Here is the situation on Sunday, October 8, 2023.(592 Day)
The Russian defense ministry reported intercepting two Ukrainian S-200 anti-aircraft missiles above the Crimean Peninsula, annexed by Moscow. In posts on Telegram, the ministry stated that Kyiv had allegedly “attempted a terrorist attack” at 6 pm and 10 pm Moscow time, using an S-200 missile modified for offensive purposes
On Saturday, a Ukrainian drone was reportedly shot down near Moscow, with the Russian TASS news agency noting no resulting damage or injuries.
In Belgorod, Russia, local authorities reported the destruction of three Ukrainian Tochka-U missiles in the border region. Tragically, shelling by Kyiv’s forces claimed the life of one person who happened to be on the street during the attack.
Meanwhile, in the Kherson region’s Russian-held town of Nova Kakhovka, a member of Russia’s United Russia Party, Vladimir Malov, fell victim to a car bomb.
In Hroza, a Ukrainian town in the Kharkiv region, residents mourned the victims of a Russian missile strike that claimed around 50 lives on Friday. The United Nations Monitoring Mission in Ukraine conveyed that discussions with locals and survivors pointed to a civilian-heavy toll, emphasizing that the target, a bustling village café and store, was unmistakably civilian.
In the realm of politics, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Russia’s Chechnya region and a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, suggested either postponing the upcoming presidential election in March due to the ongoing war in Ukraine or limiting the candidates to just one—Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. Kadyrov argued that given the circumstances, Putin is the singular figure capable of defending the country.
Shifting to regional security, a United States think tank highlighted a surge in rail traffic along the North Korea-Russia border. This spike, described as “unprecedented” by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, raised concerns about potential arms supplies from Pyongyang to Moscow following discussions on enhanced military cooperation between the two nations’ leaders. Satellite imagery revealed an unusual presence of about 73 freight cars at the Tumangang Rail Station in North Korea’s Rason city, exceeding levels observed in the past five years, even pre-pandemic.
SOURCE : aljazeera.com