The Ukrainian army shoots down 10 marches, and Moscow launches 80 attacks with rocket launchers

The Russian military operation in Ukraine continues today, Thursday, as units of the Russian army are trying to Establish full control over the Ukrainian regions And striking the positions of the Ukrainian forces and their weapons depots, while Kyiv continues to resist the Russian bear and try to regain its lands With military and logistical support from the West.

In the latest developments, the delegate of “Al-Arabiya” and “Al-Hadath” reported that the Ukrainian air defense had shot down 10 Iranian-made drones.

The Ukrainian army said that Russian forces launched 80 attacks with rocket launchers, affecting more than 20 cities and towns. The army added that Russian forces continue to forcibly evacuate residents in Zaporizhia and Kherson provinces, noting that units of Russian forces in Lugansk province are using civilians as human shields.

The Ukrainian nuclear energy company, Energoatum, said today that the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant was cut off after a Russian bombing destroyed the remaining high-pressure lines, which means that the plant is now operating using only generators that run on fuel.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian media sources reported that explosions occurred in the cities of Kherson, Mykolaiv and Nikopol in the south of the country.

Before that, Russian media reported hearing strong explosions in the city of Melitopol in the Zaporizhia region in southern Ukraine. The city’s pro-Russian authorities confirmed the activation of the air defense systems, noting that there was no threat to the city.

25 towns are bombarded

Yesterday, Wednesday, the Ukrainian General Staff reported that battles were taking place in the east, and that 25 towns in the east, center and south were being bombarded.

AFP correspondents reported great destruction in the village of Belozerka on the Kherson front in the south, the regional capital, where Russian forces are fortifying their positions in preparation for an upcoming Ukrainian attack.

In Belozerka, Russian forces are bombing from the southern end of the road at the site they have holed up in since they withdrew from that town in March.

Russian strikes targeting infrastructure

And last Monday, Russia launched a series of cruise missile strikes on Kiev and on the Ukrainian civilian infrastructure, which led to water and electricity cuts, especially in Kyiv.

Yesterday, the Ukrainian Electricity Corporation announced a new electricity rationing, while the mayor of the Ukrainian capital promised to deploy 1,000 “heating points” for the population by winter.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the Russian strikes had destroyed 40 percent of Ukraine’s energy facilities, prompting the country to halt exports to the European Union, where prices are skyrocketing.

Possible nuclear strike

Meanwhile Fears grow of a possible Russian nuclear strike in UkraineOn Wednesday, the United States expressed “increasing concern” about this possibility, according to White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.

Kirby’s comments follow an article in the New York Times that noted that senior Russian officers recently discussed when and how to use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, referring to a bomb weaker than a nuclear bomb.

On Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was “irresponsible” for Western media to “deliberately exaggerate the issue of nuclear weapons.”

Another threat came from former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a senior official in the National Security Council.

And on Tuesday, Medvedev, the deputy head of the National Security Council, again touched on nuclear weapons, warning Ukraine against seeking to regain all the territory controlled by Russia.

Medvedev said Ukraine’s goal of restoring all of its Russian-occupied territories, including the Donbass region and Crimea, would be a “threat to the existence of our state.”

On Wednesday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said its “top priority” was to avoid a war between nuclear powers that would have “disastrous consequences”.

Russia accuses Ukraine of preparing to use dirty bombs against Russian forces, but Kyiv suspects that Russia may take the initiative to attribute the attack to Ukraine in an attempt to justify Moscow’s later resort to nuclear weapons after it recently suffered losses in eastern and southern Ukraine.

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