Ukraine will receive new western anti-aircraft defense systems against Russian attacks
Ukraine on Monday received new Western air defense systems to fend off Russian missiles that regularly fall on cities and infrastructure across the country, while North Korea…
Ukraine on Monday received new Western air defense systems designed to fend off Russian missiles that regularly rain down on cities and infrastructure across the country, while North Korea refused to supply weapons to Moscow.
North Korea’s defense ministry has called US allegations that Pyongyang supplied artillery shells to Russia for its war in Ukraine “baseless,” according to North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA.
Last week, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby claimed that North Korea was “covertly” sending a “significant number” of shells to Russia, adding that Washington is trying to find out if that North Korean aid actually came from the Russians received.
“The United States continues to spread an unfounded rumor about ‘arms deals’ between the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea) and Russia,” the State Department’s deputy director for military foreign affairs said in a statement. North Korean National Defense quoted by KCNA. “We want to make it clear once again that there have never been + arms deals + with Russia and we don’t plan to have any in the future either.”
John Kirby said last week that the alleged North Korean aid was indicative of Russia’s “shortage and need.”
The White House pledged Monday that “United States support for Ukraine will be unwavering and unwavering,” regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. election, which could see President Joe Biden lose his majority in one or both houses of Congress .
While the United States is Ukraine’s top supporter (about $18.2 billion), the Republican opposition has stressed its willingness not to give Kyiv a blank check if it wins the election.
For its part, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry announced that the Ukrainian state would take control of several companies “of strategic importance” to support the war effort, including hydrocarbons producer Ukrnafta and aircraft manufacturer Motor Sich.
After several rounds of Russian strikes in recent weeks that left hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, the authorities in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv spoke of a “tense” situation with the energy supply.
The regional military administration called on residents to “use electricity sparingly.” Operator Ukrenergo had to make “emergency stops”.
A Russian attack using suicide drones and missiles on October 31 left almost 80% of the capital’s residents without water and 350,000 homes without electricity before some of the damage could be repaired.
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged westerners to create a “shield” capable of protecting critical infrastructure targeted by Moscow.
According to Defense Minister Oleksiï Reznikov on Monday, Kyiv received NASAMS and Aspide air defense systems supplied by the United States, Spain and Norway.
These deliveries follow in particular those of the latest generation German “Iris-T” system or the French “Crotale” surface-to-air missiles. Britain has announced the deployment of AMRAAM missiles.
Westerners hope to provide Ukraine with a “patchwork” of anti-aircraft defenses made up of modern and older equipment.
According to Ukrainian authorities, Russia has destroyed around 40% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure since early October, including the use of Iranian-made suicide drones.
On the Russian side, the occupying authorities in the city of Cherson in southern Ukraine announced the “stabilization” of water and electricity supplies the day after two strikes that Russians and Ukrainians accuse each other of.
Those strikes also damaged the Russian-held Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, which supplies Russia’s annexed Crimea in 2014, in a region where Ukrainian troops have been on the offensive for weeks.
Kherson has been the main Ukrainian city captured by Russian forces since the beginning of the invasion. Faced with the impending struggle, Moscow organized the evacuation of residents, which Kyiv called “deportations.”
Lioudmila and Oleksandr Chevchouk managed to flee the area to return to Ukrainian-controlled territory. According to them, the Russian soldiers exerted strong “psychological pressure” on the residents to evacuate in the direction of Crimea.
“They went from house to house with their guns. Then they threw all the phones in a bucket and left,” Ms Chevchouk said.
If the last four starts of the week have been marked by heavy Russian bombardments of Ukrainian cities, Monday appears to have been relatively calm, with gray and hazy skies in Kyiv not conducive to airstrikes.
“We’ve known for eight months that this can happen any day and we’ve adjusted, I’m not changing my routine for this, I’ll work like I do every day,” began one resident, Aliona Plekh, 21.
According to the Ukrainian military, Russian forces have fired four rockets and 24 airstrikes across the country in the past 24 hours.
According to the respective regional authorities, at least one person was killed in the shelling in the southern Zaporizhia region, one was injured in the neighboring Kherson region and another was killed in the northern Sumy region.
The Russian army has again accused Ukrainian forces of firing “seven large-caliber shells” at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, which Moscow has occupied since March, without causing an increase in radiation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reiterated on Monday that Moscow is “open” to the possibility of negotiations with Kyiv and again denounced Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s refusal to engage in dialogue.
In Zaporijjia, residents fleeing Russian occupation told AFP journalists there was an atmosphere of paranoia.
“God forbid if we say anything against Russia. Nobody felt safe,” said Irina Mykhailena from the occupied city of Berdyansk.
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