Sunak in Kyiv, new air defense supplies worth 50 million
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak meeting Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky today in Kyiv confirmed that the UK will provide a major new air defense package to help protect Ukrainian civilians and critical national infrastructure from the intensifying barrage of Russian attacks. The £50m defense aid package includes 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly drones supplied by Iran, including dozens of radars and anti-drone electronic warfare capabilities. This follows more than 1,000 new anti-aircraft missiles announced by the defense minister earlier this month.
An explosion in a gas pipeline near St. Petersburg
The governor, Alexander Drozdenko, said in a Telegram, citing the Russian government, that an explosion occurred in a gas pipeline in the Leningrad region, a few kilometers from St. Petersburg. RIA Novosti news agency. According to Drozdenko, there is no danger to the population, no one was injured, and the causes of the explosion are currently being investigated. The pressure on the main pipeline has now been reduced.
Kyiv: We can enter Crimea by the end of December
Ukrainian forces may return to Crimea by the end of December and the whole war with Russia will end by spring. This was stated by the Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Volodymyr GavrilovIn an interview with Sky News. «We can enter the Crimea, for example, by the end of December. possible? It’s possible. “Do not rule out.” He said that the restoration of the Black Sea Peninsula, which Russia illegally annexed in 2014, is “only a matter of time, and of course, we would like to do it as soon as possible,” explaining that this could help “black swan” in internal Russia, An unexpected event” that could contribute to our success in Crimea.”
Havrilov then reiterated that peace talks with the Kremlin can only take place when Russia cedes “every inch of Ukraine”, including Crimea. A scenario that, according to the deputy minister, has the full support of the Ukrainian people: “The current consensus in Ukrainian society is that we must go all the way, regardless of what kind of scenario is on the table,” he added, referring to Russia’s possible use of mass destruction. “The possibility is remote, but it would be a tragedy,” the deputy minister concluded.
Podolyak: Ukraine will not kneel before Russia
Any conspiracy theory about Ukraine’s surrender or the West’s secret negotiations with Putin ignores one small detail: the Ukrainians. Such agreements cannot be enforced. Ukraine will not bow before the Russians. It is not a matter of politics. It is a matter of our existence.” This was written by the advisor to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Mykhailo Podolyak, on Twitter.
Russia: We call for an international investigation into the execution of prisoners
We call on international organizations to condemn and thoroughly investigate this horrific crime. The atrocities committed by Ukrainian military units will not go unpunished. All perpetrators and their accomplices will be identified and punished accordingly. No one will escape punishment, “said the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria ZakharovCommenting on a video purporting to show Ukrainian soldiers “mercilessly shooting unarmed Russian prisoners of war,” at least 11 soldiers have been captured in the Luhansk People’s Republic.
“These horrific images are further evidence of the crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis,” said the Russian diplomat. “Ukraine is flagrantly violating international humanitarian law, in particular the 1949 Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, and international human rights law, including the International Covenant on Rights.” the 1966 Civil and Political Convention and the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.” The Russian Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal case related to the mass killing of Russian soldiers by Ukrainian forces.
Zakharova went on to say that Russia has repeatedly drawn the international community’s attention “to Ukraine’s cruel and inhuman treatment of detained Russian military personnel. Without any embarrassment, the Ukrainian neo-Nazis showed their ‘exploits’ to everyone. These videos will make your blood run cold: they shoot the legs of the bound soldiers, no They respect dead bodies, shoot unarmed soldiers and civilians. They even shared footage of tanks crushing people alive. Foreign mercenaries also took part in these atrocities, like the Georgian legionnaires who brutally shot imprisoned Russian paratroopers outside Kyiv last March.
The collective West supporting Kyiv has not paid attention to these many realities. Such approval by the Americans and Europeans makes them complicit in the crimes committed by the Ukrainian neo-Nazis who encourage them,” he continued, adding that these atrocities were committed not only by Ukrainian neo-Nazi groups, but also by regular forces. “Their commitment to the ideology of The neo-Nazis and their actions in support of these principles reveal the criminal core of the Kyiv regime.”
Kyiv: rejected six attacks in Donetsk
The enemy continues to target critical infrastructure and civilian homes, in violation of international humanitarian law and the laws and customs of war. They were hit by a civilian missile infrastructure in Zaporizhia ». The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine wrote on Facebook, adding that the armed forces in Kyiv had successfully repelled six attacks by the Russians in Donetsk, and the Ukrainian Air Force carried out seven attacks in areas where Russian military personnel were concentrated.
“The Russians are concentrating their efforts on limiting the actions of the defense forces in certain directions, and at the same time conducting offensive actions in the Bakhmut, Avdeev and Novopavlev directions,” the General Staff wrote. The Ukrainian armed forces repelled the attacks of the Russian occupiers in the Belogorievka, Zelenopil, Klyshchevka, Pervomaisky, Vodyany and Novomikylevka regions of the Donetsk region. “Fire damage has been confirmed in the area where the Russians are concentrated in the settlement of Mikhaylivka in Skadovsky district. The human losses amounted to 40 dead and 70 wounded. They were transferred to hospitals in the temporarily occupied territory of the Republic of Crimea, ”reports the General Staff.
Most APEC members condemn the war
Most of the member states of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the body that groups major countries in the Asia-Pacific region, signed a statement at the Bangkok summit “condemning the war in Ukraine.” “A large part of the members – reading the memorandum signed by the 21 APEC leaders – condemn the war in Ukraine, and also stress that it is causing enormous human suffering and exacerbating the already existing fragility in the global economy.”
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