Ukraine War: Footage appears to show the moment a drone strike hits a building in central Moscow
According to Ukraine, a Russian missile attack in the northern city of Cherniv killed seven and wounded 90 others.
Children and police officers were among the dead after the strike that shook a central square in the historic city, some 92 miles northeast of the capital Kiev, as locals went to church to celebrate a religious holiday.
Mr. Zelenskyj confirmed the news during a visit to Sweden on Saturday. “An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss,” he wrote on the Telegram news service.
Earlier, Kiev said it shot down 15 Russian drones overnight as the Kremlin targeted locations across Ukraine.
Ukraine’s Air Force said Vladimir Putin’s forces used Iranian-made Shahed drones to strike targets in the country’s central, northern and western regions.
A total of 17 drones were launched, Ukraine said, and it’s not immediately clear what happened to the other two.
Seven dead in rocket attack in Cherniv
Seven people, including a six-year-old child, were killed and 90 injured when a Russian missile struck a central square in the historic northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday.
People were on their way to church to celebrate a religious holiday when the strike took place, the ministry said. Twelve of the injured were children and ten were police officers.
“A Russian rocket fell in the middle of the city, in our Chernihiv.
“A square, the Polytechnic University, a theatre,” President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was in Sweden on a working visit, posted on Telegram.
“An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss,” he added.
Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 1:32 p.m
The navies of Russia and China are conducting joint training exercises
As reported on Saturday, the naval forces of Russia and China have completed joint patrol exercises in the Pacific.
The three-week exercises included more than 50 training and combat exercises, citing the Russian Pacific Fleet, the Interfax news agency said.
The Russian ships are currently crossing the East China Sea en route to the Chinese port of Qingdao, it said.
Natalie CrockettAug 19, 2023 1:10 p.m
Russian warplane damaged in Ukrainian drone attack on airfield, Moscow said
A Ukrainian drone attack on a military airfield in Russia’s Novgorod region has sparked a fire that damaged a fighter jet, Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
No one was injured at the airfield, which is located in a region northwest of Moscow, and the fire was quickly extinguished, sources said.
“As a result of the terrorist attack on the airfield site, a fire broke out in the aircraft parking lot, which was quickly put out by the fire brigade. One plane was damaged,” the ministry said in a statement.
Drone airstrikes deep inside Russia have increased in recent months. One of them crashed into a building in central Moscow on Friday after Russian air defenses shot it down, disrupting all civilian airports in the Russian capital.
Ukraine usually does not comment on who is behind the attacks on Russian territory or Crimea, although officials have publicly expressed satisfaction.
Natalie CrockettAug 19, 2023 12:35 p.m
Five dead and dozens injured in Russian drone attack on Chernihiv
Five people died and 37 were injured, including eleven children, in a Russian rocket attack on the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv, the interior ministry said on Saturday.
People were on their way to church to celebrate a religious holiday when a central square in the city was hit, the ministry said.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was in Sweden on a working visit, said in a message published on Telegram: “A Russian missile fell in the middle of the city, in our Chernihiv. A square, the Polytechnic University, a theatre.”
“An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss,” he added.
A video accompanying Zelenskyi’s post showed debris strewn in a square in front of the regional theater, where parked cars were severely damaged.
Natalie CrockettAug 19, 2023 11:53 am
“Wagner is a victim of his own brand name”
The newfound presence of Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, driven out of Russia after their mutinous march on Moscow, has fueled new fears in Ukraine and on NATO’s eastern flank.
Belarus’ neighbors have been on heightened alert since dictator Alexander Lukashenko apparently brokered a last-minute deal with the Kremlin to defuse the short-lived June 23 mutiny and station Wagner troops on Belarusian soil.
During a recent meeting at the strategically important Suwalki Gap, a sparsely populated land corridor near his country’s borders with Belarus and the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nauseda warned that there are believed to be more than 4,000 mercenaries in Belarus, while Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki described them as “extremely dangerous”.
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Natalie CrockettAug 19, 2023 11:00 am
Deaths were reported after a Russian rocket attack on the Ukrainian city of Chernihiv-Zelenskyy
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Saturday that people were killed and injured after a Russian missile struck a central square in the northern Ukrainian city of Chernihiv.
“A Russian missile fell in the middle of the city, in our Chernihiv. A square, the Polytechnic University, a theater,” he posted on Telegram along with footage of the episodes.
“An ordinary Saturday that Russia turned into a day of pain and loss. There are dead, there are wounded.” Zelenskyj did not provide any information on the number of victims.
Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 10:54 am
ICYMI: Russia shuts down human rights group preserving legacy of Nobel laureate Andrei Sakharov
Separate Russian Courts on Friday ordered the dissolution of a human rights organization that has preserved the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Andrei Sakharov and the arrest of a prominent election observer are the latest steps in a sweeping crackdown on dissidents.
Sakharov, who died in 1989, was a key figure in the development of the Soviet Union’s hydrogen bomb program but later became known for his commitment to promoting human rights and freedom of conscience.
He received the Nobel Prize in 1975 but was not allowed to travel to Norway to receive it. In 1980 he was sent into internal exile, which lasted six years.
Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 10:21 am
Zelenskyj visits Sweden and meets with the Prime Minister and the royal family
Volodymyr Zelenskyy will visit Sweden today and meet with the country’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.
The President of Ukraine will also meet with the Swedish royal family and other officials to thank them for supporting his country during the Russian invasion.
“Our main task is to strengthen Ukrainian warriors on the ground and in the air, develop bilateral cooperation, especially in the defense industry, European integration of Ukraine and common security in the Euro-Atlantic space,” he wrote in a telegram post, which his announced arrival.
Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 9:47 am
According to US officials, around 500,000 soldiers have been killed and wounded in Ukraine
The number of soldiers killed or wounded since the Russian invasion of Ukraine is nearing 500,000, according to US officials, not counting civilian deaths.
Russia’s military losses are nearing 300,000, including up to 120,000 dead, while Ukraine has lost 70,000 troops and injured between 100,000 and 120,000, Washington officials quoted as saying New York Times.
In addition, since the invasion began on February 24, 2022, Ukraine has suffered at least 26,384 civilian casualties.
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Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 9:22 am
Putin visits high-ranking military officials in Rostov-on-Don
President Vladimir Putin was visiting the commander of Russia’s operation in Ukraine and other senior military officials, the Kremlin said on Saturday. The meeting came after Ukraine announced gains in the counter-offensive on the south-eastern front.
“Vladimir Putin held a meeting at the headquarters of the special military task force in Rostov-on-Don,” the Kremlin said in a statement.
Russia, which launched its invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, describes its actions as a special military operation.
The Kremlin added that Putin, Russia’s supreme commander, had listened to reports from Valery Gerasimov, the army chief of staff responsible for Moscow’s operations in Ukraine, and other senior military commanders and officers.
The meeting came after Ukraine, whose counter-offensive to retake Russia had been slower than expected in the first months of the war, said it had liberated a small village along the front line for the first time since July.
The Kremlin gave no further details of the meeting and it was not clear when the meeting took place. Videos released by the state news agency RIA showed Gerasimov seemingly greeting Putin at night and leading him into a building after a brief handshake.
Matt MathersAug 19, 2023 8:37 am