Ukraine: Russian armoured vehicle destroyed by drone
Russia has suffered a staggering loss of over 300,000 troops since the outset of its invasion of Ukraine in February last year.
The General Staff of Ukraine’s armed forces disclosed the figure on Tuesday, underlining the substantial toll exacted on the Russian military in the ongoing conflict.
Beyond the immense human cost, Ukraine claims that Russia has also lost more than 5,000 tanks in the battle.
The claim comes as the Ministry of Defence, earlier this week, expressed its belief that Russia is currently facing what could be its most severe losses this year.
The assessment coincides with Russia’s launch of a “major” assault on the eastern town of Avdiivka.
The situation on the ground continues to evolve rapidly, with these latest numbers shedding light on the intensity of the conflict.
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Kyiv: 18 out of 20 kamikaze drones and one Kh-59 missile shot down overnight
Ukrainian air defence forces successfully intercepted and shot down one Kh-59 cruise missile and 18 out of 20 Shahed-136/131 kamikaze drones launched by Russia into the country overnight, as reported by the Ukrainian Air Force. The Kh-59 missile and a portion of the drones were launched from the Russian region of Kursk, while the rest of the unmanned aircraft originated from the Russian naval base in Primorsko-Akhtarsk (southeast).
Western and Central Ukraine targeted by Russian drones
According to local media reports, Russia has unleashed a new wave of drones targeting various regions in Western and Central Ukraine. Air defence sirens have been sounding for hours in the regions of Lviv, Ternopil, and Khmelnytskyi. Air raid warning sirens have also been heard in Kyiv and Cherkassy regions, while explosions have been reported in the Poltava region in central Ukraine. Last night, local media reported that Ukrainian forces shot down two drones in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
Biden to veto Republican bill for aid to Israel only
President of the United States, Joe Biden, is poised to veto a Republican proposal from the House of Representatives that provides aid to Israel but excludes Ukraine and includes cuts to funds for the Internal Revenue Service if it were to pass in both chambers. The White House has confirmed the news. “Unlike the President’s national security package, this bill does not include any assistance to Ukraine. This is an urgent need,” the White House’s Office of Management and Budget said.
Russians arrested in New York
Three Russians have been arrested in New York for evading US sanctions and shipping electronic components for weapons used by Moscow in its war in Ukraine. Nikolay Golstev, 37 years old, and his wife Kristina Puzyreva, 32 years old, both Russian-Canadians, were arrested along with their alleged partner Salimdzhon Nariddinov, 52 years old, of Russian-Tajik citizenship. The charges relate to “over 300 shipments of restricted items, valued at approximately $10 million, to the Russian battlefield,” Ivan Arvelo, Special Agent with the US Department of Homeland Security, said in a press release.
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