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Zelensky warns Russia that it is planning a prolonged attack using Iranian Shahed Drones

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.

Ukrainian rescuers work at the site of a residential building destroyed by a Russian drone strike, which local authorities consider to be Iranian-made unmanned aerial vehicles Shahed-136, in central Kyiv, Ukraine, Oct. 17, 2022.

Ukrainian rescuers are at the site where a residential building was damaged by a Russian strike. Local authorities suspect that it is Iranian-made unmanned air vehicles Shahed136. It was located in central Kyiv, Ukraine. Oct. 17, 2022.
(Photo by Oleksii Chomachenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images


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.”

People look at the residential building destroyed by a Russian drone strike. At least four people have been killed as a result of a drone attack on a residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine on the morning of October 17, 2022. 

People view the destroyed residential building in Kyiv, Ukraine after a Russian drone strike. A drone strike on a Kyiv residential building, Ukraine on October 17, 2022 resulted in the deaths of at least four people. 
(Photo by Oleksii Chomachenko/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images


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.

Parts of unmanned aerial vehicles Orlan-10, Granat-3, Shahed-136 and Eleron-3-SV, used by the Russia against Ukraine, are seen during a media briefing of the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv, Ukraine on Dec. 15, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine representatives held a media briefing about situation on the Russian-Ukrainian war and the security situation in Ukraine. 

Unmanned aerial vehicles Orlan-10 and Granat-3, Shahed136 and Eleron-3 -SV were seen at a media briefing of Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine in Kyiv (Ukraine) on December 15, 2022. This was during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Representatives of the Security and Defense Forces of Ukraine held a briefing on the situation regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and the security situation within Ukraine. 
(Photo by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images).


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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