Drone attack on the Ukrainian capital. Russian units will carry out “tactical exercises” in Belarus.
Published on 19.12.2022
The Ukrainian capital was attacked by drones on Monday morning, December 19, said the military administration of kyiv, urging the population to be ready to take shelter.
At this point, nine “enemy” drones have already been shot down in Kyiv airspace, the administration wrote on Telegram. This information has not been authenticated from Russian sources.
The city administration issued a first air alert at 1:56 am local time (23:56 GMT) which lasted just over three hours. A second alert was issued at 05:24 (03:24 GMT), and canceled within half an hour, reports AFP.
When the sirens of such alerts sound, the population is summoned to take shelter.
Russian military units to conduct ‘tactical exercises’ in Belarus
Meanwhile, Russian military units will carry out “tactical exercises” in Belarus, which borders Ukraine, the Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing the Defense Ministry in Moscow.
It is not specified when and where these maneuvers will take place, but this announcement comes at a time when Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected in Minsk for talks with his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko.
“The final assessment of the units’ capability and combat readiness will be given (…) once the battalions’ tactical exercises have been completed,” said the Russian Defense Ministry, quoted by Interfax, without specifying when and where. exactly they will unfold.
Putin’s visit comes 10 months after the start of the Russian operation in Ukraine, which was launched from several locations, including Belarusian territory.
In October, Belarus announced the formation of a joint force with Russia and several thousand Russian soldiers arrived in this former Soviet republic.
This deployment has raised fears that Belarusian troops will join Russian soldiers in their intervention in Ukraine.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stressed on Sunday evening that “the protection of the border with Russia and Belarus” was “also a constant priority”.
Lukashenko, for his part, has repeatedly affirmed that he does not plan to send Belarusian military units to Ukraine.