Putin Nuclear News - Oil Prices Rise As Cap On Russian Crude Takes Effect
As the world waits for the Putin nuclear news and hopes to come to an end, oil prices have risen on fears that a new price cap on Russian crude will disrupt global supplies in the coming months.
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As the world waits for the Putin nuclear newsand hopes to come to an end, oil prices have risen on fears that a new price cap on Russian crude will disrupt global supplies in the coming months.
The cap will prevent any Russian crude sold at a price higher than that from being shipped using G7 and EU tankers, insurance companies, or credit institutions.
Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, global oil prices soared to more than $120 per barrel amid fears of a global supply shortfall from Russia.
However, they have dropped precipitously since then as the global economy slows and countries use less oil. A separate decision by major oil-producing countries to continue reducing output in order to keep prices stable has also fueled the rise.
Brent crude oil rose nearly 2% to $87.25 per barrel on Monday. However, this is still far below the highs seen following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Higher oil prices tend to raise gasoline prices and the cost of living, which is rising at the fastest rate in 41 years in the United Kingdom.
Authorities are looking for a gunman who shot at police. According to the Russian news outlet Mash, the man was described as a "deserter with a machine gun." He allegedly attacked police near a customs office on the outskirts of Novoshakhtinsk, close to the Ukrainian border.
According to Telegram channel 112, officers were looking for a woman in the area when a man dressed in camouflage emerged from the forest and began shooting at the police.
According to Mash, two officers were injured in the shooting, and the man is thought to have crossed the border from Ukraine. Roads in Novoshakhtinsk have reportedly been closed while the search is underway.
Schools and nurseries in Novoshakhtinsk and its environs have been closed. Authorities have also advised residents not to go outside and to avoid attempting to apprehend the gunman.
Russian opposition politicians are pleading with Vladimir Putin to end the country's partial military mobilization, a risky move. In September, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order to mobilize 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.
At the time, the Kremlin stated that a formal decree would not be required to cancel the mobilization at a later date.
According to Emilia Slabunova, an opposition councilor in Karelia in northern Russia, the lack of a decree meant that those who had already been drafted could not leave the armed forces.
Other councilors filed appeals, claiming that the lack of a decree "creates legal uncertainty," allows citizens to be drafted into the army, and "allows military commanders to deny citizens their discharge from service."
It is rare and risky for elected officials to challenge the Kremlin on the Ukraine war, given that Russia has passed legislation threatening long prison sentences for "discrediting" the armed forces or spreading "fake news" about them.
Some $15m (£9.1m) will be sent to Ukraine to help it clear landmines, Canada has said. It will provide bomb suits to help protect Ukrainian de-miners, along with funding for advanced remote-control de-mining systems to clear large areas.
The assistance will help fund the detection and clearance of landmines, unexploded explosive ordnance and other explosive remnants of war.
A US official previously compared Ukraine's challenge to attempts to disarm unexploded ordnance in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos following the American war of the 1960s and 70s in Southeast Asia.
Russia and Belarus hold talks as Kremlin mobilises more troops for combat
The two sides discussed bilateral military cooperation and amended an agreement on the "joint provision of regional security," according to the statement, without going into further detail.
Russia and Belarus are formally part of a "union state" and are economically and militarily allied, with Moscow using Belarus as a staging post for its February invasion of Ukraine.
Belarus has stated that it will not enter the Ukraine conflict, but President Alexander Lukashenko has previously ordered troops to deploy near the Ukrainian border with Russian forces, citing threats to Belarus from Kyiv and the West.
According to the state-run Belta news agency, Russia's defense minister, Sergei Shoigu, met with his Belarusian counterpart, Viktor Khrenin.
The two sides discussed bilateral military cooperation and amended an agreement on the "joint provision of regional security," according to the statement, without going into further detail.
Belarus has stated that it will not enter the Ukraine conflict, but President Alexander Lukashenko has previously ordered troops to deploy near the Ukrainian border with Russian forces, citing threats to Belarus from Kiev and the West.
Sofia kneels in the corner of the room, shrinking herself as much as she can. Space, or the lack thereof, is now a constant constraint in her life. The 19-year-old shares a room with her boyfriend and mother. Not only that, but they're all sleeping in the same bed.
Sofia Prosyanyk fled Mariupol earlier this year; the city was besieged and eventually captured by Russia in May. She met her boyfriend Yaroslav at an evacuation center before moving to Kalynivka, west of Kyiv, to live with him and his mother Nadiia.
