Things ain’t just dropping on Ukraine Cities anymore…..
Russian civilinans are now seeing and feeling the same thing Ukrainain’s do…..
The drone’s actually do NOT cause HUGE damage….Lots are shot down…But shot down piece’s do cause damage….
But ARE MORE of a physiological weapon…..
Pro Ukraine outside groups are continuing attacks acroos the border into Russia…..
Could THIS be part of the Ukraine Spring Offensive?
A fight for Ukraine territory AND dealing with Ukraine reaches INTO Russia?
The Biden White House ain’t happy with the escalation in the expansion of things…..
The Russina troops now in Bakhmut are not fighting since the Wagner troops left…..
Weesten countries rush to kiss up to Turkey’s Erdogan….Biden is looking to get a Sweden ok from the Turkish leader who feels he’s got the job for life….
At least eight drones targeted Moscow early Tuesday, according to the Russian authorities, the first attack to hit civilian areas in the Russian capital and a potent sign that the war is increasingly reaching the heart of Russia.
The assault came after yet another overnight bombardment by Russian forces of the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, which has faced a barrage of attacks in recent weeks that have put the city on edge and tested the country’s air defenses. Kyiv was attacked with at least 20 drones early Tuesday, leaving one person dead and unnerving exhausted residents.
The dueling strikes reflected the dialed-up tension and shifting priorities ahead of Ukraine’s expected counteroffensive. Ukraine has increasingly been reaching far into Russia-held territory, while Moscow has been adjusting its tactics in an effort to inflict significant damage on Kyiv.
Tuesday’s aerial assault on Moscow — in which at least three residential buildings sustained minor damage — comes weeks after a pair of explosions over the Kremlin, a bold strike aimed at President Vladimir V. Putin’s seat of power. U.S. officials said the attack was most likely orchestrated by one of Ukraine’s special military or intelligence units.
The Russian Defense Ministry blamed Ukraine for Tuesday’s assault, describing the strike as a “terrorist attack” and saying that the drones had been intercepted. Mr. Putin briefly commented on the attack, telling a reporter that Russia’s air defenses had proved adequate. “We have stuff to do,” he said in a video clip published by state news media. “We know what needs to be done.”
Mykhailo Podolyak, an adviser to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine, said Kyiv was not “directly involved” but was “happy” to watch. A spokesman for Ukraine’s Air Force, which typically maintains a policy of strategic ambiguity over attacks in Russia, declined to comment.
Here are the latest developments:
U.S. officials said they were still gathering information, noting that “as a general matter” the United States does not support strikes in Russia but that Tuesday marked the 17th time this month that Moscow has attacked Kyiv.
Five of the drones that targeted Moscow on Tuesday were shot down and three others had their systems jammed, according to Russia’s Ministry of Defense. The assault has raised further questions about Russia’s air defenses after explosions were reported over the Kremlin this month, with nationalist commentators calling it a “psychological blow” to Russians.
Attacks on Russia reportedly continued along the border with Ukraine. An anti-Kremlin paramilitary group that this month staged an incursion from Ukrainian territory into southern Russia said that it had made “another successful crossing,” while the governor of Russia’s Belgorod region said a civilian had been killed by shelling he blamed on the Ukrainian Army. Those claims had not been independently verified.
Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, in Sweden for the start of a four-day visit to Nordic countries focusing on NATO’s support for Ukraine, expressed confidence that Sweden would join the NATO alliance “in the weeks ahead.” Another member, Turkey, has objected to Sweden’s admission for more than a year….
Here’s the latest on the war and its ripple effects across the globe.
- Reports varied on how many drones were used in the strikes against Russia’s capital. Russia’s Defense Ministrysaid that there were eight, and that Russia was able to jam three of the drones, which deviated from their intended targets, while it shot down five others with antiaircraft missiles and artillery. Russian lawmaker Alexander Khinshtein said drones were brought down across the Moscow region, including inside the capital and in three districts west of the city. Other reports said more than 25 drones were involved in the attack. The Post could not independently verify the claims.
- The drone attack in Moscow caused minor damage,Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said. Emergency services officials evacuated residents from two buildings affected by the attack, he said.
- Putin accused Kyiv of “trying to intimidate Russia, intimidate Russian citizens and strike residential buildings.” In remarks during a visit to a cultural center in Moscow on Tuesday afternoon, he suggested that the attack was retaliation for a Russian strike on a Ukrainian military site and was “aimed at evoking a mirror response from Russia.” Russia’s Defense Ministry said Tuesday that its armed forces targeted “central decision-making points where terrorist attacks against Russian territory were being planned under the guidance of Western intelligence experts.”
