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Russia says Ukrainian drone destroyed over Belgorod
Russian air defense systems destroyed a Ukraine-launched unmanned aerial vehicle over the territory of the Belgorod region early on Sunday morning, Russian Defense Ministry said.
“There are no casualties and no damage,” the ministry said on the Telegram messaging app, adding the attack took place around 4 a.m. (0100 GMT).
The Belgorod region in Russia’s south borders Ukraine. The region has suffered frequent artillery and drone attacks in the last few months, and in May saw an armed cross-border incursion.
30 minutes ago
Rheinmetall to deliver Luna drone system to Ukraine — report
Germany’s Rheinmetall will deliver a Luna New Generation drone system to Ukraine by the end of the year, German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported, citing company sources.
The “Drones Package” consists of a ground control station with several drones, a launch catapult and military trucks, Bild said.
According to the report, the drone system could be used as a reconnaissance system, provide an LTE network and intercept or jam communications.
Ukraine is desperate to boost its weapons arsenal, from drones and munitions to tanks, as it battles to repel Russia’s invasion.
58 minutes ago
Kuleba underlines importance of German Taurus missiles for Ukraine
In the debate about the delivery of German Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba emphasized their importance to end to the war.
“Ukraine needs Taurus missiles to save more lives of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians and to speed up the liberation of the territories and end the war more quickly,” Kuleba told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag.
“The formula is simple: a longer range of the missiles means a shorter duration of the war,” he added.
With the weapon, Ukraine could “reach the Russian occupying forces on Ukrainian soil far beyond the front line, disrupt their logistics and destroy command centers and ammunition depots,” Kuleba said.
The German government is currently considering sending Taurus cruise missiles to Ukraine, but has not yet taken a final decission.
1 hour ago
Ukraine border guards remind Russia Snake Island is theirs
Ukrainian border guards placed a new sign on Snake Island this weekend, recalling the early hours of Russia’s invasion when a comrade on the strategic Black Sea outcrop used a choice phrase to refuse to surrender to a warship.
“The next border sign will be installed in our Ukrainian Crimea after its liberation by the defense forces of Ukraine,” a uniformed man said, standing before a post painted blue and yellow like the country’s flag, in a video shared on Facebook by the head of the border service, Serhiy Deineko.
Tiny Snake Island became synonymous with Ukrainian resistance in the first hours of the February 24, 2022 invasion, when Russian officers on the Black Sea Fleet flagship Moskva radioed Ukrainian guards stationed there and ordered them to surrender or die. One of them radioed back “Russian warship, go fuck yourself.”
On April 14, 2022, two Ukrainian missiles struck the Moskva, the biggest warship sunk in combat for 40 years. On June 30, Russia abandoned Snake Island after taking heavy losses trying to defend it.
1 hour ago
Zelenskyy thanks Germany for two more Patriots
“This is very important,” Zelenskyy said in his evening address on Saturday. “Thank you, Germany. Thank you, Olaf!”
News of the Patriot delivery was made public a few days ago and Zelenskyy thanked Scholz immediately afterwars but they have now reached Ukraine.
The US-built Patriot systems are particularly valuable for Ukraine because, according to Kyiv, they have already intercepted Russian hypersonic missiles several times.
StrengtheningUkraine’s air defense means saving thousands of lives according Zelenskyy.
dh/lo (dpa, AP, AFP, Reuters)