However, when Yaroslav and Nadiia returned, they discovered their own home in ruins, having been destroyed during the failed Russian march on Kyiv at the start of the war.
The room's floorspace can be crossed in three strides. The bed and fridge are on one side, and the stove is right next to the door. In the middle is a stool where they wash their hands. Nadiia, 63, demonstrates how they lay down a plastic sheet to keep the floor from getting wet.
They are hoping that soon, through a charity called Nest, they will be able to get a prefabricated house where Sofia can live with Yaroslav and Nadiia can stay in the outbuilding.
We trundle along snow-covered tracks to another part of town where men are busy erecting one of those prefab houses for Inna, 64, and her son. She comes out to greet us but quickly bursts into tears, recalling the early days of the war.
Civillians holding signages and protesting to stop the war
According to recent polling, Russian public support for the'special military operation' is "falling significantly," according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
According to an independent Russian media outlet, 55% of Russians favor peace talks with Ukraine, while only 25% support the conflict, according to the ministry's daily intelligence update.
The outlet claimed to have access to data collected for internal use by Russia's Federal Protective Service.
Despite Russian authorities' efforts to control information, the conflict has become "increasingly intangible for many Russians since the September 2022 'partial mobilization,'" according to the ministry.
On December 1, 2023, US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron presented a united front in addressing the ongoing war in Ukraine but offered divergent answers on their willingness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During a joint White House news conference with Macron, Biden told reporters that he "has no immediate plans" to contact Putin, but that he is willing to speak with the Russian leader if he is looking for a way to end the war in Ukraine. Biden also stated that Putin has not yet done so.
Macron stated that he is willing to meet with Putin once Ukraine establishes the conditions for a peace agreement. The French president previously told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he plans to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days.
In the last 24 hours, Russian shelling on the southern Ukrainian region of Kherson killed three people. The renewed strikes injured seven more people. The most recent information was provided by regional governor Yaroslav Yanushevych.
He claimed that Russian troops had bombarded Kherson and other parts of the region 42 times in the previous day.
After months of Russian occupation, Ukrainian forces liberated Kherson in mid-November, but the city has remained under fire from troops who retreated to the other side of the Dnipro River.
Kherson's power supply has repeatedly failed. Mr. Yanushevych stated on Thursday, December 1, that power had been restored but had since been lost.
Up to 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers killed in war, senior official says – BBC News
According to Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, between 10,000 and 13,000 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed in the country's war. This figure is significantly lower than the estimates provided by the United States.
We have official figures from the General Staff, official figures from the high command, and according to them we have between 10,000 and 12,500 to 13,000 killed.- Mykhailo Podolyak
On November 10, US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley stated that Russia has lost over 100,000 soldiers as a result of the Ukraine conflict, and that Kyiv is likely to suffer a similar number. There has been no confirmed number of troop casualties on either side of the Ukraine conflict.
The UN nuclear watchdog has stated that a protection zone around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant must be established by the end of the year.
The site, Europe's largest nuclear power plant, has been a source of great concern throughout the conflict, with multiple strikes occurring nearby.
The Russian-controlled plant is only 300 miles from the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster, the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.
The International Atomic Energy Agency stated that it hoped to reach an agreement with Russia and Ukraine this month to establish a protection zone in Zaporizhzhia. Mr. Grossi did not rule out meeting with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
As of 9 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET) Sunday, November 27, power, water, heat, internet, and network coverage had "almost completely restored" in Ukraine's capital Kyiv, according to the city military administration.
The power grid system is now in its final stages of repair, according to authorities. Officials also stated that most of the city's residents are no longer experiencing emergency blackouts, which were imposed last month to limit energy consumption, as a result of the restored and stable power supply and citizens' low consumption.
The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs mounted on readily available rockets.
As the West struggles to meet demand for more arms, Kyiv will be able to strike far behind Russian lines. As the war drags on and US and allied military inventories dwindle, Ukraine is in desperate need of more sophisticated weapons.
According to industry sources, Boeing's proposed system, the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about a half-dozen plans for putting new munitions into production for Ukraine and America's Eastern European allies.
According to a document reviewed by Reuters news agency and three people familiar with the plan, GLSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and the M26 rocket motor, both of which are widely available in US arsenals.
A local organization has been photographed evacuating elderly residents from the southern city of Kherson in the face of Russian attacks. Others who have chosen to remain have received food donations, as shown in the bottom image.
Russian forces shelled several areas in eastern and southern Ukraine over the weekend, as utility crews worked to restore power, water, and heating after widespread strikes in recent weeks.
