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Russia and Ukraine Trade Drone Attacks as Hungary’s Orbán Threatens to Block EU Aid to Ukraine

HeadlineDec 14, 2023

Russia launched a barrage of drone attacks on southern Ukraine overnight, wounding at least 11 people, including three children, and damaging port infrastructure in the Odesa region, as well as the Danube River, close to the Romanian border. The attacks came as Russia’s military said Russian air defenses shot down nine Ukrainian drones headed toward Moscow, just hours ahead of the start of a year-end news conference held by President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, Hungary’s far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has arrived at a European Union summit in Brussels, where he has promised to block Ukraine’s bid to join the EU, as well as a deal to send an additional $54 billion worth of aid to Ukraine. This comes after the European Commission tried to soften Orbán’s opposition by offering to release more than $11 billion in funding to Hungary it had previously withheld after determining Orbán’s government failed to uphold the rule of law.

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