With world’s attention focused on Israel-Hamas war, intensifying Russia-Ukraine conflict is getting sidelined. As the war enters its second winter, wave of Russian drones targetted Ukrainian capital Kyiv for second night in a row on Sunday.
According to Ukrainian officials, Russia launched 38 drones at Kyiv overnight. Regions including Cherkasy and Poltava was also targeted by Russia.
Kyiv city’s Military Administration spokesperson, Serhii Popko said the overnight strike was the second attack on the Ukrainian capital in last 48 hours.
He said that the drones attacked Kyiv from different directions in waves that were constantly changing vectors. “As a result of the first two strikes, four local residents were injured and a fire broke out in a residential building,” Kyiv said in a statement.
However, no causalities were reported so far.
Ukrainian police said Russia fired a series of rocket strikes at the village of Komyshuvakha, close to the frontline in the Zaporizhzhia region, which Russia annexed last year.
Amid the raging war, the United Kingdom Defence Ministry said on Sunday that there were few immediate prospects of major changes in the front line, with neither Russia nor Ukraine having made meaningful progress on the battlefield.
Meanwhile, five people including a three-year-old girl got injured in Russian shelling on the Ukrainian city of Kherson on Sunday morning, said officials. “All of them suffered shrapnel wounds. The child and the grandmother was walking in the yard,” said Ukrainian interior minister.
Also in another statement, Russia said that an attempt was made by Ukraine to carry out "a terrorist attack" using a drone against facilities of the Russian Federation.
According to the Russian ministry, the drone in question “was destroyed by the air defence equipment … over the territory of the Bogorodsky urban district, in the Moscow region”.
Ukrainian troops push back Russian forces from Dnipro River
The Ukrainian army on Sunday said it pushed Russian forces back "three to eight kilometres" from the banks of Dnipro River. According to experts, it is a meaningful advance by Kyiv's forces after months of disappointing counterattacks since the war started.
“Preliminary figures vary from three to eight kilometres, depending on the specifics, geography and landscape design of the left bank,” the army spokesperson Natalia Gumenyuk told Ukrainian television.
“The enemy still continues artillery fire on the right bank,” she said, estimating that “several tens of thousands” of Russian troops were in the area.
“We have a lot of work to do,” she added, reported The Guardian.