As Russia launched a barrage of strikes on civilian infrastructure, air raid sirens rang out across Ukraine. Ten people were killed, and the attacks forced the shutdown of nuclear plants as well as the disruption of water and electricity supplies in many areas.
The capital of Kyiv was one of the main targets of yesterday's strikes, with explosions rocking the city and emergency services racing to put out fires.
Denys Monastyrsky, the Interior Minister, said three high-rise apartment buildings were hit, killing ten people. Following the attacks, the entire Kyiv region, home to over three million people, lost power and running water.
Across much of Ukraine, similar problems were encountered, and some regions were forced to implement energy blackouts in order to conserve energy and carry out repairs.
Defenders of the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol are among 36 prisoners of war returned to Ukraine as part of a trade agreement with Russia.
According to Ukraine's Public Defender office, those returned include members of the national guard who were captured at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant during the first days of the invasion.
In total, 22 National Guard members, eight border guards, four navy soldiers, and one representative of Ukraine's Armed Forces were exchanged for one civilian. 35 Russian servicemen were returned as part of the exchange, according to Moscow sources.
German Eurofighters and Patriot Systems To Guard Poland After Missile Blast | Russia-Ukraine War
Following Germany's offer, Poland announced on Monday, November 21, that it would propose deploying additional Patriot missile launchers near its border with Ukraine.
After a stray missile crashed in Poland last week, Berlin offered Warsaw the Patriot missile defense system to help secure its airspace. It had previously stated that it would assist its eastern neighbor in air policing with German Eurofighters.
The missile that hit Poland last week, killing two people, appeared to have been fired accidentally by Ukraine's air defenses rather than as a Russian strike, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe's largest, has been reconnected to the Ukrainian power grid.
It had been cut off from the power grid as a result of Russian missile strikes across the country. The plant's diesel generators have been turned off, according to Ukraine's state energy company Energoatom.
However, the company's CEO, Petro Kotin, warned that Russian strikes posed a "real danger of nuclear and radioactive catastrophe."
Shelling has repeatedly damaged the Zaporizhzhia plant, prompting Europe's nuclear watchdog to call for the establishment of a safe zone around the facility. Russia and Ukraine have both claimed responsibility for the attacks.
On Monday, November 21, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated that Washington is committed to assisting Kyiv "for as long as it takes."
When asked about Ukraine during a joint press conference with his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta, Austin said it is "hard to predict how things will evolve and on what timeline, but we're in this to support Ukraine for as long as it takes."
The US is focused on supporting Ukraine, while Ukraine is focused on "making sure they're doing everything they can to reclaim every inch of their sovereign territory,".
Austin stated at the press conference that the United States is a "proud partner" of Indonesia as the two countries "work together to advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific."
Without training to the frontline: dissatisfaction with mobilization is growing in Russia
The Kremlin said on Monday, November 21, that it was not considering mobilizing more Russian troops to fight in Ukraine in the second round of mobilization.
In a contentious mobilization drive in September, Russia called up more than 300,000 reservists to support what it calls its "special military operation" in Ukraine.
Hundreds of thousands of Russian men fled the country to avoid conscription, sparking the largest anti-Kremlin protests in the country since Moscow sent in troops.
President Vladimir Putin said he ended the mobilization drive at the end of October but has not revoked an official that provides the legal for the draught, a decision that has alarmed some, who believe the Kremlin is preparing for another round of call-ups.
Zelenskyy And His Wife holding each other hands during Commemoration Ceremony
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife Olena were photographed at a memorial ceremony in Kyiv.
The first couple lit candles at a memorial to the "Heavenly Hundred," those who died in pro-EU mass demonstrations that began on this day in 2013. The couple was most recently seen together in a Vogue feature.
Poland is set to propose deploying additional Patriot missiles near its border with Ukraine, following an offer from Germany.
Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said: "During today's conversation with the German side, I will propose that the system be stationed at the border with Ukraine."
Germany offered Warsaw the missile defense system to help it to secure its airspace after a stray missile crashed in Poland last week, Berlin's Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht told a newspaper on Sunday, November 20.
The German government had said it would offer further help in air policing with Eurofighters after the incident, which initially raised fears that the war in Ukraine could spill across the border.
Russian airstrikes on energy and other facilities shook Ukraine from east to west, causing widespread power outages. As neighborhoods went dark, a senior official warned that the situation was "critical" and urged Ukrainians to "hang in there."
