Russia’s war in Ukraine
If confirmed it would mean a second day of major operations by Ukraine against Russian military targets in occupied Crimea.
Russia suspended traffic on Thursday morning on the bridge connecting the Crimean peninsula to the Russian mainland, a move it has typically taken in the past due to incoming attacks by Ukraine.
Yesterday Ukraine launched its largest attack on the Crimean port city of Sevastopol since the start of the war, with military sources saying British Storm Shadow cruise missiles were used.
Elsewhere, former UK prime minister Boris Johnson has called on the UK and its allies to ramp up support for Ukraine so that Kyiv can “get on with killing Russians and expelling the invader from their land”.
Ukraine destroys Russian air defence system near Crimea’s Yevpatoriya – source
Ukraine destroyed a Russian air defence system near the town of Yevpatoriya in annexed Crimea in an overnight drone and missile attack conducted by the Security Service of Ukraine and navy on Thursday, a Ukrainian intelligence source told Reuters.
Russia said its air defences had shot down 11 attack drones overnight over Crimea, which Russia seized and annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 09:00
Child, 6, killed and 4 injured in attack on Kherson region
A six-year-old child was killed and four others were injured after Russian shelling in the Kherson region.
Ukraine’s Office of the Prosecutor General said a property was hit overnight in the village of Novodmytrivka, Belozersk community.
An investigation has been launched after “enemy shells hit a private house and its territory”.
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 08:32
504 children killed in Russian attacks – Ukraine
The number of children killed in Russian attacks on Ukraine stands at 504, Ukraine has said.
The Office of the Prosecutor General said that, as of 14 September a further 1,627 children have been injured.
“These numbers are not final,” the office said in a statement. “Work on their installation in places of hostilities, in temporarily occupied and liberated territories, continues.”
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 08:16
Romania confirms third drone fragments findings near its border
NATO member Romania has found new fragments of a drone deemed similar to those used by the Russian army near its border with war-torn Ukraine, in the third such finding in a week, defence officials said.
Two helicopters from the Romanian Air Force were deployed with specialist teams to Nufaru and Victoria in the eastern county of Tulcea where the fragments were spread over an area of “several tens of meters,” the Ministry of National Defence said in a statement.
It said in a separate statement that it has notified the General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations about areas near the border that could be at risk of incidents as Russian forces attack Ukraine’s Danube River ports across the river from Romania.
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 07:56
Boris Johnson: Why won’t Britain give Ukraine what it needs?
Boris Johnson has called on Rishi Sunak to give Ukrainians the tools they need to “get on with killing Russians and expelling the invader from their land”, Archie Mitchell reports.
The former prime minister detailed meetings he has had with injured soldiers, which made him “feel aghast at the pain” being caused by Vladimir Putin.
And he said he does not understand why the UK is “dragging our feet”.
Writing in The Spectator, Mr Johnson said: “Why are we always so slow? How can we look these men in the eye, and explain the delay?
“Throughout this war we have underestimated the Ukrainians and overestimated Putin, and we are doing the same today.”
Mr Johnson, a hero to many in Ukraine because of his steadfast backing for the country while PM, called for “strategic patience” and “a far greater sense of urgency” in sending military aid.
Referring to sending weapons, he added: “We are talking about a relatively trivial outlay for such extraordinary potential reward.”
“I have asked it before, and I ask it again: what the hell are we waiting for?” he said.
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 07:45
Russian influence over Ukraine energy supply ‘severely diminished’
Russia’s influence over Ukraine’s energy supply is “severely diminished” as a major nuclear company continues to diversify its fuel sources, Britain’s Ministry of Defence has said.
Nuclear supplies Ukraine with half of its electricity and Energoatom’s success in sourcing and installing Western fuel “is a major waypoint in Ukraine’s long-term decoupling from Russia,” the MoD said in a statement.
The MoD said: “On 10 September 2023, Energoatom, Ukraine’s nuclear power plant operator, announced it had a successfully refuelled a reactor at its Rivne Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) using Western-produced nuclear fuel assemblies.
“All of Ukraine’s NPPs have reactors based on Soviet designs and until February 2022 it relied on Russia for nuclear fuel. Since Russia’s full-scale invasion, Ukraine has accelerated plans to diversify its supply.
“With nuclear energy supplying approximately half of Ukraine’s electricity, Energoatom’s success in sourcing and installing Western fuel is a major waypoint in Ukraine’s long-term decoupling from Russia whose influence over Ukraine’s energy supply is severely diminished.”
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 07:30
Russia says 11 drones destroyed over Crimea – RIA
Russian air defences destroyed 11 hostile drones over Crimea on Thursday morning, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying.
Matt Mathers14 September 2023 07:16
Ukraine says 17 drones destroyed in overnight attack
Ukraine said it downed 17 out of 22 Russian drones attacking its territory overnight in the country’s south, centre and north.
“On the night of September 14, 2023, from 9pm to 2.30am, the Russian invaders attacked Ukraine with several groups of Shahed-136/131 type (drones) from three directions,” Ukraine‘s air force said in a post on Telegram.
Russia has increasingly turned to the Shahed, a cheap Iranian kamikaze drone, which is more expendable and can confuse air defences with its smaller size and low speed after initially planning to gut Ukraine with missiles.
Arpan Rai14 September 2023 06:50
Ukrainian sea drones attack Russian ship in Black Sea
At least five Ukrainian sea drones attacked a Russian navy ship in the Black Sea today and were destroyed, the RIA news agency cited Russia’s defence ministry as saying.
Another 11 hostile drones were destroyed over Crimea this morning by Russian air defences, Russia’s defence ministry said.
This comes just 24 hours after Ukraine fired 10 cruise missiles on Crimea’s Sevastopol city, damaging Russian warship and submarine.
Arpan Rai14 September 2023 06:10
‘Biggest attack’ on Sevastopol since Putin’ invasion last year
Ukraine damaged two Russian naval vessels and struck port infrastructure in yesterday’s strike on Crimean city of Sevastopol, in what appeared to be the biggest attack of the war on the home of the Russian navy’s Black Sea Fleet.
Retired Ukrainian navy captain Andriy Ryzhenko said: “It really is the biggest attack on Sevastopol since the beginning of the war.”
He said Ukraine may have used domestically made Neptune anti-ship missiles that had been modified to work against ground targets. British-supplied Storm Shadow cruise missiles were another possibility, he said.
Sky News cited military sources as saying Storm Shadows were used in the attack, and similar claims have been made by Russian military bloggers.
Sevastopol is home to the Black Sea Fleet which the Kremlin uses to project power into the Middle East and Mediterranean and – during the war in Ukraine – to impose a de facto blockade on Ukraine’s seaborne food exports via the Turkish straits.
Arpan Rai14 September 2023 05:52