A huge cloud of smoke rises after a huge explosion at a factory in Moscow
Moscow should expect “daily attacks”, a Ukrainian military intelligence spokesman warned, after the Russian government announced that a drone flying towards the capital had been shot down on Friday.
A Ukrainian drone was jammed, causing it to crash, as it flew toward its target in Moscow, Russia’s defense ministry said.
Andriy Yusov said Kyiv Post that “the concept of security is moving away from the citizens of Moscow”, adding that the Russian air defense system is “ineffective, outdated, and insufficient to meet modern challenges”.
Airspace at two Russian airports was also temporarily closed on Friday, in a move that state news agency RIA said was due to suspected drone flights.
It was not immediately known if the two incidents were related.
News of a failed drone attack in Moscow comes a day after Russian emergency services reported a warehouse near Vladimir Putin’s official residence and Vnukovo airport were on fire.
According to a report by the state-backed Tass news agency, the warehouse is located 4 miles from Mr Putin’s presidential residence in Novo-Ogaryovo.
Ukraine sacks army recruitment chiefs in anti-graft shakeup
President Volodymyr Zelensky expanded his fight against graft on Friday, firing all the heads of Ukraine’s regional army recruitment centers as the war with Russia entered a critical phase.
Mr Zelensky said a state investigation into centers across Ukraine had uncovered abuses by officials ranging from illegal enrichment to transporting draft-eligible men across the border even during the war banning them from leaving the country.
He said that 112 criminal cases were opened in an extensive investigation launched after a graft scandal in a recruitment office in the Odesa region last month. He uses harsh rhetoric that is likely to be welcomed by Ukrainians who fear wartime corruption charges.
“This system must be managed by people who know exactly what war is and why cynicism and bribery in wartime is treason,” he said, adding that those fired will be replaced by new ones. veterans and soldiers wounded at the front.
Ukraine has made cracking down on graft a priority as it fends off a full-scale invasion by Russia and seeks to become a member of the European Union and has fired or prosecuted a string of high-ranking officials involved. to swear.
Friday’s move comes at a particularly sensitive moment for Kyiv with its long-targeted counter-offensive blocked by Russia’s massive defenses in parts of the southeast.
Zelensky said that any sacked army recruitment officers who were not investigated should come forward to fight for Ukraine “if they want to keep their epaulets and prove their dignity”.
“But let me emphasize: the army is not and will never be a substitute for criminal punishment. Officers who confuse epaulettes with benefits will certainly face trial,” he said in his statement.
Namita Singh12 August 2023 05:00
France condemns Russian strike that kills Ukrainian child
Russia’s latest missile strike that killed a child in western Ukraine constitutes “war crimes and must not be punished,” France’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.
“These attacks once again target civilian infrastructure, including a residential zone, which is a flagrant violation of international human rights,” the statement read.
Moscow denies that civilians are being deliberately targeted.
Russia launched four hypersonic missiles into the western Ukrainian region of Ivano-Frankivsk on Friday, with three landing near a military airfield including residential areas.
The fourth Kinzhal missile was shot down by air defenses, said the Ukrainian air force.
The French ministry added that France will strengthen its military support to Ukraine, especially in strengthening air defense capacities, in close cooperation with its partners.
“France’s support to Ukrainian and international jurisdictions to fight impunity for crimes committed by Russia in Ukraine remains total,” the statement read.
Namita Singh12 August 2023 04:30
Russia destroyed 20 Ukrainian drones in Crimea – agencies
Russia destroyed 20 Ukrainian drones launched over the Crimean Peninsula earlier today, Russian news agencies quoted the defense ministry as saying.
Russian air defense systems shot down 14 drones, while electronic warfare neutralized six, agencies said the ministry said.
The reports cannot be independently verified.
Namita Singh12 August 2023 04:17
The US has sanctioned four Russians linked to the financial conglomerate Alfa Group
The US on Friday imposed new sanctions on four Russians linked to financial and investment conglomerate Alfa Group and a Russian business association, the latest measures aimed at the financial elite of Moscow in the war in Ukraine.
The Treasury Department said it targeted four men who served on Alfa’s supervisory board – Petr Olegivich Aven, Mikhail Maratovich Fridman, German Borisovich Khan and Alexey Viktorovich Kuzmichev – under sanctions against the country’s financial services sector. .
It also imposed sanctions on the Russian Association of Employers the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, it said.
“Russia’s wealthy elites must divest themselves of the idea that they can operate business as usual while the Kremlin wages war on the Ukrainian people,” Treasury deputy secretary Wally Adeyemo said in the statement. .
Commenting on the new sanctions, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, said they were part of “a failed deterrence policy” and the White House “will not destroy our economy and destroy technological sovereignty.” “
Namita Singh12 August 2023 04:00
The interview of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska with Bel Trew | An Independent TV Original
From inside the heavily guarded Ukraine presidential compound in Kyiv, First Lady Olena Zelenska spoke in a rare and wide-ranging interview with The Independentthe chief international correspondent Bel Trew.
During their discussion, Mrs Zelenska blasted countries for evading sanctions on Russia, saying the conflict in her country would continue “infinitely until Russia’s ability to fight is stopped.”
He also warned the children of Ukraine “have lost the will to live” in an emotional plea for help, as he spoke about the struggle to retrieve children missing from Russia.
Watch the full interview on Independent TV, across mobile and connected TV.
The interview of the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska with Bel Trew | An Independent Original
Andy Gregory12 August 2023 03:28
Russia, China and Iran engaged in foreign interference in New Zealand, the intelligence agency said
China, Iran and Russia are engaged in foreign interference in New Zealand, the country’s domestic intelligence agency said on Friday after making its threat assessment report public for the first time.
The agency linked Russia’s war in Ukraine to a number of problems, including increased geopolitical competition, supply chain disruptions, and efforts to spy on other countries and seed disinformation.
“Russia’s international disinformation campaigns are not targeting New Zealand, but are having an impact on the views of some New Zealanders,” the report found.
Nick Perry has the full story:
Andy Gregory12 August 2023 02:42
How many casualties did Russia suffer in Ukraine?
Establishing accurate data on the number of military casualties sustained since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began on 24 February 2022 is difficult for two reasons.
The intensity of the fighting on the ground and the fact that both sides tend to keep their cards close to their chests to avoid damaging morale – especially at a time when the war is entering a significant new stage.
My partner Joe Sommerlad here’s a guide to the various publicly available estimates of Russia’s war toll gained by its troops:
Andy Gregory12 August 2023 01:37
Video report: After drone strike in Moscow as fire breaks out near Putin’s residence
After the drone attack in Moscow as fire broke out near Putin’s residence
Andy GregoryAugust 12, 2023 00:33
Ukraine ‘starts consultations’ with Britain on pre-NATO security guarantees
Ukraine has begun holding consultations with the UK to agree on security guarantees aimed at being put in place by the end of the year, a senior Ukrainian official said.
Kyiv is pushing to secure security guarantees from several countries, including the United States, pending what it hopes may be the arrival of Nato.
“Our goal is to have the first such agreements in place by the end of the year,” Volodymr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak said in televised remarks.
“Our consultations with Britain have started,” he said.
Andy Gregory11 August 2023 23:31
White House ‘open to training Ukrainian F-16 pilots in US’
Washington has said it is open to training Ukrainian pilots to fly F-16 fighter jets in the United States if the capacity for such training is available in Europe.
White House spokesman John Kirby told reporters that Washington was eager to continue training.
Andy Gregory11 August 2023 22:28