On October 29, four Ukrainian police officers were wounded when a shell fired by Russian forces exploded by their vehicle in Siversk, eastern Donetsk Province. The officers’ condition is satisfactory and they are receiving outpatient medical treatment. Ukraine’s Air Force shot down five Iranian-made Shahed drones launched by Russian forces overnight, targeting Ukraine’s Khmelnitskiy, Mykolayiv, Poltava, and Zaporizhzhya regions.
Russia’s Defense Ministry reported that 30 Ukrainian drones were shot down over the Black Sea and the Crimean Peninsula overnight. In Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, a fire broke out at an oil refinery in the early hours of October 29. Drone strikes and shelling on Russian regions bordering Ukraine and in Moscow-annexed Crimea have become a regular occurrence. Kyiv has not publicly acknowledged its responsibility for attacks on Russian territory or the Crimean Peninsula.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ally, Vyacheslav Volodin, has warned that Russia will confiscate assets belonging to European Union states it deems unfriendly if the bloc steals frozen Russian funds to help Ukraine. Volodin’s comments came after European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen announced that the EU was working on a proposal to pool profits from frozen Russian state assets to support Ukraine’s postwar reconstruction. Volodin argued that such a decision would require a symmetrical response from Russia, with more assets belonging to unfriendly countries confiscated than European frozen funds.