Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says (2023)

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3:07 a.m. ET, June 21, 2023

Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says

From CNN's Olga Voitovych in Kyiv

Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says (1)

The Russian military took out two drones near a military base outside of Moscow, the region's governor, Andrey Vorobyov, said on Telegram.

“Two aircraft-type vehicles crashed at approximately 5:30 and 5:50 a.m. on approach to the depots of one of the military units as a result of military counteraction," Voryobov wrote. “Fragments were found, there was no damage or casualties,” he added. “Special services are investigating and the area is cordoned off at the moment.”

Voryobov asked residents of the village of Kalininets to stay calm following the incident.

Some context:Ukraine rarely comments on attacks on Russian soil, which have ramped up in recent months as the war increasinglycomeshome to theRussianpeople.

Multiple people familiar with US intelligence on the mattertold CNNearlier this month that Kyiv has cultivated a network of agents and sympathizers inside Russia working to carry out acts of sabotage against Russian targets and has provided them with drones to stage attacks.

This post has been updated with a more accurate translation of the governor's remarks.

12:40 a.m. ET, June 21, 2023

At least 1 dead after Ukrainian shelling in Donetsk, Moscow-backed official says

From CNN's Mariya Knight

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Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says (2)

At least one person was killed after Ukrainian forces shelled occupied Donetsk city in eastern Ukraine,a Russia-backed official said Tuesday.

In a Telegram post, Alexei Kulemzin, head of the Moscow-installed city administration, said three others were injured after the area was hit 11 times by Ukrainian shelling.

Kulemzin said the Kuibyshevsky, Petrovsky, and Kyivsky districts came under fire.

“Several apartment buildings and private residential buildings were damaged,”headded.

12:27 a.m. ET, June 21, 2023

Japan to give $5 million in aid to Ukraine for flood response after dam collapse

From CNN's Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Japan's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it would provide $5 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to Ukraine in response to the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam.

The collapse of the dam earlier this month has killed dozens, destroyed villages, flooded farmland and cut off power and clean water supplies to tens of thousands of people.

The aid package will consist of food, water, sanitation and health materials provided through the UN World Food Programme,the UN Children's Fund, the International Organization for Migration, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

According to Tokyo, the aid package was "strongly requested" by Ukraine's government and President Volodymyr Zelensky.

12:08 a.m. ET, June 21, 2023

It's early morning in Kyiv. Here's the latest on Russia's war in Ukraine

From CNN staff

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Within the last day, the Ukrainian militaryreported 35 clasheswith Russian forces in eastern Ukraine, according to an earlier update from the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Russia continues to focus on the areas of Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka in theDonetsk region, the update said.

Here's what else you should know to get up to speed:

  • On the ground.Hanna Maliar, Ukraine'sdeputy minister of defense, said Ukrainian forces "are gnawing our way meter by meter" to advance, also noting that themain strike of the counteroffensive "is still ahead."Maliar said in an interview Tuesday with Ukrainian media that Kyiv's offensive is ongoing in several directions in the south. Meanwhile, she claimedthat Russia's main offensive is in the east.

Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says (3)

  • UK meetings:Ukrainian Foreign MinisterDmytro Kulebamet withUS Secretary of StateAntony Blinken on Tuesday, ahead of theUkraine Recovery Conference in London.Blinken briefed Kuleba about hismeetings in Beijingand talks with Chinese officials about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, according to Matt Miller, State Department spokesperson.
  • Aid and recovery:The EU has proposed a four-year financial assistance package forUkraineworth $55 billion, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday. Meanwhile, the UK is set to outline alandmark financial support packagefor Ukraine this week. Ukrainian officials and the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine on Tuesday also discussed the establishment of aCommunity Recovery Fund, a joint approach to the recovery of Ukraine at the community level.
  • Returned prisoners:Three out of 11 soldiers who were held as prisoners of war (POWs) by Russia and whowere relocated to Hungary earlier this month, have nowreturned to Ukraine, according to a spokesperson for Ukraine’s foreign ministry.
10:14 p.m. ET, June 20, 2023

EU proposes $55 billion financial aid package for Ukraine

From CNN's Mariya Knight

The European Union proposed a four-year financial assistance package for Ukraine worth $55 billion, the union's commission chief said in a news conference Tuesday.

