Kyiv suffers ‘largest ever’ drone assault by Russia leaving ‘5 wounded’
Ukraine says it downed a Russian Su-24 fighter aircraft over the Black Sea close to Snake Island because the plane was on its approach to assault Odesa area.
Volodymyr Zelensky thanked Ukraine’s “sky guards” following the incident in a single day on Tuesday, as he tweeted: “We’re strengthening our air protection, notably within the Odesa area. Step by step, however noticeably. I thank each nation that helps us obtain this activity.”
Snake Island, which lies round 22 miles off the Ukrainian coast, achieved worldwide fame when Ukrainian border guards stationed there at first resisted a Russian warship’s demand for his or her give up.
It comes as Zelensky instructed Ukrainians on Wednesday that Kyiv would defeat Russia and win a good peace “in opposition to all odds” after he unexpectedly cancelled his US Senate handle.
The president delivered his defiant message in an uncommon early-morning video that confirmed him strolling via Kyiv on his approach to pay his respects to fallen troopers on what Ukraine marks as Armed Forces Day.
“It isn’t straightforward now, however we’re shifting. Irrespective of how tough it’s, we’ll get there. To our borders, to our individuals. To our peace. Honest peace. Free peace. Towards all odds.”
Ukrainian MP who supported Russia discovered shot useless in Moscow suburb
A former Ukrainian lawmaker regarded by Kyiv as a traitor was shot useless close to Moscow on Wednesday and a Ukrainian supply mentioned he was killed by the nation’s safety service.
Illia Kyva was a pro-Russian member of Ukraine’s parliament earlier than Moscow invaded in February 2022, however had been in Russia all through the conflict and regularly criticised Ukrainian authorities on-line.
Russian investigators mentioned Kyva died on the spot after being shot in a park in Odintsovo area, southwest of Moscow, and so they had opened a homicide hunt.
The Ukrainian supply, talking on situation of anonymity, mentioned the SBU safety service was accountable.
Andriy Yusov, spokesperson for Ukraine’s GUR, one other intelligence company, mentioned on Ukrainian tv Kyva was “completed” however didn’t say who was behind his dying.
Kyva had been sentenced in absentia by a Ukrainian court docket to 14 years in jail for expenses together with treason and incitement to violence.
A number of pro-war Russian figures have been assassinated because the begin of the conflict in operations blamed by Moscow on Ukraine, together with journalist Darya Dugina and conflict blogger Vladlen Tatarsky.
Maira Butt7 December 2023 04:15
In case you missed it: Nepal police arrest 10 for ‘smuggling’ youths to battle for Russian military in Ukraine
Nepal police arrested 10 individuals for allegedly sending unemployed youths to Russia for unlawful recruitment into the military amid Moscow’s ongoing conflict in opposition to Ukraine.
Nepal has been compelled to consolidate its diplomatic efforts following the deaths of not less than six of its troopers serving within the Russian army in Vladimir Putin’s conflict in Ukraine since February 2022. One Nepali soldier was captured by the Ukrainian military.
It prompted Nepal to name on Russia to cease sending its Gurkha troopers to battle on the frontlines in Ukraine after a sequence of losses sparked anger among the many households as they waited for the return of the final stays of slain combatants.
Maira Butt7 December 2023 03:15
Zelensky thanks G7 for ‘robust assertion’ in opposition to Russia
Following a digital assembly with the G7 summit leaders, President Zelensky thanked the group for essential new steps taken in help of Ukraine.
He mentioned: “I thank the Japanese Presidency and all G7 leaders for his or her robust assertion following our assembly at the moment. Essential new steps have been taken.
“Import restrictions on Russian diamonds beginning January 1st; name for decisive progress in utilizing frozen Russian property to help Ukraine; recognition of Ukraine’s success within the Black Sea and maritime exports; dedication to stopping Russia’s entry to dual-use applied sciences; and readiness to formalize long-term safety ensures.
“These are tangible new steps that help Ukraine whereas additionally limiting Russia’s potential to proceed its aggression in opposition to our nation and other people. The G7 declaration at the moment demonstrates that each one discuss of waning worldwide help for Ukraine is unsuitable.
“Right this moment and day-after-day, our companions are foursquare behind Ukraine. And we’re sending a sign to Russian terrorists that they can not and won’t outlast our collective dedication to defend freedom.”
Maira Butt7 December 2023 02:15
China warns of ‘agency response’ after UK sanctions companies ‘propping up Russia’
Beijing has accused the UK of violating worldwide legislation and warned of a “agency response” after Chinese language entities accused of supplying Russia have been hit with sanctions.
The British Overseas Workplace on Wednesday imposed 46 new sanctions focusing on army suppliers it mentioned have been “propping up Putin’s conflict machine” with exports of apparatus to Russia amid its battle with Ukraine.
This included companies in Belarus, China, Serbia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.
