The following are the latest developments related to the Ukraine crisis:
Russian air defense systems destroyed two Ukrainian drones over the Bryansk region on Wednesday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
During the night of Oct. 10, Russia’s armed forces “thwarted two attempts” made by Kiev to attack using fixed-wing unmanned aircraft against facilities on the territory of Russia, the ministry said.
Another Ukrainian drone was shot down over the Bryansk region on Tuesday, according to the ministry.
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that the Russia-Ukraine conflict has entered its final stage, the RBC-Ukraine news agency reported Wednesday.
Zelensky said that the Russian offensive was the first stage of the conflict, while the halt of the advance of the Russian forces was the second stage.
The counteroffensive of the Ukrainian forces is the final part, he said.
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized the expansionism of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and its attempt to extend its influence to the entire Eastern Hemisphere.
In an article published on the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, Lavrov warned that NATO is undermining the existing regional architecture around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and creating a new hotspot of geopolitical tension in the Asia-Pacific region.