The assistance will be administered through loans and grants, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. It aims to provide Ukraine with "perspective and predictability" as well as “incentivize other donors to step up” their support.

"It will allow us to calibrate our financial support according to the evolution of the situation on the ground because we all know that a war requires at most flexibility from us," von der Leyen noted.

Nuclear safety:Norway, which is not part of the European Union, also recently announced it will allocate funds for Ukraine.

In a news release, the Norwegian Foreign Ministry said Oslo will provide 250 million Norwegian kroner (about $23 million) for Ukraine’s "nuclear safety and security."And around $9.3 million will be provided to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), "to ensure that IAEA experts can maintain a presence in Ukraine."

Norway is also increasing funding for "nuclear safety and security cooperation" with Ukraine by $14 million. The funding will be administered by the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (DSA) and will be used "to reduce the risk of radiological incidents."

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8:34 p.m. ET, June 20, 2023

Ukraine and UN to discuss establishing fund to restore housing and critical infrastructure

From CNN's Mariya Knight and Yulia Kesaieva

Ukrainian officials and the UN humanitarian coordinator for Ukraine on Tuesday discussed the establishment of a Community Recovery Fund, a joint approach to the recovery of Ukraine at the community level.

The main priorities of the fund “will include the restoration of housing, critical and social infrastructure, as well as humanitarian demining of territories and support for local businesses," the Ministry for the Restoration of Ukraine said in a statement.

According to the statement, the UN plans to mobilize $300 million "for the needs of the fund over the next five years," with a start-up budget of $50 million.

Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for the Restoration of Ukraine and Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, said “a regional structure of support teams” will be created to help communities cope with the challenges of recovery.

According to UN humanitarian coordinator for UkraineDenise Brown, the UN and Kyiv are already working on the recovery of the cities of Kharkiv and Izium, where “central and local authorities, the UN and the public are working together to rebuild damaged infrastructure,” which includes demining, clearing debris and rebuilding of housing medical facilities.

12:25 a.m. ET, June 21, 2023

Ukraine's "main strike is still ahead," deputy defense minister says

From CNN's Yulia Kesaieva and Mariya Knight

Russian military takes out 2 drones near Moscow, governor says (4)

Ukraine'sDeputy Minister of Defense said on Tuesday that Ukrainian forces "are gnawing our way meter by meter" to advance, also noting that themain strike of the counteroffensive "is still ahead."

"There are some directions, where we advance and the enemy is on defensive, but also on some axis, the enemy is trying to conduct offensive, while we are on defensive. We gradually advance step by step. So one can say we are gnawing our way meter by meter,"Deputy Defense MinisterHanna Maliar said in an interview with Ukrainian media.

"The tasks that are being given to the military are being fulfilled, so the gradual advance in all directions, where the offensive began is taking place,"Maliar said. "However, the main strike is still ahead."

Maliar said Ukraine's offensive is ongoing in several directions in the south; meanwhile, she claimedthat Russia's main offensive is in the east.

The Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council,Oleksii Danilov, said on Tuesday that one of Ukraine's main priorities right now is "to exhaust" and destroy Russian artillery and armament systems.

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"The destruction of the Russian control points, ammunition storages, fuel, food products, supply routes — these tasks are being performed by the Ukrainian defenders excellently. The number of destroyed Russian military equipment is the highest since the beginning of the war," Danilov said in a social media post.
8:31 p.m. ET, June 20, 2023

Ukrainian foreign minister meets with Blinken

FromYulia Kesaieva in Kyiv and Lauren Kent in London

Ukrainian Foreign MinisterDmytro Kuleba met with US Secretary of StateAntony Blinken on Tuesday, ahead of theUkraine Recovery Conference in London.

"We discussed next steps to bolster Ukraine's counter-offensive capabilities, preparing the Vilnius summit deliverables on Ukraine's NATO membership perspective, and growing the global support for the Peace Formula,"Kuleba said in a tweet,adding that he thanked the United States for its support.

The United Kingdom and Ukraine will jointly host the Ukraine Recovery Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, which aims towork toward international investment to rebuild the country in the wake of the Russian invasion.

