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Drone attack hits Kursk airfield in Russia, governor says

A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank, a local governor said on Tuesday.

“There were no casualties. The fire is localized. All emergency services are working at the site,” said Roman Starovoyt, the region’s governor, on the Telegram messaging app.

The Guardian was able to immediately verify the reports. The region borders Ukraine.

Last week, Starovoyt said Ukrainian forces hit a power station in several attacks in the area, causing power outages, the local governor said. Ukraine did not claim responsibility for the attack.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian drones attacked two airbases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia, killing three servicemen and injuring four, and damaged two planes. Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for what would represent the deepest strikes into the heart of Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

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A researcher from investigative newspaper Bellingcat released a video showing smoke rising from Kursk, Russia, where Ukraine launched strikes damaging an oil storage tank, according to the local governor on Telegram.

The Guardian could not independently verify the images or report of an attack.

New strikes in the Zaporizhzhia region

Russia launched strikes overnight on the Zaporizhzhia region, according to Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the Zaporizhzhia regional military administration, who posted photos on Telegram in the early hours of Tuesday, December 6.

The strikes damaged critical infrastructure and residential buildings, he said. At this point, there have been no injuries or fatalities.

Below are the photographs originally released by Starukh:

Drone attack hits Kursk airfield in Russia, governor says

A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank, a local governor said on Tuesday.

“There were no casualties. The fire is localized. All emergency services are working at the site,” said Roman Starovoyt, the region’s governor, on the Telegram messaging app.

The Guardian was able to immediately verify the reports. The region borders Ukraine.

Last week, Starovoyt said Ukrainian forces hit a power station in several attacks in the area, causing power outages, the local governor said. Ukraine did not claim responsibility for the attack.

On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian drones attacked two airbases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia, killing three servicemen and injuring four, and damaged two planes. Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for what would represent the deepest strikes into the heart of Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Summary

Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s live coverage of the war in Ukraine. My name is Helen Sullivan and I will bring you the latest news as it happens in the next few hours.

A drone attack on an airfield in Russia’s Kursk region set fire to an oil storage tank, a local governor said on Tuesday. “There were no casualties. The fire is localized. All emergency services are working at the site,” said Roman Starovoyt, the region’s governor, on the Telegram messaging app.

Yesterday, the Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian drones attacked two airbases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia, killing three servicemen and injuring four, and damaged two planes. Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for what would represent the deepest strikes into the heart of Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Meanwhile, Russia launched strikes on the Zaporizhzhia region overnight, according to Oleksandr Starukh, the head of the local military administration.

The Guardian has not independently verified the reports.

  • At least four people were killed on Monday, Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, amid Russian strikes in which 60 of 70 missiles were shot down. The strikes targeted critical infrastructure in Ukraine, the Air Force said. Energy workers had already started working on restoring power, said Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president. Officials said the airstrikes destroyed homes in the south, knocked out electricity in the north and killed at least two people.

  • The Russian Defense Ministry said Ukrainian drones attacked two airbases in Ryazan and Saratov in south-central Russia, killing three soldiers and wounding four, with two aircraft damaged. Ukraine has not directly claimed responsibility for what would represent the deepest strikes into the heart of Russia since Moscow invaded Ukraine on February 24.

  • Spanish police intercepted three other envelopes containing animal eyes addressed to the Ukrainian Embassy in Madrid and its consulates in Barcelona and Malagasaid police sources familiar with the investigation. Last week, Ukraine said a series of “bloody packages” had been sent to its missions across Europe, shortly after a letter bomb exploded at the Ukrainian embassy in Spain and the police defused others sent, among others, to the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez.

  • Canadian-made parts found in Iranian ‘kamikaze’ drones used by Russia to attack Ukraine, according to a survey project by the NGO Statewatch. He said components from 30 European and American companies, including antenna parts from Tallysman Wireless, a Canadian manufacturer, were used in the Shahed 136 drones.

  • The White House says the latest Russian strikes against Ukraine are reminiscent of the brutality of Vladimir Putin. John Kirby, the White House national security spokesman, also told reporters that an oil price cap would have no long-term impact on global oil prices, Reuters reported.

  • Moldovan police found fragments of a missile on Monday in a northern region near the border with Ukraine, State news portal Prima Sursa quoted police as saying after Russia carried out missile strikes.

  • Russia’s recent mobilization has increased its military threat in Ukraine, with better trained soldiers arriving on the front line, said the commander of the Ukrainian ground forces. But Russia was using a lot of old equipment because it had no other way to resupply, and the Russians had made only slow progress around Bakhmut, one of the main combat areas in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported.

  • Vladimir Putin crossed the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula which was damaged by a truck bomb in October. The Russian president spoke with workers and a senior government official, Reuters reported.

  • India has given a list of its products to Moscow for access to Russian markets, said Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, as his country seeks to reduce a growing trade deficit with Russia at a time when Moscow faces severe shortages of some crucial materials after Western sanctions.

  • The Kremlin has warned that the new Western cap on Russian oil prices will destabilize global energy markets, but claimed that this would not affect his invasion of Ukraine. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia was preparing its response to the decision by the G7 and its allies.

  • China’s foreign ministry said it would continue energy cooperation with Russia after the G7, EU and Australia imposed the price cap. China, which has said it will continue on the basis of mutual respect and benefit, has increased its purchases of Russian Urals oil blends this year.

  • Olaf Scholz has warned the West to avoid creating a new Cold War by dividing the world into blocs. Writing in an opinion piece for Foreign Affairs magazine, the German Chancellor called for every effort to be made to build new partnerships.



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