The aerial assault, which killed at least one person in a residential building in the capital, Kyiv, came after days of euphoria in Ukraine fueled by one of the country's biggest military victories in the nearly nine-month war, the retaking of the city of Kherson last week.
At least a dozen regions reported strikes, resulting in numerous emergency blackouts. According to a Ukrainian air force spokesman, Russia launched approximately 100 missiles. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy estimated the figure to be 85.
US officials suggest missile that hit Poland was fired by Ukraine
According to three US officials, preliminary assessments indicate that the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces in response to an incoming Russian missile during today's crushing salvo against Ukraine's electrical infrastructure.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the situation.
Biden spoke after convening an "emergency" meeting of the Group of Seven and NATO leaders in Indonesia this morning to discuss the attack in eastern Poland near the Ukraine border that killed two people.
A US National Security Council spokesperson declined to comment on reports that the Russian-made missile that landed in eastern Poland and killed two people was fired by Ukrainian forces attempting to intercept a Russian attack.
Smoke rises over the building after a series of missile attacks
Russia has denied responsibility for the missile that landed near the Ukrainian border in Przewodow. Poland claimed it was Russian-made, but preliminary findings indicate it was fired by Ukrainian air defenses. According to Kyiv, Russia launched more than 90 missiles at Ukraine on Tuesday.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the majority of Russian rockets fired were aimed at the country's energy infrastructure.
Although the Ukrainian military claimed 77 missiles were shot down, some of them struck Lviv, near the country's western border with Poland.
Two Polish workers were killed in a blast at a farm building in Przewodow, 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the Russian border, during the Russian attacks. Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters that the cause of the explosion was still unknown and that investigators were looking into all possibilities.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo asked for "calm" at the G20 summit in Bali, after a missile struck Poland near its border with Ukraine on Tuesday, November 15,2022.
I always say that war will only bring devastation. Therefore, we must stop the war. And President Biden has already said that the missile is unlikely to come from Russia.- Indonesian President Joko Widodo
According to US President Joe Biden, preliminary information "contests" claims that the missile was launched from Russia.
Global leaders gathered at the conference attempted to defuse a potential escalation in the Kremlin's war on Ukraine after Poland said a "Russian-made" missile killed two people outside the rural village of Przewodow.
This was the first time a NATO member was directly hit during the conflict. It is unknown who launched the missile or from where it was launched.
As the world waits for the Putin nuclear news and hopes to come to an end, and finally it is, utility companies in Kherson were working to restore critical infrastructure damaged and mined by fleeing Russian forces, with most homes in the southern Ukrainian city still without electricity and water.
Among their joy, some city residents recalled being mistreated by the Russians during their occupation of Kherson.
Yaroslav Yanushevych, governor of the Kherson region, said the authorities had decided to maintain a curfew from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. and prohibit people from leaving or entering the city as a security measure.
Zelensky attributed Ukraine's success in Kherson and elsewhere to tenacious resistance in the Donetsk region in the face of repeated Russian attacks.
Debris is seen on site of the destroyed Mariupol children's hospital
The militant who goes by the moniker Phil was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Nov. 14 for high treason and participation in the activities of illegal armed groups, according to the prosecutor's office of Donetsk Oblast.
According to Ukraine's Security Service, the militant used a T-72 tank during the hostilities in Mariupol and carried out at least 20 attacks on residential high-rise buildings in the city.
During the capture, his tank was damaged, and he was injured. Investigators said the militant had a "long career" as a member of the disputed Donetsk People's Republic, which is currently held by pro-Russian separatists. It began as a separatist state before being annexed by Russia.
On November 13, a car carrying four civilians collided with a landmine in the village of Novoraisk, resulting in an explosion, according to Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko. An 11-year-old child was among the injured, according to Tymoshenko.
An 11-year-old child was among those injured when a mine exploded in newly liberated Kherson, according to a Ukrainian official.
According to Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the President's Office, the family of four was traveling by car when the device exploded. "Russian terrorists left a lot of mines and tripwires behind," he explained.
Kherson Retreat Live: Ukrainian President Zelenskyy Visits Kherson After Russian Troops Leave
Ukraine's President, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, addressed troops in the newly liberated Ukrainian city of Kherson on Monday, saying that the country is "ready for peace, peace for all."
Ukrainian officials began transporting food, water, and medicine into Kherson on Sunday, two days after Kyiv's forces entered the strategic regional capital that Russia had captured at the start of the war but has since fled.
Ukrainian President Zelensky said more than 41 settlements in Ukraine have been liberated following the Russian decision to withdraw to the eastern side of the Dnipro River.
