Ukraine’s military is getting better at shooting down Iranian-made Russian drones – up to 85% of them are now being taken out, The British Ministry of Defense gave this informationCiting official sources.
The ministry said in its latest war assessment that Russia may be using the drones as an alternative to Russian-made, long-range precision weapons that are becoming increasingly scarce.
“Ukraine’s efforts to defeat the Shahid-136 UAV are increasingly successful,” the ministry said on Monday. “These UAVs are slow, noisy and fly at low altitudes,” making them relatively easy targets, the ministry added.
The head of Ukraine’s intelligence service, Kirill Budanov, on Monday put the shoot-down rate at about 70% for the estimated 330 Shahid drones released by Russia on Saturday.
Budanov said Russia’s military has ordered about 1,700 different types of drones and another batch of about 300 Shahadas is being brought in.
“Terrorism can really last for a long time using ‘Shahed’,” he told Ukraine Pravda. “Air defenses are basically coping.”
Russian Army May Face ‘Rout’:Russia struggled to evacuate the front line from Kherson; US rejects Russian claim that Ukraine is radioactive ‘provocative’
►WNBA star Brittany Griner is “very concerned” about Tuesday’s appeal to seek a reduction in her nine-year sentence on drug charges in Russia, her legal team said.
►Anton Krasovsky, a talk show host on state broadcaster Russia Today, was suspended last week after saying that Ukrainian children who called Russian occupiers should be drowned or burned alive. He apologized on Monday.
► Residents of the southern city of Mykolaiv queue for water and essential supplies as Ukrainian forces continue their advance on nearby Kherson.
► The war in Ukraine was the main topic of discussion at the Vatican meeting between Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday.
►German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said rebuilding Ukraine would be a “generational task” that no country, donor or international organization could manage alone.
Warning that the coming winter will be “the toughest in history”, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday hailed the country’s success as the war against Russia reached the eight-month mark.
Russian forces have destroyed 30% of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in a series of targeted attacks in recent weeks, Zelensky said, prompting him to seek conservation. But he pointed to his forces’ progress in retaking territory in partially occupied Donetsk, Luhansk, Kharkiv and Kherson provinces on Monday and said it planned to retake the Zaporizhia region and the adjoining Crimean peninsula.
“Ukraine is breaking the so-called second army of the world,” Zelensky said. “Now Russia can only be a beggar. He is asking for something in Iran, trying to squeeze something out of Western states, inventing different stories about Ukraine, threatening, deceiving.”
A group of 30 progressive Democrats in the House urged President Joe Biden on Monday to end the war in Ukraine diplomatically.
In a letter to BidenMembers of Congress praised Ukraine’s support for preventing Ukraine from directly joining the war, and acknowledged that their request would be difficult to meet given Russia’s “outrageous and illegal aggression” and subsequent illegal annexation of Ukrainian territory.
But they also emphasize the need for a negotiated peace settlement that would allow Ukraine to retain its independence and provide some concessions to Russia, such as an exemption from sanctions.
“The alternative to diplomacy is protracted war,” he said, “with both its attendant certainties and catastrophic and unknown dangers.”
White House spokesman John Kirby praised the “thoughtful concern” expressed in the letter and added that the administration stands by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who doubts his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is willing to negotiate in good faith.
“What we’re going to focus on is making sure that he and his troops can be successful on the battlefield so that if and when it comes time to sit down at the table, Mr. Zelensky can be successful,” Kirby said.
Such an illusion is being created by the Russian military Leaving Kherson sacking its officers and forcing them to evacuate the city, a top Ukrainian official said Monday. But Budanov, Ukraine’s intelligence chief, told Ukrainian Pravda that the Kremlin is sending new military units to the region Russia claimed to have annexed a few weeks ago.
Budanov said that Sergei Surovykin, who led the southern group of Russian forces in the war, would be staging an orderly retreat to mute the reaction of the Russian public in the event of the surrender or loss of Kherson.
“They create the illusion that everything is over,” Budanov said. “And at the same time, on the contrary, they bring there new military units and prepare the streets of the city for defense.”
The Washington-based Institute for the Study of War said in an assessment over the weekend that Russia Seems to depend on new recruits To stop Ukrainian forces from recapturing the city.
“Using such inexperienced forces to take delaying action could result in Russia’s defeat if Ukrainian forces decide to press the offensive,” the assessment says.
Kremlin claims ‘dirty bomb’
The Kremlin, despite staunch denials from Kyiv and the West, pressed it Ukraine on Monday made baseless claims that it planned to detonate a low-yield nuclear device and then blamed Russia for using weapons of mass destruction.
Lt. Gen. Igor Kirillov, head of the Russian military’s radiation, chemical and biological defense forces, said his defense ministry had “evidence that the Kyiv regime is planning to provoke by detonating so-called dirty bombs.” Those weapons are commonly used More to sow terror than kill. Kirillov did not reveal what evidence Russia might have.
Kirillov said the provocation would be used to launch a worldwide anti-Russian campaign aimed at undermining trust in Moscow. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky suggested that Russia was preparing the stage for deploying radioactive equipment on Ukrainian soil.
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu spoke to his American, British and French counterparts on Sunday and accused them of planning to provoke a war on Ukraine. All The claim is strongly deniedAnd a senior U.S. military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told USA Today that the Ukrainians are not making dirty bombs.
“I spoke by phone today with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who requested a follow-up call,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a Twitter post on Sunday. “I reject any reason for Russian escalation and reaffirm the value of continued dialogue amid Russia’s illegal and unjust war against Ukraine.”
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also dismissed Shoigu’s claims that Russia is likely to play well as “absurd” and dangerous. He said International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi had agreed to his request to send inspectors to Ukraine to disprove the Kremlin’s claim.
Ukrainian Black Sea ports are operating at less than a third of their capacity due to Russian interference, according to the Ukrainian Ministry of Infrastructure. The fragile development agreement is in jeopardy as it expires on November 19.
The deal, brokered by the UN and Turkey in late July, lifted a Russian blockade of ports and allowed Ukraine to ship more than 8 million tons of grain to African, Asian and European countries, helping to ease a growing food crisis.
Russia believes that the guarantees it receives for its grain and fertilizer imports are not being met and has repeatedly complained about the implementation of the agreement, recently raising concerns with the UN. Reuters reported.
Ukraine wants to renew the agreement but wants Russia to fully comply with its part.
“Russia is deliberately delaying the full implementation of the ‘Grain Initiative’,” its infrastructure ministry said in a telegram. “Because of this, the ports have been operating at only 25-30% of their capacity in recent days.”
Pelosi: Iran Made Big Mistake By Supplying Drones To Russia
Iran is “making the world a less safe place” by supplying drones to Russia for its war in Ukraine, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday.
Speaking alongside Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, where she attended a forum in Zagreb aimed at supporting Ukraine’s independence in the wake of the Russian invasion, Pelosi slammed Iran for making a “big mistake” by supplying explosive devices.
Russia has rebranded the Shahad drones, which have terrorized the Ukrainian population and damaged power plants, and Iran denies being their source. But several distinctive triangle-shaped drones have been spotted in Ukraine.
“We need to be able to counter drones,” Pelosi said. “This is a dangerous technology and must be stopped.”
Contributions: Tom Vanden Brook, Maureen Gropp, USA Today; Associated Press