Ukrainian drones in southern Russia, an oil refinery burns

There are new Russian attacks on Ukraine overnight. Four people were injured in a Russian attack on the Ukrainian village of Rohan in the northeastern Kharkiv region last night. This was announced by the local authorities, citing Kiev media. And Russian drones hit the southern Ukrainian city Odessa. This was reported by regional governor Oleh Kiper, citing local media. At least six people were injured. According to Kiev, Russian forces launched 14 kamikaze drones over Ukraine overnight, 11 of which were shot down by Kiev's air defense.

Also that night, a fire broke out at an oil refinery in the city Tuapsein the southern Russian region Krasnodar. This was announced by local media, after which residents reported seeing several drones flying over the area. And the Ukrainian secret service SBU claimed to have attacked the building during the night. RBC Ukraine reports about it. According to SBU sources, drones attacked the Russian refinery and a major fire broke out after two violent explosions

Moscow accuses Kiev: “Shooting down the plane carrying the prisoners was a monstrous act”

The demolition of theRussian plane Ilyushin which transported Ukrainian prisoners to be exchanged for Russian soldiers Fly accusation KyivIt was “a monstrous act that cannot be understood.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitri said this Peskov, quoted by the Interfax agency. “No one can say” whether the prisoner exchange between Russians and Ukrainians will continue, Peskov warned. “The fact that the Ukrainians killed their prisoners, their citizens who were supposed to be home literally in a day, is obviously an outrageous act and no one can say what impact this will have on the prospects for the continuation of this process.” said Peskov, referring precisely to the prisoner exchange.

If Volodymyr Zelensky refers to “an international investigation into the criminal actions of the Kiev regime, there is certainly a need for it,” Peskov said afterwards, commenting on the Ukrainian President's request regarding yesterday's downing of the Russian aircraft Ilyushin-76, which, according to Moscow, was caused by missiles from the Kiev forces hit while bringing 65 Ukrainian prisoners to an exchange with Russian prisoners. This was reported by the Interfax agency.

Meanwhile, both black boxes of the Russian plane Ilyushin-76, which crashed in the Belgorod region yesterday and which Moscow said was shot down by Kiev forces while transporting 65 Ukrainian prisoners to an exchange, have been found and are in “good technical condition.” with Russian soldiers. This was reported by the Ria Novosti agency, citing the emergency services.

The Ukrainian security service SBU has opened a criminal investigation into the crash of the Russian Il-76 aircraft in the Belgorod region. The SBU reported this to Rrb-Ukraine. The investigation is carried out in accordance with Article 438 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of the laws and customs of Ukraine). And this is what the Ukrainian Commissioner for Human Rights, Dmytro Lubinets, asked The UN and the Red Cross have access to the site where the Russian military plane crashed yesterday. “I will ask representatives of these organizations to take part in inspecting the sites,” Lubinets said in Russia's Belgorod region, adding that he had contacted the U.N. and the International Committee of the Red Cross to find out whether they were aware of any rendition be from prisoners by Russia. However, Lubinets said he was “convinced” that “no one can see the website.”

The Kremlin: “A war with NATO?” “Europeans are always looking for an external enemy”

Various high alarms European officials about an impending war with Russia are due to the fact that “in difficult times, Europeans always tend to look for an external enemy, and for them, of course, we are the oldest external enemy.” The Kremlin spokesman said today: Dmitry Peskov. Following similar comments from NATO officials, it was British Chief of Staff Patrick Sanders yesterday who declared that his fellow citizens “may be called upon” to fight Russia in the not-too-distant future.

According to Peskov, quoted by the Interfax agency, European countries need an external enemy to “divert the attention of citizens from the economic problems” they face. As for the exercise launched by NATO in recent days involving 90,000 soldiers, the largest since the Cold War, Peskov said it was aimed at intimidating Russia. “This shows,” the spokesman added, “that Russia was right when, even before the start of the special military operation (in Ukraine), President Putin spoke of our great concern for our security during the creeping process of closing NATO infrastructure to our borders.” “.

Criticizing military leaders and Putin, Russian nationalist Girkin sentenced to four years in prison

The Russian nationalist Igor Girkin (aka Strelkov, the Gunman), a former commander of separatist militias in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, was sentenced to four years in prison by a Moscow court after being found guilty of “inciting extremism.” This was reported by the Ria Novosti agency. Girkin, a former colonel in the Russian secret service FSB, is a staunch supporter of the military operation in Ukraine, but He did not shy away from criticism from military leaders and President Vladimir Putin himself for his leadership.

In 2022, Girkin was also sentenced in absentia to life imprisonment by a Dutch court for his role in the 2014 shooting down of a Malaysian plane with 298 people on board in Donbas as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

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