An Iranian-made drone in a Russian attack on Kyiv, Ukraine, October 10, 2022


Putin’s Ukraine War Turns Russia Into “Terrorist State”

EA on Times Radio: Ukrainians v. Desperate Putin’s Missiles

Ukraine War, Day 274: Ukrainians Withstand Another Russian Missile Barrage From Russia’s “Terrorist State”


Source: Institute for the Study of War


UPDATE 1728 GMT:

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has assued Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of financial assistance and aid for power and heating.

Von der Leyen said the EU will “as quickly as possible” deliver 200 medium-sized transformers and a large auto-transformer from Lithuania, a medium-sized auto-transformer from Latvia, and 40 heavy generators from the EU reserve in Romania.

Zelenskiy responded:


UPDATE 1621 GMT:

Vladimir Putin has told mothers of Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine that he had no regrets about his “special military operation”.

In a pre-recorded meeting on State TV, Putin said the mothers should not believe everything they see on television or read on the Internet.

The Kremlin has only given two updates on troop casualties during the 9-month invasion: a total of 1,351 deaths in late March and of 5,397 last month. The Ukrainian military says more than 85,000 Russian soldiers have died.

Putin told the mothers, “I would like you to know that, that I personally, and the whole leadership of the country — we share your pain.”


UPDATE 1616 GMT:

UN Human Rights Commissioner Volker Türk says Russian missile strikes have killed at least 77 civilians since October.

Millions are being plunged into extreme hardship and appalling conditions of life by these strikes. Taken as a whole, this raises serious problems under international humanitarian law, which requires a concrete and direct military advantage for each object attacked.


UPDATE 1610 GMT:

All nuclear power plants in Ukrainian-held parts of the country are back on-line and connected to the main electricity grid.

Three plants — Rivne, Pivdennoukrains, and Khmelnytskyi — were taken off-line with emergency protections after Russia’s missle strikes on Wednesday.

The CEO of State energy provider, Ukrenergo, Volodymyr said blackouts will now be on a scheduled rather than emergency basis.

Ukrenergo said “more than 70% of the country’s consumption needs” are covered, with priority given to critical infrastructure facilities. However, restoration of power to homes is being slowed by “strong winds, rain and sub-zero temperatures at night”.


UPDATE 1550 GMT:

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has urged the European Union to adopt a price cap on Russian oil, as the EU’s members continue to debate the measure.

Zelenskiy said in a video address to a conference in Lithuania:

There is no split, there is no schism among Europeans and we have to preserve this. This is our mission number one this year.

Europe is helping itself. It’s not helping Ukraine to stand against Russia, this is helping Europe to stand against Russian aggression.

Zelenskiy asked the EU leaders to set the cap at $30 per barrel of Russian oil:

The price cuts are very important. We hear about $60 or $70. Such words sound more like a concession.

But I’m very grateful to our Baltic and Polish colleagues for their proposals, quite reasonable ones, to set this camp at $30 a barrel. It’s a much better idea.


UPDATE 1545 GMT:

Having retreated from the city of Kherson in southern Ukraine in a symbolic and strategic defeat, Russian forces are shelling its residents.

Local officials said 10 people were killed and 54 seriously wounded over night by the shelling across the Dnipro River from the Russians on the eastern bank.

Hospital patients are being evacuated. Children at the Kherson regional clinical hospital will go to Mykolaiv, and 100 patients at a regional psychiatric center are heading to Odesa.


UPDATE 0912 GMT:

Half of Kyiv’s population is still without electricity following Wednesday’s Russian strikes.

The city administration announced, “As soon as the power system stabilizes, communication will appear in all districts of Kyiv.”

Water supply was restored throughout the capital by Thursday night.


UPDATE 0636 GMT:

In his nightly address to the nation, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said electricity and water are still being restored in 15 regions after Wednesday’s Russian missile attacks.

“The most difficult situation is in the Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, Poltava and Kharkiv regions,” he said.

The President assured:

We endured nine months of the full-scale war and Russia hasn’t found a way to break us. And it will not find it. We must continue to hold on like this in the future! In unity and helping each other.


UPDATE 0624 GMT:

Russian forces have again struck a hospital in the city of Zaporizhzhia, says regional governor Oleksandr Starukh.

Starukh said there were no casualties when rockets blew out dozens of windows.

Early Wednesday Russia hit a maternity ward, killing a newborn. Later in the day, it launched 70 missiles and five attack drones, forcing another three Russian nuclear plants off-line.

The Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, the largest in Europe, was already dormant amid Russian shelling of the area. The attacks have repeatedly cut power to the complex, threatening overheating that could damage reactors.

The Zaporizhzhia plant was reconnected to the power grid on Thursday.


ORIGINAL ENTRY: A senior Ukrainian official has confirmed that Ukraine’s strikes have killed Iranian military personnel in Russian-occupied Crimea.

Oleksiy Danilov, the Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council said the Iranians are in Crimea to help Russia direct the Shahed-136 attack drones supplied by Tehran.

He did not give a number of casualties.Reports in Israeli media in October said 10 Iranians were killed by Ukraine’s strikes on Crimea, seized by Russia in 2014.

Danilov emphasized that the Iranians will continue to be targeted:

You shouldn’t be where you shouldn’t be. They were on our territory. We didn’t invite them here, and if they collaborate with terrorists and participate in the destruction of our nation, we must kill them.

Iran delivered surveillance and attack drones — Ukrainian officials say up to 2,500 — to Moscow during the summer. Russia began using the Shahed-136s in assaults on energy infrastructure and civilian sites in September, escalating the attacks from October 10.

Hundreds of Shahed-136s have been launched. Most have been shot down by Ukrainian air defenses; however, “swarms” have been able to get through to targets.

The Iranian regime repeatedly lied that it provided any drones to Russia. Last month, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said a “small number” had been delivered; however, he insisted that this was months before Vladimir Putin’s February 24 invasion and that no Iranian drones were used in Russian assaults.

Tehran also denies the despatch of Iranian trainers to Crimea to assist the Russians.

Danilov summarized:

The Iranians keep insisting that they are not suppliers of weapons to the Russian Federation but we need confirmation. Do we have this confirmation as of today? No we don’t.

We understand these things don’t fly without [people] learning how to operate them, and the Russians don’t have the brains to figure it out themselves….In the modern world you can’t hide anything. It is just a matter of time when it will be made public.

US officials have told the media of Iranian intentions to deliver ballistic missiles to Russia. Danilov said it was unclear if this has occurred.

We are trying to answer this question and we’ll do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen.

But if it does happen, it will tell us two things. First, that Russia has no capability of manufacturing their own missiles, at least in the numbers that would allow it to continue a large-scale war. Second, if a country that has been under sanctions since 1979 has a capability of producing such weapons, what kind of sanctions are we talking about? So it raises a big question about enforcement.