After repelling new Russian drone attacks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has announced an expansion of electronic warfare in his country. “We are working to increase the effectiveness of our mobile forces and equip even more regions of Ukraine with electronic warfare systems,” said Zelensky in his evening video message. That is one of the priorities this year.
More than 40 drones were shot down on Sunday night alone. Since the beginning of this year, 359 such unmanned aerial vehicles have been taken down from the sky. The accuracy of air defense, electronic warfare and support from allies help save lives. Russia and Ukraine have recently repeatedly announced that they will significantly expand their production of drones. Because mutual attacks with drones are massive, more defense systems are also needed.
In its war of aggression, which has been going on for almost two years, Russia has repeatedly carried out air strikes against Ukraine using drones, cruise missiles and missiles. The air defense also repelled the attacks with Western anti-aircraft systems. Ukraine has long been demanding more such systems from the West in order to better protect its cities from attacks and regain sovereignty over its own airspace.
Attacks on Ukraine at night
According to Ukrainian authorities, power supply has been interrupted in and around the city of Pavlohrad in the south of the country following a nighttime Russian drone attack. Almost 29,000 households were affected, Serhiy Lysak, head of administration for the Dnipropetrovsk region, said on Telegram this morning. In the neighboring city of Ternivka, 10,000 households are without water. According to him, there was a fire in a power grid system, but it was extinguished. The utility Ukrenerho confirmed damage to a substation. No people were harmed in the attack, Lysak said. Six enemy drones were shot down over Pavlohrad alone.
As a result of the nighttime attack, the Ukrainian Air Force announced that 14 of the 17 incoming Russian drones had been shot down, as well as a Ch-59 cruise missile. In addition, the large city of Kharkiv in the east was attacked with converted missiles from the S-300 air defense system. Explosions were reported in the city at night. However, there was initially no information about possible victims.
Moldova reports finding parts of a Russian kamikaze drone
The Republic of Moldova reported on Sunday the discovery of fragments of a Russian kamikaze drone near the municipality of Etulia on the border with Ukraine. The Moldovan border guard said there was no danger to the town. Measures have been taken to maintain public safety. The authority did not provide any details.
It is suspected that it was debris from a Russian drone shot down by Ukrainian anti-aircraft defense, it said. The Ukrainian authorities had announced that Russia had attacked the Danube region of Izmail, near Moldova, with drones on Saturday night. In the past, Moldova had also reported discoveries of rocket debris on its territory in the wake of Russian attacks on Ukraine.
Foreign Ministers of the Weimar Triangle discuss Ukraine
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and her counterparts from France and Poland will discuss further support for Ukraine this Monday at the Château de la Celle near Paris. The topics of the talks with French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné and Polish department head Radoslaw Sikorski are peace, security and sovereignty in Europe as well as the European elections. As Séjourné said before the meeting of the foreign ministers of the so-called Weimar Triangle, it should also be about Russian disinformation and attacks on democracy. All three countries are victims of the same destabilization strategy.
The Weimar Triangle was founded in 1991 as a discussion format by the then foreign ministers of the three countries in Weimar. The current department heads are deliberating in this format for the first time. Séjourné came into office just a month ago as part of a government reshuffle in Paris. Sikorski has also only been in his post since the new Polish government took office in December, but was previously Polish Foreign Minister.