The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been going on for 371 days. An air alert was declared in Kiev, the Kiev region and in many northern and central regions, the Ukrainian Pravda portal reported. Vitaly Malecki, the mayor of Kremenchuk, reported on Telegram that “sounds similar to explosions were heard in the city.” Here are the highlights of the last hours.
> Russia loses 25 times more troops per month in Ukraine than in Chechnya and 35 times more than in Afghanistan. Overall during the year war in Ukraine Russia lost more of them than in all conflicts after the end of the Second World War combined, they reported in report experts from the American think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
> An air alert was declared in Kiev, the Kiev region and in many northern and central regions, the Ukrainian Pravda portal reported. Vitaly Malecki, the mayor of Kremenchuk, reported on Telegram that “sounds similar to explosions were heard in the city.” Just after midnight, the head of the Poltava region, Dmytro Lunin, explained on Telegram that “the sounds of explosions heard by the inhabitants of the region” were related to the shooting down of an enemy missile.
> We are preparing the return of our servicemen to active actions to liberate Ukrainian land from Russian occupation, said the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. The president said that over the past 24 hours, the Russian military shelled the Kherson region in the south more than 30 times, killing four people.
> The streets of Moldova’s capital, Chisinau, flooded thousands of protesterswho demand subsidies to energy bills for the winter period and “not to involve the country in war”. The Associated Press reported that the protests were organized by the pro-Russian opposition. Moldova, which is a neighbor of Ukraine, took a firm course towards independence from Moscow a year ago.
> The United States does not expect Russia to make significant territorial gains in Ukraine anytime soon, a senior Pentagon official in the House of Representatives has said. Colin Kahl answered questions during a hearing on oversight of the nearly $32 billion in military aid that the Presidential Administration Joe Biden has given Ukraine since Russia’s invasion a year ago, including drones, long-range artillery systems and air defense capabilities.
> Mykola Povoroznyk from the authorities of the Ukrainian capital, quoted by the Ukrinform agency, said that currently there are about 3.5 million people in Kiev. In March 2022, shortly after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the city’s population dropped to around 800,000.
> The Budapest-based International Investment Bank (IIB), which is dubbed the “spy bank” and almost half owned by Russia, is in a critical situation in connection with the sanctions imposed on the Kremlin after the aggression against Ukraine, reported the Hungarian portal HVG.
> Russia and China spend billions of dollars manipulating information about the war in Ukraine, according to James Rubin, coordinator of the Global Engagement Center. One of the main theses, according to him, which China “repeats and spreads” is the Kremlin’s argument that NATO has unleashed a war in Ukraine.
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