Ukraine news latest — Explosions rock Kyiv & residents warned ‘stay in shelters’ as ‘Iranian-made drones’ shot down

UKRAINE’S capital city has been hit with multiple drone strikes this morning according to the regions officials.

The governor of the Kyiv region, Oleksiy Kuleba, said air defence systems were at work following reports of at least three explosions.

Vitali Klitschko, Kyiv’s Mayor, explained that air-defence systems successfully shot down “Shahed drones” in the early hours of the morning. 

Writing on the Telegram messaging app he said: “In the Kyiv region and over the capital, air defence forces shot down a total of 10 Shahed drones.”

It comes as Vitaliy Bunechko, the governor of a nearby region warned residents of a second wave of Russian attacks, informing civilians to “stay in shelters”.

Read our Ukraine-Russia live blog below for the latest news…

  • ’11 drones shot down’

    The Kyiv city administration have claimed that one more “Iranian made” drone has been shot down taking the total number to 11.

    Two Kyiv city administrative buildings in the central Shevchenkivskyi district have been damaged due to this morning’s drone attacks.

    There have been no casualties so far according to officials.

  • Russia dismisses Ukrainian calls for peace

    A KREMLIN spokesperson has dismissed President Zelensky’s call for a Russian withdrawal from Ukraine before Christmas.

    Putin lackey Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday Ukraine must accept the “reality” of Russia’s control over parts of its country following President Zelensky’s call for a Kremlin withdrawal before Christmas.

    “The Ukrainian side needs to take into account the realities that have developed on the ground,” he told reporters. “These realities show that the Russian Federation has new territories,” he added.

    “Without taking into account these realities, any progress is impossible.”

    This comes as the UK announced sanctions targeting 12 Russian military officers who are in command of troops where atrocities have taken place in Ukraine.

  • Over half of Ukrainians to donate to army in the new year

    According to a new study, 60% of Ukrainians will donate part of their new year’s budget to the army.

    The Deloitte survey showed many Ukrainians will give up their Christmas budget to help fund their army’s fight against Russia.

    Ukrainians are facing freezing conditions this Christmas, as Putin’s forces continue to attack the country’s energy infrastructure.

  • Ukraine one step closer to EU membership after new bill is approved

    The Ukrainian parliament took a leap toward EU membership on Tuesday, as it passed a law designed “improve the protection of the rights of national minorities,” a key requirement of EU membership.

    Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Korinyenko took to Twitter to say: “Today, the @ua_parliament voted for all the necessary laws that pave the way for us to join the EU.

    “We are looking forward to positive decisions for Ukraine. Ukraine is Europe!”

  • Britain announces new round of air defence support for Ukraine

    On Tuesday, the British government announced a new wave of air defence support for Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, the British government revealed 6,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed by Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion.

    In response, Rishi Sunak has announced a £50m package of air defence support, comprising 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones.

  • World must ‘rethink nuclear safety’ says Ukraine energy minister

    The world must “rethink nuclear safety” after Russia’s seizure of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, Ukrainian energy minister German Galushchenko told AFP ahead of a Tuesday conference in Paris.

    The international gathering hosted by France aims to raise funds to repair Ukraine’s damaged infrastructure as well as highlight the country’s support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.

    With at least 40 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure demolished in the past two months, Galushchenko will join the conference to ask for materials and funds to get Ukrainians through the winter.

    Speaking to AFP on Monday, he said Russia’s war in Ukraine “completely changes our understanding of nuclear security”, pointing to the capture of the Zaporizhzhia plant as a turning point.

  • Ukraine’s economy could shrink ‘by 50%’ if Russia continues energy attacks

    Ukraine’s prime minister has warned the country’s economy could shrink by more than half if Russia continues its brutal attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.

    According to Interfax Ukraine news agency, Denys Shmyhal said: “If Russia’s terrorist activities against our infrastructure continue, we may lose another 10% to these figures – that is, up to 50% of our GDP.”

  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence outlines 146 cases of sexual violence by Russian soldiers

    On Tuesday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence revealed 146 cases of Sexual violence by Russian soldiers have been recorded since the Kremlin’s brutal invasion began.