8:28 p.m. ET, June 20, 2023

Ukrainian Armed Forces reports 35 clashes with Russia in eastern Ukraine within past day

FromCNN's Yulia Kesaieva in Kyiv

The Ukrainian military reported 35 clashes with Russian forces in eastern Ukraine within the past day, according to the General Staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

Russia continues to focus on the areas of Lyman, Bakhmut, Avdiivka and Marinka in theDonetsk region, it said in the update.

Over the past day, Russia attacked Ukraine with 35Iran-made Shahed drones, the Ukrainian Armed Forces said, adding that 32 were destroyed.

The update also claimed that Russia "launched more than 72 airstrikes and fired 36 times from multiple launch rocket systems" at Ukrainian troops and settlements, injuring civilians.

AnIskander-M ground-launched cruise missile was also used in an attack on civilian infrastructure in Zaporizhzhia, the General Staff said.

The military said Russian forces are on the defensive in the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions.

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What country is helping Russia with drones? ›

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran is providing Russia with materials to build a drone manufacturing plant east of Moscow as the Kremlin looks to lock in a steady supply of weaponry for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, according to a U.S. intelligence finding released by the White House on Friday.

Did drone strikes damage buildings in Moscow as Kyiv is hit again? ›

Russia-Ukraine WarDrone Strikes Damage Buildings in Moscow as Kyiv Is Hit Again. The drone attack in Moscow was a potent sign that the war is increasingly reaching the heart of Russia. It came as an aerial assault on Ukraine's capital left at least one person dead. MoscowAn apartment complex damaged in a drone attack.

Who sent the drones to Moscow? ›

Russia says Ukraine launched "a terrorist drone attack" on Moscow on Tuesday, with several buildings damaged.

Does Moscow drone attack exposes Russia's vulnerabilities fuels criticism of military? ›

Moscow drone attack exposes Russia's vulnerabilities, fuels criticism of military. A drone attack that targeted Moscow on Tuesday exposed glaring breaches in its air defenses and underlined the capital's vulnerability as more Russian soil comes under fire amid expectations of a Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Which country uses most drones? ›

China's domination of the global market for combat drones over the past decade is partly due to a vast state-funded effort that seeks to elevate the country's armed forces to “world class standards”.

Where is Russia getting drones from? ›

“Iran also continues to provide Russia with one-way attack UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). Since August, Iran has provided Russia with more than 400 UAVs primarily of the Shahed variety,” White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said.

How far is Moscow from Ukraine border? ›

The Russian route M3 (also known as the Ukraine Highway) is a major trunk road that runs across a distance of about 490 kilometres from Moscow to Russia's border with Ukraine.

Who is behind the drone attacks in Russia? ›

Recently, Moscow and a few other Russian towns have come under the kind of drone attack that we've seen Ukraine suffer throughout this war, especially in Kyiv. U.S. officials have said that Ukrainians were behind at least one of these attacks.

Was Kiev hit by drone strike? ›

At least two high-rise buildings in different districts of the capital caught fire after being hit by falling drone fragments. Kyiv officials also reported that warehouses in the southern Holosiyivsky district had been set ablaze. More than 40 drones were downed over the capital overnight, Ukrainian officials said.

Can a drone reach Moscow from Ukraine? ›

With a maximum flight range of 800km (500 miles), the military-designed drone is capable of undertaking extensive long-range missions. Considering Moscow is approximately 600km (375 miles) away from the Ukrainian border, utilising the drone for such a purpose is certainly plausible.

Did a drone crash into a Russian oil refinery in possible attack? ›

At around 0100 GMT a drone struck the Afipsky oil refinery in Russia's Krasnodar region, causing a fire which was later extinguished, Governor Veniamin Kondratyev said. The Afipsky refinery lies 50 miles east of the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, one of Russia's most important oil export gateways.

What is the drone law in Russia? ›

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Russia

Fly only during the day with clear weather and visibility. Drone pilots must maintain a direct visual line of sight with their drone while flying. Do not fly over people or congested areas. Do not fly over sensitive areas such as military installations.

What is the most powerful drone in the US? ›

The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper (sometimes called Predator B) is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations, developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) primarily for the United States Air Force (USAF).

