Russia-Ukraine war – live: Putin’s forces hit in south as Moscow launches largest drone attack on Kyiv

By Isaac M November 25, 2023

New foreign secretary David Cameron meets Zelensky

Ukrainian forces have claimed they have “exhausted the enemy along the entire front line” in the direction of Melitopol, southern Ukraine.

The attack on the village of Robotyne, Zaporizhzia Oblast, towards Melitopol on the Sea of Azov was Ukraine’s main axis of attack during its counteroffensive.

An update from the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine this morning said recent attacks had “caused the occupation troops losses in live force and equipment”. They did not specify on those losses.

It comes as Russia launched its most significant kamikaze drone attack on Ukraine in months, according to the Ukrainian air force, firing nearly a hundred Iranian-made drones and forcing civilians into bomb shelters for most of the night.

The attack in the early hours of Saturday primarily targeted the capital Kyiv. Dozens of Russian kamikaze drones were heard circling over the city for a period of roughly six hours before many were intercepted by Ukrainian air defences.

It was the most significant attack since May this year, in which residents were targeted at least 15 times in a month. Last winter, Russia launched a brutal campaign targeting critical infrastructure across Ukraine for several months.

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Swiss president pledges more support for Ukraine in Kyiv visit

Swiss President Alain Berset pledged his long-term support for Ukraine on Saturday in a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv, where he also attended an international summit on food security, the Swiss government said.

Ukraine is hosting an international summit to promote its efforts to export grain despite an ongoing Russian blockade of the Black Sea, its main export route.

“In talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, President Berset stressed that Switzerland stands in solidarity with Ukraine for the long haul, even in times of multiple concurrent crises,” the Swiss government said. Zelenskiy said on X that mine clearing, peace proposals and the use of profits from frozen Russian assets were also discussed.

Switzerland has previously said it has frozen some 7.5 billion Swiss francs ($8.5 billion) in Russian assets.

File photo: Swiss Federal President Alain Berset

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Matt Mathers25 November 2023 19:04

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Blinken to attend NATO ministerial meeting on Russia, Balkans – US State Dept

US secretary of state Antony Blinken will attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers next week to highlight the alliance’s commitment to Ukraine in its war against Russia, the State Department said on Saturday.

NATO is actively supporting Ukraine and Kyiv hopes one day to join the military bloc. NATO itself is not at war with Russia, a situation that Western leaders say they want to avoid given Moscow’s vast nuclear arsenal.

In a statement, the State Department also said Blinken would emphasize US support for democracy and regional stability in the western Balkans. NATO is examining a more permanent ramp up of troop numbers in the region to keep tensions under control.

The meeting will take place from Nov 27-29 in Brussels.

File photo: Antony Blinken

(REUTERS)

Matt Mathers25 November 2023 18:16

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Ukraine needs more air defences to protect grain exports – Zelensky

Ukraine needs more air defences to protect its grain export routes as well regions bordering Russia, President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday, as he addressed an international summit on food security in Kyiv.

“There is a deficit of air defence – that is no secret,” Zelensky told the Grain from Ukraine summit, which was attended by senior officials from European countries, including Swiss President Alain Berset and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte.

Zelensky was speaking after Russia attacked Ukraine with 75 drones overnight, the biggest drone assault of the war. The joint press conference of the three leaders was cut short by another air raid siren.

He said Ukraine would be supplied by its foreign partners with vessels to accompany convoys of cargo ships from Ukraine’s ports to guarantee their security.

“I have agreements with several countries about powerful accompaniment of convoys by Ukrainians, but using (foreign) equipment,” he said.

The Ukrainian president also said Kyiv hoped to solve its air defence shortage through new supplies from partners and increasing its own production capacity, something on which he said there had been progress.

“As of today, I can’t say details what we are making and where, but there is progress,” he said.