Three Chinese language entities – Asia Pacific Hyperlinks Restricted, Sinno Electronics Co, Restricted, and Xinghua Co, Restricted – have been focused for allegedly supplying sanctioned items.
China’s embassy within the UK mentioned in an announcement: “The UK aspect’s motion constitutes violation of worldwide legislation, abuse of unilateral sanctions, and damages the respectable rights and pursuits of Chinese language firms. We firmly oppose such motion and have lodged stern representations with the UK aspect.
“On the Ukraine challenge, China has all alongside upheld an goal and truthful stance, and has been actively working for peace talks and political settlement. Nonetheless, the UK authorities, ignoring the general public opinion at residence and on the planet, has continued so as to add gas to the hearth.
“We urge the UK authorities to instantly rectify its wrongdoing and revoke sanctions in opposition to Chinese language firms. The Chinese language authorities will take agency and powerful measures to defend the respectable rights and pursuits of Chinese language enterprises.
“The UK aspect should know that any motion that harms China’s pursuits shall be met with our agency response.”
Maira Butt7 December 2023 01:16
US declares new weapons assist for Ukraine as Congress is stalled on extra funding
The US is sending a $175 million package deal of army assist to Ukraine, together with guided missiles for the Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Programs (HIMARS), anti-armor programs and high-speed anti-radiation missiles, the Pentagon and State Division introduced on Wednesday.
The most recent assist comes as Congress stays stalled on laws that would supply new funding for Ukraine because it battles to push again Russian forces in addition to present help to Israel. The Biden administration has mentioned funding to assist Ukraine is operating out, and the Pentagon packages of weapons and different gear for the conflict have develop into a lot smaller in latest months.
In an announcement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned that except Congress approves the supplemental funding, “this shall be one of many final safety help packages we will present to Ukraine.”
Maira Butt7 December 2023 00:15
G7 bans direct import of Russian diamonds
The G7 have introduced a direct ban on Russian diamonds ranging from 1 January 2024 adopted by phased-in restrictions on oblique imports of Russian gems from round 1 March, an announcement mentioned on Wednesday.
The group has been weighing numerous proposals for the right way to prohibit the import of Russian diamonds with the European Union proposing a package deal that features a diamond ban. Nonetheless, the EU have been ready for coordination from the G7 to maneuver ahead.
The ban excludes diamonds for industrial use. The announcement doesn’t embrace the tracing of polished stones, a component included within the proposals, together with one by Belgium designed on the EU’s behalf, nor does it point out the carat dimension.
Diamonds characterize an necessary sector of Belgium. Antwerp has the world’s important diamond hub and a lot of the world’s tough stones transit via the town regardless that they’re now principally lower in India.
“I’m happy that the G7 utilized the central rules of the Belgian proposal,” Belgium Prime Minister Alexander de Croo mentioned.
“The traceability system launched at the moment is one other step within the pioneering work Belgium began 25 years in the past within the battle in opposition to blood diamonds. The G7 declaration provides the Antwerp diamond sector a singular alternative to additional grow to be the buying and selling centre of ‘clear’ diamonds.”
Maira Butt6 December 2023 23:15
In photos: Putin in UAE
Maira Butt6 December 2023 22:16
Underneath Putin, the uber-wealthy Russians often known as ‘oligarchs’ are nonetheless wealthy however far much less highly effective
When Vladimir Putin got here to energy in 2000, the surface world seen these Russians often known as “oligarchs” as males who whose huge wealth, ruthlessly amassed, made them virtually shadow rulers. A “authorities of the few,” within the phrase’s etymology.
The time period has continued nicely into Putin’s rule, broadening in well-liked utilization to check with virtually any Russian with a considerable fortune.
How a lot political energy any of Russia’s uber-rich now wield, nonetheless, is uncertain.
Maryam Zakir-Hussain6 December 2023 21:30
Zelensky addresses G7 leaders
He mentioned: “In my handle to G7 leaders, I confused the significance of the free world sustaining consolidation and interplay, in addition to supporting these whose freedom is beneath assault.
“Collectively, we will make the approaching 12 months productive without cost nations. Not for Putin. Ukraine has energy. And I ask you to be as robust as you’ll be able to, as robust as freedom could be.
“I thanks on behalf of all Ukrainian warriors, each Ukrainian household, and our complete nation to your large help.”
Maira Butt6 December 2023 20:44
Biden: ‘We are going to defend each inch of Nato territory’
“If Putin assaults a Nato ally, if he retains going and assaults a Nato ally, we’ve dedicated as a Nato member to defend each inch of Nato territory,” he mentioned.
“Then we’ll have one thing that we don’t search and that we don’t have at the moment: American troops combating Russian troops, if he strikes into different elements of Nato.
“Make no mistake, at the moment’s vote goes to be long-remembered. And historical past’s going to evaluate harshly those that turned their backs on freedom’s trigger.”
Maira Butt6 December 2023 20:05