Russian drone assault destroys energy provide in Kyiv; ruble falls

Zelenskyj asks West for weapon systems

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Monday called on Western leaders to meet in Latvia to provide a wide range of weapons systems for Kiev’s ongoing war with Russia, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is shown on a screen as he speaks via video link during a plenary session of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) in Riga, Latvia, December 19, 2022.

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“I ask you to increase the possibility of supplying our country with air defense systems and to help speed up the relevant decisions of our partners,” demanded Zelenskyy during his speech via video link to the meeting of heads of state and government in Riga.

Western allies including Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are meeting in the Baltic nation on Monday for the Britain-led grouping.

– Karen Gilchrist

Belarus Says Military Checks Complete Ahead Of Putin Visit

Belarus’ Defense Ministry said Monday it had completed a series of inspections of its forces’ military readiness, signaling a possible switch to a more active role in the conflict, Reuters reported.

Russian ally Belarus, which Moscow used as a base for its invasion of Ukraine in February, has been conducting a series of military maneuvers in recent weeks.

It comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Minsk on Monday, fueling fears he may pressure his former Soviet ally to join a new offensive against Ukraine.

– Karen Gilchrist

Russian ruble falls to six-month low

That Russian ruble fell to a more than six-month low against the dollar on Monday as low oil prices and growing fears of sanctions threatened to hurt the country’s export earnings.

The ruble was down 2.4% against the dollar, trading at 66.22 around 9:00 GMT on Monday. The drop marks the ruble’s lowest level since May 30.

– Karen Gilchrist

“Fairly Heavy” damage from Russian drone attack

A Russian drone strike caused “fairly severe” damage in the Kyiv region on Monday, Governor Oleksiy Kubela said, according to Reuters.

Three areas in the region were left without power, the governor said, after Russia fired 35 “kamikaze” drones at Ukraine in the early hours of Monday morning.

The attack, which destroyed critical infrastructure, is Moscow’s third airstrike on the Ukrainian capital in six days, Reuters reported.

– Karen Gilchrist

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