranian-made “Shahed-136/131” suicide drones.
The Ukrainian capital was attacked by drones on Monday morning, the military administration of the city of Kyiv said, urging the population to be ready to take shelter.
“The enemy is attacking the capital,” the administration wrote on Telegram. At this stage, nine “enemy” drones have already been shot down in kyiv airspace, she added.
She specifies that the Russian forces carried out barrage fire, using Iranian “Shahed” drones – used in the shelling of kyiv in recent weeks. The city administration issued a first air alert at 1:56 am local time (23:56 GMT) which lasted just over three hours. A second alert was issued at 05:24 (03:24 GMT), and canceled within half an hour.
VLADIMIR PUTIN IN BELARUS
Mr. Putin will meet with his counterpart Alexander Lukashenko at the Independence Palace in Minsk during “his working visit to Belarus”, specifies the press service of the Belarusian presidency.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited the area of the military operation in Ukraine to inspect Russian forces deployed there, the Russian military said in a statement on Sunday.
Sergei Shoigu “inspected the Russian forces deployed in the area of the special military operation”, including going to the front line to speak with soldiers, the statement said.
The military officials on the spot also presented him with reports on the current situation on the ground and the actions of the Russian forces, according to the same source.
The press release does not specify when this trip took place, but its announcement comes two days after a meeting between Vladimir Putin and the leaders of the Russian operation in Ukraine, including Mr. Shoigu.
One person was killed on Sunday and eight others were injured in Ukrainian strikes on the Russian region of Belgorod, bordering Ukraine, the region’s governor, Vyacheslav Gladkov, announced on Telegram.
According to him, the shots targeted Belgorod, the regional capital, as well as a district located nearby. “One person was killed,” he said, adding that it was a man from another Russian region who traveled to Belgorod to work on the construction of a new workshop. from a local poultry farm.
This farm was hit by the strikes on Sunday, with one of its buildings partially destroyed, according to photos released by Mr. Gladkov. “Eight people were injured, seven of whom are currently in hospital,” he added.
War-weary Ukrainian Jews gathered in prayers and candlelight vigils on Sunday to launch Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” vowing to defy the blackouts caused by persistent Russian bombardment.
In Kyiv’s famous Independence Square, also known as Maidan, worshipers huddled together for warmth near what authorities say is the world’s largest menorah (a nine-branched candelabra) Hanukkah in Europe.
The “Festival of Lights”, which each year lasts eight nights, commemorates the Jewish revolt of the Maccabees against a formidable Greco-Syrian force in -167, events during which miracles occurred according to some believers.
Iran said on Sunday it did not need anyone’s “permission” to develop ties with Russia, after the United States raised concerns about the “large-scale military partnership” between Tehran and Moscow.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, in accordance with its national interests … acts independently to regulate its foreign relations and does not seek permission from anyone,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said. , in a press release.
kyiv and its Western backers accuse Russia of using Iranian-made drones to carry out attacks in Ukraine. Iran admitted having supplied drones to Russia, but assured that these deliveries had taken place before the offensive in Ukraine, without however escaping a salvo of Western sanctions.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is due to announce the delivery of a large quantity of artillery ammunition to Ukraine on Monday during a meeting with leaders from Northern Europe, the Baltics and the Netherlands in Latvia.
During this meeting in Riga, ongoing efforts to counter Russia in the Nordic and Baltic regions will be discussed.
Mr Sunak, who will arrive in Latvia on Monday, will ask other leaders of countries participating alongside the UK in the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) to maintain or exceed in 2023 the level of support given this year to Ukraine, according to a statement released by the Prime Minister’s Office.
He will also announce that London will deliver “hundreds of thousands of artillery munitions next year under a £250 million ($304 million) contract that will ensure a steady flow of essential munitions for the artillery to Ukraine throughout 2023,” according to the statement.