Moscow intensified attacks on Ukraine on Monday, killing four and cutting power In a series of kamikaze drone strikes in the capital. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said Russia had launched five strikes in Kyiv and attacks on energy facilities in the central region of Sumy and Dnipropetrovsk, leaving hundreds of towns and villages without power.
Elsewhere, a Russian warplane crashed near the Ukrainian border, killing at least three people. Russian news agencies, citing the Defense Ministry, said the plane struck a residential area in the southwestern Russian town of Yeysk. Both pilots managed to eject before the crash, but many locals were taken to hospital with injuries, local authorities said. Three people were killed and 19 injured, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said, according to state-run TASS news agency. The Ministry of Emergencies had earlier killed six people. The reason for the difference is unclear.
Ukraine announces exchange of more than 100 prisoners with Russia It was the first all-female exchange with Moscow after nearly eight months of war. “The more Russian prisoners we have, the sooner we can release our heroes. Every Ukrainian soldier, every front-line commander should remember this,” Zelensky said.
In the south, Ukrainian troops are getting closer and closer to Kherson, the big city in northern Crimea. Kherson is one of four regions of Ukraine that Moscow recently claimed to annex.
Foreign Minister of Ukraine Calls for EU sanctions on Iran Provide Russia with the kamikaze drone that killed at least four civilians in Kyiv on Monday.
Iran said again on Monday that it had not provided Russia with drones for use in Ukraine. “Published information about Iran’s supply of drones to Russia is politically ambitious and spread by Western sources. We have not supplied weapons to any of the warring countries,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani. The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc would look for “concrete evidence” of Iran’s involvement in Russia’s war against Ukraine.
EU has agreed to set up a mission to train 15,000 Ukrainian soldiers. It will also provide another 500 million euros to help buy weapons. One A meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday approved a two-year training mission that will involve different EU forces, providing basic and specialized instruction to Ukrainian soldiers in Poland and Germany. Officials hope the mission, estimated to cost 107 million euros, will be up and running by mid-November.
Israeli officials declined to comment on comments made by former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev about Tel Aviv’s readiness to send military aid to Ukraine. In a telegram message on Monday, Medvedev, now the deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, warned Israel not to arm Kyiv, calling it a “reckless move” that would “undermine the relationship between our two countries.” Israel has sought to maintain a neutral stance as it relies on Russia to facilitate its operations against Iran-linked actors in Syria.
Marina OvshanikovaThe former Russian state TV reporter, who staged a broadcast protest against the war in March, has fled the country, according to her lawyer.