Rain of killer drones and missiles on the Ukrainian capital | War in Ukraine
Russian drones and missiles fell on the Ukrainian capital on Monday morning, wreaking havoc.
New Russian missile and drone strikes sowed terror Monday morning in the capital and two other cities of Ukraine where at least eight people died under the bombs.
According to Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, five strikes by suspected Iranian-made drones and Russian missiles were launched on Monday morning against kyiv and the Dnipropetrovsk and Sumy regions.< /p>
While officially targeting energy installations, the Russian bombardments once again caused heavy damage in residential areas.
The enemy acts stealthily, kills civilians, hitting homes, infrastructure, accused Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on the social network Telegram after these strikes.
There are already four dead after the attack on an apartment building in kyiv, including a young family who were expecting a child. Rescue operations are not over. Terror must lose, and it will lose, he added, attaching several photos to his message.
Images captured in kyiv this morning showed police officers opening fire with their service weapons on a drone which was flying over the city at a very low altitude before it exploded against a building just behind them.
This Russian drone photographed in kyiv on Monday morning matches the description of an Iranian-made Shahed-136 drone, according to Ukrainian authorities.
In the Sumy region, an administrative building was destroyed by a missile strike targeting an electrical transformer, killing four people. In the Dnipropetrovsk region, a cruise missile strike on a transformer injured one person. The Ukrainian presidency affirmed that three missiles could have been shot down in this sector.
In Moscow, the Russian general staff was pleased to have hit all its targets with high-precision weapons.
In southern Ukraine, the army said it shot down 26 Iranian Shahed-type drones overnight from Sunday to Monday. 136.
Short of precision missiles (which cost up to $2 million each), Russian forces have turned to much cheaper GPS-guided Iranian-made drones capable of hitting targets several hundred miles away. miles from their launch point.
The Shahed-136, a suicide drone loaded with high explosives, as well as the Mohajer-6, armed with missiles and bombs, are now the main weapons deployed by Moscow against the Ukrainian cities in addition to its regular artillery.
Given the destruction wrought by these drones in the major cities of his country, the head of Ukrainian diplomacy, Dmytro Kouleba, called for the immediate imposition of international sanctions against Iran, which, according to him, provides these weapons to the Russians in violation of United Nations resolutions.
A cry that has found echoes all the way to Washington where State Department spokesman Vedant Patel, spokesperson for the State Department, said anyone doing business with the #x27;Iran in connection with the development of drones or ballistic missiles, or [involved in] the flow of weapons from Iran to Russia should be vigilant.
The United States will not hesitate to use sanctions or take action against key perpetrators, he added.
We do not meddle in this conflict and we do not supply arms to anyone, hammered back Nasser Kanaani, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
If it is committed Monday to sanctioning political leaders and members of the Iranian police for the bloody repression of the demonstrations which have been raging for several weeks now in the country, the European Union was more nuanced on sanctions linked to the sales of drones to the Russia.
The Europeans are in fact waiting for proof of Tehran's involvement in the supply of combat drones used by Russia in Ukraine, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn said.
In the meantime, Ukrainians are urgently calling for anti-aircraft protection systems against the missiles and killer drones launched in large numbers against Ukrainian cities.
France, the United States, Germany and Spain have already announced the upcoming delivery to the Ukrainians of surface-to-air missile systems effective against these devices.
The European Union is committed to training 15,000 more Ukrainian soldiers on its territory from November.
European Union (EU) foreign ministers also on Monday approved the establishment of a training mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers in basic combat tactics.
Nearly 3,000 of these soldiers will also receive more specialized tactical training, such as handling radar, military engineering units and precision artillery.
< p class="e-p">Russia is losing this war, morally, politically and even militarily. This is why we must continue our support for Ukraine, explained the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, before a meeting with EU foreign ministers.
The initial duration of this training mission, which will take place in EU member countries, is two years.
Financed from the European Peace Facility (EPF), a fund set up outside the European budget to assist Ukraine militarily, this training aims to complement the training missions already pursued by the United States, the Kingdom United and Canada.
France plans in particular to train 2,000 of these Ukrainian soldiers on its territory, according to the French Minister of the Armed Forces, Sébastien Lecornu. Germany, for its part, aims to form the equivalent of a brigade, which is generally composed of 7,000 to 8,000 men.
Poland remains the hub of the European war effort because of the long land border it shares with Ukraine.
On the equipment side, the European Union announced on Monday the granting of an additional 500 million euros (C$672 million) in military equipment to the Ukrainian forces.
The Ukrainians urgently demand anti-aircraft protection systems against the missiles and above all the killer drones launched in large numbers against Ukrainian cities.
With information from Agence France-Presse, Reuters, Euronews, and Associated Press