Ukraine latest news: Drone attacks are proof Russia 'has no chance on the battlefield', says Zelenskyy – as shelling continues overnight (2022)

Key points
  • Moscow targets energy infrastructure across Ukraine
  • 13 dead in Russian fighter jet crash
  • Russia 'kidnaps two senior officials at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant'
  • Zelenskyy: Russia 'has no chance on the battlefield'
  • Podcast:Burning playgrounds and blocked escape routes - the moment Russia brought terror to Kyiv
  • Live reporting from Faith Ridler. Updates from John Sparks in eastern Ukraine and Dominic Waghorn in Moscow


Zelenskyy: Russia continues to terrorise and kill civilians

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia is terrorising and killing civilians after continued airstrikes in major cities on Tuesday morning.

He said one person had been killed in a missile strike on aresidential building in the southern city of Mykolaiv.

Details of casualties elsewhere remain unclear.

"Ukraine is under fire by the occupiers. They continue to dowhat they do best - terrorise and kill civilians," Mr Zelenskyy said.

"The terrorist state will not changeanything for itself with such actions. It will only confirm itsdestructive and murderous essence, for which it will certainlybe held to account."

Strikes have hit Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Zhytomyr and Mykolaiv today.

These appear to largely have targeted energy infrastructure, with the mayor of Kyiv saying "critical" facilities were hit on Tuesday morning.


Destruction in Russia after warplane strikes apartment building

We reported earlier as the death toll following an aircraft crash in the Russian city of Yeysk, near the Ukrainian border, rose to 13.

A Su-34 bomber came down after one of its engines caught fire during take-off for a training mission, the Russian defence ministry said.

It said both crew members bailed out safely but the plane crashed into a residential area, causing a fire as tonnes of fuel exploded on impact.

The photographs below picture the aftermath on Tuesday morning...

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'Energy infrastructure' hit in Kyiv

More reports of strikes are emerging from Ukraine, this time in the capital.

Explosions have been reported in the northern part of the city, with thick black smoke pictured rising from the area.

A spokesperson for the Ukrainian president said three strikes had hit an unspecified energy facility in the city on Tuesday morning.

The city mayor said the attack had hit "critical infrastructure" and emergency workers were headingto the scene.

Shelling has continued in Dnipro, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv and Kharkiv today.

Missiles appear to have largely targeted energy infrastructure in the major Ukrainian cities, in a continuation of attacks seen last week.


'Serious damage' in central Ukraine as strikes continue

Officials in the city of Dnipro reported "serious damage" to the energy infrastructure of the city after two missiles hit on Tuesday.

Shelling was also reported in Zhytomyr in western Ukraine, and Kharkiv in the northeast.

The mayor of the latter, Ihor Terekov, said two explosions were heard at around 8.30am local time on Tuesday.

He said: "Kharkiv under fire - in five minutes there were two explosions in the city.

"According to preliminary information, the district of one of the industrial enterprises of the city is under attack."

We earlier reported of strikes in Mykolaiv and Kryvyi Rih today.

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Russia 'kidnaps two senior officials at Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant'

Two senior officials have been "kidnapped" by Russian forces at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southern Ukraine, the Ukrainian state energy company reports.

The power station's head of information technology, OlehKostyukov, and Oleh Oshek, an assistant to the plant's director,were seized on Monday, Energoatom said.

"At present, nothing is known of their whereabouts orcondition," a statement added.

On Monday, it was reported that the nuclear plant - Europe's largest - had been rocked by further strikes, cutting off its external power supply.

The Zaporizhzhia plant, which has become a focal point during the war in Ukraine, has been under Russian control since March and sits near the frontline in territory Vladimir Putin claims to be annexed by Russia.


A snapshot of the scene in Mykolaiv

The photographs below are the latest to emerge from the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolaiv, where shelling continued overnight.

At least one person died in the city when a two-storey building was hit by S-300 missiles early on Tuesday morning.

