More than 60 Russian missiles intercepted on Monday, Ukrainian Air Force says
From Olga Voitovych
The Ukrainian Air Force said that more than 60 Russian missiles were intercepted on Monday.
In a statement on Telegram, the air force said that a "massive attack on critical infrastructure" had been repelled.
"In total, more than 70 missiles were launched. According to preliminary information, 38 cruise missiles (Kh-101 /Kh-555) were launched from eight strategic missile Tu-95M (bombers) from the Caspian Sea and Volgodonsk, Rostov region," it said.
"The enemy also struck with 22 'Kalibr' cruise missiles from the Black Sea Fleet ships," it noted. "In addition, Ukraine was attacked from the Black Sea by Tu-22m3 long-range bombers with three cruise missiles, as well as Su-35 fighters with six guided missiles."
In the past, Ukrainian air defenses have been able to take out about two thirds of the missiles fired in barrages by Russian forces. The last such wave was on Nov. 23.
1:38 p.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Putin appears on repaired Kerch bridge, according to Russian state media
From Seb Shukla and Anna Chernova
President Vladimir Putin was filmed driving and walking on the Kerch Bridge, according to Russian state media and video.
The bridge has been a major flashpoint in the war in Ukraine. On Oct. 8, a large explosion took place on the bridge that destroyed a large section. The bridge is the only land route that connects mainland Russia to illegally-annexed Crimea.
In one of the videos from state media, Putin is seen at the wheel of a Mercedes vehicle, sitting beside the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Marat Khusnullin. In another, he is seen walking along a section of the bridge with a hood pulled up on his coat.
Five images released by the Kremlin website show Putin accompanied by the deputy prime minister.
In the driving video, Khusnullin says to Putin that “metal was available for bridge parts, so the metal was brought over to build these structures, and within two weeks all the 1214 tonnes were assembled and brought here,” an apparent reference to the damaged that the Kerch Bridge sustain on Oct. 8.
In the video released by Russian state TV, President PO Putin is heard asking “how many people worked on the repairs.” Khunsnullin replies, “500 people, 3 floating cranes, 4 barges and 31 pieces of equipment around the clock.”
CCTV from the time when the bridge sustained damage in October showed a truck exploding and the Kremlin was quick to point the finger at Kyiv. Putin alleged that the act was an “sabotage” by Ukrainian special services.
In 2018, Putin symbolically drove a truck across the Kerch Bridge to mark its opening. It was greeted with much fanfare on Russian state TV at the time.
10:59 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Putin signs expanded anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia, the country's latest crackdown on human rights
The new laws significantly broaden the scope of a 2013 law which banned the dissemination of LGBTQ-related information to minors. The new iteration extends the ban on promoting such information to adults as well.
The new laws make it illegal to promote or “praise” LGBTQ relationships, publicly express non-heterosexual orientations or suggest that they are “normal.”
The package of amendments signed by Putin include heavier penalties for anyone promoting “non-traditional sexual relations and/or preferences,” as well as pedophilia and gender transition. Under the new law, it will be banned across the internet, media, books, audiovisual services, cinema, and advertising.
Under the new law, individuals can be fined up to 400,000 rubles ($6,370) for “LGBT propaganda” and up to 200,000 rubles ($3,185) for “demonstrations of LGBT and information that encourages a change of gender among teenagers.”
These fines rise to up to 5 million rubles ($80,000) and 4 million rubles ($64,000) respectively for legal entities.
The law was approved by the Russia’s upper and lower houses in recent weeks.
More background: The European Court of Human Rights ruled in 2017 that the 2013 law is discriminatory, promotes homophobia and violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
The court found that the law “served no legitimate public interest,” rejecting suggestions that public debate on LGBT issues could influence children to become homosexual, or that it threatened public morals.
Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but homophobia and discrimination is still rife. It is ranked 46th out of 49 European countries for LGBTQ+ inclusion by watchdog ILGA-Europe.
Speaking before Putin signed the bill into the law on Monday, Tanya Lokshina, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch said: “The 2013 ‘gay propaganda’ law was an unabashed example of political homophobia, and the new draft legislation amplifies that in broader and harsher ways.”
10:30 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Zelensky claims high success rate in destroying Russian missiles
From Olga Voitovych and Victoria Butenko
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a statement Monday that Kyiv's air defenses have "intercepted most of the missiles."
"Power engineers have already started to restore electricity. Our people never give up," Zelensky added.
Earlier Monday, officials in three regions of Ukraine have claimed that most Russian missiles fired were intercepted.
The Kyiv City Military Administration said that 10 missiles had been identified flying over Kyiv. "Preliminary, nine of them were intercepted," it said.
In Dnipropetrovsk region, Valentyn Reznichenko, head of the military administration, said that "defenders from the Air Command 'East' shot down 15 Russian missiles."
