The new commander of Moscow’s army in Ukraine has announced that civilians will be “relocated” from the Russian-occupied southern city of Kherson, describing the military situation as “tense”.. “The enemy is constantly trying to attack the positions of Russian troops,” Sergey Surovikhin He said in his first TV interview Since the designation earlier this month, the situation around the occupied southern city of Kherson has been particularly difficult.
Kyiv has recently introduced a news blackout in the south of the country, leading to speculation that it is preparing a new major offensive on Kherson. “When Ukrainians get a news blackout, it means something is happening. They’ve always done it before when there’s a big offensive push,” Michael Clarke, former director general of the Royal United Services Institute, told Sky News.
Residents of four towns in the Kherson region were evacuated in anticipation of a “large-scale attack,” Vladimir Zalto, president of Kherson, founded in Russia, said in a video address. Kirill Stremousov, the Russian-appointed deputy administrator of the Kherson region, echoed the news in a telegram late Tuesday: “The battle for Kherson will begin in the very near future. If possible, civilians are advised to leave the area of impending heavy hostilities.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia no longer saw the need to maintain a diplomatic presence in the West., the Daily Beast reported. “There is no sense and no desire to maintain the previous presence in Western states. Our people are working in conditions that cannot be called humane,” Lavrov was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency TASS.
Military advisers from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were on Ukrainian soil at a Russian military base in occupied Crimea. The New York Times reported. The Iranians are said to have been sent to help Russian troops deal with problems with Tehran-supplied Shahed-136 drones, renamed Zeran-2 by the attackers.
Iran has deepened its commitment to arms Russia’s attack on Ukraine.As well as a large number of cheap but effective drones, According to US and Iranian security officials.
Russian airstrikes have destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s power stations since October 10. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said it was causing massive power outages across the country.
Russian strikes hit a power plant in Kiev, killing three people, as well as energy infrastructure in Kharkiv to the east and Dnipro to the south. A resident of an apartment building was also killed in the southern port city of Mykolaiv, and the northern Ukrainian city of Zhytomyr was without water or electricity.
Ukraine’s foreign minister said he would propose formally cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran. After a wave of Russian attacks using what Kiev says are Iranian-made drones. Iran has denied supplying the drones and Russia has denied using them. Ukrainian intelligence said the 1,750 drones cost just £20,000 each to produce. They can be fired from mobile trucks and, despite their slow speed, are difficult to spot until the last minute.
NATO said Ukraine would receive anti-drone defense systems in the coming days. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said member states would “step up” and provide more air defenses to help stabilize the situation.
Russia’s Duma has suspended live plenary sessions indefinitely to protect information from “our enemy”. A leading legislator said.
Joe Biden is expected to announce the release of more oil from the US Strategic Reserves on Wednesday. Partly in response to recent production cuts announced by countries in OPEC+.
Zelensky urged his troops to take more prisoners. This would facilitate the release of military personnel detained by Russia.
The West should listen carefully when President Vladimir Putin talks about using nuclear weapons, but remember that it is more effective for him to threaten to use them than to go ahead with them. Norway’s armed forces chief told Reuters.
Ukraine’s state nuclear company has accused Russia of “abducting” two senior employees at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. In southern Ukraine. Energoatom said on Monday that Russian forces had “abducted” Oleg Kostyukov, the head of the IT department, and Oleg Osheka, the plant’s assistant general director, “to an unknown location”.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader of the US House of Representatives, warned on Tuesday that Congress would not “write a blank check to Ukraine”. If his party wins next month’s by-elections. Hours later, however, another senior Republican, Michael McCaul, said he thought the Ukrainians “should get what they want” — including more long-range missiles than the Biden administration has been willing to offer so far.