Russia ‘likely unable to replenish missile stocks’, UK says

The Russian defense industry is likely “unable to produce advanced munitions” at the rate it is being spent, according to the latest UK defense intelligence update on the situation in Ukraine.

“On October 10, 2022, Russia likely fired over 80 cruise missiles at Ukraine,” the UK MoD tweeted, adding that more than half of those projectiles were likely shot down.

“These attacks represent a further degradation of Russia’s long-range missile stockpiles, which is likely to limit their ability to strike the volume of targets they want in the future,” he said.

It comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin said the “partial mobilisation” of army reservists ordered last month would be completed in two weeks, bolstering Russia’s combat strength in Ukraine.

Mr Putin said he would even be prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend Russia’s ‘territorial integrity’ and warned that a direct clash with NATO troops could lead to ‘global catastrophe’ .

The Russian president added that he had no regrets about the conflict in Ukraine, insisting that Russia was doing the right thing

Elon Musk re-commits to providing Starlink internet to Ukraine

04:46 , Vishwam Sankaran

Tesla chief Elon Musk tweeted that he would continue to provide Starlink satellite internet service to Ukraine after complaining earlier that it was too expensive for his company.

Last month, SpaceX reportedly wrote to the US Pentagon saying the company was “unable to donate terminals to Ukraine, or fund existing terminals indefinitely.”

Now turning around, the multi-billionaire tweeted that even though Starlink was “still losing money…we will continue to fund the Ukrainian government for free.”

Elon Musk recommits SpaceX to provide Ukraine with satellite internet access

France to train up to 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers

05:15 , Vishwam Sankaran

French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly backed a proposal to train up to 2,000 Ukrainian troops.

“The president (…) has approved a training plan that will allow up to 2,000 Ukrainian soldiers to be hosted in France,” French Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu said on Saturday.

He added that France would also supply Crotale short-range anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine to intercept low-flying missiles and aircraft.

Ukrainian soldiers will be assigned to French units for several weeks, according to the French newspaper Le Parisien.

Shooting at Russian military range leaves 11 dead, 15 injured

05:39 , Vishwam Sankaran

Two volunteer soldiers at a firing range in the Belgorod region of southwestern Russia fired on other Russian forces preparing to fight Ukraine, killing 11 people and wounding 15, the official said. country’s Ministry of Defence.

The ministry described the shooting as a “terrorist attack”.

He said the two volunteers were from an unnamed former Soviet nation and had shot other soldiers during target practice, and were killed by return fire.

“During a firearms training session with individuals who voluntarily expressed a desire to participate in the special military operation, the terrorists opened fire with small arms on the personnel of the unit” , said RIA, the state-owned national news agency, citing a defense. ministry statement.

Volunteer soldiers ‘kill 11 soldiers at Russian military firing range’

Russian deportations of Ukrainians likely constitute ethnic cleansing, report says

06:15 , Vishwam Sankaran

A report by the Institute for the Study of War suggests that Russia’s deportations of Ukrainians amount to deliberate ethnic cleansing.

“Russia continues to carry out mass and forcible expulsions of Ukrainians, which likely amounts to a deliberate campaign of ethnic cleansing in addition to apparent violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,” the report noted. .

The report quotes Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin as saying that ‘several thousand’ children from Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast are ‘already in other parts of Russia, resting in nursing homes and camps for children”.

US ‘increasingly frustrated’ with EU delay in Ukraine aid

06:43 , Vishwam Sankaran

The US is said to be growing “frustrated” with the EU’s delay in helping Ukraine financially.

The Washington Post reported that “tensions are rising” between the US and the EU over the deteriorating Ukrainian economy.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has reportedly called on her Western allies to both speed up and increase funding for Ukraine.

“Meeting Ukraine’s needs will require a unified and coordinated effort, and I continue to call on donors to accelerate the delivery of economic assistance. Together we can help Ukraine win and rebuild,” said Ms. Yellen.

No civilians killed in attack on Russian military base, says regional governor

07:19 , Vishwam Sankaran

No civilians were killed in the attack on a military base in Russia’s Belgorod region, in which two volunteers killed 11 Russian soldiers and injured 15 others.

“A terrible event has happened on our territory, on the territory of one of the military units,” Belgorod Region Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a message on Telegram.

“Many soldiers were killed and injured… There are no residents of the Belgorod region among the injured and killed,” he added.

A building of the Donetsk municipal administration hit by a bombardment

08:05 , Vishwam Sankaran

Shelling by Ukrainian forces damaged the administrative building of the city of Donetsk, the Russian-backed city administration said on Sunday.

The city has been controlled by the Russian-backed Donetsk People’s Republic since 2014.

The city administration said in a message on the Telegram messaging app that the main entrance to the administration building was hit and many nearby cars were damaged.

Russian night shelling in Nikopol injures civilian

08:30 , Vishwam Sankaran

More than 40 Russian shells were reportedly fired at Nikopol during the night.

The shelling injured a 47-year-old man, according to a Telegram post by Dnipropetrovsk Oblast Governor Valentyn Reznichenko.

More than 30 high-rise buildings, residences, cars and gas transmission lines were damaged in Nikopol, he said.

Romania to allocate $400,000 to Ukraine

09:20 , Vishwam Sankaran

Romania will allocate 400,000 dollars to Ukraine within the framework of a NATO assistance programme. and Jordan.

According to his tweet, $400,000 will be transferred to Ukraine, $600,000 to Moldova, $300,000 to Georgia and $100,000 to Jordan.

11:05 , Vishwam Sankaran

The Independent temporarily suspends live coverage of the war in Ukraine.

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