The 19 detainees, suspected members of the Takfir wal-Hijra Islamist group, were spread across the Rostov, Krasnodar and Karachay-Cherkessia regions, as well as Crimea, the peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
Four-way talks at the Elysee Palace were followed by the first ever bilateral meeting between wily ex-KGB agent Putin — in power for two decades — and ex-comedian Zelensky who won the presidency this year
"I think that Russian military guys in this airbase ruined a very simple known rule: don’t smoke in dangerous places" said Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov when asked about the implications of the Ukrainian army in the explosion at the Novofedorivka Russian airbase located in occupied Crimea.
Russia blamed saboteurs for explosions at one of its military bases in Moscow-annexed Crimea while Kyiv hinted it was responsible as Ukrainian officials said their strategy was to destroy supply lines supporting Russia's invasion.
In Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, Russian authorities said local air defenses shot down a drone above the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol.
Moscow had maintained the bridge crossing was safe despite the fighting. The Kremlin spokesman said Putin had ordered a commission to be set up to look into the blast, Russian news agencies reported.
A blast on Saturday on the bridge over the Kerch Strait, a major supply route for Moscow's forces in southern Ukraine, prompted gleeful messages from Ukrainian officials but no claim of responsibility.
The Kremlin announced on the same day the appointment of a new general to lead its Ukraine offensive following a series of battlefield setbacks that triggered unprecedented criticism of its army at home.
"Ships of the Black Sea Fleet repelled a drone attack in the waters of the Sevastopol Bay," the governor of Sevastopol, Mikhail Razvozhaev, said on Telegram. "Nothing has been hit in the city. We remain calm. The situation is under control."
It is very depressing that Russia has announced suspension of the agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine (“Russia suspends participation in Ukraine grain deal,” Oct.30, Gulf Today website). According to the news, Russia on Saturday suspended its participation in a landmark agreement that allowed vital grain exports from Ukraine, blaming alleged drone attacks on Russian ships in Crimea.