Bad weather along the Russia-Ukraine battlefront is not stopping battles between drones.
Knewz.com has learned that one day after Russia sent its most intense drone attack on Kyiv since the start of the war, Ukraine retaliated with dozens of drones sent to Moscow.
A Ukrainian pilot trains in drone flights. Dozens reportedly were flown into Russia in late November. By: MEGA
Russia’s Defense Ministry and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin claimed Ukraine sent dozens of drones on Saturday night, but Russians shot down 24 of them.
The drones reportedly were aimed at the Moscow region, along with four other provinces south and west of the capital. No casualties were reported.
According to CNBC, Ukraine’s government has yet to comment on Russia’s claim.
Russia’s most recent drone attack left thousands of Ukrainians without electricity. By: MEGA
Knewz reported on November 25 that more than 70 Shahed drones made in Iran were fired by Russia on parts of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
According to Reuters and NBC News, Ukraine’s air force claimed to shoot down 71 out of 75 drones.
But Kyiv mayor Vitali Klitschko reported five were injured and there was extensive damage to buildings. He said one damaged drone fell on a children’s nursery, setting it on fire.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy praised his armed forces in a Sunday night video for his troop’s efforts beyond Kyiv.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy identified two fierce battle areas. By: MEGA
Reuters quoted Zelenskyy as saying fierce fighting is raging in Donetsk and Kharkiv.
But an early winter storm is leaving its own damage on both sides of the front lines.
Zelenskyy called conditions “extremely challenging” from Kyiv south to Odesa. He reported 400 settlements across the country were without power. Other reports put the number above 2,000.
The energy company Ukrenergo showed a photo of a transmission tower with a leg broken by strong winds.
The mayor of Odesa urged people to stay home, because power outages were affecting the pumping of water.
On the other side, a spokesman for Crimea, which Russia seized in 2014, said nearly 500,000 people lost power there.
Crimea, seized by Russia in 2014, is a major flash point in the Ukraine war. By: CNN
At least three deaths in Russia are blamed on the wintry Black Sea storm, with nearly 2 million people nationwide in the dark.
The peninsula had reports of buildings damaged by flooding and snow, with high winds not helping.
The Crimea government declared a day off on Monday, November 27 to help residents ride out the storm.
Nearby Moldova also dealt with the storm, with two border crossings in the Odesa region closed. National officials suggested local schools remain closed Monday due to snow and strong winds.
The fight for Ukraine is the top priority for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Belgium taking place on Monday, November 27.
The top NATO official warned Russia should not be allowed to win what President Vladimir Putin calls its “special military operation.”
“The message sent to authoritarian leaders, in Moscow but also in Beijing, would be that when they use military force and invade another country, they get what they want,” Jens Stoltenberg said. “We will be more vulnerable if President Putin wins.”News Related