The night from Friday to Saturday was again the scene of drone attacks, this time by the Navy. Russia said on Saturday, September 2, that it shot down three Ukrainian naval drones in the Black Sea that it claimed were targeting the Crimean bridge. “On September 2, at around 2 a.m. Moscow time, the third unmanned Ukrainian semi-submersible, sent by the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack on the Crimean Bridge, was destroyed in the Black Sea,” the Defense Ministry cable said. Follow our live.
Washington approves the sale of armored vehicles to Bulgaria. The United States announced on Friday the approval of the sale of armored vehicles to Bulgaria for $1.5 billion, a major new transaction with an Eastern European country that is a member of NATO related to the war in Ukraine. In total, the US State Department has given the green light to the sale of 183 Stryker armored vehicles, half of which are infantry transport vehicles. This sale will allow the Balkan country to “use its expanded capabilities to strengthen its internal defense and deter regional threats,” Washington assured in a press release. It comes a month after Bulgaria first agreed to send around 100 armored personnel carriers to Ukraine.
Ukraine claims for the first time a drone attack from Russian territory. Kiev claimed to have carried out a drone attack on a Russian airport from Russian territory this week, a first as Kiev sought to attack Russia in the midst of a counteroffensive to liberate the occupied territories. Drone strikes attributed to Ukraine, targeting both Moscow and other Russian cities, have been occurring almost daily for several months as Russian forces continue their massive bombardment of Ukrainian cities.
Russia says it has taken “key positions on heights” near Kupiansk. Moscow claimed to have captured “key positions on heights” near the city of Kupyansk in eastern Ukraine, a sector of the front where its troops have been on the offensive for several weeks. “In the Kupyansk direction, the tactical position of the units of the ‘West’ grouping of troops was improved by capturing enemy bases and key positions on heights,” the Russian Defense Ministry said on Telegram.