Governor Vitaliy Kim said "A man's body was found under the rubble, search and rescue operations continue."


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Russia has 'greater willingness' to strike civilian infrastructure after battlefield setbacks - MoD

The British defence ministry has shared its daily intelligence update on the situation on the ground in Ukraine in the last few moments.

It said Russia has maintained a "heightened tempo" of long-range strikes against targets across Ukraine since 10 October.

"These have been conducted by cruise missiles, air defence missiles in a surface-to-surface role, and Iranian-provided Shahed-136 one way attack uncrewed aerial vehicles," the MoD said.

"It is highly likely that a key objective of this strike campaign is to cause wide-spread damage to Ukraine’s energy distribution network.

"As Russia has suffered battlefield setbacks since August, it has highly likely gained a greater willingness to strike civilian infrastructure in addition to Ukrainian military targets."


Zelenskyy: Drone attacks are proof Russia 'has no chance on the battlefield'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy last night said Moscow's use of "kamikaze drones" on Ukraine proves they have "no chance on the battlefield".

In his nightly address, he said Russia is attempting to "cover up its military defeats with terror".

He then appealed for Ukraine's allies to provide additional air defence systems.

Mr Zelenskyy said once "Russian capabilities for terror are neutralized by our joint efforts with our partners, Russia will have no choice but to think about peace".

It comes after it was confirmed a collection of wartime speeches by Mr Zelenskyy will be published before Christmas.

Entitled A Message From Ukraine, the book will include a preface by Arkady Ostrovskym, the Economist's editor for Russia and Eastern Europe.

"Supporting Ukraine is not a trend, a meme or a viral challenge," the Ukrainian president said in a statement.

"It is not a force to rapidly spread across the planet and then just as rapidly disappear."


(Video) Russian air strikes hit multiple Ukrainian cities | DW News

Shelling continues in Ukrainian cities overnight

Bombardment continues in major cities in the middle and south of Ukraine overnight, after Kyiv was hit by "kamikaze drones" on Monday.

Regional authorities in Kryvyi Rih noted "explosions" in the northern part of the city early on Tuesday, adding: "We are in shelters."

Meanwhile, those in the southern city of Mykolaiv have already confirmed casualties overnight.

Governor Vitaliy Kim said: "At night, Mykolaiv was again bombarded with S-300 missiles. There is a hit in a two-storey building.

"A man's body was found under the rubble, search and rescue operations continue.

"As of 6.30am, electricity has been restored in the city. Thanks to everyone for the prompt work."

On Monday, at least four people died in the capital of Kyiv after a drone attack struck the city.

Vitali Klitschko wrote on Telegram: "There are already four dead under the rubble of a house in Shevchenkivskyi district of the capital, which was hit by a Russian terrorist drone."


13 killed after Russian fighter plane crashes into apartment building

A fighter plane crashed into a residential building in the southern Russian city of Yeysk, near the Ukrainian border, on Monday.

The crash hit the building shortly after take-off, killing at least 13 people, the Interfax news agency reports.

Three of them died when they jumped from upper floors of the nine-storey apartment building to escape a massive blaze.

A Su-34 bomber came down in the port city of Yeysk after one of its engines caught fire during take-off for a training mission, the Russian defence ministry said.

It said both crew members bailed out safely but the plane crashed into a residential area, causing a fire as tonnes of fuel exploded on impact.

After hours of combing through the charred debris of the building, authorities said 13 residents, including three children, were found dead. Another 19 were treated in hospital.

Yeysk, in southern Russia, is separated from occupied territory in Ukraine by the narrow stretch of the Sea of Azov.

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Last night, military news channel Zvezda published video appearing toshow explosions aboard the Sukhoi Su-34 supersonic medium-rangefighter-bomber as it plunged towards the apartments.

More than 500 residents were evacuated and provided with temporary accommodations.


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