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Russia Claims Drone Shot Down near Moscow 2023

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  • Russia Claims Drone Shot it downed a Ukrainian drone that was flying towards Moscow.
  • Zelenskyy slammed systematic corruption in medical exemptions to people avoiding military service, saying the system was subject to bribes and mass departures abroad.
  • India has allegedly asked the United States to allow the release of $26m belonging to at least two Indian diamond firms that were frozen due to their alleged trade links with sanctioned Russian diamond major Alrosa.
  • More than 40 flights were delayed on Thursday morning at two of Moscow’s airports, according to a flight tracking website, with no reason given for the delays.

Germany publish list of military equipment, weapons bound for Ukraine

Germany published an extensive list of equipment and weapons on Wednesday that it would provide to Ukraine.

In the statement, the Federal Government said the funding for the security capacity building initiative would amount to €5.4 billion ($5.9 billion) for 2023 – after 2 billion Euros for 2022 ($2.2 billion) – and additional authorisations to enter commitments in the following years amounting to 10.5 billion ($11.4 billion).

The list included 20 Leopard battle tanks, patriot missiles and over a hundred surveillance drones.

Russia Claims Drone Shot
The Leopard 1A5 main battle tank is seen during a media day of the European Union Military Assistance Mission in support of Ukraine (EUMAM Ukraine) in Klietz, Germany August 17, 2023 [Annegret Hilse/Reuters]

ussia ‘likely having difficulty detecting and destroying’ UAVs: UK intelligence

The UK Ministry of Defence has released its daily public intelligence update.

In it, the ministry states that Russian air defences are likely finding it difficult to detect and destroy the UAVs entering Russia’s airspace frequently.

Russia Claims Drone Shot: Dozens of flights delayed at Moscow airports: Flight tracking website

Russia Claims Drone Shot More than 40 flights were delayed on Thursday morning at Moscow’s Vnukovo and Domodedovo airports, the Kommersant daily reported, citing a flight tracking website, with no reason given for the delays.

Airports in the Russian capital have, in the past few weeks, suspended flights repeatedly due to reported Ukrainian drone attacks on the capital city.

A file photo shows the Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.
The Domodedovo Airport in Moscow, Russia [File: Pavel Golovkin/AP Photo]

Zelenskyy calls out corruption in military medical exemptions

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy decried on Wednesday what he described as systematic corruption in medical exemptions to people avoiding military service, saying the system was subject to bribes and mass departures abroad.

Russia Claims Drone Shot: Ukraine has made a crackdown on corruption a priority as it presses on with a counteroffensive 18 months into Russia’s invasion. Uprooting corruption is also a key element in the country’s bid to join the European Union.

Zelenskyy said the National Security and Defence Council had considered data showing the extent of false exemptions, bribe-taking and flight abroad since the February 2022 invasion. The investigation of dubious medical exemptions was still being conducted, he said.

Zelenskyy lambasted what he described as “corrupt decisions” in his nightly video address.

He said the investigation had exposed corrupt practices in different regions and by officials in different positions, involving bribes ranging from $3,000 to $15,000.

India asks US to allow release of funds frozen over suspected Russia diamond link: Reuters

India has asked the United States to allow the release of $26m belonging to at least two Indian diamond firms that were frozen due to their alleged trade links with sanctioned Russian diamond major Alrosa, three Indian sources, including two government sources, told the Reuters news agency.

Russia Claims Drone Shot: The funds were frozen earlier this year due to US sanctions on Alrosa that were imposed in April 2022 by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury, two of the sources said.

The freeze is the first known punitive sanctions measure against any Indian business since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year and subsequent Western sanctions on Russian entities.

The diamond traders’ funds were frozen when United Arab Emirates-based units of the unspecified Indian companies tried to transfer them to buy rough diamonds, one government source and one industry source said. One of the sources said banks halted the dollar transaction.

Russia downs drone heading for Moscow: Mayor

Russian air defences destroyed a drone approaching Moscow, the city’s mayor said on Thursday.

Air defence forces in Voskresensky district, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) from the capital, “destroyed a drone flying towards Moscow”, the city’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Russia’s Ministry of Defence said in a later statement that the drone was Ukrainian.

Russia Claims Drone Shot

There were no casualties or damage, according to initial reports, and emergency services were on the scene, Sobyanin said.

On Wednesday, several Russian regions were targeted in a massive overnight attack, including Pskov airport near the Estonian border, where a Ukrainian drone damaged at least two military planes.Russia Claims Drone Shot

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