Russia: Ukrainian drone destroyed over Belgorod
Russia’s Defense Ministry said its anti-aircraft system destroyed a Ukrainian drone over Belgorod early Sunday morning. And a message on the “Telegram” messaging service stated: “There are no injuries or damages.” According to the Russians, the attack took place around 4 am local time.
The message has not been independently verified. Belgorod region in southern Russia borders Ukraine.
Zelensky thanks the Netherlands for its support
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the Netherlands in his daily video message on Saturday night for his country’s support in the war with Russia. “In general, the Netherlands is one of the leading countries in terms of defense cooperation with Ukraine, as far as political cooperation is concerned,” Zelensky said.
According to him, Dutch support, which includes the supply of weapons, training of Ukrainian soldiers and humanitarian aid, “really helps save lives.” Zielinski: “I thank the Dutch for that. Thank you all. Mark, thank you.”
Zelensky also thanked Germany for sending two more Patriot anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine last week.
A Russian fighter plane crashes in Kaliningrad, and its passengers did not survive the crash
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Russian fighter jet crashed during a training flight in Russia’s Kaliningrad region on the Baltic Sea on Saturday, Russian authorities said. The crew lost their lives. The ministry did not give a specific number. It will be a Sukhoi Su-30, which is a two-seater.
Nor did the Ministry of Defense specify the exact location where the plane crashed. However, the plane had been flying over an unpopulated area when it encountered technical problems.
Polish police are investigating the Wagner poster campaign
In Poland, the police on Saturday opened an investigation into posters advertising joining the Russian mercenary army, Wagner. A spokeswoman for the local police said that citizens noticed the A5-sized posters in several areas of Krakow.
The Wagner logo is depicted on the labels. Below it is written in English: “We are here. Join us.” The poster contains a QR code that, according to police information, leads to a mercenary recruitment site for the army.
In Poland, concern about Wagner has grown since forces from Yevgeny Prigozhin’s army settled in Belarus, an ally of Russia, after a failed uprising against Moscow. There is also a major concern in Lithuania, which also shares a border with Belarus.
A spokeswoman for the Krakow police said: “We do not know whether the action pasted as a joke or if there is something more serious behind it.” The police are looking for those responsible. In Poland, it is forbidden to recruit or join foreign armies or mercenary armies. Violations can result in prison sentences of up to five years.
Ukrainian drones attack Crimea again: photos show a thick column of smoke over the Crimean bridge
Explosions occurred again on the Crimean Bridge on Saturday. Crimean governor said that Russian air defenses shot down two enemy missiles. He confirmed that the bridge was not damaged.
“Anti-aircraft defenses shot down two enemy missiles near the Kerch Strait. The Crimean Bridge was not damaged,” governor Sergei Aksionov told Telegram. Pictures and videos of columns of smoke rising above the bridge are circulating on social networks. Residents talk of explosions.
The 19-kilometer-long bridge connects the Russian mainland to Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014. The strategically important bridge has been the target of attacks by the Ukrainian military since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The last attack in July severely damaged the section of road traffic. Traffic is still at a standstill.
Crimea is also regularly bombed by drones. According to the Russian military, twenty drones were shot down on the night of Friday and Saturday, targeting various targets on the peninsula.
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