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Putin drives on the Crimean bridge, new salvo of Russian missiles

► Vladimir Putin drove over the Crimean Bridge, partially destroyed in October

Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the Crimean Bridge which had been partially destroyed in October, the Kremlin announced on Monday (December 5th).

The Russian presidency has published a video showing Vladimir Putin driving a Mercedes brand vehicle driving on this bridge which connects Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula annexed in 2014 by Moscow, to Russian territory. This is the first trip by the Russian president to Crimea and to a site directly affected by the offensive he ordered in Ukraine since the start of the conflict.

The viaduct, which spans the Kerch Strait, was damaged in October by a powerful explosion attributed by the Russian authorities to a truck booby-trapped by the Ukrainian secret services.

► Two dead and water and electricity cuts after Russian strikes

Several Ukrainian cities were subjected to new water and electricity cuts on Monday after Russian strikes which also killed at least two people, according to local and regional authorities. “Air defense shot down most of the missiles. Power engineers have already started restoring power. Our people never give up”Volodymyr Zelensky said on Instagram.

Warning sirens sounded across Ukraine for this new wave of bombardments in the midst of winter temperatures. The deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration said the strikes left at least two people dead and three injured, including a child.

According to the head of the Kryvyi Rig military administration, “part of the city is without electricity, several boilers and pumping stations are disconnected”.

► Russian oil price cap will not impact Ukraine offensive, says Kremlin

Russia assured Monday that the cap on the price of its oil would not slow down its offensive against Ukraine.

The limitation of the selling price of Russian oil, a new sanction of Western countries to come into force on Monday, aims to dry up part of the colossal income that Moscow derives from the export of its hydrocarbons and thus reduce its ability to finance his military effort.


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