Russia conducts massive drone strikes in southeastern Ukraine
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Russia conducts massive drone strikes in southeastern Ukraine

Russia has carried out kamikaze drone attacks in the Ukrainian region of Dnipropetrovsk on the morning of November 9. As a result of several drone attacks, several people have been injured and civilian buildings have been damaged, the head of the regional military administration said, as fierce battles are taking place in the eastern region of Donetsk as well as in the south of Ukraine.

“The invaders have attacked the area massively with kamikaze drones. Our air defense has destroyed five drones. They also attacked the city of Dnipro with drones, targeting logistics companies. Four workers were injured, three of them are in serious condition,” said Governor Valentyn Reznichenko.

Russian forces have also bombarded the district of Nikopol using Grad rockets and heavy artillery. Reznichenko said the airstrikes damaged private houses, a factory, power lines, but no people were injured.

Russian forces continuously bombard the Dnipropetrovsk region, located in the southeast of Ukraine, using various weapons. The most frequent areas of attacks are the counties of Nikopol, Krivorizku and Sinelnik.

In Kiev, President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that Ukraine would not “hand over an inch of our land” in Donetsk, where fierce fighting is taking place. He thanked the Ukrainian troops who are holding the positions in the Donbass region.

The main battles in the Donetsk region are taking place near the city of Bahmut, Soledar and Avdijivka.

“The activity of the invaders continues to be at a high level. They carry out dozens of attacks every day,” Zelensky said in a video address late on November 8.

“They are suffering huge losses. But the order remains the same – to advance towards the administrative border of the Donetsk region. We will not hand over an inch of our land,” he added.

Donetsk is one of four Ukrainian regions that Russia in September said it had annexed after holding referendums that Kiev and its Western allies called fake.

In this region, fighting between the Ukrainian army and Kremlin-backed separatist forces has been going on since 2014, the same year Russia illegally annexed Crimea.

Fierce fighting is also taking place on the outskirts of the town of Snihurivka, in the southern Mykolaiv region, said Yuri Barabashov, the town’s Russian-installed mayor.

Kirill Stremousov, deputy head of the Russian-installed administration in the southern Kherson region, said Ukrainian forces have attempted to advance on three fronts, including in Snihurivka.

Meanwhile, Vitaly Kim, the Ukrainian governor of Mykolaiv region, suggested that Ukrainian forces have already driven the Russians from this area.

This information could not be independently confirmed.

Russia has mobilized hundreds of thousands of reservists in recent months to try to stop the counteroffensive that Ukraine has launched to retake territories occupied by Moscow.

Kiev-based military analyst Oleh Zhdanov said on November 8 that 21 Russian conscripts had surrendered in Svatove, Luhansk region.

“These men had nothing to eat or drink for three days and of course they decided to surrender,” he said.

In the southern region of Kherson, the battle between Ukrainian and Russian forces has been going on for weeks, as both sides attempt to take control of the city of the same name. Kherson is the only regional capital that Russia has controlled since it launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

Kherson is considered the most important of the four regions that are partially occupied by Russia and which Moscow claims to have annexed. This is because the only land road connecting the Crimean Peninsula passes through it and the important Dnieper River passes through it.