As Moscow tries to cripple Ukraine’s energy supply and infrastructure, Ukrainian officials have announced new Russian missile strikes across the country. Explosions took place in various parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kriviy Rih.
Russia’s latest airstrikes have destroyed homes in the south and knocked out power in the north. Two people were reported dead in Zaporozhye.
A missile strike in Odessa knocked out power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water, the local water company said. “Parts of the city have been cut off from electricity, several boilers and pumping stations have been disconnected,” according to Krivi Rih officials.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said air defenses shot down most of the Russian missiles on Monday and energy workers were restoring power supplies.
Officials later said they had intercepted 60 of the 70 rockets fired at Ukraine.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential office, wrote in a telegram that authorities were urging people to take shelter, and air raid sirens sounded across the country.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the latest attacks “reminiscent of Putin’s brutality.”
Here are other top news stories related to the war in Ukraine on Monday, December 5:
There was an explosion at two Russian airports
Explosions rocked two military airfields in western Russia on Monday, killing three people and injuring several others.
Two planes were reportedly damaged in an explosion at Engels Airport near Saratov, 860 kilometers southeast of the Russian capital Moscow. Russian news agencies reported that the base housed T-95 strategic bombers. The plane is of the type used by Russia to target energy infrastructure for its rocket attacks on Ukraine.
The Saratov facility is located 1,000 kilometers east of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, deep into Russia. According to images and reports on social media, the explosion was massive.
At the same time, a gasoline tanker exploded on a runway in the Ryazan region south of Moscow. There was no information about the circumstances of the explosion in Ryazan, where the three deaths were recorded.
The Ryazan station houses long-range aerial tankers used for aerial refueling of bombs.
Putin crossed the Kerch bridge for the first time after the explosion
Russian leader Vladimir Putin drives over the Kerch Bridge after Russia destroyed a key bridge linking Crimea with the territory in October.
Putin drove his Mercedes across the bridge and discussed repairs with Marat Ksunulin, the deputy prime minister in charge of the project, an exchange that was broadcast on Russian television.
The president spoke to workers involved in restoring a 12-mile (19-kilometer) bridge that Russia used to transport military equipment into Ukraine.
Putin stressed the need to build a highway along the Sea of Azov to connect Crimea with southern Russian regions, the Kremlin said.
Russia blamed Ukraine’s military intelligence for last month’s bombing of the bridge, which hit several Ukrainian energy facilities and other key infrastructure.
Ukraine’s air defense forces shot down most of the Russian missiles, Zelensky said.
Ukraine’s air defense forces shot down most of the Russian missiles fired at Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said. Energy workers have already started working to restore power supplies, he added.
Russia has carried out its latest airstrikes in Ukraine, destroying homes in the south and knocking out power in the north, killing at least two people, Ukrainian officials said.
New Russian missiles aimed at explosion facilities
Ukrainian authorities As Moscow moves to cripple Ukraine’s energy supply and infrastructure, new Russian missile attacks have been reported across the country.
EExplosions have been reported in various parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kriviy Rih.
A A missile attack in Odessa knocked out power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water, according to the local water company.
oh“Parts of the town have been cut off from electricity, several boilers and pumping stations have been disconnected,” Krivi Rih officials said.
Officials urged people to take shelter as air raid sirens sounded across the country.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Kyrylo Tymoshenko wrote on Telegram.
Western prices apply to Russian oil
A price cap on Russian oil agreed by the EU, G7 and Australia is in place. The move is aimed at curbing Russian revenues as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine, and to ensure Moscow’s supply to the international market.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded by saying the move would contribute to the stability of global energy markets. He said it would not affect Russia’s military operations in Ukraine.
The cap came into effect in conjunction with the European Union’s ban on shipping Russian crude oil. It is several months after the ban was imposed in the United States and Canada.
Russia is the world’s second largest crude exporter and can find new buyers at market prices without capital.
The UK says Russia is flying too few species
The UK Ministry of The number of Russian fighter jets over Ukraine has been significantly reduced in recent months, Defense has said.
says the minister Russian aircraft now fly dozens of missions a day, up from a peak of 300 by March 2022.
UK experts say The decrease in the number of species may be due to at least three reasons – the continued high threat of Ukrainian air defenses, the limited flight time for Russian aircraft and the worsening of the weather.
Russia has now lost more than 60 fixed-wing aircraft in the conflict.
According to the ministry, as Russia’s ground attack tactics largely rely on visual identification and unguided munitions; The Russian Air Force may continue some ground attacks in poor winter weather.
Ukraine negotiates trade ties with independent UAE
The United Arab Emirates and Ukraine have announced that they have negotiated a bilateral trade agreement that is expected to be finalized by the middle of next year.
The Gulf Arab state has tried to remain neutral in Russia and the Ukraine conflict despite pressure from the West to further help isolate Moscow. The UAE has called for diplomacy to resolve the conflict.
More DW coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has increased demand for weapons as Russia ramps up production and Western countries seek to replace stocks donated to Kiev. But the conflict could hamper production, the report said.
The European Union has stopped buying Russian offshore crude oil as it seeks to deprive Moscow of a key source of revenue fueling its war in Ukraine. The move will hurt Russia, but not as much as the alliance would like.
As winter creeps into the Ukrainian front, the Russian military certainly needs a break. This could be an opportunity for Kiev – but Ukraine needs more ammunition to take advantage of it.
Russia continues to attack energy infrastructure in Ukraine, causing homes to lose power, heat and water. It’s a sneaky tactic with a long history, experts say.
Russian propagandists claim that Ukraine is full of Nazis and are posting alleged evidence online. DW’s investigative team investigated some of this evidence and found it to be baseless.
rc/wd (dpa, AFP, AP, Reuters)