File photo: Volodymyr Zelensky

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Matt Mathers25 November 2023 17:00

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Kyiv nursery destroyed by Russian drone strike

Kyiv nursery destroyed by Russian drone strike

Kyiv nursery destroyed by Russian drone strike

Tom Watling25 November 2023 16:15

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Kyiv suffers ‘largest ever’ drone attack by Russia leaving ‘five wounded’

Footage has been released showing multiple air defences at work in Kyiv last night as Russia launched its largest attack on the city in months.

You can see the footage below.

Kyiv suffers ‘largest ever’ drone attack by Russia leaving ‘five wounded’

Tom Watling25 November 2023 15:45

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Israel and Ukraine could face each other in a playoff final for a spot at soccer’s Euro 2024

Israel and Ukraine, two countries currently fighting wars, could face each other for a spot at next year’s European Championship.

The two national teams were put on the same qualifying path in Thursday’s playoff draw, with a possible deciding match in March.

Israel was paired with Iceland, while Ukraine will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the playoff semifinals. The 12 playoff teams will play the six semifinal matches on March 21. All three finals are scheduled for March 26.

Neither Israel nor Ukraine can currently host games at home because the wars. If they both advance to the playoff final, they could meet in a neutral country.

Tom Watling25 November 2023 14:54

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Top Ukraine adviser admits ‘winter will be tough’

A top adviser to Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged during a recent visit to Washington that the days ahead “will be tough” as his country battles Russia while US support from Congress hangs in the balance, it has been revealed.

President Joe Biden’s nearly $106 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and other needs sits idle in Congress, neither approved nor rejected, but subjected to new political demands from Republicans who are insisting on U.S.-Mexico border policy changes to halt the flow of migrants.

When Congress returns this coming week from the holiday break, Biden’s request will be a top item on the to-do list, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Failure risks delaying U.S. military aid to Kyiv and Israel, along with humanitarian assistance for Gaza, in the midst of two wars, potentially undermining America’s global standing.

“It’s coming at a crucial time,” said Luke Coffey, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, which recently hosted Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff, at the discussion in Washington.

Yermak, during his talk in Washington, was reportedly thankful for US support but nonetheless blunt about the need for more.

“I tell you the truth, this winter will be tough for us,” he said, urging Americans to back Ukraine at this “historical moment for all of us”.

Chief of Staff of Ukrainian Presidential Office Andriy Yermak speaks during a press conference

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Tom Watling25 November 2023 14:20

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Zelensky hosts Swiss president for international meeting

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky has hosted his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset for “fruitful talks on humanitarian mine clearing, the use of profits from frozen Russian assets, and the Peace Formula”.

You can view a brief video of their meeting below.

Tom Watling25 November 2023 13:47

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Putin to boost AI work in Russia to fight a Western monopoly he says is ‘unacceptable and dangerous’

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday announced a plan to endorse a national strategy for the development of artificial intelligence, emphasizing that it’s essential to prevent a Western monopoly.

Speaking at an AI conference in Moscow, Putin noted that “it’s imperative to use Russian solutions in the field of creating reliable and transparent artificial intelligence systems that are also safe for humans.”

“Monopolistic dominance of such foreign technology in Russia is unacceptable, dangerous and inadmissible,” Putin said.

He noted that “many modern systems, trained on Western data are intended for the Western market” and “reflect that part of Western ethics, norms of behavior, public policy to which we object.”

Tom Watling25 November 2023 13:00

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Slovak leader calls the war between Russia and Ukraine a frozen conflict

Slovakia’s new prime minister, Robert Fico, said on Friday he considers the war between Ukraine and Russia a frozen conflict that cannot be solved by sending arms to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Fico ended his country’s military aid for Ukraine after his new government was sworn in on Oct. 25.

After meeting his Czech counterpart, Petr Fiala, in Prague on Friday, he said he would prefer the Russian and Ukrainian sides sit at a negotiation table. He didn’t say how to achieve that.

Tom Watling25 November 2023 12:18

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