Russia-Ukraine war live: Kyiv develops army of deep strike drones as Kremlin builds mega defensive line

<p>A Ukrainian soldier fires a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher at Russian positions near the frontline </p>

A Ukrainian soldier fires a shoulder-mounted rocket launcher at Russian positions near the frontline

(General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine )

Ukraine will produce thousands of long-range drones capable of deep strikes hitting Moscow and St Petersburg, Kyiv’s digital minister has said.

Mykhailo Fedorov, who has championed Ukraine’s wartime drone industry, said they already have up to 10 companies making drones that can reach hundreds of miles into Russian territory.

“The category of long-range kamikaze drones is growing, with a range of 300, 500, 700, and 1,000 kilometres,” he said. “Two years ago, this category did not exist … at all.”

Over the past month, Ukrainian drones have reportedly hit St Petersburg, the hometown of Vladimir Putin, located more than 500 miles from Kyiv, on multiple occasions.

It comes as a Ukrainian open-source intelligence tracker claimed that Russia was building a 19-mile mega metal defensive line behind the frontline in occupied territory.

Blogger DeepState said the defensive line is made up of around 2100 train carriages and has been slowly built up since July 2023. It has been nicknamed the “tsarist train”.

“It can be considered a separate line of defence,” DeepState wrote. “It is extremely difficult to damage, move or blow a 30-kilometre mass of metal.”

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Ukrainian commander says he learnt about sacking from news reports as Zelensky’s reshuffle continues

A Ukrainian commander leading his country’s northern forces against the Russian invasion says he only found out he had been fired by Volodymyr Zelensky from reading news reports.

“I learnt about my dismissal from the post of commander of the Joint Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which I’d held since 2020, from the mass media,” General Nayev said on his official Telegram channel on Sunday.

“Those were difficult times. One of the most difficult periods in the history of Ukraine. And together with you, we walked this path with dignity,” the Lieutenant General said, as he expressed gratitude to Ukrainian soldiers for their service.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 10:53

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Ukraine to produce thousands of long-range drones in 2024, minister says

Ukraine will produce thousands of long-range drones capable of deep strikes into Russia in 2024 and already has up to 10 companies making drones that can reach Moscow and St Petersburg, Ukraine‘s digital minister said.

Mykhailo Fedorov spoke about the wartime drone industry he has championed in a interview in Kyiv in which he revealed new details about the sector, after a spate of Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian oil facilities in recent weeks.

“The category of long-range kamikaze drones is growing, with a range of 300, 500, 700, and 1,000 kilometres. Two years ago, this category did not exist … at all,” he told Reuters.

Fedorov, 33, has been at the heart of Ukraine‘s effort to nurture private military startups to innovate and build up the drone industry as the war goes into its third year and Ukraine seeks new ways to fight back against well dug-in Russian forces.

Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine walks next to Magura unmanned marine vehicles during an interview with Reuters

(REUTERS)

Tom Watling12 February 2024 10:19

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Kremlin denies Ukrainian allegation that its troops use Elon Musk’s Starlink

The Kremlin has said that Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet system is neither certified for use in, nor officially supplied to, Russia, and therefore could not be used.

Ukraine, which has used Starlink for military communications throughout its conflict with Russia, said on Sunday that Russian troops were using Starlink in parts of Ukraine they control.

Elon Musk also denied selling Starlink to Russia.

Tom Watling12 February 2024 09:45

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Ukraine destroys 14 of 17 Russia-launched drones – Ukraine air force

Ukraine‘s air defence systems destroyed 14 out of 17 drones that Russia launched overnight and one Kh-59 cruise missile, Ukraine‘s Air Force have said.

The Air Force said on the Telegram messaging app that Russia also launched missiles from S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile systems, but it did not say how many or whether they hit any targets.

Oleh Synehubov, governor of the Kharkiv region in Ukraine‘s northeast, said late on Sunday that Russia attacked his region with missiles launched from the S-300 systems in Russia’s Belgorod region that borders Ukraine.

He said that according to preliminary information, there were no casualties, but the facades of some non-residential buildings were damaged.

Serhiy Lisak, governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region, said late on Sunday that Russia attacked the region’s city of Pavlohrad with drones. There were no casualties, but some parts of the city lost electricity.

A Ukrainian investigator inspects the aftermath of an overnight Russian strike on Selidovo on Donetsk Oblast

(Telegram )

Tom Watling12 February 2024 09:22

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Tom Watling12 February 2024 09:21

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