Today we have good news from the south, the number of Ukrainian flags returning to their rightful place in the framework of the ongoing defense operation is already reaching dozens. 41 settlements have been liberated.- Volodymyr Zelensky
Zelensky used his daily video address to congratulate several units involved in the southern Kherson region advance.
Zelensky also expressed gratitude to the Netherlands and the United States for new aid infusions of approximately $100 million from the Netherlands and a new package of military assistance from the United States. "A vital means of air defense. Just what we needed, exactly what we asked for, "he stated.
VIDEO NOW: US to send $400 million more to Ukraine in military aid
The US will send an additional $400 million (£351,488,400) in military aid to Ukraine to help it combat Russia.
The new financial package comes amid fears that Republican control of Congress in the midterm elections will erode support for the war-torn country.
According to the Pentagon, the aid will include large amounts of ammunition as well as four highly mobile Avenger Air Defense systems for the first time.
Stinger missiles for the HAWK surface-to-air anti-aircraft system, 10,000 mortar rounds, thousands of artillery rounds for Howitzers, 400 grenade launchers, 100 Humvees, cold weather gear, and 20 million rounds of ammunition for smaller, individual guns and rifles will also be included.
"This increased air defense will be critical for Ukraine as Russia continues to attack critical civilian infrastructure with cruise missiles and Iranian-made drones," national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
Microsoft has accused Russia's military of carrying out recent ransomware attacks on Ukrainian and Polish transportation and logistics companies.
The news will cause concern in Washington and Europe that allies supporting Ukraine against Russia's invasion may face increased cyber threats. Poland is a NATO member and an important conduit for military aid to Ukraine.
The extent of the damage remained unknown. Microsoft blamed the hacks on a group that the Justice Department claims works for Russia's GRU military intelligence agency and was responsible for power outages in parts of Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.
A request for comment on Microsoft's statement was not responded to by the Russian embassy in Washington, DC. Moscow routinely denies carrying out cyber-attacks.
During the war, Russian hacking groups have carried out a slew of cyberattacks on the Ukrainian government and corporate networks, which have occasionally overlapped with Russian military strikes. However, the type of high-impact hack that knocks out power or other critical networks has been largely absent.
A Ukrainian official has stated that Russia's withdrawal from Kherson will take at least a week, echoing earlier comments from America's highest-ranking military officer.
According to Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov, approximately 40,000 Russian troops remain in the Kherson region, stationed in and around the city as well as on the right bank of the Dnipro River. "It's not going to be easy to get these troops out of Kherson in a day or two. It will take at least one week "He stated.
Mr. Reznikov stated that if Russian forces leave the city as planned, it will free up forces from both sides to fight elsewhere. As war analyst and retired Air Vice-Marshal Sean Bell previously stated, the withdrawal will most likely benefit both parties.
A British man who died in Ukraine was described as a "true hero" by his family. Simon Lingard was killed fighting for the Ukrainian side on November 7 after his military unit was attacked, according to his son Jackson.
"He was adored and loved by many, and he was a true representation of what a soldier should be."
The Ukrainian military has offered to bring him back to England, but we need your help to show him the respect and adoration he deserves by sending him off in style.
The father-of-two, known as Grimmy to his friends, is believed to be the third British national to die in the conflict.
UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace wearing brown jacket
According to the UK's defense secretary, Russia is "losing slowly" in the war against Ukraine. Ben Wallace made his remarks while visiting an Army camp in Kent where Ukrainian volunteers are being trained.
He said Britain was increasing its support for Ukrainian soldiers as harsh winter conditions set in, including the delivery of 12,000 more extreme cold weather sleeping kits. Russia ordered its military to withdraw from Kherson, the only regional capital it has captured since the invasion began, shortly after Mr. Wallace spoke.
As the war approaches its ninth month, Ben Wallace assured volunteers that Britain would continue to support Ukraine.
Operation Interflex is a military training program led by the United Kingdom to assist the Ukrainian Armed Forces in their fight against Russia.
As the world waits for the Putin nuclear news and hopes to come to an end, Ukraine braces for power cuts on account of Russia's war attack.
Four million people across Ukraine have been hit by power cuts on account of Russia's bombing campaign, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Friday as officials in the capital Kyiv warned of "unprecedented" outages.
As a result, energy company DTEK Group, the operator for the Kyiv region, warned on Friday that Russian strikes meant it would have to introduce "unprecedented" power cuts there to prevent a complete blackout.