    The ministry took to Twitter and said: “6 servicemen of the russian federation were notified of the suspicion. Indictments against 2 persons were sent to court, one person has been convicted.”

    This comes just weeks after Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady, travelled to London to warn of the danger of sexual violence facing women in her home country.

  • UK sends over 195,000 pieces of kit to Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence today revealed it has sent over 195,000 pieces of military kit to Ukraine since Russia began its invasion in February.

    These kits include items for surviving Ukraine’s harsh winter, first aid equipment and standard military gear.

    This comes as part of Britain’s Ukraine training scheme, which has seen the UK and its allies train thousands of troops from the under-siege nation.

  • UK could consider sending long-range missiles to Ukraine

    Britain’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said on Monday the UK is “open-minded” about sending long-range missiles to Ukraine.

    Asked by former PM Boris Johnson in parliament, about the UK’s position on sending missiles, Mr Wallace said: “I constantly review the weapons systems we could provide.

    “We too have in our armour potential weapons systems that are longer and should the Russians continue to target civilian areas and try and break those Geneva conventions, then I will be open-minded to see what we do next.”

  • In pictures: Polish volunteers bring food to under-siege Kherson

    Dozens of Polish volunteers arrived in Kherson this week to deliver food as part of the “Poland Helps” programme.

    Despite the city being liberated from Russian control, it continues to face shelling from the Kremlin’s forces and has often been left without power or water.

    The volunteers reportedly travelled over 1,100km to bring food, medicine and other crucial supplies.

  • Russia dismisses Ukrainian calls for peace

    A KREMLIN spokesperson has dismissed President Zelensky’s call for a Russian withdrawal from Ukraine before Christmas.

    Putin lackey Dmitry Peskov told reporters today that Ukraine must accept the “reality” of Russia’s control over parts of its country following President Zelensky’s call for a Kremlin withdrawal before Christmas.

    “The Ukrainian side needs to take into account the realities that have developed on the ground,” he told reporters. “These realities show that the Russian Federation has new territories,” he added.

    “Without taking into account these realities, any progress is impossible.”

    This comes as the UK announced sanctions targeting 12 Russian military officers who are in command of troops where atrocities have taken place in Ukraine.

  • Over half of Ukrainians to donate to army in the new year

    According to a new study, 60% of Ukrainians will donate part of their new year’s budget to the army.

    The Deloitte survey showed many Ukrainians will give up their Christmas budget to help fund their army’s fight against Russia.

    Ukrainians are facing freezing conditions this Christmas, as Putin’s forces continue to attack the country’s energy infrastructure.

  • Ukraine one step closer to EU membership after new bill is approved

    The Ukrainian parliament took a leap toward EU membership today, as it passed a law designed “improve the protection of the rights of national minorities,” a key requirement of EU membership.

    Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Korinyenko took to Twitter to say: “Today, the @ua_parliament voted for all the necessary laws that pave the way for us to join the EU.

    “We are looking forward to positive decisions for Ukraine. Ukraine is Europe!”

  • Britain announces new round of air defence support for Ukraine

    Today, the British government announced a new wave of air defence support for Ukraine.

    Taking to Twitter, the British government revealed 6,000 Ukrainian civilians have been killed by Putin’s bloodthirsty invasion.

    In response, Rishi Sunak has announced a £50m package of air defence support, comprising 125 anti-aircraft guns and technology to counter deadly Iranian-supplied drones.

  • World must ‘rethink nuclear safety’ says Ukraine energy minister

    The world must “rethink nuclear safety” after Russia’s seizure of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, Ukrainian energy minister German Galushchenko told AFP ahead of a Tuesday conference in Paris.

    The international gathering hosted by France aims to raise funds to repair Ukraine’s damaged infrastructure as well as highlight the country’s support for Kyiv in its fight against Russia.

    With at least 40 percent of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure demolished in the past two months, Galushchenko will join the conference to ask for materials and funds to get Ukrainians through the winter.

    Speaking to AFP on Monday, he said Russia’s war in Ukraine “completely changes our understanding of nuclear security”, pointing to the capture of the Zaporizhzhia plant as a turning point.

