Russians in fear: Suddenly the sirens go off at the military airport that has been hit
Two Russian air bases were hit by Ukrainian missiles on Monday. Several fighter jets were damaged at the Engels-2 base. Now they seem to be particularly nervous there. Because late on Tuesday evening the air raid sirens went off at the Engels-2 military airport. The Russian news agency Tass quoted the deputy chief of the region Yevgeby Shpolsky: The sirens were only aimed at the military installation. There is no danger to civilian infrastructure.
The Engels 2 base mainly houses TU-95 long-range bombers. From there, the Russians fly many airstrikes on Ukraine. They also house an important part of the Russian nuclear arsenal. After the successful Ukrainian attack on Monday, harsh criticism was voiced in Russia that the air base was completely unprotected.
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Poland wants to accept German anti-aircraft offer after all
Two weeks ago, Defense Secretary Lambrecht proposed moving the Patriots to Poland. Her Polish colleague Blaszczak initially accepted the offer. A day later, however, he surprisingly suggested that German anti-aircraft defenses should be stationed on Ukrainian territory instead of in Poland. This caused resentment in Berlin.
“After a discussion with the German Defense Ministry, I was disappointed with the decision to refuse support for Ukraine. Deploying Patriots in western Ukraine would increase the security of Poles and Ukrainians,” Blaszczak wrote on Twitter. They are therefore working on stationing the Patriots in Poland.
Visit near the front: Zelenskyy thanks the Ukrainian armed forces
During a visit near the front, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked his soldiers for defending their country under the most difficult conditions. During his stay in Donetsk region in eastern Ukraine, Zelenskyy said in a video that he published on Telegram after his return to Kyiv that he gave awards to those soldiers who had been deployed to the “most dangerous and most responsible” locations. He was also in the Kharkiv region and met doctors there treating wounded fighters.
Ukraine demands more help with defense and energy supply
In view of the devastating consequences of the Russian attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Kyiv has called for further help from Western countries. “Russia is trying to leave more than 30 million Ukrainians without heating, light and water,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told the newspapers of the Funke media group. “The Russians are losing on the battlefield and are therefore desperately trying to plunge Ukraine into darkness.” Shmyhal asked for more air defense and anti-missile defense systems, as well as help to restore damaged power plants.
Since October, Russia’s missile attacks have massively damaged Ukraine’s energy supply. At times, millions of people only have limited access to electricity. The supply of water and heat is also difficult in many places.
Diplomats: Russia orders hundreds of drones and missiles from Iran
According to diplomats, Russia has again ordered hundreds of drones and ballistic missiles from Iran. “We know that Iran is planning to significantly increase its deliveries of unmanned missiles and missiles to Russia,” circles at the United Nations in New York told the German Press Agency. Moscow wants to counteract the acute shortage of military supplies. There are several hundred projectiles and hundreds of drones. “I don’t think they’ve shipped yet, but they’re definitely on the order books,” a source in New York said.
According to consistent reports, Iran had already sent drones to Russia in August, which can be used to attack military objects such as radar systems and artillery. A few weeks later, Russian forces repeatedly attacked targets in Ukraine with Iranian kamikaze drones, which crashed into their target at high speed and caused extensive damage.
Frontex: Number of entries and exits at borders with Ukraine constant
After the heavy Russian rocket attacks on Ukraine’s energy supply, the EU border protection agency Frontex has so far not registered any significant change in border traffic. Last week, 229,542 people entered an EU country from Ukraine, Frontex announced on Tuesday via Twitter. In the same period, 208,988 people crossed the border of an EU country towards Ukraine. Comparative figures from the previous weeks were initially not immediately available.
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