Ukraine Ministry of Defense claims drone strike destroys ‘enemy control point’ near Kyiv
The Ukraine Ministry of Defense on Friday night posted a video which it says shows a Ukraine drone attack on the “enemy control point” near Kyiv.
“A few minutes ago, the enemy control point in the Kyiv direction was destroyed. Our Air Force is working!” the Ukraine ministry’s post on Telegram said, according to an NBC News translation.
CNBC was unable to independently verify the content of the video.
A senior U.S. Defense official told CNBC on Friday that Russian forces near Kyiv have moved forward some of their rear elements, including troops and military equipment, but the frontline has not advanced on the capital.
Russian forces are about 10 miles (16 km) outside Kyiv’s city center, according to the most recent Pentagon assessment.
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Russia’s ‘dumb’ munitions are likely to increase civilian deaths, UK ministry says
Russian aircraft are relying on unguided, “dumb” munitions to support their troops on the ground, raising the likelihood of Ukrainian civilians being killed and wounded.
Dumb bombs and rockets are less accurate than guided weapons, which means they’re less likely to strike what they’re aimed at and more likely to randomly hit something else.
Russia is using rockets and other weapons that fire from greater distances — so-called “stand-off” weapons — so its pilots can avoid being shot down, the U.K. ministry said in an intelligence update on Friday night local time.
Civilian volunteers listen to a military instructor inside a bomb shelter in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, on Friday, March 11, 2022.
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“The staunch resistance of the Ukrainian air defence forces is compelling Russia to rely on ‘stand-off’ munitions to conduct attacks against targets deep inside Ukraine,” the ministry said.
The ministry said Russian air and missile forces had carried out strikes on two cities in Ukraine’s west in the last 24 hours.
Ukraine’s Parliament reported strikes on Lutsk and Ivano-Frankivsk at around 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. local time respectively on Friday. Those locations are further west than most Russian attacks on Ukraine so far.
In a video message posted to Telegram on Friday morning, Yurii Pohuliaiko, head of the Lutsk regional council, said four rockets had been fired into the city’s military airport, killing two soldiers and injuring six.
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Ukrainians evacuate from Russian-occupied area
Locals from the village Chervone, occupied by Russian troops, evacuate to an area controlled by Ukrainian forces near Vyshgorod on Thursday.
Locals from village Chervone, occupied by Russian troops, evacuate to an area controlled by Ukrainian forces, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, near Vyshgorod, Ukraine March 10, 2022.
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New sanctions target Russian elites, bankers and those aiding North Korea
VTB Bank signs at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, in St Petersburg, Russia.
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The Treasury Department on Friday announced the addition of more than 20 Russians to its list of…