Rescuers dig through rubble after a school was fatally hit in Ukraine
According to the British MoD, Russian troops continue to suffer from “key weaknesses” in the face of Ukraine’s counteroffensive.
The Defense Ministry said the Kremlin’s forces were particularly hard hit by “overloaded units” and a shortage of artillery ammunition.
Earlier, Russia said that at least five drones en route to Moscow were intercepted in the sky over the capital region this morning.
The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that Russian air defenses destroyed four of the drones and that the fifth was intercepted and crashed. Kiev has so far neither confirmed nor denied the reports.
According to Russian news agencies, officials at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport have diverted several flights and restricted flight schedules for takeoffs and landings.
No reason was given for the diversions and there was no immediate confirmation that this was linked to the reports of drone activity.
The drones were shot down near the village of Valuevo, 30 kilometers southwest of the Kremlin.
No immediate casualties or damage were reported.
According to the British Defense Ministry, Russia is massively using anti-tank mines to slow down Ukraine’s counteroffensive
Russia has in recent weeks prioritized and fine-tuned its tactics to slow Ukraine’s tank counter-offensive in southern Ukraine, the UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) said today.
“The core of this approach was the very heavy use of anti-tank mines by Russia. “In some areas, the density of minefields suggests that the country has likely deployed many more mines than its military doctrine envisages,” the ministry said in its latest intelligence report.
It added that Russia, having slowed the Ukrainian advance, has now tried to attack Ukrainian armored vehicles with unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopter gunships and artillery.
“Although Russia has had some success with this approach in the initial stages of Ukraine’s counteroffensive, its armed forces continue to suffer from key weaknesses, particularly over-encumbered units and a shortage of artillery ammunition,” it said.
Arpan RaiJuly 4, 2023 07:06
Modi avoids specifically mentioning Ukraine in his speech
India’s prime minister took a veiled dig at rival Pakistan on Tuesday, avoiding mention of the war in Ukraine while addressing a group of Asian countries led by China and Russia.
In his opening remarks to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Modi said the group should not hesitate to criticize countries that “use terrorism as a tool of their state policies.”
“Terrorism is a threat to regional peace and we must take up a common fight,” Modi said, without naming Pakistan. India regularly accuses Pakistan of training and arming insurgent groups, which Islamabad denies.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 9:57 am
The main task of the SCO is to support security in the East – Putin
A key task of the SCO is to support security in the east, said Vladimir Putin in a speech before the summit.
In his opening speech, the Russian President said that the global potential for conflict was increasing and that Moscow would withstand sanctions and what he called provocations.
We’ll learn more about his address shortly.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 9:38 am
Russia will strengthen ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization – Putin
Russia plans to strengthen ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Vladimir Putin said.
The Russian President addresses the SCO this morning. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also spoke at the event via video link.
Mr Putin appeared at the event along with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 9:32 am
ICYMI: Award-winning Ukrainian writer dies as a result of Russian missile attack on restaurant
Award-winning Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina was among the dead in a deadly Russian missile attack on a popular restaurant frequented by journalists and aid workers in eastern Ukraine, PEN America has told.
Amelina, 37, who turned her attention from literature to documenting Russian war crimes after the invasion, died of her injuries after the strike on June 27 in the city of Kramatorsk, the literary and human rights organization said in a statement on Sunday .
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 9:20 am
Putin will address the first world summit since the Wagner mutiny
President Vladimir Putin will attend his first multilateral summit since an armed insurgency in Russia this week, as part of a rare international grouping in which his country still enjoys support.
Leaders will meet virtually Tuesday for a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a security group set up by Russia and China to counter Western alliances from East Asia to the Indian Ocean.
This year’s event is hosted by India, which became a member in 2017. For Prime Minister Narendra Modi, this is the latest opportunity to demonstrate the country’s growing global clout.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 9:05 am
Senior Ukrainian official: The past few days have been ‘fruitful’ for the military.
A senior Ukrainian security official said on Tuesday that Kiev’s troops had “completed the most important task” in their counter-offensive against Russian forces and that the past few days had been “particularly fruitful”.
“At this stage of active hostilities, the Defense Forces of Ukraine perform the most important task – the maximum destruction of manpower, equipment, fuel depots, military vehicles, command posts, artillery and air defense forces of the Russian army,” Oleksiy Danilov wrote, the head of the National Security and Defense Council of the Ukraine on Twitter.
“The last few days have been particularly fruitful.”
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 8:29 am
ICYMI: The damage caused by the destroyed dam of Ukraine
War-torn Ukraine is still reeling from the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka Dam on Tuesday June 6, which caused the reservoir to burst and caused chaos for miles.
Hundreds of thousands more people in the region lacked access to safe drinking water as a result of the environmental disaster on the Dnipro River, prompting relief workers to quickly bring fresh supplies to the region while grappling with the problems of mass resettlement.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 8:16 am
Russia says Moscow attacked with at least five drones
Flights from Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport were diverted this morning after the capital was attacked by at least five drones, Russian news outlets report.
Several domestic flights were also affected by the drone strikes, which Russia attributes to Ukraine. Kiev has not claimed responsibility for the attacks. Moscow said four Ukrainian drones were shot down by Russian air defenses, while a fifth was blocked and crashed in Odintsovo district of Moscow region.
Russian news agencies reported that two drones were intercepted near a village 30 km (19 miles) southwest of the Kremlin. A drone was spotted in the neighboring Kaluga region.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 07:52
British Prime Minister answers questions about Ukraine
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is later today to answer questions from MPs on the war in Ukraine.
Mr Sunak sits on the Liaison Super Committee of Speakers of the House of Commons and Russia’s illegal invasion of his neighbor is on the agenda.
Britain has been at the forefront of support for Kiev since war broke out in February last year, providing military aid and other support.
Matt MathersJuly 4, 2023 07:23