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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy held talks in Kiev focused on strengthening British military support for Ukraine with new British Foreign Secretary David Cameron, Zelenskiy’s office said in a social media post on November 16.

Cameron, a former British prime minister who was named foreign minister in a surprise move on November 13, traveled to Kiev to show support for Ukraine as the war in Gaza threatens to divert global attention from Russia’s continued invasion of its neighbor.

Zelenskiy’s announcement, which came amid a new wave of Russian drone attacks against Ukraine, had no effect. say when the visit, Cameron’s first trip abroad as Foreign Secretary, took place.

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“We had a good meeting focused on weapons for the front line, strengthening air defense and protecting our population and critical infrastructure,” Zelenskiy said. quoted as X, formerly known as Twitter, says.

“The world is not so focused on the battlefield situation in Ukraine, and this division of attention really doesn’t help,” he said in a video accompanying his X-rated message.

In the video, Cameron said his visit was aimed at reassuring Kiev of “the moral support, the diplomatic support, but above all the military support that you need not only this year and next year, but however long it will take” for Ukraine in its efforts to repel Russian aggression.

On November 15, Zelenskiy said Ukraine could not afford to remain stalemate in the war against Russia.

“If we want to end the war, we must end it,” he said in an interview with African journalists. “Finish with respect so that the whole world knows that whoever came, captured and killed is responsible.”

According to Zelenskiy, if the war ends in a stalemate, the next generations of Ukrainians will have to fight because Russia “will return if it is not put in its place.”

Air defense of Ukraine said in a statement on November 16, it said it had shot down 16 of the 18 Iranian-made drones launched by Russia overnight.

The statement said air raid warnings had been issued in many Ukrainian regions, without specifying the number. In the previous days, Ukraine had twice declared nationwide air raid alerts.

In the central Khmelnytsky region of Ukraine, the region’s deputy governor, Serhiy Tyurin, reported that Ukrainian air defense had been tasked with providing protection against possible Russian strikes around the town of Starokostyantyniv, where there is a military airfield.

Witnesses described hearing explosions, but there was no immediate information on potential casualties or damage.

Rescuers working at the site of a Russian missile strike in Selydove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, found the body of a third victim under the rubble, emergency services say Ukrainians. said on November 16.

Regional authorities said Russian troops used an S-300 anti-aircraft system to launch four missiles at the city early on November 15, hitting a four-story building.

Two bodies were found on November 15, including that of an 85-year-old woman. Several other people were injured in the strike which partially destroyed the building.

In Russia, a military unit in the Volgograd region was the target of a drone strike that set fire to an ammunition depot, the Astra channel reported. Telegramposting a video purportedly showing the fire.

In Moscow, the Defense Ministry said its air defenses shot down five Ukrainian drones early on November 16.

Three drones were shot down off the coast of Moscow-occupied Crimea and two unmanned aerial vehicles were destroyed over the western Bryansk region, the ministry said.

“There were no casualties or damage. Emergency services are working on site,” said Bryansk Governor Alexander Bogomaz during his speech. Telegram channel.

Ukraine has not commented on the report, which could not be independently verified.

On the battlefield, Ukrainian forces fought 65 close engagements along the front line over the past 24 hours, according to the Ukrainian Army General Staff. said in his daily report.

Heavy fighting was underway in the Kupyansk region of the Kharkiv region and around Avdiyivka of the Donetsk region, which Russian forces have been unsuccessfully trying to encircle for months, the military said.

Ukrainian forces continue to carry out an offensive operation in the directions of Melitopol and Kherson in southern Ukraine, the army added, without giving details.

With reporting from Reuters and AFP

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