Russia’s War in Ukraine
Russia has criticized the Biden administration’s plan to send depleted uranium weapons to Ukraine after the Pentagon announced a new $175 million (£140 million) security aid package for the war-hit country.
Russia’s deputy minister accused Washington of a “criminal act” by attaching controversial depleted uranium shell-penetrating ammunition to Abrams tanks, while Moscow’s embassy in the US said the military aid was an “indicator of inhumanity”.
However, during its more than 20-month-long all-out invasion of Ukraine, Russia has deployed hypersonic missiles and thermobaric weapons on civilian targets.
Explosions this morning rocked the Russian city of Rostov near a military base that played a key role in the Russian invasion.
Russian officials said several drones were shot down in southern Rostov, Bryansk, in the early hours of the morning.
At least one person was injured as the attack damaged three buildings and several cars. Russian officials claimed its air defenses shot down two Ukrainian drones targeting the city, which is just 100km from the front line.
Ukraine is gaining ground in its counteroffensive – NATO’s Stoltenberg
Ukraine is making progress on a counter-offensive launched in June to recapture territory captured by Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.
“Ukrainians are gradually gaining ground… They broke through the defenses of Russian forces and are advancing,” Stoltenberg told MEPs in a speech to the European Parliament.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSep 7, 2023 8:21 am
Russian attacks on Ukraine’s Danube ports slow down grain exports – Romanian President
Russian attacks on Ukraine’s Danube ports would slow down grain exports and other routes would have to be expanded, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said.
Since Moscow abandoned a deal lifting Russia’s de facto blockade of Ukraine’s Black Sea ports in July, it has repeatedly attacked Ukrainian river ports across the Danube from Romania.
The Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta is Ukraine’s largest alternative export route, with grain arriving by road, rail or barge down the Danube. Ukraine is one of the largest grain exporters in the world.
President Iohannis told a summit of the countries of the Three Seas Initiative in Bucharest late Wednesday: “Of course, the attacks on Ukrainian ports on the Danube are a big problem. Of course it will slow down exports to some extent.”
“We will expand the other routes, we have accepted Ukrainian sea transport through our Romanian sovereign waters off the Black Sea, we will continue to expand exports by rail and road.”
Maryam Zakir-HussainSep 7, 2023 7:56 am
Russia calls US delivery of depleted uranium weapons to Ukraine ‘criminal’
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Thursday the US supply of depleted uranium weapons to Ukraine was “a criminal act,” state media reported.
The Pentagon on Wednesday announced a new security aid package worth up to $175 million for Ukraine, including depleted uranium munitions for US Abrams tanks.
Depleted uranium, a by-product of uranium enrichment, is used in ammunition because its extreme density allows projectiles to easily penetrate armor. Critics say ingesting or inhaling depleted uranium dust carries dangerous health risks, including cancer and birth defects.
“Not only is this an escalating move, but it reflects Washington’s brazen disregard for the environmental consequences of using this type of munitions in a combat zone. It is indeed a crime, I cannot give any other assessment,” Ryabkov was quoted as saying by TASS.
Speaking at a security seminar, he also reiterated earlier warnings by Russia about the threat of nuclear war due to what he called Western “pressure” on Moscow.
“Now these pressures are poised dangerously on the brink of direct armed conflict between nuclear powers,” he said.
Maryam Zakir-HussainSep 7, 2023 7:39 am
Russian attacks damage port and grain elevator in Odessa region
Governor Oleh Kiper said Russian drone strikes damaged port infrastructure, a grain elevator and administrative buildings in Izmail district of Ukraine’s Odessa region.
One person was injured in the attack, the fourth at the important Danube port in the last five days, the governor said on his Telegram channel.
The Ukrainian military reported shooting down 25 of the 33 drones allegedly launched by Russia. Most targeted the Odessa region, but some also targeted the northern Sumy region, it said.