What is the deadliest drone in the world? ›

MQ-9 Reaper, also referred to as Predator B, is considered as the deadliest drone in the world. MQ-9 Reaper has immense capabilities such as payload carrying capacity of 3,800 lb. (1,700 kg), long range of 1,200 miles (1,900 km) and high-flying altitude of 50,000 ft (15,420 m).

Who has the best military drones in the world? ›

1. Northrop Grumman: Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company that provides military drones and unmanned systems for a variety of applications. They offer the RQ-4 Global Hawk, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) designed for long-range surveillance and reconnaissance missions. 2.

How many drones does the US have? ›

The US military operates a large number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which are also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). According to the US Department of Defense (DoD) estimates, the Pentagon “currently operates more than 11,000 UAS in support of domestic training events and overseas contingency missions.”

How many Iranian drones does Russia have left? ›

Russia has approximately 300 Iranian drones left in its arsenal but plans to buy thousands more, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on Friday evening, even as on Sunday morning Iranian officials continued to deny the sale of any weapons to Moscow for use in the invasion of Ukraine.

How much does Russia pay for Iranian drones? ›

Russia paid Iran for its suicide drones by sending a plane full of $140 million in cash and captured Western weapons, report says.

How close is Russian to USA? ›

The Bering Strait is about 82 kilometers (51 mi) wide at its narrowest point, between Cape Dezhnev, Chukchi Peninsula, Russia, the easternmost point (169° 39' W) of the Asian continent and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, United States, the westernmost point (168° 05' W) of the North American continent.

Which US city is close to Russia? ›

Seattle is the closest city to the Asian part of Russia, Eastern China, Mongolia and Northern India.

What is the closest distance from Russia to the US? ›

The narrowest distance between mainland Russia and mainland Alaska is approximately 55 miles (88.5 kilometres), according to However, there is a water body that separates the two countries by a distance of just 2.4 miles (3.8 kilometres).

What type of drone is in Moscow? ›

According to an analyst from Janes, the defence intelligence firm, the drone in this video resembles a so-called "Beaver" UAV due to its canard wing configuration, rear-mounted engine, fins and fixed landing gear. This type of drone has been featured in posts from the Ukrainian influencer Igor Lachenkov.

What sort of drones hit Moscow? ›

At least one of the drones appears to have been a Ukrainian-manufactured UJ 22, produced by the Ukrjet company. Footage appears to match images of the unmanned aerial vehicle, which Russia has claimed has been used in other attempted attacks.

What is the range of the UJ 22 drone? ›

With its ability to operate autonomously or be remotely controlled from a command center, this scaled-down aircraft boasts an impressive range of up to 100 km. Equipped with a maximum flight range of 800 km, the UJ-22 excels at executing long-range missions with precision.

Where was the Kyiv strike? ›

2022–2023 Russian strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure
Russian strikes against Ukrainian infrastructure
Streets of Kyiv following Russian missile strikes on 10 October 2022
LocationUkraine (spillover into Moldova, Poland and Belarus)
DateSporadic airstrike waves since 10 October 2022
Attack typeMissile and drone strikes
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How many drones hit the Kremlin? ›

On 3 May 2023, amidst the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, two explosive drones allegedly targeted the Kremlin in Moscow and were shot down. President Vladimir Putin was not present in the building at the time and no one was injured in the incident.

How far can military drones fly? ›

Know more about how long can military drones fly.

The NATO drone type has the ability to fly up to an altitude of 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), and it has a range of up to 50 kilometres. At a tactical height of 5,500 meters (18,000 feet), with a range of about 160 kilometres.

How far can a drone fly? ›

A hobby drone may be able to fly between 20 and 100 yards. Premium consumer drones can fly up to 8 kilometers (4 miles) or 2.5 miles. A typical range for mid-level drone technology is between 400 and 1.5 miles (0.6 to 3 kilometers). Modern, high-end drones range to 8 kilometers (or 5 miles).

What did Putin say about drone? ›

Putin says Ukraine drone strikes on Moscow aim to scare and provoke Russia. MOSCOW, May 30 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Ukraine's biggest ever drone strike on Moscow was an attempt to scare and provoke Russia, and air defences around the capital would be strengthened.

