Russia-Ukraine war – latest updates: Russia launches missile barrage after UN condemns ‘annexations’

Moment a Russian missile hits a pedestrian bridge in Kyiv

Russia launched a missile barrage on the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv this morning, officials said, after the United Nations General Assembly condemned Moscow’s attempt to annex four Ukrainian areas.

“A five-story residential building was hit, the upper two floors were completely destroyed, the rest – under rubble. Rescuers are working at the site,” Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said in a social media post, adding that the southern city had been “massively bombarded.”

In New York, three-quarters of the General Assembly’s 193 members – 143 countries – yesterday voted in favor of a resolution that called Moscow’s move illegal, deepening Russia’s international isolation.

Only four countries joined Russia in voting against the resolution – Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus. Thirty-five countries abstained from voting, including Russia’s strategic partner China, while the others did not vote.

Meanwhile, in Brussels, more than 50 Western countries have come together to pledge more military aid to Ukraine, especially air defense weapons, following heavy retaliatory strikes ordered by the Russian president this week. Vladimir Putin in response to an explosion on a bridge in Crimea.

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Forgotten Ukrainian refugees Britain won’t help

Non-Ukrainian nationals who escaped the same invasion were excluded from programs offering refuge. From now on, they find themselves alone without recourse, reports our correspondent for social affairs May Bulman.

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Drone strikes hit critical infrastructure in Kyiv: Zelensky’s office

Critical infrastructure was hit by drone strikes earlier in the day, Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of Volodymyr Zelensky’s presidential office, said in a statement.

“A new suicide drone attack on critical infrastructure,” Tymoshenko said on the Telegram messaging app.

Ukraine has reported a series of Russian attacks with Iranian-made Shahed-136 drones in recent weeks. Iran denies supplying the drones to Russia, while the Kremlin has not commented.

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UK to send anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine

The UK is to send air defense missiles to Ukraine to help defend against Russian rockets.

Amraam rockets will be the first given by the UK capable of shooting down cruise missiles

Hundreds of additional air defense missiles will be donated and a total of 18 additional artillery guns and hundreds of aerial drones will also be sent to Ukraine, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced.

My colleague Eleanor Sly reports:

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Explainer: US weapons systems Ukraine will or won’t get

Ukraine’s leaders are pressuring the United States and its Western allies for air defense systems and longer-range weapons to maintain the momentum of their counteroffensive against Russia and counter intensified attacks by Moscow.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the allies pledged to send weapons “as fast as we can physically get them there”. And he said defense leaders meeting in Brussels were working to send a wide range of systems, from tanks and armored vehicles to air defense and artillery.

But there are still a number of advanced, high-profile weapons that Ukraine wants and the United States won’t supply, due to political sensitivities, classified technology, or limited supplies.

Read this report to learn more about some of the weapons Ukraine will and will not get:

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More than 50 countries pledge military aid to Ukraine

In Brussels, more than 50 Western countries gathered to pledge more military aid to Ukraine, particularly air defense weapons, following heavy retaliatory strikes ordered this week by Russian President Vladimir Putin in response to an explosion on a bridge in Crimea.

The allies’ pledges included France’s announcement that it would deliver radar and air defense systems to Ukraine in the coming weeks. Britain promised air defense missiles and Canada said it would provide artillery shells among other supplies.

General view of a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group during a NATO Defense Ministers Meeting at Alliance Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium 12 October 2022

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At the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group meeting in Brussels, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Russia’s latest attacks laid bare its “wickedness and cruelty” since the invasion of Ukraine. Ukraine on February 24. At least 26 people have been killed since Monday in Russian missile attacks across Ukraine.

Ukraine has changed momentum since September with extraordinary gains but would need more help, he said. “…We’re going to do everything we can to make sure they have what it takes to be effective.”

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Biden hails UN General Assembly vote condemning Russia’s annexation

US President Joe Biden hailed the overwhelming support of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) condemning Russia’s “illegal annexation attempt” of four Ukrainian regions.

“The stakes in this conflict are clear to all, and the world has sent a clear message in response: Russia cannot wipe a sovereign state off the map,” he said in a statement.

President Joe Biden speaks before designating his administration’s first national monument at Camp Hale, a World War II training site, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, near Leadville, Colo.

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“Russia cannot change borders by force. Russia cannot seize the territory of another country as its own.

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Zelensky ‘grateful’ for UNGA resolution

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter that he was “grateful to 143 states that supported history [UNGA] resolution … (Russia’s) attempt at annexation is worthless.

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The UN General Assembly denounces the “annexation” of Russia

The UN General Assembly has voted to condemn Russia’s “illegal annexation attempt” of four partially occupied regions in Ukraine.

About three-quarters of the 193 members of the General Assembly voted in favor of the resolution, deepening Russia’s international isolation.

Only four countries joined Russia in voting against the resolution – Syria, Nicaragua, North Korea and Belarus. Thirty-five countries abstained from voting, including Russia’s strategic partner China, while the others did not vote.

Earlier in September, Russia proclaimed the annexation of four partially occupied regions of Ukraine – Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia – following “referendums”.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vassily Nebenzia addresses members of the General Assembly before the vote on a resolution condemning the annexation of parts of Ukraine amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, at United Nations Headquarters

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Meanwhile, Ukraine and its Western allies have denounced it as illegal and coercive.

Russian UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia told the General Assembly before the vote that the resolution was “politicized and openly provocative”, adding that it “could destroy all efforts for a diplomatic solution to the crisis”.

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Russian missiles target Mykolaiv

Russia launched a missile barrage on the Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, a day after the United Nations General Assembly condemned Moscow’s annexation of four areas.

“A five-story residential building was hit, the upper two floors were completely destroyed, the rest – under rubble. Rescuers are working at the site,” Mayor Oleksandr Senkevich said in a social media post, adding that the southern city had been “massively bombarded.”

A shipbuilding center and port on the Southern Bug River off the Black Sea, Mykolaiv suffered heavy Russian bombardment throughout the war.

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Shelling hits Kyiv region, local administration says

A settlement in the kyiv region, the Ukrainian capital, was hit by shelling early this morning, the region’s administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

“Rescuers are already working at the site,” the administration said, without giving further details on where the shelling took place.

Reuters was unable to immediately verify the report.

Christi C. Elwood