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591 Day of the Russia-Ukraine War: The Ongoing Crisis

Here is the situation on SATURDAY, October 7, 2023. (591 Day)

Ukrainian air defense successfully intercepted 25 out of 33 drone attacks launched by Russia across multiple Ukrainian regions, including Odesa, Kharkiv, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Cherkasy, and Zhytomyr.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced that Kyiv is taking measures to safeguard its power and heating facilities, anticipating potential targeting by Russia, especially as winter approaches.

In response to heightened attacks on the Crimean Peninsula by Ukrainian missiles, drones, and raiding parties, approximately a dozen Russian vessels, including guided missile frigates, landing ships, and submarines, have been relocated from Sevastopol in annexed Crimea to the Novorossiysk Sea Port in the Russian Krasnodar Krai region.


Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has called for an increased production of Su-34 fighter jets, praising them as crucial assets for the country’s military.

The Russian Defense Ministry reported that Russian aircraft destroyed two vessels off the Crimean peninsula, alleging they carried “Ukrainian saboteurs,” resulting in the death of 13 commandos.

The International Rescue Committee condemned a Russian missile attack on the village of Hroza in the Kharkiv region, which claimed the lives of 52 Ukrainian civilians, calling it a possible war crime. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has deployed a field team to investigate.

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In response to the attack on Hroza, the Kremlin asserted that the Russian military does not target civilians. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Ukraine could not endure for more than “a week” without Western military and financial aid.

Regarding the plane crash that killed Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the Wagner mercenary force, Putin suggested it might have been caused by hand grenade detonation and implied alcohol and drug use. Russian military bloggers criticized Putin’s speculation.

Moldovan President Maia Sandu claimed that Prigozhin had planned to overthrow her government earlier in the year as part of a broader scheme to destabilize the former Soviet state.

In terms of regional security, Russia signaled a potential revocation of its ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CNTBT). A Russian MiG-31 fighter jet intercepted a US Navy P-8A Poseidon patrol plane over the Norwegian Sea.

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Ukraine temporarily closed its border checkpoint with Romania in the Orlivka region after a Russian attack left munitions scattered in the area.

In military aid, Sweden pledged 2.2 billion Swedish crowns ($199.44 million) in support to Ukraine, focusing on ammunition and spare parts.

In the Black Sea, a Turkish-flagged cargo ship en route to Ukraine survived a sea mine detonation without damage.

In sanctions, a Ukrainian court froze the assets of three Russian businessmen for alleged support of Russia’s war. The US Department of Commerce added 42 Chinese companies to a sanctions list for supplying Russian firms linked to the defense sector.

Economically, Ukraine’s parliament approved an estimated $8.28 billion increase in defense spending for the remainder of 2023.

On the diplomatic front, European Union leaders declared support for expanding the bloc but cautioned candidate countries, including Ukraine, against shortcuts. Additionally, Washington expelled two Russian diplomats in retaliation for Moscow’s expulsion of two US diplomats last month.

SOURCE : aljazeera.com

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