Russia says Crimea drone attacks repelled

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Russian air defenses repelled two drone attacks in Crimea, annexed to Ukraine in 2014, including an attack targeting a power plant, the regional governor said.

Russian-installed governor Mikhail Razvozhaev said the second attack was repelled over the sea off the peninsula.

He called for calm and said no damage had been done.

“Ukrainian Nazis again tried to attack our Balaklava thermal power plant,” Razvozhaev said on Telegram, referring to a facility near Sevastopol, the home port of Russia’s Black Sea naval fleet.

“Our fleet also repelled an offshore attack by three drones (unmanned aerial vehicles).”

Razvozhaev said the city of Sevastopol was now calm “but all services and all forces are in a state of military readiness”.

Russia has accused Ukraine of attacking the port using aerial and seaborne drones in late October, in response to which it briefly suspended its participation in a deal to facilitate the export of Ukrainian grain by sea. Black.

In an earlier post, Razvozhaev said a drone attack was underway.

The air defenses were working and two drones had been shot down.

Crimea was one of the launching pads for the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 and has been repeatedly attacked, most spectacularly in August when a series of explosions destroyed a group of planes of war in a Russian naval base.

Ukraine’s government on Tuesday urged people to save energy amid relentless Russian strikes that have cut the country’s electricity capacity in half, as the United Nations health body warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine .

Authorities said millions of Ukrainians, including in the capital Kyiv, could face power cuts at least until the end of March due to the missile attacks, which according to Ukrainian network operator Ukrenergo , caused “colossal” damage.

Temperatures have been unusually mild in Ukraine this fall, but are starting to drop below freezing and are expected to drop to minus 20°C or even lower in some areas during the northern hemisphere winter months.

Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities follow a series of battlefield setbacks that have included a withdrawal of Russian forces from the southern city of Kherson to the eastern bank of the mighty Dnipro River that runs through the country.

“Electricity savings remain of crucial importance,” Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Telegram on Tuesday.

Planned power outages are occurring in all regions, and emergency outages are possible in some situations as frosts have started and electricity consumption is increasing, he said.

The World Health Organization said hundreds of Ukrainian hospitals and health facilities lacked fuel, water and electricity.

“The Ukrainian health system is so far going through the darkest days of the war. After suffering more than 700 attacks, it is now also a victim of the energy crisis,” said Hans Kluge, WHO regional director. for Europe, in a press release after his visit to Ukraine. .

Meanwhile, Ukraine received a further 2.5 billion euros (A$3.9 billion) in financial support from the European Union on Tuesday, Finance Minister Serhiy Marchenko said.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the disbursement of US$4.5 billion (A$6.8 billion) in US aid to Ukraine would begin in the coming weeks to bolster its economic stability.

Ukraine’s SBU security service and police raided a 1,000-year-old Orthodox Christian monastery in Kyiv on Tuesday morning as part of operations to counter “suspected subversive activities of Russian special services”, the official said. SBU.

The sprawling Kyiv Pechersk Lavra complex – or Cave Monastery – is a Ukrainian cultural treasure and the seat of the Russian-backed wing of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church that falls under the Moscow Patriarchate.

The Russian Orthodox Church condemned the raid as an “act of intimidation”.

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