Monday, July 8, 2024

RU Warehouses Go Up in Flames After UKR Drone Hit; Inside Dangerous Work of Defending UKR’s Skies; 117 C-Clashes Most On Pokrovsk Front; RU Faces Setbacks Near Vovchansk and Avdiivka; RU Com-Post Destroyed Kharkiv Reg, LIVE UPDATES, DETAILS, and LOTS MORE

NY POST: Russian warehouses go up in flames after Ukrainian drone hit:
A village in a border region of western Russia was evacuated Sunday following a series of explosions after debris from a downed Ukrainian drone set fire to a nearby warehouse, local officials said.
Social media footage appeared to show rising clouds of black smoke in the Voronezh region while loud explosions could be heard in succession.
Gov. Aleksandr Gusev said that falling wreckage triggered the “detonation of explosive objects.” No casualties were reported, but residents of a nearby village in the Podgorensky district were evacuated, he said. Roads were also closed with emergency services, military and government officials working at the scene.
A Ukrainian security official told The Associated Press that a strike had been carried out on a warehouse storing ammunition in the village of Serhiivka in the Voronezh region.
“The enemy stored surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, shells for tanks and artillery, and boxes of cartridges for firearms,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give the information to the media. “It is from this warehouse that the occupiers supply ammunition to their troops in Ukraine.”
Russia’s Ministry of Defense did not address the strike in their morning briefing, but said that air defense systems had destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the Belgorod region.
Authorities in Russia’s Krasnodar province on Saturday said a fire at an oil depot had also been caused by falling drone debris. Russia’s emergency services said the blaze was extinguished Sunday morning.
The strikes come after a Ukrainian military spokesperson told The Associated Press Thursday that Kyiv’s troops had retreated from a neighborhood on the outskirts of Chasiv Yar, a strategically important town in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that has been reduced to rubble under a monthlong Russian assault. --->READ MORE HERE
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WSJ: Inside the Dangerous Work of Defending Ukraine’s Skies
Operators of missile-defense systems make split-second decisions that can save lives and are increasingly at risk themselves
Like a World War II fighter ace, commander Viktor Petryshyn has stenciled onto the side of his air-defense system the 58 drones, missiles and planes he has shot down.
The war in Ukraine has shown how a comprehensive air defense can keep even a formidable air force like Russia’s at bay. It has also revealed limitations as Ukraine defends against waves of drone attacks and harder-to-hit modern missiles, with a limited supply of ammunition.
Behind these sophisticated air-defense systems, which fire missiles to intercept aerial threats, are men and women who often make split-second decisions that can save scores of lives.
Their own lives are also increasingly at risk as Russia targets Ukrainian defensive positions. Winning the upper hand in the air has significant ramifications for a war that has become a grinding stalemate on the ground.
“This war in the skies is one of the most important things now,” said Petryshyn, who is a commander of an S-300 system in the 160th Antiaircraft Missile Odesa Brigade. “If we are unable to protect our airspace, their aviation will flood into Ukraine.”
Ukraine says it needs to bolster its air defenses to counter the threat of the Russian air force and strikes on its power grid. To help, Western governments are working to find new systems and manufacture more missiles. The U.S. recently agreed to send another Patriot system to Ukraine and is in talks with the Israeli government to redeploy as many as eight more to support Kyiv.
Conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East have propelled air defense to the forefront of modern warfare. Air-defense systems have grown in prominence as drones widen the airborne threat, and more countries—and militant groups—build up their arsenals of missiles and rockets.
With a varied arsenal of Soviet-era and Western-donated systems, Ukraine has become a testing ground, creating a hierarchy of what works best.
The U.S.-made Patriot system is widely regarded as the most effective. It has a range of more than 60 miles and can destroy harder-to-hit hypersonic and ballistic missiles that are often too fast or big for other systems to defend against. --->READ MORE HERE (or HERE)
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+++++Russia-Ukraine News LATEST UPDATES: (REUTERS) (AP) (NY POST) and (WSJ)+++++

+++++Armed Forces of Ukraine report 117 combat clashes on contact line, most of them on Pokrovsk front – General Staff+++++

+++++The Defense Forces destroyed the enemy's command post in the Kharkiv region+++++

+++++High casualties and stalled advances: Russian forces face setbacks near Vovchansk and Avdiivka+++++

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