Ukraine goes to war against Russia with drone fire


A fire broke out at a Russian airport along the Ukrainian border on Tuesday after an apparent drone strike while a similar assault narrowly missed a depot 50 miles from the border as defiant Ukraine seemed determined to bring the war in Russia.

The strikes came a day after Russian authorities said a truck exploded at a Russian airfield, killing at least three people, and a drone damaged bombers at another airfield. The bases, located in the Russian regions of Saratov and Ryazan, are about 300 miles from the Ukrainian border.

Ukraine has not claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhail Podolyak mocked the Kremlin on Twitter.

“The Earth is round – discovery made by Galileo. Astronomy was not studied in the Kremlin, giving preference to court astrologers,” Podolyak tweeted. “If something is launched into the airspace of other countries, sooner or later unknown flying objects will return to the starting point.”

The Kremlin said it shot down two Ukrainian drones on Monday. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the army would “take necessary measures” to defend against “terrorist attacks” at its bases.

Other developments:

►The head of Ukraine’s intelligence directorate, Kirill Budanov, has dismissed rumors that Russia may run out of missiles after weeks of crushing strikes targeting Ukrainian towns. Russia has enough weapons for “several massive missile strikes”. he said.

►The United States secretly modified the advanced HIMAR rocket launchers it gave to Ukraine so they could not be used to fire long-range missiles at Russia, the Wall Street Journal said, citing a Biden administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity. HIMARs have been a crucial part of Ukrainian successes on the battlefield in recent weeks.

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Russian firms told to reject price cap

Moscow will ban Russian companies from selling oil to countries operating under the strict embargo and price cap imposed by the West, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday.

Novak spoke a day after an embargo on maritime shipments of Russian oil to the European Union and several other countries came into effect, as well as a price cap of $60 a barrel for vessels from the EU transporting oil to other countries or the EU companies financing or insuring these shipments.

The international benchmark for oil sales is above $80 a barrel, but Russia’s struggles to find buyers had already pushed the price of its oil to around $60.

Failure to stop attacks on Russian bases angers military bloggers

Anger over the failure to prevent attacks on Russian bases far from the Ukrainian border has overtaken praise for relentless strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure among Russia’s influential military blogging community, reports a Washington-based think tank . The Institute for the Study of Warfare says bloggers chastised the military for the security breakdown because the bases were obvious targets.

“Russian bloggers have also called on Russian military officials to authorize major retaliatory strikes against Ukraine and to intensify counterterrorism measures on Russian territory,” the institute said in its assessment.

Zelenskyy visits the war-torn Donbass region

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy marked his country’s Armed Forces Day by visiting troops in the war-torn region of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday. Zelenskyy, speaking from the city of Sloviansk, a key Ukrainian stronghold in the hard-fought struggle for control of industrial Donbass, praised them for their crucial role in the war and vowed to drive the Russians out of his country.

“I am honored to be with you here in Donbass today,” he said. “I wish you the strength to heroically defend our state, as you are doing now.”

Contribute: The Associated Press

Ukraine goes to war against Russia with drone fire


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