Russia fires Iranian kamikaze drones at Ukraine. For Ukrainian President Zelenskyy, this is “a military and political declaration of bankruptcy by the Kremlin.” Strategically, however, it would not do Russia any good, according to Zelenskyj. what happened in the night

Because the Russian army also fired at Ukraine with Iranian-made drones on Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj attacked Moscow in his evening speech: “The Russian call for help to Iran is the Kremlin’s recognition of military and political bankruptcy,” said Zelenskyj in Kiew. Russia has spent decades pouring billions of dollars into its military-industrial complex, but now it has to rely on “pretty simple drones and missiles” from Tehran.

The bombardment of Ukraine with swarms of these drones might give the Russians tactical hope. “It won’t help them strategically anyway,” Zelensky said. The President thanked all the air defense personnel who shot down missiles and drones. He also praised the Iris-T air defense system from Germany: “It really is a very effective system.”

In the past few days, the Russian army has increasingly shot down Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones at the energy supply in Ukraine, but also at cities. Both Moscow and Tehran deny an arms deal with the drones.

Iran has reportedly sent instructors to the Russian-annexed Black Sea peninsula of Crimea to train Russians on how to operate Iranian drones. The New York Times reported on Tuesday (local time), citing current and former officials familiar with intelligence information. The Iranian trainers were supposed to help the Russians deal with problems with the drone fleet acquired from Tehran. This is another sign of the growing closeness between Iran and Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine eight months ago.

In the past few days, the Russian army has increasingly shot down Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones at the energy supply in Ukraine, but also at cities. Both Moscow and Tehran deny an arms deal with the drones. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy described the use of Iranian drones by Russia as a declaration of bankruptcy by Moscow.

To defend against the drones, NATO promised Ukraine devices that disrupt their electronics – so-called jammers. At a security conference in Berlin on Tuesday, the NATO Secretary General also recalled other anti-aircraft weapons from many countries for Ukraine.

“I think the systems we deliver make a big difference,” he said. “The Ukrainians are able to shoot down many incoming missiles and drones.” And Ukraine’s equipment will continue to improve in the future.

The Russian army expects a massive Ukrainian attack to liberate the occupied city of Cherson. “The situation is difficult on this section of the front,” said the new commander-in-chief of Russian troops in Ukraine, Sergey Surovikin, on television on Tuesday evening. It was an unusual performance by the army general, who even seemed to suggest that Russia might consider withdrawing from the city. Surovikin said “difficult decisions” may be necessary.

Surovikin’s television appearance was the first of its kind in almost eight months of war, and the general painted a bleak picture of the situation in and around Kherson in southern Ukraine. Ukraine is shelling residential buildings and the city’s infrastructure. Artillery hits made Ukraine’s crossings over the Dnipro River impassable. This complicates the supply of the city.

“We will act carefully and in a timely manner, and we will not rule out difficult decisions,” said Surovikin. This passage in particular was understood as an indication of a possible retreat. The head of Russia’s occupation administration in Kherson, Vladimir Saldo, said civilians in some regions on the north right bank of the Dnipro should be evacuated.

The city of Cherson fell into Russian hands in March as the only Ukrainian regional capital. President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of the region to Russia in October. The Ukrainian army has been advancing again for a few weeks. The Russian soldiers on the right bank are largely cut off.

Two US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers near the US state of Alaska. The two Russian Tu-95 aircraft flew into what is known as the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone, the North American Air Defense Command said on Tuesday. There they were identified by the Americans, followed and finally intercepted by two US fighter jets.

The two Russian planes did not violate the sovereign airspace of the United States and Canada, it said. The flights would be seen “neither as a threat nor as a provocation”. Norad routinely monitors the movements of foreign aircraft and, if necessary, escorts them out of the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone.

In the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, employees were abducted again, as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in Vienna. A deputy manager of the nuclear power plant and two other employees were recently arrested. While the manager has been released, the others are not yet free, it said. The head of the plant had previously been temporarily detained by the Russian side. He was released in early October. Several IAEA experts are constantly monitoring the situation in Europe’s largest nuclear power plant.

Although tech billionaire Elon Musk has pledged continued satellite internet funding for Ukraine, the US Department of Defense is also negotiating a permanent solution with other providers. So far, Musk’s space company SpaceX has not been paid anything to operate the Starlink Internet service in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said in Washington.

The Department of Defense is in talks with SpaceX and other companies to see how best to deploy satellite internet there. Shortly after the Russian attack, SpaceX activated the Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine and supplied the necessary receiving systems. Communication is important for civilians and the Ukrainian military. Last week, Musk briefly threatened to end Starlink’s funding for Ukraine.

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