- A Ukrainian presidential adviser said Kyiv was not involved in the strikes in Moscow. Asked by a Ukrainian television channel about the attack Tuesday, Mykhailo Podolyak said, “Of course we have no direct involvement.” Podolyak later clarified in a WhatsApp message: “The war is more and more obviously returning to Russia itself, which is absolutely not ready for it,” he wrote, in response to a question about what the attacks meant for the future of the conflict. “If Russian armed groups do not leave the borders of Ukraine in the near future, the Kremlin will have to fight on two fronts — an external one in Ukraine and an internal one — with its own citizens.”
- British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said Ukraine has the “right to project force beyond its borders” in response to Russia’s invasion. Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Estonia on Tuesday, Cleverly said “legitimate military targets” outside of Ukraine could be included in the country’s self-defense. “We should recognize that,” he said, according to Sky News.
- “We do not support attacks inside of Russia,” said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about Tuesday’s drone strikes. U.S. officials have consistently voiced discomfort with Ukraine’s striking targets outside of its internationally recognized territory. The State Department is “still gathering information” about the attacks on Moscow, a department spokesperson said Tuesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive subject.
- In Kyiv, Ukraine’s military destroyed more than 20 Russian drones in the city’s airspace, the local military administration said early Tuesday. But residential buildings and vehicles were damaged, it said. Russia’s previous attack, on Monday, included Iranian-designed drones, cruise missiles, ballistic missiles and guided bombs, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his nightly address.
- Ukrainian troops intercepted most of the Russian missiles and drones launched over the previous day, Ukraine’s military said Tuesday. Ukraine said it shot down 36 of 40 cruise missiles and 30 of 38 drones. All 11 of Russia’s Iskander missiles fired at critical infrastructure in Kyiv were destroyed, the military added.
- Russia’s latest attacks came from different directions and in multiple waves, the city’s military administration said in a statement. Russia is also continually altering the weapons used in aerial bombardments, it said, either combining missiles and drones or using drones exclusively, it said.
- At least one person was killed and several others were injured in strikes Monday against Russia’s western Belgorod region, governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said on Telegram. Gladkov said more than 200 shells fell on towns and villages in Belgorod. He alleged that Ukraine was behind the attack. The region borders Ukraine and has been struck before.
- Russian offensive operations in and around Bakhmut have slowed, according to Ukrainian officials, and none were reported in the area in the past day, the general staff of the armed forces said early Tuesday. Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maliar said Monday that the intensity of Russian actions has significantly decreased because troops from the Wagner mercenary group are being replaced with regular soldiers and Moscow is trying to stabilize its defenses in the area.
- South Africa plans to offer diplomatic immunity to leaders attending the BRICS summit in August — a cohort that may include Putin, who faces an arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court. “This is a standard conferment of immunities that we do for all international conferences and summits held in South Africa irrespective of the level of participation,” South Africa’s foreign ministry said Tuesday. “The immunities are for the conference and not for specific individuals.” In March, the ICC accused Putin and another Russian official of forced deportation of children from Ukraine. South Africa, a member of the International Criminal Court, may be legally compelled to arrest Putin; the foreign ministry’s announcement noted that the offered immunities “do not override any warrant.” The Russian President has not yet said whether he will attend the summit.
- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Sweden to meet with officials about the war in Ukraine and other matters, the State Department said. Blinken urged Turkey on Tuesdayto take immediate action on Sweden’s bid to join NATO, saying there was no reason for further delay in bolstering the trans-Atlantic alliance at a time of profound tension with Russia. Blinken will be in Norway on Wednesday for talks with NATO foreign ministers, and then to Finland, NATO’s newest member.
- Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) criticized “Russian efforts to arrest and try me for speaking the truth,” after Russia’s Interior Ministry issued an arrest warrant for Graham following a meeting last week between the senator and Ukraine’s president. While in Kyiv, Graham said that the “Russians are dying” and that U.S. financial assistance to Ukraine was “the best money we’ve ever spent.” The remarks appear to have been spoken in different parts of Graham’s conversation with Zelensky, but the video released by Ukraine juxtaposed them, triggering outrage in Russia. On Monday, Graham said he doesn’t “expect to be tried by Russia anytime soon.”
- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the West is stepping up support for Ukraine. “Everyone is on alert for signs of fatigue in our democracies, in NATO countries and partners, in terms of our ability to support,” he said at an event in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, on Tuesday, CNN reported. “So far, we haven’t seen it.”….