Russia condemns the Ukrainian attack on its territory

SITUATION UPDATE – Russia accused Ukraine of launching a drone at an air base on Russian territory, killing three soldiers.

Ukraine demanding Russia’s exclusion from the UN, Russia condemning Ukrainian attacks on its territory, the FSB claiming to have eliminated “groups of saboteurs” trying to enter Russia… Le Figaro review the conflict in Ukraine on Monday 26 December.

The FSB said it had removed a Ukrainian “sabotage group” that had “attempted” to enter Russia

The FSB also said on Monday that a bunch “saboteur” Ukraine had tried to enter Russian territory on Sunday, in the Bryansk region, on the border with Ukraine, in possession of weapons and explosives. “Following the armed clashes on December 25, four saboteurs disappeared”, said the FSB, which is also in charge of border protection. A video, broadcast by the Ria-Novosti news agency and linked to the FSB, shows bodies covered in blood, surrounded by weapons and wearing winter camouflage uniforms. AFP was unable to confirm this information from an independent source.

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Ukraine called for Russia’s exclusion from the UN

Ukraine called on Monday for Russia’s exclusion from the United Nations, a request with little chance of succeeding, Moscow has veto power in the United Nations Security Council. “Ukraine calls on UN member states (…) to revoke the status of the Russian Federation as a permanent member of the UN Security Council and to exclude it from the United Nations as a whole”, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said in a statement. According to Ukrainian, Russian diplomacy “illegally occupied the Soviet Union’s seat on the UN Security Council” since 1991 and the breakup of the Soviet Union into 15 new countries. “Russia is a usurper for a chair” from the Soviet Union to the United Nations, argued the Ukrainian ministry.

Russia condemns the Ukrainian attack on its territory

Russia on Monday accused Ukraine of invading its territory, including launching a drone at an airbase on Russian territory, hundreds of kilometers from the front, its second such operation this month. According to Russian news agencies, a Ukrainian drone was shot down while approaching the Engels base in the Saratov region overnight, some 600 km from Ukraine.

“Following the fall of the wreckage of the drone, three Russian technicians who were at the airfield were seriously injured”, according to TASS citing the Ministry of Defence. This report of three soldiers being killed was confirmed by the regional governor, Roman Boussarguine, on his Telegram account. On December 6, the same Engels base, which houses Russian strategic bombers, was targeted by Ukrainian drones, according to Moscow.

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Moscow carried out more than 4,500 cyberattacks against Ukraine in 2022, Kyiv alleges

Ukraine’s cybersecurity services have neutralized more than 4,500 Russian cyberattacks against their country since the start of this year, an official said Monday. In an interview with the TV channel “My-Ukraine”, Ilya Vitiuk, head of the cyber security department at the Security Service of Ukraine (SSU), “Aggressor countries launch an average of more than ten cyberattacks per day. Luckily, Ukrainian society doesn’t even know about most of them.” “We enter 2022 with eight years of hybrid warfare experience behind us,” he added. “At the time of the invasion, we were prepared for the worst case scenario.” According to him, almost 800 cyberattacks were recorded in 2020, more than 1400 in 2021 and by 2022 this number will triple.

Russia: investigative site boss placed on wanted list

The executive director of investigative website Bellingcat, journalist Christo Grozev, has been put on a wanted list in Russia, according to information available Monday in a database on the Russian Interior Ministry’s website. Christo Grozev, citizen of Bulgaria, born 20 May 1969, “wanted for violating articles of the Russian Criminal Code”according to the same source, who did not provide further details.

Created in July 2014 by British blogger Eliot Higgins, the Netherlands-based website Bellingcat specializes in journalism based on data analysis accessible to everyone online – Osint (“Open source intelligence” in English). Lately, the Bellingcat team has mainly focused on Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine that began in late February. Russia, which recently called Bellingcat the “threaten”assess the organization “undesirable” in his territory.

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