And Dmytro Lunin, governor of Poltava region in central Ukraine, said on Telegram that "there have been no hits in Poltava. Air Defense has been excellent. Up to ten Russian missiles were intercepted."
10:04 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Ukraine says Russian stocks of precision missiles at "critical levels" but attacks are still a "serious test"
From CNN's Tim Lister
Ukraine's Defense Intelligence (DI) says that while Russian missile stocks may have fallen to "critical levels," it still has enough to inflict heavy damage on Ukrainian infrastructure.
Andrii Yusov, the DI spokesperson, told Ukrainian television Monday that attacks during the day were "another terrorist attack on peaceful, civilian infrastructure, primarily energy infrastructure."
Yusov said that "regarding high-precision weapons in Russia, by many indicators the stockpiles of missiles have fallen to critical levels."
"The Russians cannot afford regular massive [missile attacks) now, but this does not reduce the damage to infrastructure and losses for Ukraine. This is a serious test for us. There are a lot of S300 missiles left, so the frontline cities can be hit more," the official said.
As for reports of explosions at or near airfields in the Russian cities of Ryazan and Engels, Yusov said they "can neither confirm nor deny. When terrorists have something burning, it can only be positive."
9:50 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Missile debris was found in Moldova, about 3 kilometers from the Ukrainian border
From CNN's Victoria Butenko
Debris from a missile has been found in Moldova, in a town called Briceni about 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
The Moldovan Interior Ministry said on Facebook:
“A short time ago, near the city of Briceni, in an orchard, a rocket was discovered. The explosive object was discovered by a border police patrol, which, due to today's Russian bombings, have intensified their attention”.
It is not immediately clear from the images what type the rocket is. CNN is working on confirming the type of missile.
The Moldovan Interior Ministry added in their statement “the area where the rocket was discovered has been isolated by police patrol and border police. The specialized services of the interior ministry” are on the scene.
8:27 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
2 Ukrainian cities report no water or electricity
From CNN's Victoria Butenko and Olga Voitovych
The Ukrainian cities of Odesa and Kryvyi Rih reported that they are without water or electricity.
In Odesa: The water supply company Infoksvodokanal, said, "all pumping station and reserve lines are without power – thus consumers don’t have water."
In Kryvyi Rih: “Part of the city is without electricity, some boiler houses and pumping stations are off,” said Oleksandr Vilkul the head of city military administration.
8:55 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
It's mid-afternoon in Kyiv. Here's what you need to know.
From CNN staff
Russian forces have launched fresh missile strikes, with several waves of attacks possible over the course of the day, according to officials, following on from shelling in central, southern and eastern Ukraine earlier Monday.
Here are the latest headlines:
Russia launches missile strikes: Russian strategic bombers have taken off and a wave of missiles have been launched by Russian forces, according to a spokesman for the Ukrainian Air Force, who said that there may be several waves of attacks. Two people have been killed in Zaporizhzhia region in the strikes. “Two infrastructure facilities were damaged” as a result of the attacks, said Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukrainian presidential administration. However, he did not say where the damage occurred.
Russian strikes continue across Ukraine: At least one person was killed and three others wounded after Russian strikes hit the central Ukrainian city of Kryvyi Rih early Monday morning, local authorities said. Russian shelling was also reported in the southern Nikopol district and Zaporizhzhia region, as well as in the area around the besieged city of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine.
Ukrainian forces hit Donetsk: Ukrainian shelling has injured two people in Donetsk city, according to the Russian Investigative Committee, and two buildings caught fire after strikes by Ukrainian forces, according to Russian state media. The Ukrainian military has not yet confirmed or commented on the attack.
Moscow rejects oil price cap: Russia will not recognize a price cap on its oil exports implemented by a group of western nations, according to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov. The $60 per barrel cap agreed by the European Union, Australia and the Group of 7 nations is designed to cut Russia's income from oil exports.
Ukraine's energy situation remains "difficult": Ukraine continues to suffer a "difficult" energy situation, according to state energy provider Ukrenergo. “We all have a difficult heating season ahead," the company said. Russian forces have deliberately targeted energy infrastructure in Ukraine, where authorities have been battling to maintain power, water and mobile phone connectivity.
9:30 a.m. ET, December 5, 2022
Two dead in Russian missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia region, as city administration reports "several" explosions
From CNN's Olga Voitovych
Two people have been killed and another two injured in Zaporizhzhia region following a wave of Russian missile strikes, according to a Ukrainian official.
“Several private houses were destroyed" in the strikes, which hit 20 kilometers (12 miles) west of Zaporizhzhia city, wrote Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the Ukraine's presidential administration, on Telegram.
Earlier “several” explosions were reported in the city of Zaporizhzhia, according to Anatolii Kurtev, secretary of the city council.
“Some of them are the echoes of enemy incoming hits in the suburbs. Another part is the successful work of the Air Defense Forces,” he wrote on Telegram. He did not confirm the target of the missiles.