Putin is also allowed to stand in elections in annexed regions
In March, people in Russia will vote for their president — and in the annexed territories of Ukraine. In Kiev, four people were injured by the debris during the night. Meanwhile, London sends mine-sweeping ships to the Black Sea.
DRussian officials have no problem holding presidential elections in the Moscow-occupied part of Ukraine. According to the Interfax news agency, Russia’s Central Election Commission decided on Monday that presidential elections will go ahead despite the imposition of martial law in four regions: Kherson, Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhia.
Russia annexed territories in violation of international law. The election commission said the decision was taken after consultation with the military and secret service, as well as the leadership of Moscow-designated regions.
Last week, the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian parliament, set the date for the presidential election as March 15-17, 2024. Putin has already announced that he will run for a fifth term. The Kremlin leader has been in power in Russia for almost a quarter of a century.
In Ukraine, reports were made overnight in the capital Kyiv and Mykolaiv region Russian drone and missile strikes. “Four people – all adults – were injured by an enemy rocket attack in Tarnitsky district,” Kyiv Mayor Vitaly Klitschko said on his Telegram channel. The injured were treated on an outpatient basis. The explosions occurred just after 3 a.m. local time, when the Ukrainian capital was under a nighttime curfew.
Ukraine’s military says it shot down all 18 drones and 8 ballistic missiles launched by Russia. However, debris from the rocket fell on a house under construction and caught fire. The fire department has now extinguished the fire. According to officials, the blast wave shattered the windows of dozens of surrounding houses. No major damage has been done so far.
According to the Air Force, the downed drones were allegedly Iranian Shahed drones launched from annexed Crimea. They are said to have been destroyed in the Mykolaiv region.
Russia has repeatedly attacked civilian objects in Ukraine in its nearly 22-month war of aggression. Last winter, the Russian military primarily targeted energy supply facilities in Ukraine. According to experts, Russia will repeat this tactic this winter to break the Ukrainian resistance.
London sends two minesweepers to the Black Sea
Britain offers two ships to Ukraine Mine clearance in the Black Sea As the British Ministry of Defense announced, they were to help detect Russian sea mines and open up important export routes.
Since the start of the war of aggression, Ukrainian exports have plummeted. In July, Russia pulled out of a grain deal that allowed Ukraine to transport grain across the Black Sea. Since withdrawing from the deal, the Russian military has increasingly attacked Ukrainian port infrastructure and grain warehouses.
The two mines are being deployed as part of a new alliance led by Britain and Norway to strengthen Ukraine’s maritime capabilities. British Defense Secretary Grant Shabbs said the aim of the initiative was to help Kiev “protect its territorial waters and increase security in the Black Sea”.
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