What was the worst refinery accident? ›

At approximately 1:20 p.m. on March 23, 2005, a series of explosions occurred at the BP Texas City refinery during the restarting of a hydrocarbon isomerization unit. Fifteen workers were killed and 180 others were injured.

Which Russian oil refinery was hit by drone? ›


Drones attacked two oil refineries 40-50 miles (65-80 km) east of Russia's biggest oil export terminals on Wednesday, according to Russian officials, who did not attribute blame. They said a fire at one of the terminals was later put out.

Are drones legal in Ukraine? ›

General Rules for Flying a Drone in Ukraine

Drones weighing more than 2 kg must register and obtain a permit within UkrAirCenter (submit an application form at least 10+ days in advance) Drones that weigh less than 2 kg do not require a permit.

Does Russia have war drones? ›

Russia launched the "most massive attack" on the city overnight Saturday with Iranian-made Shahed drones, said Serhii Popko, a senior Kyiv military official. The attack lasted more than five hours, with air defense reportedly shooting down more than 40 drones.

Is Iran sending weapons to Russia? ›

Air-mailed weapons

Three Iranian state-owned airlines and “one supposedly private one” called Mahan Air have delivered drones “and instructors” to Moscow, according to a March 2022 statement from the National Resistance Center of Ukraine, an official body.

What does a military drone do? ›

They are mostly used for surveillance in areas and terrains where troops are unable to safely go. But they are also used as weapons and have been credited with killing suspected militants.

How was Russian language created? ›

The Russian language was shaped by several major influences. These included the 9th-century Christian missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius, who used Old Church Slavonic in their work among the Slavs, and Peter the Great (reigned 1682–1725), whose Westernizing policies opened Russian to western European languages.

What is the range of the Moscow drone? ›

With a maximum flight range of 800km (500 miles), the military-designed drone is capable of undertaking extensive long-range missions. Considering Moscow is approximately 600km (375 miles) away from the Ukrainian border, utilising the drone for such a purpose is certainly plausible.

Who is behind drone attacks in Russia? ›

Recently, Moscow and a few other Russian towns have come under the kind of drone attack that we've seen Ukraine suffer throughout this war, especially in Kyiv. U.S. officials have said that Ukrainians were behind at least one of these attacks.

Can a switchblade drone be jammed? ›

But the signals which control the Switchblade can be jammed, and so far only 100 have reached the battlefield.

How powerful is Iran drones? ›

Iran's largest suicide drones, such as the Arash series, can carry nearly 260 kilograms (575 pounds) of explosives. They have ranges of 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles). Combat and surveillance drones: Iran has more than a dozen models of combat drones that can attack ground, sea or air targets and then return to base.

Does the US have a nuclear agreement with Iran? ›

According to details of the deal published by the US government, Iran's uranium stockpile will be reduced by 98% to 300 kg (660 lbs) for 15 years. The level of enrichment must also remain at 3.67%. Iran will retain no more than 6,104 out of almost 20,000 centrifuges it possesses.

Is Iran a friend of Russia? ›

Iran and Russia are strategic allies and form an axis in the Caucasus alongside Armenia. Iran and Russia are also military allies in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq and partners in Afghanistan and post-Soviet Central Asia. The Russian Federation is also the chief supplier of arms and weaponry to Iran.

How long can a military drone stay in the air? ›

The drone has a wingspan of 50 feet, a maximum takeoff weight of 2250 pounds, is propelled by an engine of 115 horsepower, can travel at speeds of up to 135 miles per hour at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet, and can remain airborne for up to 24 hours at a time.

What is the hardest language to learn? ›

Across multiple sources, Mandarin Chinese is the number one language listed as the most challenging to learn. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center puts Mandarin in Category IV, which is the list of the most difficult languages to learn for English speakers.

What is the oldest language in the world? ›

Sumerian can be considered the first language in the world, according to Mondly. The oldest proof of written Sumerian was found on the Kish tablet in today's Iraq, dating back to approximately 3500 BC.

Which religion belongs to Russia? ›

Today Russian Orthodoxy is the country's largest religious denomination, representing more than half of all adherents.


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