The city of Kyiv has experienced its most significant drone attack since the invasion by Russia.
Kyiv experienced a significant drone attack on Saturday, which was the largest one carried out by Russia since their invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. According to Ukraine, they were able to successfully take down 74 out of the 75 Shahed drones, which were designed by Iran, during the six-hour air strike.
According to a post on Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko’s Telegram account, five individuals, including a child, were injured in the assault. The Ukrainian air force reported that 66 of the drones were taken down over Kyiv. A city official stated that the incident resulted in power outages for 17,000 residents.
Serhiy Fursa, a well-known Ukrainian economist, stated on Facebook that we experienced the beginning of the winter season tonight, akin to an overture or prelude.
On the day of Holodomor Remembrance, as Ukrainians commemorate the devastating famine that resulted in the death of millions in the 1930s, an attack occurred. The Holodomor, translated as “death by starvation” in Ukrainian, is recognized by Ukrainians and over 30 other nations as a genocide, but Moscow denies this and considers it a deliberate policy by Josef Stalin.
The Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Dmytro Kuleba, stated that Russia has committed 911 attacks resulting in the deaths of 19 Ukrainians and injuries of 84 individuals throughout the country in the past week.
In a message on the Telegram messaging app, he stated that the enemy is increasing their assaults in an attempt to annihilate Ukraine and its people. This is a deliberate effort, reminiscent of the events 90 years ago when Russia caused the deaths of millions of our predecessors.
Black Sea fleet
On Saturday, the British Ministry of Defense released its daily report on the invasion, stating that the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s capacity to reload ships with cruise missiles at their Novorossiysk base will likely play a major role in the fleet’s effectiveness.
In the past, the fleet has refilled its cruise missiles at Sevastopol. However, there is now a growing concern that the Crimean facility may be targeted by long-range attacks from Ukraine.
According to the British intelligence update, Novorossiysk has been suggested as a preferable location. However, this would involve moving and reloading the missiles, as well as implementing new procedures for delivery, storage, handling, and loading.
In the previous month, Ukraine reported that Russia was facing logistical difficulties in launching cruise missiles from Novorossiysk.
On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy expressed his country’s desire to achieve “three victories” from its Western partners. These include the approval of two military aid packages by the United States and the European Union, as well as the initiation of discussions for Ukraine’s potential membership in the European bloc.
Zelenskyy stated at a press conference in Kyiv that Ukraine requires three wins. The initial one being the triumph with the U.S. Congress. It is a difficult task, but Ukraine is making every effort.
President Biden of the United States has suggested providing billions of dollars in additional aid to Ukraine, however, the allocated funds were not included in a temporary resolution approved by Congress earlier this month.
Some members of the Republican party have shown resistance towards providing further assistance to Ukraine. However, a majority of both Republican and Democratic members in Congress continue to back the allocation of additional aid.
Zelenskyy stated that the second “win” we require overseas is the assistance of the EU in obtaining a 50-billion-euro package. He also mentioned that the third “win” is to initiate discussions about our potential membership in the future.
The European Union has recently declared a 50-billion-euro plan for Ukraine, however, it is still pending approval and is being challenged by Hungary. Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary has expressed his disapproval for starting EU membership negotiations with Kyiv.
Zelenskyy made the comments at a joint news conference in Kyiv with Latvian President Edgars Rinkevics, who expressed optimism that the EU aid package for Ukraine would eventually pass.
During the attack on Saturday morning, Rinkevics was in Kyiv and shared a photo of himself inside a dim bomb shelter on social media.
This report includes information from The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and Reuters.