Russia has stepped up its attacks on Ukraine’s grain export infrastructure as talks begin on resuming the Black Sea Grains Agreement to allow unhindered grain exports from Ukrainian ports.
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 6:28 am
Russia claims supplying depleted uranium weapons is a criminal offense
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Washington was committing a “criminal act” in supplying Ukraine with depleted uranium weapons shortly after the Pentagon announced a new shipment of military aid to the war-torn country.
The new security aid package is valued at up to $175 million and includes depleted uranium ammunition for Abrams tanks. The US is sending the controversial armor-piercing ammunition to Kiev for the first time. Depleted uranium is a by-product of the uranium enrichment process required to create nuclear weapons.
Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has now lasted more than 20 months and has resulted in Russia deploying hypersonic missiles and thermobaric weapons on civilian targets.
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 6:11 am
NATO member Romania says drone parts found from Russian strikes
The Romanian Defense Minister said that parts of a drone created during the recent Russian attacks on Ukraine’s port on the Danube were found on the territory of his country.
Angel Tilvar, the minister, told local news channel Antena 3 CNN that parts of what is most likely a drone have been spotted in eastern Tulcea County, an area of the Danube that forms a natural border between Romania and war-torn Ukraine.
“I confirm that parts that may have come from a drone were found in this area,” he said, adding that the parts posed no threat.
It is unclear whether Romania has determined when and from where the drone was launched. Recently, there have been a series of Russian attacks on Danube ports in Ukraine, which are close to Romania, a NATO member since 2004.
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 4:56 am
Russian attack on market kills 17 during Blinken’s Kiev visit
At least 17 people were killed and 32 injured in a Russian attack on a crowded market in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kostyantynivka yesterday. The attack coincided with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Kiev, Ukrainian officials said.
Footage widely circulated online by Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other presidential officials showed people falling to the ground or ducking for cover after a massive explosion shook the busy market ahead, and seconds after some looked up at the sky as they heard what was happening a rocket sounds approaching.
Mr Zelenskyy condemned the attack, saying a market, shops and a pharmacy were attacked in the industrial town near the battlefield.
“This Russian evil must be defeated as soon as possible,” he said. “If anyone in the world is still trying to grapple with anything Russian, it means turning a blind eye to that reality. The boldness of evil. The audacity of wickedness. Utter inhumanity.”
He later told a press conference in the capital, Kyiv, that he believed it was a deliberate attack on “a peaceful city.”
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 4:29 am
Russia condemns US plan to send depleted uranium weapons to Ukraine
Russia condemned the Biden administration’s plan to supply Ukraine with depleted uranium weapons, saying it was an indicator of “inhumanity”.
“The government’s decision to supply depleted uranium weapons is an indicator of inhumanity,” the Russian embassy in Washington told Telegram.
“With its idea of bringing about a ‘strategic defeat’, Washington is obviously prepared not only to fight to the last Ukrainian, but to wipe out entire generations.”
The Pentagon announced a new security assistance package worth up to $175 million for Ukraine, including depleted uranium ammunition for Abrams tanks.
This is the first time the US has sent the controversial armor-piercing ammunition to Kiev.
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 4:12 am
Around 11,000 children held in re-education camps – says MOD
Around 11,000 Ukrainian children are being held in 43 re-education camps across Russia, according to the UK Ministry of Defense.
“Your basic right to life and liberty is being compromised,” the department said on Twitter on Wednesday morning.
The government also released a map showing recent territorial gains by both sides.
William MataSeptember 7, 2023 4:00 am
One was injured when “Ukrainian” drones were shot down near Moscow
A Ukrainian drone was shot down near Moscow and two over the southern Rostov region in the early hours of this morning, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
In the city of Rostov-on-Don, three buildings were damaged and one person injured when one of the drones crashed in the city center, Russia’s TASS news agency reported. The other drone in the Rostov region crashed outside the city.
Arpan RaiSep 7, 2023 3:58 am