  • Ukraine’s economy could shrink ‘by 50%’ if Russia continues energy attacks

    Ukraine’s prime minister has warned the country’s economy could shrink by more than half if Russia continues its brutal attacks on the country’s energy infrastructure.

    According to Interfax Ukraine news agency, Denys Shmyhal said: “If Russia’s terrorist activities against our infrastructure continue, we may lose another 10% to these figures – that is, up to 50% of our GDP.”

  • Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence outlines 146 cases of sexual violence by Russian soldiers

    Today, Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence revealed 146 cases of Sexual violence by Russian soldiers have been recorded since the Kremlin’s brutal invasion began.

    The ministry took to Twitter and said: “6 servicemen of the russian federation were notified of the suspicion. Indictments against 2 persons were sent to court, one person has been convicted.”

    This comes just weeks after Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s first lady, travelled to London to warn of the danger of sexual violence facing women in her home country.

  • UK sends over 195,000 pieces of kit to Ukraine

    The British Ministry of Defence today revealed it has sent over 195,000 pieces of military kit to Ukraine since Russia began its invasion in February.

    These kits include items for surviving Ukraine’s harsh winter, first aid equipment and standard military gear.

    This comes as part of Britain’s Ukraine training scheme, which has seen the UK and its allies train thousands of troops from the under-siege nation.

  • UK could consider sending long-range missiles to Ukraine

    Britain’s defence secretary, Ben Wallace, said on Monday the UK is “open-minded” about sending long-range missiles to Ukraine.

    Asked by former PM Boris Johnson in parliament, about the UK’s position on sending missiles, Mr Wallace said: “I constantly review the weapons systems we could provide.

    “We too have in our armour potential weapons systems that are longer and should the Russians continue to target civilian areas and try and break those Geneva conventions, then I will be open-minded to see what we do next.”

  • Ukraine’s PM hails announcement of $1billion support for Ukraine

    Following today’s announcement that some 70 countries have pledged to provide $1billion in aid to Ukraine this winter, the country’s Prime Minister took to Twitter to hail the decision.

    In a tweet, Denys Shymhal said: “About 1 billion euros to support in the winter period was announced at the conference in Paris on the initiative of @EmmanuelMacron.

    “The aggressor will not succeed in plunging us into cold and darkness. With the support of our friends, we will persevere.”

  • UK pledges to ‘hold Russia and Iran to account’

    The British government today pledged to hold both Russia and Iran to account as the two states form ever-closer ties.

    Taking to Twitter, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development office said Russia has plans to provide Iran with “advanced military components.”

    This comes as Iran is accused of providing Russia with missile drones used to strike civilian areas in Ukraine.

    “We will expose this sordid deal and hold both countries to account,” the UK gov said.

  • 70 countries pledge over $1billion to Ukraine in ‘powerful signal of support’

    Approximately 70 countries from across the globe have pledged over $1billion in aid to Ukraine today, said French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna.

    This comes as France hosted a meeting of world leaders to discuss providing Ukraine with food, medicine and other support.

    “This is a powerful signal to show the civilised world is supporting Ukraine,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal told reporters.

    “We are grateful to the countries that remain by our side when we are suffering the aggression by Russia on our territory and our civilian infrastructure”.

  • Who controls what in Ukraine?

    The British Ministry of Defence has provided an updated map of the situation in Ukraine.

    Over the past month, Russia has been driven from Kherson but continues to occupy several Ukrainian regions.

    On Monday, President Zelensky called for a total Russian withdrawal from Ukraine, a request the Kremlin promptly rejected.

  • Civilians urged to evacuate as Russia shells Donetsk

    Eight people were reportedly killed by Russian shelling in Donetsk on Monday.

    “All the wounded were taken to the hospital; we are determining the extent of the damage”, Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko wrote on Telegram.

    “This is another attack by the Russian army on the civilian population. This time the enemy used the Uragan MLRS. The terrorist state is continuously terrorizing peaceful Ukrainians — it is shooting and will continue to shoot at civilians until we drive it out.

    “I am asking everyone: evacuate! Do not expose yourself to danger!” he wrote.

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