Shelling, dead and injured. There is nothing new in the daily developments of the 19-month-old Russian-Ukrainian war, but the most exciting development in the last 24 hours is Ukraine's refusal to accept a new batch of German Leopard tanks.
The news was broadcast by the German news agency dpa today, quoting the well-known magazine "Der Spiegel" in Germany, where it said that Ukraine refused to accept an additional batch of 10 Leopard 1A5 tanks sent by Germany, saying that it needs repairs that the Ukrainian army cannot implement.
According to the magazine, Kiev recently notified Berlin that the last batch of tanks arriving in Poland required major repairs.
According to the Ukrainian newspaper "Kiev Independent", the first 10 Leopard tanks provided by Germany last July to Ukraine had similar problems.
The German Defense Ministry responded to the news, saying it could not comment on individual cases, but added in its response to Der Spiegel that tank repairs were underway in cooperation with Ukraine.
In the field
In terms of daily hit-and-run in the war that has erupted since February 2022, the Ukrainian emergency service said that Russian forces launched on Tuesday a large-scale artillery bombardment targeting the southern city of Kherson.
Kherson is subjected to artillery shelling on a daily basis by Russian forces, currently stationed on the left flank of the Dnipro River, and the Ukrainian army, in return, says that it targets the positions of Russian forces, with artillery shelling, and that it has inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment.
One person was killed and 3 others were wounded in a drone attack targeting industrial facilities and food warehouses in the Ukrainian province of Lviv, which burned about 300 tons of food intended for humanitarian relief, according to the provincial mayor.
Fire, dropping and surrender
On the other hand, a fire broke out this morning in a fuel tank in the Adler area, located near the Russian airport of Sochi on the Black Sea, following an explosion whose causes are not yet known, although the mayor of Sochi said that the city's airport and transportation system are operating normally.
Meanwhile, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it succeeded last night in shooting down 4 Ukrainian drones that were flying over the Belgorod and Oryol regions in western Russia.
According to AFP, the ministry did not clarify whether the downing of these planes resulted in casualties or material damage.
According to the same agency, the frequency of Ukrainian drone attacks on Russian territory has increased since Kiev began its counteroffensive in June. These attacks are now targeting many Russian regions, including the capital Moscow, as well as Crimea.
The Russian agency Sputnik quoted a military spokesman that Russian forces destroyed an attack aircraft belonging to the units of the special division "Azov" of the Ukrainian forces in the direction of Krasny Liman, pointing out that the losses of the "enemy" amounted to about 50 military.
The agency also quoted what it described as an "informed source" that a new group of members of the Ukrainian armed forces surrendered as prisoners in Donetsk, with other Ukrainian soldiers continuing to surrender their weapons.