Russian attacks in Kiev … and power outages in different neighborhoods

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues, Monday, in a new day, as the Russian army units are trying to extend full control over the Ukrainian regions and strike at the positions of the Kiev forces, while the latter continue to resist and try to regain its territory with the material and military support of the Western powers.

In the latest developments, the AFP reported that explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev. At least 5 explosions were heard in the Ukrainian capital between 8:00 and 08:20 local time. Prior to that, Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath correspondents reported that they had launched air strike warnings in Kiev and in other areas in the center of the country.

The mayor announced a blackout in the neighborhoods of Kiev after the Russian strikes. “Part of Kiev is deprived of electricity and some water areas due to the Russian strikes,” he explained in a message via Telegram.

Russia has stepped up missile attacks on Ukraine in recent weeks after blaming Kiev for the explosion that destroyed the Crimean bridge. Strikes hit Kiev’s electricity plants, causing blackouts in recent days.

The UK Defense Ministry said on Monday that Russia has deployed thousands of newly recalled reservists. in first line in Ukraine since mid-October, noting that they are not equipped with the proper equipment. In a statement posted on his Twitter account, he added that Russian army officers in September expressed concern that some of the recently recalled reservists had Ukraine without weapons.

He said circulating images indicate that the rifles supplied to reserve soldiers are (AKMs), first introduced in 1959, and many of them are likely unsuitable for use due to poor storage.

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On Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his country’s forces have repelled a “violent attack” launched by Russian forces in the eastern Donetsk region.

He explained that a military unit from the city of Chub in western Ukraine carried out the operation, without specifying the location of the clash.

In his evening speech, Zelensky said: “Today they stopped the ferocious operations offensive of the enemy. The Russian attack was repulsed “.

The Ukrainian president added that the “trading fund” has been filled, which means the capture of Russian soldiers. The fiercest battles in Donetsk took place around the cities of Bakhmut and Avdiivka.

The Russian defense ministry said Ukraine attacked the Black Sea fleet near Sevastopol with 16 drones and that British navy “specialists” helped coordinate what it described as a “terrorist attack”. Britain has denied this claim. Russia claimed to have repulsed the attack, but the targeted ships were involved in the safety of the passage of grain from Ukrainian Black Sea ports.

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Ukraine has neither confirmed nor denied responsibility for the attack. The Ukrainian military has indicated that the Russians themselves may have been responsible for the explosions.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Moscow used the bombing 220km from the grain lane as a “false excuse” for a move it has long intended to make.

President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff accused Russia of fabricating attacks on its facilities on Saturday.

Ukraine often accuses Russia of using the Black Sea fleet to launch cruise missiles at Ukrainian civilian targets, an accusation supported by some military analysts who say this makes the fleet a legitimate military target.

Russian Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, said on Twitter that Russia has asked the UN Security Council to meet on Monday to discuss the attack on Sevastopol.

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