Russia launched a drone attack on Ukraine overnight from Saturday to Sunday, mainly targeting the kyiv region. According to the Ukrainian military, 25 of the 32 drones were shot down. Furthermore, Moscow claimed to have destroyed three fast military launches in the Black Sea with Ukrainian soldiers on board who were heading, according to the Russian army, towards annexed Crimea. Here is the thread for September 10, 2023.
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11:37 p.m.: Moscow claims victory for Vladimir Putin’s party in elections in the territories annexed to Ukraine
Moscow has claimed victory for Vladimir Putin’s party in the elections in the territories annexed to Ukraine, with more than 70% of the vote.
The Russian Election Commission declared that the United Russia party had won the local elections in the four regions of Zaporizhia, Kherson, Donetsk and Luhansk, following the much-criticised vote.
6:38 p.m.: Vladimir Putin’s party leads elections in annexed regions of Ukraine
Russia’s Central Election Commission said President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party came out on top in regional elections in the four territories annexed by Moscow in Ukraine.
According to the first results published on the Commission’s website, and while the counting is still underway, voters in these occupied regions in eastern and southern Ukraine support United Russia.
kyiv and its Western allies have denounced “illegal” ballots.
6:28 p.m.: kyiv accuses Russia of killing two aid workers in Ukraine
Kiev has accused Russian forces of killing two aid workers, a Canadian and a Spanish woman, in eastern Ukraine, calling their deaths a “painful and irreparable loss.”
According to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry, the Russian army killed Emma Igual, a Spanish citizen, and Anthony Ihnat, a Canadian citizen, who worked for the NGO Road to Relief. Emma Igual, 32, was the director and co-founder.
1:04 p.m.: Emmanuel Macron denies any diplomatic victory for Russia at the G20
Emmanuel Macron said Russia did not achieve a diplomatic victory at the G20 summit in India, whose final communiqué did not explicitly condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The latter expressed her disappointment on Saturday, judging that there was “nothing to be proud of” in this press release.
Present in New Delhi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, for his part, declared that this summit constituted a victory for India and the countries of the “Global South” for having managed to prevent the war in Ukraine from eclipsing the other subjects.
12:54 p.m.: Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls not to “marginalize” Russia in grain deal talks
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for Russia not to be “marginalized” in talks to revive the deal on the export of Ukrainian grain via the Black Sea.
“No process that would marginalize Russia in the Black Sea grain initiative will be viable,” the Turkish president told the press after the close of the G20 summit in New Delhi, announcing the organization of a meeting next on the subject with Russian, Ukrainian and UN representatives without specifying date or place.
11:33 a.m.: Spanish aid worker killed in Ukraine, Madrid says
A Spanish volunteer aid worker was killed in Ukraine after her vehicle was hit by a projectile, Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced.
“A projectile fell on the vehicle in which this Spanish citizen was traveling. She was working there for an NGO working to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine,” declared the minister, on the sidelines of the G20 summit in India, affirming having received “verbal confirmation of his death”.
11:01 a.m.: Ukraine says its troops have advanced more than a kilometer on the southern front
Ukraine has claimed that its troops have advanced against the Russians by more than a kilometer on the front in the south of the country.
“We are moving forward! The defense forces in the Tavria sector have advanced by more than a kilometer,” said General Oleksandr Tarnavskyi, in charge of the army’s counter-offensive, during his daily situation update. Ukrainian in this region.
9:11 a.m.: Russia says it destroyed three Ukrainian speedboats in the Black Sea
Russia claimed to have destroyed three fast military launches with Ukrainian soldiers on board in the Black Sea, which the Russian army said were heading towards annexed Crimea.
During the night from Saturday to Sunday, “in the western part of the Black Sea, (…) the naval aviation of the Black Sea Fleet destroyed three American-made ‘Willard Sea Force’ fast military launches (carrying ) landing groups of the Ukrainian armed forces,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.
8:34 a.m.: Romania summons Russian charge d’affaires after discovery of drone debris near its border
The day after the discovery of drone debris “similar to those used by the Russian army”, around the village of Plauru near the Ukrainian border, the Romanian Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian charge d’affaires, according to reports from the national press agency Agerpres.
“Nothing indicates that there was an intention to strike NATO, but the attacks are destabilizing,” reacted the Secretary General of the Atlantic Alliance Jens Stoltenberg on X after the discovery of this debris.
8:31 a.m.: Russia claims to have destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the Bryansk region
Russian air defense forces destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the Bryansk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said. This statement on Telegram did not immediately report any damage or casualties. The Bryansk region in southwestern Russia borders Ukraine.
8:11 a.m.: Vladimir Putin will not be arrested if he goes to the next G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro, assures Lula
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be arrested if he goes to the next G20 summit in Rio de Janeiro in 2024, Brazilian head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said.
During an interview broadcast Saturday evening on the Indian television channel Firstpost, Lula assured that Vladimir Putin would receive an invitation to go to the Brazilian city despite the arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued in March, who accuses him of war crimes for the deportation of Ukrainian children.
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7:10 a.m.: Ukraine attacked by 32 Russian drones in the night, 25 shot down according to kyiv
Russian forces launched 32 explosive drones into Ukraine, mostly in the kyiv region, according to the Ukrainian army, which claimed to have shot down 25 of them.
“Last night, the occupiers attacked Ukraine with 32 Shahed-136/131 type kamikaze drones, 25 of which were destroyed by the Ukrainian air defense forces. The Russian occupiers directed most of the attack drones towards the Kiev region”, indicated the Ukrainian general staff in its situation update.
5:05 a.m.: Ukraine says it has shot down more than twenty Russian drones in kyiv
Ukrainian air defenses shot down more than twenty Russian drones which were targeting kyiv at dawn, announced the Ukrainian authorities, who reported one person injured by falling debris.
“Drones entered the capital in groups and from different directions. The air defense forces managed to destroy more than two dozen enemy drones,” the Kiev military administration said on its Telegram account. The exact number of drones shot down will be announced later, she added, without specifying whether all the drones had been destroyed in flight or whether some had hit the city.
According to the same source, an apartment was damaged by falling debris, as well as cars and trolleybus cables. One person was injured but his life is not in danger, she wrote on Telegram.
1:58 a.m.: new Russian drone attack on kyiv
Several Russian drones attacked kyiv at dawn, according to Ukrainian authorities who initially did not report any casualties. An AFP journalist in kyiv heard around ten explosions during the night.
According to Sergii Popko, head of the capital’s military administration, debris from drones shot down by Ukrainian air defense fell on the Sviatoshynskyi, Podilskyi and Shevchenkivskyi districts. Ukrainian authorities did not immediately say whether all the drones had been shot down or whether some had struck the city directly.
Debris fell on a residential building in the Shevchenkivskyi district, in central Kiev, without causing any casualties but causing a fire which was extinguished by the owners of the building, Serguiï Popko said on Telegram.
In the Sviatoshynskyi district, located in the west of the capital, debris caused a fire in Sovky Park, one of the city’s best-known public gardens, Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said on Telegram.
In the Podilskyi district in central Kiev, debris fell on an open space and doctors who arrived on the scene treated a person suffering from an attack of “acute stress”, according to Vitali Klitschko. Also according to the mayor, more flaming debris fell on a road in the central Solomyanskyi district.
The essentials of September 9
Ukraine raised its tone on Saturday against its Western allies, deploring the “impasse” in negotiations aimed at creating an international tribunal to try Vladimir Putin and transferring frozen Russian assets to Kiev.
The new Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Roustem Oumerov, called on the West to provide “more heavy weapons” to Ukraine, in the midst of a counter-offensive against the Russian army.