Injured in the Ukraine after Russian bomb and drone attacks
Sunday, October 1st, 2023, 9:53 a.m.: According to authorities, at least five people were injured in nightly Russian attacks with bombs, drones and missiles in various parts of Ukraine. Four people were injured when the town of Stanislav in the Kherson region was shelled with aerial bombs, the spokesman for the local military administration, Olexander Tolokonnikov, said in the news program on Sunday. One person is still missing under the rubble. Because of the air strikes, there was also a partial power outage in the area surrounding the city of Kherson, said Tolokonnikov.
In the city of Uman in the central Ukrainian region of Cherkasy, a woman was hospitalized injured after a drone attack, the region’s military governor, Ihor Taburez, said on Telegram on Sunday. He reported “a hit on the industrial infrastructure.” A major fire broke out in a warehouse where mainly grain was stored.
The large city of Krywj Rih was also hit. Among other things, electricity and gas lines were damaged, as the military governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, Serhiy Lyssak, announced. The fire was contained and there were no injuries in the case.
According to the Ukrainian Air Force, Russia launched a total of 30 kamikaze drones during the night. 16 of them were intercepted.
In addition, Russia has also launched missile attacks, causing damage in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. Three S-300 rockets hit a civilian company, wrote military governor Oleh Synehubow on his Telegram channel. The extent of the damage is still being examined.
Former head of state Medvedev: Russia will expand further territories Ukraine annex
5:31 p.m.: A year after the annexation of four regions in Ukraine, Russia’s former head of state Dmitry Medvedev set the goal of taking over additional areas in the neighboring country. “The special military operation will continue until the complete destruction of the Nazi regime in Kiev,” Medvedev wrote on the Telegram online service on Saturday.
“The victory will be ours. And there will be other new regions within Russia,” the deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council added.
Russia describes the Ukrainian regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, which Moscow declared annexed a year ago, as “new regions”. Votes known as “referendums” had previously been held there, which were not recognized by Kiev and the West. A few weeks ago, Moscow held “elections” in the occupied territories. However, the Russian army only controls parts of the four regions and is currently confronted with a large-scale counteroffensive by Ukraine.
In a speech to the nation, Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin described the annexations as a historic decision by the people living there to reunite with the “Fatherland.”
Medvedev, who was once considered a liberal reformer, now appears as a hardliner who vehemently defends the Russian offensive in Ukraine and sharply attacks the West in comments on online networks.
Military economist: “Strategically, Russia has lost – we will see this more clearly in October”
3:39 p.m.: The military economist Marcus Keupp caused a stir at the end of 2022 with his statement that the war had already been strategically decided in favor of Ukraine. In an interview with “Zeit” he emphasizes that he continues to stand by the statement – and makes it more precise. “The way the war is going, the Russian regime cannot win. Strategically it has already lost. We will see this more clearly in October, when the Ukrainian army will be able to deploy the first American Abrams tanks.”
And he explains: “The Russians’ logistics will be so limited that they will have to withdraw their soldiers because they can no longer supply the units – or they will be split off, surrounded and wiped out.”
Keupp’s second sensational prediction was that Ukraine would win the war this year. He also refers to this – and explains that he did not mean that the fighting would end. “If Putin were a militarily rational person, he would have long since realized that he can no longer win the war.”
This led to the Russian ruler becoming afraid “that his regime would collapse completely if he suddenly withdrew his troops.” Keupp continues: So he has to think of some kind of exit narrative to turn the defeat into a “limited success”.
What would happen in Moscow then? Keupp considers a nuclear escalation to be “a pure bluff”: “In reality, the Russian regime turns its back as soon as the West shows strength.”
Zelensky: International Defense Industry Alliance founded
11:56 a.m.: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyj announced the establishment of a defense industry alliance at a forum with representatives of international defense companies in Kiev. The basis of the association is a declaration that has so far been signed by 13 outstanding weapons manufacturers, Zelenskyj announced on social networks on Saturday. Other defense companies could join. Zelensky wants to make Ukraine one of the largest arms producers in the world.
It is an alliance committed to international law and the defense of the free world, said the President. “I’m not just talking about Ukraine, but about the security from aggression of every nation in the world,” he emphasized in a speech to weapons manufacturers. Accordingly, 252 companies from more than 30 countries took part in the defense industry forum.
The priority is the development of a modern defense industry in Ukraine, said Zelensky. Rockets, drones and artillery shells will be produced in collaboration with leading companies. “Ukraine is ready to offer special conditions to companies that want to develop the defense industry together with our country,” Zelensky said in his Telegram channel. The members of the alliance should build an arsenal together with Ukraine.
The country, which has so far been supplied with weapons mainly by the West in its defense against the Russian war of aggression, wants to produce the majority of armaments itself in the future. For this purpose, Ukraine will set up a special defense fund to create additional economic resources in addition to state defense spending, Zelensky said.
Another violation of airspace? Romania is investigating a possible new drone crash on the border with Ukraine
9:33 a.m.: The remains of a Russian drone may have crashed again in Romania. The military and civil protection officials are checking whether a corresponding tip from a resident of the town of Galati on the border with Ukraine is confirmed, the Romanian Defense Ministry announced on Saturday.
On Saturday night, the population of Galati and the city of Tulcea, about 100 kilometers away, were warned about missiles. The Romanian army’s radar system had previously detected that there could be a violation of Romanian airspace because a missile was approaching Galati from Ukraine. As of Saturday morning, no remains of such a missile had been found in Galati, but the search was continuing, the ministry said.
Over the past few weeks, remnants of Russian Shahed combat drones have landed in three locations in Romania. Two of them crashed near the Danube village of Plauru, which is less than 500 meters away, directly opposite the Ukrainian port of Izmail. Izmail was repeatedly attacked by Russia. The third location was a little further inland, close to the Danube Delta town of Nufaru.