During the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the Russian air defense shot down three Ukrainian drones in the regions of Briansk and Kalouga.
Early on Thursday, people gathered in Saint Petersburg in front of the Wagner headquarters, whose leader, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was among the passengers of a plane that crashed the day before. Follow the latest developments of the conflict hour by hour.
The Russian air defense has shot down three Ukrainian drones in the regions of Briansk and Kalouga, Russia announced early on Thursday, without indicating if these attacks caused any casualties or damage. “Last night, an attempt by the Kiev regime to carry out drone attacks was thwarted,” the Russian Ministry of Defense said on Telegram.
“Two drones were destroyed by the air defense above the territory of the Briansk region,” which borders Ukraine, the ministry announced. According to the same source, a third device “was detected and destroyed by the air defense above the territory of the Kalouga region,” southwest of Moscow. The ministry did not provide any information about possible damage or casualties.
Early on Thursday, people gathered in Saint Petersburg in front of the Wagner headquarters, laying down patches of the paramilitary group, red flowers, and candles, while near Kujenkino, police officers sealed off the entrance to the crash site, according to AFP photographers.
The President of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC) has expressed doubts about the possibility of Ukraine regaining its lost territories in the war with Russia, according to the German daily Die Welt.
“It can be questioned whether Ukraine’s full sovereignty can be restored with the available resources,” said General Robert Brieger. The EUMC is the highest military body established within the Council of the European Union. It consists of the chiefs of staff of the member states, who are usually represented by their permanent military delegates.
Regarding the Ukrainian counteroffensive, which began at the beginning of June, Robert Brieger said he would exercise caution about a breakthrough by Ukrainian forces through Russian defense lines. Russia announced the crash of a private plane during a flight between Moscow and Saint Petersburg, resulting in the death of the 10 passengers.
The Russian air transport agency confirmed that Wagner’s boss, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was on board. Russian General Sergei Surovikin, once in charge of the offensive in Ukraine, has been dismissed as commander-in-chief of the aerospace forces, two months after Wagner’s aborted rebellion – with which he was considered affiliated.
At least four employees were killed in a Russian strike that destroyed a Ukrainian school about ten days before the start of the school year. AFP and Reuters