Explosions sounded in Sevastopol, and the United States may supply cluster munitions to Ukraine: military news for December 8
Vladimir Putin is setting the stage for a protracted war in Ukraine, and Russian forces have likely modified Iranian drones to operate in colder weather conditions.
Today is the 288th day of the war.
On the morning of December 8, a powerful explosion thundered over the central part of Sevastopol. Media reports that a powerful explosion thundered over the city at about 6 am Kyiv time. A few seconds before, a sound similar to a rocket launch was heard. "Mayor" of Sevastopol Mikhail Razvozhaev claims that in the morning the duty ship of the Black Sea Fleet shot down a drone over the sea. The "governor" did not announce other details of the explosions.
Photo: sky in Sevastopol
Also Governor of the Belgorod Region of the Russian Federation Gladkov reported on the shelling settlement in the Yakovlevsky city district and accused the Armed Forces of Ukraine. According to him, shrapnel damaged a power line. According to preliminary information, there are no victims or injured.
Ukraine asks US to supply cluster munitions
Since the start of the war, Ukrainian officials have been making efforts to convince the United States to provide Ukraine with cluster munitions to fight the Russian army more effectively. About it reports CNN with reference to American and Ukrainian officials.
Some of the representatives of Ukraine who are lobbying in the United States, trying to convince the Biden administration and members of Congress of the need to comply with the request, are named by name - among them, the deputy Alexey Goncharenko.
Note that cluster munitions are banned in more than 100 countries, but not in Russia, Ukraine and the USA. According to a report by the human rights organization Human Rigths Watch, Ukraine also used this type of ammunition, but Russia use them more often including against civilian targets (the Russian Ministry of Defense denies the latter).
Putin creates conditions for a protracted war in Ukraine
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin creates the conditions for a protracted war in Ukraine. About it сообщает American Institute for the Study of War. Analysts note that during a meeting with the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights, Putin said that the war in Ukraine could be a "long process" and that the seizure of new territories is an important result for Russia.
Experts note that At the meeting, Putin compared himself to the Russian Tsar Peter the Great and noted that Russia now controls the Sea of Azov, for which the tsar fought. Thus, according to experts, he has described his current goals in Ukraine as openly imperialist and still maximalist. ISW emphasizes that Putin is setting up Russian society for a protracted, exhausting war in Ukraine, the goal of which is to conquer new Ukrainian territories.
Analysts write that Russian forces have likely modified Iranian drones to operate in colder weather conditions. According to them, most likely in the coming weeks, they will increasingly be used to strike Ukrainian critical infrastructure
What else was fired upon?
- The consequences of the night shelling of Nikolaev. The blow was inflicted on the transport base. Initially, there were no casualties or injuries.
- Today around 4:30 am Kupyansk launched a missile attack. The S-300 missile hit the ground under the foundation of the administrative building. The wall of the building was destroyed, cars were damaged, windows were shattered. Preliminary no casualties, governor said Oleg Sinegubov.
We wrote earlier military news for December 7th.
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