Moscow stepped up attacks across Ukraine on Monday, cutting electricity and killing eight people, including kamikaze drones in the capital, when a Russian fighter jet crashed near the border.
The plane hit a residential area of Yeysk, a city in southwestern Russia, according to Russian authorities.
At least three people were killed and 19 were injured, a spokesman for Russia’s emergency ministry said late Monday.
Moscow is thought to be trying to counter battlefield losses in its eight-month war in Ukraine by pursuing a punitive policy of attacking energy facilities before winter in a move that President Vladimir Putin hopes will weaken resistance. .
Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said Russia launched five strikes in Kiev and against energy facilities in Sumy and the central regions of Dnipropetrovsk, knocking out hundreds of towns and villages.
Ukraine said four people were killed in Kiev, including a married couple expecting a baby, and another four in the northeastern region of Sumy.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba demanded EU sanctions against Iran and accused Tehran of supplying Russia with drones.
An UKTN journalist saw drones flying low over central Kiev on Monday as police attempted to shoot them down with automatic weapons and smoke rose from explosions in the city.
“I saw a bright orange splash… The house was shaking,” resident Tamara Beroshvili said.
The Ukrainian military said it shot down eight Iranian-made drones and two Russian cruise missiles on Monday.
Iran denies exporting weapons to either side, but the United States warned it would take action against companies and countries working with Tehran’s drone program after the attacks in Kiev.
Call for Russia to be expelled from the G20
The attacks come just a week after Russian missiles crashed into Kiev and other cities on October 10 in the largest wave of attacks in months, killing at least 19 people, injuring 105 others and sparking international protests.
“They seem to be beating us every Monday now,” said taxi driver Sergiy Prikhodko, who was waiting for a ride near Kiev’s central station.
“It’s a new way to start the week,” he told UKTN.
Air raid sirens sounded in Kiev shortly before the first explosion at around 6:35 am (0335 GMT), followed by sirens across most of the country.
“Kamikaze drones and missiles are attacking all over Ukraine. The enemy can attack our cities, but he will not be able to break us,” said President Volodymyr Zelensky.
“Russia will achieve nothing with this form of terror, even if we still do not have sufficient air defense and missile defense systems,” the president added.
Senior Presidential Assistant Mykhaylo Podolyak called for Russia’s exclusion from the G20 after the strikes.
“Those ordering attacks on critical infrastructure, freezing civilians and organizing total mobilization to cover the front lines with corpses cannot sit at the same table with G20 leaders,” he said in a statement to social media. media, in which he called for Russia to be “removed from all platforms”.
In Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced that the conscription of the Russian army would end from Monday.
Meanwhile, Ukraine announced it had exchanged more than 100 prisoners with Russia in what it said was the first women’s exchange with Moscow since the invasion began on February 24.
“The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we can free our heroes. Every Ukrainian soldier, every frontline commander should remember this,” Zelensky said.
NATO regularly launched nuclear deterrence exercises in Western Europe, planned before Russia invaded Ukraine, and rejected calls for the exercises to be scrapped after Putin made veiled threats to launch a nuclear strike.
The exercises will involve American B-52 long-range bombers, and a total of up to 60 aircraft will participate in training flights over Belgium, the United Kingdom and the North Sea.
Meanwhile, Moscow’s ally, Belarus, said as many as 9,000 Russian soldiers and about 170 tanks would be deployed in the country to build a new joint fighting force, which it says will be uniquely defensive and aim to expand its borders. to secure.
In the south, Ukrainian troops are pushing closer and closer to the large city of Kherson, just north of Crimea.
Kherson is one of four regions in Ukraine that Moscow recently claimed to have annexed.
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