Ukrainian officials have reported a new wave of Russian missile strikes across the country as Moscow seeks to cripple Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure. Explosions were reported in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih.
Russia’s latest wave of airstrikes have destroyed homes in the south and knocked out electricity in the north. Two people were reportedly shot dead in Zaporizhzhia.
A missile strike in Odessa cut off power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water, according to the local water company. Officials in Kryvyi Rih said that “parts of the city are cut off from electricity, several boilers and pumping stations are disconnected”.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said air defense forces shot down most Russian missiles fired at his country on Monday, and energy workers were already restoring power.
Later, authorities said that 60 of the 70 rockets fired at Ukraine had been intercepted.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian president’s office, wrote on Telegram as officials urged people to take shelter and air raid sirens sounded across the country.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby called the latest strikes a “reminder of Putin’s brutality.”
Here are the other headlines related to the war in Ukraine on Monday, December 5:
Explosions reported at two Russian airbases
Explosions at two military airfields in western Russia on Monday left three dead and several injured.
Two planes were damaged in the explosion at Engels Air Base near Saratov, some 860 kilometers (534 miles) southeast of the Russian capital, Moscow. The base is believed to house T-95 strategic bombers, according to Russian news agencies. The plane is the type that Russia has used for rocket attacks against Ukraine, targeting energy infrastructure.
The Saratov facility is deep in Russia, about 1,000 kilometers east of kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. According to images and reports on social media, the explosion was considerable.
Around the same time, a petrol truck exploded on a track in the Ryazan region, south of Moscow. No information was available on the causes of the explosion in Ryazan, where the three deaths were recorded.
The base in Ryazan houses long range air tankers which are used to refuel airborne bombers.
The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that the damage occurred when it shot down Ukrainian drones targeting Russian airbases and that the deaths, injuries and property damage were all caused by debris from the drones that hit exploded.
A Defense Ministry spokesman said that “the Kyiv regime attempted to strike Dyagilevo airfield in the Ryazan region and Engels airfield in the Saratov region, with Soviet-made drones “.
Russia said the bases were intended to “disrupt long-range Russian aircraft”.
Putin crosses the Kerch Bridge for the first time after the explosion
Russian leader Vladimir Putin walks across the Kerch Bridge after an explosion destroyed the key bridge linking Russia with annexed Crimea in October.
Putin drove his Mercedes to the bridge and discussed the repair work with Marat Khusnulin, a deputy prime minister in charge of the project, an exchange which was broadcast by Russian television.
The president also spoke with workers involved in the restoration of the 12-mile (19 kilometer) bridge that Russia has used to move military equipment into Ukraine.
Putin also stressed the need to build a highway along the Sea of Azov coast to connect Crimea with southern regions of Russia, the Kremlin said.
Russia blamed the bombing on the bridge last month on Ukrainian military intelligence and struck several Ukrainian energy facilities and other key infrastructure in the aftermath.
Ukrainian Air Defense Forces shot down most Russian missiles, says Zelenskyy
Ukrainian Air Defense Forces shot down most of the Russian missiles fired at Ukraine on Monday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said. Energy workers had already started working on restoring power, he added.
Russia has carried out the latest wave of airstrikes on Ukraine, destroying homes in the south and knocking out electricity in the north and killing at least two people, Ukrainian officials said.
New Russian missile barrage targets public services
Ukrainian officials reported a new wave of Russian missile strikes across the country as Moscow seeks to cripple Ukraine’s energy supplies and infrastructure.
EExplosions were reported in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odessa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih.
A A missile strike in Odessa cut off power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water, according to the local water company.
OOfficials in Kryvyi Rih said that “parts of the city are cut off from electricity, several boilers and pumping stations are disconnected”.
Authorities urged people to take shelter as air raid sirens sounded across the country.
“The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!” Kyrylo Tymoshenko, the deputy head of the office of the President of Ukraine, wrote on Telegram.
Western cap on Russian oil prices goes into effect
A cap on Russian oil prices agreed by the EU, the G7 and Australia has come into effect. The measure is intended to restrict Russia’s revenue as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine, while ensuring that Moscow continues to supply the global market.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov replied that the measure would help destabilize global energy markets. He said it would not affect the Russian military campaign in Ukraine.
The cap came into effect alongside an EU embargo on deliveries of Russian crude oil by ship. It comes several months after the imposition of an embargo by the United States and Canada.
Russia is the second largest rough exporter in the world and could likely find new buyers at market prices without the cap.
UK says Russia is carrying out far fewer sorties
The British Ministry of Defense says the number of combat aircraft sorties flown by Russia over Ukraine has dropped significantly in recent months.
The ministry says Russian planes are now likely flying dozens of missions a day, down from a peak of 300 a day in March 2022.
UK experts say The decrease in sorties is likely the result of at least three factors – a continued high threat from Ukrainian air defenses, limitations on available flight hours for Russian aircraft, and deteriorating weather conditions.
Russia has now lost more than 60 fixed-wing aircraft in the conflict.
The ministry said that because Russia’s ground attack tactics rely heavily on visual identification and unguided munitions, the Russian Air Force will likely continue some ground attack operations despite the harsh winter weather.
Ukraine discusses trade with neutral UAE
The UAE and Ukraine have announced talks on a bilateral trade deal which is expected to conclude by the middle of next year
The Gulf Arab state has tried to remain neutral in the Russian-Ukrainian war despite Western pressure on Gulf oil producers to do more to help isolate Moscow. The UAE has called for diplomacy to resolve the conflict.
More DW coverage on the Russian invasion of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has increased demand for arms as Russia ramps up production and Western countries seek to replace stocks donated to Kyiv. However, a report says the dispute could also hamper production.
The EU has stopped buying Russian maritime crude oil as it seeks to deprive Moscow of a key source of revenue fueling its war in Ukraine. This decision will hurt Russia, but not as much as the bloc would have liked.
As winter approaches on the Ukrainian front, what the Russian army really needs is rest. This could prove to be an opportunity for Kyiv, but to take advantage of it, Ukraine needs more ammunition.
Russia continues to attack the energy infrastructure in Ukraine, causing losses of electricity, heating and water in homes. Experts say it’s a cynical tactic with a long history.
Russian propagandists constantly say Ukraine is full of Nazis and post alleged evidence online. DW’s fact-checking team investigated some of this supposed evidence and found it to be baseless.
js,rc/wd (dpa, AFP, AP, Reuters)