As they struggle to maintain what remains of an electricity grid heavily damaged by Russian missiles, officials in Ukraine’s capital say they have begun planning for a once unthinkable possibility: a complete blackout that would require the evacuation of the city’s approximately three million remaining residents.
Iran confirms drones to Russia but ‘months’ before Ukraine war
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says Russia intends to use Iranian missiles for possible attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure, especially the country’s energy sector.
The whole world will know that the Iranian regime helps Russia prolong this war, if it was not for the Iranian supply of weapons to the aggressor, we would be closer to peace now, and this means closer to a complete solution to the food crisis.- Volodymyr Zelensky
Iran is preparing to send approximately 1,000 additional weapons, including missiles and more attack drones, to Russia, officials from a Western country that closely monitors Iran’s weapons program.
The shipment is being closely monitored because it would be the first instance of Iran sending advanced precision-guided missiles to Russia, which could give the Kremlin a substantial boost on the battlefield.
Iranian drones have played a significant role in the conflict since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine in late February.
Russia’s loss of aircraft in Ukraine is likely much faster than its ability to manufacture new ones, according to a damning British intelligence report released Monday.
The military update cited comments made by Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, claiming that Russia has already lost over twice the number of aircraft in Ukraine than in the Soviet-Afghan War, with some 278 aircraft allegedly destroyed in Ukraine compared with 119 in the conflict in Afghanistan.
Whilst we cannot independently verify these figures, Russia's continued lack of air superiority is likely exacerbated by poor training, loss of experienced crews, and heightened risks of conducting close air support in dense air defense zones.- Valeriy Zaluzhnyi
A pull-out from the west bank of the Dnipro River signaled a huge retreat that, if confirmed, would be a major turning point in the war, which could be a good sign.
Still, Ukrainian officials and Western analysts were wary of signs that Russia was abandoning the area, and higher-ups in Moscow were deafeningly silent about what would amount to one of Russia's most humiliating retreats to date.
Kyiv said it was still fighting in the area and was concerned that Moscow was setting a trap by pretending to withdraw.
Kherson residents celebrate Russia's diminished presence, but Ukrainian officials fear it's a trick
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev described Russia's war in Ukraine as a sacred conflict with Satan on Friday, November 4, warning that Moscow could send all of its enemies to the eternal fires of Gehenna.
Russia's invasion of Ukraine has killed tens of thousands of people and sparked the most serious conflict with the West since the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis when the Cold War superpowers came dangerously close to nuclear war.
Medvedev, who ran as a liberal modernizer from 2008 to 2012, said Moscow was fighting "crazy Nazi drug addicts" in Ukraine who were backed by Westerners who had "saliva running down their chins from degeneracy."
Ukraine and the West have repeatedly dismissed President Vladimir Putin's claims that his country is run by fascists who persecute Russian speakers. Instead, they portrayed the conflict as a brutal land grab by Moscow.
Medvedev said in a message commemorating Russia's Day of National Unity that the fatherland's task was to "stop the supreme ruler of Hell, whatever name he uses - Satan, Lucifer, or Iblis."
Medvedev, now the deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, stated that Russia possesses a variety of weapons, including the ability to "send all our enemies to fiery Gehenna," a Hebrew term commonly translated as Hell.
Since the start of the war, Medvedev's rhetoric has become increasingly ferocious, though his published views occasionally coincide with thinking at the highest levels of the Kremlin elite.
Russia's defense ministry announced that Ukraine had released 107 Russian service personnel in the most recent prisoner-of-war exchange between Kyiv and Moscow.
The ministry said in a statement that the soldiers would be taken to Moscow for medical treatment. Earlier, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine's Donetsk region announced that Russia would also release 107 captured Ukrainian service personnel.
Andriy Yermak, the head of Ukraine's presidential office, confirmed the arrival of 107 military personnel, including six officers and 101 privates, in a post on Telegram.
Vladimir Putin's generals have deployed "barrier troops" to threaten deserters as his army struggles with low morale in Ukraine, according to British defense chiefs on Friday, November 4, 2022.
According to the UK Ministry of Defense, due to low morale and aversion to fighting, Russian forces have likely begun deploying units threatening to shoot their own retreating soldiers. According to an intelligence report released this morning, these Russian units are "barrier troops" or "blocking units" used to compel offensives.
These units, which have been used by Russian troops in previous conflicts, threaten to shoot their own retreating soldiers in order to force an offensive.
According to British intelligence, the tactics of shooting deserters indicate the low quality, low morale, and undisciplined nature of Russian troops.