Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Warning: Kyiv received intelligence suggesting Russia may be planning a long-range attack using Iranian-supplied Shahed drones.
Zelenskyy, in an overnight address Monday, warned that Ukraine had stopped responding to the invitations from the rest of the world in the past two days. more than 80 drone strikes.
“We have information that Russia is planning a prolonged attack with Shaheds,” He said.
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Zelenskyy stated that Russia is seeking to exhaust “our people, our air defense, our energy sector” by constantly pummeling the country with air strikes – a strategy Moscow has been employing It has been increasing for many months, but this is now accelerating as winter approaches.
“Now is the time when everyone involved in the protection of the sky should be especially attentive,” He was addressing Ukrainian pilots, and those in charge for air defense.
“Our task is to give Ukraine every day successes,” He went on. “Each shot down drone, each shot down missile, each day with electricity for our people and minimal schedules of blackouts are exactly such victories.”
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Moscow and Tehran, Iran have repeatedly denied any drone cooperation or the use Iranian supplied drones to Ukraine, despite evidence from Kyiv that was supported by Western defense officials.
Zelenskyy urged his forces on the front lines, particularly those fighting in areas like Bakhmut – which has seen intense ground warfare for months – to continue to hold the line amid harsh winter conditions, which has likely slowed fighting in other areas like Kherson.
“No matter how difficult it is now, we must endure it. For it to be easier at the end of this winter,” He said.
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Ukrainian forces continue to push the lines eastwards in Donetsk and the fighting has intensified in Donbas, where Russian-backed forces have been fighting since 2014.
Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi championed this week that Ukrainian forces have liberated 40% of the territory Russia occupied following its invasion.
Zaluahnyi stated that Moscow has lost 28% of the land in areas where Russian forces are still present.
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