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The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022



The Centralian Advocate Tue 29 Mar 2022


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14 WORLD Tuesday March 29 2022 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 R1 UKRAINE is ready to unleash baguette-sized Switchblade flying bombs that fit in a backpack to launch deadly attacks on Russian troops. The weapon, which is controlled from a tablet, can scout out targets over enemy lines to hit battlefield command and control headquarters. US President Joe Biden agreed to provide Ukraine with 100 Switchblades worth about $US6000 ($8000) each. The devices fly at about 96km/h for up to 15 minutes using a camera relaying video of the terrain, before accelerating to 160km/h when its remote pilot locks on to a target. The devices weigh about 2.5kg and are much lighter than the 20kg Javelin antitank missiles already used, which the US also supplied. Military analysts say the Switchblades pinpoint accuracy allows them to strike high-profile targets such as artillery, headquarters and command vehicles. The weapons have also heightened the threat to highranking Russian generals, many of whom are believed to have already been killed. It comes after a Russian soldier surrendered with a tank in return for $US10,000 and Ukrainian citizenship. The man, named only as Misha, waved the white flag and begged to switch sides after military colleagues ran away and his commander threatened to shoot him. It is Moscows latest embarrassment in the wake of widespread outrage over the use of chemical weapons against civilians, and amid reports of an increasing number of Russian troops deserting or surrendering. Flying bread bombs stick it to the enemy Adella Beaini A Switchblade drone. sickening rapes KYIV: A female Ukrainian MP has described the horror of rapes allegedly being committed against women during the Russian invasion. Maria Mezentseva said her country would not be silent about sexual assaults in occupied territory. In one case near Kyiv, which is being investigated by Ukraines prosecutor, a woman was said to have been repeatedly raped by soldiers in front of her child after they had shot her husband dead. Ms Mezentseva said there were many more victims who would need support. The London Times Russians booted back near border KYIV: Ukrainian soldiers have recaptured one of the first towns to fall to the Russians amid signs that the conflict is taking an increasingly heavy toll on the invaders. Reports said tanks, lorries and howitzers were among the prizes seized by Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Trostianets, just 25km from the Russian border. Western defence sources said the Russian retreat represented a significant Ukrainian victory as it has opened up a route to the besieged city of Sumy. Ukrainian officials described a scene of devastation and accused the retreating Russians of leaving landmines in the local hospital. Taras Savchenko, first deputy head of Sumy province, said the situation was terrible: We saw huge destruction. We saw dozens of vehicles burnt down, both civilian and military. Theres a complete lack of any communications, power and water. The Ukrainian defence ministry said Russian units were being rotated for periods of recuperation in Belarus after suffering heavy losses. In a report on the state of the war, Ukrainian forces said they had also won back Husarivka, a town in the east. They accused Moscow of using banned cluster munitions on civilians outside Kryvyi Rih, the largest city in the centre of the country and home to President Volodymyr Zelensky. Cluster munitions were also reported to have been used in Krasnohorivka, a city near Donetsk. Over the weekend there were further signs that Russian forces were resorting to aerial bombardments in an attempt to regain the momentum, as analysts warned that the war was descending into a bloody stalemate. Lviv, a key city in the west of Ukraine 65km from the Polish border, was hit by four Russian rockets targeting a fuel depot and a factory. Andriy Sadovyi, the mayor of Lviv, said that five people had been injured in the attack, which had not destroyed any residential buildings al though significant damage had been done to the oil storage facility on the outskirts. Moscow claimed that the industrial complex in Lviv hit later the same day had been used to manufacture anti-aircraft missiles and housed radio stations used by the Ukrainian air force. Despite the attack, NATO allies insisted the Ukrainian air force remained in operation and that more than a month after the invasion was launched Russia still had not won the battle for the skies. The Kremlin declared last week the first stage of its campaign to denazify and demilitarise Ukraine had been a success and that it would concentrate its invasion on the predominantly Russianspeaking breakaway provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Ministry of Defence in London said Moscows claim of a change in strategy was reflected in troop positions. Russian forces appear to be concentrating their effort to attempt the encirclement of Ukrainian forces directly facing the separatist regions in the east of the country, advancing from the direction of Kharkiv in the north and Mariupol in the south. The battlefield across northern Ukraine remains largely static, with Ukrainian counterattacks hampering Russian attempts to reorganise, the ministry said. The London Times Firefighters tackle a massive blaze after Russian missiles struck a fuel storage facility in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. Picture: AFP Germanys iron dome LONDON: Germany is looking to create an iron dome protection shield, similar to the one used by Israel, to protect it against Russian missiles. That is certainly among the things that we are discussing, and for good reasons, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. We need to be aware that we have a neighbour who is prepared to use violence to enforce their interests. The shield, using radar and missile batteries, could be in place by 2025 as part of a 100bn ($145bn) German rearmament program. We need to protect ourselves better against the threat from Russia, Mr Scholz said. The London Times KYIV: President Volodymyr Zelensky said his government was carefully considering a Russian demand of Ukrainian neutrality, a key point of contention as negotiators for both sides prepare for a fresh round of talks aimed at ending the brutal month-long war. This point of the negotiations is understandable to me and it is being discussed, it is being carefully studied, Mr Zelensky (pictured) said in an interview with Russian news organisations. The UN estimates that at least 1100 civilians have died and more than 10 million have been displaced in a devastating war that has gone on far longer than Moscow leaders expected. The new talks starting in Turkey on either Monday or Tuesday local time, according to conflicting reports come after the Russian army said it would begin focusing on eastern Ukraine in a move some analysts saw as a scaling back of Moscows ambitions. As the Russians face serious tactical and logistical problems, Ukraines intelligence chief Kyrylo Budanov said Vladimir Putin might be seeking to divide the country in Korea-like fashion to impose a separation line between the occupied and unoccupied regions. Zelensky considers neutrality

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